Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Review: Umbra by Christina Bauer with Giveaway!





UMBRA

by Christina Bauer 

Dimension Drift Prequels, #2
Monster House Books
March 26th 2019
YA Dystopian, Fantasy







A prequel novella to the new series from USA Today’s ‘must read YA paranormal romance’ author, Christina Bauer.
One day, eighteen-year-old Thorne will be the Emperor of the Omniverse, the single being who rules countless worlds. Trouble is, his father Cole–who’s also the current Emperor–is a sadistic freak.
In fact, Cole won’t even keep his promises to the very humans who got him his throne.
Thorne won’t stand for it. He decides to travel to the human world and make good on his father’s promises. What he doesn’t count on is falling in love….
“I love how Bauer manages to add some awesome new world building to each of her books.”Woven Magic
This new series is perfect for: fans of urban fantasy, action and adventure, cool science, evil corporations, forbidden romance and hot new classmates who may or may not be aliens.


MY TIDBITS

This is an easy read story, which is fun to get lost in and enjoy every action-filled moment.

Thorne is the third son to the Emperor of the Omniverse, and in a constant fight to prove himself. Unfortunately, his father is no longer the man he once was and has become a jerk. When the human who helped put Cole on the throne begs for help, the Emperor refuses her. So Thorne goes against orders and sneaks off to the reality of Earth where she resides. There, he not only learns what she wants him to do but meets one of her daughters. And the impossible happens.

I'm not always a fan of prequels, but in this case, they do a terrific job at setting up the background and atmosphere for the first novel in the series...one I can't wait to get my hands on. The read is fairly short, which is too bad. Once the story gets going, it's impossible to put down and left me wanting to know more and immediately grab up the official first novel in the series. Thorne gains immediate sympathy but isn't really the outcast either, which is refreshing. He might have to battle harder than his brothers for any recognition, but he holds his own when he has to. He's not arrogant, nor does he expect the throne. Plus, there's a wonderful sense of brotherly support which is especially great to see considering his father's sour personality.

The writing is fairly simple and keeps this at an easy to read level, but that works wonderfully with this tale. It's the type of book to dive into and expect a fun adventure with interesting characters, while not getting bogged down on the literary end. And still, the author manages to add the right amount of character depth and world building to draw in and feel connected to every scene. Fans of science fiction, inter-dimensional battles, and power plays for thrones and intrigue are sure to enjoy this one.

And here she is... 
 
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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