Monday, September 30, 2013

Tour & #Review: Promise Me Light by Paige Weaver (#Giveaway)

Title: Promise Me Light
Author: Paige Weaver
Series: Promise Me #2
Available: September 24, 2013
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations
ARC: Courtesy of Author & Blog Tour Co.
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The epic conclusion of New York Times bestselling book “Promise Me Darkness”
“I’m darkness, Maddie. Stay away from men like me. You’ll only get hurt.”
At one time my life was simple. Easy. But that was before the war. Now I was no longer an average college student. I was a survivor. A woman living in a ravaged world. My future was not bright and my life was far from perfect. The war had taken so much from me… but it wasn’t finished yet. It wanted more.
It wanted my heart. My soul. The one person I couldn’t live without.
It wanted Ryder Delaney. My best friend. The bad boy. The one person who could fight like no other and love me like no one else. I watched him walk away one hot summer day and I prayed he would return. I needed him like I needed air to breathe and water to drink. Without him I was lost. A light without her darkness.
Until he returns, I’ll wait for him. And I believe he will return because love is powerful…
And so is the light calling him home.
Book #1, Promise Me Darkness is only $0.99! Amazon - B&N

Crystal's Thoughts: *May contain spoilers if you haven't read Promise Me Darkness*

Promise Me Darkness, the first book in the Promise Me series, blew. me. away. (Review Here) So Promise Me Light had a lot to live up to in my eyes. Fortunately it turned out to be a fabulous sequel! I love these characters so much I couldn't help but want more!

The world as Maddie and Ryder knew it is in shambles. Their country has been invaded, people are being killed and imprisoned, luxuries like power and running water is a thing of the past, and they struggle every day just to have enough food in their bellies. At the end of Promise Me Light we learned that Ryder had been captured. Promise Me Darkness begins from there. Maddie is distraught over Ryder's disappearance, desperate to rescue him, never losing hope, but also suffering from the affects of her pregnancy. A pregnancy that no one else knows about. With Ryder gone and Maddie's best friend returned yet not the same, their small group seems to be falling apart. But even if Ryder returns, will they be able to survive the world they now live in? With a baby on the way, Maddie now has more riding on their survival then ever before. 

Promise Me Darkness is a dark, intense, complex, and gut-wrenching story showcasing the devastating effects of a war-torn country but also the love that can survive all that darkness. And what Maddie and Ryder share is a deep and passionate kind of love. Their love keeps them grounded and fighting, never giving up, and always determined to stay by each other's side. That's not to say though that they don't have their problems. Especially when Ryder returns to the group. He suffered unimaginable horrors while in captivity and returns a different man. He will do anything to keep Maddie safe though, even if that means keeping her away from him. Ryder and Maddie's journey is frustrating and sad at times, and I wanted to give them each a good shake every few pages. Throughout the book I had a love hate relationship with Ryder but through it all Maddie remained strong. She rarely complained or let her circumstances stand in the way of what she wanted. The secondary cast of characters is another amazing addition to the story arc that adds many more layers to captivate you as a reader. 

By the time I reached the end of the book I wanted to slow down and savor those last few pages because I didn't want their story to end. The epilogue was beautiful and I really hope that the author decides to revisit this world in the future, and that this is not the end for this dynamic group of characters. The Promise Me series is a definite recommended read. Don't let the war time setting scare you off, this is truly a full and satisfying love story that you won't want to miss!

Rating: 4 Wine Glasses

About the Author: 

Paige Weaver lives in Texas with her husband and two children. Her love for books became a love for writing at a young age. She wrote her first book as a teenager and continued writing throughout the years. Encouraged by her husband, she finally decided to self-publish. Her debut novel, Promise Me Darkness, was released in April 2013 and quickly became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Her second book, Promise Me Light, will be released in September 2013. She is currently working on other novels to be released in 2014.



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