Welcome to my stop on the tour for Kailin Gow's Fade and Falling from the Fade Series. The tour is hosted by SupaGurl Tours. You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Fade (Fade #1)
by Kailin Gow
Published August 15th 2011 by The Edge BooksA Thriller from Bestselling Author Kailin Gow. What if you found out you never existed?"My name is Celestra Caine. I am seventeen years old, which makes me a senior at Richmond High. I never thought this would happen to me, but it has... I'm one of those people you see every day, go to school with, remember seeing at the supermarket or the mall, and then one day you don't hear about them any longer. They're gone, and eventually, you forget them."
My Thoughts: Celestra Caine's life has been pretty normal. She is a senior, preparing to go to college, on the track team, has a great boyfriend, and her family leads a pretty typical life. All of that changes when she arrives home to find no one there, is unable to locate her family, and is informed she is about the fade. All the sudden Celes finds herself face to face with the handsome and debonair Jack Simple, and strangely enough though overwhelmed, finds herself feeling like she can trust him. After barely escaping an attack by "The Others," who are the bad guys in the story and want to see Celes captured, even dead, they make their way to a secret location where Celestra finds out that she is not who she thought she was, she is not sure where she came from, and her "powers" and very existence puts not only her, but others in danger. The only way to protect herself and those she loves is to fade, to have never existed, to have the memories of those she loves wiped away, as well as her own and become a totally different person, but Celestra is quite willing to submit on the memory issue, which makes things really interesting.
Fade is a fast-paced thriller with elements of science fiction, fantasy, and of course, romance all combined. It is not a very long book, but the action starts and the beginning and keeps you on your toes throughout the whole book. The concept is unique and keeps you guessing as the story progresses. To me, it has the feel of the television shows Nikita and Fringe mixed together. Then there is the oh so hot Jack Simple, who is not only beautiful to look at, he has a British accent, is a secret agent, and always knows just what to say and what to do in every situation, even when Celestra really screws up. Grayson, the boyfriend, is also pretty hot himself, but things aren't as they seem with him either. As the story progresses, the mystery unfolds further, culminating in a life and death battle between the two factions that are vying for control of Celestra. If you are looking for a great fast-paced and thrilling read, Fade is something you might want to check out.
Falling (Fade #2)
by Kailin Gow
Published November 16th 2011 by The Edge BooksWhat is Celestra Caine? Who is she and did she ever existed? The Faders and the Others clash at the Underground, sending everything into a tailspin. Celestra is pulled into more intrigue, more danger, and more romance, as she discovers who she is and why everyone wants to get her in Book 2 of the FADE series.
My Thoughts: Falling picks up where Fade leaves off. In the heat of a life and death battle between "The Others" and "The Underground," Celestra, has discovered her unique and deadly gift, and unfortunately, has displayed it in front of everyone there. Jack makes a decision and orders Grayson to escape and take Celestra to Location Two. Celestra doesn't want to leave Jack behind and Grayson ends up having to sedate her to keep her under control. Overwhelmed by grief and the fear that she has lost Jack forever, she finds herself at Location Six, meeting a whole new group of people that are also part of the Underground. When a discovery is made that may shed revelation on things, they travel to Sweden in an attempt to investigate. The only problems is that "The Others" are also on the scene and more fighting erupts. Celestra feels drawn to location of the anomaly and upon entering finds "the source" which seems other worldly. She also finds Jack, and realizes just how much he means to her. Jack has a past also, and he and Celestra have more of a connection than anyone is aware of. An attempt is made to free Sebastian, the leader of the Underground, who is also Jack's father, which culminates in an epic battle and puts Celestra and her powers to the test. Light is shed on who Celestra really is and where she possibly came from. She now finds herself questioning if she can trust the very ones who are supposed to be protecting her.
Falling has nonstop action from beginning to end. Celestra, Jack, and Grayson find themselves in situations that test their skill and resolve again and again. Celestra also must choose between Jack and Grayson, who both end up being the only ones she can truly trust. As Celestra's powers increase, she also finds herself wondering if she can control them. Falling is an outstanding sequel in the Fade series, filled with fast-paced and thrilling action, romance, science fiction, and fantasy, and kept my attention from beginning to end. If you are looking for something unique and different, then the Fade series is something you might want to check out.
Kailin Gow uses her author platform to bring awareness to issues affecting young adult and women. She has appeared on national radio as a regular guest on topics such as body image, self-esteem, dating and sexual relationships, bullying, and more; often brought up in her fiction books for young adults and women. She has won multiple awards from the International Book Awards and the Green Book Festival. Selling over half a million books, Kailin Gow has been a bestselling author of over 100 distinct books which includes the Desire Series, PULSE, Wicked Woods, and the Frost Series. She has been professionally published since 2001. She was one of the first authors for young readers to write books for girls with supernatural elements. Her first book series about extraordinary girls guided by an angel in 2001, was a success, selling thousands of print copies in days, and inspiring girl book clubs around the U.S. In 2003, she came out with more series, including The Fairy Rose Chronicles, about fairies in Feyland. Her books have been recommended by PBS Kids, US Mental Health Association, the PTA, and homeschooling associations in the United States.