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Thursday, October 24, 2013

{Blog Tour with Review & Giveaway!} DARK MIGRATION by Sandra R Campbell

Dark Migration by Sandra R Campbell
Publication date: August 2013
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Horror, New Adult

Seanna Raines is on a journey of self-discovery. Only her search does not include college applications or finding a cool summer job. After killing Samuel Bolvayne, the ‘man’ she fears and loves, Seanna is not looking for who she is, but rather what she will become.

Samuel spent countless lifetimes trying to forge a companion like himself, but his previous attempts were considered failures. Until Seanna. She is his first true success… and his ultimate undoing. Now, without Samuel to guide her, Seanna is lost. To survive, she needs to find out what her transformation means: super strength, the ability to smell human emotions, and an ever-increasing need to devour human souls. Seanna travels to Samuel’s earthly homeland, along the coast of South Africa, in search of answers. Here, she encounters several of his failed experiments, who claim to know the truth. These abominations lead her into a sinister world of chaos and destruction, where the birthplace of evil is revealed.

Seanna clings to the last piece of her humanity while struggling to accept her feelings for Samuel and what she has done to him. Just as Seanna embraces her fate, she is forced to choose between life as an immortal with the one she loves or sacrifice it all to save a world that does not deserve saving.



This is a follow-up to Sandra R. Campbell's BUTTERFLY HARVEST and in the first twenty pages or so, I was really wishing I had read that one first. Happily, it is not necessary as Ms. Campbell does a marvelous job of getting you caught up with what is going on quite quickly and without lecturing you with the information. Instead you get to experience it as Seanna thinks about her recent past, her feelings for Samuel, and reads the minds of those around her.

Don't you worry though! As soon as I can, I will be getting BUTTERFLY HARVEST and re-reading both back to back!

The cast of characters is interesting, but my favorite in the beginning was Kendrick. "Seanna, you're great and all, but I was born with a hyper functioning S.M.O.A. gene. So, the less I know about this, the better." (Save My Own Ass) lol Even in the midst of a crisis after he's had a mini-meltdown, he's witty and hilarious.

I spent a good chunk of time trying to figure out what Samuel is and what he turned Seanna into. It IS explained, but first you have this build up of tension and lies and deceit - a nasty tangled web! Seanna is one of those protagonists I find most enjoyable - she is this mix of vulnerable and strong, emotional yet a fighter.

As the book progresses and you see the "monstrous" side of Seanna, you understand what "butterfly harvest" is. And you know...Zeke on the boat demonstrates that the worst monsters in the world are usually humans. *shudder*

I try to keep my reviews spoiler free, so I won't detail what Seanna learns from Bennett and Val, but I dare say you will find it fascinating!

Oh, by the way? Enjoy that cliffhanger ending! :P

Sandra R. Campbell lives along the tranquil waters of the Chesapeake Bay with her new husband and weight challenged cat. She can trace her passion for the macabre back to reading Edgar Allen Poe as a child, with her pet crow, Big Fellow, by her side. She has since submerged herself in a wide range of dark literature. An avid thrill seeker, Sandra is always looking for her next big adrenaline rush, and when spelunking, climbing, diving and monster hunting fails to deliver, she turns to the creation of through-the-rabbit-hole worlds and sends her characters on their own adventures. Her first NA paranormal thriller, Butterfly Harvest, was published in September 2010. Sandra also writes children’s stories, is an active member of the Maryland Writers’ Association and the head of a MWA critique group.

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