Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Blog Tour: A Study in Shifters

A Study In Shifters
Majanka Verstraete
(The Adventures of Marisol Holmes, #1)
Publication date: June 26th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Marisol Holmes may be the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, but it's hard to live up to the family name when only one mistake can spell your downfall. After trusting the wrong guy in a case gone totally wrong, Marisol convinces the Conclave, an underground organization of detectives solving supernatural cases, to give her a last chance to prove her worth, and maybe even heal her broken heart
After all, as a half-blood jaguar shifter, Marisol is uniquely qualified to solve this murder-and every scrap of evidence points toward the culprit being a fellow jaguar shifter. But is one of her own people involved, or is this all a ploy to kick Marisol's mother off the shifter throne?
Then Marisol discovers her best friend, Roan, is missing, and maybe the killer's next target. The stakes just got higher than political intrigue. Just when things couldn't get worse, Marisol's ex-boyfriend-turned-nemesis, Mannix, starts leaving sinister clues for her. Marisol fears this case might be far more personal than she could've imagined.
It's time for Marisol to prove her worth, or her people could fall into chaos while her best friend loses his life.

Author Bio:
Author Majanka Verstraete has written more than twenty unique works of fiction. A native of Belgium, Majanka's novels explore the true nature of monsters: the good, the bad, and just about every species in between. Her young adult books include the acclaimed Mirrorland (YA Dark Fantasy) and Angel of Death (YA Paranormal) series of novels. At MHB, Majanka is currently developing a new YA shifter series with a fresh take on fierce female detectives called THE ADVENTURES OF MARISOL HOLMES.
When she's not writing, Majanka is probably playing World of Warcraft or catching up with the dozens of TV series she's addicted to.
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Majanka's Top 10 Fictional Villains

Number 10: The Riddler from Batman

The Riddler is cool simply because he’s the Riddler. One riddle after another, he was my favorite Batman villain of all time… I liked him even better than the Joker, which is saying something! 

Number 9: Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events is one of my favorite series, and that is, in no small part, thanks to count Olaf, who always manages to change personalities with each new costume he tries on but who, in reality, is still as evil as ever! 

Number 8: Spike from Buffy, The Vampire Slayer

It’s been ages since I’ve seen Buffy, The Vampire Slayer (I really have to re-watch my DVDs of this epic series) but I remember how much I loved Spike. The first season we saw him, he was this cool bad guy, but then he slowly became one of the Scoobies, and eventually, he even became a “good” guy, up to some degree at least… That made him very intriguing, and his relationship with Buffy was an added bonus. 

Number 7: Aubrey from “In The Forests of The Night” by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

A lot of people probably won’t know this book, “In The Forests of The Night,” but I strongly recommend it, mainly because of its villain, a vampire named Aubrey who is, by all accounts, awesome. He’s complicated, dark, thrilling, and he’s evil just because he can be, but he’s also loyal and mysterious. 

Number 6: Crowley from Supernatural

In Supernatural, for several seasons, Crowley is one of the top-notch villains. Then, he sort of becomes Sam and Dean’s sidekick, and eventually he turns into “one of the good guys”. And that’s why he’s so interesting! His personality changes over time, he grows and develops, and eventually becomes a better person. 

Number 5: Darth Vader / Anakin from Star Wars

One of the reasons why I like Darth Vader is the prequel trilogy (I know, most people hate it, but it adds a lot of depth and personality to what would otherwise be a rather generic villain). Still, Anakin’s descend from pretty-okay-guy to children-slaughtering-madman happens too fast to merit a spot in the top three. 

Number 4: Loki from the Thor movies and the Avengers

Why is Loki so amazing? Because he’s not evil. He has a plan: he wants to take his father’s place, and to do that, he needs to get rid of his brother. But Loki is a lot more complicated than that. Sometimes he has Thor’s back, sometimes he double-crosses the God of Thunder. And that, his mischievous nature and the fact he’s not bad-bad is what makes him so intriguing. 

Number 3: Hannibal Lecter (from the movies and the TV series) 

Hannibal Lecter, both as he is portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in the movies, and by Mads Mikkelsen in the TV series, is chilling, and that is in part because Hannibal is just such an amazing character. He’s evil and knows it, but he’s also complex and difficult to read, and  

Number 2: Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones

One of my favorite characters in Game of Thrones is, no doubt, Cersei Lannister. Why? Well, she is evil, that’s a given, but she has purpose and drive, a reason why she does what she does, and no matter how much peril she is in, she always finds a way out of it. This resourcefulness along with the fact she only gets more intriguing over time is why she’s one of my favorite villains. 

Number 1: James Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes books

Of course, I have to give the grand number one title to Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes’ books. I’m a little biased, but still, he’s one of the best villains ever written about. He’s clever, witty, and he’s a solid opponent for Sherlock Holmes. Also, he does things for a reason, not just because he’s evil: his motivations are far more complex.   

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