Friday, 20 May 2016

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Review ~ Evil by Tijan

Title: Evil
Author: Tijan
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: May 13, 2016

Book Description:

You know that group of people in school that everyone fears? Popular. Beautiful. The in-crowd?

That was my family. Kind of. 

We were above that group. We held court over everyone else. We were the best looking. We were the mysterious and elusive ones. Most of the girls wanted to (and did) date the guys, but they didn’t want to be one of us. They couldn’t be. They were our prey.

We were the feared.

But like every family, nothing is as it seems. That was my truth. 

Kellan was in his own league. He was our leader and he was the one no one messed with. No one dared. He was ruthless, powerful, and no one could match him…

Except for me.

I was about to find out just how different I was from my family.

**Evil is a full-length paranormal romance stand-alone.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“We’ve been hiding all our lives. I’m done’s time to fight”

I have loved Tijan’s books so it always piques my interest when an author steps out of their tried and tested genre and pokes their toes into something else. With Evil though, Tijan cleverly integrates the two, we have her trademark school kids interwoven with paranormal and it made for an intriguing read that I didn’t want to put down. I am not a paranormal aficionado by any means, but I have read my fair share and this one kept me glued to the pages while still delivering a Tijan read that I love.
For me, in the beginning, this had a Twilight feel, only in so far as these were a family of kids in school and everyone feared them, but wanted to be them. They had that air about them and no one went against them, but from the offset you knew they were different.

This is the story of the Braden family, Kellan, Shay, Giuseppa (Gus) and Vespar. A story of Angels and Demons and the fine lines between the two and lines that definitely blur. From the first page I was intrigued and my curiosity and interest never waned as the battle lines between good versus evil were compellingly drawn.

“His power reverberated out of him. He was a walking, living, breathing weapon, and I’d fallen for his hook. I’d slept with him, comforted him, trusted him. And now…now I was furious.”

Kellan was your typical alpha male, it seeped from his pores and he exuded authority and strength. He was dark and mysterious and had that air of superiority about him but he wasn’t in your face. He was more the silent but violent type. My only issue with Kellan, was literally his name, sometimes it is hard not to associate names with characters and a guitar wielding demon was not frightening at all, but that is just me. Kellan was a protector, his mission was keep the family under the radar and to live as normal a life as possible. He was particularly protective over Shay, her powers hadn’t come in and she was in denial. She lived like a human and wanted nothing to do with her ancestry.

“You love so hard and hate so cold.”

Shay was quiet and quite introverted, she knew what they were and didn’t want to acknowledge it or deal with it, but the older she got the more she had to fight against it. Shay always seemed a little different from the others, she didn’t have a bad bone in her body and it was her sense of right and wrong that really scared the twins, Gus and Vespar.

Gus and Vespar were thick as thieves, the evil oozed from these two at times. These two were twins and their bond was strong and these two definitely screamed trouble.

Tijan paints a story of good versus evil in this battle to rid the world of demons and angels who believe power is the be all and end all. Who to trust, who to believe, there are no allies in this battle, or at least not who you would expect. You not only have good versus evil but evil versus evil and good versus good. Boundaries are well and truly crossed in this tale.

“What else does your grandmother have up her sleeve?”

I have read a fair few paranormal and while I couldn’t put this one down I would have loved a little more. A little more background in particular to really be able to comprehend the hierarchy and the situations that they come to find themselves in. While it was fairly easy to get the general gist I had to re-read parts to try and grasp what was actually going on at times. However, for me, this was unputdownable. I was totally whisked away as Kellan and Shay unite and fight. While their relationship was a bit blurry in the beginning it soon becomes apparent all is not what it seems. However, their transition from one to the other was a bit quick and could have been explained a little better, or at least earlier. None the less, I loved it, I zoomed through it and at the end all I wanted was more. This has the potential to become a great series and I am hoping that Tijan gives us more of this duo.


“Kellan and Shay Braden, why is it always you two? And if it’s not the two of you, it’s your other two siblings. All the time.” Mr. Mirchak approached, shaking his head. “Who’d you fight this time, Kellan?”

I should’ve felt something, maybe remorse, but there was nothing. Matt had assaulted me. Kellan felt it and protected me. And if Matt chose to run away, then that was Matt’s decision. But still…I should’ve felt guilty.

Kellan drew to his full height of six one and squared his lean shoulders against the portly forty-something teacher. He shook his head. “Do you see anyone, Mr. Mirchak?”

The balding teacher shook his head. “I never see anyone, Kellan. That’s the problem. But I know that someone’s going to show up with a busted eye, maybe a shoulder. I don’t know, but there’s always something.” He turned away, but mumbled over his shoulder, “…too damn scared to say a thing…”

Kellan waited until the teacher had turned the corner before he flashed a smile. “What do you think?”

I rolled my eyes and kicked my locker open. “You didn’t have to hurt his jaw.”

“Right.” Kellan fell against the locker beside mine and studied me. “At least this way, he’ll shut up all the time. I’m getting tired of his mouth. The guy thinks he knows you too much. He doesn’t know anything.”

“Still…” I muttered as I bent inside to grab my book.

“Still,” Kellan mimicked me and yanked me out. “Why didn’t you do something, Shay?”

“What are you talk—?”

“Don’t. Not with me,” Kellan interrupted. “You could’ve stopped him long before I came around the corner. You knew I was coming. Why didn’t you stop him?”

“Maybe I wanted to hear his rhetoric on how hot I must be for him.”

“Don’t be funny, Shay. You’re not the funny one, remember?”

I smirked. “That’s funny. I don’t think that role’s been taken in our family.”

Kellan’s hand tightened on my arm. He pulled me closer and bent his head to my ear. “You always wait for me. Why?”

Maybe I couldn’t bring myself to do what he enjoyed. Maybe I liked knowing he’d always protect me or that someone would protect me. Maybe…maybe I enjoyed the sick pleasure knowing that someone like Matt could never really hurt me, though he didn’t know that fact. Or maybe…I whispered, “I don’t know, okay?”

I didn’t know. I had ideas. I had possible scenarios, but the only truth was, I could’ve easily broken Matt’s hold on me and I didn’t.

About the Author:

Hello~ (waves)

I didn't begin writing until after undergraduate college. There'd been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can't blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I'm hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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