by Christine Fonseca
Publisher: Compass Press
Published: October 30,2012
Length: 324 pages
Genre: YA/Paranormal Romance
Welcome to the Virtual Blog Tour for LIBERA ME, Book #2 in the Requiem Series by Christine Fonseca.
Beginning after Lacrimosa and the short story Mea Culpa, Libera Me follows Zane and Aydan as they try to figure out who Nessa really is. Read on for more information on the book and author plus my review and the giveaway!
What happens when everything you’ve sacrificed for is lost?
Aydan thought Nesy’s death would be the end of him, until he meets Nessa and his hope is restored. Could she be Nesy reborn? He is certain she must be. That is, until her lack of memories and incessant nightmares begin to erode his faith.
Zane is used to trusting his mind, his wisdom and his angelic senses. But these attributes are no help with Nessa. He has no way to be certain of her identity, no way to know the truth. That is, unless he listens to the one thing he has refused to acknowledge throughout his existence - he feelings for Nesy.
Blind to both angel and demon, Aydan and Zane must figure out the truth behind Nesy's identity before all is lost, Azza discovers the truth and the Beast is again unleashed.
The lines between good and evil have never been so blurred.
Libera Me officially released October 30th (my birthday!!). And be sure to check out the other books in the series:
DIES IRAE (Free from Amazon and Smashwords)
MEA CULPA (Free from Amazon and Smashwords)
My Review: 4 Stars, 1 Flame
You've heard the term, "The plot thickens"? Libera Me does that and then some! As you may recall, Aydan was heartbroken after Nesy's death however as this book begins, he believes he has perhaps found Nesy reborn as Nessa. One problem: She has no memories of Nesy, no memories of Aydan and no memories of their life together. Will they be able to work through all of this, their problems, old and new, and come out ahead?
The Good: First off, I love that the author has dedicated the book to Aydan and Zane...that is how real they have become to her and just how much a part of her life they are...a part of her soul. So, the emotions that this story brings out as you read shouldn't surprise you. They are pretty amazing. Heartbreaking one minutes, joyous the next, mystery, vulnerability, anger, gentleness, warmth, uncertainty, intimacy, sadness...the list goes on and on. While Nesy has lost her surety and strength, Aydan has grown and matured. He and Zane are really the primary focus this go round. Ah Zane... could there be a more worthy yet tortured hero? What an angel...literally. (swoon) And Christine writes him so well! The whole book actually. The climate and tempo of the book just build and build towards the crescendo at the end, making the whole thing worth it. While I know there is to be another book, this one left me feeling complete and for that I cannot thank Christine enough. I hate it when I am left just hanging there, you know?
The Bad: Does there have to be a "Bad"? Because I sure do not see any. This book is really written so beautifully that I cannot complain one bit.
The Snuggly: There are many parts of this book with incredibly tender moments. However, as a YA should be, it is clean and non-intimate. Don't let that make you think that there isn't any heat. When you have one who is in love and one who is in love but swears will never tell, yes, well, heat. Oh, and the cover? HOT. ;)
The Rest: This was a real page turner, not a book to be put down for long, that is for sure. And what is this book about? Redemption. Sacrifice...sometimes you have to sacrifice for those you love and this book has love in spades. So, should you read it? Well, you will understand it more fully if you read the other books first - Dies Irae (Novella), Lacrimosa (Full-length novel), Mea Culpa (Novella), then Libera Me. And while this an Angel book, it is also a good 'people' book...a good, clean YA novel that is sure to pull you into it's grasp and never let you go!
Welcome to my Interview with none other than Christine Fonseca!
SnifferWalk: Christine, we are so delighted to have you here with us today. Thank you so much for coming!
Christine: My pleasure. Thank you for having me.
SW: So, I know you have a new book out, Libera Me. Why don't you please tell us about your current release?
C: I am thrilled to be here talking about Libera Me. This is the second full-length novel in the Requiem Series. In this book, Aydan and Zane have to figure out if the character Nessa is the embodiment of Nesy, and what that means to all of them. The story is much darker and more emotional compared to book #1. So far, the response is primarily positive, though I know some are missing the action from Book #1. But don’t worry....there is a LOT of action to come...
SW: Cool! So, what was your favorite chapter or part to write?
C: This was a very difficult book for me to write, so in many respects, none of it. And all of it. In truth, I loved the majority of the scenes in this book. In particular, there is a creeptastic scene involving a deserted hallway in a HS campus, a raging storm and some demons. Yea...love that scene. I also have a scene I call my “ghost” scene...one in which Zane and Nessa...well, let’s just say it is swoon worthy. That was probably my fav to write.
SW: So if you were to describe your characters in terms of ordering a Starbuck's coffee, what sort of would your characters order? Simple coffee, complicated soy-non-fat-extra-espresso-half-caff-nightmare?
C: Love this question – first because I am a diehard Starbucks fan, and secondly because the book takes place near Seattle! Okay, so coffee drinks for my main characters: for AYDAN – the more complicated the better. He would have an upside-down carmel machiato with 2 shots of expresso. Definitely! for ZANE, he is more a simple coffee with room for cream. And NESSA, it varies between a Chai Tea, extra hot, and a straight shot of expresso.
SW: Fun! That gives us a good idea of what to expect. :) So, with your writing, have you had any rejections?
C: I don’t know an author that hasn’t dealt with some sort of rejection on this journey – from agents, from editors, from readers, from other writers. It’s just the nature of this business. In my case, I have dealt with all of it. A TON of it. And, honestly, I try to stay as neutral as I can. I have a couple of dear friends I can confess my sorrow too...otherwise, I let it go. I choose not to let the rejection define me. That said, I absolutely do have an emotional reaction. Of course – it is a piece of “me” out there for all to see. But I keep that emotional reaction to my closest buds. Only them.
SW: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
C: Many actually, though they are not really “new”. I love Ali Cross, Abbi Glines, and more recently, Katja Millay. Now she has an AMAZING future ahead of her!
SW: Ooh Ali Cross is one of my favorites! What do you think has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? Conversely, what has been the best compliment?
C: Another great question. Ok, here goes it – toughest criticism: I was once told that my nonfiction book on parenting gifted children actually made the reader LOSE IQ points. Seriously. Ouch, right?!? Best compliment: Being told that I am an artist a la Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare and Michelangelo. I don’t have the words to express my thoughts on that...just extreme gratitude.
SW: Harsh and amazing. Wow! Okay, time for a fun question. Who was the first boy you kissed?
C: Like most, I will never forget my first kiss. I was a freshman in High School, he was a senior. And a good friend. I remember the sound of the music that played form the party inside, the feel of the wind that brushed against my skin, and the smell of his breath mint. And of course, I remember every moment of the kiss. No fireworks – that came when I kissed my first love. But a wonderful moment bathed in the kind of innocence that comes with a first kiss. It’s a moment I try to capture in my stories...
SW: Well, since our time is about up, is there anything additional you want to share with the readers?
C: First, THANK YOU for taking the time to follow the tour, enter the contests, and read the books. Without you, I doubt I would still be sharing my stories with the world. Second, I want you all to know that there are some exciting things on the horizon – things I hope you will enjoy as much as I. I guess that’s all I can say right now...
SW: Christine, thank you so much for joining us here today and being such a good sport to answer my questions. I really wish you all of the best and hope we can talk again one day.
C: Thank you.
School psychologist by day, critically acclaimed YA and nonfiction author by night, Christine Fonseca believes that writing is a great way to explore humanity. Her many titles include TRANSCEND, DIES IRAE, LACRIMOSA, MEA CULPA, and in nonfiction: 101 SUCCESS SECRETS FOR GIFTED KIDS and EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IN GIFTED STUDENTS.
When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can be sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. Catch her daily thoughts about writing and life on her blog.
For more information about Christine Fonseca or the series, visit her website – http://christinefonseca.com or her blog http://christinefonseca.blogspot.com.
To celebrate to release and thank her readers, Christine is hosting a little contest honoring each of the main characters. Prizes include a new release YA book, and some of her own titles. She is also giving a Kindle as part of her Fall Release Party.
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