Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Grimoire Saga book tour


Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things—Ourea.
Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea's royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict—a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.
For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.

My review:
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Kara walks through a gateway to another world by accident and finds herself in control of a magical book that everyone wants to control. Kara has no idea how to protect herself or who to trust in a world full of magic and dangerous creatures.

I admit that fantasy novels are not my favourite genre but the story sounded interesting enough for me to give it a try. And it was a decent novel despite my reservations. The concept of the book is interesting, with a girl seeing what looks like a cabin in the woods and as soon as she goes onto the porch, she is in strange world. The characters that appear are also good-Kara is suffering from grief and can't look after herself at the start of the book but despite doing very stupid things that irritated me, she does grow as a character through the book as she learns to use the grimoire. I liked Twin and Richard. Gavin did my head in from the start, as did the Bloods, but that was probably what the author wanted so I can't really complain about that. I liked the creatures that appeared, some as friends like the wolf, and the more dangerous creatures. There was a nice mixture of mythical creatures to add to the story. The book was a good mixture of character and plot that did keep you reading it and wondering what the next twist would be. The storytelling and world-building was also well written by the author.

So why only three stars? Well there were a couple of slow bits dealing with Kara's love life that I wasn't that interested in. I prefer action to romance and I didn't really feel any chemistry between the couple as the plot developed. I didn't like the plot involving Kara's dad-I just felt that it was too convenient to have that happen to her. It didn't really sit well with me. I also felt that I didn't really connect fully with the book in the way I would have liked. I liked it enough to finish it but it just lacked that something special to really grip me and pull me into the story. This was purely down to my personal reading preferences and not any fault of the author.

If you love YA fantasy with magic and a touch of romance, I think you will probably love this book as it has a lot of good things going for it. Adult fans of fantasy and paranormal will also enjoy this book.

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Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.

Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.

To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate. 

My review: 
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Kara has tried to unite the Bloods against their common enemy but with each one out for themselves, a true alliance is becoming difficult. Braeden's big secret has been revealed which threatens to destroy everything unless he can prove his true loyalty and Kara struggles with the morality and consequences of the task that the Vagabound wants her to complete.

There is no shortage of action in this book, starting with the events at the Blood gathering that Kara arranged. I liked the fact that Braeden's secret comes out which changes the dynamics of his relationship to Gavin, Richard and everyone who saw him as an ally. He now has the chance to be himself and find out who his allies really are. The fight scenes and action scenes are as always well written and there were a few new interesting developments as Kara goes through changes. There is a big betrayal taking place as you would guess by the book title, and though I guessed it, it did not detract from the plot in any way. Allies become enemies, new alliances are forged and loyalties are tested. What I like is that the author isn't sticking to the same formula as book one. Yes, the same elements are there but the characters change, the plot thickens and the story goes into new and often unexpected arcs. The author has no shortage of imagination and does tell the story well.

On the slightly down side, I'm still not convinced by the relationship between Kara and Braeden which just feels a bit bland and still lacking in any kind of chemistry. The somewhat childish 'I can't be with you in case you die' thing is getting pretty old now and Braeden's 'you must stay out of danger' plan is just really annoying in that he treats Kara like a five year old. This is a constant through the book and I switch off every time it happens. There were a few slow bits where I just wished things would get moving again...a bit too much inane chat and scenes that just didn't add to the story-but that is personal preference I guess. Perhaps readers who were more into the romance and stuff would not find these bits as slow as I did.

In spite of the niggles, this is still a decent read for a non fantasy fiend like me. If you love YA fantasy with magic and a touch of romance, I think you will probably love this book as it has a lot of good things going for it. Adult fans of fantasy and paranormal will also enjoy this book. star rating photo: Three Star Rating 3stars.png

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Kara Magari isn’t normal, even by Ourea’s standards—and in a world of shape-shifters and soul stealers, that’s saying something. To the royalty, she’s a loose cannon. To the masses, she’s a failure. But Kara’s arrival in Ourea started a war, and she’s going to end it. 
An ancient isen named Stone takes an interest in Kara’s training, and it turns out he has more answers than he originally led her to believe. In an effort to unearth a secret that might end the bloodshed, Kara instead discovers an ugly truth about her family—and how much she has in common with an infamous mass-murderer. 
Braeden Drakonin has slowly rebuilt his life after the betrayal that tore it apart. His father wants him dead, and frankly, his so-called allies wouldn’t mind that either. Private alliances are formed. Secrets are sold. Tension is driving the armies apart. A single battle will end this war, and it’s coming. Braeden may be a prince, but it will take more than that to survive. He must take the fight to his father’s door—and win.

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International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.
S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.
Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.

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