Tour/Review/Giveaway – Mystery Falls by Marilyn Phillips

Today, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the first stop of the Mystery Falls book tour which has been brought to you by Supagurl Tours. Here you can read a summary of the book, my review and learn a little more about the author Marilyn Phillips. There is also a giveaway to win an eBook, so please enter!! Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information about this book and the author.

Title: Mystery Falls
Author: Marilyn Phillips
Series: Mystery Falls #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: July 3rd 2012

Goodreads Summary

Secrets. Lies. Deception. For the past six years, Samantha Hunt has lived with the belief that the untimely death of her parents was the result of an unfortunate accident—that by the cruel hand of fate, she had been left an orphan. But it was a lie, a terrible lie told to her by those who wanted to keep her in the dark. And the truth... when revealed, will change her life and haunt her forever.

Suddenly plagued by a series of events which find her in danger and in need of a savior, Samantha is repeatedly rescued by the mysterious and elusive Shadow—a stranger who seems to know more about her past and the tragedy which befell her family, than she does. Drawn to him despite the antagonism she feels whenever in his presence, Samantha soon discovers that Shadow is not what he appears to be. Determined to learn his true identity and why he has come to Mystery Falls, the small town in which she has spent all of her seventeen years, Samantha not only uncovers the secrets he refuses to share, but also the truth about her own past. A truth which forces her to acknowledge that things are not always as they seem, and sometimes, not even those close to you can be trusted. 

Resolved to seeking justice for the unwarranted death of her parents, Samantha embarks on a journey which brings her perilously close to her own demise. Can Shadow use his angel powers to save her yet again, or this time, will he be too late.

I read Mystery Falls back in August this year and fell in love with the characters and the story line. When I was finished I used it in every Meme that I could because I enjoyed it so much. I hope you like my review and add it to your TBR list or even better, get your copy now!!

My Review

This is a beautiful love story where opposites do attract!! I really enjoy novels about Angels and Humans and this was definitely another great read. It wasn’t action packed (no fight scenes); it has a more romantic storyline, revolving around the growing relationship of Samantha and Shadow. However it has a little bit of mystery about it too.

After a tragic accident which resulted in the death of her parents when she was 11, Sam moved in with her Uncle Mike, Aunt Carole and Cousin Claire. Sam and Claire were like sisters prior to the accident, but after Aunt Carole moves away, the girls have a falling out. Sam becomes quite withdrawn and her only friend is Mia, who 5 years later, is still her best friend.

Sam is a very shy character who lacks confidence. Most of the decisions she makes in regards to Shadow are usually encouraged by Mia. She is always making plans for Sam and giving her the courage to act on her feelings.

Shadow is a very strong character and in one scene Sam describes him as “arrogant, egotistical, annoying, conceited, self-centered...” He, of course, is all of those things, but he is also very caring, especially towards Sam, not that she always knows about it. He appears to be moody every time Sam tries to speak to him and he is able to stir her emotions so easily!! Even I was getting frustrated with Shadow at times when he manipulated her feelings. Ahh... Men!!

Mystery Falls is an easy read and I was absorbed into the book so quickly that I couldn’t put it down. I love the cover, the mysterious blue of the falls and the feather (which gets a mention in the book).  Marilyn has done a fantastic job writing her first novel; it is a great start to the series. I am eager to see where things go next!!

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Character Profiles for Shadow and Samantha

Human name:                       Kyle Thomas Washington
Human Birth:                         Oct 23rd 1839
Human Death:                       Aug 31st 1858
Reborn as an Angel:              Sept 1st 1858
Age:                                        Stopped aging just before his 19th Birthday. Considers himself to be 19. Actual age - approximately 170 years.
Place of Birth:                        Ohio
Zodiac:                                    Scorpio
Physical Description:            Height - 6'2"
                                                Weight - 175 lbs.
                                                Hair Color- One shade lighter than jet black.
                                                Eye Color: Intense blue. Like sapphire.
                                                Build - Lean, Athletic, Muscular definition visible.
Occupation:                           Avenging Angel
Special ability:                       Can manipulate the thoughts of those in close proximity to him. Makes them think what he wants them to think so that they behave in a certain way.
Favorite Food:                       Doesn’t have one.
Favorite Beverage:                Soda - any flavor.
Favorite color:                       Black
Three words that best describe Shadow:  Confident. Self-assured. Mysterious
Love of his Life / Soul Mate:                        Samantha Hunt
Best Friends / Family:                                  Hunter and Celeste (Fellow Angels)
Who could be cast to play Shadow:           Ian Somerhalder

Samantha Hunt:
Human name:                       Samantha Hunt
Birthday:                                May 5th
Born:                                       1994
Place of Birth:                        Mystery Falls - Idaho
Age:                                        17
Zodiac:                                    Taurus
Physical Description:            Height - 5'8"
                                                Weight - approx. 130 lbs.
                                                Hair Color- Ash blonde - long, straight, almost to her waist.
                                                Eye Color: Hazel
                                                Build - Athletic
Occupation:                           Senior in High School
Favorite Food:                       Pancakes
Favorite Beverage:                Hot Chocolate
Favorite color:                       Blue (The same shade as Shadow’s eyes)
Best Friends:                          Mia Taylor and Tom Miller
Family:                                   Jason Hunt - Sam’s father (Archangel)
                                                Beth Hunt - Sam’s mother (Human) (Deceased)
                                                Mike Hunt - Sam’s Uncle and Guardian (Human)
                                                         (Jason’s human brother - not blood related)
                                                Carole Hunt - Sam’s Aunt (Estranged wife of Uncle Mike)
                                                Claire Hunt - Sam’s cousin (Daughter of Mike and Carole)
Love of her Life / Soul Mate:           Shadow

About the Author

Marilyn lives on the outskirts of Melbourne (Australia) with her wonderfully supportive husband and two beautiful children. When not writing, she likes spending time with her family, taking long walks in dark forests and reading (anything involving paranormal romance / urban fantasy). Her favorite authors include Becca Fitzpatrick, Stephenie Meyer,Claudia Gray and Amanda Hocking. Mystery Falls is her debut novel and the first in a series.

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  1. Thank you so much Naomi for your positive comments and overwhelming support. They are greatly appreciated.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  2. You're welcome Marilyn!! You know how much i enjoy this book, I can't wait for MR!!!

  3. Sounds intriguing! I'm curious to learn more about Sam's past now, and to meet Shadow of course ^^ It's always interesting what approaches authors take to the whole angel mythology! Thanks for your review :)

  4. Thanx Carmen for stopping by to check it out!! I'm sure you will love it!! Good luck!

  5. Shadow sounds interesting, so glad you enjoyed this one!

  6. It is a fun read!! I an hanging for the next book, I even keep on checking on Marilyn's progress....

  7. this book looks really interesting!! I love angel-themed books :)

  8. that is always a good sign when you stalk the author for book two!!

  9. Me too.... Angels are fun to read about!!

  10. I have been wanting to read that book!! I loved your review! And I love when opposites attract :D Yup, definitely going to have to read this one!!! Love the sound of it oh so much!!!

    Great Review Naomi :D


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