Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Book Tour: Heartbound



Release Date: 08/05/15
Soulmate Publishing
171 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Petyr has never found it necessary to consider the humans as anything more than distant, inferior beings–until now. They are the cause of the fatal disease that has plagued his realm, taking the lives of too many of his kind. As a future leader of a realm in peril, Petyr must find a way to resist and cure the affliction. He must enter the unfamiliar realm, appear to be an ordinary eighteen year-old human, observe and learn.

However, things don't exactly go according to plan. Instead of embarking single-mindlendly on his sober mission, Petyr meets and 18 year old girl who does things to his emotions that he can't quite fathom or control.

Petyr is falling in love, and he almost forgets the gravity his choices have on his entire world. Despite the risk it poses to his life and hers, he wants to know her, and he wants her to know him–and his world.

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About the Author

P.I. Alltraine is a multi-award winning poet and author. She has won several international poetry competitions, and her poem…s “Kites” and “The Gift” have been published in separate anthologies.

​She teaches English Language and Literature in London. She earned her degree in BA English from Queen Mary University of London, followed by her Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Master’s in Teaching at the UCL Institute of Education, University of London.Before moving to London, she lived in the Philippines where she experienced the rich culture encrusted with dark myths and enchanted tales. She draws inspiration from these in her writing. Though she has lived in different places and experienced different cultures, writing has remained a constant aspect in her life.

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Petyr and several others of his race journey to the human world to see if they can understand what it is about humans that draws Petyr's race to commit the Forbidden. While there, Petyr starts falling for a university student named Scarlett, but his attraction toward her might just be his undoing.

This book was not what I expected at all. When you think of Peter Pan - and the cover and name immediately makes you do so - you do not think of immortal aliens with superhuman powers. Nor do you expect the only weakness of those sort-of aliens to be their draw to basically murder and consume (in some way) human souls. (That part creeped me out, to be honest). The story reminded me of the Twilight in some ways - you know, the human girl drawn to the immortal man with superhuman powers and the only thing keeping him from destroying her is his love for her. Add to that the problems he, as future ruler of his world, will have with his people because of their unconventional relationship. So, if you like stories like that, this one is for you. 

I appreciated that the two main characters spent time building a relationship. Petyr is immediately attracted to Scarlett; she takes a little time to warm up to him, since she thinks he is totally out of her league and wonders why he is paying her attention. After that, though, the novel does not immediately say that the two people love each other. Instead, they spend time together building a relationship, albeit, not an entirely honest one. Only after that do they determine themselves in love, share their secrets, and move forward in the relationship. I cannot say how much I appreciate this story breaking away from the "love at first sight" mantra. 

To be perfectly honest, I did not like this story very much. The part about the Forbidden is what turned me away. I just cannot get past the creepiness of the ultimate pleasure of an immortal being through murdering innocents, even though the murderer will die a painful death as a result. Otherwise, though, the story was interesting and full of romance. If other readers can get past what I could not, I think they might enjoy it. 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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