Breaking the Nexus is a paranormal romance that is a bit different than what I'm used to picking up off the shelf. It occurs mainly in our world but there is another world, Mythria, that resides on the other side of the Nexus that houses all the creatures from legends, fairytales, mythology and nightmares. Lindsay Avalon writes a fantastic debut novel full of action, romance and suspense. The mystery keeps you hooked and she reveals clues with great timing. Never as a reader was I ever left yelling at the characters "Why haven't you figured it out yet?!"
The book isn't very long. I'd say it's bordering novella length over novel but I'm not entirely certain on that since I don't know the exact word count and page numbers.
It ends with a bang, leading the way for the second book in the trilogy that I absolutely cannot wait to pick up--it's tentatively scheduled for release in the spring of 2013.
My one complaint, and I think this is an easy thing for new authors especially to fall into, is that the characters don't have a lot of flaws. They had a few, but they don't seem to get in the way like I'd want them to. Sha, the female lead, is headstrong, impulsive and stubborn. I would have liked to have seen this get her into a bit more trouble than it did. That being said, it is more a personal preference and the characters never come off as mary-sues, so Avalon does well there.
As a word of warning, there are two quite graphic love scenes in the book so it is not suitable for all ages and discretion should be used.
I give Breaking the Nexus 4 out of 5 stars. It's a fantastic debut novel and cannot see what else Lindsay Avalon comes out with.
You can purchase it here:Breaking the Nexus (Mythrian Realm)
Don't forget to make your way to the bottom of this post for a link to a grand prize giveaway and more.
Breaking the Nexus
Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?
Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.
For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.
The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.
About the Author:
I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.
My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.
When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading (of course!), baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.
Welcome to the official release tour for Breaking the Nexus by Lindsay Avalon! This action-packed paranormal romance will be released on 12/12/12 on Amazon in ebook and print!! To celebrate, Lindsay will holding giveaways throughout the month and a release day party filled with games and plenty of prizes!
The blog tour runs from Dec 1-31 and there are over 40 blogs participating! Join her on each stop as she shares exclusive snippets from the book, answers interview questions, or guest posts, and leave a comment to enter for your chance to win prizes! Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter grand prize giveaway while you’re at it! Prizes include Breaking the Nexus swag, ebooks, custom jewelry, and more!
For a complete list of blogs participating, dates of special giveaways, the grand prize rafflecopter, and a list of the amazing authors generously donating books and swag, check out the special page on Lindsay Avalon’s blog: http://lindsayavalon.blogspot.com/p/breaking-nexus-blog-tour.html
Don't forget to enter the giveaway for the grand prize: a Rafflecopter giveaway
And the Facebook event for lots of fun, games and prizes. http://www.facebook.com/events/174143076057719/