Sunday, August 25, 2013

SUNNY: SERIES REVIEW BLOG TOUR and GIVEAWAY for "Battle for Souls" by Ciara Knight

Welcome to the Battle for Souls Series Review Blog Tour.  Today we have my review of the three book series and a Giveaway from the author.  Enjoy!

Book Blurbs:

Rise From Darkness (Book I)

Alexander Lorre gives new meaning to the term “tormented teen.” He’s a newly fallen angel, which means he has the self-control of a three-year-old, the hormones of a teenager and the strength of an angel. When he rescues Gaby Moore from drowning, the chemistry between them is undeniable. With a local demon threatening Gaby’s life, he struggles to find a balance between remaining close enough to protect her but distant enough to control his desires.

As danger draws closer, Gaby uncovers shattering secrets that will lead to an ultimate choice. Will she fight alongside her father, an earthbound hunter killing fallen angels and demons, give into the demon blood coursing through her veins and join the demon world, or save the man she loves from both? The first two choices damn her, but the last one could destroy them all.

Fall From Grace (Book II)

Gaby Moore’s powers emerge years too early due to adolescent hormones, complications with loving a fallen angel, and constant demon attacks. She is forced to deal with the guilt of believing she murdered Alexander’s “mother,” while trying to stop the demonic war before it begins. Only the love and acceptance of friends, family, and her beloved Alexander could save her from turning to her demonic side.

Ascension of Evil (Book III)

Gaby Moore fails to stop a demonic war which released condemned ancient angels and Lucifer’s minions to Earth. When all hope is lost, Herak, an Ancient sentenced to eternal solitude for starting the first demonic war, pledges to save the world. But is he really reformed and ready to fight, or will he betray Gaby and Alexander forcing them to sacrifice their love and each other to save the world?


Battle for Souls is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance with a apocalyptic theme. The fate of humanity lies with the ability of Gaby and company to stop Satan from ascending from Hell and conquering humans.  This is a very textured story with many layers and a few surprises.  It starts with Gaby, a loner, who recently lost her mother and with an alcoholic father arriving in Kent, FL and being harassed by some local teenagers/demons.  Gaby's father has a super secret job that takes him away from home a lot and brings him back usually in an alcoholic stupor.  Gaby befriends a brother and sister, Alexander and Sammy.  They have all the usually teenage drama, but this one is complicated by the presence of demons.  It turns out that Gaby has a special role in protecting humankind from demons and the story twists and turns until the final showdown.  

As I mentioned, the story is textured. There are a lot of layers and there are strong themes of redemption, courage, and loyalty.  This kept me reading and the pace of the story is fast, maybe too fast.  I found the writing lacked fluidity and skipped a bit.  This was especially true in the first book.  I kept asking myself, "who said that?" and "where did that come from?" However, the second and third books were more cohesive.  Moreover, Ms. Knight shows us that she really knows how to write battle scenes. They were detailed and heart-racing.

I also found it difficult to connect with Gaby.  She is a hot, teenage mess.  Full of angst and a bit whiny, she tends toward silly decisions that leads to unnecessary drama.  I couldn't abide how she keeps saying she loves Alexander and then does something that clearly shows she doesn't trust him. It made me question the basis of their relationship. 

I enjoyed the paranormal elements of the story, if not the relationship. If you don't like "angsty" Y/A, this might not be the book for you.  However, if you like an involved narrative highlighted by epic battle scenes, you may want to try this series. 

Thank you to the author for the books in exchange for an honest review.


Ciara Knight writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her fantasy and paranormal books.  Her debut novel, The Curse of Gremdon, was released to acclaimed reviews, securing a Night Owl Top Pick and five stars from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Also, released in 2012 is her young adult series, Battle for Souls. Book I, Rise From Darkness, won July Book of the Month at Long and Short Reviews.

When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.

Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.


Ciara Knight is giving away the entire series to one winner (in ebook format only)

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