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Thursday, February 27, 2014

{Blog Tour} AUTUMN ROSE by Abigail Gibbs -- with review and giveaway

The Dark Heroine, Book 1
ISBN: 9780062248732

The addictive, enthralling debut by online sensation Abigail Gibbs. The sexiest romance you’ll read this year.

One moment can change your life forever…

For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape… no matter how hard Violet tries.

Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.

Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price.

As featured on BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Sunday Times, Guardian, Mail Online, Huffington Post and Sugarscape.

A_TiffyFit's Review of The Dark Heroine can be found here

The Dark Heroine, Book 2
ISBN: 9780062248756

International sensation Abigail Gibbs draws us even further into the dangerous and romantic world of the Dark Heroines with AUTUMN ROSE, book two of her breathtakingly magical paranormal series.

Somewhere in a sleepy seaside town in England, Autumn Rose is living a seemingly quite life. But, buried deep under the surface are dark secrets. Autumn’s been dealing with a lot -- her grandmother is dead and the whirling social scene of London in which she was brought up is a world away. To make matters worse, she’s shunned and condemned at her new school, all because of the swirling marks on her skin that prevent her from blending in.

At school, the appearance of a handsome young man sends her world in turmoil. He shares the same markings as Autumn, and knows many of the secrets she’s tried to keep hidden. His arrival at school thrusts her into the limelight, with the unexpected popularity bringing danger as her secrets threaten to come to light. And, Autumn keeps dreaming of a human girl who is about to be seduced by a very dark Prince. Time is her enemy, and she must figure out how to save the human before it is too late.

AUTUMN ROSE continues Abigail Gibbs phenomenal Dark Heroine series with an alluring story of romance, hidden secrets, and captivating magic.

 This second book in The Dark Heroine series is a more-indepth look at the world we were presented with in DINNER WITH A VAMPIRE. Having just finished reading the first book, I jumped into this second book eager to see more answers. I already knew who Autumn Rose was from the first book and expected it to pick up from where we left off. I('m afraid that this whole review will be one big spoiler, although I'll do my best not to give details. Just hints!)

Instead, this timeline runs parallel to the first book, with very little mention of Kaspar & Violet, as it should be seeing as how this book is titled AUTUMN ROSE and therefore should be about Autumn. We learn more about the multiple dimensions and dark beings in class when Autumn is asked to recite what she knows, with help from Fallon who chimes in here and there. It was a quick explanation of the different dimensions, different beings, and their varied powers. The second dimension is the world we know and it is ONLY this dimension that does not know about the other dimensions and beings. Those beings are stuff of our fairy tales, which makes you think that at one time we DID know, didn't we? Elves and vampires and shifters, oh my.

Autumn starts off as meek and generally unlikable. She is being bullied and you have to wonder why when she's the one with power. You learn through flashbacks and Fallon's memories of her that she was once pretty feisty much like Violet. As she reminisces about her beloved grandmother, there was an instance where I was rather set back and disliked the dead grandmother, too. "I know you're training your granddaughter to take your place, but damn that was harsh. What a b**ch." - is what I thought. Later, I learned more and my attitude softened the tiniest bit towards her grandmother. Autumn gradually takes back her personality through help and interaction with Fallon and the other Sage. You dislike her mother intensely, pity her father, and question as to whether Autumn can fulfill her destiny.

Meanwhile, you have all this political intrigue going on behind the scenes because it's running parallel to the first book. Autumn seems more adept at understanding what is going on than even some of the other Sage. She instantly grasps, most likely due to her court training from her grandmother, what the consequences will be.

When we finally see Violet and Kaspar and the vampires, I had to turn back and reread to see if I missed something. The whole bit we get in book one about the first heroine finding the second, doesn't seem to happen at all. Violet and the vampire council are just gonna arrive in Athenea, and Autumn is informed of this after she comes out of her faint, a faint brought on by her visions. When they DO arrive, Violet has gone from strong and understanding of what her role will be to a weak, insipid lump who is refusing to feed even though she is a new vampire. Her father and sister are with the council and are still total and complete jerkwads. Kaspar infuriates me with his downgrade of love to infatuation, and we are left on the precipice not knowing if there will be war or not. Autumn is posed, Violet wavering, Sage and Vampire are acting like children, and nothing is solved or hinted at yet.

All in all, I liked this second book and found it to be an enjoyable read. I liked Autumn & Fallon much more than I did Kaspar & Violet. Kaspar is/was a complete and total schmuck who treated Violet like crap, using violence towards her whenever he felt like it. Fallon treats Autumn like an equal, sees her as an equal, and sees his role as bringing her back to herself. Much sweeter! I can't wait to read the next installment and see who the third heroine is, a human as hinted in the book! I'm hoping it is NOT someone we already met or related to either of the heroines we have met so far. 

Abigail Gibbs was born and raised in deepest, darkest Devon, England. She is studying for a B.A. in English at the University of Oxford and considers herself a professional student, as the real world has yet to catch up with her. Her greatest fear is blood and she is a great advocate of vegetarianism, which logically led to the writing of her first novel, The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire. She splits her time between her studies, stories, and family, and uses coffee to survive all three.
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