{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Til Death by Kate Evangelista

Saturday, March 8, 2014

As promised, here's my review of TIL DEATH!

Til Death (Fractured Souls #1)
Title: Til Death (Fractured Souls #1)
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Date of Publication: March 4, 2014
Genre: YA urban fantasy

Sixteen-year old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a day-dreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally this is not a problem as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. Except from her best friend Kyle and her grandparents, of course. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky even for her.

Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more droolworthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Unfortunately, Dillan makes it more than clear that he does not feel the same. They just met, so why would he act like he hates her?

When Dillan and Selena are forced together one weekend to work on a school project, Selena prepares to be ignored as usual. But when she stumbles across a few undead in the backyard, Dillan comes to her rescue and reveals a whole lot more. Not only is he part of a society that hunts otherworldly creatures…she is too. And she is being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easy, especially when she discovers that Dillan might not actually hate her after all.

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Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Heather of Entangled Publishing, Kate Evangelista and Precious of Pinoy Book Tours for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

I don't read urban fantasy. Heck, I even stay away from fantasy and paranormal and if sci-fi is considered fantasy, then that's the only thing I read. So it's a testament of my love for Kate Evangelista (yay Filipino authors!) that I read her books and for that, her books are the only urban fantasy/paranormal I ever read. And TIL DEATH made me rethink why I've been dodging urban fantasy for so long. What have I been thinking??

Let's air out a common gripe I read in the reviews that went up before mine. TIL DEATH is written in alternating perspectives of Selena and Dillan. I KNOW, that gave me a crazy twitchy grin when I was reading. However, while Selena's is written in the first person POV, Dillan's was written in a third person POV. I know a lot of people out there were bothered by it and I admit I was kind of lost for a moment when I realized it. Some people were never able to look past it but I'm telling you, look past it. You'll get used to it and it would be a shame to be hindered from enjoying this novel just because of that. Now, I don't know why Kate decided to write in different type of POVs and I'm not completely behind it as well but I honestly don't care at this point. Haha!

With that said, I can now get on the spazzing and obsessing. OH YOU KATE. Since infatuation kills my concentration and coherence, I will grace you with a list review!


Four Reasons Why Dillan Sloan Rocks Even If He's Not A Rock Star You Must Read TIL DEATH

1. World-building. Good lawd. Just from the first chapter, I was hooked. I salivated from the curiosity of unraveling this whole world and set-up Kate has crafted for this book. Since I'm no urban fantasy/paranormal reader, I don't know if these 'creatures' are even fresh but to me, it is definitely refreshing and unique. If you know me, the only vampire and werewolf I allow in my life are The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Teen Wolf. So when the fantastical in here involved not those two supernatural creatures and what Kate called the Illumenari, or the guys who go against those who bump in the night, I was sold. Immediately sold like Taylor Swift concert tickets. (Ha! I couldn't resist that.) I can't wait to get to know more of this world!

2. Plot. Then you give more oomph to that wonderful premise with a plot that has depth and twists and turns and you get yourself a highly engrossing novel. Not only was the book engaging, it had that quality where you just go deeper and deeper into the hole until you can't get out of reading it. Props to Kate. More like, a jumping-Dianne-holding-a-banner-while-squealing to Kate. I can't wait to unravel all the secrets and nuances of this story!

3. Characters. Selena. Dillan. Kyle. Penny. Rainer. SEBASTIAN the hellhound. Bowen. Grams. Gramps. I love everyone! While the characterizations are not ground-breakingly fresh or unique, I couldn't quite care because the characters formed an ensemble. Their interactions and personalities just jived together, making me higly enjoy this book. I can't wait to read about them more!

4. Romance. I've always had a thing for antagonistic and bickering and bantering romances so this definitely tickled me. While I'm usually not in for fireworks-and-in-this-case-Pop-Rocks-when-we-kiss type of pairings, I just couldn't roll my eyes with Selena and Dillan. They're just too cute when they're pissing off each other but you can definitely sense and feel their attraction and how right they are so right for each other. Gah, TIL DEATH got me going back to being a hormonal, hearts-in-her-eyes teenager. I can't help it but I felt like such a girl with this book. I can't wait to read more of Selena and Dillan's love story!

So what's "I can't wait to get to know more of this world!" + "I can't wait to unravel all the secrets and nuances of this story!" + "I can't wait to read about them more!" + "I can't wait to read more of Selena and Dillan's love story!" equal to? Of course it's I CAN'T WAIT TO READ AFTER DEATH!!

About Kate Evangelista

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today she lives in the Philippines and writes full time.


Giveaway

One lovely Filipino reader can win a signed copy of TIL DEATH!


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The awesomeness isn't over yet! Kate Evangelista is also having a book launch and signing next Saturday! Eeeeppp! Look at this poster for more information. See you there!

7 comments:

  1. I love how Kate creates characters/creatures with uniqueness. She doesn't just call them whatever they're called in normal world. I agree with you about Kate being the only one who pulls us out of our caves and makes us read urban fantasy/PNR.

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    1. EXACTLY. And we don't get cliche paranormal creatures either! Such a breath of fresh air especially for someone like me who isn't keen on urban fantasy/PNR. I remember reading this urban fantasy YA novel because the heroine was a changeling and I thought it was cool to be able to change. I guess Kate just brings out the paranormal-loving in us. Thanks for stopping by, Charlie!

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  2. I am not into urban fantasy genre when it comes to reading but I'll give this a try and hopefully as I read this I will get to know and love Kate here.

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    1. You should definitely try this because TIL DEATH is the kind of book that you'll enjoy even if you're not big on its genre. Its fresh and highly enjoyable. Thanks for dropping by!

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  3. I'm into urban fantasy and I hope I will end up loving this. This is on my tbr already :) I have come across her other title Taste? I didn't remember immediately that that was her work as well. The books covers were so gothic i kinda like it. But that series was also on my tbr as well.

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    1. Hope you get to read them all soon, Laila! Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Im a huge fan of Kate. I adore her books. Loving the cover :)I hope to win.

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