Monday, July 15, 2013

True Connection Blog Stop

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 'It's going to take a fight, I know that. But it's more than just a fight for my life. It's a fight for my soul and my soul mate.'

Jazzy Williams is not your average coffee-loving teen. She's struggling with her grief, her famous uncle’s fans, an overprotective big brother, and a depressed mother, all while trying to make friends at her new school. In the first week, she meets a gorgeous green-eyed hottie who turns out to be more than just some high school crush - he's more than human. And she unknowingly enrages a very dangerous breed of immortal who wants her soul or life as payment. With the help of supernatural friends and protectors, Jazzy thinks she's safe until what remains of her family is put in danger. Does Jazzy have what it takes to save her family, life, soul and soul mate, or will all be lost?

*Warning* Mature Content. This contains some profanity, mild sexual situations, innuendoes, and violence. Recommended for ages 17 and up, depending on maturity level.
True Connection is hard for me to review because I’m too afraid to give too much away and no one likes someone who spoils the book. Before True Connection was completely finished, I had the pleasure of chatting with Rachel beforehand. We would share snippets and help each other out however we could. Most of the time it was moral support. So when Rachel asked, or maybe it was more of me saying I want to beta True Connection, I absolutely fell in love with this story.

Jazzy’s character is real. She can be the girl standing next to you in line or sitting behind you in a movie theater. That’s what one of the many things I loved about Rachel’s book. Her characters are so real that you’ll find yourself looking for them. Back to Jazzy. Jazzy and her brother Henry have to move in with their uncle after an unfortunate accident. Doesn’t seem that bad right? Well it is when the new school you’ll be attending is the rivals to your old school. She just wants to lay low and graduate. Nothing’s that easy. Jazzy is gaining the attention from the star-quarterback, Derik. I don’t know about y’all but I never really cared for the attitude of the popular crowd. Now don’t get me wrong not all of them have that attitude were they think they are better than everyone, but the ones that did, yea don’t care! So Derik is a douche. You’ll have to figure out why though!

It doesn’t stop there though. Then she starts hearing something following her in the halls. What is it, a ghost maybe? Talk about a first day of school! But it gets better because a boy makes an appearance. An incredibly hot boy, but I’ll use Jazzy’s words

“The kind of guy that makes your eyes bug out, your mouth water, your heart beat of your chest, and your brain turn to mush.”

Yup, let me introduce you to Seth. I absolutely adore Seth. Seriously, he’s the boy you dream about. He’s sweet, charming, sexy as all hell, but he’s also protective, strong, and deadly. He’s not like the other boys you read about. He’s not a bad boy, well maybe he is, but not when it comes to Jazzy. You can feel their chemistry coming off the pages. You can feel Seth’s infatuation with her immediately but you can also tell that there’s something different about him too. Then there’s Skeeter! OMG love love love her. Seriously the girl is a riot and she says exactly what she’s feeling. She doesn’t hold back. Skeeter and Seth are close and take to Jazzy immediately. Why you ask? Well that’s another thing you’re going to have to read for yourself.

Now lets go back and talk about Henry a little. I love Henry. He’s super protective of Jazzy and just an all-around amazing brother. He actually reminds me of my older brother. Jazzy and Henry have a unique bond, some might think its crazy and might be threatened by it, but I absolutely love it. It works for them. They rely on each other like family should. But when Seth comes into the picture, it starts to strain their relationship. Henry meets a group of guys that are like massive. I love each and every one of them, but have to say Barry is hilarious. He makes life so interesting and he picks on Jazzy. Some might misconstrue the relationship between him and Jazzy for something more. It’s totally nothing more than a friendship, a brother-sister type love.

But nothing in life is easy right? Everyone has their own secrets. The thing is when those secrets are out in the open will everything be ok? When Jazzy’s life is threatened can a compromise be made between two groups to protect her? True Connection pushes the bar on paranormal. Rachel Walter creates a world within a world that you can completely immerse yourself in and get lost to the point of no return. A new take on soul mates that will leave you wanting more. And when the big climax takes place, talk about some serious action coming from all sides, not to mention some interesting new characters! If you haven’t picked this book up yet, you definitely need to get on that. So go grab it now!
<3 Dani

Author Bio
Rachel lives in Central Pennsylvania, is a stay at home mom, has a wonderful husband, total of 4 kids, 3 of which are step kids. She’s a true Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers fan. She’s an insomniac that loves coffee, Johnny Depp movies and bonfires, dislikes driving on the interstate, bugs of any kind, and a too quiet house. When she’s not playing with the people inside her head, making her family think she belongs in the loony bin or writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, finding new music, new books, helping someone or plotting something equally crazy with her Critique Partners.
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