WILDWOOD (The Hightower Trilogy Book #1) by Jadie Jones ***A Brandy's Book Nook Review -- Giveaway***

WILDWOOD (The Hightower Trilogy Book #1)
Author: Jadie Jones

Pub. Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: The Parliament House 
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 294

Tanzy Hightower is not crazy. At least, that’s what she tells herself. Crazy looks more like her mother, who studies each sunrise with the same fascination other women give tabloid magazines in the grocery store checkout line. Crazy sounds like the woman on the radio claiming there’s a whole separate world existing parallel to our own. Still, Tanzy can’t deny the tingle of recognition she feels each time she sees her mother standing at the kitchen window, or hears the panic in the woman’s voice coming through the speakers of her father’s truck.

Tanzy intends to follow her father’s footsteps into the professional horse world. But the moment she watches him die on the back of a horse in an accident she feels responsible for, everything changes.

On the first anniversary of his death, a fight with her mother drives her back to her father’s farm in the middle of a stormy night. Neither Tanzy nor life as she knows it escapes unchanged when she is struck by lightning and introduced to a world... unseen, and receives proof her father’s death was no accident.

Two strangers seem too willing to help her navigate her new reality: Vanessa Andrews, a psychiatrist who believes lightning chooses who it strikes, and Lucas, a quiet, scarred stable hand with timing that borders on either perfect or suspect. But Tanzy has secrets of her own. Desperate for answers and revenge, Tanzy must put her faith in their hands as her past comes calling, and her father’s killer closes in.
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WINDSWEPT (The Hightower Trilogy Book #2)
Author: Jadie Jones

Pub. Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: The Parliament House
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 276

Tanzy's journey continues in Windswept, the second installment of the Hightower Trilogy... An Unseen World believes Tanzy Hightower is the key in an ancient prophecy meant to deliver the only new birth in all of time. They have waited a thousand years for her soul to return to life in human form. Some of them will stop at nothing to fulfill the prophecy, and others have sworn an oath to end Tanzy's existence, permanently. 

Tanzy's body is compromised. Her veins are now home to the blood of a savage, wild horse, and its instincts are becoming impossible to control. Her world is also divided. She is determined to rescue Lucas, an Unseen creature who has loved her since her first life, and to find her treasured Harbor and the other stolen horses, which are bound for a catastrophic end in a world she can't access on her own. Yet the only allies she has left insist she seeks refuge in a remote safe house on the Outer Banks. 

While her fellow candidates beg her to stay in hiding, new enemies work to draw her out, making it clear Lucas and the horses are hers for the taking. But Tanzy knows all to well that when your loved ones are used as bait, finding them is only the beginning.

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My Review


Firstly, I should mention this series is not for people who only like light, happy stories. There are some dark tones running through these books, and the first part of book one is dark. There is no other way to describe it. Tanzy’s dad is swept away in a river sending her mom in to a dark depression. As she struggles to take care of herself and her mom she starts to unravel secrets and lies about her life. Tanzy’s mom’s grief is all consuming, and she has her own dark secrets. You see she is not completely human, and there is a hidden world full of monsters.

These monsters are ruled my one nasty guy, and he is very, very interested in Tanzy. She has special abilities that he really wants, and will do anything to get. Betrayed and hurting she has to find a way to survive, and this includes learning about her past life and the other girls who have been reincarnated from that life as well.

There is also Lucas, who is he and what does he want? There’s something between them, but is it real?

There is always a price to pay, and hers will be great, but if she doesn’t and she dies the cycle will start over with new lives and people being tortured.

This series will take you to some dark places, and pull you through cringing and trying to deny that anything or anyone could be so cruel. The range of character growth for Tanzy is great. She has more in her than she realizes, and her internal struggle brings the story to life. Doubts, fears, and the struggle to survive kept me engaged and drawn to the story despite the darkness. The beginning of book one was hard to read as it made me think of how hard it would be to loose someone that close to me. However, it shapes the story in the most necessary of ways, and makes the emotional impact that much more real.

I would recommend this for upper YA, 17-18+ due to some of the darker content. There is no adult content, but it may be hard to read for someone who has been through depression or trauma.


About Jadie:

Young-adult author. Equine professional. Southern gal. Pacific Northwest Transplant. Especially fond of family, sunlight, and cookie dough.​​

I wrote my first book in seventh grade, filling one hundred and four pages of a black and white Mead notebook. Back then I lived for two things: horses and R.L. Stine books. Fast forward nearly twenty years, and I still work with horses, and hoard books like most women my age collect shoes. It's amazing how much changes... and how much stays the same.

​The dream of publishing a novel has hitch-hiked with me down every other path I've taken (and there have been many.) Waitress, farm manager, road manager, bank teller, speech writer, retail, and more. But that need to bring pen to paper refused to quiet. Finally, in 2009, I sat down, pulled out a brand new notebook, and once again let the pictures in my head become words on paper.

​As a child, my grandfather would sit me in his lap and weave tales about the Cherokee nation, and a girl who belonged with horses. His words painted a whole new world, and my mind would take flight. My hope - my dream - is that Tanzy's journey does the same for you.

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