Saturday, May 25, 2013

Envisioned by Nikki Narvaez Blog Tour

Envisioned by Nikki Narvaez Blog Tour Stop
Review, 2 excerpts, and a giveaway!
Brielle De Luca thought she was just an average girl, despite her nightly dreams of an impending apocalypse, along with a gorgeous man that pulls at her soul.

However, on the night of her 18th birthday, everything changes when she is thrown into the Elemental World, a world where she is supposedly the One that is spoken about in an ancient Prophecy; a Prophecy that states she is the key to preventing an apocalypse.

Now she must learn to control her power over the four elements, all while dealing with the love and intense passion of her bond to the man from her dreams, Jace Vasquez.

Piece of cake, right?
Excerpt #1
The fires surrounding me were blazing – I felt as though my skin was melting from the heat of the flames. The towering buildings in this foreign city were reduced to a pile of steaming cinder and rubble. I stood there immobilized by the destruction around me, powerless to stop it. Horrific winged beasts circled around me in the black sky, like vultures searching for their next meal. In the distance, I could see giants as tall as mountains roaming the city, leaving more destruction in their wake. Somehow, all of that wasn't as unsettling as when I saw him - those startling eyes, glowing like embers, burning into me with a look of desperation that I still could not comprehend. Why did he stare at me like I was his salvation? Why did he elicit feelings of longing in me like no other? Talons gripped at his shoulders, causing him to thrash and reach in my direction. They dragged him away into the blackness of the night, and his screams penetrated me to my soul.
I woke up to the sounds of my own screaming, my unruly hair plastered to my skull by sweat, and my body racking in sobs at my lack of control. It felt like a memory given the vast number of times I had dreamt this exact scenario; I had been dreaming it for as long as I could remember. What did these dreams mean? Even though they were impossible, their constant recurrence had to signify something. Who was this man, and why did he arouse feelings in me that no other guy had come close to, even though we hadn't even met? I didn't even know if he existed, yet something deep down in my being screamed that he did. A part of me chastised myself for thinking something so ridiculous – it was just a dream; he wasn't real. Even still, another part hoped that he was real, and that one day, I would be able to give him what he so desperately pleaded for.
Excerpt #2
He stepped closer, only a couple of feet away from me. He smelled heavenly, like rain and citrus. “Every night. I've been trying to figure out a way to find you, to save you, and here you are, so close all this time, and I never knew,” he sadly said.
It was my turn to step closer. Tears pooled in my eyes as I said, “I didn't think you existed. I hoped that you did, but I thought I was crazy to believe that I could find you.”
I reached out my hand to touch his face. When I did, a jolt of electricity sparked between us, spreading what felt like burning honey throughout every inch of my body. What was happening to me? Whatever it was, I didn't want it to stop; it was one of those pains that felt amazingly good, almost addictive. Jace's eyes widened as an astonished smile spread across his face. “Unbelievable,” he said as he grabbed a handful of my curls at the back of my head, pulling my face to his to crush his lips to mine.
His kiss was desperate, just like his gaze in my nightmares, only multiplied. I opened his mouth with my tongue, tangling with his as our passion increased. I had never had a kiss come close to this one, and it had just started. He tasted exotic, a subtle sweetness present as he caressed my tongue with his. I clutched his shirt, twisting it in my hands as I tried to pull his body to become one with mine. Heat rushed in-between my thighs and pooled there, sending tendrils of burning warmth up my stomach. I never wanted this to end; the world could stop turning right now, and I would be oblivious, deliriously happy in Jace's lips.
My Review:
4.75 Stars
Brielle De Luca has spent her entire life on the small island of Avalon, off the coast of California. She has lived her entire life on the island with her dad after her mom passed away while giving birth to her, forbidden to ever leaving the island, though she has no idea why. On Brielle's 18th birthday she and her friend Kimber sneak off the island to go to a club on the mainland. There she runs into Jace Vasquez, undefeated UFC fighter, and the man who she's been having nightmares about for as long as she can remember. Though she has no idea who he is and what he means to her until she meets him. On her 18th birthday, Brielle is thrown into the world of Elementals (People who wield the elements  Earth, Wind, Fire, Water) and learns that she too is one.

Breille may only have just turned 18 but she is a tough character herself! She knows what is a stake and she will let nothing or noone stand in her way of protecting her family and the world. Though there were more than a few times she breaks down and cries which I kind of felt was a bit out of character for her but I've never had the weight of mankind on my shoulders so who knows how one will feel. I just think she may have cried a bit too much. I hope in the next book she doesnt break down quite so often. 

  Whew, JACE!! LOVE HIM!! He's one of my favorite characters! He's a strong man with a loving heart! They believe Breielle to be The One the prophecy speaks of that will be the only person to save the world from a rogue Greek God. Even though Breille is so much stronger than Jace, he never lets it emasculate him. Instead it makes him proud that his twin flame is doing so well, further proving what a great character he is!

Kimber and Zane, Brielle and Jace's best friends, are the 2 best friends anyone could ask for! They stand by Brie and Jace through thick and thin! and Kimber has quite a mouth on her! She was quite funny!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It is unlike any other book I've ever read. It combines people who can weild the Elements along with some Greek Mythology,which I have always found fascinating! This being the first book in the series, it ends on a cliffhanger, but its what i would call a perfect cliffhanger. It doesn't end in the middle of the scene but it leaves you wanting, no needing, to know what happens next! Another thing I loved about this book is that it is a duel POV. I always enjoy getting to see things from both main characters point of views. Oh, and the sex scenes, HOTT!! I may have had to fan myself a few times! ;-)
This book is very well written and flows smoothly. I didnt have to stop every few line to try and define a word, which was great! It annoys me to have to stop reading just to figure out what some words mean and it throws me out of the zone that i go into when reading.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique and well written story!

Well done Ms. Narvaez! I'm looking forward to the next book and all of your future work!!

Author Bio:
My name is Nikki Narvaez. I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, where I currently live with my husband, our two dogs, Bella and Oreo, and our cat, Cupcake. I have been teaching for four years, but I hope to become a full-time writer and stay at home mom one day. I am 26 years old, and have three older sisters who have blessed me with four nephews and one niece. In my free time, I love to write and play Texas Hold 'Em poker.


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