Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Envisioned Blog Stop & Giveaway!

Brielle De Luca thought she was just an average girl, despite her nightly dreams of an impending apocalypse, along with a gorgeous man that pulls at her soul.

However, on the night of her 18th birthday, everything changes when she is thrown into the Elemental World, a world where she is supposedly the One that is spoken about in an ancient Prophecy; a Prophecy that states she is the key to preventing an apocalypse.

Now she must learn to control her power over the four elements, all while dealing with the love and intense passion of her bond to the man from her dreams, Jace Vasquez.

Piece of cake, right?


The fires surrounding me were blazing – I felt as though my skin was melting from the heat of the flames. The towering buildings in this foreign city were reduced to a pile of steaming cinder and rubble. I stood there immobilized by the destruction around me, powerless to stop it. Horrific winged beasts circled around me in the black sky, like vultures searching for their next meal. In the distance, I could see giants as tall as mountains roaming the city, leaving more destruction in their wake. Somehow, all of that wasn't as unsettling as when I saw him - those startling eyes, glowing like embers, burning into me with a look of desperation that I still could not comprehend. Why did he stare at me like I was his salvation? Why did he elicit feelings of longing in me like no other? Talons gripped at his shoulders, causing him to thrash and reach in my direction. They dragged him away into the blackness of the night, and his screams penetrated me to my soul. 

I woke up to the sounds of my own screaming, my unruly hair plastered to my skull by sweat, and my body racking in sobs at my lack of control. It felt like a memory given the vast number of times I had dreamt this exact scenario; I had been dreaming it for as long as I could remember. What did these dreams mean? Even though they were impossible, their constant recurrence had to signify something. Who was this man, and why did he arouse feelings in me that no other guy had come close to, even though we hadn't even met? I didn't even know if he existed, yet something deep down in my being screamed that he did. A part of me chastised myself for thinking something so ridiculous – it was just a dream; he wasn't real. Even still, another part hoped that he was real, and that one day, I would be able to give him what he so desperately pleaded for.

My Review:

My synopsis: For years Brielle De Luca has been having nightmares involving an unknown man who she is never able to save and isn't even sure really exists. On the night of her 18th birthday she meets the man she's been dreaming of & also comes into power she never knew she had. She's thrown head first into the world of elementals and has to quickly learn how to control her powers and live up to all the hype of being 'The One' the prophecy talks about, who will help fight off the impending apocalypse. Having to deal with repeated attacks, training, and a completely new life doesn't get her down though. If anything it makes her stronger, and angrier. So bad guys beware!

There is so much to love about this novel! The Greek mythology is a perfect touch in the world of Elementals Ms. Narvaez has created. I personally am a huge fan of mythology and found it refreshing to actually see it worked into a story and fit so perfectly. Brielle is a total bad ass and is everything you want your heroine to be. Jace Vasquez, her twin flame, compliments her perfectly. Even though they got together pretty quickly after meeting and were exchanging "I love you's" after a couple of days it worked with the story line. I adored their relationship and its intensity, and believed every second of it. The story flowed perfectly from one scene to the next and the suspense build up was excellent! I was on the edge of my seat flipping through page after page. 

When a novel can elicit such strong emotions from the reader, you know the author is pretty damn amazing. Through the entire last half of the book I was angry, frustrated, worried & just completely beside myself b/c I sympathized so deeply with our heroine Brielle. My stomach was literally in knots b/c I was so anxious to get to the end! And what an ending it was. I'm not a huge fan of cliffhangers, mostly b/c I'm super impatient , but also b/c you have to wait forever for the next installment. However, Ms. Narvaez left you with a "to be continued" kind of feel, which was absolutely perfect! All of the loose ends were tied up and it left off easily enough for the next book to pick right back up again. Of course I still can't wait to see what happens in book 2, but I'm content and won't be pulling my hair out in the meantime. I enjoyed the writing style immensely and would highly recommend Envisioned to anybody who loves an awesome action packed story with romance & drama, plus a touch of mythology. 

Meet The Author:

My name is Nikki Narvaez. I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, where I currently live with my husband, our two dogs, Bella and Oreo, and our cat, Cupcake. I have been teaching for four years, but I hope to become a full-time writer and stay at home mom one day. I am 26 years old, and have three older sisters who have blessed me with four nephews and one niece. In my free time, I love to write and play Texas Hold 'Em poker.

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