Feb 28, 2013

Blog Tour: The Second Sign by Elizabeth Arroyo Review & Giveaway

The Second Sign by Elizabeth Arroyo
Release Date: February 7, 2013
Publisher:Sapphire Star Publishing; 232 pages

Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn't expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection.

When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.

When I first started reading this book, it actually took me by surprise how dark it was. I couldn't put it down but part of me was a little scared of what I might read next. What was interesting to me is I had just finished a book where the two main characters were Jake and Gabrielle. The girl was called Brielle in the last book and in this one she was called Gabby. It was hard at first to picture them as different characters, but once I got into this book, it was very simple to do, considering these characters are much different.

Gabby is a very dark, scared character  I felt for her right away. She wanted to be liked and loved, but she had so much anger and she just was to scared to really let anyone in. Jake was a guy who was reckless and a dare devil, complete opposite of Gabby. Their almost instead connection was a fast one, but it worked on so many levels. It wasn't a cheesy teenage love story, it had depth and meaning. Normally when connections happen so fast in books, it doesn't seem believable, but I think the fact that this book in paranormal, it fits really well. I love their love/hate relationship.

At the end of this book, I was a little disappointed. It did not end where I want it to, but that's not really anything I can control. There better be another book with this one, because this is not satisfying enough to be a stand alone novel. I need more!!!!


Author Bio: Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of five, Elizabeth spent most of her younger years as an avid reader with a wild imagination which led her to write her first manuscript at the age of fourteen.

Her fascination with the paranormal was influenced by the vivid ghost and demon stories of her father, scaring the crap out of her. It also led her to ask the "what if" question that propelled her down the path of the fantastical.

But, life got in the way. Elizabeth completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at Northeastern Illinois University and works in the community strengthening families.

But her love of stories held, and in 2008 she found herself back into her storytelling roots and began writing again. Since then she's published a short story in SQ Magazine, countless musings on her blog - Chandara Writes (her muse), and completed three manuscripts.

In 2012, Elizabeth signed with Sapphire Star Publishing to release her debut novel, THE SECOND SIGN, a Dark YA Paranormal Romance, slated for an early 2013 release.

Elizabeth still resides in Chicago’s south west side with her family, a household of kids, and the bliss of chaos. The good kind.  She continues to work in the community.  You can follow her journey on her Blog chandarawrites.blogspot.com

Author Links:
Twitter- @earroyo5


  1. I'm always fearful of really dark books, too, but if the story is good, I'll try it out.


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