Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Kailmeyra Series Tour: Review + GIVEAWAY of Light of Asteria (Kailmeyra #1) by Elizabeth Isaacs

Goodreads rating: 4.09
Kindle Edition
Published: March 22nd 2010
Series: Kailmeyra #1

If Nora Johnson hadn't been on campus that day, she would have never known her true destiny. Helping her friends move into the dorm that she wanted to call home, Nora accidentally collides with mysterious stranger, Gavin Frey. His very first touch sends flames through her heart. The world seems different-something within her has changed.  

She tries to resume her mundane life, but now she's consumed with the one whose very presence ignited her soul, the one with eyes of emerald. Nora soon learns that an energy buried deep within has been unleashed. She now wields unimaginable power and has become Gavin's source, his strength.

Her newfound joy is shaken when she discovers that Gavin is not who he appears to be, and she has been thrust in the middle of a war of mythical proportions. Negativity has allowed all things evil to flourish, the earth is under siege. The fate of creation hinges on the power within her heart. Will she be strong enough to survive?

A gripping tale of unbounded love and ancient power, "The Light of Asteria " will take you on an epic adventure filled with war, treachery, and demons, as well as unimaginable delights.

First off, I love the name Nora. Second, I really loved the world that Isaacs has created, but at the same time, sometimes I felt like I had no idea what was going on. Sometimes, there was even too much going on for me to keep interested. I wanted to love this book, but like I said, I felt like I was getting lost sometimes. But it was also one of the best takes on fae mythology that I've read in a while. As you can tell I'm conflicted. The first half of the book was so much more different than the second half. The first half, we're introduced to to Nora and her foster mom, who's more like a grandmother. They live a quiet life on a farm. But Nora isn't able to go to college an hour away because her foster mom is getting sicker, but she doesn't know with what and she won't go to the doctor. When Nora gets her friends settled into their dorms, she runs into Gavin Frey, a boy with black hair and piercing green eyes that she has an intense connection with for a reason she can't fathom. Soon he's everywhere, even at the store she works at, and she can't help falling in love with him. But he's not at all what he seems. And neither is she.

The romance wasn't my favorite. They fell pretty quickly in love, and you guys know how much it bothers me when they say I love you in the first book. But they go even farther than that, and I don't mean sex. I guess one of my biggest complaints about this book is that, while they had literally every opportunity to do it, they didn't. I know that sounds weird, considering she's still just a teenager, but if you read the book, you'll get what I mean. It was really frustrating. But I could see how much they would do for each other. And then we find out that while Gavin isn't exactly human, neither is Nora. I mean, she is, but she's descended from a line of fae and that's why her and Gavin share energy so well. What I was not expecting is for Gavin to have an old lover that he was set to marry, and she's not happy about him and Nora being each other's energy.

One last thing I had a problem with was that not all the main characters were three-dimensional. But I love the world that this story is set in, I'm just hoping to understand more of it in the next book. And to see what happens with Nora and Gavin. This is one of those books when you can tell it's not published by a big six publisher, but I still found myself enjoying it and caring about what happened to the characters. 

Here are the rest of the blogs on the tour:

Monday, August 6, 2012:
FireStarBooks: Review (Light of Astreria)
Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf: Author Interview
Tifferz Book Review: Review (Light of Asteria)
The Bookish Babes: Review (Light of Asteria)
Live to Read ~ Krystal: Review (Light of Asteria)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012:
The Reader’s Antidote: Review (Light of Asteria)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012:
Sweet Southern Home: Review (The Secret of the Keepers)
For the Love of Film and Novels: Review (Light of Asteria)
Bookworm Lisa: Review (Light of Asteria)
A Written Rhapsody: Excerpt (The Secret of the Keepers)

Thursday, August 9, 2012:
Froggarita’s Bookcase: Review (Light of Asteria)
Comfort Books: Excerpt (The Secret of the Keepers)
Storybook Escape: Review (Light of Asteria) and Fun Facts about Kailmeyra Series
Words I Write Crazy: Review (Light of Asteria)

Friday, August 10, 2012:
A Tale of Many Reviews: Run Down of The Secrets of the Keepers

Saturday, August 11, 2012:
Bookshelf Confessions: Excerpt (The Secrets of the Keepers)
StuckInBooks: Review (Light of Asteria)
Reader Girls: Review (Light of Asteria)

And now, for the giveaways! Not only is there a US giveaway, but also an International giveaway!! YAY! Just enter below and good luck.

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  1. Grave Mercy! Best. Book. EVER!

  2. I LOVE The Light of Asteria! It's my all-time favorite book. Elizabeth has such an amazing way with words. Her characters, her world-building, the storyline, are all so beautifully fleshed out and well-crafted. It's enviable!

    LoA definitely isn't a "fluffy" read, so it's not for everyone. But if you want to read something with some depth, I personally can't recommend it enough, though not everyone can appreciate the storyline.

    As far as the Big 6 goes, any of them would be lucky to have Elizabeth on board. It would be nice, since I'm going to pay $20 for a hardback anyway, for it be well written :) I'd love to see more books pubbed by the Big 6 follow Ms Issacs' style of showing the reader versus telling. Sigh.

  3. Even though Significance by Shelly Crane is my favorite book, the Light of Asteria is definitely one of the best books I've read.

  4. One of my favorite books is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer...but I have so many it is really hard to choose just one.

  5. I think I'll pass on this series. There are so many books out there, why be disappointed.

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  6. Is it just me, or did the book blurb seem not that exciting? I'd be more likely to pick up the book based on your review than based on the blurb...

  7. I loved The Hunger Games trilogy and The Giver by Lois Lowry! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

  8. My favorite book right now is Ripple but I could read the Harry Potter series over and over again for forever. Picking a favorite is REALLY difficult, sorry I can't be more precise.

  9. My favorite book is The Giver by Lois Lowry! I also really like The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin : )


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