Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: Raising Cain (The Key Guardians #1) by Kelli Ireland



Raising Cain Synopsis:

Hiding places are scarce when both Heaven and Hell intend to find you. 

Dani Fayel’s backbreaking job as a stable hand at The Freaks’ Fair isn’t glamorous, but for someone looking to keep to the shadows? It’s perfect. Neither paranormal freaks nor human norms ever notice her. But when Dani is forced to either let a child die in order to maintain her anonymity or choose to save him and risk being discovered, she finds herself unwillingly thrust into the spotlight. 

Cain, Hell’s premier assassin and a predatory incubus, is close to fulfilling his final contract and earning his freedom. Hired by the Archangel of Death to find his daughter, Cain follows her trail to the Fair. He works undercover, certain his mark is inside one of the portable canopies or traveling cages. Dead or alive, she equals his ticket to freedom.

When Cain’s objective is divulged, Dani realizes she can’t outrun her destiny. As the fabled Key—the one soul with absolute free will who is tied to the three realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell—only she is capable of opening the gates for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Whoever frees the Horsemen allegedly commands them. Now both Heaven and Hell are vying for her allegiance, and there are no limits as to how dirty they’ll fight to obtain it. With Hell raining indiscriminate chaos as Heaven maneuvers its players around her, Dani realizes her would-be assassin may be the only man capable of helping her survive.

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**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

My Review

Raising Cain had me glued to the edge of my seat all the way through! So much happened in this book, it felt like I read the first and sequel in one! The beginning events were just that different from the ending! Dani has kept her identity a secret for most her life, and has lived comfortably doing so for the past six years at the Fair for supernatural creatures. However, when her boss starts asking about her past, she is forced into a sticky situation in order to protect herself. This throws her path in with the mysterious demon Cain who came to the Fair looking for The Key, but won’t give much more detail about himself. When her secret gets out, Dani finds herself on the run from forces of both Heaven and Hell with no one but Cain to help her, she must make a choice as to what she believes to be her true destiny or what could lead to her death.

Cain was a super tricky character to figure out! He was so ever-changing, it was sometimes hard to discern his true intentions with Dani. Although, I rooted for Dani and him to get together throughout!! Cain was definitely cocky and badass and scary all at the same time! Dani was headstrong and held her ground against any and all adversaries. These two characters paired with constant suspense made for great plot movement throughout! Not that they were the only characters, as the story came to its head, unlikely allies are thrown into the mix that I did not expect Dani to become so attached to right away. Don’t get me wrong, I liked these extra characters, their presence just seemed a little too thrown in last minute.

As I said before, Raising Cain felt like it consisted of two separate books because of how distinctly different the first half was from the last half. The beginning focused on The Freak’s Fair events and setting while the last half went crazy with Dani running from all kinds of tripped out supernatural monsters/beings. Either way, this book was intense and the worth the ride! It consisted of multiple elements I hadn’t seen before and left me wanting more! Unfortunately, I have no idea when the next book comes out, but you can be sure that I will be getting my hands on it!! If you are a lover of all things supernatural, then you most definitely should read this book!!

Kelli Ireland Bio:

Kelli Ireland spent a decade as a name on a door in corporate America. Unexpectedly liberated by Fate’s sense of humor, she chose to carpe the diem and pursue her passion for writing. A fan of happily-ever-afters, she found she loved being the Puppet Master for the most unlikely couples. Seeing them through the best and worst of each other while helping them survive the joys and disasters of falling in love? Best. Thing. Ever.


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  1. (sneaking in) I love your review! Thank you so much! I just wanted to let you know that the second book, THE RUIN OF SOULS, comes out on December 1, 2015. You can email me for more information, but I thought I’d let you know.

    Again, thanks for the great review!

    Kelli Ireland

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