Blog Tour – Review + Excerpt and Giveaway: Brink of Dawn (Chosen #2) by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef

Welcome to the Brink of Dawn Tour

Authors Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef

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Follow-up to the multiple award-winning Wind Catcher:

They walk among us as if they are gods.

Only the Chosen know what they are.

Only the Chosen know to fear them.

And only the Chosen can defeat them.

Juliet Wildfire Stone and her best friend, Troy Buckhorn, barely escaped their sleepy Arizona town alive. Now they’re speeding to New York City to find the three other Chosen. The Chosen must band together to face an ancient foe that threatens all humanity.

Yet Juliet doesn’t know whom to trust, and strange things are happening in the City.

The Chosen will be tested, their resolve questioned, and their flaws exposed. Each must decide whether he or she will fulfill their destiny—or run. To defeat the enemy, they must stop battling among themselves and overcome their own struggles.

Only one can lead them. Will Juliet embrace her powers in time?

Brink of Dawn picks up where the multiple-award-winning first book in the Chosen series, Wind Catcher, left off, but it can also be read as a stand-alone novel. Continue the adventure! And be sure to watch for the third and final installment in this exciting series, Scorched Souls, to launch in late 2016.

Review

Disclaimer: This is the second book in the Chosen Series and needs to be read in order (in my opinion).

I remember reading Wind Catcher and being absolutely enthralled with the world the father-daughter duo had created, bu as time went on, more books were read and this series slipped back in my mind a bit.

I also remember thinking that when I got the mail for this blog tour – that I must have remembered wrong – that this series couldn’t be as exciting as I remember.

I am so happy to say that I was proven 100% wrong with this instalment!

We hit the ground running with Julie and Troy – with them trying to find the rest of the Chosen Ones. And every single page in this book is relevant – usually one finds a bit of lull in the middle of the action – especially in a fantasy novel – but that wasn’t really the case with this one. The tension is almost palpable – the mystery of not knowing how and when everything is going to come together kept me at the edge of my seat and it is absolutely easy for me to fly through the pages.

Every single character has his/her own background story, their own issues and personality that is brilliantly given their own due and it never feels as if even a single one is unnecessary to the plot. The fact that the authors had done this in the previous book without losing momentum and continues to do so in this one as well is a commendable effort.

But major cookie points is taken by the fact that the authors have taken a culture aka the Native American, that is so rarely used to in YA genre and done justice to it, honestly, is the best part of the book. For someone who is so unused to this culture, the authors made it quite easy to be enamoured with makes this series one of the best in my opinion 😀

This is one those YA series that is so rarely talked about but definitely deserves a following of its’ own – now if I could only write FanFiction about Julie and Tro, my life would be complete 😀

 

Rating

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26798372-beyond-repair?from_search=true&search_version=service

Excerpt

“You don’t have to do this, Jules.” Troy cocks his head to the side a little, the way he does when he’s worried about me.

The warm expression in his eyes melts my heart. What would I do without him?

He’s always looking out for me. I used to get into fights, but even when they were my fault, he’d always stand up for me. Now I need him more then ever. The fate of the world is at stake, and he’s still here beside me, standing up for me. He’ll die to protect me if he has to, but I don’t need him to protect me anymore. I need him close, to wrap his friendship around me like a blanket, to connect, to feel human.

Lately I’ve had a hard time feeling human without him.

“When was the last time I did something I didn’t want?” I smirk, but my words ring hollow, untrue—at least for me. I’m always stuck doing chores for other people, and now there’s an entire destiny to fulfill that’s been thrust upon me. I’d rather be normal and have nothing to do with this future, but we don’t get a chance to pick our destiny. At least I didn’t.

“What’s your mom going to say when she finds out?”

“Since when are you worried about my mom? You’ve been getting me in trouble since we were in kindergarten. Your name has been etched at the top of her Undesirable List since we were six. I’ve seen it. She keeps it posted on the refrigerator.”

Troy arches his eyebrows. “Hey, your mom loves me! I’m the other child she’s never had.”

“Are you serious?” I shoot him a half smile so he knows I’m joking.

Everybody loves Troy. Still, he’s not on the college track, and Mom wants me to go to one of the best colleges so I can make tons of money and become a big shot lawyer, like her or some other Master of the Universe that has no fun and works way too hard.

“Mom’s back home and we’re here. She doesn’t get a vote.”

He frowns. “It’s just that… once you do this, you can’t undo it. It’s forever.”

“Really. That’s the point.” I shove him lightly in the chest. I’m old enough to make up my own mind, but he’s just trying to protect me, so I can’t get too angry with him.

“What are your classmates at that fancy private school going to think when they find out?”

I pause for a second and look at him. I mean, really look at him, and peer past the handsome exterior: the almond-colored eyes, the chiseled chin, and the long raven hair that falls past his broad shoulders in a tight braid.

Beyond his confident shell, deep in his soul, he harbors doubts that trouble him—doubts he’ll never share with me. He’s making believe life will go back to normal once I fulfill this destiny—if I fulfill this destiny—but that’s not possible. Normal has become a bad joke, but I won’t shatter the illusion for him. He needs to sort events into a pattern he understands and imagine a time when life returns to what it was for us. It’s how he’s coping with the situation. I need to be strong for him. I can’t weaken his defenses, even if fears riddle my mind at every turn.

Giveaway

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About the Author

jeff altabefJeff Altabef is an award winning author who lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller, was his debut novel. Evolved Publishing has published Jeff’s second thriller, Shatter Point, which won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Fall 2014 in the category of Best Thriller.

Jeff’s first young adult novel, Wind Catcher: A Chosen Novel was published in March by Evolved Publishing. He’s extremely excited that his daughter, Erynn Altabef, is his co-author on the Chosen Series. As an avid Knicks fan, Jeff is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season. Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories.

As an avid Knicks fan, Jeff is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season. Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog designed to encourage writing by those who like telling stories.

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