Thursday, March 7, 2013

Dazzle Review and Giveaway

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Dazzle synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Delaney Scott possesses a special gift. Ever since she was a child she has known about her calling and the duty she's expected to fulfill. However, all Delaney wants is to be normal. That's why she is drawn to Sam. He can offer her the life she's always desired. Only Sam has secrets of his own. Secrets that are deadly. Secrets that can change everything.

My Review:

Dazzle is action-packed from page one, where we find heroic Micah and Delaney rescuing a mysterious girl. I love when novels don't slowly pull you into the story, but rather, throw you in and keep you racing through the pages to the very end, and this novel definitely does that. The characters are likable and fleshed out. There's sort of a love-triangle in the plot, which, despite all my resistance, is something I'm drawn to. Sam, the boy-next-door type is my personal favorite. Dazzle is also loaded with twists, and if you have read other reviews I've written, then you know that nothing wins brownie points with me like a good plot twist. Amber Garza clearly has a lot of natural writing talent and can write action very well and produces some beautiful metaphors.

Now, that was all the positives. Just a couple of criticisms to point out. Not much, I did enjoy the book, but for a paranormal/supernatural work to capture my cold, cold heart it has to work especially hard not to be cheesy. Dazzle does a pretty good job of not being too predictable or fantasy-driven, but it has some very familiar ideas and conventions that kept me from being completely wowed by the story. (Judging by Goodreads, most other reviewers didn't have an issue with it, and in fact, they raved on this novel. Just so you know!) 

Now, there are no grammar errors in this novel that I've seen, so kudos to Ms. Garza for that, but with most indie books, I find myself mentally editing the whole time I'm reading. (And I'm an indie writer so in reading so many other indie novels, I have learned a much needed lesson. I have to confess,I am the shoddiest self-editor ever!) I just feel that this is a very good book and with a professional editor this could be another one of those books that gets turned into a series or a film. It has that much potential. 

My critical nature aside, Dazzle is an exciting, hard-to-put down read that will indeed dazzle most readers. But don't take my word for it! We have some copies to give away!

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Author Bio:
Amber Garza has had a passion for writing since she was a little girl, making books out of notebook paper and staples. As an adult she's worked hard to make her dream of being published a reality. She writes while listening to music (mostly the Civil Wars), and drinking lots of coffee. Amber lives in California with her amazing husband, and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years.


  1. Thank you so much for your great review and for participating in the tour!!

  2. Amber Thank you so much I LOVE your books thanks for the awesome giveaway

  3. Thanks for the giveaway and Amber you and your books rock!