Saturday, December 7, 2013

Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway: Seeing Black by Sidney Halston

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Title: Seeing Black (Seeing Red #2)
Author: Sidney Halston
Publication date: November 5th 2013
Source: Received Kindle copy from Sidney Halston (Thanks so much, AToMR Book Blog Tours and Sidney!)
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Seeing Black, the conclusion of Seeing Red, continues right where Jillian left off. The love ‘square’ has been resolved, and Jill is finally getting her happily ever after. Just as things are steaming up with her and her beau, her estranged father makes a request that sets her life spiraling out of control into an endless plunge down the rabbit hole.

What will happen when Paul Black, her deceitful ex-boyfriend, reappears into her life to shed new light on her father? Could she ever trust him? And will Alexander stick by her during the explosive blowup with her father.


I was very excited to read Seeing Black since I really enjoyed Seeing Red but I wasn't as crazy for this one as much as the first. It's not because it was badly written or the plot was boring but its call wasn't as strong or as beguiling as Seeing Red's but there were moments that really stood out in the book, moments that made it more intriguing and mysterious than the first (the whole "the first was better than this one" was a matter of personal opinion but I'm positive that Seeing Black was better constructed than its first book.)

Right of the bat, Sidney Halston pumped your heart and fill your veins with so much nervousness and doubt because everything is so unexpected. I honestly did not see the book starting out that way, with Jillian not remembering anything and her having a re-connection with Paul Black, her strange yet mysteriously sexy ex-boyfriend. Sidney Halston definitely managed to catch my attention because I could not pull away from the book till I knew the reason why that happened to Jillian and how everything led up that that moment. Everything was so crazy... and hazy.

We still have our very tenacious and independent Jillian who isn't exactly as independent as before because she's practically attached to Alexander's hip, those two really are like chocolate cake (you'll see why I used this analogy). But monogamy hasn't really affected Jillian's slightly rebellious streak and because of this, she still insists of meeting up with her supposed murderer of a father, Rocco. Ever since the first book, I already had a feeling that Rocco wanted more than just reconciliation with his daughter, I just did not know to what extent he wanted it to go. That man cannot be trusted, seriously.

There will be revelations. A LOT of them. Most of them so crazy and far out that they will not even cross your mind because they sure as heck did not cross mine! I am amazed with how Sidney Halston was able to broaden and expand the plot of her books because the connection between the first and second book spanned between the character and Jillian's power but I did not realize that it went deeper than that, because it really did go deeper. Sidney Halston was able to tie up the series in such a way that no lingering doubts will creep into your mind and she also managed to resolve all conflicts. While I didn't connect with this book as much as I thought I would, I enjoyed it nonetheless and I am still a Sidney Halston fan, so I cannot wait to read her next book! Whoot.


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About the author:

Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”–Mark Twain. Or even simpler, “Just Do It”—Nike.

And that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing.

Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading. She’s a reader first and a writer second.

When she's not writing or reading, her life is complete and utter chaos, trying to balance family life with work and writing (and reading.) But she won't have it any other way.

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