Monday, August 25, 2014

Book Tour Review: Resurgence & Transcendence by Virginia Vayna

Title: Resurgence

Author: Virginia Vayna

Series: The Hunters and the Queen Series (Book 1)

Genre: YA/Paranormal

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: April 2013

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook

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Purchase Links: Amazon

Blurb/Synopsis: While working on her studies at the Churchill Military Academy in Kinsburgh, England, Jolán Vajnbirg’s final year at the academy develops into a year of competition, aristocratic love, a reincarnated breakthrough, and a calling from the sky world to help save earth from the death and destruction caused by the Order of the Hunters.

When Jolán Vajnbirg encounters Prince Colemund William Frederik Van Oranje-Nassau, the two bring the celestial destiny of the sky world to perfection. Jolán was born as a reincarnated spirit, but it took a synchronicity of events to spark her supernatural breakthrough.

The sky world is steadily preparing Jolán for her future fate. The hunters have upset the universal balance of earth, and the hunters have upset the sky world.


Title: Transcendence

Author: Virginia Vayna

Series: The Hunters and the Queen Series (Book 2)

Genre: YA/Paranormal

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: October 2013

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook 

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Blurb/Synopsis: Jolán and Colemund have made a pact with each other. Their solidarity is sealed within the Aegean Sea; however, a future of chaos awaits on their horizon. They must prepare. They must gain their strength. A battle is developing in the realm.

In the meantime, Sadeiq, the gypsy hunter, tries desperately to stop her transformation. She is turning into a hunter, and she desires to stop the process. Sadeiq desperately needs to locate Jolán for help.

The realm is deeply disturbed by the overwhelming destruction caused by the Order of the Hunters. The Order must keep a planetary balance, but they have developed into selfish and monopolistic creatures. The hunters are prepared to fight for their dominance; they do not want to lose their control. The sky world hungers for a planetary balance, and are prepared to use their forces in a fight against the Order.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, editor, publisher, or Promo Host. This is my honest opinion about this book and I did not receive any monetary compensation for writing this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.

It was minus 10-degrees in the Republic of Komi. It had snowed for several days. Hadrian was lurking around the white ice castle that peaked over the Ural Mountains. The cathedral ceilings and the large stained glass bay windows inside the castle bored Hadrian on this day. His eyes were dark and empty; and his skin was so pale that it was nearly translucent. Hadrian stood about six-feet tall, and he was so thin he appeared emaciated. He wore a black leather skull cap that covered his bald head. His fingernails were long, stained by a yellow tint, and they were extremely thick. He wore a red sweater, black leather pants, and black knee-high riding boots. He felt thirsty for life, so he went outside to see what he could kill.

Everything around the white castle was either frozen or dead. He noticed a black crow circling high above the castle. This excited him. Hadrian loved drinking the life from a crow.

He began to focus his eyes upon the flying creature. He felt his strength pump through his veins. As the crow began to fly higher above the castle, Hadrian began whispering, “Fly, and fly my black-winged friend. Fly, and fly until your back begins to bend. When it bends may it break because you are my meal and my life to take.”

Hadrian began to raise his voice as he repetitively chanted his omen upon the bird; “Fly, fly my black-winged friend. Fly, fly until your back begins to bend. When it bends may it break because you are my meal and my life to take.”

The bird began to fly wildly out of control. Hadrian continued his chant, only now he spoke louder and faster, and his stare was locked and focused on the suffering bird. The bird began to bend and gawk before its body snapped in half and fell to the ground.

The crow landed nearly a foot away from Hadrian’s feet. Hadrian was pleased with his performance, and he bent over to pick up the crow flesh. He smiled at his achievement, and he stared at the blood stained snow. He bent down and poked the bird corpse, he then immediately smelled his fingers. Hadrian loved the smell of death; and with a sigh of relief, he grabbed the head of the crow and stuffed it in his mouth and began to chew. Hadrian, the hunter, enjoyed his crow.

Once Hadrian finished devouring the entire crow, he burped. As he stood up, he spotted Akuji’s black SUV driving up the hillside. Hadrian could sense death approaching, and he felt excited.

Once Jolán entered her room, she immediately plopped down on the bed. Colemund resisted his urge to jump on the bed too; he opted for a more conservative entrance into the room.
As he walked towards the rather large bedframe and mattress, he wanted to touch Jolán. He extended his hand to caress her cheek. He then said, “I know you’re tired, love,” and then slid his hand down her throat to rest his fingers on her collarbone. He then gently said, “Why don’t you change out of your day clothes. I’ll grab your bed clothes.”

Jolán was too tired to move. She felt like a 100-pound weight rested on her body. She just wanted to sleep. She reached out to Colemund and said, “I’m too tired.”
After Colemund unpacked their bed clothes, he stripped down to his skivvies. Jolán opened her eyes. She felt intense desire when she saw his well chiseled abdomen and his long and lean legs. His arms were muscular, and he was beautiful to her. Jolán found a little energy.

As she started to take off her clothes, she looked at Colemund and said with a mischievous grin, “Come here, but don’t put on any more clothes. I want to feel your skin against mine,” as she quickly, but effortlessly, undressed down to her under garments and tossed her clothes on a nearby chair.
Colemund was excited, and he confidently walked toward her and sat next to her on the bed. The couple started kissing; a deep kiss that entangled them in a loving embrace for nearly two-hours. After several beautiful moments, and after several deep and raspy exhales, the couple fell into a deep slumber. Jolán was cuddled nicely in the arms of her prince; then, a deep, dark sleep washed over her body.

As she rested peacefully in the arms of her lover, she began to dream. Galloping horses rode fast through the forest. Each footstep grew louder, and louder, and Jolán wanted to run, but she knew she was not really in the dream, but she was more of a spectator. As she watched the horses stampede through the woodlands, she knew she shouldn’t make eye contact with the riders of the stallions; instead, she only looked at their profiles and body type. She didn’t want to get noticed.

All of the riders wore long, dark colored jackets. Some wore either a black or red hat, and the other horsemen wore hoods over their head. As the group rode fast, Jolán wondered where they were going at such an alarming speed; moreover, she wanted to know who they were. She watched as they rode to the bottom of a hill and stopped. As one man dismounted his horse, he held a petite woman cloaked under a thick robe. When the man took off the woman’s hood, a thick full head of curly red hair was displayed. The woman had ebony skin and light blue eyes. She looked supernatural. The man then pushed the woman into a barn.

As Jolán watched, her dream did not allow her to move. She was unable to do anything, she was unable to help. Jolán witnessed the woman receive a smack across the face from the tall man.
The woman spit blood, looked at the tall man and questioned, “Is that the best you got?”
The man hit her again, and again, and again; his pinky finger was completely black. Every time he hit her, Jolán kept seeing his black, and frost-bitten like finger. He wore a silver pinky ring. As the man slapped her again, his ring cut her lip; the woman started to laugh. She laughed a maniacal laugh that resonated through the forest. Her blood dripped on to the dirt.

The other members of the group already tied up their horses, and they stood far enough away that they could only hear fragments of the conversation; until the laughter started. The group heard the maddening laughter. The louder the woman laughed, the harder the tall man hit her. He repeatedly hit her once, twice, three times; then, she stood up and laughed louder. She laughed so loud, the horses started to buck wildly out of control. She laughed so hard, her sounds began to deafen everyone around her. The tall man stopped hitting her, and he mounted his horse and fled. The rest of the group wrestled with their horses until they were under control, then, they too left the scene. The woman was left in the forest alone; she was beaten and battered, but her laugh echoed through the woodlands.


My Rant:  Now, again I don't read a lot of paranormal romance and honestly I was judging these books by its cover but what I found when I began to read the story, that I quickly enjoyed it. I was engulfed by the beginning. You feel a sense of grief that the hunter were build to destroy the living in the world and ti was saddening to see that there was a hunter who thought that if she changed by doing the things she was born to do would naturally change her back to her normal self. But in the end she would suffer that fate of knowing that in the spirit whelm she would be a slave to the things that haunted her. Just the beginning alone made me want to discover more about the book. The authors writing style was completely captivating. She vividly drew me into the emotions of her characters. You get to delve deep into their existence and get a vivid look at who and why they are the way they are. You cant seem to shake the need to wonder how the world came to be this mingled with the dark and light battle that displayed good and evil. Death and destruction consumes your thoughts and your afraid for the characters but as with all things bravery and courage through those that fight against it shines through. Jolan and her family struggled to make ends meet but the love they showed among each other in this story showed how families persevere in the mist of a rough patch. When Jolan meet up again with Colemund the romance begins to boom but so does the things that stir in the night. the plots twist and turn in this story keep your attention. In the first book the author gives you a lot of background so when you get to the second book and the action begins to kick in gear your overwhelmed with the need of seeing this story through. I was quite upset that the second book was not long but the ending makes me want to get my hand on the third book.  I did enjoy this series although the first book is a little slow at times but I am glad that I read the series into the second book. I have found another YA paranormal romance story that I am anxious to follow to the end. 

My Recommendation: 

I rated Resurgence and Transcendence  4 out of 5 Purple Rant Hearts and would recommend the these books to anyone that enjoys a good story with adventure and romance.

Virginia Vayna was born in Dayton, Ohio. During 1999, she moved to Long Beach, California, where she lived on a sailboat for three-years. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Social Science. She has worked as a policy researcher, a legal writer, and she currently works as a freelance copywriter. Virginia enjoys writing historical fiction, fantasy, paranormal fiction, mystery, and young adult literature. She is the author of The Hunters and the Queen series.

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