Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Blackbird Falling Release Day!

Happy Book Birthday to Blackbird Falling by Em Shotwell!

I'm thrilled to help Em launch this amazing book! I finished an advanced copy yesterday and loved it!

This is the perfect follow up to Blackbird Summer. It pick up a year after BBS left off. We see Delia struggling to come to terms with the horrible things that happened to her (no spoilers in case you haven't read BBS yet) and navigate the world as a new mom.

Before I continue with my review, here's a bit about the book.

Meet Delia. Gifted. Magical. Broken.

Hell hath no fury like Delia Caibre—Gifted single mom with the power to make people love her, and a chip on her shoulder the size of the Mississippi.

When last summer left her broken by a monster, and abandoned by the man she trusted, Delia pulled herself up and vowed to never let anyone hurt her, or those she loves, again. So when Thomas Richard shows up, begging forgiveness and flashing his hundred-watt-smile, Delia lets him know that it will take more than dimples and promises to win her back.

Besides, raising her daughter, Genevieve—whose Gift is rare and stronger than anyone in the magical Caibre family—leaves little room for things like dating. But Thomas is persistent. And cute…and it would be nice to feel carefree and nineteen.

Until a masked-man from her past wields a Curse that leaves Delia’s beloved sister on her deathbed, and makes off with Genevieve. It will take the most powerful in the Caibre family to put things right. But bringing her broken family together may prove impossible, even if not doing so means their destruction.

You can buy your copy here.

The first part of this book has a lot of sweetness as Delia gives Thomas a second chance. I was swooning and laughing. Em is a master at writing those sweet, awkward scenes. Though Delia is dealing with her grief and PTSD, I found the first bit fun.

I admit, I was a little worried that the book would continue in that vein, which would have been fine but I was craving the chaos and darkness that I know Em can deliver. And deliver she did.
When Genevieve, Delia's daughter, is taken, there's no stopping the Caibre family from getting her back.

I loved what Em did with the story. Kidnapping of a child is a common trope, but in this story, totally necessary as Gen has the coveted gift of vigor. I don't want to spoil the book, but what Em down with the Gifts and families had me enthralled. I didn't want to stop reading.

Em's characters are complex and emotionally troubled in their own ways. She writes with compassion and humor. I love the world she's built and I can't wait for more!

Where can you find out more about Em and her Blackbird series?

Em Shotwell is a mom, writer, cancer survivor, foster youth advocate, podcast producer, and a casual geek--among a million other things. Sometimes she writes books about misfits and the people who love them.

When she’s not frowning at her computer screen, Em enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, or indoors daydreaming and wishing she could play the banjo. 

Find her on her website, Facebook, and Goodreads.

Get your copy of Blackbird Falling here.

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