Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Zoey Derrick's The Reason Series. My stop includes all the pertinent information for the series, my review, and a giveaway.
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The Reason Series by Zoey Derrick
Release Date: February 28, 2014
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Source: I received an ecopy as part of the tour in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
This collection includes all four books in Zoey Derrick's best-selling paranormal romance: Give Me Reason, Give Me Hope, Give Me Desire, and Give Me Love.
Vivienne Callahan has known only hardship. As if growing up with an alcoholic, drug addicted mother wasn't traumatic enough, she's escaped from her physically and verbally abusive boyfriend only to struggle every day to make ends meet as a waitress in a Minneapolis diner.
Along come Mikah Blake...
Give Me ReasonIn Give Me Reason, we are introduced to Vivienne and Mikah. Vivienne is rather down on her luck but surviving. She's recently escaped from an abusive relationship so when she meets Mikah, she's very leery. There is a pull between these two that is undeniable. But Vivienne does her level best to do just that. She doesn't want to accept Mikah's help and she pushes him away. She's doing the best she can at fending for herself until a threat is posed.
I'm enjoying the gritty world Ms. Derrick has drawn for Vivienne to inhabit. And I admire Vivienne's pluck and desire to make due on her own. I also really like Mikah and look forward to getting better acquainted. The side characters are also fairly well fleshed out and I'm anxious to see their continuing roles in Vivienne's life. The mysterious paranormal element to the story also has me more and more curious.
Give Me HopeWhile Give Me Reason was told in first person from Vivienne's POV, Give Me Hope is from Mikah's. I loved getting inside his head. Especially since more on the paranormal element - and his lack of knowledge of it - is revealed. The threat to Vivienne escalates and that intensified things. I think Vivienne is coming to realize that the pull between her and Mikah is something special. And it is indeed special. What was revealed about Mikah and Vivienne was exciting. I like how Ms. Derrick has blended mythologies together and I'm even more eager to see where all this is leading.
Give Me DesireWhoa! This part of the story started with a plot twist that had me gasping. Although this part of the plot isn't expanded on much, Give Me Desire was still thrilling. We learn more about the paranormal element and what it means for Vivienne and Mikah. And we watch as they get closer and their pull on one another gets stronger. Vivienne also learns more about herself and it was a pleasure to see her blossom into a more and more confident young woman.
Give Me LoveThis final installment reveals all the details of Vivienne's and Mikah's origins and the reasons behind the danger Vivienne has been experiencing. Give Me Love switched from first person to third person narration and while I understood the necessity behind it - much more dialog from multiple characters - I missed the intimacy with Vivienne and Mikah that first person provided. I really enjoyed the development of Vivienne and Mikah's relationship as well as the closeness among them and their four guardians. I did feel that the way in which the dangers posed to Vivienne culminated was a little anticlimactic.
I so enjoyed my introduction to Ms. Derrick's writing and this series was a joy. The way in which Ms. Derrick presented her mythology and the world building was fresh and exciting. The story was well-written with a nice pace. I was sucked in and loved it! I would love to read more from this world and these characters.
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