Sunday, November 4, 2012

Tour: Libera Me by Christine Fonseca

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Welcome to my stop in the "Libera Me" Tour.

Beginning after Lacrimosa and the short story Mea Culpa, Libera Me follows Zane and Aydan as they try to figure out who Nessa really is.

Series: Requiem #2
Author: Christine Fonseca
Pub. Date: October 30th 2012
Publisher: Compass Press


What happens when everything you’ve sacrificed for is lost?
Aydan thought Nesy’s death would be the end of him, until he meets Nessa and his hope is restored. Could she be Nesy reborn? He is certain she must be. That is, until her lack of memories and incessant nightmares begin to erode his faith.

Zane is used to trusting his mind, his wisdom and his angelic senses. But these attributes are no help with Nessa. He has no way to be certain of her identity, no way to know the truth. That is, unless he listens to the one thing he has refused to acknowledge throughout his existence - he feelings for Nesy.

Blind to both angel and demon, Aydan and Zane must figure out the truth behind Nesy's identity before all is lost, Azza discovers the truth and the Beast is again unleashed.

The lines between good and evil have never been so blurred.

Libera Me was officially released on October 30.

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And be sure to check out the other books in the series:

DIES IRAE (Free from Amazon and Smashwords)
MEA CULPA (Free from Amazon and Smashwords)
*Titles are linked to Amazon.

My thoughts

Where to begin…

Let’s start with the cover. I love this new cover. It’s much better than the previous one, but although I do love it, I think I would have preferred less Nesy and more Zane. That may be the “Team Zane” in me talking. But truth is, whether the book had gained a new cover or not, I would have still read it since I’m already interested in the story and yes, because Zane has a bigger part in it.

As I’ve mentioned before, Christine Fonseca really has a way with words and this book was not an exception since it’s another beautifully written one. The book keeps a steady pace while it’s climbing up and setting up for those last chapters and there’s less action than in Lacrimosa, but this book didn’t really need it. Libera Me was more about discoveries and revelations, and possibly building up for the next book. That doesn’t mean the book is simply copy-paste from a previous installment or a “filler book”. It isn’t. There’s new characters, more elements are added to the story, and it has some twists that I honestly didn’t expect, like the identity of the evil smoke. That really was totally unexpected.

Libera Me has alternating points of view between Zane and Aydan and I love that. It was great getting to see things from Zane’s perspective and, this time around, he was the link to letting us know what was going in Celestium. I love Zane, although some times I wanted to smack him over the head and shake some sense into him. But most of the time, I just wanted to hug him because of all he was suffering. It was just heartbreaking. I knew he was right, he seems to be most of the time, but I still wanted him to just let go and worry about himself for once.

At the end of the book, I was really annoyed with Nesy, but I’m willing to cut her some slack… Aydan also pulled at my heartstrings a few times. Especially when he was battling against the monster inside him and although his fate was hinted at a few times in the book, I still felt the need to tell him, “Aydan, you are big boy aren’t ya?” *wiggles eyebrows*

Throughout the book, I was really suspicious of two characters, Caim, he’s the new boy on the block or at least he has a bigger part in Libera Me, and Cass. Caim is an interesting one. I would definitely like to know more about him and if his part in it all will be bigger. And well, I was suspicious of Cass because she always seemed to pop in at the “right” time. I was also wondering if she was stalking poor Zane.

I thoroughly enjoyed Libera Me’s emotional ride from both point of views. I do feel I learned more while reading Zane’s, but Aydan’s was just as emotional. They both have to fight their own personal demons, and I mean this literally, to be able save the person they love and that makes it all the more interesting. I will definitely be waiting for the next installment of this series.

My Rating:


Character Biography:

Introducing Caimael

Thanks so much for hosting a leg of my tour today! I’d like to introduce you to one of the characters from the series that is new – Caimael:

Caimael, or Caim as he is more often known as, is a member of the Angelic Order of Guardians. Charged with the responsibility of protecting humanity against the dark creatures, Caim has a lot to make up for. See, Caim is the one primarily responsible for Aydan and Az finding the Seer Lorelei (as told in Lacrimosa). In fact, Zane believes Caim was always responsible for bringing Aydan and Nesy together that night. Now, Caim has been assigned to work with Zane and Cassiel guarding Nessa and Aydan. It’s a job Zane wishes Caim didn’t have – more or less. In truth, Zane needs Caim to help him keep the now human Aydan and Nessa safe. But, when Caim determines that Nessa is NOT who Zane thinks she is, Zane is forced to determine her identity himself – something that has bigger risks than he is ready for.

Caim Quote: “Don’t lecture me about what happened,” Caim snarls. “They were my brethren. Mine! I am well aware of my shortcomings that day.” Caim lunges at me again. “And it’s between me and Sariel. Period.”
(Libera Me Chapter 10)

Christine Fonseca, Author
Opening the door to new realms

About Christine:

School psychologist by day, critically acclaimed YA and nonfiction author by night, Christine Fonseca believes that writing is a great way to explore humanity. Her many titles include TRANSCEND, DIES IRAE, LACRIMOSA, MEA CULPA, and in nonfiction: 101 SUCCESS SECRETS FOR GIFTED KIDS and EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IN GIFTED STUDENTS.

When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can be sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. Catch her daily thoughts about writing and life on her blog.

For more information about Christine Fonseca or the series, visit her website or her blog. You can also find her on Goodreads, Twitter & Facebook.

To celebrate to release and thank her readers, Christine is hosting a little contest honoring each of the main characters. Prizes include a new release YA book, Book swag, and even some of her own titles. She is also giving a Kindle as part of her Fall Release Party. Check out both giveaways below.

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*I received an e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
*I am not affiliated to Amazon, B&N, or any other online store.

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