Monday, March 19, 2012

Blog Tour: Lichgates - Review + Giveaway!

Blog Tour: The Lichgates by S. M. Boyce

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  • The Lichgates

The Grimoire turns its own pages and can answer any question asked of it, and Kara Magari is its next target. She has no idea what she's getting herself into when she stumbles across the old book while hiking a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she's thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying things that all want the Grimoire's secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, and most want to control her.

Braeden Drakonin grew up in Ourea, and all he’s ever known of life is lying. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. He has one question to ask the book – one question that can fix everything in his broken life – and he’s not letting Kara out of his sight until he gets an answer.

There’s no escaping Ourea. There’s no going back now.

A Word from the Author!
You Should… – Buy it

Judge the Cover – Even though the cover is plain, it goes well with the book. Love the symbol.

A Little Teaser  She finally let herself listen to the nagging thought which had floated in the back of her mind since she’d opened the Grimoire: she wasn’t going to survive this.

Danny's Review – This is fantasy at it’s best! I know I am only 16 and probably don’t know a lot about well… a lot of things. Fantasy was my way to escape this. In fantasy books, you don’t have to be science wiz or experienced teenager. Fantasy writers set the world for you and you become a part of it.

Now I know some people have said this book reminded them of Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and many other great fantasies. To me, however, this book reminded me of Eragon. When I first started reading Eragon, I was thrilled by everything that happened. My excitement grew more and more as the story continue, and I felt like I was a part of it. That’s exactly how The Grimoire made me feel.

The first chapter, which is found here, had me hooked. Thank you for S. M. Boyce for providing me a copy so I could continue on with this fantastical story.

While Kara is hiking one day, she comes across a gazebo in the forest. She steps through it and comes across a door. This leads her into a falling through a hole and landing in a library. She finds the Grimoire and becomes the Vagabond of the world Ourea. When she asks the Grimoire questions, it provides her an answer. Since she picked up the Grimoire, she can no longer go back to her life on Earth. She is no longer just Kara, but a magical being and one that is supposed to help Ourea.

In the book, I felt like I was right there with Kara and Braeden experiencing everything, because I didn't know what was going to happen next. Every chapter you learn more about the world of Ourea and the dangers that are there. I was so scared for Kara at most points but some of her reactions to things happening were fun to read. The world of Ourea is a world I want to experience!

Besides the mystery and fantasy, we have a romance going on. If you know me, I am not a big fan for instant loves. In Lichgates, the romance is slowly building and it gets me more interested in both the characters.

I highly recommended this to all fantasy lovers! S. M. Boyce, I am now a huge fan, and can't wait for the sequel to come!

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  1. You made a good point about the romance in the story. Instant love stories aren't much my thing since they don't feel right or real. But in Lichgates there is a good time frame throughout that helps them establish their relationship. This time frame also aids in making Kara's developments in other aspects of life (her powers, understanding of the world) seem more believable.

    Thanks for sharing this review with us. I loved the book just as much as you did. :)

  2. To be honest, the cover didn't compel me to read the synopsis, but I did anyway and I'm so glad! I love fantasy and it sounds really interesting. Plus, a slow building romance? Awesome.

  3. I'm so glad you liked it, Danny! Your review had me grinning like a goof. Thank you for the compliments.

    And Lori - thanks for your honesty. It's definitely good to hear everyone's reaction, and I hope you give it a chance!

  4. I'm not sure how I feel about the cover. I try to read the synopsis of a book before looking its cover because it can be deceiving. I can't wait to read this!! I really love the symbol too!

  5. Great review! I loved it too, though it didn't remind me of Eragon. To me, Eragon is very derivative of the Lord of the Rings (don't get me started :P) but Lichgates is fantastically original. Not a Tolkien-copy at all!

  6. I enjoyed the review about the story. It sounds like a good book.

  7. Yeah, I am not too much into insta love either. How can they truly love each other if they are basing it on one glance...

    Can't wait to read itttt!

  8. I wish people would quit fussing about the cover :( cuz I have grown to love it :)

  9. This book's review makes me want to get it. I really enjoy books with flavor.

  10. Thanks for your review, sounds like an amazing story! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  11. Very good review!! I'm getting more excited to read this book every time I read a review about it! :D