December 9, 2013

Blog Tour ( review + excerpt + giveaway ) : Falling (Fading #2) by E.K. Blair

Title : Falling
Series : Fading #2
Author : E.K. Blair
Release Date : December 7, 2013

Synopsis


Sometimes it takes someone else to show us what we are truly capable of becoming.

Suffering from years of violent abuse, Ryan Campbell has learned how to keep people from getting too close. But when you shut yourself off, people get hurt along the way. Never caring much about others, Ryan creates a world in which he doesn’t have to feel.

When Ryan meets Candace Parker, all of his walls slowly begin to crumble. Not sure of the truth of who she is, he feels his mind is playing tricks on him. Unable to force out the thoughts that consume him, Ryan is haunted by visions that torment him every time he looks at her. He finds himself swallowed by guilt and blame, but he’s unwilling to turn his back on the one person that could possibly save him.

You’ve heard Candace’s story in Fading, now hear Ryan’s.

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Review

If you've been following my reviews, you know how much I love books that are written in the male character's POV. And with the Candace and Ryan's story, I was eagerly awaiting to know more about Ryan.

Before you even consider reading this book make sure to read Fading, which is Candace's story. Yes, I suppose you can say that this is a re-hash of events from Ryan's POV, but we also get to know his full story and why he is the way he is.

How would I describe Ryan? Fierce ... protective ... loving ... caring ... scarred. As if I didn't fall in love with Ryan during Fading, I definitely fell head over heels in love with him, in this one. Ryan and Candace were made for each other, they definitely completely each other. Both suffered traumatic events in their lives and throughout the book, they still have plenty to overcome. And the conclusion was for them to be together, they have what each other needs. 

Just like how it was in Fading, I had to relive being ticked off at Candace for some of the things she did. But it's okay, she realized what she did and things were great again. One thing that I try to do, when I read my books is to place myself in their shoes. It was extremely tough for this book because Candace and Ryan's personal experiences is something no human being should EVER have to go through. It's completely traumatic and there's just so much that went through their minds; blame, guilt, shame. Of course from an outside perspective, they never should have felt like that. They were just two amazing people that were seriously wronged and it made them who they are today.

When they're together, walls come down, hearts begin to open and they both learn to love. And they're so passionate about each other. This book brought tears to my eyes, it split my heart right open (AGAIN), toe curling moments, and a beautiful happy ending that I always love.

In Falling, once you get past the part of where things ended in Fading, you being to wonder what happens next. I like how E.K. Blair ended the book, but I felt like it was a little drawn out, I found myself wondering what the ending would be (and it was amazing, trust me ... very beautiful). And thinking when the conclusion would be coming up.

I'm such a fan of this series and I think all of you will Ryan's POV!

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Meet the Author


USA Today bestselling author and International Amazon bestselling author, E.K. Blair takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her FADING series. A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She's a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.



Excerpt


I sit back on the couch and wonder about her, remembering what Jase told me the other day before I saw how upset she was after talking with her mom.

“Her parents are assholes to her. They treat her like shit and she doesn’t deserve it.”

I wonder how she’s doing. I wonder how bad her parents really are. I wonder if they’re the reason why she’s so closed off. I wonder why I’m wondering so much, but I can’t shake the fact that I need to know. For some reason, it bothers me, and I can’t let it go.

I pull out my cell and go back and forth on whether or not I should take this jump. I don’t know what I’m doing. I’ve never done this before. I’ve never wanted to. But now . . . Fuck it, I’m jumping.

Punching out a text, I send it to Mark.

Can you send me Candace’s number?

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