Monday, November 11, 2019

Review Tour and Giveaway: Benevolent by Erin A. Jensen

Welcome to my stop on the review tour for Benevolent by Erin A. Jensen. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you and my review of Benevolent. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: Benevolent
Author: Erin A. Jensen
Publisher: Dream Waters Publishing
Publication Date: August 30th 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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A story about the purpose of life, the healing power of fandom, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Tormented by the in-crowd at school on a daily basis, there were two things that gave fifteen-year-old Abigail Perkins the strength to keep going—her best friend, Danny Cobb; and her favorite television show, Supernatural. But the night Danny’s mother calls to say that his battle with cancer is nearing its end, and the doctors don’t expect him to live through the night, even Supernatural can’t dull the ache in her heart.

Devastated by her impending loss and crushed that Danny’s mother won’t allow her to visit him one last time, Abigail crawls into bed and cries herself to sleep that night; and she wakes to find Supernatural’s most endearing angel standing at the foot of her bed.

Told from Abigail’s perspective as she nears the end of her long life and revisits the moments that defined it, this story was inspired by the deep connection that Supernatural fans feel with the show’s beloved characters, and the show’s miraculous ability to help its fans through troubled times.

**100% of the net proceeds from Benevolent's sales will be donated to Random Acts charity.** 

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EXCERPT:
I flashed him a sympathetic smile. “What are you thinking?”

“I have never understood why humans are so moved by music,” he muttered as his eyes searched mine.

“Music is the closest thing that we have to magic,” I confided in a reverent whisper, “because it has the power to anchor us to a moment in time.”

His half-smile conveyed a heartwarming mix of curiosity and affection. “How so?”

I felt my face flush a shade darker as I grinned at him. “When we hear a song from our past, it conjures up all the old sensations that we felt when we first heard it.”

He eyed me with a perplexed frown as he took a step toward me. “How can a combination of man-made instruments and human vocal chords wield that sort of power?”

“I can’t explain it with words,” I whispered, “It’s something that you just have to feel.”

He stood there staring at me with that puzzled expression on his face as I stepped closer and carefully inserted the earpiece in my hand into his left ear, so the music connected the two of us, just as surely as the cord connected the earbuds in our ears. “Maybe you’d understand what I mean if you danced to the music.”

“I don’t dance,” he muttered as he watched me begin to sway to the beat.

I smiled at him as I took his hands in mine and moved his arms in time with the music, like a puppeteer pulling a life-sized marionette’s strings. “Anyone can dance. You just have to let go and let the music guide your movements.”

A skeptical frown spread across his face as he watched me, but he let me direct his movements nonetheless. He was stiff and awkward at first but as the music grew louder, he seemed to find the rhythm. “These words are nonsense,” he muttered.

“Shhh,” I whispered, “Don’t think. Just feel.”

He was a remarkably fast learner, but I suppose being on earth since the dawn of time had given him plenty of opportunities to watch humans dance. Once he started to feel the music, he moved with all the grace that you’d imagine an angel would.

“Hey Jude” gradually faded away until there was nothing but silence in our twin earpieces.

We stopped moving and stood there staring at each other while we waited for the next song to guide our movements.
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MY REVIEW:
I first heard of Benevolent by Erin A. Jensen through the blogging community. It sounded very interesting especially the more I heard about it. When an opportunity to review Benevolent came about, I jumped at the chance. Although Benevolent does mention the television show Supernatural throughout the book, you don't have to be a fan of Supernatural or know anything about the show to enjoy this novel. I will admit that I've only seen a few episodes of Supernatural back when it first began, but my limited knowledge of Supernatural did not take away my enjoyment of Benevolent. I'm really glad I got the chance to read Benevolent because it truly is a gem of a book!

The plot of Benevolent was a truly interesting one that really tugged at my heartstrings throughout. Benevolent begins with a teenage girl, Abigail (or Abbie as she's sometimes called) losing her best and only friend to cancer. She is comforted by an angel who appears in the form of Castiel from the television show Supernatural (her and her best friend's favorite). The reader is then taken through a journey throughout Abbie's life including all the ups and downs. Her angel, Castiel, plays a big role in her life's journey, and Abbie's left wondering if Castiel is real or if he's just a figment of her imagination. Benevolent is more than just that though. It's a gripping and emotional love story, but not in the romantic sense.

I could not put Benevolent down! In fact, I pretty much read this book in one sitting. It's a fairly short story, but the pacing was absolutely perfect throughout. I love how each chapter title was a song title. In fact, it makes for a great playlist whilst reading the chapter that features it or before and/or after that chapter. I was pulled into Abigail's world as soon as I started reading the first page. I loved how every loose end is tied up before Benevolent ends, and every question I had was answered. The world building is fantastic, and I can't fault anything about it. Erin A. Jensen is such a talented writer based on Benevolent

I absolutely enjoyed every character in Benevolent. Abigail felt like an old friend. In fact, I felt like I was reading a true life biography about Abigail instead of just a work of fiction. Everything about Abigail's character was just laid bare for everyone to read about, and I think that's what made me love her so much. She had been through a lot, and I could relate to her on so many levels. The character of Castiel was written perfectly too. Like I said, I had only watched a few episodes of Supernatural before they introduced the character of Castiel, so I can't comment on how much Benevolent's character of Castiel was like the one on Supernatural. However, it is mentioned in the beginning of Benevolent that Abigail's angel took on the form of Castiel and his name and mannerisms to make Abbie feel more comfortable. It is said that he isn't the actual Castiel from Supernatural. We also get to know Danny, Abbie's childhood best friend, through Abbie's memories. Danny seemed like such an awesome person, and even I was saddened by his death.

Trigger warnings for Benevolent include death, cancer, attempted suicide, overdosing, drug use, alcohol, and some profanity but nothing too bad.

Overall, Benevolent is one of those books that will stick with you long after you've stopped reading. It's a book that tugs on your heart strings and won't let go until the very end. Benevolent has such a fantastic plot with such a relatable main character that it just makes for an awesome read. What makes Benevolent even more awesome (which is saying something since Benevolent is highly awesome already) is that 100 percent of the profits from its sales will be donated to Random Acts charity. I would wholeheartedly recommend Benevolent by Erin A. Jensen to everyone aged 15+ no matter what genre of book they like. I feel like this book will touch everyone who gives it a read.
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(A special thank you to Erin A. Jensen for providing me with a paperback of  Benevolent in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Erin Jensen is the Amazon International bestselling author of The Dream Waters Series. She was awarded the Bronze Medal for fantasy fiction in the 2018 Readers' Favorite international book awards. She also received Honorable Mention for fantasy fiction in the 2018 Writer's Digest self-published e-book awards. A part-time pharmacist and a full-time daydreamer, she resides in upstate New York with her ridiculously supportive husband, two teenage sons--who are both taller than her--and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he's the family bodyguard.

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GIVEAWAY:
Erin A. Jensen will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour.
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46 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your terrific book. I sure enjoyed reading about it and appreciate you taking the time to share it with us.

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    1. Thank you, James Robert. And thanks so much for following my tour. It was nice to connect with you!

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  2. This book looks like a fun read. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. The synopsis and excerpt have caught my attention. My Mom passed away of cancer many years ago so I think I can relate to this book. This book sounds like I will need to keep a box of Kleenex handy. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom, Bernice. The end of life portions of this book were heavily based on my time spent with my Grandfather during his final days on hospice. You probably will need Kleenex for parts (I recently narrated the audiobook version of Benevolent, and there are parts I still can’t read through without tearing up). But I’ve had several readers reach out to tell me that they’d lost a loved one (a couple actually read the story while their loved one was on hospice) and they all said that the book brought them a great deal of comfort and peace. I can’t think of a better compliment for my story to receive.

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    1. Thank you, Rita, and thanks for following my tour!

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  5. sounds like a fun one

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. This story is very dear to me for many reasons, and all the proceeds are going to charity.

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  7. I must have this book!! I can't tell you how it is calling me! It just sounds like a fantastic book!

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    1. I’m glad to hear it, Amy! I’d love to hear what you thought of it after you read it.

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  8. I've really enjoyed the tour for Benevolent and can't wait to read it!

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    1. Thanks, Victoria! It was nice connecting with you during the tour!

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  9. Benevolent sounds like a must read.

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    1. Thank you, Caryl! I’m pretty proud of this story and the money it’s raised for Random Acts charitable organization. Glad to hear you like the sound of it!

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  10. thanks this sounds like an amazing book

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    1. You’re welcome, Jamie. Thanks for checking out the post!

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  12. I like the cover. The simplicity of the design is striking.

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    1. Thank you, Jeanna. My husband designs all my covers. I think he does a beautiful job!

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    1. Thanks for checking out the post, Holly. Glad you like the sound of my book.

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  14. Great cover.. trying to buy this as a holiday gift...

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    1. Thank you, Michele. I’ve actually just added a store tab to my website where you can order signed / personalized copies and jewelry that fits with Benevolent’s theme for holiday gifts.

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  15. Beautiful cover, have a thing for feathers.

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  16. I absolutely love The Dream Water Series. I also will be visiting Erin's store for holiday gifts. My sister is also a fan.

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  17. The storyline sounds very compelling. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes to the author on the new release.

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  18. Sounds like an interesting book. I used to be a fan of Supernatural for the first years of the show, but then I stopped because it just got way too gory for me. I'm wondering how this book relates to the show, if any.

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  19. I think its wonderful that sales will be donated to Random Acts charity

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  20. I love the cover and the book sounds good

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  21. great review. everything about the book appeals to me and i love that the author is donating the proceeds. i have watched the supernatural series through reruns and love it. makes it easier to visualize the action in some of the books i read.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  22. Really loved the excerpt!

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  23. Love the concept and the excerpt. So looking forward to reading. And thanks for the giveaway.

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