Wednesday, July 23, 2014

'Beneath The Surface' by Miranda Rae Carter - Review, Excerpt & GIVEAWAY

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Synopsis 

Adolescence hasn’t been fun for Liss Lawrence. And after a year in Vancouver, when she’s finally adjusted to her new situation, a freak car accident sends her life spinning out of control and crashing into the world of the malions, a hidden race silently helping humanity from secret enclaves underground.

Liss’s knowledge of the malions endangers her family when Jaredsons Securities takes an interest in her accident. Few know the men of Jaredsons Securities, an international intelligence company specializing in missing persons cases, are actually the Vykhars, ancient malion enemies whose true purpose is the eradication of the malion race. The Vykhars will stop at nothing to discover if Liss is connected with the malions, and if they do, they will exploit her.

Perhaps more dangerous still are Liss’s growing feelings for Rion, a strong-willed malion scarred by his encounters with Vykhars and carrying a secret that could destroy their relationship. But Liss has a secret and scars of her own, and Rion’s fiercely protective nature threatens to tear them back open.

Can this pair of unlikely lovers survive the dangers of the Vykhars? And can their love survive their own misconceptions?

Meet the Author

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Miranda Rae Carter has lived in British Columbia, Canada, her whole life, and is a self-proclaimed home-bug. She spends most of her time doing what she loves, and that is being a mom and wife--and trying to master the art of cooking. The rest of her time is divided between looking in mouths and writing. For more information on Miranda and her malion novels, visit her on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

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* Dr. Abeo (Abby) Mubarak has come below to Rion’s home beneath the surface, to examine Liss now that she is awake after her car accident. Liss is attempting to walk for the first time, and is desperate to go home. Up until this point, Rion has chosen to keep his face covered by a hood, but Liss is about to see his face for the first time.

“Would you like to take a step or two? I’ll keep my arm here for
you to hold on to if you need.”
“Sure.” I smiled at her. “It feels so good to get up.” I took a
deep breath. As wobbly as I was, I took two steps with the help of
her arm then another rocky one before I stopped.
“Have you had enough, Melissa?” She patted my hand gently.
“Maybe we should sit you back down and try again later.”
I could tell that she wanted me to quit, but I wanted to leave;
this was my ticket out. “No, I think I’d like to try a few steps on
my own this time.”
“Okay,” she said warily, letting go of my arm and stepping back
to give me some room. “I’ll be right here just in case you need me.”
“Thanks.” I stood still for a second to balance myself. I knew that I could
walk on my own, even if it wasn’t very far. I took one more deep
breath and raised my left leg slightly, but as soon as I transferred
all of my weight to my right leg, it gave out and I fell backward.
Abby was standing too far in front of me to catch the hand I
reached out for her, and I squealed thinking about my head hitting
the rock hard floor. But I didn’t get that far; two giant arms were
around my waist and legs instantly, lifting me before I could hit.
I sucked in a breath, just as my face turned to the side, and my
mouth dropped open—Rion’s bright green, almond-shaped eyes
were staring directly into mine.
We stood there for a moment, staring at one another, both in
shock. He was like nothing I had seen, or known to exist outside of
the movies. The closest face I had seen to his was constructed of
latex and makeup. I wanted to reach out and touch him to see if he
was real, because his features were distinctly catlike: his nose was
broad and square, just like a cat’s, and his upper lip was indented
down the middle, like a cat’s, although it wasn’t split in two. His
face was covered in golden peach fuzz, but the hair on his head
was dark brown, long, and mane-like, hanging just past his shoulders.
When I touched it with the tips of my fingers behind his back,
it was soft and fine, not like a human’s. I couldn’t see his teeth, and
wondered for a moment if they were sharp.
It was then that I noticed the scars. The tip of his left ear was
missing, and there were two long lines that extended from the
upper left corner of his forehead, to the lower right side of his
bottom lip. I wondered who could have done such a thing.
He looked down as if he was ashamed of himself, and took a
step toward the bed, whispering, “I will put you back on the bed
now, you have had enough for today.”
I couldn’t speak. I was still in shock. This massive man seemed
to be shying away in my presence, and the only thing I could do
was swallow—hard. He turned around to leave. I was going to call
him back, but he raised his arm and angrily swept a mug off the
side of the desk as he stormed past it, and slammed the door behind
him on the way out. I winced as the cup shattered into pieces on
the stone floor.
“Melissa.”
I recoiled. I’d completely forgotten Abby was still in the room.
*I was offered a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Imagine yourself giving into peer pressure and going to that party you didn't want to go to- in the car you crash- you wake up in some new world that should not exist.. and you fight to get back home only to realize you left someone important behind. 
This was a good read, and it's creative and imaginative. Carter makes an entire new species and she does it well. I really like the way that the story develops and I love the gritty nature of the characters emotions.
I wish that the connection between Liss and Rion had been developed a little more.
Seriously though, 'Beneath The Surface' is a fun, creative and interesting read. I highly suggest it!

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1 comment:

Miranda Rae Carter said...

Thank you SO MUCH for hosting me and taking the time to review my book. I really appreciate your feedback and honesty, it means the world.


Good luck, everyone, on the giveaway!! :) :)

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