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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Clean Teen Publishing Day 1!!! DOUBLE STAR by CINDY SAUNDERS - review and giveaway

Greetings! This week will have a couple of posts featuring books from Clean Teen Publishing! I jumped at the chance to join the blog tour for a few of their books and am SO eager to share them with you. 

Click the link above to learn more about Clean Teen Publishing and their wealth of books, but if you're not feeling liking clicking away, here's a small sample of what you can expect from them!

"At Clean Teen Publishing, we believe that our readers deserve to know ahead of time what they are reading. We do not believe in censorship; we believe in the right to know. Every reader, no matter what their age is, has certain boundaries they don't want to cross. Currently there is no consistent rating system in place for books like there are for movies, music and video games. We believe by offering a wider range of disclosure about the content of our books, we will give readers of all ages and parents, a stronger sense of comfort according to what lies between the pages. 
With that said, we will not deem whether a book is appropriate or inappropriate for any particular age range.* Our disclosure is simply for you to know what is in the book and we leave it up to you to decide what you are comfortable with reading."

I'm kicking off the week with a review of DOUBLE STAR by Cindy Saunders!  Clean Teen Publishing has graciously donated TWO e-copies of Double Star and TWO bookmarks! This means I'll have TWO winners! Rafflecopter to follow at the bottom of this post! :) 

Double Star by Cindy Saunders
(YA- Paranormal Fantasy- Available Now)

She fell into his world, unaware of the key she carried and the doors it opened; a world where darkness waited to be set free ... The wait is over
Do You Believe?

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When Cepheus, a dark god, forces seventeen-year-old Ally Ashworth off an isolated overlook, she has no idea she's falling into his world, or that the necklace she’s wearing is actually a key - one with the power to ignite the next world war. But she’s carried beyond his reach and into the one place where he’s powerless ... the forest of Gilgamesh.

Ally’s never been Miss Popularity, but her outsider status takes on new meaning when she’s rescued by Liam Cheveyo and his peculiar friends. After seeing them shape-shift into their freaky humanimal counterparts, Ally smacks hard into a few truths: magic really does exist and, although getting here took no effort, finding her way back might be impossible. Feelings between her and Liam begin to grow along with the realization that, in this world, she’s stronger, better ... until she’s caught in a trap set by the creepy spider-boy Cepheus sends to retrieve her. But Ally’s not going down without a fight, not after learning the horrible truth about the passageways.

The survival of both worlds depends on it.

And here's a casting Top Ten from Cindy for her characters!

Top Ten Actors to play my characters in the movie version of Double Star:

Meg –   Hayley Williams of Paramore   
I came across a picture of her while I was creating Meg’s character and loved her look.

Thea – Maggie Smith
She’s definitely been typecast into the wise, sage role and I see no reason to change that!

He has really great eyes and can certainly look the bad boy part!

 Cepheus –  Johnny Depp
Who else can look so sinister but, at the same time, so cute and godlike!

Ian – Corbin Bleu
With longer hair and green eyes, he’d make the perfect Ian!

Oisin-  Joe Jonas
I hate to admit this but when I saw Joe Jonas on the cover of Rolling Stone a few years back, I knew he would make the perfect Oisin! He’s dark, sultry and definitely a chick magnet! Oh, to be young again!

He’d have to cut his hair (Oh, no!), turn back the clock a few years but I think he’d make a perfect Shane!

Corm-  Alex Pettyfer
He definitely has the “Corm” look!

Liam – David Garrett
He’s always been my Liam! As a matter of fact, I’m going to have bumper stickers made up that read “Looking for Liam.”

Ally -  A young Evan Rachel Wood.
She has an innocent type of beauty that really personifies Ally.

CINDY SAUNDERS was born in Lowell, MA. She moved to RI almost twenty-five years ago and now considers the Ocean State her home. She graduated from Bryant College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. When she’s not reading, writing, spending time with her two teenage children (how did that happen?) or working, Cindy tracks down one of her favorite local bands and enjoys a glass of wine. She completed her first novel, Double Star, a YA fantasy, in October 2012 and is currently working on the second book in the series.

Double Star is her first novel.

A_TiffyFit's Review: Haven't we all wished that we were somewhere else, a whole other world when we were young? How nice and wonderful it would be if there were other worlds like ours but better? Although Ally hadn't wished for it, that is exactly what has happened to her. But of course there is more to the event than it appears! In that other world is where Ally discovers herself and more. Much, much more!

Although her desperate goal is to return home to her mom and her friends and to the world with which she is familiar, it doesn't hurt, or it hurts a lot less, to have great looking guys surrounding her and lavishing her with attention she hasn't known in her own world. Surrounded with new friends, including a few elders who took exception to her, Ally quickly adapts and becomes absorbed in the new world's problems at hand, which she learns is also her home world's issues as well. They are aligned or linked: what happens here also happens at home.

Ally discovers that the seriousness and severity of events has connections to her inadvertent fall into the world of Liam and Corm and Isian and Shane and Oisin and Meg...all of whom are very special in their magical way. Ally senses that it is not just the boys, but the place, too.

And, as with all love stories, of course there are issues such as another girl and the huge green monster known as jealousy! It certainly helps to make the story spicy and full of well known human emotions, creating a page turner as the reader (me!) just needs to discover what is next, what is coming, what's the next phase!

Although the boys are given magic, Cindy Saunders has graced the female characters with strong senses of self and confidence and personality that makes up for the lack of the "magical abilities" of the boys. The girls are not prissy types. Intelligent, insightful, efficient in using their feminine mystique. No weaklings here, but still there are a few whinings that bring these characters to life, making them seem real.

Yes there are the familiar villains, how can an excellent story not have an obstacle or two to overcome? As you know by now if you've read my reviews, I don't do spoilers, so you're not getting the specifics from me! My final word on Double Star: Go get this book and enjoy it. Take yourself away to another world and discover magic and love and the tenacity of a young woman who happens to end up in a world far far away and yet so close to our own, who discovers herself, what she is made of, and who discovers love and deep friendships. And she does this all while keeping both world's from ending. Looking forward to reading more in this saga myself! 

Where she was going didn’t matter. Where she was, she didn’t know. In this run for her life, her focus was to simply get someplace else.  Above, the limbs of the great pines held the stars hostage. The only light came from the two moons in the sky. Despite her silent pleas they continued to fall, barely visible through the thick cover of the forest. She knew the darkness concealed many secrets and, from that fact, there was no escape.

Snap. The sound from behind stopped her heart. She dared to turn around. Two glowing rubies, only feet away, rode up and down as the creature advanced on four legs.

Beware the red eyes. The boy’s whisper broke through. They are the eyes of death for you and the ones you love. They will not rest until yours are closed forever. His image played in her head for only a millisecond, but it filled her with courage. Her heart picked up pace and, with arms out at her sides, hands moving in frantic rhythm, she managed to stay on her feet.

She sensed each passing second could be her last when she heard the creature’s rhythmic breathing roll up from her heels. Just then, the red moon revealed an abrupt end to the forest a short distance ahead. In a few steps, her fate would be in the hands of gravity. Trust! That was her grappling hook as she threw herself over the edge and tumbled into the darkness below.

The beast followed down the steep embankment and stopped a few feet away. She got to her feet and allowed the wolf-like creature another step. Its red eyes stared up at her. The head dropped between its shoulders. Its weight shifted to its hindquarters. The muscles of hunter and prey simultaneously tensed. The animal growled and exposed a set of long, yellow teeth. Saliva fell in strings from razor-sharp incisors. Unable to move, she watched as it lunged, jaws open wide. She put her hands in front of her and took a step back. Her left foot fell upon air, and then ... she plummeted into emptiness.


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