Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"Judas Kiss" by Angela Graff

(Note: I apologize to those who left comments earlier. They were accidentally removed because I wasn't paying attention and pressed the "delete" instead of "publish" button. Your comments mean a lot, so I'm very sorry!) 

 
Happy Thursday, my dolls! 

It's a great day to start going through boxes to get organized for the big move! Woo!

It's also a great day for a blog hop and I've got Virtual Tours "THE JUDAS KISS" by Angella Graff for you today. Enjoyable read. Find book and author information below along with my review of the work and a Giveaway! 

  

The Book

The Judas KissTitle: The Judas Kiss
Author: Angella Graff
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Excerpt: Mark’s Story

Booksellers: Amazon, Createspace

Synopsis: 

Judas’ Kiss haunts him 2 millennia into his unending existence. Torn between petty gods and their hunger for power, a faithless police officer slips further into machinations that have already cost the life of someone he loved. Mark’s story finally begins to unfold in the newest volume of Angella Graff’s well received series: The Judas Curse.

Just as Detective Ben Stanford is ready to put the past at rest, he’s pulled down once again into the chaos of gods, theology, and mystery. Told that his sister is alive and the two immortals, Mark and Judas, have been kidnapped by the treacherous goddess, Nike, Ben must find a way to rescue the pair before she can harness their powers.

While Mark waits alone, forced to write out the story of how their powers came to be, and Judas lay tortured by the angry Goddess, a reluctant Ben must enlist the help of an unwilling being from the ancient Norse Pantheon.

Time is ticking, and the hard-headed detective must use everything he learned in the past to prevent another disaster, which could potentially wipe-out the human race.


About the Author

Angella Graff was born and raised in the desert city of Tucson, Arizona. She married and became a mother very young, and after getting started with her family, began her University studies where she found her passion for creative writing, history and theology.

She now resides in Tucson with her husband Joshua, three children, Christian, Isabella and Adia, and their three cats, Archive (Ivy), Lasciel and Fix. She prefers to spend her days writing, gardening, and reading non-fiction theology theory books. Angella is also an avid, if not fanatic fan of Doctor Who and BBC Sherlock, which tend to dominate her dry, sarcastic humor, a lot of which is apparent in her writing.

Currently Angella is working on an Urban Fantasy series called The Judas Curse, involving extensive research into Mythos, Christianity and history. The first book of The Judas Curse, The Awakening, was released November 2012.

For more information, visit Angella’s website, Amazon page and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

To learn more about the author and her work visit our author showcase and In a Nutshell interview.


Auggie's Review

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I have to admit that at first I was a little lost, but that was no fault of the author. I hadn't gotten the opportunity to read the first in this series, so picking up and reading the second right off sent me at first into a bit of a tail spin. 

Happily, though, I can announce that I still enjoyed the book despite having missed some vital background information. Ms. Graff does just enough to recap the former events so that her readers remember what might have been long stored in "I read that last year" memory. She does this without being TOO detailed and making it boring for old readers who might remember every detail just fine, thank you. 

Aside from that I have to say that I offer a congratulations to Ms. Graff for constructing a book with a very interesting concept that obviously demanded many research hours. The interesting idea of Gods using bodies as hosts calls back to the "Body snatchers" concept minus the Aliens. Well... perhaps the Gods could be considered such in another line of thought but that's for another blog post!  

 Writing style is pretty straightforward and simple and the concepts are easily grasped. The storyline is interesting and moves at a descent clip so you're never left too long in one scene wondering "What the heck is supposed to be happening"? 

There are plenty of great myth qualities to this book. You've got the Greeks, you've got some Norse myth, and then you've got Christian myth/history. Actually I was rather surprised at the spin that Ms. Graff put on the Jesus/Judas story. I enjoy total reconstructions of history/myth/legend concepts and this one was very interesting.

 I have to say that I wasn't really a fan of the main character until much later on in the book. This might have something to do with the fact that I didn't get to really know him from the first book so it took me a minute to get around his disbelieving attitude, but eventually I did. 

 Nike. The winged goddess. Goddess of victory. Fantastic antagonist just because you wouldn't normally expect her to be one! She makes a downright sinister one too... not sure if I would have imagined her this way but that's one of the great things about fiction and imagination. 

All in all I would say that this book is worth the read if you're a fan of myth twists and retellings. 

 Well done, Ms. Graff. 


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That's all for today, loves! Have a happy Thursday!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

  

5 comments:

  1. Totally agree, Auggie, loved this book. Book 3 should be coming out soon, I believe. Thanks for sharing, Auggie.

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  2. i like your giveaway and then i like to see yoru books

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  3. Thank you for the awesome review!! I'm really glad you liked the book, and especially Nike. I really enjoyed using her as the bad-guy. :D

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