Initiation Review and Giveaway

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Initiation By Rebecca Royce


Book One of the Warrior Series

InitiationMy name is Rachel Clancy. Thirty years before I was born, the world ended. Today is my sixteenth birthday. Today I will go Upwards to fight the monsters and, statistically speaking, I won’t be coming back—at least not still living.

Initiation is the story of sixteen year old Rachel Clancy, born with a specific set of genes that let h
er fight monsters, she has trained her entire life to kill Vampires and Werewolves. Knowing since birth what her destiny would be has not made the onslaught of emotions she faces as she journey Upwards any easier. It doesn’t help that her father is drunk and her best friend just doesn’t get ‘it.’

Rachel isn’t prepared for the level of deception she faces, and before long she will find herself on a quest she is in no way prepared to handle. What happens next will alter not only Rachel’s life but the lives of everyone she knows. She will learn beyond a shadow of a doubt that sometimes the monsters we know are worse than the ones we don’t and that love can surprise us when it comes from somewhere we never anticipated it.

If she lives, she will be a Warrior. If she doesn’t, no one will ever remember her name.

Genre: Young adult, urban fantasy, paranormal romance

Heat level: 1


“My mother used to call this apple cider weather.”
I had been doing my best to pretend I was unaffected by Jason’s presence, but I wasn’t. He felt warm, even the distance we walked apart, like he was a hot presence in a world of freezing cold eventualities.
“I know what apples are. We get them sometimes. What is apple cider? Some kind of drink?”
“Breaks my heart that you live in a world with no apple cider.” The grimace on his face was a huge indication then he meant what he said. He really was…beautiful, in a way most guys, or even grown men, were not.
Jason seemed to light up from the inside out. Maybe it came from actually being outside all the time but his skin glowed with freshness. Or maybe it was a Werewolf thing, a monster thing.
“Do you do this all the time? Take on Warriors and not tell them why you’re holding them prisoner?”
He raised an eyebrow, his lips quirking into a smile before falling straight again. “Do you feel like a prisoner?”
“Do you answer every question with a question?”
“No.” He shook his head. “I did promise you answers. But first, tell me if you feel better out here? Less likely to hurl away all that fine turkey?”
I stopped walking and turned to look at him. “I feel much better, thank you.” I got my first look at the house we had just exited. I covered my mouth with my hand to suppress my gasp and I looked again. It wasn’t really a house—it was a giant tent—standing in front of a dozen giant tents just like it. I could see from where I stood how it was built. The walls were solid, but only because large beams in the ground held them up. I hadn’t thought to feel the walls earlier. Why would I? They had looked like concrete, but they weren’t, they were actually cloth and something else—vinyl, maybe?
“You guys are prepared to leave at any time, aren’t you?”
“We’re nomadic. We never stay anywhere very long.”
I couldn’t be sure, but I thought I heard sadness in his voice. I could ask him about it. He’d put his emotion right out there for me to hear it, which begged the question: just how well did I want to know Jason?
At some point, I was going to turn a corner with this Werewolf where I was going to start thinking of him as a living, breathing, cognizant being whose head I wouldn’t be able to cut off. I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that.
And yet…
“Would you rather stay put?” I spoke the words.
"Maybe. See, I can still remember what it was like, to have a house that was a home, to have neighbors, to go to school."

Amber R's Review

I really loved this book. It was refreshing to read a book where vampires didn't have hearts of gold. They are the monsters. The scary kind from before the Twilight series. 

I love Rachel and how unsure she is about her assignment and her life. As soon as she goes in front of the counsel though, she is a different person. Strong, well spoken, and her confidence is like a beacon. I love how she just decides that she's going to be awesome and then she is. Once she goes above ground she runs into some trouble. However, she gets help from some unlikely friends. Also, while she's out in the real world, she might have met a guy, almost died, kicked some vamp butt, and over thrown a vampire lair. She really is an amazing warrior. 

Unfortunately, things change for her fast. Life gets pretty confusing and scary with some of the major changes in the book. It turns out that someone is a traitor and there is more than one guy who has a thing for her. 

There is a lot of good action in this book. There's also some romance, betrayal, and a great story line all together. This is a really great book. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down until I was finished. I can't wait to read more of the series. 

Author Bio:

As a teenager,
Rebecca would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was worth it.

She is the mother of three adorable boys and she is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

She is in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She’s been told she’s a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. She enjoys writing series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In her world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will. 

Learn More about Rebecca and her books @

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  1. Thanks for introducing an interesting new book! Count me in in this giveaway! :)

  2. Count me in , this is going on my TBR List

  3. Yeah, thank you for the post and the excerpt - I really enjoyed reading it :D

  4. Sounds like a good read! Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. I've read a couple of good reviews on this book. It's nice to see a twist on the usual humna/were/vamp story. Definitely would like to read Initiation.


  6. Love Rebecca! Initiation is in my TBR pile.

    I'm a new follower


  7. Thanks so much for doing this today and being part of all the fun we are having on our blog hop. I am so thrilled that you enjoyed Initiation. I love writing Rachel.

  8. I just added it to my TBR pile on GoodReads
    Thank You!


  9. I've already read Initiation and loved it. I'm reading Driven (book 2 of the series) and I must say, it's even better, if that's possible.

  10. Thank you so much for being a part of our blog tour, and for the wonderful review of Rebecca Royce's Initiation.

  11. I enjoyed the excerpt, and I liked reading in the review that the vampires are bad guys again in this book. dahlia at tmlindsey dot com

  12. Thank you for participating in the fun! I appreciate the giveaway opportunity.


  13. Awesome giveaway Apples, as usual, of course. :)

  14. Great review! I love this book and series SO much.
    YA is just fantastic, there are so many new series like this coming out, rather than the soft, immature fluff pieces that have come out in the last 10 years.
    Yay for YA!

  15. Sorry I missed the book giveaway. Please enter me to win in the blog tour giveaway. Thank you, lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

  16. I saw this book on another blog tour and I thought it sounded great there as well! Thanks for sharing.

  17. I've gotta read this book. Great review!


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