Saturday, April 27, 2013

Review and Giveaway of Morrigan by Laura DeLuca!!!

Title: Morrigan
Author: Laura DeLuca       
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Shuffled from place to place in the foster system, Morrigan doesn't know the meaning of home. Plus, she is different. She has power over fire, the ability to move objects with her mind, and glimpse into the future. Just when she believes her life can’t get any stranger, she discovers her true identity.

Filtiarn, a knight with a dark past and a surprising secret, has been tasked with guiding the heir of Tír na NÓg through countless perils to be returned to her family. Once Morrigan has been reunited with her mother and grandmother, their triad can save the forgotten land of magic from being devoured by an ancient evil.


I desperately wanted to finish this book last night, but after I saw it was one in the morning, my body wouldn't let me.  So, I had to wait until this morning!!  It was so worth the wait!!!

Morrigan has never really fit in anywhere.  She feels like she's meant for not only a different world, but a different planet.  She knows she's different from everyone else.  She has powers; she can control fire and move things with her mind.  

After being abandoned by her mother when she was a baby, she's been in one foster home after another, knowing that everyone is scared of her.  She doesn't know why, as she doesn't use her powers in front of anyone.  They just know she's weird.  She's made fun at school, and they bully her, but she doesn't take the abuse lying down.  She's been forced to take care of herself for years, and she does it very well.

Her only two friends are two cats that show up at her door.  She thinks they are lost at first, and decides to keep them after she can't find the owner.  They never leave her side for anything, and she grows extremely close to them.

For some reason, Morrigan dreams of a dark knight in her dreams.  She doesn't who he is, or what impact he will have on her life, but she knows she loves him completely.  

When her mother comes to her, she realizes she's right about her being from a different place.  Soon she sees the man from her dreams in reality, waiting to take her back to her homeland.  She has no idea now much her life will chance once she's back home.  She's told that an evil queen has captured her mother and grandmother, and she must help in setting them free.  Thinking her mother is in danger, she goes with Filtiarn freely.  

Before the journey begins, she finds out her two beloved cats are actually guardians sent to protect her.  She doesn't know quite what that means, and when she sees what they are capable of, she's shocked!  Tiarn makes it known he doesn't think highly of her.  He has no idea of the kind of person Morrigan is, and believes her to be the self serving royal he's been led to believe she is.  She doesn't understand his reasoning, and slowly convinces him of her true sweet nature.

After she helps in freeing her mother and grandmother, she overhears their true plan, and ulimately who they really are.  She's devastated, but knows she must do the right thing, and go against them.  She's heartbroken, believing Tarin betrayed her, and sends him away not knowing the full truth.  

To save her life, and the life the true queen she is forced to do some soul searching within herself.  She needs to find the strength to stop the evil plan that is going to take place, or she will lose everything she holds dear.  

Her mother is not who she wanted her to believe, and along with her grandmother have a grand scheme that would wreck havoc over the kingdom.  Morrigan must make a choice; help her mother and grandmother, or assist her aunt in stopping what is going to happen.  

I loved this book!!  I loved Tiarn, the brooding, broken werewolf.  His love her Morrigan was complete, and in the end he proves his love her when it is needed.  He's haunted by an act so horrible, that he stops turning into the wolf to prevent it from happening again.  With Morrigan by his side, she's able to show him a forgiveness, that he wasn't able to ever give himself.  


Author Bio:
Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart.  In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.  Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan, Player, and Demon.

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“Guardians!” A low snarl emanated from the back of his throat. “What are you doing with Guardians?”
“Stop it! Sit down!”
Morrigan wasn’t sure who she was addressing, the man or the animals. Luckily, they both obeyed her command. She stepped in between them to avoid any further confrontations. The cats took a seat on either side her legs, but their posture hardly relaxed. They still glared warily at the newcomer, even though their hisses died down to an occasional soft growl.
“Dirty, filthy beasts!” Tiarn snarled as he climbed to his feet. “I hate Guardians.”
“They’re just little cats,” Morrigan told him. “What’s the big deal?”
“Just cats! Hah!” He was standing at a careful distance, even though they had started licking their paws nonchalantly. “They are much more than simple cats! Though even those I find distasteful.”
 Morrigan narrowed her eyes. “What do you mean?”
“Never mind. It does not matter.” Tiarn dismissed her question with a wave of his hand. “They are not coming with us.
 “They most certainly are coming!”
Tiarn growled again. “I beg to differ with you, Your Highness. They would only get in the way.  Possibly even get killed.”
Danu raised her head from her grooming to hiss at him again, as though she had taken that last statement as a personal threat. The strange reaction of her faithful sidekicks made Morrigan wonder again just how much Tiarn could be trusted. She also wondered why, when she wasn’t sure she could trust him, she still felt the undeniable urge to wrap her arms around his neck and kiss him.
 “If they stay here alone, they’ll definitely get killed or at least sent to the pound,” Morrigan told him. “I can’t let that happen. So, they’re coming. End of story.”
Tiarn’s eyes flashed dangerously, and he looked like he wanted to argue, but thought better of it. “Very well, Princess. Bring your mongrel felines. Just keep in mind that Guardians and lycans do not mix well.”
“Lycans?” Morrigan repeated.
A sick feeling started to settle in her stomach, as the truth of his words sunk in. It all started to make sense—his hairy arms and chest, his reaction to the cats, even his earlier comment about smelling her out. Her dark knight had a much darker side than she had ever seen in her dreams.
 “Why yes, Your Majesty. Did you not realize? You are a witch and a sorceress. And I, your faithful traveling companion, am a lycan—a werewolf.”


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