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Sovereign Hope: The Hope Series #1
By Frankie Rose
Release Date: 07/1/12
Book Description from Goodreads:
Everyone has a soul
Some are just worth more than others
Farley Hope was seventeen when her mother disappeared. In the last six months not much has changed, except that her eighteenth birthday came and went and still no sign of Moira. Her life is just as complicated as it always was. Since her father died in a car crash before she was even born, she’s officially parentless, and to top it all off she’s still suffering from the hallucinations. Mind-splitting, vivid hallucinations- the kind prone to induce night terrors and leave you whimpering under your covers like a baby.
The last thing on her mind is boys. Farley is on break from St. Judes’ when she meets Daniel. It’s not some casual run in at a party, or even a blind date with friends, though. Daniel is the guy following her in his 1970′s Dodge Charger; the guy standing at her window in the LA lunch hour traffic, trying to persuade her to leave everything behind and follow him. And he’s hot as all hell.
The moment Farley lays eyes on Daniel, everything changes. He is cold and withdrawn, but there are cracks in his harsh veneer- cracks that betray the secrets he is trying so hard to hide. Farley is drawn into a world that will shake apart everything she thought she ever knew. There are truths out there that she must learn: that a person’s soul is their only real currency, and there are people who would do anything to take hers; that loving someone can hurt so much more than hating them; but, most importantly, when your future is predestined, there is little you can do to change it.
Farley Hope is prophesied.
Her coming has been awaited for hundreds of years.
She is destined to end the tyranny of the Soul Reavers.
To do so she must die.
***ARC received by Frankie Rose for review and as part of Blog Tour***
18 year old Farley Hope is just trying to make sense of her life. After her mother mysteriously disappeared a couple of months ago and her father died when she was a baby, Farley is on her own. Sovereign Hope starts off with a bang! A couple of guys follow her around and cause her to crash her truck; luckily a mysterious guy comes out of nowhere to save her. Only this guy is not normal, for one he isn’t exactly human. Plus, he’s also kind of a jerk. Now, you guys know how much I love jerks, (Jace, Daemon, Patch,
my boyfriend) and Daniel was definitely no exception. These characters have the biggest pay-off for me because I just know that there is a great person in there once they let down their walls.
After she learns that the Soul Reavers are after her because of a prophecy that is hundreds of years old, Farley is convinced to go to an underground bunker with Daniel and Agatha who have sworn to protect her. Farley struggles to feel comfortable in her new place, the nightmares and hallucinations don’t exactly make her feel at home. Neither does Daniel. The more she tries to talk to him, the more he shuts her out. But there are those rare moments when Daniel lets his guard down and they share a couple of special moments and you can tell that no matter how hard he tries to push her away, he really cares about her. But Daniel is hiding his fair share of secrets. Secrets that could have a big impact on Farley’s life. There were many things that I loved about this book. My absolute favorite thing would have to be the dynamic and complex relationship between Farley and Daniel. Their chemistry is so hot and intense that it could rival some of my other favorite book couples. Their relationship had that slow but oh-so-good build up that is rare for many books. There were plenty of swoon-worthy moments and moments where there was so much tension (and frustration) between them. I lived for any of those moments between Farley and Daniel and was never disappointed.
The story was told in third person POV, which was weird at first since I don’t read that many books in this POV. But once I got into the second chapter, I quickly got the hang of it and was hooked on the story. We also get to read a couple of scenes from Daniel’s POV which perfectly shows us his inner battle against his feelings for Farley. The story was another thing I loved! Sovereign Hope was very different from most of the YA books I have read and although it is a YA book, the characters were very mature. I knew I would like Farley from the first page and I was able to really connect with her. She is tough, brave, sarcastic, funny and she is a survivor. Daniel is extremely protective of those he cares about and underneath his tough-guy exterior, he was very sweet. The secondary characters were fantastic and added so much to the story. One character that definitely intrigued me was Kayden. Although we only see a couple of glimpses from him, I have a feeling that he will have a much bigger part in the next book, Eternal Hope.
Sovereign Hope is a fast-paced, action packed book set in a unique and amazing world with amazing characters, drama, suspense and a whole lot of chemistry and romance! The action and plot twists in this story will have you hooked and the unanswered questions and ending will leave you wanting to get your hands on the second book in this series. I can’t wait to read what will happen next to Farley, Daniel, Agatha, Kayden and the rest of their friends. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long.
4.5 out of 5 sparkly stars!
Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Sovereign Hope:
-“Promise not to kill me?”
A razor-sharp smile spread across his face.
“Will you at least try?”
He arched an eyebrow. “I can try.”
-That meant he was a good guy, right? It was wrong to stab a good guy with a meat cleaver, even if he was incredibly obnoxious.
-Was accidental destruction due to being caught in supernatural crossfire even covered under car insurance policies?
-“You’re a bit of a jerk, you know that?” she sniped.
“Yep. Deal with it.”
-It was bad enough trying to deal with her physical attraction to him with all his clothes on, but now she was in real trouble.
-“You should probably strip off now if you want o fit in.”
She shot him a filthy look to hide the flush in her cheeks. She could handle Daniel being a douche bag, but this new flirtatious side to him was confusing and frankly scary.
-He seemed to be attempting to pull himself together. “I want to do something I haven’t done in a long, long time.”
“Laugh? Take a bath? Tell the truth?”
-It wasn’t a kiss filled with joy or happiness. It was the saddest thing she’d ever felt, filled with a heavy longing and laced with grief. And yet, right then, it was perfect.
-He moved his hands to her waist and pulled her to him, somehow finding his way under her t-shirt. His hands rested lightly onto her bare skin above her hipbones, making her shiver. She wrapped her hands around the back of his neck, feeling his heartbeat there too, burying her fingers into his hair. He let out a low moan, his breathing turning ragged against her lips.
1. Is Sovereign Hope going to be part of a series or a stand-alone?
Sovereign Hope is the first book in The Hope Series. The following books are Eternal Hope, Lost Hope and Last Hope. Eternal Hope is set to be released by the end of October!
2. What is your favorite non-spoiler quote or scene from Sovereign Hope?
I think it would have to be this one:
He cleared his throat one last time, and then glanced down at the knife before holding his hands up in mock surrender, still grasping onto his sandwich.
“I am wet.”
“I’m wet. Again.” He went to take another bite from his sandwich.
Farley growled and stepped forward.
“Whoa! I’m wet because you smashed a glass of water all over my feet. And now you’re about to cut yours open.” He nodded to the debris of broken glass strewn on the floor between them.
She stopped in her tracks and scowled. Smartass.
“Look. I’ve had a really bad night. I’ve been waiting for those creepy guys to show up here and kidnap me. So please,” she begged, “tell me who you are and what you’re doing in my house.”
He sighed and dropped his smile, straightening up to look at her seriously for the first time. “I’m Daniel, the guy that saved your ass yesterday. But don’t worry- you’re welcome.”
3. Do you have a dream cast of who you picture when it comes to your characters?
I’ve no dream cast in mind, no. I’ve been asked that a lot and it doesn’t get any easier to answer. I’ve always said Phoebe Tonkin would make a good Farley, and but I’ve truly never come up with a good Daniel. I think Kit Harington would be able to pull it off, but we’d have to cut his hair and get him some seriously convincing contact lenses.
4. Who is your favorite book couple and why? (Besides yours, of course)
I loved Katniss and Peta. Although, I have to admit, I was pulling for Katniss and Gale the whole way through the first and second books. And even half way through the third, if I’m being honest. They had a history together, and he’d been protecting her family and all that jazz, plus he was brooding and hurt. I immediately wanted them to be together, and I was almost resentful of Peta’s intrusion in their relationship. I’m not sure at what point my feelings changed and I could see that Peta was good for Katniss. It just happened. Suzanne Collins handled that one rather well without destroying the story for me.
5. Can you tell us three things about yourself that you can’t find on the Internet?
Hmmm… I’m addicted to chocolate milk. I have lots of hidden tattoos. Um, and I like asking famous people to do stuff for me. ha ha… no one has agreed yet, though, but one day…
6. What book are looking forward to reading the most this year?
The book I’m most looking forward to is The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I know that’s cheating because it doesn’t come out until Feb next year, but there’s nothing else I’m totally hanging out for. I have made a reminder to pick up Katy McGarry’s Pushing The Limits when that comes out.
7. Describe Sovereign Hope in 10 words or less…
Unique, Tense , Electric, Romantic, Exciting, Action-packed!
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About the Author
As a child, I was always accused of being bookish because I wore glasses- big, horrible, ugly ones with too-thick lenses. Those kids, the super smart ones who always know which tender insecurities to poke at in order to provoke life-long complexes, used to accuse me of reading too many books and that my eyes were going to rot out of my head (their words, not mine!)
The truth of the matter was a little more embarrassing: I used to sit too close to the T.V. That was the reason why I had to wear glasses, but kids don’t really care about small, insignificant details like the truth, and so I was labelled a nerd. The label kinda stuck, and after some sage advice from my awesome nana (nana, you rock!) I decided that if I was going to be abused for my supposed literary obsession, I might as well develop one.
I guess that’s how I got into books and reading at an early age. Since then, I’ve been ripping through books like they’re going out of fashion, which, thankfully, they’re not. Good thing, too, because I’m a writer now, and books are my business!
Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me on my journey- look for your names in the acknowledgements! And a big thank you to you, the reader. I hope you’ve fallen in love with Farley and Daniel just like I have, and that you’ll join them in the next book, Eternal Hope!
Frankie Rose was born in the United Kingdom, but now lives with her husband in sunny Australia.
She officially makes things up for a living, and when she’s not doing that, she is generally making paper birds out of receipts and old lists or taking photographs that make her smile.