Blog Tour: Astarte’s Wrath by Trisha Wolfe (17+)

Posted April 19, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Blog Tour / 0 Comments

Astarte's Wrath by Trisha Wolfe
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Astarte’s Wrath

Series: Kythan Guardians
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Publish Date: March 2, 2013
Publisher: Self
Number of pages: 252
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Source: Received from author in exchange for my honest opinion
Book Description:
A tragic love story.

Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Guardian Astarte was vowed to protect by the binds enslaving her to the Egyptian pharaohs. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls.

This is the beginning.

Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarion her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s human. All of which makes their love forbidden.

But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.

New Adult/Mature YA: sexual content, drinking, drugs, violence, language, death, and other mature content intended for readers 17 and older. Astarte’s Wrath is a companion novel to Destiny’s Fire, but can be read as a standalone novel.

This is the prequel to Destiny’s Fire.  I haven’t read DF yet, so this can most definitely be read on it’s own.  I loved Astarte’s Wrath.  It has romance, action, and history.

I love our MC, Star.  She’s a fierce warrior, and loyal.  Her only draw back is she thinks too much, and ignores what her heart is telling her.  I loved being in her head, though.  She’s intelligent.  And, while she knows she has people to answer to, she doesn’t blindly follow them.  The ability to think for one’s self is my favorite characteristic in heroines.  Now on to hotness one and two: Xarion and Phoenix.  Xarion is pure awesome.  As the next Pharaoh in line, he doesn’t act stuck up.  He’s able to laugh at himself, and show compassion to others.  His decisions may seem silly at times, but he leads with this heart.  This totes makes him swoonworthy.  Phoenix is is a straight up man whore.  I admire that he doesn’t hide the fact that he likes to have fun.  He’s also hilarious.  He’s full of awesome one-liners.  Phoenix is beyond loyal.  Star is one of his best friends, and he would do anything for her. 
I loved the history and research put into this story.  The Kythan Guardians are warriors I’ve never heard of before, and I was intrigued from the beginning.  Add in the fact that it takes place in Alexandria during Cleopatra’s reign, and I was hooked.  
Trisha does a wonderful job getting her message across.  Her writing is beautiful and keeps you pulled into the events taking place.  She manages to throw your emotions every which way.  One minute you’re laughing, then crying; and jolted back and forth between suspense and utter joy.  
I highly recommend Astarte’s Wrath.  I’ll be reading Destiny’s Fire, ASAP.  I have to know what happens next.

Sneak Peek: Bath Scene from Xarion’s POV
Star narrows her eyes at me, her full, bottom lip puckering out the way it does when she’s in serious thought—and though I’m listening to her words, all I want to do is trap that bottom lip between my teeth. Nip it and caress it with my tongue.

    “I knew you’d say that,” she says. “And that is precisely why I didn’t want you to know.” She raises her hand from my chest and swipes the wet hair from my forehead. Her body subtly moves against me with this action, and it drives me wild. “A possible retaliation by the guardians is just one more weighted burden on top of the many you already carry. You don’t need the added strain. Let me deal with Candra and the Kythan. They’re my kindred. As long as I’m their equal—in both power and status—I can protect you.”
    This woman—the woman I’ve loved my entire life—is my protector. She not only guards against physical threats, but watches over my mental wellbeing. But I cannot allow her to carry all my problems alone anymore. I want to be her guardian, to be the one to comfort her when she’s fearful, and protect her against this world.
    I tilt my head and suck in a deep breath. “This is why you won’t be with me.” I want her to admit it. If she finally confesses that our titles and her battle with the right course of action have been the only reasons for her kept affections, then by Gods…help me from laying her out on this tile and taking her—making her mine. I won’t stop.
    She nods.
“This is the only reason.” She nods again, and that is all the conformation I need. “Then I refuse to let them keep us apart for one more moment.” I grasp her face between my hands and claim her lips with mine.
    Her lips are soft and warm as I achingly coax them into a fevered kiss, unable to hold back my desire for her. I had planned for our first kiss many times, imagined it over and over. The way I would caress her lips slowly and lovingly, conveying my affections. But every emotion I have ever felt for Star rushes to the surface all at once, and I can’t slow. I won’t. I won’t allow her a moment to question our actions, to reconsider us. I’m going to kiss her senseless—kiss the reason right out of her infuriatingly rational head.

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Author Bio:
 Trisha Wolfe is the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY’S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), the NA Historical/Supernatural ASTARTE’S WRATH, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. Her NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.

She’s the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies. Check out for more on her books and bonus material. Follow Trisha on Twitter @TrishWolfe and like her Facebook page for updates. 

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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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