Sunday, August 3, 2014

"Hurry Home" by The Misfits

Hurry Home
(Band of Misfits Book 1)
by The Misfits

Hurry Home is the first in the Band of Misfits series by Angie and Mary, who collectively call themselves The Misfits. Hurry Home is currently on tour with Enchanted Book Promotions. The tour stops here today for an excerpt. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Seventeen years after Johnathon Parker murdered her mother, hybrid witch, Emmalyn Evans, gets sick of her father’s overprotective, distant ways, so she runs away in search of adventures with her aunt and uncle. Along the way, she meets charming, handsome, dark warlock, Nik Baker who has a troubled past and harbors dark secrets. Together they embark on an adventure of their own and soon become close.
But with Emmalyn’s homicidal grandfather and overprotective father on their tail, and Nik’s many secrets hanging over them, how can they enjoy their great adventure? And will Emmalyn make it back to her father in one piece, or is history doomed to repeat itself?

He is freakishly tall. I’d say somewhere between 6’5” and 6’6”. He’s muscular—as if he does CrossFit on a regular basis—with black hair chopped short, but there’s enough hair to see he’s run his fingers through it recently. His eyes are what give me pause. They’re blue with a small swirl of purple. He’s from a Dark coven. Father always warned me not to get too friendly with them. He believes that they’ll either try to convert you, or kill you.
I have always been a firm believer in not judging people by the magic they use. Mackie practices all kinds of magic, and she’s a perfectly nice lady. There’s no reason why the same can’t be said for this boy. 
His smile radiates warmth and kindness as he waits for me to shake his hand. I suppose he’s used to people being uncertain around him because of the kind of magic he practices. I feel a certain amount of comfort just being in proximity with him, and I know it has nothing to do with magic. He just seems like a truly genuine person, but I still don’t know if I can trust him.
“You’re a Dark warlock, aren’t you?” I ask before I can stop myself.
“My coven practices dark magic, yes, but I don’t consider myself an evil person,” he explains. “It’s not like we use our spells to hurt people or make human sacrifices. Our power just comes from a darker place than yours, that’s all. Of course, you would know all about that considering you’re a Hybrid and all. You practice all kinds of magic, don’t you?”
He finally drops his hand, realizing that I am not going to shake it.
“Yes, I am a Hybrid, but I would appreciate it if you stop using that word,” I tell him. “And I don’t practice all kinds of magic. I simply have mixed blood.”
“I’ve never heard of that,” Nik tells me. “Don’t most covens usually stick to their own kind?”
“My family history is a long and sordid one.”
He looks at his watch with that same warm and kind smile. “I don’t have anywhere to be. Why don’t you tell me about it over coffee?”
I stare at him for a long moment, weighing my options and thinking about my father. The dangers of talking to strangers, especially supernatural ones have been drilled into my head for years. Johnathon Parker hasn’t been seen or heard from in years, but that doesn’t mean his eyes and ears aren’t everywhere. Still, I can’t see why someone working for Johnathon would walk up to me and publically engage me. No, if he wants to kidnap me and take me away, he would wait until I’m alone. I don’t think I have anything to worry about.
“I’d love to,” I answer, holding my hand out to him. “I am Alyn Parker, by the way.”
Since I’m on the run, I figure I need a kick-ass alias. It would make it harder for my father to find me, but not so hard that he wouldn’t be able to track me down if something bad happened. Besides, Emmalyn Danielle is an annoying mouthful that I hate to use.
“Nice to meet you, Alyn.” He shakes my hand, never allowing that smile of his to slip.

Featured Review
Hurry Home features an original mix of paranormal elements, solid writing and an enigmatic main character. Emmalyn Evans, aforementioned main character, grows tired of her father being overprotective over her, so she runs away, in search of adventure. Unfortunately, the world outside has more dangers than Emmalyn accounted for. When she meets Nik, a warlock with his own share of dark secrets, she feels an instant pull toward him. But with someone out to murder her, and with her father trying to track her down and bring her back home, going on an adventure is anything but easy.
Emmalyn is an enigmatic heroine. Her struggle for freedom felt very real, and she acted like you’d expected from any young adult. She was stubborn, determined, intelligent, and just a bit naive, which you expected from teenagers. Her thoughts of how her adventure would look like were very different from how things turned out to be, as can be expected.
Nik was awesome. He was mysterious from the start, charming, in that bad boy kind of way. He hid plenty of secrets, which made him more intriguing. Nik and Emmalyn had a lot of chemistry between them.
This was an intriguing and enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more books by these authors.

About the Authors
Angie is a 17 year old High School Graduate. She met Mary through Fanfiction and they bonded over their love of books and British TV. She lives in sunny San Diego with her parents and two out of three sisters. She is the third child out of four. She loves God with all her heart and goes to Summit Christian Church! Angie is also a sound technician. She will be going to Dream Center Leadership Study next year.

Mary is a beautiful 26 year-old woman. She lives in Toledo, Ohio Writing has been her passion since she was in Elementary school. She started by writing plays for her favorite anime, Sailor Moon, and things developed from there. She is an avid reader with too many books to even fit on her bookshelf. Her tastes in music varies, but she is always open to trying new things. She is the second of four children and has a niece and nephew she loves with all her heart.