Friday, March 1, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Eliza's Shadow by Catherine Wittmack

Welcome to my stop on the Eliza's Shadow blog tour.  This tour is hosted by FMB tours.  My stop includes my review of this book along with an amazing giveaway.

Title: Eliza's Shadow
Series: Eliza's Shadow #1
Author: Catherine Wittmack
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Self-published
Format: Ebook | Paperback
Length: 332 pages

Purchase: Amazon |

Book Description:

Eliza Gowan’s past has come back to hunt her. Since her mother’s mysterious disappearance, Eliza has enjoyed a quiet life under the care of her aunt in the sleepy town of Port Rune. But the moment magnetic Ren Alden appears in her high school classroom, Eliza is thrust into the exciting world of magic and the path of danger. Menaced by an otherworldly enemy, Eliza embarks on a quest to solve the mysteries of her past and end the hunt for good.

My Review

I really enjoyed this story.  I was immediately drawn into the story after the first page and couldn't put the book down.  I admit after the first few chapters it gets slow, but when it picked up, I was there along for the ride.  Eliza's Shadow is a story filled with romance and magic.  I loved learning about magic in this book.  Everything was very well explained.  I also enjoyed reading about the different beings that Eliza and Ren faced.  I loved that.  Eliza's Shadow was beautifully written and well thought out.    The world-building was well crafted and well thought out.

I loved the characters in this story.  Eliza and Ren were immediately to each other.  I don't like that how insta-love, becasue it just didn't feel real.  I love to see the romance between couple grow and develop and that didn't happen here.I do love them as a couple, but I just wished it felt more meaningful.  I wanted to see more.  I loved how Eliza grew as a character.  She started off as an orphan , but then became an amazing witch..  Loved it!!  Ren is so sweet and just flat out gorgeous.  He would do anything for Eliza.  He was always there to protect her.  I also felt as if the characters were way older than what they originally were.   I didn't think of them as teenagers.

Catherine did a fantastic job on creating a story full of magic and self-discovery.  Eliza's Shadow took me on an amazing adventure.  I really felt as if I was on the journey with the characters.  There was a cliffhanger at the end that definitely left me wanting more.  I can't wait to see what happens next with Eliza and Ren.  I am really hoping that there is a sequel.  Great debut Catherine!!!!


Ren laughed.  “What are you doing?  Just sit still and focus, why don’t you?”  He urged impatiently.
I pressed my crossed ankles together and my arms to my sides.  “Ok, ok.  I’m ready,” I stammered.
I forced deep measured breaths until the cold air stilled the nervous bubbles bobbing around my head.  My hands stretched around my knees and I flexed my fingers imagining the flame leaping from the tips.  I turned inward imagining the spark growing inside of me.  My mind’s eye examined the small dot of electricity and watched it glow in the caverns of my mind.
Run!  I commanded.
I followed the little spark as it hopped from one nerve to the next, racing down the length of my arm and felt it, hot and anxious to perform.  Then something strong and sure told me the spark was ready.  Without a conscious effort, my arm lifted from my side and my wrist snapped. 
My eyes shot open.  A small ball of light glowed bright against the darkness.  I glanced up to find Ren’s giddy grin.
We sat for several moments in reverent silence before Ren snatched the wriggling little light from my palm as easily as a frog snatches an insect. 
He chuckled and tossed it above our heads.  The small light bounced in the air like a yo-yo before settling suspended above our heads.
“Wow!  How’d you do that?”  I exclaimed.
“Clean flames will do just about anything you want them to,” he said.
“Can I touch it again?”  I asked tentatively.
Ren shrugged.  “Sure, it’s your flame,” he said and sank back against the cluster of pipes, a pleased smile lingering on his lips.
I reached into the air and plucked the tiny blaze from its perch.  I held the flame in my hand admiring its dance. 
“It’s hot,” I said wincing.
Ren inched toward me and slid his hand beneath mine.  His palm was soft against my knuckles.  Then his fingers closed around my wrist and he pulled my hand toward his lowered face. My fingertips grazed the scruff of his chin sending a tingle up my arm. Our eyes met across the glowing expanse of my palm.   
“Even the most magical things can burn,” he said tensely, holding my gaze.
My cheeks flushed hot under his intense stare. 
“Only… if you let them,” I responded, carefully controlling my breath.
“Easier said than done,” he said with a sigh.
I blew softly across my palm.  The flame flickered and disappeared into a wisp of smoke.

About the Author:

Catherine Wittmack lives in Charlotte, N.C. with her husband, Charlie, and their two sons, James and Jack.  She holds a B.A. in English from Villanova University and a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa.  Her debut novel, Eliza's Shadow, was published on Amazon in May 2012. 

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1 comment:

  1. I loved the excerpt,thanks for the giveaway.