Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lonely Souls Blog Tour: Review + GIVEAWAY of Lonely Souls (The Witch Avenue Series #1) by Karice Bolton

Goodreads rating: 4.18
Kindle edition, 290 pages
Published June 29th 2012 by Bulldog Press
Source: Copy sent from the author for the tour

It’s two weeks before Triss turns 18, and her world is about to change into the most magical one imaginable as she readies herself to enter The Witch Avenue Order... that is until her mother’s disappearance. Instead of celebrating her transformation, she finds herself spreading rose petals into her mother’s empty grave.

When Logan, her best friend from junior high, moves back to town for college, he vows to help her find the answers she so desperately seeks surrounding her mother’s disappearance. As they begin uncovering clues, it becomes apparent that the life of white magic they both grew up loving is not what the majority practices, and their lives are in danger.

With a haunting feeling that her mother may still be alive, she begins to hear a call to the wilderness. Triss realizes that in order to find the answers she needs, she must learn the ways of her ancestors and become the hunter, not the hunted before it’s too late, and she becomes part of the lonely souls.

There were a good amount of things that bothered me about this book. But I'll start with what I loved. To say that there was romance in this book would be an understatement, and you all know how much I love my romance. This book could be considered a little indulgence for me, mostly because the romance is so cheesy, but every girl wishes that guys would say the things to us that Logan says to Triss. If you read this book, you'll know what I mean. Another thing I enjoyed was the idea of the magic and witches. I always look for witch books that are actually descent ever since reading the disaster that is Wicked by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie. I can't wait to see this witch world explored more in the next book.

Okay, I hate this part of the review, but I also have to be fair to my readers. There were flaws, and not just plot flaws. There was only one thing that truly bothered me about her actual writing style, and that was this one phrase that she kept using. The main character "tried her best" or "did her best" with EVERYTHING! I tried my best to hide, or I did my best to fall asleep. I think she said it at least five times a chapter if not once every couple pages. I found myself skipping over those sentences as soon as the phrase started. Another thing that I mentioned before was that the romance was cheesy, but it was almost to the point where it was completely unbelievable. Guys don't say the things like that, at least not every time they open their mouths. One last thing was that I wish there had been more magic. It literally became all about the romance, and I actually wanted to know more about this world that Triss has always belonged to but has turned against her. Hopefully there will be more about it in the next book.

Overall, I enjoyed the romance when it wasn't super cheesy and I was intrigued by the world Karice has set up for her series. But it also left me wanting for something that just wasn't there. The main characters were very well-developed, but other secondary characters completely fell flat. I'm trying not to rant because I really did enjoy the story. If you like witch books and a cheesy but real romance, this is a book for you to try.

Want to win a copy of this book? Well, here's your chance! Here's what you can win:

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Blog Tour Giveaway (Int)

1st prize)

    *paperback copy of Lonely Souls
    * $15Amazon Card

2nd prize)

    *paperback copy of Lonely Souls
    * $10 Amazon Card

Grand Prize (Int)

    * Arrowhead Necklace
    * $50 Amazon card
    * paperback of Lonely Souls

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Also, visit the other sites on this tour:

Lonely Souls Tour Schedule

Monday, July 9:
The Fairytale Nerd ~ Cast of Characters
Book Briefs ~ Review
Love of Books ~ Excerpt
Live to Read ~ Review

Tuesday, July 10:
Bookwhore ~ Spotlight
Hazel the Witch ~ Review
Twisting the Lens ~ Author Interview
Book Loving Mom ~ Review
Winterhavenbooks  ~ Review
A Soul Unsung ~ Review

Wednesday, July 11:
Bookworm Lisa ~ Review
Nightly Reading ~ Review
The Book Hookup ~ Review

Thursday, July 12:
StuckInBooks ~ Review
Xpresso Reads ~ Review
We Fancy Books ~ Review
Novel Nerd ~ Excerpt
Kindle Fever ~ Review
Friday, July 13:
BookLove101 ~ Review

Saturday, July 14:

1 comment:

  1. Cheesy romance is something that bothers me, but it happens so often in YA that I've found myself letting it go if the rest of the plot pulls me in. I figure, cheesy romance isn't harmful and teens need to see some nice romance!


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