Jan 28, 2012

Within Blog Tour

Publisher: Faery Ink Press
Publish Date: November 13, 2011
Version: e-book from author
Series: unknown
Trinity Hartell’s life changed after the accident. Left with irreversible brain damage, she becomes a burden to her mother, a cause for heartbreak for her boyfriend Zack, and a flattened obstacle for her best friend, Ellie.

But then she starts writing. Perhaps it’s a coincidence that the psychotic, murdering protagonist of her novel bears a striking similarity to the charming Wiley Dalton, a mayoral candidate in the upcoming election.

Or, perhaps not...

January 30 – The Violet Hour

This books starts with two different stories, the first one being that of Trinity, Zack and Ellie.  They are working on an English project together at Ellie’s mom’s house.  After they are finished, Ellie drives Trinity and Zack, who are boyfriend/girlfriend, home.  On the way to drop them off, they are in a terrible accident, one that they aren’t sure that Trinity will survive. 

She does survive, but has severe brain damage.  She reverts to adolescence.  Trinity’s parents, Stephanie and George, are having disagreements on how to take care of Trinity.  Stephanie works for Wiley Dalton, who is running for mayor.  George wants her to ask for time off of the campaign to stay home and take care of Trinity.  Stephanie doesn’t really want to ask for time off, but she does half-heartedly.  Wiley encourages her to stay on as the elections are nearing.  This is putting a strain on Stephanie’s and George’s relationship.

Trinity starts having these episodes where she is writing non-stop.  It is amazing, that someone with her level of brain function can write such intricate stories.  Zack visits Trinity nearly every day.  Sometimes he brings Ellie along.  It isn’t long before they start to get intrigued by Trinity’s stories as well.

Then there is Edmund and how he created the Order of Purus who worship the God, Omnus.  The Order of Purus believe that they are the superior race and they need to “redeem” the “impure.”  It tells of how Edmund recruited men to the Order and how they go about redeeming.

At first, I found this story hard to get into.  The two different parts of the story weave in and out and I had a hard time connecting the two.  After I got about ⅓ to ½ ways through the book, I began to understand the stories a little better and things started to make sense.  Between was full of surprises, though.  As soon as you thought that you understood things and that you knew what was going to happen next, something would happen that would change the direction of your thinking.  Overall, this was a good book.  I love the mystery element to it and that fact that it wasn’t predictable.
Trinity.  I even like her at the beginning of the book before the accident.  She was not only a good friend to Ellie; she was also a good girlfriend to Zack.  After her accident, she reverted and didn’t remember either of them.

Zack.  He is very loyal to Trinity, both before and after her accident.  He always has hope that Trinity will get better and that she will remember him and love him like she used to.

Ellie.  She is Trinity’s best friend and consequently hangs out with Zack a lot because of it.  She tries her best to do right by Trinity and she feels guilty for what happens because she was driving when the accident happened.

George.  Trinity’s father.  He doesn’t get mentioned much in the book, but he truly has Trinity’s best interest at heart.

Stephanie.  Trinity’s mom.  When she was first presented with the problem of someone needing to stay home with Trinity after the accident, she didn’t want to take time off of work to do that. 

Wiley Dalton.  At first he seems really good…too good.  He ruined it for me when he talked Stephanie out of staying home with Trinity because he needed her for his campaign.

Edmund.  He has issues.

The Order of Purus.  This society, cult, whatever you want to call them, is just sick and wrong.  Killing people, redeeming the impure…

On the cover is Trinity.  I really like the way she looks on this cover.  It looks like she is simple minded and not paying attention to anything which fits the description of her after the accident.  I’m not exactly sure what the leaves have to do with the story, but they add a nice touch to the cover.


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