March 4, 2013

Timespell Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Author: Diana Paz
Genre: YA Fantasy/Time Travel
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing


In TIMESPELL, the brash and impulsive Julia must team up with her sweet and straight-laced best friend, Angie, and the malicious and power-hungry Kaitlyn in order to keep the witch-like powers of her inheritance. But these powers come at a cost. The girls are bound to serve the Fates, and their first mission sends them back in time to Marie Antoinette’s Paris and eventually, into the chaos and war of the French Revolution.  

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The symbols on her arm grew warm as they approached
Indira’s tent. She pulled back the silky
flap that served as a door, tilting her head a little as she peered
inside, but instead of Indira, a guy met her at the entryway.

Julia stopped short and so did he. His eyes widened and
Julia heard his sharp intake of breath.

She shook her head vaguely. No one else knew about the
magic. No one. So what was this person doing here?

She swallowed drily, unable to stop herself from staring.
Between his half-buttoned shirt and smooth, tanned skin, he
looked like a pirate. An incredibly gorgeous pirate. His black hair
spilled over his forehead in waves, almost hiding silver eyes that
shone like mercury.

Those eyes, surrounded by rows of thick, black lashes,
flashed with recognition. Julia didn’t know what to make of that,
because she had never seen him before. She definitely would have
remembered those eyes.

The thought made her blush. She tried to control it, as well as
her heart, which was beating like crazy. How long was she going
to keep staring? She was making it obvious that she thought the
guy was hot to the power of hotness, and she had a boyfriend.

“Excuse me,” he said softly.

“Right.” She moved out of the way.

He hesitated at her side before walking on.

“Do you know him?” Angie whispered.

Julia had forgotten Angie was there behind her. She shook her

“He seemed to know you.”

Angie swept past her and stepped into the tent. Julia held open
the tent flap, unable to move forward. Was she really going to look
back at the guy? She squeezed her eyes shut. Yeah, she really was.

He wove in and out of the crowd, stopping to brace himself
against a palm tree. His chest heaved. Before she could decide if
something was wrong, his head swung up and their gazes locked.

Julia’s heart slammed against her chest as he began to vanish
into thin air.

His hands melted away, then his legs and torso, and finally his
desperate face. If she hadn’t spent the past few months in training
to become a Daughter of Fate, she would have questioned her
sanity before believing her eyes.

“Come in, Julia,” Indira said in an airy voice.

Timespell is an enchanting young adult fantasy novel that delves into both mythology, magic, and time travel. We first meet Julia and Angie, who have discovered their shared destinies as Daughters of Fate - women who have been selected by Fate to keep the Sorceress in the netherworld and to be keepers of time. There's only one problem - they are missing the third Daughter, and without her - they'll lose their magic forever. After discovering that the third Daughter is a snotty girl from their school, they have no choice but to join with her in order to keep the universe in order as Fate would have it. This comes at no small cost and even entails them traveling through time - back to the middle of the French Revolution and more.

This book was a fantastic novel filled with magic, time travel, and mythology - which intertwined to make a seriously awesome book. The characters each have distinctive personalities - not always nice ones at that - but they were quite realistic and it was easy to feel connected to them. I liked Julia and Angie immediately and, of course, loved to hate Kaitlyn and her bitchy attitude. The mythology behind the Daughters of Fate and their background was really fascinating and I absolutely loved reading about it. I also really loved how the author mixed mythology with time travel - especially involving Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution. That period in history was really interesting and I found that the inclusion of it within the story added an extra layer to the book that makes it unique from others out there. I haven't read many time travel books, so reading about the process and the different things that happen alongside it was intriguing for me. Add in the awesome magic that these girls have and you had me at the description! I really feel that the mixture of these three elements - which are usually separate concepts in books - makes this novel completely different from others in the YA genre. The writing itself was wonderfully done and had an effortless pace to it. There were love interests, of course, and I liked to see how the various relationships played out. Overall, this was an incredible novel and I will definitely be looking forward to reading more of the author's work in the future. Highly recommended for fans of YA paranormal/fantasy fiction and for fans of time travel fiction.

Diana Paz writes books about magic, adventure, and romance. She was born in Costa Rica, grew up on Miami Beach, moved to Los Angeles in high school, and went to college in San Diego. Basically, she’s a beach bum. Diana graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She loves old movies, epic fantasy, all kinds of music, and heading to the beach with a good book. Preferably sipping a highly sweetened iced coffee. 

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  1. Thank you so much for being a part of my blog tour! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed my book. <3

  2. I think I would go to Tudor England. I would like to meet King Henry VIII (though probably not marry him ; )

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  3. Sounds boring but I'd probably just travel back to see my father who passed 10 years ago. I might also stop by the 20's for some fun! Thanks!

  4. I would so love to go back in time to like old China or France! France in the 18th century!I love their fashion back than! Those big fluffy dresses!:D

  5. I think I would like to go back to the Highlands and attend a clan festival :)

  6. Probably England during the Renaissance! I'd love to go to fancy parties with nobles and royals!

  7. I'd want to sit through Shakespeare's plays in the Globe theatre!