So I guess this is the last post on my blog.
The blog tour for Heart of the Raven is stopping by my blog today. This is the 5th book in the Amaranthine series.
Rating 3.5 Stars
A myth with the power to destroy the world…
Katelina has barely recovered from the chaos of Malick’s revolt, yet she and Jorick must go to Munich to testify before the True Council. All hopes of a vacation are dashed when they’re assigned an entourage that includes Verchiel, a vampire Katelina never wants to see again.
Her hatred is forgotten when Malick and his henchmen penetrate the stronghold in Munich. Jorick hijacks the trip and diverts them on a quest to reclaim the Heart of the Raven. Said to be the disembodied heart of Lilith, the relic may be more reality than myth, and if it falls into the wrong hands it could have disastrous consequences for the world. Can they reach its hiding place before Malick?
The fifth installment of the Amaranthine series sees Jorick and Katelina draw closer as they surround themselves with their own miniature army to outwit the machinations of the ancient master. Katelina grows stronger and learns to stand on her own because there’s no room for the fainthearted in a world where darkness is eternal and the night tastes like blood.
I ended up reading this book without reading the other books in the series. Despite this I was actually able to follow the story and enjoy it. There is something to be said about a book that doesn’t require you to read the other books in the series and can stand on its own. Of course if I had had time to read the other books it would have helped me understand the world this book takes place in a whole lot better.
The opening of this book was really great. The author starts us off with the myth this book will revolve around. However even with the great opening, there were some parts in the book that weren’t so great and some parts that definitely made me jump up in excitement.
The characters are rather interesting, I liked some, I didn’t like some and some of them were fishy. My favorite character was definitely Verchiel, he’s funny and always helps lighten the mood. I am not exactly sure about what he did in the previous book to hurt Katelina but I think he really did feel bad about it. Neil is another one of my favorite characters because it’s so rare to see a vampire that is not sure of himself. They are always shown as strong and cocky. The fact that the author included a character like Neil makes the vampires seem like a whole other race instead of a bunch of evil creeps that sleep in coffins.
I am not sure how I felt about our main character. She seems so dependent on Jorick but then there are those times she won’t take shit from anyone. She doesn’t just randomly go around making a bigger mess of things and actually does listen to what Jorick tells her to do in extreme situations. I don’t think it’s a bad thing for a character to listen to instructions if it’s going to end up saving them, I think it shows that they are smart. But again there are times when she sits around doing nothing waiting for Jorick to come and save the day. She also tends to make silly remarks which makes me question the fact that she is actually in her late 20’s (or so).
Jorick kind of annoys me. He is always bossing Katelina around and despite the fact that his girlfriend is a human he is always looking down on humans. He also cannot take a joke really well and is ready to beat the hell out of anyone who looks at Katelina the wrong way (this is an exaggeration of course). Even with my issues with Jorick, there are moments when he does shine, because he is kind of clever.
I am not sure I can comment on the world building because this being the 5th book, the author has already established that so there isn’t much for me to say.
The plot is interesting. As I’ve mentioned the opening of the book introduces us to the myth that this book will revolve around. We start off with Jorick and Katelina going to Munich to stand before the True Council and from there things get interesting. These guys are always on the run trying to figure out an ancient mystery and running away from the bad guys.
The ending is satisfying and the last few pages of the book… *fans self* *whew* so much action. After reading this book I definitely plan on picking up the previous books and maybe I’ll even try out the 6th book.
I think everyone should give this book a try.
To celebrate the release of this book here is a giveaway:
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About the author:
Joleene Naylor grew up in southwest Iowa surrounded by soybeans, corn and very little entertainment – so she made her own. She has been writing and drawing since she was a small child, with a particular leaning towards fantasy, horror and paranormal. It is this love of all that goes bump in the night that led her to write the Amaranthine series.
In her spare time she is a freelance artist, book cover designer and photographer. Her current projects include the sixth novel in the Amaranthine series, and The Terrible Turtle Conspiracy, a web manga collaboration with writer Jonathan Harvey. Joleene maintains blogs full of odd ramblings and hopes to win the lottery. Until she does, she and her husband live near Bolivar Missouri with their miniature zoo. However, unless she starts buying tickets she may never win anything.
Follow the rest of the blog tour:
http://liftyouup.blogspot.com – author interview
http://booksbycenteno.com – review
http://pennyforthem1.blogspot.co.uk – review
http://bookeatereviews.blogspot.com/ – guest post
https://rashikathebookowl.wordpress.com/ – review
http://mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/ – excerpt reveal
http://phoenixwriter.spruz.com – review
www.crimsonflowerreview.com – excerpt reveal
http://wiccawitch4.blogspot.ca/ – character interview