August 10, 2012

My Friday Review: Men of The Cave

Title: Men of the Cave (Book One of The Symbol of Hope Series)


My Rating: 5 conch


Summary from Goodreads: Raised by unorthodox parents, Kasey Reese has always struggled to be invisible, to not be noticed, to avoid conflict. Running from a broken relationship, Kasey flees to Spain on a scholarship, to restore the comfort she finds in anonymity. Destiny, however, has other plans for her - a life threatening, life-altering journey into the supernatural when she meets the men of the cave.


The Review: Men of The Cave is a refreshing new story in the YA genre.  Kasey flees to a study abroad program in Spain for the educational experience and for a chance to escape her relationships at home.  Along the way she meets Dion and his brothers…and this is where her life begins to change.  Marisette did a wonderful job creating likeable characters and writing them in a way that a reader can connect with.  I felt Kasey’s struggles in her heart as she dealt with the guilt associated with loving someone new.  I understood Dion’s hesitancy in revealing who he really was.  The mythology behind the brothers and Kasey’s important role in their future was interesting and entertaining and I am looking forward to seeing what happens with those relationships.  Although it left off on a bit of a cliffhanger, I am excited for the direction of the story and anxious to get my hands on the next installment.


The Good: Great new concept that magically blends Greek mythology, Christianity, and the perils of being a teenage girl.  A storyline line that kept me interested and an overarching plot that will carry beautifully into the next book of the series.


The Issue:  No major issues.  I would have liked to see even more time between Dion and Kasey but I have a feeling we will!
 

The Rating: 5 conch!  YA fans will thoroughly enjoy this book, especially those looking for something new.

And as a special treat on this Friday, I have an author interview with Marisette!!!

1. Tell us about Men of The Cave in 140 characters or less.
It’s a YA Paranormal Romantic Adventure with a twist on Greek Myths and Christian Legends. Kasey Reese, 18, flees to Spain on a scholarship to restore the comfort she finds in anonymity. Destiny, however, has other plans for her – a life threatening, life-altering journey into the supernatural when she meets the men of the cave.
 
2. Why should we read your book?
If you are looking for something different and unique then you just might like this. It blends Greek Mythology with Christian beliefs and thus forms interesting hot immortal characters. A“Twilight-ish” love story with a little bit of adventure.
 
3. What are the benefits of independent publishers?
I had full say in every aspect of the publishing process. I liked that. The entire look and presence of the book was entirely subject to my absolute approval. I felt I was a part of the publishing process not just the author.
 
4. Who did your cover art? What was that process like?
The cover art was a collaboration between my publisher and I. The process was easy and stress free.
 
5. What goes through your mind when reading reviews (positive or negative) of Men of The Cave?
It’s the same sensation you get when opening your report card or looking up your grades in school. It’s somewhat nerve wrecking, but when you get the “A” it’s an overwhelming glee. When you don’t get an “A or “B” then it’s disappointing, but you tell yourself I’ll study/try harder next time.
 
6. Are any of your characters based on someone you know?
No, absolutely not. At least not anyone real. I like my characters to be their own unique person. Even though they do not exist, I treat them as if they do. Kasey’s loosely based off my favorite character in the Juniper Game. I do incorporate little traits or corks into their lives from my own. For instance, Dion’s messiness is totally me, and Kasey’s fear of flying, I know that feeling intimately. I think that the reason Kasey was easy to write, is because, she’s everything I am too afraid of being. In a way, she is my opposite.
 
7. Who is your favorite character in the book and how would you spend a day together?
I feel like I’m supposed to say Dion, my hot male protagonist, but he belongs to Kasey and I wouldn’t dream of robbing a day away from them. So, my favorite out of the characters is Sam. I have always loved the bad guys. Even in school when I had the choice I would ask to play the villain. Sam’s my favorite because I know him better than anyone. What he’s been through, what he will go through, and the journey he takes. What I would do with Sam is take him to a day spa. He is so intense and wound up that he could use a day of relaxation.
 
8. What superpower would you like to have and why?
Telekinesis, because my closet looks like Dion’s room. I hate putting cloths away it’s a thing with me. I avoid doing it at all costs. It would be nice to have telekinesis so I can do it all with my mind. I could even sit back and push the keys on my keyboard with my mind. That would give my hands a rest.
 
9. Finish this sentence: I wish I had written….”Shakespeare in Love”
 
10. What’s up next?
I am currently editing/rewrites “Jar of Pandora” book two and writing “Symbol of Hope” book three.
 
Thank you for stopping by Marisette!  You can find out more about The Symbol of Hope Series and Marisette at the links below:
 

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