Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Allegiance (Causal Enchantment #3) by K.A. Tucker - blog tour



Anathema (Causal Enchantment, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Evangeline has spent her teenage years in obscurity. Her foster parents have the emotional aptitude of robots and her classmates barely acknowledge her existence. About to turn eighteen and feeling like a social pariah, she is desperate to connect with someone. Anyone.

When Evangeline meets Sophie after literally stumbling upon her café, she believes she’s found that connection. Willing to do anything to keep it, she accepts a job as Sofie’s assistant and drops everything to fly to Manhattan, where she is thrust into a luxurious world of Prada, diamonds, and limitless cash.

With such generosity and kindness, it’s easy for Evangeline to dismiss certain oddities... like Sofie’s erratic and sometimes violent behavior, and the monstrous guard dogs. She’s even willing to dismiss her vivid dreams of mob-style murders, beautiful homeless people living in caves, and white-eyed demons that haunt her each night as figments of her imagination—especially when one of those figments is the gorgeous Caden. When she wakes up with bite marks on her neck, the fairy tale quickly turns into a nightmare. She slowly unravels the mystery surrounding Sofie and friends, and the reality of the bites and the “dreams.” What she discovers is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined.

In a world where everyone has motive to lie for personal gain, Evangeline must decide which deception is least likely to get her killed.




Anathema by K.A. Tucker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Anathema (Causal Enchantment, #1)(Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk)

17-year-old Evangeline has been living in foster care since her mother died when she was 12. Walking home one night she inadvertently breaks a stained glass lamp outside of a café, and is shocked when the owner tells her it was worth several thousand dollars.

After offering to work off the cost of the lamp, Evangeline is brought into Sofie’s world, and is shocked when she immediately asks her to go to New York with her.


Finding herself in a palace of a place in Manhattan, dressed in designer label clothes, and wearing beautiful jewellery, Evangeline ignores the oddness between Sofie and her friends, until she begins to fear that her nightmares of being in a wood with vampires are more than simply dreams.


What is really going on though? Why does Sofie argue with her ‘friends’? What are these dreams about? And why do the dogs seem capable of understanding what is being said?



This was a good urban fantasy story, with vampires, sorceresses, magic, and even parallel worlds.

Evangeline was maybe a bit too trusting at times, and should probably have caught on to the fact that Sofie was being ridiculously generous a bit earlier than she did. She also could have done with having a bit more of a clue in general in places – surely if you wake up bleeding you know that your dream was not a dream?

The fact that Sofie’s friends were a bit strange, and that she kept catching them arguing with her, didn’t seem to really phase her either, although I expected her to realise something was not normal a bit quicker. Maybe the fact that she kept hearing voices in her head, and the dog seemed to understand everything said to it, and Sofie and her friends never ate might have rung some alarm bells? But never mind.


There were some clichés when it came to the vampires, although some off the old clichés were absent – Vampires were all gorgeous and rich, but they were able to go out in the sunlight and weren’t adverse to garlic.

The love story was a little sudden, but Evangeline seemed convinced. I would have liked the love interest to have maybe showed a bit more emotion for her though.

I liked the storyline in this book though, and it kept me entertained. There were moments where I found it hard to believe, and Evangeline could have done with being a little bit smarter, but otherwise I liked it.

Overall; a good urban fantasy, and it’s totally free for heaven’s sakes!
7 out of 10.


Asylum (Causal Enchantment, #2)



Blurb (from Goodreads):
Tucked away in Sofie's wintery asylum with no hope of release for years, Evangeline must come to terms with her situation: the curse still plagues her, she's now hunted by a
two thousand-year-old vampire, and the guy she's in love with tried to kill her.
Plus, she's locked up with a cranky Max and the Forero kids—two people everyone
seems to prefer dead over alive. Things aren't looking good.

Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, Sofie struggles to keep forty trapped and bloodthirsty Ratheus vampires at bay and a desperate Viggo from killing Evangeline's friends, all
while hints stir outside the walls of the NYC vampire asylum of a war brewing
between the Sentinel and the witches.

Is there any hope for Evangeline and Caden? Can Sofie control the rival powers? Is the fate of
Earth predestined? Find out in Book 2 of the Causal Enchantment series, a sequel to ANATHEMA.


View all my reviews Asylum by K.A. Tucker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Asylum (Causal Enchantment, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to K. A. Tucker, and Supagurl blog tours.)

This is book 2 in the ‘Causal Enchantment’ series, and picks up where book 1 ‘Anthema’ left off.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Anathema’**
At the end of Anathema, Sofie had magically transported Evangeline to the middle of nowhere to keep her safe, whilst Sofie herself dealt with the glut of ravenous vampires that Evangeline had managed to bring through from Ratheus to Earth.
Now, with Evangeline safe, it’s up to Sofie to sort out the Ratheus vampires, and to determine if Caden’s feelings for Evangeline are real.
How long will it take Viggo and Mortimer to find out where Evangeline is hidden? Can Sofie really sort out 120 Ratheus vampires by herself? And what of the mysterious Mage?

I enjoyed this book. It was nice to catch up with Evangeline and Sofie again and to see the progression of their story.

I was initially a little confused as the narrative starts with Sofie in this book, where previously it had mainly been with Evangeline, but I soon worked out what was going on!
Evangeline doesn’t see a whole lot of action in this book compared to the first, she’s stuck in some cabin in the middle of nowhere, whilst Sofie is the one in the thick of things. We learn quite a bit more about Sofie in this book, as well as Ratheus – the parallel world where Caden and the other vampires were living. Sofie seems to have really deep maternal feeling for Evangeine, that I don’t fully understand, to the extent that she would choose Evangeline’s life over that of her own sister Veronique.
Some questions were answered in this book, as were some problems, only it seems that as problems are solved, more develop!
Overall; a good second instalment.
7 out of 10.



Allegiance (Causal Enchantment, #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Evangeline finally got what she longed for – the cursed pendant off her neck and Caden in her arms - only it has come at a steep price. An unknown poison now courses through her body, slowly morphing her into something no one but the Fates can foresee. She has her suspicions though...and, if she is right, it will spell certain ruin for her and Caden. She won’t last long enough to realize that though, if Viggo and Mortimer uncover the treasonous secrets she keeps from them– that Veronique is now free of her entombment and in the torturous clutches of the Witches and the Sentinel or that she is protecting a Sentinel within their very midst.
Always the naive human caught in the midst of the vampires’ web of deceit, Evangeline is now weaving her own dangerous web in order to keep her friend alive, rescue Veronique, and stop a seemingly inevitable war from starting. But can her honourable nature handle the depths of duplicity for which she must go to be in league with the Vampires?
Dark and gripping, full of angst-riddled scenes, Allegiance will have readers anxiously turning pages to find out if Evangeline can survive this spiralling disaster.




View all my reviews Allegiance by K.A. Tucker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Allegiance (Causal Enchantment, #3)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to K. A. Tucker and Supagurl blog tours.)

This is the third book in the ‘Causal Enchantment’ Series, and kicks off where book 2 ‘Asylum’ left off. **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for books 1 and 2 – ‘Anathema’ and ‘Asylum**
This book kicks off where book 2 ended – Sofie has managed to rescue Evangeline, and now they must find somewhere safe to lie low for a while, so that they can work out what to do about the anti-vampire legion, Veronique, Bishop, and of course – Evangeline herself!

Can Sofie possibly solve the problem of the anti-vampire legion (The Sentinel)? How much trouble can Evangeline get herself into? How much trouble can Sofie get herself into? And what will become of Veronique?



I’m trying to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, so this might be a bit short!

Once again poor Evangeline has a whole load more rubbish hurled at her in this instalment, it seems that the moment one problem is fixed for her, a dozen more are created. There are just so many little twists and turns in the tale that really keep you on your toes!

Things are messed up between Caden and Evie for more than one reason, and it’s so unfair that they still can’t really be together. I really feel for Evie that nothing seems to go right for her, and even under the circumstances, it’s unfair that not even her love life is going right!


Sofie just seems to get herself deeper and deeper into the doo-doo, how she will ever solve this mess is quite beyond me! The whole parallel worlds thing is delved into again in this book, and some answers about these parallel worlds and the fates are given!


The ending wasn’t 100% what I expected, as although some things were solved, new problems came about as consequences of solving the problems, and the ending has left such a wide-open space for whatever will become of Evangeline next.

Overall; a great third instalment.
7 out of 10.


Allegiance (Causal Enchantment, #3)

Interview with the author -

K. A. Tucker



Hi! Welcome to the blog :)  
Thanks for hosting me today!
When did you start writing?
I wrote and illustrated my first book at the age of six. I was in Grade One and my school library had a program where they'd bind your "book" for you. They made the cover out of cardboard and scrap wallpaper. I thought that was the coolest thing. I started writing novels with the intent to publish three years ago. 
What was your inspiration for The ‘Causal Enchantment’ Series ?   
A question - What would happen if vampires eradicated all humans in the world?  Pretty simple question, big end result.
What three words would you use to best describe The ‘Causal Enchantment’ Series?  
Yikes! That's a tough one. I'll throw out three words that I hear a lot from readers: Unpredictable, Original, Dark.  That last one is due to the vampires being bad asses ... no sparkles here (don't get me wrong! I love me some sparkly Edward Cullen!)
What are your favourite things about the characters Evangeline and Sofie? 
I really enjoyed creating Evangeline's character and watching her grow through the series. She' s a sweet girl who experienced heart ache with her mother's loss, and yet that never jaded her. I know it's easy and probably more realistic to picture a girl who lost her mom and ended up in foster care as jaded and untrusting but I don’t think that has to be the norm. It certainly isn't here.
I love Sofie's mercurial natural. She's loving and compassionate to Evangeline but will turn around and kill someone without a thought if she feels the need. It was fun creating this volatile good/bad balance in a female character.
How many books can we look forward to in this series?
 Four in total - one more after Allegiance, to be released in Summer/Fall 2013.
Can you tell us what you’re working on at the moment? 
I have a M.A./New Adult Contemporary Romance titled Ten Tiny Breaths with my editor, set to be released in November. I'll start outlining Book 4 of the Causal Enchantment book and a spin off to Ten Tiny Breaths shortly.
Other than your own, what are your favourite books?
I have so many favorites. George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire Series is my all-time favorite though.

Random Questions
- what’s your favourite treat?  
Just about anything baked, however butter tarts and crème brule are at the top of the list. And apple pie. And pumpkin pie. And strawberry rhubarb... I could go on but I feel the need to eat pie now...
- What’s your Favourite place to read/write? 
To read, I love curling up in bed. To write - same, though I'm trying to vary my locations because it's too easy to fall asleep when you're lying in bed. When the house is quiet, I enjoy sitting in our bright kitchen with my computer.
- If you won the lottery what would you most look forward to spending money on?  
Paying off all debts so I can write full time (I'm practical). That and a month long trip to the Caribbean with my kids.
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I think I'd have to go with the Provence region of France. I've never been there! But I have a vision in my mind and I'm sure it is 100% accurate J

Thanks for hosting me today!

K.A.Tucker

Thanks to K. A. Tucker for stopping by the blog today!








Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

Links:

Website : http://www.katuckerbooks.com/
blog : http://www.katucker.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4866520.K_A_Tucker
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kathleenatucker
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/K.A.-Tucker/e/B00539O6SK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

   
Anathema is totally free on Amazon - get it now!

3 comments:

  1. It is nice to see four stars on all three books. I remember when this book came out and now there are already three!? I like all the paranormal creatures and the parallel worlds but .i am a bit burned out on vamps right now. Thanks for the informative reviews.

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  2. These series looks great, thanks for the really good reviews, you have a gift. It was nice to get to know the author a bit as well. Going to download Anathema now.

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    1. Thanks Adele, it's so cool that anathema is free cause everyone can try it before they buy the rest of the series ☺ enjoy ☺

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