Monday, September 28, 2015

The Assassin Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

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About the Book
Title: The Assassin
Author: Pamela DuMond
Series: Mortal Beloved #2
Publication Date: July 5, 2015
Genres: Time Travel, Young Adult
Time Traveler. Messenger. Beloved. Spy.
“I was a Messenger: I kept the memory of all our encounters, our lives, like a locket that brushes the skin and bones covering my heart. But Samuel was a Healer: he didn’t time travel. His kind lived, died, re-incarnated, and he didn’t retain memories from his past lives. Every year I landed in required starting our relationship over: from ashes, from scrap… Every place I journeyed had beauty as well as darkness; all my time-travels were bittersweet.” ~ Madeline.
Madeline’s a Messenger: time traveling across lifetimes and delivering messages that could change one life or many. When she discovers that her true love, Samuel, is alive in present day, but doesn’t remember her from their past, she journeys to a deadly royal conflict in medieval Portugal hoping to rekindle his memory. Mortal assassins as well as dark-souled time travelers seek to kill her. Will Madeline and Samuel be together again in life—or only in death?
THE SEEKER (Mortal Beloved, Book Three) publishes Winter 2015/2016

About the Author

Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a
great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.
She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance.
Her book The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance.
Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .
She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them. (Like — a thousand.)
When she’s not writing Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.
She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle.

My Review of The Assassin
The Assassin is the sequel that I have been waiting for, ever since I read The Messenger a few years ago. I am glad that the author was finally able to write the sequel and I enjoyed where she took the story even more than last time. The part I love about the Mortal Beloved series is each addition to the story takes Madeline on a new mission into a historical moment. This time Madeline finds herself in the middle of 14th Century Portugal in the middle of the tragic love story. The author wove Madeline and Samuel’s story around the true history of Inez de Castro and Prince Peter. As someone who loves history, I love that this story can give you a glimpse into real history even while weaving a beautiful story. 

I love that Madeline and Samuel continually find each other throughout history as Madeline travels through time as a Messenger to help change the lives. When the book starts and she finds Samuel in present day, I could not help but want her to find a way for her to make him remember her. As the book went on, and she was sucked back in time, I found myself wanting to watch her past love story unfold. There is a beauty in watching Samuel, who cannot remember Madeline in his past life, still fall in love her time and time again. Madeline may only be 16, but she has this burden of knowing she has an epic love out there, and he never remembers. 

The historical aspect of The Assassin is very well written and even with the fictional story woven around and through it, it still maintains a solid base tied with actual events. Even with all my love for history, I did not know the tragic love story of Inez de Castro and Peter I of Portugal. Now after reading The Assassin, I really want to read more information about their lives. Thank you, Pamela DuMond, for reigniting my love of history. 

I have no clue what is going to happen to Madeline or Samuel in the next book, The Seeker but I know I will have to find out. The Assassin doubles the adventure while creating a believable story woven through the fabric of history. The Assassin is a must read story for fans of The Messenger, historical fiction fans, and science fiction fans alike. There is something for everyone in The Mortal Beloved series. 

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book, in exchange for an honest review**

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