Winner for the Changling/Witchling Giveaway

Congratulations, Claudia!

The winner of the Changling/Witchling by Ari Harper Giveway is Claudia. She has picked the first book, Witchling. I want to thank everyone who participated, and please stop back soon. There’s lots of giveaways going on now.

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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Changling by Ari Harper

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Title: Changling
Author: Ari Harper
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

Published October 30th, 2013 by Lyacon Press

 

Summary:

Sully has been struggling to find his place in the group while Nera and Bones fight to keep him safe from those that are hunting him as they did his forefather before him, the last Irish wolf. When they discover who it is, the race is on to allow him to change but protect him at all costs.

To complicate matters, a new family move in next door to Nera and she fears the worst. As they introduce them to the locals, Bones and Nera try to work out why they seem different.

In the meantime, Bones is invited for dinner and her mother falls under his charm and tries to match make, a situation Nera wants to avoid at all costs. With the battle to save Sully foremost in her mind, the constant niggling from her mother is the last thing she needs.

 
Excerpt:

“I think you’re a shape shifter, Sully.” His face was calm when he said the words.

We looked at him, and I think we were all stunned by what he said.

“Shape shifter. Seriously?” Sully asked. “What kind, exactly?”

“Witches and sorcerers who willingly transform into animals and back to their original form,” Bones said from the doorway in a deadpan voice.

I looked up at him, ignoring the way his lips curled into a small, secretive smile. His dark eyes met mine and he raised an eyebrow.

“Thank you, Bones. I couldn’t have said it better myself,” Jasper said.

Bones walked in and poured himself a cup of tea before coming over to sit at the table with us. We stared at him in disbelief. It was a change for me to be lost for words and I know he was enjoying it by the small smile making his lips twitch and the lights dance in his eyes.

“But you said witch or sorcerer,” Sully said. “I’m neither.”

“Actually, Sully, you are.” Jasper looked at him with a grin spreading across his face.

“If that is the case, then how come he can’t do anything?” I wasn’t sure that I believed this.

“Same as it is with you, girl dear. You came into your craft when needs arose or when your body was in the right place with your mind. These things can’t be rushed. We can try to educate Sully as we did with you, but if he isn’t ready… well, it’s up to him really.” Jasper shrugged his shoulders.

“What makes you so sure that’s what I am?” Sully asked nervously, locking his fingers together.

“Bones reminded me what skills my sons had. It stands to reason that they could have passed something onto you, even if it isn’t as strong as it was for them,” Jasper said. He watched the emotions rolling over Sully’s face and smiled.

Bones watched also, but it was me not Sully that was in his sight and I could feel him in my head. My mind was racing, working, quickly sorting out the pros and cons of Sully being a shape shifter and what it could mean to us as a group.

Get out of my head. My gaze bore into his before he looked away, a red tinge creeping up his beautifully chiseled cheekbones.

“Jasper, tell us how this is going to work for Sully,” I asked. “If he doesn’t feel it yet, how much longer will he have to wait to change and when he does, how does he go about it?” I flicked my hair from my face and held out my hands toward him. “Like for example, what does he change into, and how does he change back, and—”

“Slow down, girl dear.” Jasper laughed at me, holding up his hand, palm up. “One thing at a time.”

“What I don’t understand, Jasper,” Brie whispered, her eyes shiny and wide, “is how the shape shifter, you know, does the shifting.”

“Quite simple really, Brie. It’s much like Nera and her ability to move things. She thinks it and it is. The same with shape shifting. Think it and it shall be. Well, that’s the general idea anyway,” Jasper said frowning at his own words.

“Do you mean that if I decide that I’d like to turn into a horse, I would just have to think of it and it would happen?” Sully looked back and forth between Jasper and Bones.

“Not quite,” Bones replied, looking composed once again. “You need to find out what your animal is to start with and that could take a bit of work. Do you remember what Rogan’s animal was, Jasper?”

“Yes, it was the wolf,” Jasper replied, keeping his gaze on Sully.

“Does that mean that the wolf would be mine as well, or would I have a different one?”

“It would be fairly safe to say that you would follow in his footsteps and have the same animal as your ancestor,” Bones replied.

From Jasper’s son Rogan down through the ages to Sully. His skills had come to him from his mother, the Lady Leona, youngest sister of Mari, Queen of the Witches. It was a great surprise to find that Brie and Sully were related to Jasper, but to find that some of his son’s skills could had come down to my friends was extraordinary to say the least.

When we were trying to find Sully’s place in our circle, we hadn’t thought that there would be a connection other than the bloodline. If we had taken more of an interest in the history of our ancestors, we might have had an idea earli

“I think you’re a shape shifter, Sully.” His face was calm when he said the words.

We looked at him, and I think we were all stunned by what he said.

“Shape shifter. Seriously?” Sully asked. “What kind, exactly?”

“Witches and sorcerers who willingly transform into animals and back to their original form,” Bones said from the doorway in a deadpan voice.

I looked up at him, ignoring the way his lips curled into a small, secretive smile. His dark eyes met mine and he raised an eyebrow.

“Thank you, Bones. I couldn’t have said it better myself,” Jasper said.

Bones walked in and poured himself a cup of tea before coming over to sit at the table with us. We stared at him in disbelief. It was a change for me to be lost for words and I know he was enjoying it by the small smile making his lips twitch and the lights dance in his eyes.

“But you said witch or sorcerer,” Sully said. “I’m neither.”

“Actually, Sully, you are.” Jasper looked at him with a grin spreading across his face.

“If that is the case, then how come he can’t do anything?” I wasn’t sure that I believed this.

“Same as it is with you, girl dear. You came into your craft when needs arose or when your body was in the right place with your mind. These things can’t be rushed. We can try to educate Sully as we did with you, but if he isn’t ready… well, it’s up to him really.” Jasper shrugged his shoulders.

“What makes you so sure that’s what I am?” Sully asked nervously, locking his fingers together.

“Bones reminded me what skills my sons had. It stands to reason that they could have passed something onto you, even if it isn’t as strong as it was for them,” Jasper said. He watched the emotions rolling over Sully’s face and smiled.

Bones watched also, but it was me not Sully that was in his sight and I could feel him in my head. My mind was racing, working, quickly sorting out the pros and cons of Sully being a shape shifter and what it could mean to us as a group.

Get out of my head. My gaze bore into his before he looked away, a red tinge creeping up his beautifully chiseled cheekbones.

“Jasper, tell us how this is going to work for Sully,” I asked. “If he doesn’t feel it yet, how much longer will he have to wait to change and when he does, how does he go about it?” I flicked my hair from my face and held out my hands toward him. “Like for example, what does he change into, and how does he change back, and—”

“Slow down, girl dear.” Jasper laughed at me, holding up his hand, palm up. “One thing at a time.”

“What I don’t understand, Jasper,” Brie whispered, her eyes shiny and wide, “is how the shape shifter, you know, does the shifting.”

“Quite simple really, Brie. It’s much like Nera and her ability to move things. She thinks it and it is. The same with shape shifting. Think it and it shall be. Well, that’s the general idea anyway,” Jasper said frowning at his own words.

“Do you mean that if I decide that I’d like to turn into a horse, I would just have to think of it and it would happen?” Sully looked back and forth between Jasper and Bones.

“Not quite,” Bones replied, looking composed once again. “You need to find out what your animal is to start with and that could take a bit of work. Do you remember what Rogan’s animal was, Jasper?”

“Yes, it was the wolf,” Jasper replied, keeping his gaze on Sully.

“Does that mean that the wolf would be mine as well, or would I have a different one?”

“It would be fairly safe to say that you would follow in his footsteps and have the same animal as your ancestor,” Bones replied.

From Jasper’s son Rogan down through the ages to Sully. His skills had come to him from his mother, the Lady Leona, youngest sister of Mari, Queen of the Witches. It was a great surprise to find that Brie and Sully were related to Jasper, but to find that some of his son’s skills could had come down to my friends was extraordinary to say the least.

When we were trying to find Sully’s place in our circle, we hadn’t thought that there would be a connection other than the bloodline. If we had taken more of an interest in the history of our ancestors, we might have had an idea earlier.

~*~

Book One:
 
Witchling (Curse of Kin #1) by Ari Harper
Published November 29th, 2012 by Lycaon Press
 
 
Summary:

Nera is a normal teenage girl living in Ireland, or so she thought until she discovers the family secret.. now her world is forever changed.

Descended from a long line of witches, she discovers she is the one who has to stop the curse that has taken the life of every girl before her.

And if that isn’t enough, she must learn to use magic from the man called Bones. He is the son of Mari, Queen of the Witches…and a god. It is Bones who has been entrusted to teach her the skills she needs to stay alive, which wouldn’t be so bad if he didn’t have an uncanny knack for pushing her buttons.

Can Nera succeed and resist the charms of the man who gets under her skin at every opportunity?

Author Information:
Ari Harper never wanted to grow up. To offset the limitations of aging ungracefully, she created her own set of unique worlds where she can be and do whatever she wants. Gods, witches and demons surround Ari while she spins her magic, doing mainly what they tell her to do. Given a chance, she prefers to work amongst chaos, which is good because she is constantly surrounded by children, all clamoring for attention. Some of them end up in her stories, some of them even get to die grisly deaths or be cast away to another realm.
 

Review for Witchling by Ari Harper

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My Rating: 3.5/5

Author:  Ari Harper
Title: Witchling

Genre:  Young Adult/Paranormal

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Series: Curse of Kin #1

Released: November 29th 2012

Publisher: Lycaon/Breathless Press

Purchase: Amazon

About the Author

Ari Harper never wanted to grow up.

To offset the limitations of aging ungracefully, she created her own set of unique worlds where she can be and do whatever she wants.

Gods, witches and demons surround Ari while she spins her magic, doing mainly what they tell her to do. Given a chance, she prefers to work amongst chaos, which is good because she is constantly surrounded by children, all clamoring for attention. Some of them end up in her stories, some of them even get to die grisly deaths or be cast away to another realm.

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Okay, now here’s my review for the book!

Background:

Amazon Description:
Nera is a normal teenage girl living in Ireland, or so she thought until she discovers the family secret.. now her world is forever changed.

Descended from a long line of witches, she discovers she is the one who has to stop the curse that has taken the life of every girl before her.

And if that isn’t enough, she must learn to use magic from the man called Bones. He is the son of Mari, Queen of the Witches…and a god. It is Bones who has been entrusted to teach her the skills she needs to stay alive, which wouldn’t be so bad if he didn’t have an uncanny knack for pushing her buttons.

Can Nera succeed and resist the charms of the man who gets under her skin at every opportunity?

Opinions:
Witchling is the first book in a series. It follows Nera in her adventures when she discovers her family’s secrets. Finding out you’re a witch can be intense enough, but finding out you’re a witch and the only one to stop a 800 year old curse is another. Together with her uncle and friends, Nera must focus on training and enhancing her abilities to save not only the people she loves but the world.

Characters:
The story is written in first person following Nera. Nera is a spunky girl who is not afraid to tell you what is on her mind. This has the tendency to get her into some trouble – especially with her protector, Bones. She’s not your typical girly girl, but loves to run and be athletic. This gives her edge when she trains to help break a 800 year old curse that plagues her family. Although she is a strong character, she still has some growing up to do. At times, I felt that her five year old brother was more mature than her. Perhaps, it is the teenage hormones, but her bickering was a little much at times in the book. Jasper, her uncle that is cursed, lives in an old castle – his family home. He is a loveable character who is also like a father figure to Nera and her friends. He has some magic and helps train Nera for the upcoming battle, but it is Bones (real name Brian) who is the main trainer. Brian is not only Nera’s trainer but protector. They are destined to be together forever – part of the job requirement of a protector. This doesn’t bode too well with Nera who starts a fight with him at any opportunity she can. She doesn’t like being bossed around, and Bones does just that.  I think my favorite character out the book was Roman, Nera’s brother. He’s a smart little boy and very mature for his age. He also plays a small part in this whole story. The characters in the book are eclectic – human, gods/goddesses, witches, demons, and even a dog. You never know who has powers in this book.

Plot:
The plot mainly focuses on the prep work for defeating Edrith (which will break the curse.) Training does not always go so well and there are attacks that stop their progress. They only have a short amount of time before Edrith attacks Nera, and that puts some strain on relationships. The story itself moved along well – there is always something happening – although I found the main components of the story a little repetitive. What I mean is the scenarios might be different but the underlining current was the same. The climax of the book does hold the battle that they have been training for; the story does not cut off at a cliffhanger before that. The story was entertaining, but I would have liked to see a little more background explained with some of the characters. There were also a few things that were not tied up at the end that I thought should have been. (I can’t really go into details about that because they would be spoilers, so I will leave the comment like it is.) One loose end that could have been addressed in the book (that is not really a spoiler) is how Jasper could live all that time in his castle without anyone questioning it. I understand that it is a little remote, but the man drinks a ton of tea (and obviously eats.) Surely, people would notice if a man came into shop and never changed, right?

The Bottom Line:
Overall, I like the book. If you like young adult books with a paranormal twist, then you might want to try this book out.