Friday, December 2, 2022

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Illuminated by Iris Marsh @XpressoTours

Iris Marsh
Publication date: November 21st 2022
Genres: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Thriller, Young Adult

In this coming-of-age YA contemporary fantasy, a teenage girl has her life turned upside down when her family is breaking apart, and she discovers her supernatural powers. There’s no time to deal with it, however, as she’s targeted by a dangerous power-siphoner.

Nikki Chase, a 16-year-old striver, feels like her life is falling apart around her. Her parents’ marriage seems in trouble, her best friend prefers to spend time with the popular girl, and she’s quite certain she’s on the verge of a psychosis. After all, normal people don’t see colors around people or hear voices, right?

When a volunteering assignment leads her to a mental hospital, Nikki is determined to figure out what’s going on with her—and if perhaps she belongs in that facility. What she discovers is nothing she expected: Lorene, a volunteer, tells Nikki she’s not crazy but, in fact, has the power to influence people’s thoughts and beliefs. However, someone has been sucking the power out of people just like her, leaving them behind as an empty shell. Desperate for help and someone to trust, Nikki teams up with Lorene to discover who is behind the siphoning. But can she stop them before she becomes a victim? And can she do so without becoming addicted to the power herself?

Fans of suspenseful contemporary fantasy will love this YA coming-of-age fantasy thriller book about coping with difficult emotions, navigating relationships with family and friends, and the addictive quality of power.

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My Review:

Illuminated tells sixteen-year-old Nikki Chase’s story of how she became aware of her powers. Nikki is not only having to deal with her parent's separation and divorce she is having to deal with the fact that she believes she is going crazy. Nikki sees colors around people and hears voices.

Nikki has no clue about any of the things that are happening to her. I can only imagine how she may be feeling with her parents separating which probably only heightens the feelings she is having about the things she is able to do. Or maybe it is the other way around. Oh, and did I mention that she is afraid that she is losing her best friend to the popular girls?

Nikki meets this lady Lorene who tells her that she is not crazy. She tells Nikki that she has these powers. She also informs Nikki that someone is going around trying to take people’s powers. Nikki then sets out to find the person who is responsible for taking people’s powers and stopping them.

Illuminated has many twists that kept the pages turning. They had me racing to the end to see how it all turned out. Illuminated has lots of suspense that kept me hooked as well.

I really enjoyed reading Illuminated and look forward to the next book in the series.

I would recommend Illuminated to all fans of magic and fantasy! Grab your copy of Illuminated today!

Author Bio:

Iris Marsh is a behavioral researcher turned writer. As such, she focuses on her character’s journeys as well as the plot. Her YA fantasy debut novel Illuminated is no exception: it’s both suspenseful and heavy on character development. Currently, she lives in the Netherlands with her partner and cat.

She would be overjoyed if you visited her website and would love it if you followed her journey on Instagram.

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Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour! :)

Sherry said...

I love the cover and look forward to reading the book.

Iris Marsh said...

Thank you for your lovely review! :)