Monday, February 10, 2014

Blog Tour Stop, Giveaway and Review: Run to You by Clara Kensie

(available February 1, 2014)
Part One in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…
Sarah Spencer has a secret: her real name is Tessa Carson, and to stay alive, she can tell no one the truth about her psychically gifted family and the danger they are running from. As the new girl in the latest of countless schools, she also runs from her attraction to Tristan Walker—after all, she can’t even tell him her real name. But Tristan won’t be put off by a few secrets. Not even dangerous ones that might rip Tessa from his arms before they even kiss…

(available February 8, 2014)
Part Two in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…
Tessa Carson has unlocked her heart and her secrets to Tristan Walker—but Tristan has secrets of his own, and his might just mean the end of Tessa’s family. Unaware, Tessa embraces falling in love and being herself for the first time since she was attacked when she was only eight years old. But secrets can’t be run from forever, and sometimes love is too good to be true…

(available February 15, 2014)
Part Three in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…
Betrayed, heartbroken, and determined to save her family, Tessa Carson refuses to give in to Tristan Walker’s pleas for forgiveness. But her own awakening psychic gift won’t let her rest until she uncovers the truth about her family and her past. And Tristan is the only one who can help her sift through the secrets to find the truth hidden in all the lies…

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About the Author
Clara Kensie grew up near Chicago, reading every book she could find and using her diary to write stories about a girl with psychic powers who solved mysteries. She purposely did not hide her diary, hoping someone would read it and assume she was writing about herself. Since then, she’s swapped her diary for a computer and admits her characters are fictional, but otherwise she hasn’t changed one bit.

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My Review 

This was probably one of the first serial novels that I truly enjoyed. I always feel like serials don’t provide enough of the story and characterizations and world building are hastily done. Run to You was a fun fast paced read that kept me wanting more as I reached the end of each serial.

Tessa was a mixed bag for me. Sometimes I liked her and other times her mood swings would get annoying. She was practically bipolar when it came to her relationship with Tristan and I really didn’t get why he fell in love with her so quickly. Tristan was a good male lead and I was glad his character became more intriguing as the story went on.

The characters aside, I really liked the premise of the books. Tessa and her family are on the run and need to constantly change their identities in order to keep their paranormal abilities from being exposed. Tessa is the “neutral” one of the family and has to deal with never having a normal childhood.

There were some twists and turns that added a lot of suspense. There was a little bit of predictability to the plot and I think it would’ve been better if the hints to what was going to happen were subtler. However, I still liked it enough to read all three serials back to back.

I rated each book between 4 to 4 ½ stars. I think the middle book was my favorite of the three. The story arc is concluded in Third Charm, but there’s enough unanswered questions that more serials will be released in the summer.

Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars

I received a copy of the novel as part of the Run to You blog tour.

3 winners will receive a package of Harlequin TEEN books which includes: 

  • PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry (print)
  • INDIGO AWAKENING by Jordan Dane (print)
  • a SOUL SCREAMERS volume by Rachel Vincent (print)
  • All three parts of RUN TO YOU Book One (ebooks)
    • Part One: First Sight
    • Part Two: Second Glance
    • Part Three: Third Charm

Contest is void where prohibited. Entrants must be 18 or else have parent or guardian’s permission to enter. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond  or another winner’s name will be selected. Winning entries will be verified for authenticity.

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  1. I haven't seen much about these, but glad they were enjoyable even if main characters is a mixed bag

  2. I'm not a huge fan of serials. I know a lot of folks are producing them now, but not sure I'm ever gonna get into one. Maybe when they're finished? :) LOL! Wonderfully written review, Heather. Thanks for sharing! WRITE ON!