October 9, 2014

Tortured Souls Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Tortured Souls blog tour! Today I'm sharing my review of the book with you - and don't forget to enter the giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

Tortured Souls (The Orion Circle #1)
Author: Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 29, 2014


Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option...

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.

Tortured Souls is the first book in a thrilling new young adult paranormal romance series. It follows our main character, Kacie, as she tries to make her way through teenage life. Only Kacie isn't like the other teenagers around - she can see ghosts. As if trying to get through high school wasn't enough - her family has been torn apart and her dad blames her, the pesky ghosts won't go away no matter how hard she tries, and now she's having visions of terrible murders and the person committing them each night. During a party, a ghost shows up and makes trouble - until Kacie's crush, Logan, saves her and then tells her about the Orion Circle. It's a network of teens with supernatural powers from all over the country - and for once, Kacie feels like she belongs somewhere and she can learn how to control her powers. A powerful demon who was a serial killer of children when he was alive, is now plotting his return to life using the soul energy of the children he murdered and imprisoned in his mansion's walls. Until he comes across Kacie - a medium who has enough power to become the vessel for his soul to return. Kacie and Logan must fight the Foxblood Demon and defeat him before he can return. But will they be strong enough to beat him or will Kacie ultimately lose herself to become his vessel?

The description of this book had me instantly curious after reading it. It sounded like a truly original story among the sea of other YA paranormal fiction out there. I'm so glad I decided to give it a try because it turned out to be a fantastic novel that had me glued to the pages from the first paragraph. I ended up getting sucked into the story and read it in a matter of hours without stopping. There was a lot going on in the book and a ton of twists that kept me on my toes. I loved Kacie as the main character. She was easy to identify with because she's just a regular teenage girl - who just happens to have supernatural powers. Her insecurities, fears, and hopes made her very accessible to me as a reader. I loved watching her character take on the obstacles in the book - they only made her stronger and more in control of herself and her powers. It was great to watch her mature so much along the way. Of course, I loved reading about Logan and Kacie - and how their relationship blossomed throughout the story. The romance was sweet and fit in well with the rest of the book. The plot was intriguing and definitely unique. I loved all of the supernatural and paranormal aspects the author uses in the story - from the ghosts of the dead children to the Foxblood Demon and who he is (and was), and the different powers the characters possessed. Another thing that really interested me was the story behind the Orion Circle. I loved learning about its history and the roles that it plays in the world. I hope we get to learn more about the circle in the coming books. With fast paced writing and suspense that has you on the edge of your seat - this book is definitely one that I recommend to fans of the genre. I also recommend it to fans of fantasy and paranormal fiction and those readers looking for something fresh and different from the norm. I'll definitely be reading the next book when it releases!

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America.

She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety.

Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!)

Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in the Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming August 2014.

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  1. Thanks for participating in the tour. I'm so glad you liked Tortured Souls! I'm working on book two now. It delves a bit deeper into the role the Orion Circle has played in the past.

  2. I love those books that are just so addicting you want to read all day/night! It sounds like the perfect read for this time of year, too! Glad you liked it, Steph! This sounds right up my alley! :)

  3. this series sounds great!! I actually had it in my tbr list before :)

  4. Thanks for the great post and chance to win!