[Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY] Book Review: Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh

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Title: SCION OF THE SUN
Series: THE SOLAR SNATCHERS SERIES
Publication date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
ISBN-13: 978-0-9850294-3-2
ISBN eBook: 978-0-9850294-2-5
Author: Nicola Marsh

Purchase at:  Amazon / B&N / Kobo / iTunes

Acquisition: Chapter by Chapter / Month9Books

When she least expects it, sixteen-year old Holly Burton’s unremarkable life is shaken to the core. A vision of the mother Holly never knew leaves her questioning everything she believes.
Eager for answers, Holly enrolls at a boarding school for highly gifted students in Wolfebane, New Hampshire. But things will get worse before they get better, as Holly accidentally transports to a parallel existence where she’s confronted by a dark and ancient evil.
With the help of Joss, a sexy alpha warrior sworn to protect her, and her new BFF, the equally swoon-worthy Quinn, Holly faces her fears and an unlikely adversary in a showdown that is worse than anything she could’ve possibly imagined …

Praise for Scion of the Sun:

Charmed and drawn in by Holly’s spunk and snark, Scion of the Sun will leave you spinning and falling for Joss right along with Holly. Marsh’s unique story is packed with action, mystery, romance and suspense. This is not to be missed!”

Jennifer L. Armentrout, USA TODAY Bestselling Author

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Holly Burton has been the loner queen of the nerds for all sixteen years of her life. She hadn’t really cared much about standing out. She simply wanted to be a good girl with good grades to please her Nan. But when she gets a vision concerning her mother who abandoned her and a monster, her Nan gets a stroke and goes into a coma. And Holly must enroll in a boarding school, C.U.L.T., to find guidance from Brigit, the principal and Nan’s friend, and have her questions answered.

But by coincidence, Holly gets transported into Eiros, a parallel domain, where the Sun or Belenus worshippers reside. She meets Joss, the warrior who has sworn to protect her and help her, as she finds out that she is the Scion of the Sun who is responsible for saving the world. She must singlehandedly accomplish tasks in order to achieve the final goal. As a big responsibility is thrust upon her, she must learn how to step out of her comfort zone and embrace her duty, and hone abilities that are supposedly innate in her – teleportation, precognition, etc.

Holly has always felt insecure about herself. Students at her previous high school were mean to her and called her names. She never felt like she could stand out in a good way. But transferring to a new school offered her a new start, and there are some who would consider her as a friend. And she will also be somewhat welcomed in Eiros. She allowed herself to open up a little, and she had this snarky attitude in her that makes people laugh. She found that she could actually make friends. What was difficult for her though was having to deal with her obligation.

I saw myself connecting with Holly even though I didn’t really personally relate to her. I could feel her confusion at the start of the book where she’s just starting to find out about things. I felt her fear, and there were even some chilling parts for me that really didn’t sit well with me. I felt her attraction toward Joss and her attempts at rationalizing things. I understood how she couldn’t easily trust the people around her.

Joss was a very confusing guy, but he was definitely attractive. Even when there was another guy in the picture, Holly still chose Joss. There’s just a certain connection between the two of them. I’m not really sure what to feel about Quinn though. Quinn was a great friend to Holly, and he’s making it evident how attracted he is to Holly. But I can’t seem to fully trust him or like him. Maybe it’s because he’s related to Brigit who seems kooky, but Quinn doesn’t seem to be a consistent character. I feel like he has a lot of secrets or something. Maybe I will feel better about him once I read the sequel?

There’s a lot of detail that went into this book that would be best read from the book itself. There were a lot of descriptions about the C.U.L.T. and Eiros as well as different symbols and paraphernalia for the rituals, psychic stuff, and others. There was also a lot of explanations on the history and culture of the Sun worshippers. I think that Nicola Marsh was able to write a unique and elaborate world. I also like how she referred to a lot of other popular young adult books.

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OVERALL, Scion of the Sun was definitely an engrossing and interesting read on a fantasy world where certain people have special abilities and some even live in a parallel world. Learning about the Sun worshippers was definitely fascinating. And Holly was definitely compelling me to know more about her and see where everything is going. I think the ending was satisfying, yet leaves more to look forward to in the sequel. I personally like the mystery, the fantasy, the humor, the world-building, and a lot of things that went into this book.

RATING:

4-star

Nicola MarshUSA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, spooky stories for teens.
She has published 43 contemporary romances with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Her first mainstream romance BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD was nominated for Romantic Book of the Year 2012. Her first indie romance, CRAZY LOVE, was a 2012 ARRA finalist.
Her debut young adult novel, a supernatural thriller BANISH, released with Harlequin Teen August 2013, and her YA urban fantasy series kicks off with SCION OF THE SUN, November 2013, with Month9Books.
She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and a multi-finalist for a number of awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has also won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.
A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favorite, curling up with a good book!
Find her on her: Website / Facebook / Twitter

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 One (1) print copy of Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh and Endless by Amanda Gray, and one (1) $15 Starbucks Gift Card (US Only)
One (1) ebook copy of Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh and Endless by Amanda Gray (INT)
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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.
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