Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blog Tour and Review: "The Sending" by Jandy Salguero



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The Sending
The Sending

A city's peace is shattered when two university students go missing, and only Daneel and his friends know the shocking truth of what happened. Finding themselves under attack, Daneel leads them in a race to escape the mounting violence.

Mara is willing to kill for the beliefs of the faction that raised her. But as she seeks out her mark, using a rare, mystical form of travel known as the Sending, Mara discovers a powerful connection that challenges the truth of everything she’s been taught.

While Daneel fights to protect those he cares for, Mara must choose whether to cling to the ideology of her home—or open her scarred heart to a searing attraction and the promise of a new life.







Praise for The Sending

The Sending reads like a dystopian Romeo and Juliet where strong, full characters from very different places inevitably collide with passion and conflict. Salguero fills a fresh, vibrant world with a nerve-tingling fast plot. Prepare to be immersed. ~Tamara Ward, author of Hidden Betrayal

The Sending is a thrilling, fast-paced, science fiction-romance that's impossible to put down. Edge-of-your-seat action scenes, and a romantic attraction so intense that it will make you want to turn down the air conditioning, The Sending is a great read that left me hungry for more. I loved this book!
~Sterling R. Walker, author of The Orphan Ship
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Author Jandy Salguero

Growing up in southern Louisiana, Jandy Salguero's life was full of friendly smiles, good food and tall tales. She holds a BA in French from Brigham Young University, where she met her husband in the midst of the great Rocky Mountains. She now resides in a small town outside of Raleigh, NC. Her days are full of grade-school antics and underfoot toddler toys-- courtesy of her two handsome boys.

She is currently working on Book 2 in the Senitha's Light series, due out in early 2015.





Excerpt

The First uncovered the bowl, and—at least in this—she knew what to expect. They each leaned in to the intoxicating odor of the paste that clung to the inside of the bowl. She exhaled and inhaled again, taking in several more lungfuls of the penetrating, cloying scent.

It burned in her chest and wound its way through her veins. A light-headed semi-consciousness settled around her, and she no longer felt the soles of her feet where the floor touched them. Long accustomed to inducing the trance, Mara slid into the void where she united with the First.
His voice rumbled, pitched low as if he intended it to be calming. It wasn’t.  “Clear your mind of everything except him. Remember, the Sending will work without a focus on the other end, but to find your target, you need to anchor yourself to him.”

His words rolled around her in the void, smothering her with a sickening, oily residue of fear. She cringed away from it, from the First, and couldn’t understand why his presence in the void would affect her so.

She launched herself in the opposite direction to escape it, picturing him, the target. She saw his long, lean body, the strong features of his face, and the dark blue eyes that anchored them.
But before they could meet, she felt a new sensation. A deep, insistent pressure both surprised and disturbed her. It began in her upper arms, as if angry hands gripped her there. The sensation heightened and the hands became hot, hateful brands that singed her flesh. Her body shook. Mara felt one tentative push before she was thrown violently toward the target.  As she flew forward, the snake-like connection that had formed between her and the man reappeared, bright and fluid as before.

    Then she screamed in agony and was gone from herself.   




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First of all. The girl gets to be the gorgeous, smoking hot assassin for a change?! YES PLEASE! I was so happy to see the rolls swapped up. Any reader who is looking to experience a thrill ride with a Romance for the Ages type undertone needs to pick up "The Sending". Unique and creative concepts keep a reader enthralled and the danger that Daneel and Mara face at every turn keeps you clinging to your book for dear life.

Wonderful plot concept, and I specifically enjoyed poor Mara's philosophical struggle. "I love my people/support my people but they're telling me to kill someone who doesn't actually seem that bad. Now what?" Mara is suddenly, and uncomfortably, forced to start asking herself questions about what is right and what is wrong, what is real and what is not, and most importantly... what SHE believes to be true, right, and just. I believe a lot of readers will be able to relate (not to the assassin part, you know, at least I hope not, but the questioning your upbringing/personal beliefs part). There are definitely some very intense moments (did you read the excerpt? Yeesh!).

I'm not generally a dystopian fan (I say that too often, I think), but I was intrigued by the plot of this book and I wasn't disappointed. Ms. Salguero's writing style is pleasant, which is half the battle. No lulling (another huge plus) so don't plan on flipping through page after page of "Well, is something going to happen?" Something is pretty much always happening all the time. Our main characters were multi-dimensional, well developed and likeable. My only reservations were on predictability. Despite having a pretty good idea regarding how things were going to go, though, I still very much enjoyed the read.

Any dystopian or teen-romance fan is likely going to have no trouble gobbling this one up!

Certainly recommend.









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