Saturday, December 21, 2013

Tour + Giveaway: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

Lichgates by S.M. Boyce
(The Grimoire Saga #1)
Publication date: October 15th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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.

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Title: Lichgates
Author: S.M. Boyce
Series: Grimoire Saga series book 1
Genre: Young Adult, Adventure, Supernatural (Fairy)

Kara is still having a hard time accepting her mother's death. She spends most of her time alone doing hikes, when she stumble upon a lichgate. She found a book called the Grimoire that contains information of a world that she didn't know exists - Ourea. The book gave Kara powers beyond her wildest imagination. However, there is a price to pay. 

Every being in Ourea is out to get her to wield the power of the book, that only Kara could read. She needs to learn fast and not trust anyone in order to survive but she can't seem to separate herself from the Stelian prince, Braeden. Braeden has been keeping a secret all his life and he wants the book to give himself another chance. 

The two of them could only trust and help each other to survive. 

I didn't expect to actually like this book. First of all, I have an allergy with faery books. Second, it's young adult. Don't get me wrong I don't have any problem with young adult. It's just I've been avoiding young adult books lately because of the naivety and lack of originality of some but this book is a different story. I needed to finish this book for a book tour and it isn't anything what I mentioned. Moreover, this is my first time reading an indie book, which is actually a good experience.

S.M. Boyce created a wonderful world for us to enjoy, where everything is a sight to see and is full of wonder. Everything is vividly describe that you could really envision everything. I seriously want to live in this world. This is really much like Julie Kagawa's Iron Fae. If you liked that series, I'm sure you'd like this one. I've missed these kinds of story where the character travels around the world. It contains so much excitement that you couldn't sit still.

This is also actually my first time reading a story that revolves around a grimoire. I mean I know about it but I haven't encountered it in a book yet. It's really interesting because you could find all sorts of things in the book which is so cool and it contains magical stuff in it. I mean who doesn't want that? The only sad part is that Kara should have used it more. I hoped Kara could master her magic and kick her enemies' asses, like Gavin's.

Though, the narration is a bit confusing because it uses the third person point of view, it's still a great experience. I'm actually continuing the series which I didn't really expect to do.

I would like to thank the author for giving me a copy of this book.

Rating: 4/5

About the Author:

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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  1. This books sounds like it has a lot going for it! The grimoire thing sounds cool and I like how the world building seems to be so vivid! Great review! :)

    Also, I have not had the best of luck with faery book either! >.<

  2. Hahahaha. Finally, someone who understands. :)

  3. Thank you for the lovely review! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed book one of the Grimoire Saga.