Book Name: Betraying Innocence
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Publisher: Fire & Ash Publishing
Release date: October 30, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Romance
Warnings: Contains language and sexual content. 17+
Formats: e-book, paperback
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Betraying Innocence Synopsis
October 31, 1983, seventeen year old Johnny Baits vanishes without a trace, leaving the slumbering town of Chipawaha Creek, British Columbia reeling with his mysterious disappearance. Twenty-nine years later, The French family moves into his home, never realizing they’re not alone in the house.
For seventeen year old Roseanna French moving to a strange new town is a problem she can handle. But even she’s not prepared for the evil that has been sitting dormant for years… waiting. When seemingly harmless noises and creeping shadows at night leads to the murder of the people closest to her, Ana has to find a way to stop the evil before it can consume her completely and she can no longer wash the blood from her hands.
Rafael Ramirez is battling his own demons. Unlike Ana’s, his has been haunting him for years. But running isn’t an option. He has a mother, a brother and a sister looking to him to keep them safe. He doesn’t have time for pretty girls with issues, even if the sight of her makes him hope for things a guy like him doesn’t deserve. But when Ana asks Rafe for help, what can he do except give it? But what happens when the evil comes after his family? Can they stop it before it’s too late or will it claim them the way it had claimed Johnny?
“Where is he?” he growled, doing a circle. “Where is he?”
“I … I think he’s gone,” Ana croaked, fighting not to give into the fainting sensation beckoning her to sway into its arms.
Rafe hurried over to her and took her hand. “Come on!”
She let herself be dragged up the path to the house, positive she would never have made it there on her own.
On the porch, he stopped and faced to her, his eyes intense. “Get inside and lock the door.”
Ana wanted to laugh. If she could’ve stopped shivering, stopped her teeth from chattering, her heart from going crazy in her chest, she would have reminded him that a closed door didn’t apply to ghosts. That locked or not, it wouldn’t stop that thing from getting inside. But there was something else, another reason that going inside wouldn’t help.
“He’s in there,” she told him, tears suddenly burning her eyes. Her bottom lip trembled.
“What?” He yanked her away from the open door and thrust her behind him. “Where?”
She sniffled, wanting so desperately to just bury her face into the planes of his back and cry. “In my room,” she whispered, absolutely certain of this now. “He’s inside my walls.”
It no longer mattered if he thought her insane. Her problems were so much bigger, so much more frightening. Plus, was she crazy if he’d seen it too? If he’d fought it? Was she still insane?
Rafe didn’t look disbelieving. He looked horrified and angry. His eyes widened, darting between her and the door. “What was that thing, Ana?”
“I don’t know!” she cried, no longer able to stop the flood of tears that washed down her face, mixing with the pond water. “I don’t know! I don’t know! I thought I was crazy. I thought … I’m not crazy! You saw him. You saw him, didn’t you? I’m not—”
She was suddenly in his arms, held so tight it was almost impossible to breathe. But it wasn’t close enough.
“Shh,” he whispered into her temple. “You’re not crazy. I saw him, too.”
Huddled beneath a perpetual cloud of imagination, International Best-Selling author Airicka Phoenix lives with her huband and four gorgeous children in the beautiful province of British Columbia. When she’s not busy playing with her imaginary friends, creating worlds and toying with fictional lives, she can be found reading, polishing her collection of daggers, or chilling with her kids.
Airicka is the creator of THE TOUCH SAGA, THE SONS OF JUDGMENT SAGA, THE LOST GIRL SERIES, GAMES OF FIRE, and BETRAYING INNOCENCE. The conclusion of Finding Kia, book 2 of The Lost Girl Series, REVEALING KIA, will be out November 2013. She also has plans to release a Sci-Fi horror/romance, WHEN NIGHT FALLS, in December of 2013.
Airicka also writes adult paranormal & contemporary romance under her alter ego, Morgana Phoenix. She has a paranormal short coming out December 2013 in SNOWED IN, An Anthology and CAPTURE ME, Morgana’s debut novel will be released Fall 2014.
For more about Airicka, visit her website at: http://airickaphoenix.com/Author/
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Hot damn she did it again.
First Warnings: This was given to me in exchange for an honest review and, honesty is what I do. Cool? Cool. Let’s get started then.
Song Choice: “Haunt You Everyday” by Weezer – I just couldn’t resist, “All This and Heaven Too” Florence and the Machine, “Crystalised” by The xx
First thoughts: I thought this was a spectacular book. There was a bit of chills, thrills, and all around a good time ;). There were also to list a few things: gender-confused cats, a schmexy male lead, a fun, easy to love MC, and a revenged crazed ghost.
Thoughts on plot: While this book looking at the page number might freak you out – its more than 400 pages this will be a week long read – or a weekend long read, WRONG! This book moves like it was a 100 pages and I am still demanding more! So the pace was moving fast, and kept you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, and digging out that nightlight you definitely don’t keep in your closet *don’t worry your secret is safe with me* Seriously though if you live in a old house that creaks you might want to consider getting adult diapers if you are prone to peeing your pants….I am not speaking from experience or anything…..aaawwwkkward…… Anyways so this was interesting, it had a great mix of humor, mystery, suspense, the eww-omg-i-can’t-believe-that-just-fucking-happened, and romance. And I can’t wait to talk about certain aspects of the characters but that will have to wait for a bit. The plot i thought was pretty original – considering the idea of a ghost is used a lot in TV and movies, but then again I don’t read a whole lot of horror/mystery paranormal stuff. I thought that it was the idea surrounding the ghost though. It was a very conflicting feelings. but again i will get to that spoon. This was more than a story about a ghost which i LOVED, there was just so much more than meets the eye to this – with the other characters, and all that fun stuff ❤
Ana: I loved her. She was sassy, and while yeah she was scared i would have been in the same position but she kept her wits about her. She never quite backed down from a fight even though the smarter, easier thing to do would have been to step back. She was another classic Airicka character, individual in her own ways, and totally kickass. I really did like Ana and even though she had moments she broke down they were all warrant and if she didn’t i might have to ask the question – what are you a robot? I think also Ana does her own certain amount of growing up in this book, at the beginning she wasn’t annoying teenager or anything – never that O.O – but she did go through a shit load and she really just took charge. I loved it.
Rafe: *loving sigh* What a man, what a man. This is one of the characters i really couldn’t wait to talk about. He was SO DAMN INTERESTING – one of the great things about Airicka is not only does she write – really crazily swoony men, but they are more than one lines, and protective nature – I mean they are that as well but there is always more to them than meets the eye. They aren’t just there to swoon over, they are there to learn about, to become part of their lives. So Rafe – *loving sigh – yes again* Oh Rafe he is the pinnacle of a boy bad, who is actually not so bad. There is something about how one must live up to expectations right? So when a whole town slaps on a label for you what else are you supposed to do but live up to it? Rafe is the boy who gets around and he doesn’t pretend to be anything but when he first meets Ana but GOD THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO HIM. I really can’t wait for you all to read this book – which you should – and meet Rafe.
so another character that had that awesome mix of, are you the good guy, bad guy, are you in the right or the wrong – the place I come to think of as the Grey Area. Johnny, I am not sure whether i totally agree with him, in the end of the book I don’t think we are supposed to know whether we should be totally with him or totally against him. I think the way Airicka set it up made it that you could be the finally deciding factor.
So I do have a question – the model like group of people – crazy theory now you don’t have to believe me but I think Rafe and Ana might have an encounter with the third kind if you know what i mean 😉 hahahaha alright but seriously I think this was a great ending and I really did love this book :D.