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Rising Blog Tour- Review,Excerpt & Giveaway

Hi everyone! I have a stop on the Rising blog tour today. There is a review, excerpt and giveaway for you all.

Title: Rising
Author: Holly Kelly
Published: September 6th, 2013
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count: approx. 76,000
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance 
Recommended Age: 16+

Synopsis:
 In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea—humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou—the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean—is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there’s one small thing he needs to do… kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.

Killing her doesn’t start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning himself with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once she’s a
criminal. And her crime? Being born. She’s a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she weren’t so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet…

Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.

My Review
Xanthus has always followed the rule of hos kind the Dagonian. It is his job to protect the sea and punish those that destroy his home in the sea. He has a job to do and that is to see the ones who committed crimes against the sea and the Dagonians to Triton and let him see to their punishment.While on his mission he comes across Sara who must be killed. She is half human and half Dragonian and that is against their laws. Usually he has no trouble doing what the law says but Sara is special and he falls for her. Now he has to let her know what she is and find a way to keep her and him from getting killed.

Xanthus is one tough Dragonian. He is very lethal and does what he can to keep the laws in order and doesn't like to see them broken. He is also fair and doesn't like to see injustice happen to anyone. You also get to see he is very protective of those he loves. Sara thinks their is something wrong with her. She knows she is different from other people and has to hide her deformity as she calls it all her life. Throw in a crazy mother and it's a wonder she is as nice and sweet as she is. She doesn't have much confidence in herself but Xanthus changes that. Actually they both help change each other for the better.

I thought this would be another book about mermaids and was thrilled. It's not about mermaids but about something neater. The author has written about a different being that will fascinate you as you learn about them. While the most of the males seem like a throw back to men of our past where they control woman it is still fascinating. I loved seeing Sara and Xanthos on the land together and that is a great joy to read about them getting to know each other. However I have to say the underwater scenes are my favorite as you can see it clearly through the authors eyes. There is love in this book but there is also so much more. You have lots of danger as Sara has to be a secret. You have a mystery around Sara that you try to figure out and you also get to see a woman who even tho she thinks she is crippled she doesn't give up. I think this really helps her near the end of the book. She tries her best to do things on her own and for the most part she can do it on her own. The author has created a fantastic new world in this book and one I'm sure the paranormal lovers, mermaid lovers or people just looking for the next good book to read will enjoy.

4 out of 5 Stars

Excerpt
He knew what he had to do, what he’d done countless times before. As a trained soldier, he had a sacred duty to protect his people, guard their secret, and uphold the law. This female’s presence here was not only a criminal act, but it also presented an imminent threat. And because of that, his course was clear.

He had to kill her.

His plan lay clearly before him. Blanketed in the shadows, he’d enter her apartment window. Moving silently, he’d strike fast. Before she could cry out for help, he’d have her throat slit wide open. With her blood flowing swiftly, she’d be dead in mere seconds. The fact that she bathed at this time added to the ease of the execution. Clean up would be simple. Before the night ended, it would be as if she’d never existed. The Dagonian threat of exposure would be wiped clean from the human world.

Xanthus stood, his feet rooted in place under her window. Her sweet scent surrounded him as he listened to her pitiful sobs. Then, in that moment, he did the most shameful thing he’d ever done in his life.

He hesitated.

No, he didn’t merely hesitate. He halted. Fingering his blade in his holster, he willed his feet to move, but they seemed unwilling to obey. Then his mind latched onto a thought. It was no crime to wait for a more opportune time or a more secluded place to strike. He didn’t need to act rashly. True, finding her here in the human world shocked him, but he needed to be clear-headed and sure when he killed her.

He made his way back to his vehicle and climbed behind the wheel. He leaned his head back against the seat, closed his eyes, and attempted to clear his head.

He’d be back and she would die. She deserved to die. She may have the voice of an angel, but that was a lie. She was a traitor, a threat to their people. No other explanation made sense.

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About the Author:
Holly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation--She hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. 

Holly was born in Utah but lived in Salina, Kansas until she was 13 and in Garland, Texas until she was 18. She's now back in Utah--"happy valley". Holly is married to her wonderful husband, James, and the two of them are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (or course), martial arts, visual arts, and spending time with family.

Holly Kelly's first published book is: Rising. Rising was published by Clean Teen Publishing on September 6, 2013. Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Website

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Giveaway
If US: 
GRAND PRIZE: Print copy of Rising, bookmark, surprise Clean Teen Publishing swag gift, and reader’s choice of two digital Clean Teen Publishing books.

If INT:
GRAND PRIZE: $10 Electronic Amazon Gift Card, Rising bookmark, surprise Clean Teen Publishing swag gift, and reader’s choice of two digital Clean Teen Publishing books.

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