Hey everyone, welcome to my stop on the Avery blog tour! Today I am reviewing Avery, but be sure to pop back on the 19th of February because I’ll be interviewing Charlotte. I just loved her answers to my questions and can’t wait to share them with you, but for now, here is my review:
Release Date: February 2nd 2015.
Publisher: Random House Australia.
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does too. So it has been for thousands of years – until Ava.
For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Ava’s soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing revenge upon the barbarian queen of Pirenti, Ava’s plan is interrupted when she is instead captured by the deadly prince of her enemies.
Prince Ambrose has been brought up to kill and hate. But when he takes charge of a strangely captivating Kayan prisoner and is forced to survive with her on a dangerous island, he must reconsider all he holds true . . .
In a violent country like Pirenti, where emotion is scorned as a weakness, can he find the strength to fight for the person he loves . . . even when she’s his vengeful enemy?
Avery is a sweeping, romantic fantasy novel about loss and identity, and finding the courage to love against all odds.
I loved Avery, the romance in this was EPIC. My two favourite genres, fantasy and romance, have been blended to make this heart stopping, swoon worthy tale.
Ava is seeking revenge on the blood thirsty queen of Pirenti who killed her bondmate. She dresses as a boy and sneaks into Pirenti – only to be captured by Ambrose, a Pirenti prince. She is sentenced to a remote island prison, and the prince is to escort her there. Their ship gets wrecked and together they must survive the island. Ava is broken and can hardly feel anything at all, except hatred and revenge. But as she starts to get to know the prince, her hatred toward him starts to dissolve. Pirenti men are told love is a weakness, but despite his upbringing, he can’t help falling for the beautiful “boy” prisoner.
Ava’s journey is brutal and her perseverance and strength is commendable. I’m sure I wouldn’t have lasted as long as Ava did, especially with all of her injuries. Despite the brutality Ava endured, and her sense of hopelessness, Avery was very much a story of hope, of second chances.
Avery is told in first person from four different perspectives which was a little jarring at first. As well as getting the perspective of Ambrose and Ava, we get the perspective of Ambrose’s brother Thorne and his wife Rose. I thought their story wouldn’t interest me anywhere near as much as Ambrose’s and Ava’s. I was wrong. These two weaved themselves into my heart along with Ambrose and Ava. Thorne intrigued me. He was brutal, raised on killing and taught to punish his wife with his hands, but I soon realised he had more depth than I first gave him credit for. I found the struggle between who he thought he had to be, and who he wanted to be was quite fascinating. The way he behaved was very, very wrong, but Charlotte does a great job examining redemption and who is worthy of it. Choosing to show the story from the eyes of these two made it a much rounded story.
Avery is a story of love, hope, redemption. It packed an emotional punch with well rounded characters that leapt of the page. I was quick to fall into it and was held captivated until the last page. It was full of clever and shocking twists that will leave you breathless. Avery is the first book in the Chronicles of Kaya series and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book (which I’m told is available as an ebook next month)For those who love a darker fantasy filled with romance, I highly recommend it.
Note: I hate reading dark fantasy that includes sexual violence. I’m happy to report there is no sexual violence is this. It is mentioned that soldiers rape female prisons but there is no graphic detail.
You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.
Charlotte McConaghy grew up with her nose in a book. Her first novel, Arrival, was published at age seventeen, followed by Descent when she was twenty.
She soon started her first adult fantasy novel, Avery, the prologue of which came to her in a very vivid dream. Avery launched The Chronicles of Kaya series, and is followed by Thorne – Book Two and Isadora, the third and final in the trilogy. She then published Fury, and Melancholy, the first and second books in a dystopian sci-fi series called The Cure.
Charlotte currently lives in Sydney, and has a Masters in Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School.
To find out more about the tour, and read a free sample, click HERE.
And don’t forget to hop along to the other stops for more fantastic reviews and interviews:
Thursday 29 January 2015: Aussie Author Challenge – Interview and Giveaway
• Saturday 31 January 2015: Book Muster Down Under – Sneak peek
• Thursday 5 February 2015: Speculating on SpecFic – Review
• Friday 6 February 2015: Book’d Out – Review
• Monday 9 February 2015: An Adventure in Words – Review
• Thursday 12 February 2015: Inside my Worlds – Review
• Friday 13 February 2015: Words Read and Written – Review and interview
• Monday 16 February 2015: Stephanie Gunn blog – Review
• Tuesday 17 February 2015: A Word Shaker – Review
• Thursday 19 February 2015: Inside My Worlds – Interview
• Tuesday 24 February 2015: Thoughts by Joy – Review
• Thursday 26 February 2015: The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Review
• Friday 27 February 2015: The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Interview