Monday, May 25, 2015

Book Review: Stain: My Soul to Wake Series by Tara Oakes



True love.

These are the things of legend. Unexplained, some even say impossible, but nonetheless prevalent in stories and tales from all cultures and in every land from the beginning of time. What if there is something to it? What if there is an explanation behind the mysteries and bedtime stories? Something beyond words?
She was taken from him in the cruelest way... condemned, sentenced and punished out of fear of the unknown. How is he supposed to live without her? How can he go on knowing that in this life, by the natural order of things, they will never be together? There's only one thing to do... only one option that will bring them together again.
Amelia is taken on a weekend excursion with her best girlfriends to let loose, relax and have a little fun. What harm is there in a little vacation? It's not like the legends, the haunted history of the place can scare them away. It's all harmless fun.
Or so she thought.
Something seems familiar about the town. The trees, the winds, the feel of everything. Her ever present nightmares have become more intense within the limits of the old historical setting. She's prepared to write off the whole trip as nothing more than a case of her mind running away with the sensationalized magic here. When she meets a handsome stranger who's eager to know her in a way no one else can, she begins to think there may be something more to this place, something more to him.
Will has been waiting, biding his time, and praying that she'll come back. He's broken the natural order of things to possibly find her again, weaving their way through the years until they can be together again. He knows he may never find her, but he can't risk not trying. This place calls to her, just as it did to him. It will bring her back home. It will bring her back to him.
What's 300 years when it comes to true love? He's prepared to wait an eternity if he has to, just to see her, hold her, kiss her again.. to make her remember what was stolen from them so long ago. To make her remember who she is, the power she possesses and the love they swore to each other.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“I am destined to be a slave to all things caffeine related and be the queen of first dates.  I don’t need to pay someone fifty bucks to tell me that.”

“He’s supposed to think I wake up fully refreshed and never burp or never need makeup because I’m always glowing.”

My Review:

I don’t know why I think I am not much of a paranormal reader, but when I see listings for such, my typical reaction is, “No thank you.”  But when I was ever so politely asked by the precious PA for my girl Tara Oakes, I stuttered a bit then decided to give it a try.  I am wanting to kick myself now for typically passing up and dismissing this genre.  And I am so glad Ms. Oakes has a tireless PA who took the time to bring it to my attention and ask me directly - as I truly enjoyed it!  Stain, Book 1 of the My Soul to Wake series actually seemed more of a YA romance with a paranormal twist.  Which means I actually broke two of my blogging habits – as I don’t usually read YA either.  But I have learned my lesson… whatever and whenever Tara Oakes writes, I will sit down and read.  Her writing is always well written and a welcome and entertaining escape, regardless of the genre. 

Empress DJ




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Tara is a thirty something newbie author from Long Island, New York. She's a voracious reader, a passionate writer and obsessive junk T.V. aficionado. When she's not doing one of those three things she is attempting to garden, hanging with her hubby or partaking in some retail therapy. She enjoys connecting with her readers and is having a blast entering into this new world of publishing.


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