Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tour Stop: Betrayal by sheila Hendrix - Review and Givewaway

Welcome to my stop on the tour for Betrayal by Sheila Hendrix.  The tour is hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.  You can visit the rest of the stops on the tour here.  There is also a giveaway for a $15 gift card from Amazon going on in association with the tour, which you can enter below.

Young Adult Paranormal
Title: The Betrayal - 
(The Dark Circle Book #1)
Author - Sheila Hendrix
Date Published:
Synopsis:  When Zachariah and Matthew McCannon were young, their parents abandoned them, leaving Zack to take care of his little brother, Matt. Though they lived with their grandmother, she was always sick, so Zack was forced to raise him. This was not an easy task. Zack had his hands full because of Matt’s unusual powers. He has visions and dreams that come true, and when he gets angry or upset, he can move things with his mind. Because of this, evil seeks him, keeping Zack on his toes as his protector. As the brothers grew older, they became hunters, pursuing evil supernatural forces. After Matthew has a dream, it sends them on a hunt for cave, not knowing why, but realizing it is necessary. When they arrive, Matt finds the vision was a trap.
    A Darkness like no other wants to control Matt and kill Zack. The Darkness is named, Alanya, which means, The Destroyer.  Alanya hates the brothers. In the past, every time he tried to apprehend Matt, Zack would thwart him by protecting his brother. Alanya is incensed that a mere human boy can beat him, for demons are not to be defied.When Alanya asks Zack, “How far will you go to save your brother?” Zack answers, “As far as I have to.” Now, the brothers are faced with a deadly force they never had to deal with before. This demon is on a deadly mission to destroy everything the brothers hold dear. If the McCannon’s are not careful, neither of them will be able to escape.
My Thoughts: The Betrayal is a YA paranormal thriller focusing on the life of two brothers, Matt and Zack.  Zack has taken care of Matt since they were small children and were abandoned by their parents.  Matt also has a special gift, a gift that keeps the brothers in a constant battle against evil.  As they battle the evil demon Alanya, they endure temptation and testing on a level they've never experinced in the past.  They even end up calling on their police officer friends to help.  As the attacks escalate, they must find a way to defeat Alanya or they will all face death a lot sooner than they anticipated. 
     The Betrayal was an okay read for me.  I liked the fact that the main characters were males.  They didn't blow me away, but I did like them.  I have  been to Cades Cove where some of the story took place, so I found that part to be really interesting.  There were some intense battles between Alyana, and the boys and their friends.  The book was fast paced, though it did get a bit redundant at times with the boys fighting the same type battle multiple times, though in different settings, and in great detail.  The ending, while good, was rather predictable, and with all the testing and torture these guys endured, I would have liked to have seen it be a little more grandiose.  If you enjoy paranormal thriller type novels and like to read about demons, then you might want to check this book out.  
Excerpt:  He roamed through the cave, listening to the sounds around him.  Water dripped into an underground pool further down, the drops spaced several seconds apart and the splash echoing off the rocks.  Sand and pebbles crunched under his feet, and wind whistled across the cave opening, all of it familiar. He’d walked that cave a million times for a million reasons. His domain — where he drew his strength — also became his weakness at times, for the cave was alive. His name, Alanya, meant The Destroyer. He wandered the ages, seeking to slaughter people who held special gifts.  He fed on them for their strength and power, each special power offering a distinctive flavor.  Their cries resonated in the cave’s memory; their blood splattered on its walls and drenched its floors.  If he closed his eyes and concentrated, he could still smell the coppery tang. Strolling to the mouth of the cave, he looked at but
didn’t see the forest.  His mind seethed in his hatred for the brothers Zachariah and Matthew McCannon. 

Author Bio:  Sheila Hendrix is a native of Alabama and resides there with her husband of seventeen years. Her only children are her six dogs. She works as a nurse for a nursing home and also does reviews for a magazine, although she hasn’t done that in awhile because she’s been busy writing her own Young Adult series.  Sheila has always wanted to write but never thought she’d be able to. It’s been a dream of hers since she was a little girl. She practically raised her little brother because her parents both had to work. She had to grow up fast and that was where she got the idea of writing about two brothers whose parents abandoned them when they were little. The Dark Circle book series is her paranormal series she’s working on right now. She got the idea for The Betrayal after having a nightmare that stayed with her for days. The Betrayal is the first book in the series and is now available where ever books are sold. The second book in the series is Head Games and then Darkness Falls. She doesn’t know how many books will be in the series but there will be several. Her hobbies are reading, writing, gardening, traveling, hiking, camping and swimming. She is currently in school to earn her Associate Degree in Paralegal studies but her dream is to write.
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  1. This seems like a pretty good book. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

  2. I like the sound of brothers fighting demons - it has a Supernatural/Winchester brothers vibe! I am bothered by the redundancy you mention, but I still think I'll add this to my TBR. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway :)

  3. Sounds like a good read and something my oldest son would like to read as well. Thanks for the great giveaway

  4. Thank you for letting me be on your blog and for the review!


  5. This is a new book for me. I'd love to read book with male as main character.

    Thanks for the chance anyway :)

  6. Sounds like a cool book! Ty for giveaway


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