Monday, June 9, 2014

Release Day Launch and Giveaway: DESCENT by Kallie Ross

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 We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Kallie Ross' DESCENT!! DESCENT is an amazing young adult fantasy adventure that is out today!!

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Seventeen year old Ollie Miller is ready to leave all of her hurt feelings behind, but moving on seems impossible while living next door to her ex-best friend, Mateo. When curious earthquakes begin to shake and rip open the foundation of her small town, the ground becomes as unsteady as her feelings for him. When they fall, they fall hard…

Ollie’s disastrous attempt to save Mateo’s brother from falling into a curious chasm results in their descent into a cavernous wonderland. Ollie, Mateo, Jesse, and Alexis search for a way back home, and encounter a mysterious tribe of natives. Gabriel, the next in line to lead his people, is granted permission to guide them to the surface. On their treacherous journey, an overzealous elder threatens all of their lives, because he can’t risk them exposing his people, or the power he wields. The group discovers ancient secrets, unexpected truths, and uncharted feelings. Ollie must find a way out or risk being stuck in the caves forever—or worse, dead.

“Descent is a gripping debut that takes you on a roller coaster - a page turner that has you asking - what happens next. I loved every single word of it.”

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Author PhotoAbout Kallie Ross:

Over time my love for learning gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and contradictions in our culture. My conclusions have ignited a passion to write compelling young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction.

I love being a wife, mother, friend, writer, and teacher. I began teaching high school English in 2002 and started blogging and podcasting in 2008. I have a brilliant husband, two redheads, and never imagined my life would ever be this fun!

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My Review
Descent is a great start for this YA fantasy/adventure series.  Kallie Ross has introduced a unique storyline with interesting characters that will keep your attention and have you watching for the next book.  The story is well written, flowing nicely while keeping you immersed in the underground world and its wonders.  This world that quietly coexists with our own gives the surface-dwelling characters a glimpse at a type of society they are not used to, which adds to the conflict in the plot.

In between the adventures you also get the taste of teen romance with the main female character, Ollie, capturing the attention of her friend Mateo and her new acquaintance from the underground dwellers, Gabriel.  Mateo is the sweet boy next door, while Gabriel is a strong, quiet protector expected to become a leader among his people.  Me personally?  I preferred Gabriel's character since I'm a sucker for those protector types.  But I can definitely see where Ollie would have a hard time choosing between them :-)

This is a nice, clean YA read that I would recommend for ages 14+, and be prepared for an ending that will leave you expectant for the next book.  A solid 4-star read for me, and I'll definitely be checking out what comes next!

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