Sunday, August 2, 2015

At Death’s Door and Between Heaven & Hell

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At Death’s Door

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Title: At Death’s Door
Author: Astrid V. Tallaksen
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
The world is a pretty straightforward place. Even for medium Sara Stone things seem pretty simple, aside from the whole talking to spirits bit. But when the spirits get too hard to handle and Sara ends up admitted to a mental hospital, the world starts to seem a lot less straightforward. First her family disappears, including her four year old son. Then she gets the sneaking suspicion that not only are the staff at the mental hospital somehow connected, but they also have no intention of ever letting her leave the hospital.
                Everything changes when Sara has her first visitor in three months. Daniel is handsome, friendly, and a complete stranger. When he promises to spring her from the hospital and swears that everything she’s experienced is completely real, Sara has no choice but to believe him. But once she reaches a run-down Victorian house in the tiny Alabama town her rescuer calls home, the last thing she expects to discover is that every memory she has is a lie.
                Daniel reveals a world filled with angels, demons, and an impending war humans know nothing about. Sara wants to ignore her role in the whole mess – all that matters is solving the mystery of where her son has gone. But the forces of Heaven, Hell, and the Heart have other plans for her. Can she find her child before the world comes crashing down?

Links to purchase At Death's Door:

 Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MU3PSES

 Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/at-deaths-door-astrid-v-

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 Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/at-death-s-door-2

 Apple iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id910324345

 Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/237150536/At-Death-s-Door-Freefall-1


 Page Foundry: http://www.inktera.com/store/title/221cd943-e628-4f4b-85d0-d8865c01b542

Between Heaven & Hell

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Title: Between Heaven & Hell
Author: Astrid V. Tallaksen
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Being a fallen angel used to be easy. A quiet life with the people she loves is all Sara ever asked for. Unfortunately, the apocalypse didn’t get the message. After nearly losing everything, she’s managed to put her life back together and start living what she hoped was happily ever after with her small family. Now she wants nothing more than to hide away and pretend the end of the world is a distant rumor. Her life has already been torn apart once. Doesn’t she deserve a break?
                The apocalypse finds its way back to her doorstep when a letter arrives. Is it a friendly warning, a dire threat, or a simple reminder that she can’t run away from what’s to come? Sara refuses to take heed and pays dearly for her avoidance. With her family in danger and the preservation of free will hanging in the balance, she finds herself with no other choice. Sara must follow the path forged for her, a path that may take away everything she holds dear and leave her in pieces at the end. She’s caught between Heaven and Hell, and the last person she’d ever have considered trusting might just be her greatest ally.

Links to purchase Between Heaven & Hell:

 Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V596Y1Y

 Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/between-heaven-hell-astrid-v-

tallaksen/1121564456?ean=2940151679329&itm=1&usri=2940151679329

 Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/between-heaven-hell-1

 Apple iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id979737032

 Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/259833381/Between-Heaven-Hell-Freefall-2


 Page Foundry: http://www.inktera.com/store/title/834cbab2-e588-4579-abf6-54ce31b8355d





Sara has a huge problem. She is being held in a psychiatric hospital with confused memories and an antagonistic staff, who may or may not be human. Everyone tells her that the loving parents and son she remembers are all a creation in her mind. One day a strange man visits Sara. He tells her to cooperate so she will be released. He'll be waiting.
Unknown to Sara, she and Daniel, her visitor, are not human. They are fallen angels, a class between Heaven and Hell. We learn that even the Heavenly angels are not all sweetness and light.
The eve of the apocalypse is upon mankind. What does that mean for the future? Can it be prevented? 

Much needs to be explained to set the scene and introduce characters and situations, so it took me a few chapters to get into this book, the first of a trilogy. I grew to care about Sara and Daniel, and even their Wisconsin neighbor. The action scenes are well written, fast and intense.
The ending finished off the adventures of book one but it is only the beginning.A year has passed since the drama and danger of the first novel in this trilogy.
Daniel, Sara and Danny have settled into a daily routine including work, school and home chores. Danny, being the offspring of a powerful fallen angel and a demon prince, "Death and Destruction," is for discovering his special powers. 
Sara finds herself hospitalized again, spirits ranting about the coming apocalypse.
A major issue in this installment is TRUST, or lack thereof. 
If someone does good for you, for example, returning a loved one from being dead, what do you owe that person in return? Are they deserving of gratitude and trust?
As the apocalypse nears, Sara and her family must be on the run, hiding.
Once again she is separated from them. Who is to blame?
When Lucifer appears to truly be Sara's best chance to find Daniel and Danny, can she risk her trust and belief? This was not her fight until both sides forced her in to it.

This book was much more dialogue and less dangerous action and suspense than the previous book. There are still very intense scenes.
Before it is over Sara's whole world is shifted. I really don't know what surprises the author has for us in the third book.

I did get a rough copy of the book in exchange for review.

Author Bio

AstridTallaksenphotoAstrid V. Tallaksen grew up with a heart for stories of creatures and places outside of this world. Her love of reading quickly became a love of writing. She spent several years creating content and helping writers to improve their craft on the online world of Althanas, a creative writing workshop in the guise of a roleplaying forum. A self-avowed nerd, Astrid loves science fiction, comic books, and eighties fantasy movies in the vein of The Princess Bride and Labyrinth. Her geekiness extends to annual volunteer work at the massive sci-fi convention known as Dragon*con every year in Atlanta, Georgia. In the odd times that she’s not immersed in geekdom or writing, Astrid loves to sing karaoke, crochet, and spend time with her family and pets.



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