Blog Tour & Giveaway: Thárros by C. Kennedy and Eternal Love A very special thank you to my special ladies, Jo and Isa, for hosting me today for the Thárros Blog Tour! It’s great to be here! Today, I’m at Romantic Times for Teen Day with Harmony Ink Press! Woo hoooooo! Any of you out there visiting Romantic Times, drop by and see us! We have wonderful books to share with you and many great reads to come! Check out the A-MAZING schedule of events and authors who will be signing in YA Alley! And it all culminates in one GREAT BIG TEEN DAY PARTY BETWEEN 6-7:30p.m.! My newest book, Thárros, Book 2 in the Elpída Series, and is a continuation of Christy and Michael’s story. It picks up where Ómorphi left off. The boys work to heal after Christy’s abduction and Michael’s daring rescue of him, and this story centers on the trial to prosecute Christy’s abuser and kidnapper, Yosef Sanna. It is only by the grace of eternal love that Christy and Michael have endured. What, exactly, is eternal love? There is no clear definition because love is unique to every person, and couple. But there are some things that we have in common. Paul Hudson explains it in pertinent part: “Love is perfect – the one thing in the entire universe that is entirely perfect. And being such means it must hold everything within it – both good and evil, both beauty and ugliness, both peace and war. Love is the single power in this universe that is perfection. It is mutable, multifaceted. It can grow in strength and dissipate. It is the one thing that every single human being in the world – and plenty of animals as well – longs for. Love is what drives us to act. It drives us to create change, to become different people. In life, we are capable of loving a lot of things. We can love objects, experiences, memories, but no love is like the love we have for another human being. To understand why this is so, we have to understand what love really is. Love is an emotion, but not just an emotion. It is, more than anything else, change. Love necessarily changes us because it is, itself, the change. We love our friends and family because they changed our lives for the better. They showed us another, better version of reality. They didn't simply add to our lives; they changed our lives, changed our perspective, changed what we thought it meant to be alive. And then, of course, we have the most coveted of all loves: romantic love. Romantic love is by far the most dangerous of loves, but for this very same reason, it is the most powerful. It has the ability to change a person to such an extent that afterwards, that person is often not even recognizable to him or herself – and love, if anything, is a learning experience. How is it possible to love someone forever? The answer is an incredibly simple one. If someone you love changes your life to a great enough extent, if he or she changes the person you have grown to be, if this person adds enough of his or her personal touch to the canvas that is your life, and you love the result, then you have no choice but to love this person. It may bring a tear to your eye from time to time, but without tears every so often, even smiles lose their meaning. Love is whatever we wish it to be. Or rather, love is whatever we make it to be.” Join me at Romantic Times today and maybe you’ll find your eternal love!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 tryferós stars
FULL: This is my mind right now, full, packed with thoughts about this book. C. Kennedy certainly knows how to pull out every emotion you may ever possibly feel, sadness, anger, disgust, happiness, surprise and love. I have taken quite a dramatic journey while reading this story. The one thing that stands out above all the rest is courage.
I had to read, no not had, I needed to read this book after reading book one, Omorphi. It's the kind of story that warms your heart but at the same time it feels like it's being ripped out. Book one is not left on any sort of cliffhanger but you will want to read more. I just finished this story last night and I am already eagerly awaiting book three.
Christy is a young man who has suffered greatly, I mean he has literally been tortured, both sexually and physically for many years. After reading so many of the extremely horrifying acts of abuse that Christy had endured is just..... well it is hard to grasp how he still functions everyday. I could see the struggles he was trying to overcome, each scene playing over in my mind while reading. I realise this is no easy feat but the talent of this writer is phenomenal.
Fear is Christy's biggest nightmare. He wants to feel safe, to no that he will never have to feel such pain again. It is heart breaking to hear such things but boy is he brave. Tharros in Greek means courage, strength. Christy has great courage, many times he may not think so but for what he has been through and now trying to achieve is just remarkable.
If you have read book one you will know that, Michael is a beautiful young man inside and out. He has a heart the size of the ocean, understanding beyond his years, the patience of a saint. He is unequivocally the most extraordinary young man I have ever come across. His life was all mapped out, finish senior year, get through the USATF tryouts, go to Oxford and although this is still the plan, it's becoming much harder to achieve. Michael's life has become dangerous, he is faced with danger at every turn. He will protect Christy with his life, he could never just stand by and watch. People say sometimes love can make us do stupid things, well I tend to agree but if it wasn't for Michael's love for Christy, I also believe there would no longer be a story because Christy would be no more.
Just when you think life is going to be okay for these young men and their friends, there is another shock or surprise in store. Sometimes I found myself holding my breath and thinking OMG!! how much more can these boys go through. You know what got them this far besides great courage? Friendship and love. The friendships that have been formed since the start of book one is amazing. A group like no other, looking out for each other, helping when they can but must of all the support.
Although there can be great sadness at times while reading, the laugh out loud moments I have had was just what I needed. Christy is becoming very humorous. Sometimes he has that cheeky smile where he knows he is being funny, other times when others are cracking up with laughter around him, I think he is unaware that what he said was actually hilarious. The interview scene took me over the edge, I could not breathe for laughing. Honestly you must read this book. If I was talking to Christy right now his response would be 'I will do this'.
If I had to sum up this whole story into one word it would be magnificent. I highly recommend reading the Elpida series. Starting with book one Omorphi.
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