Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Juniper's Princess by Chelsea O'Neal

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Juniper’s Princess SERIES – Angel Crest Trilogy Book 1 AUTHOR – Chelsea O’Neal GENRE – Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance PUBLICATION DATE – July 2, 2013 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 256 pages 126,174 words PUBLISHER – Mirador Publishing COVER ARTIST – Mallory Rock’s Art
***NOTE - Author Recommends Reading the books in order

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

Daniah is different, she always has been and now her dreams and visions of the future are increasing, she knows her life is changing. She just doesn't know by how much...
Jaiden is different, but he knows why and he knows his responsibilities. He must find the savior of his race, the angel human half-breeds who are fighting a war for humanity's souls.
If he can't convince Daniah she is more than just a little different - she is a princess of their people - they are all going to hell.
Unfortunately Daniah doesn't have many reasons to trust Jaiden, especially when he is caught in a web of his own lies. In a world where half-breed angels walk among us, fighting an evil for our souls, Daniah must find the strength to become the princess we all need.
Chelsea O'Neal has a unique voice in storytelling, threading the characters lives together intricately to give us a complex web of good versus evil in a world descending into chaos...

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EXCERPT

I round the corner to the living room and I see Trev lying on the sofa, asleep. I stop and stare; I’ve never noticed how incredibly handsome he is. I mean of course he is cute, but Jaiden is closer in age to me and I have hung out with him more than Trevor. I study him as he lies perfectly still, the only movement coming from him his chest raising and lowering with each breath. 
He has strong features, a square jaw and smooth skin, with high cheekbones. His hair is short and mocha colored, his eyes, if they were open, are a stunning sky blue. Jaiden’s eyes are green, if I remember correctly. Trev is a little taller than J, probably six foot six or seven, and built. 
He may be a Secret and not a Rector but we would be evenly matched if we were to fight. His chest is broad and muscular, his biceps are huge, and in the t-shirt he’s wearing it looks like they are trying to break free. The bottom hem of the t-shirt has ridden up and his skin is tanned and chiseled, with just a slight trail of hair disappearing under his jeans. While I’m staring at his abs, I notice his breathing has changed. I bring my gaze back to his face and he is looking at me in a demure, almost coy way. If I were to have been standing here checking out Jaiden his face would have been full of arrogance with a haughty smile, knowing he’s gorgeous of course. With Trev, he’s almost asking with his eyes if he is good enough. 
“Um,” I say clearing my throat, feeling my face heat. “I knocked, but you didn’t answer, it was unlocked,” I say, gesturing at the door. “I’m early, so I thought I would just come over. I’m sorry to have woken you.”
I look down, feeling bad for not thinking of his need for sleep, he still has dark circles under his eyes. I should have walked back out instead of ogling him while he slept.
“Cord,” he says, waiting for me to look up. I finally meet his eyes and he continues. “It is okay, really, you don’t have to apologize.” He stands from the sofa. “I was just waiting for you, and I apparently fell asleep.” 
For some reason my belly flutters when he says he was waiting for me. Don’t be stupid, I tell myself; of course he’s waiting for you, he told you to be here at four. I mentally chastise myself and answer him. 
“Yeah, okay. Do you need help carrying anything?” I ask, trying to steer the conversation elsewhere. 
“Nope, I’ll grab my bag and be right back, we can get going early,” he says, smiling at me then leaving the room.
I sit down on the sofa to wait for him, and sift through the feelings that are floating through me. I haven’t really noticed Trev before, he has always been around, but I have always been so focused on J that Trev never stood out. He sure does now. I feel my cheeks heat again and I duck my head to hide it even though I’m alone.

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AUTHOR BIO

Chelsea O'Neal lives in her fantasy world where people can fly, vampires could be real, money is never an issue and the romantic meeting of your true love is a normal happening. When not relaxing in Chelsea-ville, she enjoys talking with animals who talk back and taking long walks with her prince charming.
Actually Chelsea lives in the United States in Nebraska, where she was born and raised, with her black lab Daisey, who hasn't spoken actual words to her but she is pretty sure Daisey understands her. She is yet to meet her prince charming, though she is quite sure he is out there. Chelsea enjoys working as a youth librarian. She is an avid reader and writing has always been her passion. Chelsea has written 3 novels and a novella, she is working on her next book now.

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3.5 Stars
Dani is beginning to realize she is different because of the dreams she has, but it isn't until Jaidem and Zach come into her live that things get really interesting for her. Working at her salon Dani meets both guys almost back to back but find herself drawn to both of them, just in different ways. As she gets closer she finds she has a brother/sister type relationship with Zach, but her feeling for Jaiden are much more. When she finds out the truth she is torn between anger at them for how they have misguided her and relief at finally getting answers.
This is where the story took a turn for me into the realm of a totally confusing. I love books that give you allot details, but in this one with Zach's explanation taking up three or four pages of complex information it left me reeling from information overload.
I pushed through it though because I did enjoyed the basic idea of the story and once we got past all that it really delved more into the storyline.
With several different perspectives told you get to see inside the heads of many characters as they're each taking their journey throughout, and it really gives you an in-depth review of each of them as they're trying to understand what's going on and how they're feeling.
Again at the beginning having so many different perspectives made it more difficult understand the story but as you push past all that it really help to bring it all together.
I did feel that Jaiden and Dani's relationship was a bit rushed but I did enjoy the chemistry between them.
Overall the first 10 to 15% of the book did leave me confused and scratching my head at times, but the story gave enough that I truly got involved with the characters lives and want to see more of what's going to happen to them in the future.

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  1. Thank you for the review and for participating in the tour. Victoria at My Family's Heart

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