March 20, 2013

Blog Tour: Sacred by Elana K. Arnold – Review and G!veaway

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Sacred by Elana K. Arnold

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Growing up on Catalina Island, off the California coast, Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life. After her brother dies, her isolation deepens as she withdraws into herself, shutting out her friends and boyfriend. Her parents, shattered by their own sorrow, fail to notice Scarlett’s pain and sudden alarming thinness. Scarlett finds pleasure only on her horse, escaping to the heart of the island on long, solitary rides. One day, as she races around a bend, Scarlett is startled by a boy who raises his hand in warning and says one word: “Stop.”

The boy—intense, beautiful—is Will Cohen, a newcomer to the island. For reasons he can’t or won’t explain, he’s drawn to Scarlett and feels compelled to keep her safe. To keep her from wasting away. His meddling irritates Scarlett, though she can’t deny her attraction to him. As their relationship blossoms into love, Scarlett’s body slowly awakens at Will’s touch. But just when her grief begins to ebb, she makes a startling discovery about Will, a discovery he’s been grappling with himself. A discovery that threatens to force them apart. And if it does, Scarlett fears she will unravel all over again.

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Publication Date:  November 13, 2012
Publisher:  Delacorte Books for Young Readers

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MaryAnn NewSacred by Elana K. Arnold was a tough read in the beginning.  Not because it wasn’t good!  But because the subject and emotions that were found in those first chapters was heartbreaking.

Scarlett and her family are still struggling with the death of her older brother, Ronny.  After an unexpected cerebral aneurysm in the middle of a soccer game, the sudden loss becomes unbearable to this family.  With a mother who is barely living, locking herself in the bedroom self medicating herself with sleeping pills to ease her pain, a father who is trying to keep the peace, and Scarlett who has chosen to harm herself in order deal with the loss.

The thing is, Scarlett knows what she’s doing is bad for herself.  She can’t even bear to look at herself in the mirror, but all she knows now is emptiness and feeling hollow.  Her only escape is riding.  To feel while riding her horse along the trails.  And it’s on these same trails that Scarlett comes across Will.  Scared and alone on the trail, Will’s demeanour is anything but normal.

But Scarlett soon learns that Will was not just some random tourist whom she will never see again.  It seems Will and his after have recently moved to Catalina Island to escape a secret of their own.  Scarlett instantly feels this pull towards Will, and it seems Will feels the same way.  Time and time again, Will plays the part of the hero, and rescues Scarlett time and time again.  Little does Scarlett realize that Will also seems to be saving her from herself.

When I first started reading Sacred by Elana K. Arnold, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  I was instantly pulled in by the emotional and powerful writing style of author, Elana K. Arnold.  The way in which she describes the after effects of Ronny’s death, and talks about just how much the loss is slowly tearing everyone apart.  With her descriptive writing, it was easy enough to get completely immersed in the Catalina Island.  Because of the beautiful description of the scenery and way of life for the locals, I am even more curious in wanting to visit and experience everything I read for myself.

The characters found in the book are ones that I’m sure readers will be able to relate to, regardless of the subject matter.  It was really interesting to witness Scarlett’s struggles with her eating, and it was equally wonderful to read just how much support she has in the background…especially with a now non-existent mother.  And can I just say that I want my very own Lily!  She is a totally awesome best friend, and pretty much embodies just what a best friend should be.  Totally supportive, constantly looking out for Scarlett’s well being, not being overly pushy, and knowing what to say and day for whatever situation arises.

And don’t even get me started on Will.  With the story containing a somewhat supernatural element, Will is one character that was so great to follow.  A sexy hero in waiting.  And the way he deals with Scarlett?  How sweet he is, how attentive, and how he is always at the right place at the right time.  There’s no way that anyone could NOT fall for Will.

With a very contemporary subject matter and a dash of supernatural, readers will fall in love with the story of Scarlett and Will, the hurtles that they both must jump, and the way in which they both find each other during a dark time, and during time where they need each other the most.

About the Author:


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ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse–a gorgeous mare named Rainbow–and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of the East/West Literary Agency. Sacred is her debut novel.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Book 2 is due out November 12, 2013, and I can’t wait!



The passionate romance that began in Sacred concludes inSplendor.

Scarlett loves the touch of her boyfriend, Will. But when he leaves Catalina Island to start college on the East Coast, she wonders whether their passion can survive a long-distance relationship—and whether she can face the home front on her own. Scarlett’s senior year should be a breeze, but her parents have recently separated, and her already-wild best friend, Lily, is becoming involved with a dangerous boy named Gunner . . . a boy Scarlett is also attracted to. A boy she doesn’t want to be—and shouldn’t be—attracted to.

To take her mind off her troubles, Scarlett focuses on caring for her newly pregnant mare and delving deeper into the Kabbalah. Her religious exploration offers a way to stay connected to Will, who is a Kabbalah mystic, and a key to understanding her disturbing dreams about him. But as she gets wrapped up in her mare, her Kabbalah studies, and her conflicting feelings for Will and Gunner, Scarlett misses the warning signs that lead to a heartbreaking loss.

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  1. This looks like a really hard and emotional book, but regardles, I look forward to reading it. Great review Mary Ann

  2. Elana K. Arnold

    Thanks so much for having me! I really enjoyed reading your review.

  3. Elana K. Arnold

    Thanks so much for having me! I really enjoyed reading your review.

  4. Jean Vallesteros

    Thank you for being part of the tour!! :)

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