Friday, February 13, 2015

Book Spotlight, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Rise of the Lost Prince (Lost Boys #1) by London Saint James

London Saint James has lived in many places, but never felt “at home” until she met the real-life man of her dreams and settled down in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. London lives with her husband and their fat cat who thinks he owns them.
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 Rise of the Lost Prince
LOST BOYS BOOK 1
London Saint James

M/F Erotic Romance, Fairy Tale,
Paranormal, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Gothic

Only mad-men would fight to protect those who would never welcome them fully into the human world they had the misfortune of being a part of…
Petúr always knew he and his brothers-in-arms were different. Something more. Something not human. Yet, he never expected to find out the truth of their origins, nor fall for a human woman whose father was set to destroy Neverland.
Ever since she was a child, Wyndi dreamed of an angel with eyes of the purest gold, although she never really believed such a man existed until she met the hauntingly beautiful Petúr of the lost boys.
With a prophecy to fulfill, a woman to protect, a portal to find, and evil darklings out for blood, will Petúr be strong enough to rise up and claim what’s rightfully his, or lose everything to a long-time nemesis, Grapple the Dark?


Review by: Ramona
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

With a series title like Lost Boys, I should have expected that London St. James had turned Peter Pan into an adult version in the Rise of the Lost Prince. The names Petúr and Wyndi are in the blurb, so it's not like I should have missed that inference at all. However, I've read rewrites that are slapstick adaptations and that started me off rather nervous with this story. 

Petúr isn't exactly human, and neither are his brothers-in-arms, the Lost Boys. What they are, really, they don't know. The superpowers they posses have made them outcasts among the "normal" humans, despite the fact that they don't hurt anyone and simply want to be left alone. 

Street kids, loners, rejects, they've banded together in order to survive and protect themselves. Apart from their extraordinary talents, think X-men/comic book superhero, they know they belong together because of one strange similarity: none of them can remember having a family, a home, or a birthplace. It's like they were brought into the world as children instead of babies. All of them long to know their origin, but how to go about doing so?

Wyndi, like her children's story counterpart is fully human. Yet, despite her instant attraction to Petúr under dangerous circumstances, she knows she's met him before - in her dreams, literally. Hidden under the tough guardian exterior is the playful little boy who's visited her dreams and kept her company in her lonely childhood. Apart from that tenuous connection, why is there an undeniable pull and link between them?

The Darklings have always been out to destroy the Boys, another thing they don't know the reason why. What vendetta lies between them and their kind? Most inexplicable of all is that they've set their sights on Wyndi. And that has Petúr very, very angry. 

With an unexpected mix of Fae mythology and British bedtime story (although it's not that farfetched,moments to think of it), Peter Pan gets a new breath of life with a really big twist. Most of the main characters are here, from Tinkerbell to Captain Hook, if in new personas after about a hundred years. This introduction is a lot of fun with a ton of well-written fight scenes, lots of hot and steamy encounters, and uber-sexy grown lost boys. Adult fairy tale it is in more ways than one. 

Seamlessly woven into modern life full of tech and contemporary counterparts like frat kids, there wouldn't be a better way to spend a lazy weekend than with the Rise of the Lost Prince. Even if London St James wrote it with the expected cliffhanger, it being a series after all, it's not one that would leave you frustrated at how the novel ended. It's a very satisfying conclusion that will still keep you looking out for the next book in the Lost Boys series. 

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Read the Excerpt

Petúr’s long coat flared out behind him, whipping in the wind—black raven wings. Above him, the moon danced in and out of existence and periodically hid behind the dreary clouds. He’d perched himself atop the rusted metal monstrosity which sat cold and derelict among the ruins of the abandoned seaside amusement park. From the top of the lifeless Ferris wheel he surveyed his realm, just as he did every night, waiting for the faint cries. They always came, those haunting cries, and called him and the lost boys into the darkness. 

Cables clacked and Petúr tilted his head in a bird-like gesture, listening to them echo into the rhythmic music of the tide coming ashore. As if on cue, an eerie underlying chorus chimed in from the direction of the closed ticket booth. He recognized the sound of the warped roof when it moaned and creaked. The red painted exterior walls had long since faded and peeled away from the briny wood in elongated streaks, reminiscent of morbid tears. 

He closed his eyes and attempted to picture this place he and the others called home, trying to imagine what it must have been during its glory days, but he couldn’t see anything. All he knew was the truth of his surroundings. And, the truth was, with every passing year more of his home crumbled. Even the entrance into this collapsing kingdom had joined the sea, snuffing out the arched sign which once upon a time blinked—Neverland—Mother Nature’s way of taking back her own when she’d claimed a major portion of the boardwalk. 

Everything ends.

At least this parcel of land had done one thing. It gave Petúr and the others refuge from a world who’d discarded them as young boys. 

He chuckled, darkly, and allowed his mind to wander away from the image of being a boy. He, Firefox, and his five other brothers may still exhibit the outward beauty of youthfulness, yet this was nothing but a façade. They’d grown into fierce warriors and protected the very people who’d spat upon them in their youth. Who would still spit upon them if they got the chance, he suspected. 

Shaking his head, Petúr considered what he’d heard the whole of his life may indeed be true. He and the others may well be mad, because only madmen would fight to protect those who would never welcome them fully into the human world they’d had the misfortune of being a part of. 

Balling his fists into tight knots, he knew it didn’t matter how many lives he and the others saved. They were still different from those whom they rescued. And, while they may no longer be petty thieves and beggars, they’d always been, and still were—outcasts. Unnatural. Freaks. Something more. Something not human. Although, there wasn’t a damn thing they could do about it, other than to take out their fury on those darklings who sought to destroy the weaker inhabitants of the human race. And take out their fury—they would.

“AAaiiee!” 


Petúr abruptly stood when he heard a woman’s distressed scream. He took in a deep breath, tasting the flavor of the night. His lip curled up into a snarl right before he stepped off of his perch, shot into the clouds, and vanished into thin air. 


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Giveaway:   $10 Amazon Gift Card





7 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting! Great review!

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting! Great review!

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  3. Thanks so much for hosting me and for taking the time to read and review my book :)

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    1. Thanks for sharing your work! Loved the surprise, it was really well written and conceptualized which I really, really enjoyed. Waiting impatiently for the next one... ;-)

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  4. Congratulations on the new release!

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