Thursday, February 25, 2016

Blood Passage Blog Tour and Review

Blood Passage (Dark Caravan Cycle #2)
Blog Tour February 22 – 26 & February 29 – March 4

Dark Caravan Cycle #2
Author: Heather Demetrios
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins)
A jinni who's lost everything.

A master with nothing to lose.

A revolutionary with everything to gain.

When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfil Malek's third and final wish she's not expecting it to be easy. Though Nalia is free from the shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she's in more danger than ever before.

Meanwhile, Malek's past returns with a vengeance as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what's more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.

Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this dazzling second installment of the Dark Passage Cycle.



Tour Schedule
February 22 Such A Novel Idea REVIEW
February 23 
A Dream Within A Dream 10’s LIST
City of Books REVIEW
February 24 
The Cover Contessa EXCERPT
February 25 
Adventures of A Book Junkie INTERVIEW
Wholly-Books REVIEW
February 26 
Bookaholics Anonymous REVIEW

February 29 
Swoony Boys Podcast REVIEW
March 1 
Gone With The Words 10 RANDOM THINGS
What Sarah Read REVIEW
March 2 
Zach’s YA Reviews REVIEW
March 3 
Curling Up WIth A Good Book REVIEW
Wishful Endings REVIEW
March 4 
Bookfever REVIEW

When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, and I’ll Meet You There. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. Find out more about Heather and her books and, or come hang out with her on Twitter (@HDemetrios) and any number of social media sites.

            With an ending such as the one we received in Exquisite Captive, it’s hard NOT to want the next book in the series so you can immediately start reading it! At least that’s how I felt after finishing the first book in The Dark Caravan Series by Heather Demetrios!
            Blood Passage picks up right where we left off in the previous book, including all the tension and animosity in the group when Malek used his third wish and Nalia is forced to grant it, while ALSO trying to fulfill her promise to Raif to bring him to the ring.  I had a hard time reading this section of the book because (sadly) I was absolutely in love with Malek despite all the terrible things he did to Nalia.  I think under all the dark bits of Malek there was a really great guy hiding out and I think my favorite part in Blood Passage was getting to see both sides of Malek.  I actually felt bad for him on more than one occasion when he is forced to watch Raif and Nalia interact with one another, because you could tell how much it was tormenting Malek to witness it.  Try as he might to act hostile towards the two of them and indifferent to Nalia, he still had hurt feelings and was torn up inside about losing her.
            Gripes: Although I was really excited to start reading this book I do think the beginning was a little anticlimactic for me. The end of the previous book finished with such a cliffhanger that I wanted to go straight to them arriving at the ring in book 2.  Unfortunately it took some time before things got really heated, but once it did I was no longer bored with the book.
            Favorite Bits: As a big fan of Malek I loved getting to see some of his family and see how he responded in that social situation, especially because it drudged up some old wounds.  Nalia gets to see this side of Malek that she didn’t witness prior to their trip, because it was something he tried to keep hidden from her.  I also liked the big reveal and finding out what Malek considered to be “that which he holds closest to his heart” and what he was willing to sacrifice for immortality years ago when Nalia granted him that wish.  One of my other favorite parts of Blood Passage was the actual hunt itself.  The best way I can describe it is Arabian Nights meets National Treasure (the movie with Ben Gates) and it is SO GOOD. I couldn’t put Blood Passage down once I got to this section of the book!
            Going into this I wasn’t positive whether The Dark Caravan Cycle was going to be two books or more, but I am so glad it is continuing.  I don’t think there would have been enough closure had Demetrios ended with Blood Passage and there’s still a lot of work to be done on Nalia’s part.  It’s probably a good thing that I won’t be able to read the next book for a while (although I’ll still be counting down the days till its release in the meantime) because the ending of Blood Passage tore me up quite a bit! I can’t wait to hear of everyone’s reactions once they finish it!
            What do you think? Have you read this book yet or started this series? I think Wrath and the Dawn fans will really love this one!



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