Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sacred Blog Tour: Spotlight, Review & Giveaway

Hey all, we're the next stop on the Sacred blog tour. :-)
by Elana K. Arnold
Release date: 13th November 2012

Growing up on Catalina Island, off the California coast, Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life. After her brother dies, her isolation deepens as she withdraws into herself, shutting out her friends and boyfriend. Her parents, shattered by their own sorrow, fail to notice Scarlett's pain and sudden alarming thinness. Scarlett finds pleasure only on her horse, escaping to the heart of the island on long, solitary rides. One day, as she races around a bend, Scarlett is startled by a boy who raises his hand in warning and says one word: "Stop."
The boy—intense, beautiful—is Will Cohen, a newcomer to the island. For reasons he can't or won't explain, he's drawn to Scarlett and feels compelled to keep her safe. To keep her from wasting away. His meddling irritates Scarlett, though she can't deny her attraction to him. As their relationship blossoms into love, Scarlett's body slowly awakens at Will's touch. But just when her grief begins to ebb, she makes a startling discovery about Will, a discovery he's been grappling with himself. A discovery that threatens to force them apart. And if it does, Scarlett fears she will unravel all over again.

My Rating:

My Review:

Firstly, thank you to Random House, Elana K. Arnold & Jean BookNerd for giving me the opportunity to review Sacred and join in the blog tour.

 We meet Scarlett, a seventeen yr old girl who's suffering the loss of her older brother. With her parents in deep mourning she's left to deal with her own demons alone. Scarlett isn't taking the loss well, losing so much weight and just sinking into herself she forgets the people around her, including her boyfriend & close friends.
Scarlett enjoys horse riding, it brings her a little comfort to be out in the sattle, wind blowing in her worries. Until one day out riding she nearly runs down a boy named Will Cohan and she finds herself intrigued by this new face.

Will Cohan, a sweet boy who's really into Scarlett and does everything he can to help her deal with her grief. Their feelings grow for each other and life seems to be on the up but something Scarlett discovers could change everything.
Sacred is beautifully written the story comes to life in your hands and it takes you on such an emotional journey you'll become glued to your seat. Arnold knows her stuff, my heart broke for Scarlett and her parents. It's never easy to lose a loved one and it's even harder to deal with when you were so close to that person. I must admit I did get a bit upset with Scarlett's mother, I know a parent should never have to go through the pain of losing their child but when you have another child who needs you now more than ever, it saddened me that she withdrew herself and became a ghost of who she was. In the end though she came around and realised what she'd been missing and how far gone she really went. It truly made me realise the pain and sorrow she went through (even though I did get frustrated by her lol).

I look forward to Splendor and seeing where the story will take us next. I recommend this book to anyone that's looking for something real, this gives you the emotions, amazing characters and it'll give you a little piece to keep once you're finished. Simply unforgettable!!



Elana K. Arnold
ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse--a gorgeous mare named Rainbow--and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of the East/West Literary Agency. Sacred is her debut novel.


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Here's the covers for book 2 "Splendor" and Elana's upcoming new story "Burning", due for release this Summer.





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