Hello all:) Just wanted to let you know that today I am completing a two-part coverage of Rae Hachton’s Pretty In Black series…today will share my review of the second book in the series Black Satin! This is a Supa Gurl book tour!
AND I get to speak with the sexy main male character himself….Marcus marble! Check it out below!
What if you weren’t who you thought you were? What if your whole life changed in an instant and you were released to a new identity? What if you were forced to kill the one you love? What if everything you knew wasn’t real, and you awaken to a new world? What if love could take you to unknown places? How beautiful is death really? Marcus Marble has disappeared from Ellie’s life, and she needs answers to questions and he’s the only one who can answer them. How is her sister back from the dead, and why is Ellie still alive? When Ellie realizes Marcus isn’t coming back, she is forced to move on with her life the best way she can, in hopes of finding the answers herself, but when people at school begin to be viciously murdered, and Giles reveals to her a life changing secret, she decides to investigate the possible truth of it. What she discovers is more than she thought she would. The only time Ellie feels normal is when she’s around Walter, the new guy at school. And normal is how she wants to feel, now that Marcus is gone from her life. But Walter may not be all that he seems, either, and she just might spiral in to an even more dark world, she never thought possible. And when it occurs to her that Marcus has made the decision to pass on through to the afterlife, during the Risorgimento, she races against time to stop him, while knowing she has feelings for Walter, too. Will she make it in time to stop Marcus from passing through, and if she does, what will she tell Walter? Her heart will have to make the final decision. But will the choice be worth dying for?
Black Satin is the second book in the Pretty In Black series by Rae Hachton; the series gets even better in this second book which tales the tale of the passionate young lovers Marcus Marble and Ellie Piper. In this book, Marcus has restored Ellie’s life, giving her the life she always wanted. Her mother happily married nice home and her sister Darcy alive. All is well, could be considered perfect except for the fact that Marcus has left. He believes in order to protect Ellie, that he must leave and face the true death.
The only desire that Ellie has is to have Marcus back….and intermixed with her missing and wondering regarding Marcus, she is also discovering more of herself…such as more regarding being an Evermore hunter, discovering the truth about her parents and her heritage.
Things heat up as the outer forces begin to wage war against Ellie and her supporters…also this is around the time Walter, a handsome Gargoyle, Ellie’s champion, who has also grown to love Ellie, enters the story; Ellie also begins to have feelings for Walter as well…So amongst the action, danger, drama, Ellie is torn between her feelings for Walter and the love that will not die for Marcus…the questions hangs whether Marcus and Ellie are ended forever…
Black Satin was even better the second time around! I enjoyed finding out more regarding the history of the Evermores and Hunters, regarding Ellie’s heritage; at first I was a little upset with Walter coming into the picture and Ellie having some feelings for Walter! lol, But it was an edge of your seat read full of passion, romance. I literally could not wait to turn the page next to see what would happen! Ms. Hachton’s storytelling was superb, with many twist and turns to keep readers enthralled.
SPECIAL CHARACTER INTERVIEW with main character Marcus Marble!
1) You said that you had seen Ellie before the suicide attempt…that you loved her…when did you first see Ellie…and how did you know she would be the one to save you from the true death?
When I first became an evermore, clawing my way out of the grave, I was overwhelmed with emotions.
Emotions I wanted to fight. Emotions I believed I was not capable of controlling.
I did not tell anyone how I felt, but I felt monstrous. In fact, I stayed away from Nevermore for years, finding solace while locked away in my Paris palace, from society and from myself.
My sister annoyed me, Jillian made my emotions worse. I wanted the true death. I felt there was no escape from this darkness. That I would not be capable of peace, happiness, or love.
Then I met Ellie, and realized I was wrong. The day I met her, I was infuriated, rushing through the cemetery, ready to rip anyone apart. She was at her sister’s funeral.
She was sad. Her pain was beautiful to me. I wanted to end her life. The feelings I experienced that day were conflicting. I began to watch her, because I wanted to know her, but more than that, I wanted to figure out why I was experiencing contradicting emotions.
Kiss her. Kill her. Which?
But when she attempted suicide, it became quite evident which emotion would take over.
I had to save her. But in the end, she was the one who saved me.
2) What was your Human life like prior to your being claimed?
I still do not recollect much of my human life. It’s been a century now, since I was human. Much has been forgotten. Apparently though, I was in a relationship with Jillian before I’d died. This I cannot fathom. Of all the things of my human life, that could have been brought back to my memory, why this one?
3) What did you do the 112 years BEFORE Ellie?
I spent most of that time alone, contemplating whether to be a monster or not. Other evermores did not feel the way I did. They had embraced their destiny. I detested returning from the grave. I wanted revenge. When being told that I was to save human lives, I found it laughable. It contradicted every emotion in my body. I stayed away from Nevermore, because of this. Not being sure I was able to do what I was intended to do. Also, knowing I was the White Raven, and that more was expected of me, to be the leader, this was even more stressful.
Between trips to Paris, and back to Nevermore, during that time, I focused my mind on other things. Or tried to, anyway. The closer it got to my centennial, the more afraid I became. If I could not fully suppress the monster within, I would not be able to be the White Raven, the leader. I would be a failure.
I met Ellie, and that changed everything.
4) How do you feel knowing that Ellie is a Evermore hunter? Do you feel any betrayal… or fear that she will give in to her birthright?
This is just another challenge for us, on the list of many. I know she is an evermore hunter, but she is also half-evermore. At this point, it could go either way. We will see.
5) Why do you love Ellie? What makes her different from all others? (I can hear the girls swoon right now:)
She saves me from the darkness, and from myself.
6) How do you feel being known as a hottie since the book has come out?:)
*Grins* So, that’s what people are saying?
7) How does all this publicity make your feel?
Well, can’t say that I don’t enjoy it.
8) When you decided to leave Ellie to protect her, and then when you found your way together again…how did it feel knowing part of her loved Walter?
Many perhaps, may not fully grasp this, but I completely understand her feelings for Walter. I love Ellie, and I wanted her to be happy. If I could not be there for her, I needed someone strong, who would love her the way I would have, and who would protect her.
Walter was fully capable of doing that.
But Ellie returned to me, and that’s all I need to know. It’s more than enough. I cannot bring myself to feel jealous of the guy who protected her when I could not be there for her, when I felt I wasn’t strong enough.
If anything, I should feel angry at myself for wanting to leave in the first place. If she were to choose him, I’d deserve it. And I’d let go.
9) Now that Author Rae Hachton has made your story known…what is the plan for you and Ellie, will you allow Ms. Hachton to share anymore of your story?
Right Now, Ellie and I, we’re in Paris, France. Ms. Hachton does not agree to reveal my and Ellie’s plans at this time, because I will not allow it. However, she does agrees to these short teasers, and a Raven in the Grave official release date: December 31, 2012.
Ellie lay on my chest, still asleep, her eyelids fluttering. I awaited her awakening in sweet agony. My arm was still wrapped around her, as we lay silently, wrapped together on my wrought iron king size bed in my Parisian chambre—inside the Palace that I’d inherited from my Great Grandfather, Alexandre Laroche—a Frenchman.
Today was the First of January. The night before had been magical. But today, I was not so sure. A part of me, a deep part of me, wanted to drink from her again. This time, from her wrist. An erotic act, a declaration of my desire. I wanted to make love to her madly, but I had to restrain myself. Her beating pulse did not help. I gathered her hair and pushed it gently away, exposing her neck. My eyes took in the thump, thump, thumping. The mark where I’d drank from her, while faint, was still there. I lifted her wrist to my lips and kissed it, testing myself.
10) What music do you like?
Anything that can express deep emotion. Music has no purpose if it cannot accomplish that.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rae Hachton [pronounced H-ton] is the nom de plume of author Desirae Hennington. She is the Indie Author of the Gothic Romance series Pretty in Black. She is twenty-three years old and lives with her Muse and her Ghost. When she is not composing new novels, she is working on her cinematography studies, and devouring YA books. Her favorite band is The Raveonettes, and she is a major fan of Edgar Allan Poe and Ravens and Crows. Although she is writing Gothic Fiction at the moment, her favorite genre of all time is Contemporary YA. Favorite contemporary book: tie between Forever by Judy Blume and the Summer I turned Pretty series by Jenny Han. Favorite author: David Levithan. If Rae Hachton wasn’t writing, she’d give it one last shot at being kewl, and probably start a band.
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