March 16, 2013

The Watcher Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

The Watcher
Author: Lisa Voisin
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: March 4, 2013
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Length: Super Novel
eBook: 978-0-9856562-1-8
Paperback: 978-0-9856562-2-5
Price: $14.99 (Paperback)
$4.99 (eBook) 


Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.

Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.

The Watcher is a young adult paranormal romance that follows Mia Crawford - our 17-year-old leading lady - as her entire world is turned upside down once she realizes that the world she thought she knew isn't what it seems. After being attacked by a mysterious and terrible creature one day, Mia turns to Michael Fontaine - who claims to know nothing of the things she describes. Mia is sure he's hiding things from her and is constantly confused by the strange feelings she has around him - the way he makes her feel and the weird images of a different time and place that fill her mind. Determined to find answers, Mia goes on a journey where she discovers her past life - one that was filled with jealousy, love, and revenge. It also shows the devastating details of her previous death and the angel cast from Heaven for loving her. Mia must know decide if she will seek out her fallen love or let the past fall far behind her.

This was a very intense and beautiful novel unlike any other I've read before. It's full of deep topics like betrayal, jealousy, spiritual concepts, past lives, reincarnation, and true love. Mia was a great main character. I found myself immediately liking her and I could easily identify with her and her struggles. She was a realistic character with obvious flaws, but she was also really endearing. Michael was a great lead male character and I felt that his personality fit perfectly alongside Mia's. The plot of the story wasn't completely original, but it was done in a way that both broke my heart and filled it with hope and love at the same time. The romance and story of true love that broke all boundaries really moved me - and I usually roll my eyes at these types of situations in books and movies. The way that the author wrote the book was simply enchanting and definitely shows her immense talent. I was immediately sucked into the book alongside Mia and I didn't want the story to end. The pace was fast but not rushed and all the various threads of the story were intertwined seamlessly throughout the book. I don't want any spoilers in this review, so I'll stop while I'm ahead. Suffice it to say that this is a completely enthralling novel by a hugely talented author and I'm definitely going to be crossing my fingers for a sequel. Highly recommended for fans of YA fantasy and those who love an amazing love story.

After studying English literature at the University of Toronto and creative writing at Simon Fraser University, Lisa Voisin had the great fortune of being mentored by Nancy Richler and A.M. Dellamonica through Betsy Warland's Vancouver Manuscript Intensive solo program. She is also a teacher of meditation with the Training in Power Academy

A member of the SCBWI (Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), she can usually be found writing at a local cafe in her home town of Vancouver, B.C.

A self-proclaimed coffee lover, when Lisa's not writing, you'll find her meditating in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine!

More about Lisa can be found on her web site:

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The paperback and eBook sleeve giveaway is open for US, UK and Canada while the ebook giveaway is open worldwide. 

The eBook sleeve giveaway is customizable. The winner will get to choose from a lot of designs and the name will be sewed in too if they wish. The picture below is just one example.

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  1. Cover Love this is on my TBR list thanks so much

  2. Thank you for this awesome giveaway! This is def on my TBR list! I love the cover. I hope I win!

  3. The book looks very interesting, definitely added to my TBR list. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Steph, and for hosting me on your gorgeous blog! Good luck on the giveaway everyone!

    1. You're very welcome Lisa and thanks for your compliment! :)

  5. Loved the review for this one, I was intrigued by the description. I added it to my TBR list so I'm hoping to read it soon. Thank you for the awesome giveaway/blog tour!

  6. This book has been popping up everywhere! I can't wait to read it it. It's on my TBR. And, thanks for the giveaway!