Nov 5, 2012

{Blog Tour: Review} of Swift by Heather London

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Swift (Swift, #1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Paranormal
THEME: Magic/Romance
AUTHORS BLOG: Heather Londons Blog
Meredith Martin is being hunted by evil, for something she is destined to become, but knows nothing about.

After graduating from high school, Meredith is ready to leave the place that has been a constant reminder of what happened to her as a child. She was just eight years old when her family died in a mysterious car accident, taking the secret of her destiny with them. It’s not until a new family moves to town that she realizes leaving may not be as easy as she once thought.

Meredith feels an instant connection towards the Harpers, especially the good-looking, mysterious Blake and his overly friendly sister, Abby. After a series of bizarre events that happen too often to be coincidence, Meredith begins to realize that she is at the center of something larger than herself—possibly the same thing that killed her parents and twin sister many years ago. Nightmarish visions and resurfacing memories push Meredith closer to Blake, leading her to discover her destiny and other buried secrets.

As Meredith tries to understand her new world, she will be put to the ultimate test, and her strength and courage will be challenged more than she ever imagined.

This was a great start to a new series, lots of character development, magic and mystery. The story starts out a bit slow but once the leads meet, the pace picks up and the readers get sucked into a world where witches exist.

Swift follows Meredith Martin who just graduated from high school and is trying to figure out what to do next in her life. She had lost her family at a young age in a tragic accident and feels that she needs to start fresh and travel the world. But when a mysterious new family moves in to the oldest part of town, Meredith discovers an interesting connection with them and her family.

Meredith is a girl with a lot of heartache, never truly understanding what really happened the day she and her family got into an accident that took their lives but not hers. She was never really the same taking comfort in her only true friend Roger and her mothers best friend Rose. Her character development was of course the main focus of the story. She discovers secrets behind her mother, that magic really exists and that she is stuck in the middle evil magic and good.

Blake is someone who connects to Meredith immediately. His family moves into town and holds a lot of secrets from Meredith until she’s ready to handle the truth. He’s there to protect her and help her discover who she is. I liked his character, very sweet and caring, with a bit of mystery behind his family. Though the chemistry between Meredith and Blake turns into insta-love, I wish it would have been developed more, first I did however enjoyed their connection.

The Harpers, Blake and his family are quite a mystery and when Meredith finds out the truth about them, it was actually a great twist. I liked their connection to Meredith’s family and how they came to help her because of someone in her family. My only issue was that we didn’t get a lot of backstory on the council that they worked with and Abby, Blake’s sister was crying at the beginning of the book in front of graves of someone but we didn’t find out why. I’m hoping the next book will give us more history behind them.

Overall this was a great start and I loved the magic and romance that carried me through the exciting plot. I really hope we find out more about what really happened with Meredith’s family and if there something that the author has up her sleeve about Meredith’s sister. So many questions still unanswered but so much too look forward to in the following books. I will definitely be continuing this series.

This is young adult novel that all paranormal readers will enjoy. Fans of the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick and Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson will enjoy Swift by Heather London.

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Authors Bio:
Heather London is a young adult author who loves to write stories full of fantasy, romance, and science fiction. She is a lover of only the finest of coffee and premium craft beer, but will settle for anything chocolate, regardless of its quality. Heather lives with her husband in Dallas, TX where she is currently working hard on her next project.

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