My Review of Michel Prince’s ‘CHRYSALIS’ – A #YA #Paranormal Romance #cblspromos

My Review of Michel Prince’s ‘CHRYSALIS’ – A #YA #Paranormal Romance #cblspromos

Join me today to read my review of this young adult, multicultural, paranormal romance. The first of the Chrysalis series.

Chrysalis Book One

Chrysalis (Chrysalis Series #1)

by Michel Prince

YA Paranormal Multicultural Romance

Published by Rebel Ink Press

Released on April 17, 2012

Heat Level: Sweet

Length: 437 pages

Available at:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Chrysalis-Michel-Prince/dp/1937265579/
B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chrysalis-michel-prince/1110198215
All Romance eBooks – https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-chrysalis-779953-140.html
BookStrand.com – http://www.bookstrand.com/chrysalis-0

 

Blurb:

In the annals of dysfunctional families, the Chisholm’s are working their way to the top. Drug abuse, an unwed mother with multiple fathers, and the questionable cash flow for the ‘pretty one’. All this from a seemingly normal, two parent middle class family. But were the choices truly made of their free will?

Bad choices are a Chisholm family trait, one that confounds the youngest child, Ellie, who’s trying to separate herself by making smart decisions. And falling for Oscar Jeffreys, the hottest guy at school, would be number one on the list of Chisholm family disasters. Yet the crazy part is it’s not a one sided attraction. Somehow Ellie has caught Oscar Jeffreys’ eye. Sure she could see the barriers between them. Race, age, popularity. They were at opposite ends of the spectrum. But a demon set to destroy her family? She can’t see that.

Oscar provides security and acceptance Ellie never imagined she deserved. As the passion of first love grows, Ellie honestly believes she has a chance to beat the odds and live a happy, normal life. Then her world collapses around her. With the help of a guardian angel, Ellie learns of a world that has unknowingly surrounded her for years. And she’ll have to find strength buried deep inside to save not only her future, but flush out and stop the demon in her midst.

And Ellie will have to learn that sometimes the hardest lesson about growing up is accepting that you’re worth more.

Reviews:

“I am very happy that this book does have a sequel out, and I would more than happily recommend this book to anyone.”

–Tiffany K

“It was so good that I read it from start to finish in almost one sitting.”

–YA Book Addict

Book Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8tHhUyv53M


My Review

The beginning of the book revealed a few great characters and the usual high-school environment of a YA novel. I enjoyed the multicultural relationship angle of the lead characters. It didn’t make much difference to me, but I enjoyed the idea of breaking barriers in younger readers.

I instantly connected to Ellie and Oscar, so I knew no matter what, I’d enjoy the book. There were two things about it I didn’t like though. Firstly, it delved far too much into sports for my liking. The lengthy details of sporting activities threatened to throw me out of the book once or twice, I admit. I’m really glad I didn’t give up on it though. When one sees the cover, I realise I should have expected it, but as I didn’t pay much attention to the cover story, so it’s entirely my fault. I hate sport, but for other’s who enjoy it, and who chose the book for its sporty cover-theme, you’ll be happy.

By around the fifth chapter, I’d become embroiled in the story. Intrigued by Oscar, I did wonder whether his feelings were genuine for Ellie, or manufactured for some more deadly purpose. This was, after all, a paranormal novel. I enjoyed the undercurrent of – `what if?’ which added suspense.

Secondly, I didn’t like how long it took until anything paranormal kicked in, mainly because I chose to review it because of its paranormal elements, so felt a bit cheated until the midway-point. The novel was more romance than paranormal, in my opinion. So be aware of this when you make a selection. Again, I have to say, I still really enjoyed the book regardless. MAinly because the author wrote a good story and she did so well.

Regarding the romance elements, I should mention the heat level between Ellie and Oscar isn’t exactly sweet. It’s not chilli-pepper, but it’s not sugar either. The fact that these two are supposedly so young doesn’t figure in the sexual exploits much at all. Not that it bothered me, but if I’d purchased this for a young teenager who reads Y.A fiction, then I might be upset. I’d say be cautious and get this for over 14-15 years, according to their level of maturity.

Of course, I’m not a parent, so what do I know?

In all, this was an interesting take on a YA romance, though sexually bold. The relationship will pull you in and once it’s got you, you’ll enjoy everything else too. Even if the sport nags and the paranormal takes it’s time to arrive, you’ll be glad you stuck with it. I am.

* I received an e-Copy of this book for the purposes of an honest review.


The Beam - Chrysalis Book TwoThe Beam (Chrysalis Series #2)

by Michel Prince
YA Paranormal Multicultural Romance
Published by Rebel Ink Press
Released on October 3, 2012
Heat Level: Steamy
Length: 460 pages

Available at:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Beam-2-Michel-Prince/dp/1937265706/
B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-beam-michel-prince/1113116564
All Romance eBooks – https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thebeam-967223-140.html\
BookStrand.com – http://www.bookstrand.com/the-beam

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thebeam-967223-140.html

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/chrysalis-by-michel-prince?store=allproducts&keyword=chrysalis+by+michel+prince

http://www.bookstrand.com/michel-prince

Blurb:

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.–Corinthians 13:11

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they must put aside their childish ways. In the past year, Ellie Chisholm has fallen into the security of her relationship with Oscar Jeffreys, emerging with a stronger sense of herself. But now Ellie’s mother has started inserting herself into Ellie’s life, treating her as if she were a child even though Ellie has begun to make very adult decisions for her future. Having finally consummated her relationship with Oscar, Ellie learns the powers inside of her stretch further than vaporizing demons.

Maria, the demon bent on revenge, has been reigned in by God but that doesn’t stop her from disrupting and threatening those around Ellie and Oscar. Ellie becomes off balance as Maria switches strategy and attempts to destroy Ellie from the outside. Now the gauntlet has been thrown down. Ellie must help her family achieve positive change and finally break the tie between her mother and Gaap or risk losing everyone she loves.

Can Ellie maintain her sanity while walking the last steps as a child?


Book Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o1bv2lUjNM


Giveaway

The grand prize of a signed paperback copy of “Chrysalis (Chrysalis Series #1)”

and/or a second prize of one (1) of twenty (20) sets of two (2) custom bookmarks.

Contest is tour-wide, open internationally and ends Feb 7.

Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Link to the Rafflecopter giveaway

 


 

Michel Prince About the Author:

Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Her novel Chrysalis is the first in a “cross-over” series following the demon plagued Ellie Chisholm. Michel writes young adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.

With characters yelling “It’s my turn damn it!!!” She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.

When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.

Michel is a member of RWA Pro and lives in the Midwest with her husband, son, and cat.

 


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http://www.manicreaders.com/MichelPrince/

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