Interred (Chronicles of the Interred #1)
by Marilyn Almodóvar
Release Date: 01/22/13
Welcome to my stop on the Interred Blog Tour hosted by YA Bound! Click HERE to check out the rest of the tour schedule!
Summary from Goodreads:
Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.
As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.
To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.
As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.
About the Author:
Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.
It was this love that propelled her to choose Theater and French as majors in University, with a minor in English Victorian Literature. Lyn lived for almost a decade in England followed by three years in France before returning home to the States. A self-confessed citizen of the world, she is fluent in English, French and Spanish, with basic knowledge of the Italian language.
Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor…as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.
Lyn currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son. Her debut YA Novel, Interred, will be published by Iambe books on 01/22/2013.
This was a book that you definitely have to keep reading in order to get fully invested in the plot and characters. To be honest, the beginning wasn’t really holding my interest and I may not have kept reading if I wasn’t part of the blog tour. I’m really glad I gave it a full read though because the second half was much better than the first.
I loved Baxter from the get-go. I liked her relationship with her family and her inner thoughts were laced with humor. She comes across as an everyday girl with the very unique ability to control time. I thought the author did a good job of painting a picture of a normal girl thrust into a supernatural world she didn’t know existed.
The beginning of the book was slow. Nothing really started happening until I reached about forty percent of the book. The first half was her finding out her destiny and then having to deal with a temperamental spirit named Declan. Declan was hard to get a read on which made him an intriguing character.
It was an abrupt change of pace after Baxter and her family arrived in England. As part of a testing process of her magical abilities, Baxter and the other Interred are put in a Hunger Games like scenario where they have to survive magical attacks. I was a little confused at times over what was going on, but I liked the action sequences.
I loved Baxter’s interactions with the romantic interests of the book: Declan and Jack. Their characters were very entertaining and I kept guessing at their motivations. The book does have some twists that I was surprised about and made it worth the read.
Thanks to the author and YA Bound for a copy of this novel for the Interred Book Tour!
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
The giveaway includes:
- One signed paperback of Interred
- One autographed Interred tote bag
- One onyx pendant inspired by the book
- One angel pin inspired by the book
- Misc. book swag (magnet, wristband, postcard, phone skin)
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