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Friday, 9 February 2018

BLOG TOUR & REVIEWS - River (A Stranger in the Woods #2) by India R. Adams


I had wondered if I would be strong enough to love Ryder, the stranger from the woods. I learned that I was—still am. But now Ryder, Gunner, and I have a young together, Rain, the Princess of the Guardian Warriors. And a very powerful being, the King of the Shadow Clones, wants her dead. The only time I have ever witnessed King was in the dream where he forced a kiss. Yes, I learned I was strong enough to love Ryder but, with a new stranger in the woods, will he be strong enough to love me?

Two bloods of one will bring down the shadows, to cast, no more...

Rain will grow as river flows. Together…


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4 out of 5 (very good)


River is the second book in the A Stranger in the Woods series, and continues where Rain finished. Rose and Ryder are together, with Gunner firmly in the mix too. Now that Rose has had Rain, Ryder is struggling with feelings of jealousy. Things ease when Gunner finds a female of his own, and their quartet becomes stronger than ever.

This is one action-packed book! I don't think there is a single page where there isn't something happening. With more twists and turns than you can shake a stick at, you will find out more about Rose and Ryder's pasts. One of the things I loved about it is how the 'big bad' is not just one-dimensional. There is a rhyme and reason for everything that happens, and to everyone who has an appearance. Just try to keep that in mind as you read, although it will be difficult to think of anything other than what you are reading.

With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, this story flowed like a river that gives it its name. The pacing was smooth, and the whole story was full of action in one way or another.

Fair warning though - this book does end on a cliffhanger, which is good in one respect. It just means I need to wait impatiently for Mist. Absolutely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
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4 out of 5 (very good)


Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


This is book 2 in the Stranger in The Woods series, and you really MUST read Rain, book one first.  I really enjoyed that one.

This one?? Not so much. Mostly because this book is LONG!!! 

Rose had her baby, Rain right at the end of book one. This one is about the run up to River's birth. Ryder is River's father. 

It is again written first person, present tense, multi point of view, mostly Rose and Ryder, with some Gunner and a few other, less savoury characters, but it is right that they have a say. And it bothered me more here, than in Rain, the present tense thing, and I've no idea WHY! 

There is a huge chunk of the book that was kinda...trippy....for want of a better word. When Rose and Rain are kidnapped by King and are dwelling in another plane, I got lost. There are two or three names for the same body that is inhabited by King. Sometimes his speech is in italics, and sometimes not. I'm still not entirely sure about the past life thing between King and Rose!

There is, I think, a MUCH bigger picture that still isn't clear for these characters, and sometimes that's a good thing but here?? I'm thinking not so much. I have no idea, not a single clue, where this story is going, and I felt that right down to my bones as I was reading. I began to skim far far more than usual, and that is never a good thing. 

I did, however, read this book in one single sitting, and it ain't no novella, let me tell ya! Not sure how many pages it is, but it took me 5 hours! So it kept me mostly engaged, except the trippy bit which was confusing to say the least!

So, because I read it in one go, because everyone who needed to has a say, and because I really do need to know where this is going...

4 stars

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

5 out of 5 (exceptional)


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Well, what can I say, another excellent book. It’s a riveting story line that will keep you guessing until the last word, and you’ll still be kind of scratching your head, waiting for book three to come. It’s absolutely wonderful.

There is so much so say about this book and I can promise I won’t get it all in, in one review, so bare with me. I don’t think one review can really give this story credit for everything that is going on. It’s intense. It’s raw. It’s absolutely soul shattering. It’s heavy and dark and feels so real. It’s intense and powerful. It’s hilarious and full of love. It’s really just a ball full of every emotion you can imagine rolling around starting with the first page and continues rolling throwing emotions as you read.

I’ve never read a story by this author that has ever been lacking details or descriptions. This story is no different, however, I feel like they are magnified by a million. They were so great in this story that I really felt like I was watching a movie as I was reading. There wasn’t ever a time when I couldn’t visualize exactly what was going on. The details and descriptions made scenes more intense and the “feels” even deeper.

There is a LOT going on in this book. It’s told between Ryder and Rose’s point of view. It of course includes all the character’s we came to love from book 1, and a few new characters as well. There were times I would be confused which character’s pov it was for a particular chapter and it caused me to have to pause, re-read, and then continue on. I’m telling you this because I would suggest to read this story when you can read it in one or two settings. Due to life, I had to split up the story between mornings and nights and feel like the details and storyline would have been even better had I been able to read it in fewer settings, thus not breaking it up so much. I think I would allow your mind to immerse itself in all the lovely details and descriptions you are offered in this story. I don’t think it has anything to do with the author, more of a mind thing remember all the little details that really make this story great!

These characters are the type of characters that you want to be friends with. You want them in your corner and want them to have your back. They will make you laugh, I promise, and they will make you cry, I promise you this too. There are lives lost that have to be mourned and there are some intense scenes that are hard to read. There are other scenes where emotions are so heavy you just can’t escape. You’ll remember these characters long after you read the last page.

This is just another phenomenal story by the lovely India. I would definitely recommend to read this story, read book one first, then be prepared to have book two handy. This one is much deeper than book one and is a bit darker. The love you read is a deeper kind of love and one that makes you feel good. It’s a heavy story at times but is followed up by sunshine and rainbows. You’ll have a few belly laughs, you’ll smile to yourself, and you might tear up a time or two. This story really is just one that is perfect.

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What if you knew you had just met the other part of your soul—the one who could take away all the pain and loneliness—but no one believes you because the rugged stranger from the woods is nowhere to be found? Would you search for him? Would you be strong enough to believe he exist somewhere out in the darkness where he found you? And if you were to finally find the stranger from the woods and learn he is like no other tale that has ever been told… would you still have the courage to love him?

Rose has no time for romance because her father has passed away from an illness plaguing her small town, and now her mother has also contracted the illness, leaving Rose’s two younger siblings to be her responsibility. But when her best friend forces her to be young for a night and celebrate her twentieth birthday with a bonfire and friends, Rose meets a stranger from the woods, and Rose soon learns he is no stranger at all. In fact, this magical being is trying to keep her… alive.

Two bloods of one will bring down the shadows, to cast, no more...

           
 



Someone asked me why I have yet to write a female character with mystical powers, as I have with male characters. My answer?
"Because female's already rock! Why fix what ain't broke?"
Drop the mic!

India R. Adams is the co-founder of India's Productions and is an author/singer/songwriter who has written YA and NA novels, and the music for the Forever series.

Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing to be ashamed of. She put her many years of professional theater background to the test and has written fictional stories with a shadow of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.”

Another cause India feels needs change, is Sexual Slavery. She has joined forces with jewelers to design beautiful ways to raise money for non-profit organizations.

Even though India writes about serious subjects such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Human Trafficking, she has a magnificent sense of humor, as do the characters she creates. Perfectly balanced between laughter and tears, her readers see how to empower their own perfect imperfections.

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