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Betraying Innocence by Airicka Phoenix - Book Tour + Review + Giveaway

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Book Name: Betraying Innocence
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Publisher: Fire & Ash Publishing
Release date: October 30, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Romance
Warnings: Contains language and sexual content. 17+
Formats: e-book, paperback
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Betraying Innocence Synopsis

October 31, 1983, seventeen year old Johnny Baits vanishes without a trace, leaving the slumbering town of Chipawaha Creek, British Columbia reeling with his mysterious disappearance. Twenty-nine years later, The French family moves into his home, never realizing they're not alone in the house.

For seventeen year old Roseanna French moving to a strange new town is a problem she can handle. But even she's not prepared for the evil that has been sitting dormant for years... waiting. When seemingly harmless noises and creeping shadows at night leads to the murder of the people closest to her, Ana has to find a way to stop the evil before it can consume her completely and she can no longer wash the blood from her hands.

Rafael Ramirez is battling his own demons. Unlike Ana's, his has been haunting him for years. But running isn't an option. He has a mother, a brother and a sister looking to him to keep them safe. He doesn’t have time for pretty girls with issues, even if the sight of her makes him hope for things a guy like him doesn’t deserve. But when Ana asks Rafe for help, what can he do except give it? But what happens when the evil comes after his family? Can they stop it before it's too late or will it claim them the way it had claimed Johnny?


“Where is he?” he growled, doing a circle. “Where is he?”

“I … I think he’s gone,” Ana croaked, fighting not to give into the fainting sensation beckoning her to sway into its arms.

Rafe hurried over to her and took her hand. “Come on!”

She let herself be dragged up the path to the house, positive she would never have made it there on her own.
On the porch, he stopped and faced to her, his eyes intense. “Get inside and lock the door.”

Ana wanted to laugh. If she could’ve stopped shivering, stopped her teeth from chattering, her heart from going crazy in her chest, she would have reminded him that a closed door didn’t apply to ghosts. That locked or not, it wouldn’t stop that thing from getting inside. But there was something else, another reason that going inside wouldn’t help.

“He’s in there,” she told him, tears suddenly burning her eyes. Her bottom lip trembled.

“What?” He yanked her away from the open door and thrust her behind him. “Where?”

She sniffled, wanting so desperately to just bury her face into the planes of his back and cry. “In my room,” she whispered, absolutely certain of this now. “He’s inside my walls.”

It no longer mattered if he thought her insane. Her problems were so much bigger, so much more frightening. Plus, was she crazy if he’d seen it too? If he’d fought it? Was she still insane?

Rafe didn’t look disbelieving. He looked horrified and angry. His eyes widened, darting between her and the door. “What was that thing, Ana?”

“I don’t know!” she cried, no longer able to stop the flood of tears that washed down her face, mixing with the pond water. “I don’t know! I don’t know! I thought I was crazy. I thought … I’m not crazy! You saw him. You saw him, didn’t you? I’m not—”

She was suddenly in his arms, held so tight it was almost impossible to breathe. But it wasn’t close enough.

“Shh,” he whispered into her temple. “You’re not crazy. I saw him, too.”

My Review

Betraying Innocence is a young adult horror novel by Airicka Phoenix. It tells the story of Roseanna French and her family. They move to a small town in Canada called Chipawaha Creek, where, in 1983, a young boy named Johnny Baits has disappeared. He also happened to live in Ana's house. At first, Ana isn't too thrilled about leaving her old friends and life behind, but she realizes there isn't much she can do to change it.

On one of her first nights there, Ana stumbles across Rafael Ramirez, her new neighbor and a boy she cannot stand. He's in her yard with another girl, and it's quite obvious what they've been up to. Ana yells at him, and eventually, he leaves.

However, Rafe is the least of Ana's worries. Things start to happen, and Ana cannot tell if she's just stressed from the move, or if perhaps she's going crazy. The basement terrifies her, she hears tapping in her walls, and she starts seeing things. Horrible things.  And when those horrible things start showing up at school, causing her to end up in the hospital with a serious head injury, Ana starts to worry that maybe she should be locked up.

It isn't until one night, when  Rafe, who Ana is slowly starting to like, saves her from drowning in her pond. She had gone out to yell at a boy she saw standing near the pond, only to discover he wasn't really there. When Rafe sees the boy, though, Ana knows she's not going crazy.

Realizing her house just might be haunted, and what the townspeople claim happened to Johnny isn't exactly true, Ana has to try and figure out the mystery behind Johnny Baits before it's too late.

Overall, I thought the book was really good. It was a bit slow for me at first, but once I got a little more into it(about 25% of the way in), I was hooked and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.

Now, I will say this: There are at least two characters that will piss you off immensely, one moreso than the other. And said character, for me, is the reason this book is in the horror genre. Sometimes horror isn't ghosts or demons; it's human, and there isn't much you can do to make that horror go away...unless it's something illegal, of course.

Anyway, I won't spoil anything more for the readers who may not have had a chance to delve into Betraying Innocence yet. Will Ana and Rafe solve the mystery? Is their tentative relationship doomed? You'll just have to rad and discover the answers for yourself.

I give Betraying Innocence 4 out of 5 stars. Such a good read. And I definitely recommend it. Plus, it's only 99 cents for a limited time! So get your copy today!

Author Bio

Huddled beneath a perpetual cloud of imagination, International Best-Selling author Airicka Phoenix lives with her huband and four gorgeous children in the beautiful province of British Columbia. When she's not busy playing with her imaginary friends, creating worlds and toying with fictional lives, she can be found reading, polishing her collection of daggers, or chilling with her kids.

Airicka is the creator of THE TOUCH SAGA, THE SONS OF JUDGMENT SAGA, THE LOST GIRL SERIES, GAMES OF FIRE, and BETRAYING INNOCENCE. The conclusion of Finding Kia, book 2 of The Lost Girl Series, REVEALING KIA, will be out November 2013. She also has plans to release a Sci-Fi horror/romance, WHEN NIGHT FALLS, in December of 2013.

Airicka also writes adult paranormal & contemporary romance under her alter ego, Morgana Phoenix. She has a paranormal short coming out December 2013 in SNOWED IN, An Anthology and CAPTURE ME, Morgana's debut novel will be released Fall 2014.
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  1. Thank you so, so much for taking the time to read my book and to be part of the tour. It was so wonderful to have you!!! <3


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