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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tasty Blog Tour: When Darkness Ends by Alexandra Ivy (Review + Giveway)

Say it isn't so! Today marks the release in the FINAL book of The Guardians of Eternity series! I have loved this series for years and it's always sad to see a series end no matter if it's a book, movie or tv series. However, Alexandra Ivy did the series justice and I had a blast jumping back into this world.

About Alexandra:

ALEXANDRA IVY graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage.

She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and teenage sons.

To stay updated on Alexandra’s Guardian series or to chat with other readers, please visit her website at www.alexandraivy.com

Find Alexandra:

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Zebra
Release Date: May 26, 2015

The Guardians of Eternity are facing a final battle to save their world—but battles of the heart may be the most difficult to fight…

Cyn, the vampire clan chief of Ireland, is an unabashed hedonist whose beauty is surpassed only by his insatiable appetite for pleasure. It’s no wonder he’s furious when he’s transported from the magical land of the pureblooded feys to his desolate private lair—only to have his very existence thrown into a chaos that even he cannot charm his way out of…

Most women may be all but powerless against Cyn, but Fallon, a sharp-witted fairy princess, is less than beguiled by the silver-tongued vampire. She’s a serious soul with no time for the sort of games he plays—especially when they learn that someone is trying to close the veil that separates the dimensions. But seduction may prove the most powerful force of all, as attraction ignites between the unlikely pair even as worlds are colliding around them…

As the chef of the vampire clan of Ireland, Cyn is used to having his every word obeyed without question. Well known for having an insatiable appetite when it comes to women, Cyn is furious when he’s transported from the land of the pure blooded feys back to his castle. To complicate matters, he’s not alone and must work with his reluctant partner to stop someone from destroying everything around them.

Fey princess Fallon is a no nonsense kind of woman so when she suddenly finds herself in a different world with a dangerously handsome vampire, she’s less than thrilled. Finding out she has to work with him to prevent a catastrophe is even worse. Determined not to be another one of Cyn’s conquests, Fallon does everything she can to resist the temptation he presents.

I actually started reading the Guardians of Eternity series shortly after the first book was released. I’ve always had a soft spot for these characters and this world, bloodthirsty as it was at times, so I’m sad to see it all end.

However, I’m glad it ended with this book. When Darkness Ends (Great title by the way) reminded me why I loved this series so much and why Alexandra Ivy is one of my favorite paranormal romance authors. There’s plenty of magic, suspense, passion and of course the drop dead sexy vampire. No pun intended.

Cyn had the reputation of a playboy and a deadly warrior but I found that of the two labels, he was more of the latter than the former. I’m sure he enjoyed more than his fair share of women in his long life but I expected a vampire version of Hugh Hefner here and he wasn’t. This isn’t a criticism because Cyn was more than what rumors said he was and those are always the best kinds of characters. There was a mystery about him that just begged to be unraveled. I enjoyed his internal conflict when it came to Fallon. He was so used to women being easy for him and with Fallon I felt he had to work for her respect and her affection. It made him less “godlike” and more like a normal guy trying to get a girl to notice him only he didn’t know why it was so important for her to like him. My favorite thing about Cyn was how he encouraged Fallon to reject her people’s view and treatment of females and instead decide what she wanted out of life.

For a princess, Fallon was surprisingly normal. As normal as someone like her could be of course. She wasn’t snotty or useless at all. I loved that she was struggling to reconcile her people’s traditional ways of forcing females to be submissive and obedient with the fact that she just... Wasn’t. Her struggle to assert herself was realistic and tough for her but it made her part in When Darkness Ends much more interesting. I loved her growth from beginning to end and though she wasn’t exactly timid in the beginning, the changes in her were fantastic. To me there’s nothing quite like a heroine who realizes her value and strength and becomes an equal player in a romance.

As far as farewells went, Alexandra Ivy did a solid job with When Darkness Ends and while there weren’t appearances by every past character (That would have been over the top and unnecessary), you can bet that fan favorite Levet was part of the action, much to any and every male’s dismay. You can’t help but love the little gargoyle with the larger than life personality and I can honestly say that he will be what I miss most about this series. The plot was strong, engaging and easy to follow whether you’ve kept up with the series or if When Darkness Ends is your first Guardians of Eternity book. Either way, don’t pass this one up!

Final Verdict: While it's sad that this is the last book in the series, I'm glad it ended the way that it did.

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