Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Blog Tour: GAIA by Karen Ann Hopkins {Review + Giveaway}


Gaia_FINALGAIA (The Wings of War Series Book 2) by Karen Ann Hopkins 
Release August  2015 * Young Adult Paranormal

As the Demons grow bolder and the walls between the planes of existence weaken, Ember is forced to develop her powers as quickly as possible, and she seeks out a powerful earth Watcher to continue her supernatural lessons. Her glimpse of the future demands she fight the dark forces spreading across the earth. 

But her new mentor has his own agenda, making her question everyone and everything she ever trusted. 

When Ember is thrust into the world of the Watchers, she learns of their plans—ones that defy the scripture and make them enemies of the Celestial Host. Ridding the world of evil gets complicated when it becomes impossible to take sides.  

As Ember struggles with morality, she soon discovers that there’s something more frightening than anything she’s faced before.

Praise for Embers, the first book in the Wings of War series:

“An impending apocalypse provides a compelling backdrop for romance in this page-turning first installment of a new YA series…Hopkins delivers many successful elements of young-adult romance—appealing lead characters, high-voltage chemistry, repressed sexuality—which will win her ardent followers.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“Embers is the start of an action-packed paranormal YA series. Ms. Hopkins draws the reader immediately in with her richly drawn prologue that introduces the lurking evil in a breath-taking manner. a must read for YA, paranormal, fantasy and suspense fans. Make that a delight for any reader!” ~ Morgan Stamm, Ind’Tale Magazine

Embers_FC_SEmbers (The Wings of War Series Book 1) by Karen Ann Hopkins

Released October 2014  *  Young Adult Paranormal  *  Add it on your Goodreads Shelf  *  Get a Copy from Amazon!

There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evil rises.  
Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about an eighteen year old girl who discovers that she’s immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. 
Following a violent episode with her aunt’s boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember’s exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she finds out that she’s a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember learns about her heritage and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two young men who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war—one that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil—and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin. 
Embers is a dark and gritty YA novel that’s the first book in the series, The Wings of War.


Angels! Demons! An incredible/strong/smart/etc female main character! Wonderful writing and  an interesting plot! Beyond beautiful covers! How can this be bad? (Answer: it can't and it isn't). 

I'm always a little nervous about the second book in a series, especially when I loved the first book to pieces. While I enjoyed Embers just a tiny bit more, GAIA is a solid sequel.  It has the same intensity and flawlessness present in the first one. It is fast-paced (which I love) and continues to develop one of my favorite main characters EVER. Trust me on this one, Ember is fantastic. A great main character can only carry you so far but luckily GAIA has a lot more to offer. I was hooked from the very first page, which happened with Ambers as well. The story, the way it is written, and the world left me speechless. I couldn't walk away from it until I reached the end...and I wanted to read slower about 90% in because I didn't want it to end. Props to Karen Ann Hopkins for putting together so many incredibly elements in such a magnificent way. 

The Wings of War Series is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. These books fall into the "Don't Bother Me, Even If You're On Fire" category so set aside a couple of hours before you start. All I have left to do now is wait for the next one. I'll just sit here until then. 

About Karen Ann Hopkins

You can visit Karen Ann Hopkins at her website.

Karen Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Karen’s main job is home schooling the kids, but she finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lived in. The experiential knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove her to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah.

Karen grew up about a mile from Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of five, and after diligently taking riding lessons for several years, was rewarded with her first horse when she turned eleven. The feisty horse’s name was Lady, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, who became Karen’s steadfast companion. Through the years, the constant force in her life was horses. Eventually, she found her place as a riding instructor herself. Before accepting her fate in the barnyard, she worked a short stint as a paralegal, traveled abroad, and guided tourists on horseback riding tours in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
Karen is currently working on her Amish mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, The Wings of War.  Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios and is available on Audible. More books in the Temptation series are in the works.

Blog Tour

GAIA will be on a Blog Tour in August with Reviews, Guest Posts and Interviews, starting August 24th!

One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card (Amazon, B&N, iTunes), as well as a complete set of Karen’s YA books, including Embers, Gaia, Temptation, Belonging, Forever, and Rachel’s Deception! Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open internationally.

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