{Review+G!veaway} Amber Eyes by Jolyn Palliata

March 28, 2012 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 11

Paperback276 pages
Published January 21st 2012
Age Group: YA
Source: Blog Tour
Series: Entwined Souls #1
Challenges: ebook, 150+, YA challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon


~ Eyes are the window to the soul, in a time when souls are ancient. ~
After an accident, one she shouldn’t have walked away from, Lexi’s life finally begins. She meets Dez, a new student with the most beautiful eyes she’s ever seen. And since gazing into them, Lexi has had vivid waking dreams that pull her back through time, and into the warm embrace of a mysterious stranger—a stranger who becomes all too familiar. When offering an explanation for her detailed visions, Dez changes her world forever with two simple words: Soul mates.
For the first time in her life, Lexi feels safe and complete. But lingering in the shadows is the embodiment of evil, coveting the light within her. He’s a threat to Lexi’s very existence, and to a love that has transcended time.

This is the second reincarnation book that I have read. I really enjoyed it. I thought that it was a really nice take on soul mates.  This book is cute and will make you smile. I caught myself really rooting for Dez and Lexi. I quickly read the book in just one sitting. I didn’t put it down once. 
Lexi is so strong willed. I loved that about her and I feel like Dez should give her more credit sometimes. That was the only thing I would have changed about the book. It would have been nice to see him really trust her. I liked that he finally confided in her, but he didn’t really choose to do it- certain circumstances forced him into a confession. I wish it would have been because he wanted to share this with her. Lexi is strong and she was making such great progress. I felt like at times Dez held her back a little. Of course I could have also done with a little jealousy. Not anything annoying or overbearing, but maybe just a little interest from another guy to get Dez just a smidge shaken up. I’ll admit that in moderation, jealousy can be exciting. In books, that is. In real life I can do without it, but for whatever reason I like a reasonably jealous main guy. But too much turns me off.  Dez was not jealous at all, and he was great. I just felt like something was missing from his character. 
The story in Amber Eyes just kind of floats along. It was never too slow, and certainly not too fast. The conflict didn’t start until about half way into the book. That is a bit slow for me but I was loving the cute story so much that I barely even noticed until I was done and I started thinking about the book through my “review lens”. But boy, oh boy the conflict is going to be a good one. I loved how it set up the next book. It is going to be good. Enough questions were answered so you don’t feel like you are drowning in the unknown, but there is also some mystery to build on for the next book. The last 50 pages of the book are by far, my favorite. Which makes me think that I’m going to like the second book even more! 
3.8/5 Gavels

Author Bio: 
 Jolyn’s writing career began in 2009 when she looked across the sea of cubicles at work, and thought, “I was meant for something more than this.” That thought was immediately followed by, “I wonder if I can write a novel.” Four novels and one novella later, that question has been answered. She started with Amber Eyes (Entwined Souls Trilogy – Book One), a young adult paranormal romance. They always say, with the first book, you write about what you know. And she certainly did! Drawing off her teenage years in Oshkosh, WI, Jolyn incorporated her high school and favorite haunts. She even pulled out her favorite music from back then to help recapture the teenager within.
Jolyn has absolutely no qualifications whatsoever to be a writer, other than a knack and a passion. The knack she worked hard for through betas, critique partners, writer sites, editors, etc, but the passion she’s had since she was in middle school.
Being married, and mother to one very precocious six-year-old, doesn’t leave her with a whole heckofalot of time to write – not to mention working full-time – but that is where lack of sleep comes in very handy. Jolyn has a gift of functioning on minimal sleep when totally absorbed by a writing project…although she crashes like dead weight when it’s fully completed/edited (usually 2-3 months later).
Random information and quirks about Jolyn (because everyone has them):
·      She likes to listen to loud music. Period. But especially when she has a headache (helps to drown it out).
·      When she’s overtired, she gets slaphappy. (Heaven help those around her.)
·      She titles a book before she writes it, because she’s anal enough to where that would bother her.
·      She can’t walk into a Barnes and Noble without buying a book. Even if she has a pile of unread books at home (which she does), it just doesn’t feel right to leave empty-handed.
Links to Jolyn’s world:

And now I have a giveaway for you guys! 

I have one KINDLE copy of Amber Eyes to giveaway to a lucky winner. Read the rules and fill out the form. 
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11 Responses to “{Review+G!veaway} Amber Eyes by Jolyn Palliata”

  1. Jolyn Palliata

    Thank you so much for participating in my tour, and for the lovely review. Both are much appreciated! So glad you enjoyed the story as much as you did! 🙂

  2. Giselle

    Oh reincarnation! I haven’t read many either. 3 I think, and I liked them all. This sounds really well done as well I’ll have to check it out it,s the first I hear of it. Great review!

  3. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    I have read a couple of books lately on reincarnation and I have enjoyed them. I love the cover of this and it sounds like a fun little read. I like cute and fun, I need a light entertaining read, too much dark dystopian lately. Thanks for the giveaway Michelle.

  4. Phoenix Carvelli

    I sooooo want to read this book! I love looking at and into people’s eyes. Amber eyes sound beautiful! Thank you for the review and giveaway!

  5. brendajean

    I am fascinated by reincarnation but haven’t read a book about it yet. Thanks for the chance to win!

    bchild5 at aol dot com

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