Saturday, February 9, 2013

Blog Tour: Blud and Magick by Preston Norton ~ excerpt/giveaway

Blud and MagickBlud and Magick by Preston Norton
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Teen Fantasy/Paranormal

Book Description:  Born from the ashes of the most fierce and powerful entity in all of Trivaesia, Darla was sent to grow up in the outside world with no knowledge of where she came from. When she finds herself wielding new power, she must decide which part of her will rule her heart—the evil from which she was born or the good by which she was raised.

My thoughts:  Darla Summer is fourteen and dealing with some serious problems. She and her Uncle Ed travel and move often. She runs into complications at her new High School.

She learns of a magical world that she is a part of. She was born from the ashes of a powerful villian. Her dilemma is how to control the evil lurking within her and continue to be the good girl.

Preston Norton has crafted a very interesting and entertaining book. I loved the many different fantasy creatures that are part of the magical world. Darla is an amazing young woman who is easy to relate to and like. I also had fun reading about her two "friends" , Ash and Cirrus. While they try to be serious characters, they are good for a few laughs. Her "Uncle" Ed seems like a very respectable and nice man. I loved the relationship that he and Darla have.

This book has some violence but is suitable for tweens on up. Parents who worry about the violence may want to read it first, and I think they may enjoy it also.

Read an Excerpt!
Ash went rigid, and Cirrus lost whatever color was left in his face.
“Oh crap,” said Ash, and then followed this with a few words of a much more vulgar nature.
“Detention’s over,” Cirrus spoke loudly and with an imperative edge. He bolted up from his desk and motioned for the others to follow. “Everyone, we need to leave now!”
“What?” Darla protested. “Why? What’s going—?”
“It’s bad,” Ash assured her. He was already out of his desk and pulling her by the wrist.
“Come on, Lance. We gotta go!” Cirrus ordered.
Lance obediently followed, but his worried gaze was quickly distracted by a loud smack. Cirrus had been first to reach the open doorway, only to crash into a seemingly invisible barrier. With his glasses skewed sideways, his lanky frame staggered back as the air in front of him rippled and then became still.
“Not good,” Cirrus mumbled in a nasally voice as he clutched his nose.
“What was that?” Darla sputtered. She was certain her eyes were playing tricks on her now.
Ash raced past his brother and kicked the open doorway. Sure enough, his shoe connected with the same invisible force. “Really not good!”
“What is it?” Darla demanded. “Stop ignoring me!”
“Now is not the time,” Cirrus muttered, half-distracted. Behind his thin-framed glasses, his cool eyes scanned the vicinity for any other means of escape.
“What Cirrus means to say is shut your cakehole, princess!” Ash seemed to be just as frantic scouring the opposite wall. “Whatever it was that mind-controlled Lance into beating the snot out of Gareth…I think the same thing just trapped us in here!”
Lance’s eyes went wide; he looked halfway nauseous, and the other half seemed like he just might faint. “No, no, no, no,” he murmured, pacing aimlessly back and forth. Overall, he seemed pretty much gone at this point.
“Thing?” Darla repeated. “Mind control? You two cannot be serious! And why would something want to trap us?”
“Well maybe it doesn’t care about Lance, but some of us…” Cirrus paused his search as he turned to face Darla, his pale expression peculiarly inquisitive. “Since secrecy really isn’t a problem anymore…do you mind if I ask what you are?”
Darla had never heard such a weird and vague question in her life. “Huh? What do you mean?”
Cirrus took a deep breath, dreading the response awaiting him. “Are you human?”
“W-wha—?” Darla stammered. “Human?! Of course I’m—I mean…what the heck else would I be?”
“Something else,” he suggested in an overly casual manner. “Like us. I mean…you deflected Ash’s hex after all.”
Ash’s…hex? This was perhaps the most ridiculous conversation Darla had ever indulged herself in. Was she human? And yet…she couldn’t refrain herself from asking the question. “And what are you?”
“We’re dead meat,” Ash gasped from the far corner of the classroom.
All eyes—including Lance’s, who seemed to have flown over the cuckoo’s nest with his wide-eyed pacing—shifted to the wild-haired boy. Ash was standing in front of the lofty wooden supply closet with the door wide open, staring down at its obscured contents. Darla, Cirrus, and Lance all rushed over with a hint of dread in their eyes. Though the two boys were tall enough for a clear view from behind Ash, Darla forced her way around him. She immediately regretted doing so. Her skin crawled at the sight before her.


About Preston Norton:  Preston Norton was born in California, raised in Texas, and is currently a student at Brigham Young University – Idaho, seeking a degree in English Education. He enjoys sushi, rock concerts, and scary movies.

Visit him at:   website & Facebook


There is a copy of the book up for grabs!  If the winner lives in the US it will be a print copy, if the winner lives outside of the United States it will be e-book.  Preston was nice enough to give you the opportunity to win this book. :)  Please see my giveaway policy in the sidebar.  All rules and regulations are in effect for this giveaway.  Entry is through the rafflecopter form.  Good luck!

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