Friday, June 29, 2012

Black Satin Tour: Guest Post, Review, G!ve@way

Black Satin by Rae Hachton
SupaGurl Tour June 1-30

Hi. I'm happy to have Rae Hachton on my blog for her Black Satin tour with lovely host, Heather at SupaGurl Blog Tours. Be sure to enter the giveaway below, and visit the other stops on the tour. The schedule can be found here.

Black Satin (Pretty in Black #2)
by Rae Hachton
Published May 28, 2012 by Teen Pulse


What if you weren’t who you thought you were? What if your whole life changed in an instant and you were released to a new identity? What if you were forced to kill the one you love? What if everything you knew wasn’t real, and you awaken to a new world? What if love could take you to unknown places? How beautiful is death really? Marcus Marble has disappeared from Ellie’s life, and she needs answers to questions and he’s the only one who can answer them. How is her sister back from the dead, and why is Ellie still alive?

When Ellie realizes Marcus isn’t coming back, she is forced to move on with her life the best way she can, in hopes of finding the answers herself, but when people at school begin to be viciously murdered, and Giles reveals to her a life changing secret, she decides to investigate the possible truth of it. What she discovers is more than she thought she would. The only time Ellie feels normal is when she’s around Walter, the new guy at school. And normal is how she wants to feel, now that Marcus is gone from her life. But Walter may not be all that he seems, either, and she just might spiral in to an even more dark world, she never thought possible. And when it occurs to her that Marcus has made the decision to pass on through to the afterlife, during the Risorgimento, she races against time to stop him, while knowing she has feelings for Walter, too. Will she make it in time to stop Marcus from passing through, and if she does, what will she tell Walter? Her heart will have to make the final decision. But will the choice be worth dying for?

Rae Hachton’s Top 10 Black Things

1. Pretty in Black—One of my favorite Raveonettes Albums [Where I obtained the name for my series!]
2. Black Satin—One of my favorite songs by the Raveonettes
3. Jacob Black—Guy who should have been with Bella from Twilight
4. Men in Black—One of my most enjoyed movies as a child
5. Paint it Black—I LOVE this song!
6. Black Ice—The Name of my Car air freshener
7. Black Friday—I LOVE getting deals on my favorite items!
8. Black Ops, anyone?
9. Experiment in Black—Another fabulous Raveonettes song!
10. Black Wave—Did I ever mention how many Raveonettes Songs have the word Black in them??

Bonus: This Lyric from Sleepwalking by The Raveonettes:

"Think you look good today
Pretty in black you got it down
I can't hold my breath so long
When you pass me by without a sound
You got something more to give
To girls who never thought they'd love

My Review:

I enjoyed both Pretty in Black and Black Satin, but liked this one slightly more, despite the absence of Marcus. It just had more intensity and conflict and the ending is stunning.

I really love the character Marcus and wish he’d had a bigger presence in Black Satin. He’s almost absent in the book. I got really drawn into his POV in the beginning. What I love about this series is it has the familiar and well-worn construct of hunter in love with hunted and visa versa, but it still maintains a freshness because of the world building. The writing is overall very beautiful. And I like that Rae made the creatures in the book her own, adding her own twist to the myth. The addition of Walter in this book was great too. I liked that Ellie had complex feelings for him and it wasn’t so cut and dry.

My only issue is that each book lacks an arch. Although there are confrontations and fights at the end of each, I wouldn’t exactly call them climaxes. There’s no pivotal point that either story was really building towards. I enjoyed the mythology and depth, just wish there had been a tad more structure.



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About the Author:
Rae Hachton [pronounced H-ton] is the nom de plume of author Desirae Hennington. She is the Indie Author of the Gothic Romance series Pretty in Black. She is twenty-three years old and lives with her Muse and her Ghost. When she is not composing new novels, she is working on her cinematography studies, and devouring YA books. Her favorite band is The Raveonettes, and she is a major fan of Edgar Allan Poe and Ravens and Crows. Although she is writing Gothic Fiction at the moment, her favorite genre of all time is Contemporary YA. Favorite contemporary book: tie between Forever by Judy Blume and the Summer I turned Pretty series by Jenny Han. Favorite author: David Levithan. If Rae Hachton wasn't writing, she'd give it one last shot at being kewl, and probably start a band.


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