Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Tainted Energy by Lynn Vroma ~ Blog Tour Review

As a part of the Tainted Energy by Lynn Vroma Blog Tour run by YA Bound Book Tours I reviewed Tainted Energy, a YA paranormal romance novel.

To check out the rest of this blog tour go here for the official schedule.

I was provided with a review copy of the book via YA Bound Book Tours - however, all opinions expressed in this review are purely my own (to find out more, please visit my disclaimer page). 

Book Details

Title: Tainted Energy
Author: Lynn Vroman 
Release date: 2014 
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

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My Review

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

'I struggled to flick on the lamp, only to see the bed act as though it were a breathing, living thing. From under the blankets, what felt like fingers began to stab at my back and calves. Fear paralysed me for a few seconds before I pushed off the bed, landing in a heap of threadbare blankets.

The mattress continued waving while I sat with my back against the wall. I shut my eyes.

It's not real!

It's not real!
It's not real!'

For seventeen-year-old Lena, living in the trailer park with the rest of town’s throwaways isn’t exactly paradise. Dealing with a drunken father who can't keep his fists to himself doesn’t help matters either. The only good thing in her life, other than track, is the mysterious man who visits her dreams, promising to find her.

When a chair burns her arms, Lena chalks it up to stress-induced crazy. Yet as bizarre incidents escalate, even being crazy can’t explain it all away… until one day dream guy does find her.

Tarek lost Lena seventeen years ago after she was accused of treason and marked Tainted. He finally discovers her reborn on Earth into a life of suffering as punishment for her crime.

However, someone else has already found her… and wants her dead. Willing to sacrifice everything, he fights to keep her safe so she can live the only life she’s ever known—even if that life doesn’t include him. (x)

My thoughts on the book

Tainted Energy manages to give readers a realistic heroine.

It's nice to find a story where the 'reborn' character doesn't act like finding out about their past and their backstory is all a piece of cake. Where the main protagonist doesn't act like everything is owed to them - love, sacrifice, aid. 

Instead Lena, our protagonist, questions everything and acts like a normal person would upon finding out that they were banished to Earth for a life of suffering. 

I also found the humour added a lot to the story, too. Especially the bit where the stereotypical 'young love' storyline is subtly mocked:
"Huh, so you've met the boy." 
"Not exactly." 
"It's young love, nothing to get all bent out of shape over."
But the element of Tainted Energy that stood out the most, was the narrating/character voices, Lena's in particular. It wasn't faint, or inserted here and there - every chapter from Lena's POV was filled with a deep sense of Lena's character. 
'Pounding on the front door made me jump, my book falling to the scratched floorboards. Pacing for an hour didn't help calm my nerves, but reading Shakespeare did. Call me crazy. 
Wait, no, don't call me crazy.'
Overall, Tainted Energy is an enjoyable YA read that is sure to appeal to paranormal readers and lovers of a good romance!

Author Bio: Lynn Vroma

Born in Pennsylvania, Lynn spent most of her childhood, especially during math class, daydreaming. Today, she spends an obscene amount of time in her head, only now she writes down all the cool stuff.

With a degree in English Literature, Lynn used college as an excuse to read for four years straight. She lives in the Pocono Mountains with her husband, raising the four most incredible human beings on the planet. 

She writes young adult novels, both fantasy and contemporary.

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