Monday, April 7, 2014

Dark Love by Olivia Howe - Blog Tour, Review, and Facebook FLASH Giveaway!

 
 
Title: Dark Love
Author: Olivia Howe
 
 
 
 
2 sisters. 2 brothers. Love. Fantasy. Destiny. Danger. Secrets.

Nina Mckay is trying to cope with the loss of her father and depression. She feels as if she's at war with herself and the enemy side of her has complete control.

Nina, her mother Ali, and her sister Caroline, live in a small town called Scarlett Hills. Nina soon meets Andrew Madsen. Caroline meets his brother William Madsen. 2 sisters fall in love with 2 brothers that have secrets that will change their perspectives of the world and of themselves.


Nina soon finds herself standing in the rain, watching her life fall apart. Her outlook on the world will change drastically and soon she will be opened up to a whole different fantasy world that has always seemed impossible, that will change herself forever.
 
EXCERPT
 
 
Dear Diary,
 
My boyfriend is a vampire.  My sister is dating a vampire.  No human knows, but me.  It's still unbelievable, but I love him no matter what he is.  Is that bizarre?  The feeling that lingers inside my body is astonishing.  It seems impossible.
 
The first time I ever fall in love, the first time I ever find a guy that is incredible, irresistible, and unimaginable, he turns out to secretly be a vampire that was born in 1886.
 
Is it wrong that I'm in love with someone that's 127 years old, but he's trapped in a teenage body?  It feels right, but it sounds so wrong.  He has lived a fulfilling life before I was born.  Before my Mom, Dad, Grandparents and Great-Grandparents were even brought into this world.
 
Andrew is a vampire.  He's my vampire.  I'm in love with a vampire.
 
Love,  Nina
 
 
 
MY REVIEW
 
 
 Dark Love was a sweet, mysterious, and had a few surprises.
 
I loved Nina.
I felt that I knew her.
I didn't always agree with some of her actions, but I understood them.
 
I found her to be noble, but some of her decisions were heartbreaking. 
The girl has really been through a rain storm, and I kept wanting to reach out, wrap my arms around her and give her a big hug and let her cry it out.
Sometimes when you're helpless, you feel that's all you can really do, right?
 
The Diary she writes made the story for me.
We're with her all the time since it's written in 1st person, but the diary was more intimate.
I loved that!
 
 
  
 Now for Andrew...
*Sigh*
You can really tell he's wise beyond his years.
He's sexy, mysterious, and loves Nina without fail.
*Swoon*
I love their blossoming relationship and his protectiveness of her!
 
 
I believe if you enjoy YA with a paranormal twist, Dark Love would be a great read for you!
 
4 Stars for me!  
 

 
 

Also available in Paperback at Barnes & Noble!
 
 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
My name is Olivia Howe. I'm 19 years old. I was born in Florida and raised in Maine. I love to read and write. Music is a big part of my life. A year ago, I got diagnosed with MDD (major depressive disorder) and GAD (generalized anxiety disorder). I'm still currently fighting depression. Writing my novel titled, Dark Love, truly saved my life. It's completely FICTION, but most of the diary entries I got from my own journal. It focuses on a young girl struggling with depression (obviously because I'm in the current situation). I wanted to be able to have people, that are struggling with the same issues, be able to relate to this situation that my main character is in and hopefully help them. I also included a lot of fantasy in the story because I personally love everything about fantasy.
 
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