The Fading Series by E.K. Blair Review & Giveaway

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synopsis

 

*USA Today Best-Selling Book*

Can a guilty conscience keep wounds from healing?

Fine arts major, Candace Parker, grew up with a mother who thinks image is everything, and her daughter’s perfection will never be good enough. About to graduate college and pursue her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina, Candace decides it’s time to let go and have a little fun. But fun is short-lived when a brutal attack leaves her completely shattered.

The memories that consume and torment Candace are starting to destroy her when she meets Ryan Campbell, a successful bar owner. He feels instantly connected and tries to show her that hope is worth fighting for. But is Ryan harboring his own demons? As walls slowly begin to chip away, the secrets that are held within start to become painful burdens.

At what point do secrets become lies?

(17+) This book contains mature subject matter that is not suitable for those under the age of 17.

myreview

 

“God, please! Stop!” a girl shrieks.  Before my mind can process what I’m seeing, the bastard smashes his fist into the girl’s face.”

WHAT???????? Gasp!!!! This is right at 1%! Talks about a way to catch your attention. I knew at this very sentence that I would not put Fading down until I reached the very last page.

“I’m fading.” I feel the heat of my tears as they linger down my cheeks. “He took all my light, and I’ve been fading ever since.”

The girl is Candace and Fading is her story. Candace must endure one of the most horrific acts of violence that could happen to anyone. This is her journey to either fading away or rising above it all.

Fading is by far one of the most emotional books that I have ever read. At some points, it was absolutely heart-wrenching to read. All of Candace’s pain and cries seemed as if they were real and I wanted to be inside of the book to give her a hug.

I can not sing enough praises for E.K. Blair and this book!! I find it hard to believe that Fading is her first book. Fading is not simply one of the best books I’ve read in 2013; it is one of best books I’ve ever read!!

myrating

 

five

 

freeing

 

 

synopsis

 

**This is a companion novel to the USA Today Bestseller, FADING.**

Knowing who you are and accepting who you are come at different prices.

Jase Kinrick grew up in your typical, all-American household. But after the death of his sister, his parents shut down, forcing him to deal with everything life throws his way alone. Terrified of the person he’s discovering himself to be, Jase has his way with every willing girl to try and rid himself of what he fears he is—gay.

Escaping California and moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, Jase frees himself to the reality that he likes men. Never staying with any guy long enough to get to know them, he doesn’t realize that he’s still hiding from who he is until he meets Mark. Scared of having real feelings for another guy stirs up the questions and fears he’s fought hard to bury.

To strip away the barriers to the heart of what is real, and to be okay with what lies underneath, will be Jase’s moment of truth. But he’ll need Mark to lead him there.

myreview

 

“No son of mine is a faggot. I don’t know what the hell is going on, but I’ve heard enough.” His words sting. “I had to tell you; I’m sick of lying about who I am. I needed you to know so that I can stop hiding.” (fast forward a few sentences) “Get out of my house,” my father demands in a low stern voice.

Freeing is the story of Jase. He is Candace’s best friend and he is gay. We learned of his character and heart in Fading but that was from Candace’s point of view. Freeing is told from his point of view as he struggles to help Candace work through her issues as well as coming to terms with his own sexuality.

“You’re so much stronger than this. Don’t let life stand in the way of what you want – what you deserve.” She grips my shoulders under her hands and tells me, “Life isn’t gonna be here forever. It passes by quickly and the time is lost, so don’t waste it.”

Jases’s story is one that I’m sure many young people can relate to because they are living their lives in fear of what others may think of their sexuality. I have seen this firsthand with one of my closest friends and I tell you, E.K. hits all of the dialogue perfectly. Once again, the writing is impeccable and Freeing is another winner!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Freeing in exchange for an honest review.

myrating

 

five

 

 

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synopsis

*The conclusion to the USA Today bestselling series.*

Sometimes it takes someone else to show us what we are truly capable of becoming.

Suffering from years of violent abuse, Ryan Campbell has learned how to keep people from getting too close. But when you shut yourself off, people get hurt along the way. Never caring much about others, Ryan creates a world in which he doesn’t have to feel.

When Ryan meets Candace Parker, all of his walls slowly begin to crumble. Not sure of the truth of who she is, he feels his mind is playing tricks on him. Unable to force out the thoughts that consume him, Ryan is haunted by visions that torment him every time he looks at her. He finds himself swallowed by guilt and blame, but he’s unwilling to turn his back on the one person that could possibly save him.

You’ve heard Candace’s story in Fading, now hear Ryan’s.

 

trailer

 

 

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excerpt

 

She sniffs and I know she’s crying. Having her like this, in my arms, is an intimacy that’s completely foreign but comfortable. I’m sure she can hear my heart pounding, but I need her to hear it. I need her to feel it as it thuds in my chest because I need her to hear me falling for her, ‘cause that’s what’s happening here—I’m falling. I never wanted to before, but with her, all I want to do is fall. Fall into her. Fall so deep inside of her heart so that I never have to be without her. That’s what this girl does to me. That’s how powerful she is even when she thinks she’s at her weakest. She’s broken. I see it clearly, but whatever it is that’s haunting her, I wanna make it fade. I wanna make it fade and make her fall too—with me.

When she begins to pull away from me, I selfishly want to tighten my hold on her and keep her like this for a little longer. I worry this was just a random need for comfort from her, that I won’t get this again, that she doesn’t feel what I know I’m starting to. Fuck, this hurts. 

 

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myreview

 

“I never wanted to before, but with her, all I want to do is fall. Fall into her. Fall so deep inside of her heart so that I never have to be without her. That’s what this girl does to me. That’s how powerful she is even when she thinks she thinks she’s at her weakest. She’s broken. I see it clearly, but whatever it is that’s haunting her, I wanna make it fade. I wanna make it fade and make her fall too – with me.”

In Fading we read about Candace’s story. In Freeing we read about Jase’s story. And, now in Falling we read about Ryan’s story. And, what a story he has to tell. And, while I thought Fading was perfection, Falling was one step above that. It is sheer genius! E.K. somehow captured the mindset of a man and tell his story and made it seem realistic.

What can I say about Ryan? He is a broken man carrying years of hurt, self-doubt, and guilt with him. His story is told in a raw, gritty fashion that pulls you even deeper into the series if that is possible. Falling is the perfect conclusion to the perfect series!!

One last thing: The Fading Series reaffirms the belief that when we have people that truly love us in our life, we can overcome anything. They will stick by us when we are not pleasant, when we are in pain, and simply be there for us when we are finally able to open up. No matter the severity of issues, The Fading Series is about love and acceptance.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Falling in exchange for an honest review.

myrating

five

 

links

 

Fading on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fading-E-K-Blair-ebook/dp/B00DHW4N6K/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2

Freeing on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Freeing-Fading-E-K-Blair-ebook/dp/B00F3EEYWI/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2

Falling on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Falling-Fading-E-K-Blair-ebook/dp/B00H6TAMF6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1387162435&sr=1-1&keywords=falling+ek+blair

 

meettheauthor

USA Today bestselling author and International Amazon bestselling author, E.K. Blair takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her FADING series. A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.

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