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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Review: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce


The Grimoire Saga #1
S.M. Boyce
Publication Date: January 1, 2011
Publisher: Caffeinated Books Publishing

Fans of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Eragon will enjoy this contemporary remix of the classic epic fantasy genre.

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.

Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

     It's pretty rare that I join an author's street team before I even read their book. On the upside, that means I have high hopes for them. On the downside, I have high expectations for said author.
     Not exactly a downside for me (because I'm not the one who has high expectations for – oh wait. I do. But school is different from writing). :D
     Anyhoo, Lichgates. It's one of those books – out of many others – that I probably should have gotten around to earlier but keep pushing it off. Of course, tacking it onto the 2014 TBR Pile Challenge does little, but it's a start either way.
     I intend to finish that challenge this year (2 done, 10 to go).
     Let's just say that I don't LOVE this book, – gotta make it to Fangirl level, or at least almost, and that's almost as difficult as getting a 5 as a raw rating, so don't start freaking out – but I actually really liked it. S.M. Boyce creates a very interesting world, and it's pretty suspenseful even if some surprises just aren't really surprising.
     Can I also mention the writing's virtually flawless? It's rare – EXTREMELY – to come across Indie authors who do that, and the last one was Megan Joel Peterson and David Estes. I think I did some cartwheels. Actually, a lot since all three were almost read in a row... I was that ecstatic. I'm weird like that. Don't question my logic. :p
     For the peeps like me who don't really like slow paced books or have a short attention span – or even a partial one! – then Lichgates is probably a type of book you'll like. It's fast paced and keeps readers at the edge of their seats in anticipation on what may happen next – most of the time.

     Random Thoughts: I want the cute little fox creature. I'm calling it X because I don't remember the next 3 letters, or the letters after that. :D
     The previous Vagabond reminds me of Aladdin. No kettles were involved unless the Grimoire counts as one. :D
     But if it is, where are the biscuits?
One never knows what one was born to be. Nor could you know what another is meant to do with life.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Owls

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