Sunday, May 26, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Envisioned by Nikki Narvaez

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?

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.

My Thoughts
I'm not going to go into much detail of the book, but I think this is a book to go into without knowing much. The twists & turns are so fun and intriguing as Brielle uncovers the truth about herself, her lineage, and her future.

Brielle is a seemingly normal girl who's been sheltered by her father her whole life. One strange thing, though, is that she's had dreams/nightmares of a hauntingly beautiful man for as long as she can remember. In these dreams she always fails to save him, and they've been plaguing her mind for ages.

  Having never left her home island Avalon, she dares to do just that on her 18th birthday with her best friend, Kimber. Little does she know that stepping foot off of the island will change her life forever.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't read a good paranormal book in quite some time. Envisioned was just the story I need to reignite my love for this genre. PNR books, in my experience, are predominately about vampires, witches, werewolves, and fairies. Nikki Narvaez bring an interesting element into the paranormal world, The Elementals. These supernatural beings each possess one power of either the Air, Water, Fire, or Earth. This was such an interesting concept to me, and the fights scenes were scripted and choreographed amazingly. I had to hold my breath through several of the scenes as I could envision them played out in my head. 

The romance between Jace and Brielle is written very well. I normally have a huge issues with insta-love, but in this case, that's the point of their bond. When you know, you know. There's also quite a bit of steam in this book, and it's scorching! Their chemistry is intense, sexy, and they smolder every time they touch. You don't have to be a PNR fan to love this book. Any romance reader can enjoy the story of Brielle & Jace. 

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. Both MCs were strong characters who'd do whatever they have to in order to save their loved ones, no questions asked. The side characters brought a lot of fun to the book to add some laughter when the times were getting tough. The paranormal aspects are refreshing and intriguing. I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2!

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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1 comment:

  1. I won this book in a giveaway I can't wait go start !