02 March 2011 ~ 9 Comments

Faustine by Imogen Rose – With Giveaway!

Note: Did you know I have super powers? I can make authors bend to my whims. Yup! The below was pre-written, but actually, Ms. Rose apparently caved and has released her book early least she completely ruin my birthday (see, authors do care!)! You can find a copy HERE. Happy Reading and scroll down to the bottom for an awesome contest! Hurry, contest ends March 14 at 6pm Central!

Note: I first want to warn you that I’m a fan of this author’s first series. I actually tried to convince her to release the book TODAY since it’s my birthday and all, but alas, she had to stick to this silly March 14th thing. To try to appease me, she’s offered up a giveaway - scroll down to get the deets on that!

So the book…

I’m really going to try to write this without spoilers because fans of The Portal Chronicles will undoubtedly read this next series – The Bonfire Chronicles. Imogen Rose does not disappoint with the first book of this series. Her smooth and easy-flow writing continue with this book. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to curl up with a glass of wine (err, orange juice, it is YA afterall) or if I wanted to sit up in bed and read it quickly before I fell asleep. I did a bit of both, in the end :)

Her characters have depth, with a lot more room to grow in the coming books. But where the author shines is her ability to write a YA novel where I actually like the main characters. It’s very rare that I don’t want to smother the main characters and I kind of wanted to adopt Faustine. It’s all very confusing because I keep looking for a character that I hate. I didn’t even hate the bad guys all that much.

The cover art for this edition kind of grabs you. Who is the girl with the red eyes and what is her story? I will admit that her story was absolutely nothing like I thought it would be. To be brutally honest, I wasn’t sure if Ms. Rose could pull it off. The Portal Chronicles were well done, but very niched. I thought if she stuck to what she knows, we’d be okay, but while the book first unfolded and we found out more about Faustine I was wondering how’d she pull it off. Well, she certainly pulled it off. The woman has a gift…

…. until I got to a certain part of the book. I don’t want to give anything away, but a certain word in the book sent me running around to search my books from her first series. Imogen Rose is a genius… an evil genius. I just… oh, I want to say more, but you guys would hate me if I ruin it! Having said that, it’s VERY small and you do NOT have to have read the first series to read this one. It was just a… thing.

The story itself is well written. The storyline unfolds with grace and and pace. The plot is well-thought-out and well-planned, but leaves enough room to add in a few surprises. I was shocked when I learned Faustine’s secret. It came a bit out of left field, but a very pleasant surprise – I was folded in and felt invested in her life and what was going on around (and within) her.

I realize I’m not telling you much here, but I don’t want to give anything away from the description (make sure you read it!). Just trust me… it’s a great book and makes my “must read” for the year.

This book is recommended for for fans of Young Adult books and those who are looking for something easy and fun to read.

From the author’s website:
Who is Faustine? When Faustine Spencer was five years old, she discovered a secret that changed her life forever. At twelve, her parents sent her to Bonfire Academy in Switzerland to ensure that she received the training needed to control her increasing powers. 

Three years later, Faustine returns to Manhattan. All she wants is to be a typical teenager, at least, one that’s part of the in-crowd at her Upper East Side High School. When drop-dead gorgeous Ryker, her long-time crush from the Academy, finally notices her, she couldn’t be happier.

However, her desire for a normal life is shattered when her father, a prominent sovereign, disappears after naming her as his successor. Her siblings begin to disappear, and Faustine finds herself in the midst of a power struggle. With her life in danger, Faustine must learn to follow one of Bonfire Academy’s most important rules: Trust no one.

Rating: ★★★★★

Book count for 2011: 14

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Now for the giveaway! Because it’s my birthday and she tries to keep me from whining, Imogen has offered up a teddy bear. Lookit… it’s right over there on the left. CUTE! We have one of these to give away! Just post a comment and tell me what YOU think Faustine’s secret is. The winner will be randomly drawn, so it doesn’t matter how far out your guess is (and I’m betting no one will get it anyway!) So tell us… what’s her secret? (and no fair if you’ve already read the book!) If you don’t win a bear, you can buy your own (as well as other swag from her CafePress storeHurry, contest ends March 14 at 6pm Central!

9 Responses to “Faustine by Imogen Rose – With Giveaway!”

  1. Imogen Rose 2 March 2011 at 8:27 pm Permalink

    Hope you had a wonderful Birthday! Thank you so much for the awesome review. Imogen

  2. Isaac Sweeney 3 March 2011 at 12:13 am Permalink

    Sounds like a good book, but I want a bear!

    It does sound like a good book and I’ll read it someday. Good luck with it and thanks for posting this review!

  3. karen 3 March 2011 at 7:57 am Permalink

    Hello Love the review. Would love to win the bear. Very cute. Hmm not sure if I’m entering the contest correctly but I have already read the book. So, I know she has discovered an interesting hint to a secret that she does not know. I can’t wait to read the 2nd book. I also am very eager to read the next Portal book.
    Karen

  4. Shawn Powers 3 March 2011 at 12:25 pm Permalink

    Note: Did you know I have super powers?

    Yes, and we want him back. You can’t just go stealing people’s pet barracudas on a whim. I expect Super to be returned to us soon.

    Signed,
    The Powers Family
    Shawn Powers´s last blog post ..Dear International Cafe “Cinnamon Dulce” Cappuccino…

  5. karenk 7 March 2011 at 5:27 pm Permalink

    Happy Birthday!!!

  6. Linda in TX 10 March 2011 at 10:46 pm Permalink

    Is it too late for the bear? I’m reading Faustine, now. Loving it, of course!

  7. Leilani 11 March 2011 at 6:20 pm Permalink

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    I read the ARC but I really want that bear!

    Leilani
    http://leilanilovesbooks.com
    Leilani´s last blog post ..ARC-Faustine by Imogen Rose

  8. Nicole Ward 11 March 2011 at 11:11 pm Permalink

    I am guessing that she has the power to hear other peoples thoughts.

  9. Andrea Burns 12 March 2011 at 5:34 pm Permalink

    I believe her secret is that she is able to heal people by touching them.


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