Sunday, March 23, 2014

Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway: Blackness Takes Over by Norma Jeanne Karlsson

Blackness Takes Over by Norma Jeanne Karlsson
Official Blog Tour

Shannon Kelly’s life has been anything but typical.
Her life has been altered viciously at the hands of others twice.
However horrible they have been, it’s these changes that have given her a family and career…now possibly love.
The last thirteen years she has been supported and loved by her protector, her entertainer, and her comforter, but never a lover.
When Dylan Kellerman enters Shannon’s life he changes its course in more ways than one.
He gives her hope and promise of a future she was convinced wasn’t attainable.
Just as she begins to believe she has finally turned her life into something she can build a future on…blackness takes over.
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I want to hang out with Shannon Kelly. She is the coolest protagonist I have read about in a long time, and I couldn't stop laughing at all her inner monologue throughout the whole story. She was rude, crude and down right sassy! I loved that she could hang with a bunch of macho guys and watch sports, then the next chapter she is talking about dressing up in a great dress and heels. In fact, I got so caught up in the dynamic that was going on inside her head with her men that most of the book went by with me being completely satisfied that the major plot points kind of slithered up unbeknownst to me!

The men in this story were great, even if I wanted to know more about them. Sully, Cally and Kavy were convincing pseudo-brothers for Shannon and I loved the dynamic between the four was very clear from the start of the book all the way to the end. Which I thought was going to be hard to do, but it succeed. They provide a solid ground in which Shannon can build other relationships off of and that's very important considering her past. Then you had sexy Kellerman into the picture and it completes her male circle. I was a little shocked at how fast they accepted Kellerman being with the Kid, but I ultimately didn't care because the relationship just worked from the beginning. There was, however, one person that didn't work with everyone else. Taylor.

I didn't need his interactions with Shannon to make this book work for me. I know he dropped some bombs at the end of the story but really that could have been completed by somebody else and I just found his character a distraction to the romance involved here and the relationships with other people. Overall, though, I loved this book. It had an equal parts sarcasm, fun, drama, tragedy and excitement that it drew you in with shades of black but really ended up giving you a lot of light emotions throughout. I can tell we have a long ways to go with these 5 crazy people but I can not wait to find out what happens!!- My Opinion -****4 stars! 

Blackness Takes Over is Norma Jeanne’s debut novel. What began as an homage to the home town of a homesick Midwestern girl, unfolded a story of love, danger, humor, and trust. She’s currently working on her untitled sophomore effort. We can’t wait to see what thrilling saga she leads us through next!
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Norma Jeanne recently found herself relocating to the United Kingdom. Now living in Belfast, she took hold of the opportunity to kick the 9-5 job for a chance to become an author. The best part: working from her home office, she gets to spend more time with her cast of crazy characters (written and real).
In her free time Norma Jeanne is a voracious reader and consumes books as readily as meals. She is a people watcher by nature and uses her experiences in life, observed or otherwise, to build the worlds and characters that thrive in her books. A believer in the strength of the human spirit, Norma Jeanne writes the stories of people that persevere when all appears to be lost.
“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” –Dylan Thomas

5 Winners will receive an  E-Copy of  Blackness Takes Over by Norma Jeanne Karlsson.
2 Winners will receive a Signed Copy of  Blackness Takes Over by Norma Jeanne Karlsson.
4 Winners will receive 4GB USB flash drives by Norma Jeanne Karlsson.
7 Winners will receive Postcard and Bookmark by Norma Jeanne Karlsson.
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