Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"Vortex: Return of the Effra 1" by Lindsey J. Parsons

Return of the Effra 1
by Lindsey J. Parsons

Vortex is a fantasy romance novel aimed at the upper teen / young adult market. It is the first book in the Return of The Effra trilogy. 
Also available: Wicked Game: Return of the Effra 2 from Barnes & Noble, Smashwords,, and Shegal, the final installment in the trilogy, is in the works.

Nineteen year old student Samantha White isn't enjoying university life. she's disillusioned with her course and having second thoughts about her future. It doesn't help that she keeps having a scary, recurring nightmare and when she thinks things couldn't get worse a creepy man follows her back to her room.
Damian is unique, he has silver eyes, horns and wings, he is also being visited by a ghost girl. She looks so sad and frightened he feels compelled to help her, but the night he reaches out to save her from a dragon's fiery breath he gets ripped from his life, his world, from everything he knows.
Now it's Damian who's lost in an unfamiliar world that's devoid of magic and full of strange monsters. His only connection with home is Sam who he recognises as the ghost girl. Sam has to put aside her fear and disbelief in Damian's explanations about himself to try and help him find his way home. But, in a world without magic, is this possible?

Sam squirmed as flat as she could on the seat, pulling him down with her. He was pressed tight against her, she could feel the heat radiating from his skin and the warmth of his breath on her face. The fire and spice smell of him washed over her and a wave of heady dizziness blocked out everything but him. His untidy hair was hanging down, brushing against her forehead. She gazed up into his eyes, just inches from her own, smouldering in the darkness. He was staring down at her with such intensity it made her gasp. Her heart was doing somersaults in her chest and she lifted her face up closer to his just as a torch shone in the car window. There was a pause for about ten seconds while Damian’s eyes glowed down at her in the torchlight, and then the sound of someone knocking on the glass.

Lindsey Parsons does an excellent job weaving a story that draws you in.
In her book we meet Sam, a college student with a past that shades her future, and Damian, whose very existence is a contradiction to nature. Through a series of unpredicted events, these two collide in an adventure that is not only fun, but creative and logical. Relationships build and are tested. The misconceptions and prejudice of both our world and Damian's are explored. It is within these pages we discover whether true love can see beyond what is apparent, or are we doomed to always miss the connection.
A very enjoyable read.

About the Author
"My head has always been crammed full of horses, dragons, magic, and adventure, sword fights, castles, and impossible quests. Stories materialize when I least expect them to and take over my mind, desperate to get out. Finally a few years ago I decided to immortalize them in ink and so I write fantasy, because for me, fantasy is the ultimate escape."
Born in Stratford upon Avon, UK, Lindsey J. Parsons grew up in nearby Solihull. She now lives in a crumbly old farm house in a small village in Warwickshire with her three children and an assortment of animal friends. She enjoys reading, writing, horseback riding, archery and looking after the numerous animals that live with her.
Lindsey started her writing career in 2009 and published her first book, Vortex, three years later in June 2012. Wicked Game was published August 2013.