Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Concealed Blog Tour: Review w/ Teasers

First I want to thank Sang for asking to be apart of this wonderful tour! I really enjoyed reading Concealed! Second I want to apologize for not having this post up yesterday!!

Title: Concealed
Author: Sang Kromah
Series: Concealed #1
Publisher: The Little Things Publishing
Publication Date: October 15, 2011

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When sixteen year-old Bijou Fitzroy and her nomadic grandmother leave New York City to live in a home in the sleepy town of Sykesville, Maryland, Bijou thinks she will finally be able to live a normal life and be like everyone else. This move will be permanent, and Bijou cannot be anymore thrilled. After years of being shut away by her grandmother, Bijou will finally able to interact with peers, make friends, go to school, and live like a normal teenager.
Moving around and being homeschooled definitely made it difficult to make friends, but there are other reasons for Bijou’s solitude. With eyes that constantly change from gray to green to a honey-coated shade of brown and an ability to feel exactly what other people are feeling, the concept of obtaining closeness is more of a fable than a reality. Although her eyes are beautiful, their constant shift in color instills a sense of fear within other people and causes them to look away. Bijou’s premonitions, blackouts, and semi-prophetic dreams of a faceless boy don’t help her social musings either. Regardless, she decides to attend the local high school.
Bijou is immediately introduced to Sebastian Sinjin, a quirky and unusually beautiful boy who doesn’t seem to belong in a high school in nowhere Maryland. Sebastian is also special. Instead of looking away from Bijou, he makes direct eye contact with her. And when he shakes Bijou’s hand something dark and familiar to awaken within her as an electric shock surges through her body. Bijou soon finds herself deeply attracted to Sebastian, who remains aloof and often acts like Bijou doesn’t exist.
Despite the pains of having her first real crush, Bijou makes friends quickly and excels in all of her classes…well, all except for Mythology with Mr. Jennings. Mr. Jennings’ class starts off great with endless discussions of djinn and how they conceal themselves from the human eye, but things soon take a turn for the worse when the stories of the mythical creatures begin to take shape in Bijou’s life.(Copied for Goodreads)

Teaser 1:
He didn't answer. He just stood there in his extremely bow-legged stance, with a grimace on his abrasive face, looking at me the way an adult looks at an insubordinate child.
That was the first night that I slept with the lights on.
PAGE 192

Teaser 2:
Have you ever awaken with the feeling that all isn't well; Nothing tangible that you can put you finger on, but just a hunch that everything is about to change?
Page 145

Concealed by Sang Kromah is the story of Bijou Fitzroy and her adventure into the world of the “Concealed.” Bijou has always been different for everyone else, and not just because her eyes like to change colors. She also has the ability to feel the emotions of everyone around her. Since Bijou has always been on the move with her grandmother, she has been always been homeschooled. When her grandmother decided to make a more permanent move, Bijou gets to go to school for the first time. The only problem is she is going to have to learn to control her ability to read emotions so she does not become overwhelmed.

Her first day there, she meets Sebastian Sijinn who immediately captures her attention. The problem is he seems like he is not interested in her, but then acts differently seconds later. When her Mythology teacher starts to discuss the secret supernatural world of the djinn, Bijou starts to realize it may not just be a story.

When I first heard this book was about the djinn, and it was not your typical magic lamp story, I thought maybe it would be something like the Djinn featured on Supernatural. This is one instance where I am more than happy I was wrong. The story weaved by Sang Kromah is amazing while feature many things that are currently popular in books, but in a way far different from expected. I love Bijou, because she is that girl who goes from obscurity to hero.

The mythology built into this story is deep and complicated, but Sang Kromah makes it easy to understand and enjoy. I really do like how so many elements come together in the end to make a breathtaking story. The story is so addicting, I could not put the story down! Fans of fairies, mermaid, or just general mythology need to but this on their to read list. Concealed is just one of those stories, that captures your attention and holds it captive until the end. I seriously cannot wait to see what Sang Kromah has up her sleeve for the next book.

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the author for an honest review**

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