November 26, 2014

Foresworn Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Foresworn (Sisters of Fate #3)
Author: Rinda Elliott
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Rate: 4


It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power to change the world’s destiny.

But only if they survive…

Kat Lockwood grew up listening to her unhinged mother’s stories about the Norse goddess souls she and her triplet sisters carry, about fiery deaths and a prophecy foretelling the world’s end. Now, to save that world, Kat must find a guy who hosts the soul of a Norse god–a warrior with the lightest blond hair and the darkest brown eyes.

But at a truck stop on her road trip, Kat freezes time while she writes out a cryptic message in runes. The only other person able to see this happen? A gorgeous guy with the lightest blond hair and the darkest brown eyes.

Kat’s not convinced peaceful Arun is the future warrior who will turn the tide in the final battle. Yet, Arun turns out to be a lot tougher than he seems. As soul-carrying teens and underworld creatures gather over the world’s deadliest volcano, Kat finds that no one, including her sisters and mother, is exactly who she thought they were….

Sisters of Fate

The prophecy doesn’t lie: one is doomed to die.
Foresworn is the explosive final book in the young adult fantasy Sisters of Fate Trilogy. The book picks up where the second  leaves off - with the three sisters on a mission to save the world from an ancient prophecy. Kat discovers that they need to find a guy who possesses the soul of a Norse god warrior - one with blond hair and dark brown eyes. Kat finds said guy, whose name is Arun, when she was at a random truck stop on her journey. She had stopped time and was writing a message in runes - and it just so happens that Arun is there and sees her do it. Once Kat has found their warrior, she and her sisters - along with the other underworld creatures in the world - gather together at the top of the world's deadlies volcano. It's here at this critical time that Kat finds out that nobody is who she thought they were - including her own sisters and mother. Will they be able to stop the prophecy and save the world from certain doom?

Being the final book in the trilogy, this story had to tie up loose ends along with make sure the series went out with a fantastic ending. It definitely was able to do both - and then some. Kat continues to be an ideal main character. She's smart, determined, devoted to her sisters and her mother, and will do whatever she can to fulfill her part in the prophecy. She also has really awesome powers, like stopping time. By the time I started this book, I felt as if I already knew Kat on a personal level, and I just slid back into the world the author created like I had never left. Kat and the other characters - namely Arun and her sisters - go through a lot of obstacles in this book and we see them mature even more - both emotionally and mentally. They've changed a lot since the first book and it's interesting to see the differences that have occurred along the way. The plot was finally wrapped up in this final book and we are able to see the outcome of everything that Kat and her sisters have fought for. The story was fast-paced with lots of action and adventure, mixed with great fantasy and mythology elements. I was so drawn into the story that I eagerly read each page as fast as I could to see what was going to happen next. In my opinion, the final book did a wonderful job at wrapping up the trilogy without leaving the reader with any major questions unanswered. Definitely recommended for fans of YA fantasy and mythology fiction, along with those who enjoy action, adventure, and paranormal novels.

by Rinda Elliott

“Call me later. At this number. Let me know you’re okay.”
“I will.” Other people in the parking lot were stopping, rubbing their ears. “Hey, Raven? Be safe, okay?”
“You, too, Kat.”
The sadness in my sister’s voice cut into me.
Arun came around his truck. “It feels like the world is muffled.”
I nodded because that’s exactly how it felt. Like someone had plugged my ears so all the sound around me came at a different decibel. It was so strange. Like even my nose had been stuffed with cotton balls.
“Come on,” he said. “Maybe it’s better inside the store.”
But the closer we walked toward the store, the quieter it got. I walked around a set of shopping carts, noticed that even the sounds in the air—the cars, birds and snow—seemed to disappear. To test my theory, I went back and walked on the other side of the carts. Sound got louder.
I took Arun’s hand and pulled him back to walk him on either side of the carts to show him. He stared to our left. “Someone yelled over there earlier. Let’s head that way.” He pointed toward the fast-food restaurant at the front of the store’s parking lot. There was a lake beyond the restaurant, and I looked around and realized this was near the place I’d pulled over to talk to Raven yesterday morning. It was hard to believe everything that had happened since then.
We walked closer to the lake. Snow fell hard and fast, coating the trees, the ground. Some even floated on top of the water. A group of blackbirds gathered overhead and I heard the distant sound of their cries.
But they were right over our heads.
They should have been so loud.
After we stepped off the pavement and onto the grass, everything sort of just stopped. I stepped to the right and again heard the cries of the blackbirds above us. Barely. Arun touched my arm and I looked at him. He held up a finger in the universal “wait” signal. Frowning, he took another step to the right, stopped, then moved left. His dark eyes went wide and he gestured for me to follow.
I stepped to the left and even the sounds from the birds disappeared.
At this point, all I heard was the fast pound of my own heartbeat. And it raced, raced, raced because everything in me at this point was screaming for me to start walking backward. Back into the parking lot, back to the truck. As fast as humanly possible.
But another part of me wanted to keep going left so I could see why the noise seemed to be sucked out of the atmosphere with every step.
So I took another.
This time, even my heartbeat stopped sounding in my ears. There was complete and total silence and nothing in my entire weird, crazy life had ever sent this sort of terror singing through my veins. It moved so fast and hard, I half expected to hear it swimming through my body.
I closed my eyes, tried to wrestle back the fear and felt Arun take my hand.
I stared at his hand, then looked up at him, expecting to find one of his kind smiles as he offered me comfort. But he wasn’t looking at me. His eyes were narrow and directed to a group of drooping snow-covered trees right next to the water.
In that moment, something in my chest—this knot that had made everything feel tight and full—sort of loosened up. Warmth flowed through me, and I tightened my fingers around his. His expression, when he looked down at me, turned that warmth into something I hadn’t felt since that night I’d taken another boy’s hand and followed him into the woods.
Arun tilted his head left, wanting me to go with him.
I nodded but tugged on his hand first.
He bent close but shook his head. I knew he was telling me he wouldn’t be able to hear me, but I hadn’t planned to say anything. Instead, I stretched up and pressed my lips to his. He smiled against my mouth, then kissed me back. When I pulled away, there was something new in his gaze as he stared at me, something thoughtful. And something kind of hot.
Answering heat crept up my neck, and I guess he could see it because he grinned and touched my cheek.
Brigg’s face appeared right next to ours and he rolled his eyes.
I rolled my eyes back, then glared at him.
He laughed silently, his smile fading fast as he pointed.
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I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children.

I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.

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