Rocked: A Chelsie Valdar Saga, 1
by Gina Marie Long
Publication: February 16th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal Thriller/Urban Fantasy
The Apocalypse is coming...in one week. Chelsie Valdar and her brother are modern-day Viking warrior teenagers. They must find a mystical sword belonging to their ancient ancestor and flee to safety at a secret shelter, if they hope to survive. As the clock ticks, several Bigfoot and an outcast werecat become invaluable friends helping with the search for the sword and offering supernatural protection. Misfortune haunts their every move. Conflicts delay their progress. Especially when a devious and deranged enemy is infatuated with Chelsie and hungers for the sword, desperate to escape to the shelter with Chelsie by his side. Time is running out.
If you would have ever told me I would be reading a book about bigfoot & werecats I would have told you you were crazy. That's so far from my usual reads that I would have laughed in your face. Why did I decided to read this you may ask? Well it could be that I have a 12 year old son and about 2000 acres behind my house that my son and his friends LOVE to Bigfoot hunt on. This all began with the show Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet. So when I read the blurb and it said that there was an impending apocalypse (Say the "A" word and my spidey senses start tingling. :)) I said oh what the heck! I could at least maybe have a good bedtime story to tell him, so I might as well read it. And I was pleasantly surprised.
Gina transfers the reader-what ever age or gender-straight into a teenager named Chelsie's life with her younger brother and supernatural friends. The plot centers around Chelsie, her brother, several Bigfoot and a werecat, Jessie, embarking on a journey to retrieve the viking sword that belongs to her family. They have to find the sword and get to the shelter before Yellow Stone erupts. They run into all kinds of trouble and almost losing her brother. I was fascinated about how all of these supernatural beings worked together to help Chelsie hunt for the sword.
Chelsie was a great heroine. She was fiery and strong and had a great sense of humor so much so that I found myself laughing at some things she did. The other characters were great too. I loved the role every one of them played. It was like a great big family. And Jessie, what can I say about her. She was great right from the moment she purred her way into Chelsie's lap. There was a hint of romance between Chelsie and one of the bigfoot brothers. But it was short and sweet.
I really liked this novel. It’s a fresh new look at supernaturals trying to survive the apocalypse. And I will definitely be telling my son how cool these bigfoot were. :)
Gina Marie Long is an author of paranormal thrillers, urban fantasy, and young adult novels. She has written the Unknown Touch-Werewolf Series and Rocked – A Chelsie Valdar Saga.
Gina's fiction stories are inspired from her interest in the supernatural, science fiction and fantasy world. She enjoys reading, watching evening TV shows, movies and listening to music. Writing indulges her passion for the entertainment arts, giving her active mind a playground of possibilities to explore. She stays active on social media sites and blogging, making connections with others who share the same interests.
She writes about werewolves, vampires, witches, werecats, Bigfoot, an occasional demon, psychics, Vikings, and riveting human characters. But not ALL in the same book! In addition, a light romance is included to spice things up (come on-every book, movie and TV show has some sort of a love story in it). The books do not fall under the romance category...just enough in the storyline to satisfy the girls. And the boys can breathe easy with the knowledge that they're not reading a romance novel but a paranormal thriller, instead. Depending on which series, the ages of the main characters are 16 through 30. Most are on the younger side.
"It's exciting to create strong characters that the readers fall in love with…or want to strangle! Writing books about other beings, such as werewolves and vampires, allows rules to be broken concerning life and the world as we know it. The idea to have these supernatural species living and breathing among us is so wickedly intriguing. Having close contact with them, developing relationships, and dealing with the good vs. the evil - it sweeps you away into another reality – an escape from real life. You wonder and worry about what the characters will stumble upon next. Or, what horrific tragedy knocks them flat on their faces."~~Gina
She lives in Highland, Illinois, with her husband and Jessie Cat.