Thursday, March 17, 2016

Between the Bleeding Willows by D.A. Roach: Blog Tour + Giveaway + Review

Title: Between The Bleeding Willows
Series: The Demon Hunter Series Book 1
Author: D.A. Roach
Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: March 8, 2016

At eighteen years old, Cassidy has suffered more loss than most… 
At the end of her senior year, her boyfriend, Jace Peters, was killed in a car accident, and her grandmother died only weeks later of a heart attack. Emotionally lost, Cassidy desperately searches for an heirloom her boyfriend was wearing in the crash—her mother’s gold ring. But during her search, Cassidy discovers more than her ring. 

She finds a gate to the Demon Realm….

A battle is brewing, and Killian—head of the Demon hunters—preps his Clan for the approaching conflict. They’ve been working to secure the gate between his realm and the mortal world. But it’s been nearly impossible since Rya—a voracious demon on a quest to expand her power—devoured the soul of his Clan’s necromancer. Now Rya is possessed with the necromancer’s powers and she may break through the gate at any moment with her demon army.
Apparently Rya isn’t the only one Killian has to worry about…

When Cassidy accidentally crosses into the Demon Realm, Killian can’t understand how a human girl survived the transition. Now he has to find a way to return her to her own world, or risk her being caught in the crossfire, which is a complication he definitely doesn’t need.

Once back in the Human Realm, Cassidy readies herself for battle. She signs up for Krav Maga classes, where she meets Tyler Romaitis—a handsome, tenacious, humble guy. He seems almost perfect, but nothing is ever that easy.

And as the balance between good and evil shifts, Cassidy finds herself—and her ring—at the heart of the conflict for the survival of mankind.


I can not even begin to tell you how thrilled I am that I was chosen to review Between the Bleeding Willows. I stepped away from Paranormal Romance for a bit and this book was my welcome back. The best welcome back to a genre ever. This story is paranormal, done right. No extreme characters, no way out in left field situations. Just straight up enjoyment and an escape from reality. I always knew that D.A. Roach could write, but holy cow did she knock it out of the park with this one. I am in complete love with Cassidy and Killian. What am amazing story!!
Cassidy found love, young. She and Jace were inseparable, until that fateful night, where he was ripped away from her. Cassidy had given Jace a ring that she swore had magical healing powers. He was wearing it the night of the accident and she vowed to find it, since it was never recovered from the scene. That's the night that her whole world flipped, turned upside down. Cassidy swore she saw Jace, even though he was no longer amongst the living. She chased him and then it seemed, all of the sudden, she was in another realm. She met Killian then, as well as his sister Lena.
Little did she know that from that point on, she would create bonds with these amazing people, and Jace is no longer as he was. He was someone, or something - completely different. Killian and Lena were part of a clan, more so, a giant family. They bond to one another and in a moment of panic, in fear for Cassidy's life, Killian bonded himself to her. He started to have feelings for her and not so longer after, Cassidy followed suit. She returned to her normal life, in the human realm and tried to go on living her life, yet preparing herself for battle.  
Cassidy and Killian both deny the feelings that they have for each other. Due to clan rules, they cannot truly be together in the same realm and stay. They go through so much together that they just can't walk away from each other. What does the future hold for the two? IS there a future? Will Lena have the power to change Jace back to the man that she once knew?
This is such an amazing story and so much going on, without it being too much. You get swept into this story from page one and let me tell you ... that is a hard task to accomplish. It normally takes a couple of chapters to truly get into a book (for me, at least). Not here. I was sucked in immediately and never wanted to put it down. Kids ... Meh. Work... Do I have to??? It is that amazing. Enjoy reading the magic that is D.A. Roach and add it to your collection, today!


"... I seriously loved ever minute and I am so looking forward to reading the next book in this series." ~Hashtag Minxes Love Books
"The plot is fast-paced and packed with tons of action and emotion.  I would recommend it for anyone who reads paranormal/action novels, or anyone who simply loves to read books from a very talented author."  ~Brooke's Review

"Omgosh this book was so great!  I couldn't put it down.  It has such a great story line that just grips you from the beginning."  ~Liz's Review


D.A. Roach has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago. In college she met the man of her dreams, her happily ever after, and married him 2 weeks after graduating. They have 3 kids together and a pet cockatiel named Gimli. D.A. did not find a love for books until after college. Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found tv and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it. But once she finished college and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story. D.A. is a full time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, and helping beautify her kids' school landscape. Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Sylvia Day. Reading great works from authors like these has motivated D.A. to write her own stories. She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing.



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