Monday, September 9, 2013

Blog Tour and Review: Render by StephanieFleshman

Welcome to Day 1 of the Render Blog Tour.  For more information about the tour and the numerous prizes that are up for grabs...Click on the Render tour badge on the right side of my blog or simply click on this link.


I read a tweet from Emlyn Chand, who is the author of the Farsighted series, promoting this blog tour.  I decided to take a chance and offered to review the book based solely on the fact the the cover is really pretty, the description sounded interesting, and did I mention...I LOVE Emlyn's books?  Certainly she wouldn't lead me astray, right???

This book is definitely worthy of 5 stars.  It grabs your attention from the very beginning and does not let up the entire book.  It is action packed, full of suspense and mystery, and contains characters you can't help but love...or hate...depending on who it is.  This is one book I did not want to put down.  I was so desperate to find out what happened next that I simply could not read fast enough

At the very beginning of the book we discover the Koldan's grandfather recently passed away and the family is getting ready for the funeral.  His grandfather had planned on taking Koldan and his brother Lukas on a vacation at the beginning of the summer.  As the boys are sorting through his things, they discover there may have been more to this trip than they originally anticipated.

Koldan and Lucas invite their best friend Ethan and Koldan's girlfriend Raya to come with them on the trip. The majority of the book is about the trip and what they discover on a mysterious island.  This isn't your typical beach vacation.  There is danger around every corner and an entire family's history waiting to be discovered.

This book will be part of a series.  I sent the author a message and it sounds like she is planning for a trilogy, but she is not ruling out the possibility of a fourth book.  I have no idea when the next book will be released, but the customary 1 year between release dates seems WAY too far away.  There was a bit of a cliffhanger ending and I am dying to find out what happens next.  I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I will simply leave it at that.

Stephanie is an exceptional new author and I HIGHLY recommend this book.

Goodreads Overview:

A betrayal born of blood
A curse for a gift
A love worth saving

Koldan Holdt knows what he wants. The problem is his future was decided the day he was born—a future void of everything he has ever known.

Days before summer vacation, Koldan’s grandfather suddenly dies, leaving the consequences that have followed him since he fled his country to fall to Koldan. As Koldan learns about his new fate, he must accept the terms to which he is bound and live without the one person he wants, or remain true to who he is and risk both their lives repeating the choices his grandfather made.

Seventeen-year-old Raya Whitney thought she knew Koldan…until a sudden turn of events threatens both their lives. While she is not willing to give up without a fight, she knows it is a deadly game to stay together

About the Author:

Stephanie FleshmanStephanie Fleshman grew up near the border of Virginia, in a rural town of about 4,000 with her four siblings. She has always had a passion for traveling and learning about other cultures and will go just about anywhere at any given time. Her dream was to become a psychologist, and so she majored in psychology, which led to working as a medical tech (of course) in Naples, Florida. Somehow that led to writing, something that she had never before considered (otherwise she might have majored in Literature, instead...but probably not). Now, with a series in progress, there's nothing more that she would rather do than write.

Book Trailer:


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  1. I've just started reading the book, and I'm only about 20% in so I'm glad to hear the fast pace continues throughout the entire book.
    I hope it's not the standard year apart, because I'm liking the story and characters so I can't wait to read more.

    1. I'm glad you are enjoying the book. It only gets better the further along you get.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

  2. I'm also participating in the blog tour. but just got the book today. After your review I'm really looking forward to be reading the book tomorrow. The review will come on Friday.

    I'm also looking forward to be reading more of the reviews on your blog!

    Happy Small Things

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I will be sure to check out your review.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  3. I am really enjoying the book, I too am part of the tour and I am enjoying the book, the cover attracted me but so did the author interview and book trailer. I loved your review, as I am reading thus far it is SPOTON, hope the sequel comes out soon!

    1. I have to agree, the trailer for this book is AWESOME. That is one of the reasons I included it in my top ten books that should be movies this week.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

  4. So glad you loved Render, Jacque, and thank you for the huge compliment--I'm so glad Farsighted has stuck with you, and I will get book #3 out just as soon as I can. Sorry it's been so long!

    Also, thank you for participating in this tour and for taking a moment to cross-post your review to Amazon and GoodReads when you have the time. Also, don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter and random commenter contests!


  5. I loved this book- I was just blown away and also rated it 5 stars. It just kept getting better. I can't wait for the next book.