Friday, June 6, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Jessica Jaster's "Wicked Sacrifice" (Wicked Things, # 1)

TITLE: Wicked Sacrifice (Wicked Things #1)
AUTHOR: Jessica L. Jaster
PUBLISHER: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly
GENRE: Young Adult, Paranormal
PUBLICATION: June 6th, 2014
“Only you can stop it.” – “Sometimes we are called upon to make great sacrifices. Sometimes those sacrifices hurt us. Cut us deep. Sometimes. Sometimes those sacrifices are worth it.”

Those words were some of the last that Ava remembers passing through her mother’s lips the last time she saw her, when she was just 5 years old. She had made a promise to her mother that day. Now, 11 years later, in a completely different country, living with abusive adoptive parents and ridiculed at school as a freak – Ava finds it more and more difficult to keep that promise. The voices she has heard in her head all her life are getting louder and harder to ignore. How long can she keep living like this?

Then he moves to town.

Gavin O’Connor and his family are Curators – guardians of the human race. They’ve been given the ability to sense the supernatural – or, the Wicked, as they call them. All things supernatural are wicked and to be hunted down and killed – that is what Gavin has been taught since he was in diapers. But, what happens when he finds himself doubting that very thing when he meets Ava?
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As always, Jessica blew me away with her newest creation! Action, romance and adventure drew me in from the start and intriguing characters kept me entranced until the very end!! I only put Wicked Sacrifice down when I absolutely had to, you know to feed the kids and Hubs ( I guess they HAVE to eat?) *sigh* So what made this book so amazing?? Let's discuss.....
Ava lives a shell of a life.  Her adoptive parents are cruel and the other students at school all ostracizes her. The only thing that keeps Ava going, keeps her strong is the promise she made to  her mother when she was just five years old.  The harder her life becomes, the softer her mother's last words echo in Ava's head.  BUT Ava never gives, up!! She does stay strong she becomes a fortress of hope against the hatred constantly aimed at her.  I've said this before, I get chills every time an author has a strong female character!  It's such an awesome example to young girls!!  Ok, ok sorry back to the story!  Ava holds her head up and moves forward, determined not to let the hate win. All her efforts pay off when Gavin O'Connor *BIG sigh* moves into town!! Hold on tight ladies, y'all are about to fall and fall HARD!!!
*How I felt Ava felt*
Now lets move on to Mr. O' Hottie *cough, cough* I mean Mr. O' Connor!!! Gavin isn't just the perfect guy, his family are "Crators" they can feel when someone with supernatural powers or "Wicked" are around him or humans really. Simple right? Find Wicked, kill them and protect humans. This has been drilled into his head since he was born...find, destroy, protect.  What happens when the very thing you're supposed to end is the one thing you want more than anything??  I'll tell you what happens, a phenomenal, grip your iPad of a story!!! I really don't want to give too many details because I don't want to ruin it!!! This is a MUST read love story, adventure and thriller summer book!!! Grab Wicked Sacrifice and head to the pool!!!
Ok so my only complaint about Wicked Sacrifice?? The ending!! WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO TO ME Jess???  Let's just say MY POOR iPad suffered yet another toss across the room, hit the wall and bounced on the floor!! So, I'm planning a little trip over to Jessica's house to make sure she's working non stop on book 2.  Anyone want to come with me?
Pushing her chair away from the table determinedly, Ava stood up and made her way across the room to set up her own wheel. She froze in the middle of the room. Of course, the only one left open was next to Brick Wall. Ava clenched and unclenched her fists. Steeling herself, she inched her way over and started getting the wheel ready. When she had everything all set, Ava sat on the stool. 
            She just sat there for a moment, with her palms on her thighs, and took a calming breath. Well, what was meant to be a calming breath, but didn’t help much in all actuality. Her hands shook slightly and her face burned as she slowly rolled her left sleeve up, followed by her right sleeve. Ava could feel several eyes on her. 
She couldn’t hear them, but she was sure there were whispers about the feather-looking marks on her arms flying around the room. She didn’t know why they had to be like this every time the marks were exposed. It wasn’t like they had never seen them before. 
            Her knuckles turned white as her fingers dug into her thighs while she tried to hold back the tears of frustration stinging her eyes. A few managed to escape anyway.  She let them roll down her cheeks and tumble down, landing on the backs of her hands.  Staring down at the glistening spots, she was reminded that while she wasn’t human – although, she had no idea of what she was – she still had all the emotions of one.
            Chancing a sideways glance at Brick Wall, Ava was surprised to see the look of hatred gone, but his lips were still set in a frown. He looked like he was trying to figure something out – like he was trying to figure her out. He suddenly seemed to realize that Ava was watching him and jerked his gaze away, starting up his wheel. Ava shrugged.  No one had ever looked at her like that. Like they were really trying to figure out who she was – past the freak that everyone else saw. Whatever. She had enough problems – it wasn’t worth trying to figure out what his deal was. 
About the Author:
Jessica Jaster lives in Iowa with her husband and her (currently) two year old and three year old, as well as their cat, Pandora.

Jessica graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Anthropology.  Yes, she realizes that there is a big difference between Anthropology and writing young adult novels.  She actually tried for an English major (well actually, it was Criminal Justice, then English, then Anthropology), but the classes she had to take just did not fly with her.  Although, since Anthropology is pretty much just the study of humans and human culture, it could tie in with her novels in some way.

She has always had an over-active imagination and has been making stories up in her head for herself for as long as she can remember and finally decided to start writing them down (when she is not busy chasing the two little ones around anyway) and sharing them with anyone interested.  
Jessica is the author of the Wicked Things Series, The Delta Project Series and the Don’t Mess with the Geek Novella Series.
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