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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Blog Tour! Excerpt, Review, & Giveaway! Into Darkness by J.T. Gessinger

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Into Darkness Synopsis: 

In New Vienna, capital of the oppressive global government formed after the Flash, three things are certain: the sun is poisonous, speaking out is dangerous, and being different will get you killed.
And Lumina Bohn is extraordinarily different.
Living in terror of discovery, Lu knows nothing of her past?but she knows she must pretend to be human to survive. When an incident at work triggers her astonishing powers, she becomes the target of an international manhunt. Only one person can save her: Magnus, the enigmatic stranger haunting her dreams.
Magnus rescues the outcasts called Aberrants from capture and torture. As Lu begins exploring her powers among her people, her feelings for Magnus intensify. He's determined to stay emotionally distant, yet their smoldering passion soon becomes impossible to resist.
But when a shocking revelation threatens the lives of every remaining Aberrant, Lu and Magnus must risk everything, confronting their enemies in an explosive final stand to save their kind from the darkest fate of all: extinction.


In a gentle voice, the Grand Minister said, “If you cooperate, you won’t be harmed. Your father won’t be harmed. The stories of the treatment of Aberrants are greatly exaggerated, urban myths. You’ll be kept with others of your kind, kept comfortably and well. You’ll never want for anything again.” His voice grew even more caressing. He looked at her pleadingly, with grandfatherly concern. “And you can meet your mother—you’d like that, wouldn’t you? To meet your birth mother? She’s missed you so much.”
Lies, all of them, spoken with such ease Lu had to admit that beneath her hatred for this man, she felt a twinge of jealousy. It cost him exactly nothing to produce these smooth untruths, to playact a role. She wished she’d been blessed with such an ability; it would have made her own mask-wearing life much easier.
The funny thing was, knowing she’d been finally been discovered wasn’t the terrifying experience Lu had always assumed it would be. She felt instead as if a huge weight had been lifted from her shoulders. Though her nerves were stretched taut and adrenaline coursed through her veins, all her fear fell away like a skin she was shedding, until finally there was nothing but acceptance, cold and solid as rock.
Life as she knew it was over. So be it. If she was being honest with herself, she’d known it would come to this all along. The relief was almost dizzying.
Lu reached out with her mind. It was like stretching a rubber band, pulling her awareness across empty space until she came up against a soft resistance. She pushed past it, and with the animal inside her sinking into a killing crouch, said silently into the Grand Minister’s head, I’m going to roast you for those lies, you smug son of a bitch.
He jerked back in his wheelchair, shock distorting his face, and Lu was suffused with a savage satisfaction.
A smile curved her lips, but she knew it wasn’t she who was smiling. It was the animal, eager to feed. Eager for blood. There was a noise in her head, a cry like a thousand roars in the wilderness, an unearthly chorus of gnashing teeth and snapping jaws and hissing. When she took another step back, it was with raised arms, her hands flexed open. A sudden crackle of static electricity sparked through the room, and all the downy hair atop the Grand Minister’s head lifted, haloing his face in a cloud of white.
His expression of shock turned to an extremely pleasing one of terror.
“Sorry,” Lu said aloud, her smile gone, “but I’m not really the cooperative type.”

Review- 4 Stars
Into Darkness is not the typical type of book I read, yet I was engrossed into the story.  I have not read any of the others in the series, but I read the synopsis of them and didn't feel I had to read them to understand this book.   I know that the previous books are about other characters that appear in this book, but not knowing them doesn't take away from the story.

The story takes place 25 years after the Flash.  The world has changed.  It's dark, toxic, burned.  The apocalypse has in a sense happened.    The Phoenix Corporation and the Imperial Federation have people living in fear.  Sebastian Thorne is in control and he is a man to be feared.  He wants to rid the world of the Aberrant, but not before he takes their DNA to process their healing powers.  

Lumina (Hope) doesn't know who she is or what her past is.  She has had to hide what she is for so long and she is terrified of being found out for fear of hurting her father and herself.  For years she has avoided a voice in her head that tells her to be the person she is supposed to be.  She does what she can to control her powers, but sometimes when she's angry she slips and those slips may cost her.  Some events occur and she has to run and in running for her life she stumbles upon the man....the man who has haunted her dreams...Who calls her Hope.

Magnus is the seeker/hunter of his tribe or species.  He's also so mysterious, dark and broody. He finds and brings his people to safety.  His mission now has been watching Lumina for a while and is looking for the right opportunity to bring her home.  He holds the answers to the questions she has.  He also is the man who has been invading her dreams for years, but has never met.  He's her savior, her soul mate.   He's a man of little words and he doesn't like to be touched, but yet will Lumina tear his barriers down.  

As they Lumina and Magnus take a journey to find and save their kind from extinction, the story really takes off.  Will they die saving the Aberrant or will they survive? 

The passion and undeniable sexual tension between them is hot and heartbreaking.  Their love story feels like it is doomed right from the beginning, but will they get their chance for a happy ending?   To be the soul mates they are destined to be.  Will they resist each other or given into their desires? 

 Her relationship with her sister is both funny, crazy and interesting to read.  I loved Honor.  She was so cold and mean, but it was just a mask.  She actually was a terrified girl who was afraid of losing those she loves.  She wanted her happily ever after and was afraid to open her heart to her sister and her love...Beckett.  The back and forth between Honor and Beckett was great!  

I give it 4 stars for the simple fact of there was some dialogue that was confusing to me.  Some of the past stuff that was brought up from previous characters.  No you don't need to read the other books, but I am sure it would be helpful to know their backgrounds.  I also thought the book was a little bit of a slow build.  Yes, the story is intense, but I didn't feel it till about the half way mark.  I also wanted a bit more with Honor.  I loved her feisty attitude.  I wanted more of a relationship between her and Hope/Lumina.  Overall it is a solid 4 stars!  

It was nice to see a strong woman lead.  Lumina and Magnus are quite the pair.  They feed off each other's energy and the chemistry is hot!  I will go back and read the other books so I can get a feel for the other characters and the struggles they went through.  Again, this is not my normal read, but it was interesting.  It held my attention with the intensity of the story.  

JT Geissinger Bio:

J.T. Geissinger is an award-winning author of paranormal and contemporary romance featuring dark and twisted plots, kick-ass heroines, and alpha heroes whose hearts are even bigger than their muscles. Her debut fantasy romance Shadow’s Edge was a #1 bestseller on Amazon US and UK and won the Prism award for Best First Book. Her follow-up novel, Edge of Oblivion, was a RITA Award finalist for Paranormal Romance from the Romance Writers of America, and she has been nominated for numerous awards for her work.

She resides in Los Angeles with her husband.


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  1. I liked the Into Darkness synopsis, the book sounds very interesting. I would like to read this. Thank you

  2. Sounds like a very exciting series. Great review and cover. Thanks for sharing!