Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sweet Oblivion (Sweet #1) by Bailey Ardisone Tour & Giveaway

sweet adjective ˈswēt a : pleasing to the mind or feelings
​obliv·i·on noun ə-ˈbli-vē-ən, ō-, ä- 1: the fact or condition of forgetting or having forgotten
Have you ever wanted to forget? Nariella Woodlinn has. Many times. Especially when her already frustrating life gets turned upside down by a mysterious boy who randomly shows up in her small town and she can’t seem to understand anything about him, despite how much she tries.
​Nari hates everything about her life except for her best friend Rydan, but now that they’ve been separated during their senior year of high school, she has to learn to make new friends without him. When strange unexplainable phenomena start becoming an every day part of her life, Nari struggles to come to grips with reality. And with love.
Naminé has responsibilities. Duties. It is her obligation to fulfill all that is asked of her by their King. But when a glimmer of hope is introduced to her by a prisoner she tends to and it means life or death for her and her people, she does all that she can to turn that hope into reality and finally end the vicious war that has been ensuing since she was born. Even if that means keeping it secret from her King. Even if it means carrying out the biggest betrayal against the King ever seen during her time.
She has hope. She will fulfill her duty. She will not let her people down.

Some secrets are best kept in Oblivion.

First, I want to say that this cover does not to this book justice.  Sweet Oblivion is phenomenal! If you enjoy fantasy young adult books, then this book was made for you!

Nari has had a rough life.  Her foster mom died when she was younger and her foster father blames her.  He took away her only friend when she was eight (her teddy bear) and she constantly has to wear long shirts to cover the bruises, not to mention the mental and verbal abuse.  

Nari walks with her head bent looking down so no one can make fun of her purple eyes or make fun of her, something the other kids have done ever since Nari can remember.  In fact, the only time she is at peace is with her only friend Ryden.  However, Ryden is spending his senior year at a new school and Nari is on her own.

Naminé's family works for the King and she's basically a slave.  She and the one she has a strong bond with try fervently to get help from her world, but her energy is low and she's running out of time.  When a prisoner offers a glimmer of hope for her and the people, Naminé will do whatever it takes to end the war they have endured for as long as she can remember.

Brimming with memorable characters, Sweet Oblivion alternates between Nari and Naminé.  At times it is confusing, but eventually it makes shocking good sense and sets the reader on edge, begging for the next installment.  The secondary character development is just as great as the main ones, namely the Australian twins that become fast friends with Nari and her love interest, hunky Mykah.  Two brilliant worlds, a fast pace (for me, anyways, as I couldn't put it down) and compelling characters, Sweet Oblivion is spectacular!  

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Bailey Ardisone is a collaboration by two sisters born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. They took the last names of their two grandmothers and combined them together to form their pen name. They both married the love of their lives and spend their days submerged in books, movies, music, or art and love traveling. Fantasy books and movies have been a huge part of their lives and are obsessed with Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Sweet Oblivion is the first book they have written together and is the first installment of a series.

1 paperback signed of Sweet Obilivion by the characters (Nariella, Naminé, Rydan, and Mycah) 
3 ebooks of Sweet Obilivion 
3 winners will get 1 bookmarks and 1 button (swag)
Ends 30th June 2013

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  1. Thank you SO MUCH for your fantastic review and blog post!!! You made us grin like idiots hehehe We appreciate your participation greatly! <3

  2. Thank you SO MUCH for your fantastic review and blog post!!!


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