Monday, 24 November 2014

Blog Tour: Divine Scales by Jennifer Blackstream

I received a copy of Divine Scales in exchange for my review.

As the second Princess of Atlanta, Marcela has seen her share of people in danger. When a ship carrying Prince Patricio is in danger she saves him. Prince Patricio has a curse, whenever he kills a sinner, their family is instantly and completely grateful towards him without feeling any grief. When Marcela sees Patricio excecute her brother for his sins, her admiration and attraction towards him is increased and she goes to extreme lengths, swapping her tail and her voice for legs. Patricio can't believe that Marcela has done that and brushes her off, but soon he realises that things are different and her company starts to thaw his heart.

I got so excited for Divine Scales, especially after enjoying the first three books in the series. What I've liked about them all is that the heroines are strong and independent, and yet the stories themselves stick closely to the original fairy tales. And in this case, Divine Scales really did stick to the story of The Little Mermaid, right down to the Grimm ending, though it was changed slightly.

I loved the fact that Marcela didn't feel that she needed a man to get on in her life, rather she wanted one, but she had limits to what she'd accept from him and I felt that I could respect her as a character for that. I also really liked the fact that her feelings about her legs weren't all cut and dry, but rather they were complicated and she found that she missed her tail. It made her more sympathetic character.

Patricio was interesting. Up until this point he's been a side character and has been a little self-righeous, so it was intersting to get to the bottom of that and to see what it was all about. He also had his rivalry with Adonis, though I think it was made clear in this book that Adonis cared more for Patricio than he let on. Seeing him let his guard down made him much more likeable.

I'm very excited to see where the final book takes the Princes, this series has been growing from strength to strength and I love the combination of strong female leads and traditional fairy tale.


C:\Users\Majanka\SkyDrive\Book Tours\Upcoming Tours\Divine Scales\DivineScales 500x750.jpgTitle: Divine Scales
Author: Jennifer Blackstream
Genre: Fantasy Romance
A warrior with a hunger for sin . . .

Driven by a terrible hunger for the black souls of evil men, Patricio, divine executioner of the gods, patrols the kingdom with blood on his hands and ice in his heart. The families of his victims sing his praises--the result of a witch’s cruel curse that condemns him to be forever surrounded by false adulation. When the curse sours the first hint at romance Patricio has had since becoming the king’s heir, his rage is all consuming. Disgusted, he leaves the mermaid in the sea and returns to the palace…only to be shocked when she bargains for the legs to follow him.

A mermaid out of her element . . .

Marcela’s world has been turned upside-down--literally. Once a proud member of her father King Triton’s royal guard, she’s now the victim of an angel’s curse. Enchanted into false adoration bordering on obsession, she traded her tail--and her voice--to the sea witch for the legs she needed to pursue the object of her desire. In a cruel twist of fate, the very magic that gave her the means to pursue her passion also broke the spell that caused it. Now she’s in the angel’s arms, but how can either of them trust the desire churning inside them when so much magic has muddied the waters?

Trust isn’t easy when nothing is as it seems . . .

A mermaid with legs and no singing voice. An angel with a curse. A witch with a chip on her shoulder. The world is full of magic and mayhem, and for an angel and a mermaid, it will take more than a kiss to balance…the Divine Scales

Author Bio
Jennifer Blackstream is a psychology enthusiast with both a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. Her fascination with the human mind is most appeased through the study of mythology and folklore as well as any novel by Sir Terry Pratchett.

Jennifer enjoys listening to Alice Cooper, trying new recipes (to which she will add garlic whether it calls for it or not), watching television with her family, and playing with her woefully intelligent young son. She lives in Ohio.

Jennifer spends most of her time drinking coffee from her X-Men mug and desperately trying to get all her ideas written down before her son can find that all magical button on her laptop to make her latest work vanish.

To learn more about Jennifer Blackstream and her novels, visit her website at http://www.jenniferblackstream.com.


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