Tuesday, May 26, 2015

RELEASE DAY: "Descendant" by LJ Amodeo

About the Book:
A forbidden love, a sacred bloodline, and  
a powerful gift, plagues the last remaining descendant  
with an unspeakable burden and an unforgivable  
fate. Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Anne Morgan 
 is no stranger to the paranormal world.  
Haunted by voices and visions for most of her young life, 
 she begins to question her sanity as a teen, 
setting her apart as an outcast in school.  
In quatrains and sacred manuscripts,  
a Chosen One is prophesied, yet Elizabeth does  
not know she is the descendant of the holiest woman  
who ever walked the earth. The whispers and cries,  
Imagemeant for her mind only, are those of lost souls  
pleading to be liberated by the true holder of the key.  
In her senior year of high school, Elizabeth meets  
two strangers, both who know her secret  
and who turn her world upside down.  
Meanwhile, her only friend Freddie, loyal,  
devoted and secretly in love with her,  
stands quietly in the shadows of her life  
as she begins to unfold the mystery  
of who she is destined to become. 

by L.J. Amodeo 
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing  
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015 
Language: English  
Genre: Young Adult Supernatural Romance 
Paperback325 pages 
E-Book: 325 
Purchase Linkhttp://smarturl.it/descendant1

About the Author:

LJ Amodeo was born and raised in New York. A wife and busy mother of three, she juggles many jobs as a devoted NYC middle school foreign language teacher, owner/founder of BizzyMom Productions, and author of the Descendant Series. LJ, always had a flare for writing and attended St. John’s University with hopes of someday becoming a journalist. However, her passion of working with adolescents, inspired her to become a public school teacher. She always knew that working with kids would be her greatest reward and joy.  

LJ first started her writing career on a whim of imagination, subliminal messages in 2009. She is enthusiastic about her first novel DESCENDANT scheduled to come out in the spring of 2015. Long hours and many sleepless nights, her thoughts are transcribed into this high paced, dark young adult/crossover paranormal romance. This epic novel is the first book in a series. Book two, THE CONCEPTION will be released late summer, 2015. 

Email: ljamodeoauthor@gmail.com 

Blog Tour: May 24 - 31, 2015 

Author: LJ Amodeo 
Title: Descendant 
Series: Book One 
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance 
Release Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 
Online Release event: (don’t have one set up) 
Publishing House: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly 
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/JIaDhpnGocA 


Chapter 1:  
Another morning, another night with the same dream; my father applauding my performance of Beethoven’s Silence. He sat beside me on the bench of the baby grand, clapping exuberantly and cheering, “Bravissima!”  I could almost feel his lips brushing over my hair as I sat there staring out my window. I missed him. Not a day went by that I didn’t feel his absence, in my heart, and in our home.  
Feeling sluggish from a restless night’s sleep, I thought about my father, reliving the last time I saw him. Remembering him as the kind, loving father who had nurtured me as a child, got harder every day. My memories now, were of a man who shouted obscenities instead of praises. A man who had lost his mind. Terrifying me, until I felt broken. The man who walked out on us almost eight years ago, no longer resembled the one I called Dad. He became a stranger, yet he still haunted my dreams. The ghost who lingered in my mind and soul. A burden I wondered if I could handle much longer. 


Buy Links: http://smarturl.it/descendant1
Web page: ljamodeo.com 
Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ljamodeo.1 
Instagram Page: @lj_amodeo 
Twitter: @ljamodeo


My Review:

*I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.*

First of all, let me begin by saying that I was so glad to read a YA paranormal book that had the love story as the background rather than shoved down your throat in a flurry of whispered promises and too many adverbs.
Let's start with the characters: Elizabeth is a teen with a lot of emotional baggage, after her father abandoned her mother and her and has now passed away. To top it off, Elizabeth can hear the voices of the dead, and as time progresses, they get worse, making doctors think she might be schizophrenic. She's lower class in a high class school and is constantly teased. Something I think 99% of my readers can relate to, myself included.
Freddie is her best friend and secret admirer. He's happy-go-lucky and positive, always supporting her no matter what. He is the perfect BFF...but will he ever be more to Elizabeth?
There is mystery and intrigue, plot twists and character development. The reader, along with Elizabeth, won't know what to do or who to trust at times. But they will know one thing: that Elizabeth is a very realistic and likable main character. She's just like you...except she's got a very difficult journey ahead of her.
The book ends on a major cliffhanger, which makes you want to count the days till the book two is released. Unfortunately, that is also the reason this book gets a four instead of a five from me. I can't give a full rating when it's not a full story. I know I have said this before and it's true.
But I loved reading this book. It was fun, engrossing and mysterious. LJ just might be the next big thing in YA fiction!

4/5--what a cliffhanger!

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