Welcome everybody to the best day in the world, Tuesday. Today a number of books have been released but only one won the rounds to be featured on the blog. It's actually an interesting story that I'll remember and will be told to countless people over and over again. On Friday the 13th, I received an email from one called Andy Gavin. He proposed to me the idea of reviewing his novel and gave some interesting facts. He told me he was Co-Founder of Naughty Dogs and my brain did some sort of squee. Naughty Dogs is the gaming company that produced games like Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter. Which by the way he was Director, Producer and Lead Programmer.
I couldn't believe it and when I saw the book my jaw dropped. It had such an amazing cover that I could not pass up this opportunity. This man was a legend in my household. Especially to my nephew who LOVES Crash Bandicoot. Anyway I took the book and have started reading it and it's amazing. I haven't finished it yet but it's just amazing. Also when I looked him up, he was telling the truth so no tricks over here.
But yesterday I asked him about the plans of publications. The book was out as an e-book and it was going to published in Hardcover and Paperback but there was no specific date. He told me that it would take a few days to send the proofs back and forth and basically the answer was, time will tell. The funny thing though is that the Paperback version was actually put out TODAY! On a Tuesday, the day of Book Released! So I thought that was perfect. But I'm rambling and I need to introduce to you all this book. I present to you;
The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin
Now tell me that is not a beautiful cover. I'm in love! And the most amazing part, the cover artist, Cliff Nielsen, is also the cover artist of Cassandra Clare's novels. And we all know how those are. But just look at it. The dead tree with the innocence of the girl sitting upon it. The fire-like background separated with the swamp-like icy yet earthy vision. The girl hanging upside down looking pale and dead. It's just amazing and perfection! But wait until you hear about the book....
An ominous vision and the discovery of a gruesome corpse lead seventeen year-old Sarah Engelmann into a terrifying encounter with the supernatural in 1913 Salem, Massachusetts.
With help from Alex, an attractive Greek immigrant, Sarah sets out to track the evil to its source, never guessing that she will take on a conspiracy involving not only a 900-year-old vampire, but also a demon-loving Puritan warlock, disgruntled Egyptian gods, and an immortal sorcerer, all on a quest to recover the holy trumpet of the Archangel Gabriel. Relying on the wisdom of an elderly vampire hunter, Sarah's rabbi father, and her own disturbing visions, Sarah must fight a millennial-old battle between unspeakable forced, where the ultimate prize might be herself.
Now I've started reading this and got to the vampire part and the guy is badass. He is evil everywhere and does not hold back and it's finally time we got an evil vampire who likes to kill and torture. I just love everything about this book and can't wait to continue reading it. But how mean would I be to talk about this book and not give away a copy? Stick around for a second book where you'll have the chance to win a copy of this book in Paperback.
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He also has a twitter which you can follow him @asgavin
So I'll see you all with the next post on the giveaway!