Hello Book Sharks, Parliament Monsters, authors, writers, publishers, bloggers, loyal readers, bookstafam, friends and everyone in between.
Jana here, I’m baack. Miss me? I took a little blogging hiatus to do some pleasure reading, and to read book one and two of a series I am thrilled to present a review for. This time, I’ve teamed up with Parlaiment House for a Takeover Blog Tour of the Hightower Series by Jadie Jones. Below, you’ll find a copy of both of the stunning covers of book one, and book two in this fast-paced, wonderfully written series.
*EDIT: Both book three, Wayward, and the prequel Wither were JUST released through Parliament House. So make sure you check those out as well and stay tuned in for my review of the rest of the series!*
Wildwood by Jadie Jones
The Hightower Series (Book 1) / Moonlit (Book 1)
Release Date: March 24, 2013
Republished: Parliament House Books on September 26, 2017
GoodReads Synopsis: “Tanzy Hightower is not crazy. At least, that’s what she tells herself. Crazy looks more like her mother, who studies each sunrise with the same fascination other women give tabloid magazines in the grocery store checkout line. Crazy sounds like the woman on the radio claiming there’s a whole separate world existing parallel to our own. Still, Tanzy can’t deny the tingle of recognition she feels each time she sees her mother standing at the kitchen window, or hears the panic in the woman’s voice coming through the speakers of her father’s truck.
Tanzy intends to follow her father’s footsteps into the professional horse world. But the moment she watches him die on the back of a horse in an accident she feels responsible for, everything changes.
On the first anniversary of his death, a fight with her mother drives her back to her father’s farm in the middle of a stormy night. Neither Tanzy nor life as she knows it escapes unchanged when she is struck by lightning and introduced to a world… unseen, and receives proof her father’s death was no accident.
Two strangers seem too willing to help her navigate her new reality: Vanessa Andrews, a psychiatrist who believes lightning chooses who it strikes, and Lucas, a quiet, scarred stable hand with timing that borders on either perfect or suspect. But Tanzy has secrets of her own. Desperate for answers and revenge, Tanzy must put her faith in their hands as her past comes calling, and her father’s killer closes in.”
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 (4.5/5)
Windswept by Jadie Jones
The Hightower Series (Book 2) / Moonlit (Book 2)
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Republished: Parliament House Books on February 20, 2018
GoodReads Synopsis: “Tanzy’s journey continues in Windswept, the second installment of the Hightower Trilogy…
An Unseen World believes Tanzy Hightower is the key in an ancient prophecy meant to deliver the only new birth in all of time. They have waited a thousand years for her soul to return to life in human form. Some of them will stop at nothing to fulfill the prophecy, and others have sworn an oath to end Tanzy’s existence, permanently.
Tanzy’s body is compromised. Her veins are now home to the blood of a savage, wild horse, and its instincts are becoming impossible to control. Her world is also divided. She is determined to rescue Lucas, an Unseen creature who has loved her since her first life, and to find her treasured Harbor and the other stolen horses, which are bound for a catastrophic end in a world she can’t access on her own. Yet the only allies she has left insist she seeks refuge in a remote safe house on the Outer Banks.
While her fellow candidates beg her to stay in hiding, new enemies work to draw her out, making it clear Lucas and the horses are hers for the taking. But Tanzy knows all to well that when your loved ones are used as bait, finding them is only the beginning.”
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (5/5)
**NOTE: Feel free to click on the cover photos up above to be taken directly to the Goodreads page to add these novels to your TBR, as well as check out what is coming next in Jadie’s series!**
Alright, now, lets get on to the nitty-gritty and get reviewing. Buckle up, this one is going to be a longer one, and probably have a few SPOILERS, so be sure to steer clear if you’re interested in keeping this story a mystery until you read it! I will be reviewing BOTH book one and book two, and I am on the team to review the rest of the books in her series yet to be released which I cannot express my excitement about.
So, without further adieu, let’s dive on in to my review.
Wildwood starts where we are introduced to our main character, Tanzy, and her family – mom Hope, and dad Travis on the morning of Tanzy’s 17th birthday. Side note: Tanzy is the coolest name, and I absolutely love when the MC has a unique name, it really helps draw me into a story. Anyway, on with my review, You could really feel the family dynamic, how much these family members love each other and want what’s best for one another. The book quickly takes a sharp turn to devastatingly interesting, and had me furiously flipping page to page to find out what was next. The ordeal’s Tanzy goes through, especially for it being her birthday, are unthinkable. My heart broke, I cried, and I couldn’t imagine what I would do in this situation – and I wasn’t even 100 pages into the book yet.
The adventure climbs on, and the intensity rises infinitely. The twists and turns thrown at you, the new characters you grow to love – only to end up unsure. The characters you think you would hate turn into the ones you connect to with such deep compassion. I really don’t want to spoil anything for anyone in this review, but, unfortunately, some spoilers need to happen.
When Tanzy loses her father, I could truly feel the utter distraught and heartbreak she was feeling. The thought of losing my own father had me doubled-over in tears, and I immediately picked up my phone to call my dad and tell him how much I love him. The ups and downs she experiences with her mother after her father’s death are to be expected, but, heartbreakingly sad all in the same moment.
It feels as if Tanzy must have broken a mirror in her earlier years as she seems plagued with bad luck, over and over again. For a year, the ups and downs this poor girl experiences are some of the hardest things anyone would have to deal with in their life, and Tanzy does it with such strength, only to fall apart when she is alone. It is a testament to how strong of a soul she is, how she strides through every obstacle placed in front of her.
We follow Tanzy through the whirlwind that is her day-to-day life over the course of a year and a bit from her 17th birthday and the day of her father’s accident, to after her 18th birthday, and a second accident – this time involving Tanzy and her horse, Harbor. Tanzy, while recovering in the hospital from her own accident, is thrown into an adventure beginning at the dawn of time, and learns that her soul is that of a re-incarnated being from the beginning of time, reincarnated to be brought back to either open, or seal the veil between the world of the Seen and the Unseen, the same world she had learned of, yet not believed, on the radio the day of her father’s accident. It is here in the hospital, we are finally introduced to Asher, our antagonist before we know that’s who he ends up being. Asher, we come to find out is the ruler of the Unseen world, the world in the clear, the world the woman on the radio spoke of. Asher was the first being ever created. When the world was created, the energy it took to create the world created Asher. He is known to the Unseen’s (those from the other side of the veil) as pure energy.
While in the hospital, we are introduced to Dr. Vanessa Andrews, who happens to be the woman who was on the radio the day of Tanzy’s father’s accident, and she speaks to Tanzy of the Unseen world she spoke of in the radio interview. She explains that she believes Tanzy is a link to this Unseen world and the lightning strike was the beginning of something that had been set in motion at the dawn of time, in her the first incarnation. Vanessa begs Tanzy to come with her, and when Tanzy makes a break to leave the hospital on her own accord with the assistance of Lucas, she is released into the custody of Dr. Vanessa Andrews. Vanessa takes Tanzy home to check on her mother, only to arrive home and find her house void of any life, and her bedroom had been completely emptied, aside from a lamp, and a handwritten note from her mother. Now fully aware her mother is no longer there, Tanzy accompanies Vanessa back to her home, and stays there. Tanzy recounts the things that happened to her in the hospital causing her to want to flee, and Vanessa seems more than concerned and takes Tanzy to the only Unseen she has interacted with on our side of the veil, a voodoo priestess, Maris.
Maris teaches Tanzy so much, she teaches her about the veil and the prophecy, about the Unseen world, and many aspects of her previous life. Maris explains to her how to go on a spirit journey so she can experience all of Spera’s choices before she died so that Tanzy can experience what her past life experienced. This is where she learns of Lucas’s origin, and how important of a role he has to play in Tanzy’s life, and her past life as Spera.
The book ends with a whirl wind of adventure and surprises with every page turn, from learning Lucas’s true intentions, to finding Tanzy embrace the fact that she is the reincarnated soul of Spera.
I wasn’t expecting to get so invested in this book, nor was I expecting all the twists and turns Jadie had in store for us for the final part to book one. The end of the first book had me rushing to begin the second one, and I am so thankful I had book one and two so I could continue on right away in the story and find out what happened next. I couldn’t believe what I read, I couldn’t believe the character development, and the fact that I got hit in the face with things happening I never expected to happen.
Book two begins after one of the most major cliff hangers I’ve ever experience in a book. I yelled, and screamed that the first book was over, then immediately opened book two and began reading. I couldn’t get enough of Tanzy’s story, and I needed to know what would happen with her and with Lucas. I was consumed with the utter desire to know what happens to Asher, Vanessa, Dana, Jayce, Hope, and so many other characters. I cannot remember a time when I was so invested in SO many characters in one book since, well, either the Harry Potter series, or the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.
The book follows Tanzy as she, and the other candidates we meet, do everything possible to prevent Asher from coming anywhere close to Tanzy. From fights to studying, this group is well educated on everything there is to know about the Seen and the Unseen, as well as the veil that divides it and the prophesy attached to the opening or closing of the veil, and Tanzy/Spera’s soul.
The twists and turns seemed to be around every single page turn, and every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, Jadie threw me a curveball and had me guessing what was going to happen in the next page. I was on the edge of my seat, just wondering what bad luck Tanzy would run into next, and what she would do about it.
My heart was ripped from my chest on more than one occasion, and I couldn’t put it down. I found myself reading every second I got, at work during work hours, on breaks, between gaming sessions with my husband, late at night, early in the morning. Every single moment I got the chance, I picked up the book and continued on in Tanzy’s story. I couldn’t wait to find out what was around the next page turn, and I just needed to know what would happen to Tanzy and her friends. I wanted to know what would happen to the veil, to Asher, and to so many other aspects of this story. I had so many questions (and STILL have – thanks Jadie) that I need answers to and I just want to know how Tanzy’s story ends.
I honestly loved this book so much, and I cannot wait to dive into the next book and continue on in Tanzy’s story. There are so many questions, and so many things I need answers to. I still have so much I need to know about Lucas, and Maris, and Jayce and Reese, and everyone else I’ve met throughout this series. I truly enjoyed reading these books and was pleasently surprised by how much I ended up loving them. I was hesitant at first, but after the chapter one of book one, I was intrigued; After book one, part one, I was enamored; and after finishing book one – I was in love.
I truly implore you to pick this series up, it was one I was so surprised by. The world and character development were absolutely amazingly done, the emotion was raw and real. The writing was easy to read, and had a wonderful flow to the storyline. It was a fast paced read that kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat. I truly cannot wait to start the next book – which I may do right after publishing this review. Can we say addicted?
I am thrilled I was chosen among some other amazing bloggers to be a part of the Parliament House blog tour, and I am even more thrilled that it introduced me to a new author I simply cannot get enough of. I loved every word Jadie put down on these pages, and I was hooked from the very first chapter of book one. It’s actually causing me agony to have to wait to find out what happens to Tanzy, and Lucas, and the rest of the Unseen/Seen world. Jadie has made a major fan out of me, and I will forever purchase her literary works, and I implore you all to invest in her works as well. She is talented, humble, and an extremely interesting human I am so glad I was introduced to.
Jadie; if you’re reading this, I know I’ve said it to you before, but I will say it until I have no more breath in my lungs – thank you. Thank you for writing the story I didn’t know I was so desperate for. Thank you for creating characters I became so invested in. Thank you for creating a world I had in the back of my mind and never thought anyone would think the same as I did about the world in the unknown, the Seen/Unseen. Thank you for including me in your little book-family and for giving me this opportunity. You’ve got a forever fan in me, and I will praise your works for years to come.
Well, that about wraps up todays LOOOOONG blog post. Quite possibly one of the longest I’ve written yet. If you’ve made it all the way to the end, congratulations, and thank you for staying invested in my review. I am truly in awe of this series and I devoured it quicker than I’ve devoured any books in the last six months or so. This series had it all – paranormal, supernatural, love, friendship, adventure, terror, and so much more. I simply cannot wait to see where the story goes, and what will happen to Tanzy next.
As always, may your coffee be strong, and your books transport you somewhere magical.
And remember, stay wild moon child, and creep it real, witches!