Wednesday, July 24, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Sweet Escape by Bailey Ardisone

Sometimes the hardest war to fight is the one raging within yourself…
Life will never be the same for Nariella Woodlinn. Just when she thought she had it all figured out, her world comes crumbling down around her-yet again. With no idea who she is or even where she came from, how can she save herself?
She once thought her biggest problems were the ones brought on by the mysterious man she refused to fall in love with—Mycah. But she quickly discovers none of that compares to what she is about to encounter next.
This time, it isn’t because of who Mycah is.
This time, it’s because of who she is.
~Naminé risked everything to save her people. Her goal was to bring their only hope back to their Kingdom. As the war rages on around her, Naminé gets thrown into the lion’s den—the false King’s chambers. Can she fool a King who can’t be deceived on his playing field? Forced to do his bidding, can she prevent the downfall of the only hope she worked so hard to bring home? Will she be able to escape with her life and mind intact?

With everyone’s world falling apart and deceit around every corner…can any of them truly Escape?

Creating a slight breeze in the air, I closed my eyes and basked in the warmth of the simulated sun. I suddenly sensed his connection.
I opened my eyes to see him walking up the hill. A couple yards from where I was perched he stopped. His dark black hair was wildly disheveled, and I could see a glint of red where the sun hit a few strands. He looked ragged, like he had spent days in the wild.
I drew in a sharp breath at the sight of him. Both hands in the pockets of his dark pants, the sleeves of his grey shirt tugged up around his elbows, he stood very still, avoiding my eyes. He looked more vivid than I ever could have imagined. The haziness that sometimes clouded my vision was no more. I could see him perfectly clear as he stood firm and finally focused his gaze upon mine in question.
I decided to test the waters. “Rydan?”
He remained so stoically motionless it was as if he was in some sort of trance. He only stared in return. Perhaps he could not hear me after all?
I carefully stood up and walked over to him. Gazing into his eyes, I felt lost in the exquisiteness of the celeb color I found staring back at me.
As I went to stand right before him, he instantly took a step back. I stopped rigid in my place, wondering what was wrong.
“What is it?”

Bailey Ardisone was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. She married the love of her life and spends her days submerged in books, movies, music, or art, and loves traveling. Fantasy books and movies have been a huge part of her life, and she is desperately obsessed with Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Her sister contributed some of the writing in Sweet Oblivion and Sweet Escape.
Sweet Escape is the second novel in the Sweet Series.


OH....MY.....FREAKING.....GOODNESS!!!! This book is AH-MAZ-ING!!!
I loved Sweet Oblivion, book one in this series, but Sweet Escape??? BLEW ME AWAY!!
You know going in to book two is always a little iffy.  Sometimes they do just as good as book one and then there are those that just can't live up to what book one did.
Are you getting how I feel about this book yet??  LOL...OK...let me continue...
I was so excited to get back to the mystical, enchanting world that Bailey created in which we travel through the life of two young women, Nari and Namine.
Told in dualing POVs, we get to see what is happening to each of these interesting girls and then, finally, we see how their worlds intersect.
At the end of Sweet Oblivion, we were left hanging, finding out exactly who Mycah and Rydan really were. This left me wanting Sweet Escape direly and when I stepped back in to the pages to find out what was going on with my beloved characters, I couldn't put it down until I devoured the whole thing.
So many questions were answered yet at the same time so many new ones have formed.  Knowing this is only book 2 out 4 in this series, there are still so many events that will have to pass for us to get to the happily ever after...AND Bailey...yes....there better be an HEA!!! ;)
I am so enthralled with the creative, innovative, alluring world that Bailey has built. She composes such a beautiful scenery with her seductive words.  Drawing you in to that world, surrounding you with images as you read her written words.  This is the sign of a talented writer.  Being able to make you FEEL as you are a part of the story, wrap you up in it; snug and tight...knowing that it will break you in two to leave it once it is over.
Yes, this is what it is like reading Sweet Escape.  You fall in love with these characters.  You want so much for them and get sooo mad when they disappoint you.  When you have connections that strong for them, then you know that the author has captured you for an eternity.
Getting to know more about Nari, Namine, Rydan, and of course Mycah drives you through each chapter, soaking up the every adventure that each of these journey on.  I was holding my breath through countless moments, screaming at a certain hottie that pissed me off, and sighing for relief when things started to unravel. 
I loved this book and Bailey Ardisone is one of those authors that no matter what she puts in front of me, I know it will be a book that will knock my socks off. 
If this is a series you haven't started yet...then let me tell you know...GO...RUN...GET IT NOW!!!!


  1. AWWWWW, KAT!! *tears* *pulls you in for a tight hug* So. Awesome.
    Thank you so very much for ALL you did for my wonderful Blog Tour, and for this INCREDIBLE review! I am over the moon that you loved it. YAY!

    1. Oh are truly one of the most gifted authors out there and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to read Sweet Escape...LOOOOOVE you!!!!! :D