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Entrusted Blog Tour: Connie Ann Michael’s Top Ten Skinwalkers/Zombies in Books & Entrusted Excerpt!

December 8, 2013

I am super excited to be hosting Connie Ann Michael on today’s stop of the Entrusted Blog Tour! I have an excerpt of Entrusted to share with you all, plus Connie Ann Michael’s Top Ten Skinwalkers/Zombies in books. There’s also a rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post, with plenty of Entrusted goodies to be won!

Top Ten Skinwalkers/Zombies in Books

Love this question because I am a HUGE fan of zombies!!!

I am not sure I will have a total of ten different authors but the books I list are by far the best I have read.

1.  The Shiver, Linger, Forever series by Maggie Stiefvater.
These books are so well written and the characters are so rich that I want to be a wolf just to part of the group.  I have to say they are my all time favorite for a shifter book with romance and I will not be listing another shifter book because none even come close to these.  If I think too much about the books I get that sad book hang over feeling so I will move on.

2. The Forest of Hands and teeth, Dead Tossed Waves, and Dark and Hollow Places; by Carrie Ryan
This book is many years after the zombies come and finds people in small fenced communities where the zombies run around the outside and wait for an opportunity to get in.  The children of the town are not really aware of the past and want to go outside to see what is out there.  They live as if in the olden days, no electricity, etc.  Kind of reminded me of THE VILLAGE, with zombies. These books connect characters in different times and places and I love that about authors when characters from past books show up older and a hidden tale from the first book is cleared up later in the series.  These books were some of the first “zombie” books I read and really got me started looking for more.

3. Rot and Ruin, Dust and Decay, Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry
These books follow a younger boy names Benny Imura after the world has been infected for quite awhile but the true draw for me is his older brother Tom, a zombie hunter, who goes out and puts down infected family members.  This book takes a different look at post zombie and how we all evolve to live together.  The  zombie hunters are heroes and have trading cards made of them.  As well as some of the more popular zombies.  The author’s zombie knowledge ran a little different from some of the lore I was familiar with and really enjoyed his take on them.

4.  Lockdown: Escape from the Furnace 1, Solitary: Escape from the Furnace 2,  and ect….there are five books by Alexander Gordon Smith  Now these may not exactly fall into the category you mentioned but I am including them because the story goes as follows….The main character, Alex gets sent to a penitentiary, for a crime he didn’t commit, called the Furnace.  It is buried a mile under the ground.  There are these creepy wheezy, muscle bulging creatures that take the trouble makers away and turn them into monsters.  Along the story Alex attempts to escape only to discover deformed boys that were partially transformed into the monsters, and gigantic rat like creatures.  So since there is some transformation of their bodies, even though it is “medically” done I am counting it.

5. The Night Children, also by Alexander Gordon Smith
This is kind of a prequel to the above.  It tells the story during what I believed was WWII.  Creatures come out of the woods and attack the men of a unit.  the children of towns had been told not to go into the woods because of these creatures but through the book you kind of begin to think that the children that disappear in the woods are now the creatures.  Really makes you think.  It is a great connector for what happens in the lockdown series.

6.  The Enemy series, The Sacrifice, Geeks vs. Zombies,  by Charlie Higson
This series is one of my favorites because this author pulls you in and gets you invested and then kills the main characters!  These books take place in England and begin in a private school and takes you through a group that is trying to survive as the sickness hits, and adults start changing.  As I said before I LOVE authors that bring characters together from book to book and this author does it wonderfully.  I also like the fact the zombies in this series aren’t the shuffling slowly, groaning kind.  They are evolving and organizing just as the kids are.  But I do repeat my warning.  Try not to fall in love with anyone because no one is safe from the zombies!

7. Since I listed multiple books in the first 6, this will be my last favorite.
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
I really want to talk about this book because I think the movie TOTALLY RUINED IT!  Warm Bodies was brilliant.  The book that is.  It was so unique to read a book that was from the point of view of the zombie.  I hated the movie because it made it seem as if the book was funny.  It wasn’t suppose to be a comedy.  The book shows us death and a struggle of morality all within a rotting mind.  I think the book inspired a lot of thinking…about how we are afraid of what we don’t understand, how we struggle to keep out humanity during inhumane situations, how sometimes we eat brains for the greater good.  🙂

Entrusted Excerpt

“I closed my eyes. I couldn’t look at him and say what I needed to say. I wanted to accept his help, I wanted so badly not to be alone but I was afraid. “I was told not to trust you. I need more time but he’ll come. He’ll eliminate you. That’s what he does.”

He leaned toward me, his tone stern. “You have to live the life you have been given. You did not cause nor deserve what has happened. Don’t force yourself to shut people out before you give them a chance. I’m stronger than you think.” His voice hovered over me. “You can trust me. I’ll never hurt you. And I’m not asking to be your friend. You have no choice in my involvement. Accept my help or not, I’m here to stay.”

My eyes were drawn to his. The pull toward him was overwhelming. I was losing my resolve.

“Why are you afraid of me?” His words turned soft and I wondered if I had heard them at all. “When I come…why are you afraid?”

“I don’t know who to believe.” I sighed. “My mind is being told too many things. I don’t know what I am. What you are. I am afraid for you. I don’t want to be responsible for another life.”

He took my hand and rubbed it against his cheek. So soft, I thought. No stubble. Flashes of Luke’s rough skin against my cheek when he’d finally kissed me slithered through my thoughts. My breath caught. I closed my eyes, trying to regain my own thoughts, to push the hard kiss from my mind. Luke’s words echoed through me. I was your first kiss.

Solomon leaned forward and touched his lips to my cheek, lingering briefly before moving away.”

Entrusted by Connie Ann Michael

entrusted300x500Thrust into a world of Native American legends about Skinwalkers and Ancient Ones, Emma Hunter finds herself in the middle of a battle for a heart holding great powers – A heart hidden within her.

Seventeen-year-old Emma wants what every teenage girl wants: a life that revolves around school, her friends, and a boyfriend who only has eyes for her. Little does she know that in order to get one, she must sacrifice the other two. After a series of events put into motion by Luke, the boy she thought loved her, Emma is kicked out of her group home and her school. Her best friend mysteriously vanishes and now she’s forced to move to a secluded coastal town, where she hopes to escape Luke’s obsessive control. Instead, she finds her dreams invaded not only by Luke, but Solomon, a mysterious Native American warrior sent to protect her.

But when Solomon shows up in her reality to explain he’s her protector, she soon learns that he’s so much more. As Emma struggles to understand what’s happening to her, she must also deal with her undeniable attraction to Solomon. Their connection is stronger than anything Emma has ever experienced before and now she must decide: can she trust him with her heart? And just how far will she go to protect it?

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Information about the book:
Title: Entrusted
Author: Connie Ann Michael
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release Date: 18 November, 2013

About the Author:ConnieAnnMichaelpicture
Connie Ann Michael was raised a city girl, but was converted to a country girl after college and now resides in a speck of a town in Central Washington State. She is married to her former boss as she worked at the local Pizza place and has two college age boys that provide endless material for her books. She loves the outdoors and can be found mountain biking, kayaking, or camping with her family. Being a busy family, she can be found working on her newest novel while on long road trips.
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Rafflecopter Giveaway!

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Entrusted.
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Book Review: Entrusted by Connie Ann Michael–Entrusted Blog Tour

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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not change or affect my views in any way.

Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Release Date: 18th November 2013
Series: N/A
Pages: 256
Source: Received from the publisher for a blog tour – thank you!
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Goodreads Summary: “How far would you go to protect the people you love?

Thrust into a world of Native American legends about Skinwalkers and Ancient Ones, Emma Hunter finds herself in the middle of a battle for a heart holding great powers – A heart hidden within her.

Seventeen-year-old Emma wants what every teenage girl wants: a life that revolves around school, her friends, and a boyfriend who only has eyes for her. Little does she know that in order to get one, she must sacrifice the other two. After a series of events put into motion by Luke, the boy she thought loved her, Emma is kicked out of her group home and her school. Her best friend mysteriously vanishes and now she’s forced to move to a secluded coastal town, where she hopes to escape Luke’s obsessive control. Instead, she finds her dreams invaded not only by Luke, but Solomon, a mysterious Native American warrior sent to protect her.

But when Solomon shows up in her reality to explain he’s her protector, she soon learns that he’s so much more. As Emma struggles to understand what’s happening to her, she must also deal with her undeniable attraction to Solomon. Their connection is stronger than anything Emma has ever experienced before and now she must decide: can she trust him with her heart? And just how far will she go to protect it?”

Holy batman! When I first picked up Entrusted, I wasn’t entirely sure that this was going to be a book I ended up loving, but after a shaky start, this quickly turned into a book that wasn’t going to be put down without a fight.

I did struggle to really get on with Entrusted at the beginning of the book, and I think that was because I found Emma a very difficult character to relate to. We were literally dropped directly into her life with very little background information, other than the fact that she was a foster kid with a lot of issues and a difficult past. But once I finally got to know Emma, and she began opening up a little more to those around her, I quickly became invested in her story. There were points where I was practically screaming at her to just open up and accept the help that was given to her though – she was a little frustrating when it came to simply accepting what Solomon actually wanted from her. I liked her character development though, she went from a character who refused to let anyone in to one who opened herself up a little more, especially when it came to Solomon and his brothers.

I flipping adored Solomon’s character! Seriously, he was such a great character – I wish I knew a Solomon in real life! Some of the things he did for Emma was so swoonworthy! I was definitely in love with him. And Logan, Solomon’s character was a great guy too. He immediately took it upon himself to help Solomon look after Emma, even when Solomon’s brothers were a little more reluctant, and he was determined to not see any harm come to either of them. I wish we knew what exactly happened to Logan at the end though. I hope he got a happy ending, because he really deserved one.

If I were to have a problem with Entrusted, it would be the story’s pacing. There were points where the story really felt like it was dragging, and then the climax of the book took place over three pages in the pdf document, which was a little disappointing, but thankfully the story had been building up to the finale throughout the entire book.

Entrusted was a really interesting story, blending paranormal elements with Native American mythology, and Connie Ann Michael really pulled it off.

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