October 23, 2013

Dark Migration Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Dark Migration blog tour! Today I have my review of the book to share with you and don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the post to enter the giveaway!

Dark Migration (Butterfly Harvest #2)
Author: Sandra R. Campbell
Genre: New Adult Horror/Dark Fantasy
Release Date: August 2013

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble 

Seanna Raines is on a journey of self-discovery. Only her search does not include college applications or finding a cool summer job. After killing Samuel Bolvayne, the ‘man’ she fears and loves, Seanna is not looking for who she is, but rather what she will become.

Samuel spent countless lifetimes trying to forge a companion like himself, but his previous attempts were considered failures. Until Seanna. She is his first true success… and his ultimate undoing. Now, without Samuel to guide her, Seanna is lost. To survive, she needs to find out what her transformation means: super strength, the ability to smell human emotions, and an ever-increasing need to devour human souls. Seanna travels to Samuel’s earthly homeland, along the coast of South Africa, in search of answers. Here, she encounters several of his failed experiments, who claim to know the truth. These abominations lead her into a sinister world of chaos and destruction, where the birthplace of evil is revealed.

Seanna clings to the last piece of her humanity while struggling to accept her feelings for Samuel and what she has done to him. Just as Seanna embraces her fate, she is forced to choose between life as an immortal with the one she loves or sacrifice it all to save a world that does not deserve saving.

Dark Migration is the second book in the Butterfly Harvest series that continues to follow leading lady Seanna Raines. Seanna is still trying to adjust to life after killing Samuel - the 'man' she both fears and loves. She's trying to figure out who she is and what exactly she will become. As Seanna attempts to come to terms with her transformation, she decides to travel to Samuel's homeland in South Africa to seek answers. While there, she meets several of his "failed experiments" who all claim to know the truth. What they show Seanna may very well lead to her losing her grip on humanity and not accepting her fate. Should she choose life as an immortal and be with the one she loves or should she sacrifice everything to save a world that doesn't deserve to be saved?

This book was truly intriguing and had me captivated from the very first paragraph. The plot behind the story was incredibly unique and I loved getting to know as much as I could about the characters, their histories and back stories, and the strange places and happenings surrounding them. The author wrote with such great descriptions and vivid details that I could easily imagine myself right beside Seanna throughout the book. Seanna was a great main character. She's very realistic - confused, insecure, lost, heartbroken and torn between two choices that have the power to change everything. On top of these things, she also struggles to understand her transformation and the various powers she possesses. I easily identified and empathized with her early on in the book and rooted for her until the end. The plot was really fresh and fascinating. The book has a fast pace and a natural flow that had me immersed in the story almost immediately. I'm eager to see what will happen in the next book and definitely recommend this series to fans of horror and dark fantasy fiction.
Sandra R. Campbell lives along the tranquil waters of the Chesapeake Bay with her new husband and weight challenged cat. She can trace her passion for the macabre back to reading Edgar Allen Poe as a child, with her pet crow, Big Fellow, by her side. She has since submerged herself in a wide range of dark literature. An avid thrill seeker, Sandra is always looking for her next big adrenaline rush, and when spelunking, climbing, diving and monster hunting fails to deliver, she turns to the creation of through-the-rabbit-hole worlds and sends her characters on their own adventures. Her first NA paranormal thriller, Butterfly Harvest, was published in September 2010. Sandra also writes children’s stories, is an active member of the Maryland Writers’ Association and the head of a MWA critique group.

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