Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Review and Giveaways: Lights of Aurora by Theresa McClinton

Lights of Aurora (Stone Legacy 2) by Theresa McClinton
Published: November 1, 2013
Publisher:  self published
Received: review copy for honest review
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After the discovery of her ancient Maya bloodlines, eighteen-year-old Ashley Coreandero is faced with a daunting responsibility. She must protect the stone of Muuk’Ich while Sarian, the underworld general, relentlessly drives her to the brink of insanity.

As the winter solstice approaches, it brings an onslaught of unexpected side effects. Ashley must seize control over her supercharged powers, while dealing with the overwhelming suspicion that her boyfriend, Arwan, is hiding a secret so dark it could destroy them both.

With the arrival of a surprise houseguest, Ashley’s deepest fears about Arwan are confirmed. And when middleworld deities intercede, the group of gifted Maya descendants are confronted with hardships they never saw coming—including an enemy more deadly than they have ever faced.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned—but when that woman has no soul and a taste for revenge, they will need the powers of every surviving ancestor simply to stay alive.

First off, I'd like to say that I did not read the first book in this series and I think that it would definitely benefit readers to read them in order. It was quite possible to read this book without the first one as there was enough back story in the first section of the book to gather the necessary information, but I do believe it's best to read in order.

Now, given that I have not read the first book - I did find Ashley's story to be extremely adventurous. Not only is she learning about the Mayan culture, she is learning about her powers and her job as guardian of the stone and trying to keep those safe around her.

Her love life with Arwan was interesting to me as they seemed to have this love for each other that spans all time, but Arwan's secret changed things quite a bit. I think things might be challenged in the next book based one how things pan out in this one.

The story itself is fast paced, full of intrigue and I really enjoyed learning about the Maya - mostly because I recently visited Mexico and enjoyed my visits to many Mayan temples. So this brought back memories of the trip.

I believe that I may go back and read the previous book in this series to catch up and learn even more Mayan culture and religious beliefs. 

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About the Author:

A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa began her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and feature articles to delve into the whimsical world of fiction.

Since then, Theresa has been married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and has been repeatedly guilt tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having traveled to over a dozen countries—not to mention an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, Theresa will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.

Coming Soon: 13th Street, Novella 2.5 of The Stone Legacy Series. 

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