Sunday, June 16, 2013

Blog Tour: Never Let You Fall by Michele G. Miller

Welcome to my stop on the Never Let You Fall blog tour!  I have a top ten post from author Michele G. Miller as well as my review.  I'm so glad I got the chance to read this book!

Orphaned at 7, with no memory of her past or the family she lost, 17 year old Skye Martin is tired of being alone and afraid. After a hard night of partying, Skye wakes up alone in an unfamiliar hotel. All she can remember is the deep voice of her rescuer and his promise: “I am safe.”

Xander has been tasked with watching Skye from afar for the past two years, in order to keep her safe from the demons that hunt her. An easy job - until a pair of red glowing eyes reveal themselves to Skye, and Xander, in a moment of weakness, is forced to break his cover to protect her.

Never good at trusting people, Skye is inexplicably drawn to Xander and the immediate bond she feels for him. However, Xander is filled with secrets and ties to her past that threaten to thrust Skye into a world she could never imagine existed…

As she begins to unravel the truth about who Xander is and the details surrounding her family, she discovers that she might just be the key to saving everything... 

And, most importantly, she finds that there has always been someone by her side who would never let her fall…

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My Review

I’ll admit I was initially attracted to Never Let You Fall by the gorgeous cover.  I read the blurb (which is, in a good way, rather vague) quickly, just enough to know the book had some sort of paranormal/fantasy element.  I actually think it improved my experience to know as little as possible going into the book, and I’m so glad I read it, because…I loved it!

I really don’t what to say too much in this review because, as I said above, I think readers will enjoy the book even more if you don’t know too much going into it.  I will say that Never Let You Fall was an escapist read for me, in the best way possible.  It swept me away into a larger-than-life story and romance.  I loved both main characters, even though Xander was at times almost too perfect to believe, and I felt for both of them dealing with difficult childhoods and the loss of their families and, for so many years, the loss of each other as well.  I also found the secondary characters interesting, and I appreciated the way the author continued to develop them throughout the story, leaving me questioning their motives and eager to learn more.

Another thing I really, really liked was the way this novel melded the contemporary and fantasy genres.  While I like fantasy, I often have trouble staying interested in traditional fantasy novels.  I’m not sure exactly why, but I think it has something to do with the combination of the quasi-historical settings and complex world-building.  As much as I want to like it, I find it hard to stay fully involved while reading.  Never Let You Fall got around those issues by beginning in a contemporary setting and focusing on characters who’ve grown up in our world, even when they transition to more of a fantasy environment.  This made the book much more accessible and enjoyable for me, as did the fact that the world-building, while interesting, wasn’t overly complicated.  And I loved the parts of the world-building that were reminiscent of traditional fantasy, and even of fairy tales.

While Never Let You Fall doesn’t end with what I’d call a cliffhanger, it definitely leaves a lot of possibilities open for a sequel.  And I’m definitely looking forward to reading it! 

Top Ten Post from Michele G. Miller

Never Let You Fall is the start of a fantasy series centered around another dimension named Tyalbrook.  One of my early readers wrote in her review who much she would love to live in Tyalbrook and it got me thinking.  What are the top ten fictional places I would love to live or at least visit?
(In no particular order)

(Comment from Stephanie: Can I just say I love this idea for a top ten!)

- Narnia.  Beautiful scenery, talking animals, Aslan and Kings and Queens of old.

- Oz.  Yellow brick roads, good witches and an emerald city.

- Harry Potters Universe.  Do I need a reason?  How cool would it be to go to Hogwarts!

- The Shire from Lord of The Rings.  Another beautiful locale where the people eat second supper!

- Neverland from Peter Pan.  Mermaids, Indians, faeries and never growing up.

- Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls.  Not a book universe but one I would gladly live in!  Small town where everybody knows your name and a bunch of quirky fun people and events.

- Sunnydale from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Living on the hellmouth wouldn't be so great but having Angel around?  Swoon!  Plus, hanging out with Buffy would be fun.

- Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid.  Under the sea they play all day *sing it*

- Pandora from Avatar.  The glowing plants and gorgeous scenery is enough to make me wanna visit.

- Mystic Falls from The Vampire Diaries.  Salvatore brothers.  Enough said ;)

**Honorable mention goes to the Star Wars Universe and Forks from Twilight

About the Author

Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of a enigma.  She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow.  However she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heaven and her children’s laughter! 

Her family, a doting husband and three awesome  minions, have planted their roots in the middle of Michele’s two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Never Let You Fall is Michele’s first novel and she is beyond thrilled to have finally followed up on a dream she has held for over 20 years!  God willing there will be many many more books to follow.

Visit Michele at her blogGoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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