I am SO HAPPY that Rose signed up for this event and gave me the
chance to read Final Life. I can't wait to read Final Stand!
Release Date: July 19, 20132
Published By: CreateSpace
Review Copy: Paperback (ARC), from author for honest review
Nothing sucks more than being forced to move cross country during senior year. And Dominique Wells doesn't think things can get any worse until she's invited to a quirky neighbor's party. When pressured into playing a magical card game, Dominique's world goes from sucky to terrifying. She begins having visions of a red desert and an evil presence--a presence who hints at past lives and promises to kill her.
Plagued by fear and suspicion, and unaware of a family secret kept hidden from her, Dominique is determined to live. Together with a mysterious and gorgeous guy who's moved in while his parents are away, and a hot, popular guy from school, Dominique must seek clues to her past if she's to survive. That, and keep her emotions in check for the two guys she suddenly can't stop thinking about because if she doesn't, she'll be dead. For real
There is what I consider perfect pacing in this book and an interesting plot line. Original and fresh. Final Life is like nothing I have ever picked up before. I loved that Garcia used cards, a Ouija board and most importantly Numerology to give this book something of its own. Maybe there is something like this out there and I will hunt it down but for me Garcia did it first. I am a huge fan of the entire soul idea... be it soul mates, reincarnation or any variation of that and the thought that you get 9 goes at getting everything right is kind of terrifying. Take the fact that Dominique is on life 9.... Yeah, she has to get it right.
As readers we always have this or that to pick at with a character, because lets face it they are human too. Dominique was unique in this sense because though she was flawed, I can't use it as a negative trait with her. The things that bothered me here and there, really just made her realistic. She had a lot being dumped on her, while she thought she was going crazy and really no one to turn to. To top it off everything she is being told aligns with what she is going through and yet she still asks questions and has doubts. So, even while her crazy in question is being thrown out the window, she questions what she is being told because it just seem so unreal. I LOVE her for this because I find characters often just accept things far too easy and move on.
Love... There is definitely romantic interest here but with who and how often... See the thing is there is two guys but there isn't. Dominique has a lot going on and though she is attracted to both guys, she is not a two man girl. She is not even a kiss one and then fuss over the other girl. Trent is the sweet boy next door kind of guy and I did really like him. A lot of factors in his life pushed some good information her way and yet nothing ever seemed to fully develop. With Farrell who is also desirable, but in a you know me and you don't know me way. He honestly has the best of intentions I believe but just does not know how to put them out there. Although, I am sure I would go for Ferrell, I really love what Trent and Dominique have. It's kind of innocent and seems like it could work if life weren't so nuts.
There are so many reasons that I feel you all should pick up this book! Garcia has done a phenomenal job writing this story and created charterers that have meaning and depth. The final life concept has me intrigued and is yet one more soul theory that I had no clue existed and will need to further explore. If you want a quick read that has a steady pacing and an amazing well developed plot and characters, Final Life by Rose Garcia is the book you should have in your hands!!!
I am SO EXCITED to be hosting this giveaway!! A HUGE
THANK YOU to Rose for being kind enough to provide it!