Monday, December 16, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Dragon Craving by Livia Olteano

Today I'm really excited to participate in the blog tour for Dragon Craving. It's the second book in the Otherworld Summons series by Livia Olteano. I really enjoyed the first book, Gargoyle Addiction. So check out the guest post, my review, and then enter to win one of 10 ebook copies!

Dragon Craving
Otherworlds Summons
Book 2
Livia Olteano
Genre: New Adult Paranormal / Erotic Romance
Approx. word count - 70k - 80k words

Book Description:
The world holds few secrets for Oracle Elana Anderson, or as her fans know her, Ela Deville. Successful author of paranormal romance, Ela, has a secret: not all her paranormal characters are quite that fictional. She hardly expected she'd trigger a chain of events that might bring about the end of the world via a pesky dragon. Rendered blind to visions of him, Ela’s only way to save her world is to keep the dragon close…very close.

Obitus, the only awake dragon in the Otherworlds, is determined to get back the magic that was stolen from him and secure his position for a good thousand years. Becoming Akai’s new guardian after getting rid of the current one is the best way to it. But that means getting Ela on his side. He’ll bargain and maneuver his way there if he has to, but ends up tormented by the desire to have her for real.
 In a game of deals, half-truths and irresistible cravings, does one heart have to break in order for the other to save the world?

To Love a Hunter

I love Paranormal Romance for many reasons, like I'm sure we all do. One of my reasons for loving is that it builds a world where the hunter, the fierce, at times brutal nature of 'survival of the fittest' is somewhat embraced.

Sometimes we gloss over that brutal nature of creatures we read about; vampires drink from transfusion bags, werewolves only bite to mate, and so on. I believe it's a manifestation of our own loss of the hunter inside, because while the human species survived as predator (just like all other species that did survive, feeding on the weaker ones) for a very long time, nowadays we do our hunting mostly in the supermarket. I know I'd rather die of hunger than kill something to eat it, and I embrace the fact it means I'd die without the commodities of modern society. Leave me out there with a knife or a crossbow and no food, and I'm willing to bet I'll become food for a predator, not become the predator myself. So I understand our reluctance, our fear to love the predator. As civilized human beings, we tend to see ourselves as evolved beyond it perhaps. I think it's part of the reason why we tend to see hunters in Paranormal Romance as highly romanticized versions of themselves, more as saviors than hunters even when they do hunt down something and kill it - it's not to feed, to survive, more likely to save something or someone.

When I write my stories, I try very hard to stick to the hunter as it truly is - even when it's tough to contemplate it. Perhaps it's my way of trying to embrace my human nature in its full glory, with the good and the bad, with the pretty and tge ugly. I've seen readers react badly to it, most likely because just like me, they've lost their hunter identity as well. That's why hunters presented as they are, vicious when they need to survive, might get a general ick factor response. It's scary to dwell on the hunter, and it's even scarier to love that part of our and anyone else's nature.

It takes a lot of soul searching, I think, to be able to love the hunter. One needs to embrace their own nature with all the facets in order to accept all of the facets of anyone else. I try my best to tell stories about hunters because I try my best to embrace and accept that part of my nature as a survivor, I think.
What about you, ladies? Do you love the hunter, or does he scare you away?

Dragon Craving (Otherworlds Summons, #2)Dragon Craving by Livia Olteano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the first book in the Otherworld Summons series; so I was excited when Dragon craving came out so I could read more about the characters. New Adult paranormal is a genre I want to see expand. So far this series is the only one I know of that is New adult paranormal, and I love it. Since I'm the age of New Adult, it's as really refreshing to read a book where the characters are 25-27 ish.

I did like the character of Ela a lot. I felt that her position as Oracle was very fascinating and the troubles of the job were well done. I mean, it must be seriously tough for her. Imagine seeing the guy you're dating screwing his boss? Or anyone you're attached to you see their deepest darkest secrets. I don't know if I could handle it; it'd take a lot of strength. And Ela definitely has strength. I think perhaps my favorite part of this book was Ela.

Obitus, the dragon, or "destroyer of worlds," was introduced at the end of the last book. I kinda went from feeling how Kann felt about Obi (distrustful) to more how Karla felt (understanding and sympathetic). This change happened pretty quick after we got to know him a bit more and his nature. I liked how he felt he needed to claim Ela as his own, but kinda wasn't honest to himself about his true feelings because he was scared of losing her. So cute. I also thought their love making was way hot.

Definitely a bunch of steamy scenes. I can't wait for the next book in the Otherworld Summons series! I hope in the next one we can learn a bit more about Ryker and Janice! ;) and of course, keep tabs on Kann/Karla and Obitus/Ela too.

“Hope made heroes out of regular people, it made miracles happen, not because of some supernatural will, but because people fought for what they were hoping to achieve. People made miracles happen because they could hope. Maybe I’d make the impossible happen now that I could hope there’d be a chance.”

Excerpt From: Olteano, Livia. “Dragon Craving.” iBooks.
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  1. Congratulations on the publication of Dragon Craving! It sounds like a fascinating book. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  2. Sounds like a great book and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. Wishing everyone a wonderful and magical holiday season! evamillien at gmail dot com

    1. It is a great book! You definitely have to read the series :) it's so good.

  3. Oh man, I don't think I should enter this giveaway because I am stuffed to the gills with books, but I DO SO LOVE DRAGONS. *dilemma*

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    1. NO NO NO Wendyyyyyy you must! Lol. It's SO good and super short..or reads super fast. It's a great series and it's a new genre..I mean how cool is New adult Paranormal Romance?! Haha but I know what you mean I am drowning in my books too! :(


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