Thursday, November 13, 2014

Release Day Blitz: eARC Review, Excerpt: The Last Seeker (Tristen, #1) by Fleur Camacho

Fleur Camacho loves to read and travel.  Sometimes she reads so much that she gets sucked into the story and ignores everything she supposed to do.   Travel is always the top priority on her list and comes before fixing up the house, putting in grass or buying her dream car (an antique Ford Mustang).
She also likes to hike, paint, be healthy and read boring economic reports.  She is the wife to an uber-cool and sexy husband and a mom to two awesome children.
She practices positive inevitability and believes that if you don’t take the chance on something you believe in, you’ll never know what you could give to the world. 
The TRISTEN book series began as a conversation with her husband, after watching the tv show Heroes. They talked about what ability they would pick if they could have any power. Since she loves to experience different cultures, she decided that she would love to have the power to travel around the world and through time. Her husband liked this idea and told her that she should write a book about it. She wrote one page and then forgot about it. One day, her husband read the page and encouraged her to keep writing. She picked it up on and off until one day she finally decided to get serious and finish her book already! She hopes to complete at least five books in the TRISTEN series and already has the beginnings of the next series bouncing around her brain.

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Title: Tristen: the Last Seeker
Author: Fleur Camacho
Release Date: Oct 16, 2014
Paperback Release Date: Nov 13, 2014
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Tristen wakes to find a man watching him from the mirror. A chill runs through Tristen’s body as the familiar robed priest stares at him longingly. The priest struggles to open his mouth; the stitches that lace his lips together slowly rip apart and jut raggedly from his mouth. His bloody lips stretch wide as he leans towards Tristen, trying to suck him into a deep black hole.
Ever since Tristen, a sixteen year old teenager, is assigned to work with Ailey on a school project, his life takes a thrilling and alarming turn. Tristen can’t stop the inexorable pull he feels toward Ailey; just being around her draws him in completely, blindly and with disastrous consequences. At the same time, an evil priest invades Tristen’s dreams and threatens to kill his mom.
Soon, Tristen and his friends find themselves magically transported to Fifteenth Century France and Tristen discovers that he is the last-born Seeker - destined to save the past and the influential figures who shape it. When someone tries to kill him, Tristen must make a choice: embrace his destined purpose and risk losing everything or be stuck in the past running for his life forever.
This is not a novel about vampires, werewolves or ghosts. This is not your regular romantic, time traveling, coming-of-age story. This is the first book in a magical, paranormal, fantasy series about a regular kid who finds out he is destined to become the new Seeker to save the world from a bloody ending. If Tristen had known that pairing up with Ailey would trigger a magical ancient prophecy ushering in the beginning of the end of the world, he might have stayed in bed that day.

I could feel her hand inches from mine as we lay, side by side, on the sand.  I shifted to my side and studied the way the wet curls in her sun-kissed hair hung in ringlets spread out on the sand, just waiting to be touched.  My hand automatically reached out toward her fingers, brushing them.

She opened her eyes and looked at me.  An overwhelming sense that we, somehow, fit together overcame me.  Somehow deep inside me, I felt that she was meant to be a part of my world.  It was like our souls were reuniting.  It was crazy and made perfect sense at the same time.

Suddenly she jerked up.

“That was so stupid!”

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

The way Fleur Camacho wrote it, The Last Seeker (the first book in the Tristen Series) is a superhero unlike any other. He can travel through time and in any geographical distance, in a way not usually associated with superheroes. 

While I've come across anime and YA books with similar premises, Tristen is in control (or will be) of choosing where and when to go. The power doesn't just pop up at some inopportune time but is something that he alone dictates. However, it's not a power that he was ever aware of before!

When his dreams start turning into nightmares and even step out into his world, he knows there is something very wrong happening. Worse still when his father tells him to talk about his dreams, if they get bad or even scarier. He knows whatever it is, it isn't good. And why would his father warn him about being romantically involved with Ailey?

Ailey is more than Tristen's best friend. They feel a connection that neither of them can explain and no one else can understand. It just seems life is complete when they're together. Period. It's incomprehensible to them why the world keeps pushing them apart. 

The history isn't entirely accurate, being based on a Mark Twain novel, but the feel of the story brings you back to France in the 1400's. You can even smell the dung in the air. I truly appreciate my flushing toilet and running water, and am also grateful that chasing dinnertime doesn't mean I have to kill and clean it, too. While hose times are romanticized, they're tougher in ways none of us modern people are truly prepared for. 

I just found it a bit strange that neither Tristen, Ailey, or Isolda realized who they had to protect. After all, they were studying exactly that part of history and the family name was a real giveaway. But I guess reading about something and having it right in front of your face is difficult for the brain to comprehend at first. And I do like that touch about time differences in the past and the present. It explains a lot on the continuum without saying too much. And if you didn't read anything into Tristen and Isolda, or his sword, shame on you!

The whole story of The Last Seeker goes that way, too. Simple, direct, quick. It's not a short novel, but it goes very fast so by the time the end comes around, it's like WHAT?!? Fleur Camacho, I do hope you're nearly done with the next installment of Tristen, because the ending of the first one left me with more questions than answers. 

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