Book Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

23308087Title: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Genre: YA Fantasy
Length: 368 pages
Format: eARC through Penguin First to Read
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Rating – 5 stars!!

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

I received a free copy of the Flame in the Mist ARC from Penguin’s First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.

Flame in the Mist is set in feudal japan and follows a young girl Mariko who has been betrothed to one of the emperor’s sons. On her way to meet her betrothed, her litter is attacked and she is presumed dead. Survival instinct kicking in, she escapes and due to the climate of the time, dresses as a boy in order to move around freely and embarks on a quest for revenge.

Prior to being approved an ARC, I had heard about this book and that it was a Mulan retelling. I definitely saw the Mulan similarities but this story is definitely it’s very own. I loved this book. I thought it was so unique and done very well. I loved the theme of female empowerment that is woven throughout the entire book – we see this in Mariko’s making her own decisions and taking her life into her own hands during a time when women were treated like property and not allowed to make their own decisions.

The romance element was simply breathtaking. In connection with that I am SUPER happy that Mariko was not the squeaky clean, pure main character that we see in a lot of stories. She was very real. She was a badass that had no problem standing up for herself and did not succumb to what anyone wanted her to be, but she also had moments where she doubted herself and her strength. Through that she always found strength within herself, which was amazing.

The writing was absolutely beautiful, this was undoubtedly one of my favorite reads of this year so far.  It does end rather abruptly but I was okay with that since I know there is going to be a second book. I felt like a lot happened in this one and the stage was set for some really big things to happen. I cannot wait for the second one and my only complaint is that I will have to wait awhile since this book won’t even release until May. I definitely have a lot of questions like the magical elements we see and where this comes from and what happens with Mariko, plus a few more that I won’t mention because of spoilers.

This was my first Renee Ahdieh book and now I am very interested in reading her other novels. Flame in the Mist is published on May 16th so definitely check it out!

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

17347382Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Length: 734 pages
Format: Paperback (15th Anniversary Ed.)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Rating – 5 stars

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the pivotal fourth novel in the seven-part tale of Harry Potter’s training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal — even by wizarding standards.

And in this case, different can be deadly.

I finally read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! For the very first time! I have previously seen the movie (which seems to be a theme this month lol) but it’s been awhile so I forgot almost everything in it. This book was definitely a little more hefty in size than the previous Harry Potter books so it took me almost a month to read it, especially since I had to read so many other books this month so I had to keep putting it down and picking it back up.

In book four, we journey back to Hogwarts with our normal cast of characters except now our main crew is noticeable older and starting to deal with the normal growing up stuff like hormones i.e. Harry’s attraction to Cho and Hermoine/Ron’s growing feelings for each other. The brunt of the story takes place during the Tri-Wizard tournament that Hogwarts is hosting where three champions from three wizarding schools will compete for the Goblet of Fire and a large sum of prize money (not to mention bragging rights). The wizarding world is thrown in an uproar when Harry Potter’s name bursts forth from the Goblet naming him as the fourth wizard to compete when there should only be three. He is also under the age requirement of seventeen. This, unbeknownst to many, is just part of Lord Voldemort’s dark plot to return to power and Harry finds himself once again, face to face with his enemy.

I looooooooved this book! I definitely hated having to put it down and pick it back up again a few times towards the beginning but once I picked up back up for good, I COULD NOT put it down and actually stayed up until four in the morning reading it this weekend because I just couldn’t bear to put it down again.I think this is my favorite of the four I have read so far. It had everything…danger, betrayal, action, grief, death, suspense, and even a little bit of romance. I definitely feel like the first HP book was great, but the story and the writing just get progressively better and better with each book. I loved this story, loved spending more time with these characters, hated losing Cedric…but  I loved this book! Five stars! I cannot wait to start book five this month!

Blog Tour Book Review: The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

 

the-fate-of-the-tearling-cover About The Fate of the Tearling

• Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Harper (November 29, 2016)

Katniss Everdeen, you have competition.”—Entertainment Weekly

The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.

Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.

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the-queen-of-the-tearlingAbout The Queen of the Tearling

A #1 Indie Next Pick and LibraryReads Selection

Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.

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the-invasion-of-the-tearling-coverAbout The Invasion of the Tearling

In this riveting sequel to the national bestseller The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Kelsea and her realm.

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

In this dazzling sequel, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine.

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Happy Monday everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I received this book from the publisher Harper Collins through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of it. 

The Fate of the Tearling is the third and final book in the Queen of the Tearling series. It is a fantasy series about a young girl who discovers that she is actually the Queen of this land called the Tearling. She was raised as a normal child and unbeknownst to her, many people have been searching for her to either assassinate her or put her on the throne. It’s very much a tale of her journey to become the Queen and protect her people and her land. If you’d like to check out my reviews for the first two books you can check them out here: The Queen of the Tearling and The Invasion of the Tearling. 

There isn’t much I can reveal about the plot of this third book since this is the concluding installment but I can definitely tell you that this book is phenomenal. I have really enjoyed the series as a whole and I was so blessed to be able to read this book for a review as it is definitely my most anticipated book of 2016 because I just had to know what happened next after the cliffhanger ending of the second book.

I love a lot of things about this series and about this installment in general: this third book is definitely my most favorite of the three. It is definitely a fantasy story but it’s also dark and gritty. The setting is totally brutal at times and the events unbelievably harrowing. I was literally on the captivated and on the edge of my seat through the entirety of this book. 

Kelsea is my jam. She is such a wonderful character and her development throughout the series from a quiet girl unsure of herself into this badass, leader queen has been an awesome thing to see. She does many things in this book that just had he cheering out loud! She develops into a strong character who is a force to be reckoned with but I love that she was written in a very real way that shows that she has flaws, even while being completely badass.

I just really have loved the overall concept of this book and it’s unique multifaceted plot. I love that both YA and adult readers can enjoy it. It has been quite a journey with these characters. There has been so much conflict, betrayal, tragedy and even some romance. Once you start reading this book, you just don’t want to stop. It’s gripping, dark and will keep you glued to your seat. A five star read for sure! I actually gave this entire series five stars, it is that good and one that I will most surely reread in the future.

About Erika Johansen

Erika Johansen grew up and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Rags and Ruins by Bob Dixon

RARBANNERRRKINDLETitle: Rags and Ruins by Bob Dixon
Genre: Fiction – Middle Grade/YA–  Fantasy
Length: 292 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: October 30, 2015
Publisher:  Chimera, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Rating – 5/5

Rags leads an idyllic life for a goblin child—he spends his days playing in the landfill with his gargoyle friend Ladin, going fishing with his father Hargo in the river, and developing his love of music. His parents love him intensely, and his mother Calin is fiercely protective of him. How could he ask for anything more as he lives an enchanted life on the reservation on the outskirts of the “civilized” world, surrounded by mystical creatures and magic? Little does Rags realize that he is not a goblin but instead a human who was abandoned shortly after his birth and left in the landfill to be raised by the goblins as a way to fulfill an ancient prophecy of good and evil, twin brothers separated at birth and reunited in the thirteenth year of their life, one to unleash an ancient evil, the other the only hope to stop it from happening. A powerful tale of magic, music, and danger, Rags and Ruins is sure to thrill readers of all ages with its mix of adventure, intrigue, and humor—and if it doesn’t, they’ll have to answer to a furious goblin mother.

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Rags and Ruins. I would like to thank the author Bob Dixon and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rags and Ruin is a fantasy novel about a young goblin and his wife who take in and raise an abandoned human baby as their own. Unbeknownst to them at the time, the child is one half of a prophecy that will end in the battle between good and evil.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a really fast read because of how it read – the pacing was great and the story itself was interesting. It captured my attention easily and was just a really good story. I loved the writing, I thought the writer did a fantastic job writing and editing this story which made it such a pleasure to read.

I liked the characters and the settings alot. I will probably never look at a landfill the same and will always wonder if there isn’t more than meets the eye in them…maybe a world of fantastical creatures that escapes human attention. I thought that concept was really clever and really enjoyable. The protagonist and antagonist are both very young throughout the story and it all comes to a head on their thirteenth birthday so I would classify this story as more of a middle grade story but it would still be super enjoyable to a young adult audience. As an adult of twenty nine years, I really enjoyed it so I think that everyone would find this story interesting, enjoyable and well worth a read. This is the first book in a series and I am super excited to continue it in the future and would definitely be interested in reading more from this author.

If you are looking for a light, fun read be sure to check this one out! I also think it would be a great introduction to the fantasy genre for younger readers! I am planning on purchasing a paperback copy for my niece who is just now beginning to get comfortable with reading and fantasy is her genre of choice…I’m excited to see how she enjoys this story.

P.S. I absolutely love the cover too, it’s super cool!

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Bob Dixon is a a two-time Guinness World Record holder for the world’s longest cartoon strip. Author of Mouch and Company: The Dream Psychic and A Tough Call. He has created and written a number of comic book titles for Pocket Change Comics, including Assassinette: The Mind Stalker, Psyco Duck, Jester’s Dead, The Holy Knight, Riplash, Shadow Slasher, and Warzone 3719. He has written two children books, Rooty the Tree Troll and Holiday Bunny. In addition, Bob is a certified special education teacher who works with children with intellectual delays and autism.

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Book Review: Once Upon A [Stolen] Time by Samreen Ahsan

26876204Title: Once Upon A [Stolen] Time by Samreen Ahsan
Genre: Fiction – Fantasy Romance
Length:  221 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date:  December 1, 2015
Rating – 4/5

2015…
All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castles—and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. Now, wealthy videogame designer Steve Bernard wants her to model for a princess character in his new game. Myra can’t resist his offer, especially when she learns that Steve plans to film inside the mysterious Hue Castle—a cursed, barren, colorless place forbidden to visitors for centuries. But unknown to Myra, her soul is bound to Hue Castle by blood and sorcery. When she enters its doors, she awakens dark powers that will reach through time—stealing her past, torturing her present, and rewriting her future.

1415…
Edward Hue, the last of the Hue royal bloodline, has never stood in the sunshine or held a living flower. Cursed from birth to live in darkness and bring death to all he touches, he is at the mercy of his cruel, tyrannical father, who will not rest until he shatters Edward’s soul and makes his son into a diabolical copy of himself. Edward’s one hope is the mysterious woman who haunts his dreams—who will either break his curse and bring him out of the darkness, or destroy him utterly.

For Myra and Edward, past and future collide in a tale of love, obsession, betrayal, and the hope for redemption.

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I’d like to thank the author Samreen Ahsan for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

Once Upon a [Stolen] Time is an Adult fantasy novel about a young woman who has been obsessed with medieval times and the subject of courtly love ever since she can remember. She swears that she was meant to live in a different time and figure this may be why she has yet to find love. Seeing her situation as somewhat hopeless, her mom and a family friend endeavor to set her up with her family friend’s son who just happens to be handsome and wealthy and has access to a castle that she has longed to visit ever since she can remember. When she gets there though she soon finds that in exploring the castle she is connected to it in ways she could not have imagined.

I haven’t read as much fantasy as I would have liked to this year and it’s my favorite genre so I we particularly excited to have the chance to read this book. This book ended up being a pretty good story, I gave it a four star rating on Goodreads, which by that scale means I really really liked it – and I did!

It wasn’t a retelling but I did get a Beauty and the Beast vibe at times. I think I expected the story to be a lot lighter than it was and was surprised to find that it definitely had a lot of dark themes to it like abuse and torture. It also had romantic and sexual elements as well. I very much enjoyed the blending of the lighter side as well as the darker side of this modernish fairy tale. Without revealing too much I would like to say that I rather enjoyed the time traveling element in this story and can’t wait to experience more of it in the rest of the series. Even though this story is classified as adult, I felt like it could even qualify as YA. At least that’s what it felt like to me.

I am anxious to continue on and see what happens to the characters that we have met, specifically our two main protagonists. They both have a lot of internal and external conflicts to resolve, some of which they will have to do together and wow, I must say that I did not see the ending coming and when I finished the last page I just…couldn’t believe it. I can’t wait to continue. I recommend this to anyone who loves fairy tale inspired stories especially darker ones. You can purchase a copy on Amazon by clicking below!

 

 

Blog Tour Book Review: The Phoenix Born (A Dance of Dragons #3) by Kaitlyn Davis

Phoenix Born tour bannerThe Phoenix BornTitle: The Phoenix Born (A Dance of Dragons #3) by Kaitlyn Davis
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 320 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: November 16, 2015
Rating – 5/5 – it was amazing

From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis comes the final book in the thrilling A Dance of Dragons series—perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Graceling, and Game of Thrones!

For the first time in a thousand years, the fire dragon has been awakened and Rhen is its rider. But after destroying the armies that threatened the city of Rayfort, Rhen is shown a vision in flames that changes everything. The shadow’s phantom armies are coming and the dragons are the only things that might stop them.

High in the castle at the top of the Gates, Jinji has learned something of her own. Janu, her long lost twin, is alive. And just as the spirit shares her body, the shadow shares his. In the blink of an eye, her quest for vengeance against the evil that killed her family has changed to one of protection. Because she knows that if Rhen learns the truth he will do what she cannot—end the shadow and end her brother in the process.

As the shadow grows more aggressive, Jinji and Rhen fight to find the rest of the dragon riders. But with time running out, they are forced to face the impossible decision between honor and love. Alliances are formed, promises are broken, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance…

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I am so excited to share my review with you today for the blog tour for The Phoenix Born by Kaitlyn Davis! The Phoenix born is the conclusion to the A Dance of Dragons series! This series is special to me because I have reviewed both the first and the second book in it so I was really excited to have the chance to read and review the third. You can read both of those reviews by clicking on the titles here: Book One: The Shadow Soul and Book Two: The Spirit Heir. I want to send a HUGE thank you to the author Kaitlyn Davis for giving me the chance to read and review this book series in exchange for an honest review. It has been quite a ride!

The Phoenix Born was everything I expected and a whole lot more. When I read this I was really in the mood for a fantasy read as I have surprisingly not read much fantasy this year which is a sad thing so I was craving a fantasy read. This was it definitely it. I always immediately fall into this world when I start reading about it but I felt captivated by this last books especially. Since I’ve read the first two I wanted to know what happens to the characters, I wanted to see what happens to the world as the series has been building to this epic conclusion. Ahhhhhh!

I have always loved Jinji and Rhen and the dynamics of their relationship/friendship since book one so this book of course, gave me all sorts of feels and sadness and more feels. Jinji, especially, has had this dangerous and emotional journey throughout the series which has been literally just breathtaking to read. Reading about the dragons and their riders was thrilling!

I thought the book was extremely well written and just like many book series I feel like the writing, which was great to begin with, just always got progressively better with each book. That’s always one of my favorite things about book series. I also just loved the journey that each character goes through and the characters in Kaitlyns books just always have these tremendous inner and outer journeys that just suck me right in.

I am giving this book a well deserved five star review and honestly I can’t wait to read it all over again in the upcoming year as I will be purchasing them all in print form and adding them to my library. There are also novellas which I am planning to read and review soon because yes, how can I not read them? And I’m pretty sure I am going to ache to return to these characters and this world because of everything that happened in it!

If you are a fantasy fan please check these books out, you will regret that decision! These books always transport me so quickly into their pages and they’re always full of danger, action and also some romance! I am also a big fan of their covers!

You can purchase your copy at any of the links below! Please come back and let me know your thoughts on this wonderful series!

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Born-Dance-Dragons-Book-ebook/dp/B0160BFHKU

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-phoenix-born-kaitlyn-davis/1122731435?ean=2940152383508

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Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-phoenix-born-a-dance-of-dragons-3

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/581571

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As a bonus, enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 10 of The Phoenix Born!

Jinji stopped him by grabbing his cheeks and pulling his face against hers, kissing him urgently. Rhen tried to pull away, to understand why she wasn’t thrilled by the news, but her hands traveled to the back of his neck, grip tight, and he couldn’t break her hold. Her lips moved fast against his, pleading with him silently. Everything about her was desperately trying to hold on to the moment, to stop time, as though she were drowning and the air from his lungs was the only thing that might save her, as though he were her tether to life.

Rhen wanted to give in. More than anything, he wanted to melt beneath her touch and forget the world, to kiss her until the sun rose the next morning, and even then maybe not stop. He could so easily get lost in the fire of her touch, the silkiness of her skin.

But he couldn’t let himself.

The woman he loved was in pain.

Her kiss wasn’t full of passion. It was full of dread. Rhen sensed the dark taste on his tongue.

“Jin,” he mumbled against her lips.

But she didn’t stop.

Rhen reached back, unlatching her fingers, pulling her forcibly away from him, finding her eyes. “Jin?”

And with that word, she couldn’t avoid what was in her heart any longer. A tear rolled down her cheek, and she gave in, collapsing against him as her body racked with sobs. The moans came from a dark place within her, ripping their way up her throat, making him wince at the sound.

Rhen wanted to demand answers.

He wanted to force her to explain, to let him in, to tell him what had her so distraught.

But he didn’t.

He just held her, kissing her forehead and rubbing her back. Not questioning. Not demanding. There would be time for answers later. Right now, Jinji needed a shoulder to cry on and nothing more. He gave that to her, embracing her until sleep claimed them both.

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About the AuthorKaitlyn Davis author photo

Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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Book Review: Divine by L.C. Davis, Jr.

DIVBANNERDivineTitle:  Divine by L.C. Davis
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher: Chimera (Ravenswood Publishing)
Length: 336 pages
Format: Epub
Publication Date: July 15, 2015
Rating – 4/5

The unexpected arrival of an ill-omened war sword serves as the perfect catalyst for the wild fire of revenge and dark magic poised to engulf four embattled brothers and their father’s illustrious crown.

Set in the feudal kingdom of Valgary, the novel “Divine” explores the first grim chronicles of an undefeated Pangean bloodline of Kings and Warlords shaken to its very core when the powerful King Vagrath’s youngest son, Royal, is unintentionally thrust into the role of his father’s successor over his vengeful older brothers, Genesis, and the vain cold-hearted twins, Grieves & Mourn.

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Divine by L.C. Davis! Thank  you to both the author and publisher for giving me the opportunity read this book for an honest review!

Divine is a dark fantasy story that follows the royal family of the feudal kingdom of Valgary. The inhabitants of the kingdom value strength, lineage, and combat. It is a kingdom rife with pride and centuries old traditions that are unexpectedly disrupted by the birth of Royal, the last son of the current King, Vagrath. The strangeness of his birth, his difference in constitution and mind, and his overall character are in stark contrast to that of his siblings whom unfailingly resent him for it and are actually the differences that ultimately change his family and kingdom.

I almost wish this book were longer, the characters and scenes just a bit more detailed because I would have enjoyed them that much more. I’m interested in more background on the kingdom – the kingdom and it’s traditions themselves are so fascinating. I love Royal’s character and his journey from what seemed like a weak boy in the first few chapters to this interestingly strong and somewhat dark character. On the flip side I also love Mourn’s character. In the first few chapters I didn’t like him but he becomes so much more complex and interesting when the tables turn and he is disgraced. So interesting!

There is alot to this story that gripped me. I thought the sibling rivalry angle was interesting, as I mentioned above, I thought the kingdom’s traditions and mores were interesting, and I thought the relationships between the characters were interesting like that of the queen and her sons. Overall, although it took  me a little bit to get into the story, once I did, it was gripping and definitely entertaining.

I ended up giving this book a four star rating, I really enjoyed this story and cannot wait to continue it. I’m really interested in what is going to happen next in this world. I love the darkness of the story. It’s very bloody and gritty, I think it would make a great movie. I await the sequel eagerly!

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About the Author

xL.C. “Lamar Calvin” Davis Jr grew up an army child and currently resides in the military town of Clarksville, Tennessee. He is a film school graduate, avid gamer and hopes to one day become a premier southern novelist in modern day literature. His debut novel series, Divine, was crafted with the intention of becoming his first contract between himself the author and the rest of the world as readers. Die hard supporters and fan art are what keep him going.

 

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