Friday, May 27, 2016

The Lunam Ceremony by Nicole Loufas!!


Hi everyone, and welcome to The Lunam Ceremony blog tour! You can find the schedule here (http://xpressobooktours.com/2016/03/15/tour-sign-up-the-lunam-ceremony-by-nicole-loufas/). 



Book & Author Details:
The Lunam Ceremony
by Nicole Loufas
Publication date: May 20th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:
Born from a curse that allows her kind to shift from human to wolf, Kalysia won the genetic lottery. She is the offspring of an original, born to lead and bound by her duty to produce an heir to continue their bloodline she must leave the only life she has ever known to take part in The Lunam Ceremony. This ancient ritual will solidify her place in the pack and determine who she will love for the rest of her life. There’s just one problem – Kalysia doesn’t believe in love.
That changes when she falls into the hands of Dillan Dukes. The attraction is undeniable. The connection unbreakable. He is everything love at first site is supposed to be, suddenly her future doesn’t look that bad.
Unwilling to give up hope on going to college and having the life her and Dillan fantasize about outside the pack, she reluctantly takes on the role as pack leader. When an unexpected proposal is made that will grant both Dillan and Kalysia their freedom she is willing to put her ego, and her heart aside, to make her dream come true.
One night.
One act of selflessness.
For the life she’s always dreamt about.
Only things are not what they seem.
Can Kalysia and Dillan find happily ever after with the consequences of that night haunting them forever?
Will one fateful night destroy Kalysia’s future along with the future of the pack?


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My Review 

Well, I'm kinda shocked. I was not expecting any of this, ever. So, the blurb describes the book well.... For the first third of the book lol. It however doesn't describe the amount of shock and heart break and twists and down right mind boggling moments for the next 2/3 of the book. I loved this book but in still struggling to put it into words as why. I was thinking we were gunna drop a human girl turned wolf into a pack, she would find a mate, and make it all great. Ummmm. Ahhh. Yeah I can't! Just no. ;)

Ok so Kalysia is born with the curse to turn into a werewolf. But she lives in the human world. Her mom raised her this way to make her grow up with her own mind and opinions and dreams. Pack mentality is not always a good thing. So on the Lunam ceremony night when she will shift for the first time and find her mate, her world changes. Some for the better. She learns what family can be like and real friends. She also learns about enemies and greed and sometimes the humans have it better. She also meets her mate- or so she thinks. This is where it gets complicated. There's this one choice Kalysia made and I don't think it's the right one. She gave up something she can never take back, and I don't think if Dillon or her friend were really what they say they are, would have ever agreed. I'm pissed. But then Dillon really is the sweet caring guy he comes off as. And though they are both young, he's trying to make the right decisions for everyone. But... I also think he made the wrong choice. When he used the "L" word, I know he meant it, but that would have stopped that bad choice, stopped that big giant mistake. And it will be a mistake- I know it will bite them both in the ass!! And then there's Jace... Oh God, my stomach hurts to think about the situation because I want so much for it to be a nice happy situation but it won't be. And Leah, for all intents and purposes, I love her and she and Kalysia I think will need each other a lot in the future. And then there's that other little mistake. That one night which I can't help but be secretly happy about. Because when all is said and done, Dillon will have his, but without that part, Kalysia would have missed out something huge. Dammit two wrongs never make a right but a little bit of fair is fair. I fault Kalysia because she agreed and said yes, but if it's good for the goose then it's good for the gander and yes I'm so torn. I will not tell you anything but jeez Louise be prepared for a complete melt down because I am. I still am. It's been over a week and I'm still slack jawed with my tongue on the floor. And boy oh boy, that last chapter, well I think this might be another mistake. You cannot "make" something from nothing. It's going to be an epic proportioned knock down drag out no holds barred straight up brawl when the truth comes out. And it will. Someone is gunna say something or figure something out. Someone is not gunna make it through this. I just don't know who yet. 

Ok enough about my emotional loss of words, and more about the writing. It's spectacular! And not because it's over the top or anything but it's simple and realistic and if you can make me "feel" like I do, weeks after I finished, you've accomplished a major feat here. I couldn't write my review right away- not without spilling my guts and yelling to the world how complicated this poor girl's life has become. She was supposed to be the simple one. She was supposed to make changes. Oh she did alright but it's gunna be a nuclear disaster soon!  hahahaha seriously... The characters are all well written. From Kalysia to Dillon to Leah to the leading alphas and the parents and the whole outlook of their lives. And to that parent that put them all in this predicament of that bad choice- I have many very bad thoughts about him. Please please tell me he will die horribly in a torturous way that will sate my need for pain- because he sure has caused a whole lot of pain and it's not even the real start of it. And on top of it, the twists on "non pure" shifters, oh it's going to be a beautiful disaster when everyone figures out that part. You know it's like you know it's wrong, but you can't help but stare when something crazy happens. Yeah, think that times 10! You feel bad for those hurt but you know it's not over! If anyone reads this book- comment me, email me, find some way to tell me you read it and then let's hash out things. I need a sounding board for this book so I can try to figure out who's actually gunna make it through this intact and alive. I've NEVER read a werewolf book like this and it's a wammy!! And dammit if I won't pay to get my hands on book two! Lol!!! I'm all screwed up in my morals and feelings and for once, I'm glad I'm a human who lives on a farm in simple life styles because I could not handle "that"!!!! Well done! I don't know how else to say it but well done!!! I recommend this book but maybe not for the faint of heart, and I don't mean gory, I mean emotionally. 5 PHENOMENONAL WOLFY PAWS!! 


AUTHOR BIO:


Nicole was born and raised in California. She claims to be a San Francisco native, however she’s lived in both Northern and Southern California. She credits her creativity to the fact that she attended 12 schools between kindergarten and her senior year in high school. Her nomadic childhood allowed her to reinvent herself often. Some might say she was a liar. While others see the stories she told as a coping mechanism. Twelve schools, in six cities, in twelve years – give her a break. Today she channels her storytelling ability into writing novels. Long story short – kids that lie become writers.


Giveaway:
Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)