Monday, 24 December 2012

The Keeper's Curse by Diana Harrison Blog Tour: Review + Author Spotlight + Giveaway

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The Keeper's Curse (The Keeper's Curse #1) by Diana Harrison

Title: The Keeper's Curse

 Series: The Keeper's Curse #1

 Author:  Diana Harrison

 Published: 13th November 2012 by Smashwords

 Source: Copy from the author for an honest review


After fifteen-year-old Emmy Rathers unintentionally summons a strange glowing cloud during a break-in, her mother rips her from her home, her father, and her world, forever.

When she lands in the rustic, militant land of Methelwood, she is told she's a crafter - a person who can perform magic by conjuring souls of the dead. But starting life over normally in the midst of grieving for the life she has left behind, while at the same time attempting to fit in in her new war-obsessed school, becomes impossible when she begins to hear a voice in her head. Complicating the matter further is the fact that the voice belongs to a boy at school named Breckin, who just also happens to be the most powerful crafter in the world, and the future ruler of Methelwood.

But that's not the worst part - suddenly Breckin's most hostile adversary is coming out of the shadows and trying to kill her. With no other choice, Emmy must travel deeper into this bizarre, dark world she is so unfamiliar with to find out why this is happening to her, and more importantly, how to stay alive.

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My Review

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! From the first few sentences I was hooked, hungrily devouring the next few chapters and though life forced me to take a break, I was eagerly awaiting the next few lines.

The book starts in our world, the human world, but it quickly transports us into Methelwood, a magical town with people called 'crafters'. As soon as Emmy gets there she's reunited with the brother she hasn't seen in years, her mother is placed under arrest and Emmy agrees to a deal that could mean saving her mother, or trapping them all. It was all very hectic in the beginning, but I loved it!

As I mentioned before the book was engaging from the start, and I was immediately drawn into Emmy's life, wanting to know more. I loved learning about Methelwood and thought the aspect of the crafter's revering humans was very cool and not something I'd come across very often. I really liked how the crafter's were described and Emmy's immediate reaction to them was really human. She was confused and scared and a little repulsed by their appearance and I could really relate to that. She wasn't in awe or wondering at the magic around her. She had been thrust into this crazy, new environment full of people who were strange and different and I thought her reaction to it all was real: stunned, confused and a little afraid.

The romance was a little juvenile compared to what I've been reading recently, but seeing as the main character was only 15, I reckon it was spot on, at least in my experience. I loved that just because Emmy and Breckin shared a unique connection, they didn't just go and drop everything to be together.

I'm really intrigued to see if Emmy's father and/or Jesse (Emmy's best friend) make an appearance in the next book. Though I didn't get to see much of them, I did become fairly close to them and would love to see if they can some how worm their way back into the story.

I am really looking forward to seeing how the character's grow and develop in the next book, especially Emmy's love life as she gets older! The Keeper's Curse was an amazing story, a few tiny editing errors but I can easily overlook them as it was such a great story.

4.5/5 Whales

Author Spotlight - Diana Harrison
Diana Harrison is a proud Canadian, currently studying English literature at the University of Calgary. With a passion for books, magic, and teens, as well as being a chronic daydreamer, it is only logical that she is a young-adult fantasy writer as well.

You can friend her on Goodreads.

Her debut novel, The Keeper's Curse, released in November 2012.

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  1. The cover is gorgeous (I know you aren't supposed to be crazy for covers, but I just am, lol), and I like the power Emmy has as a Crafter. I can't wait to read about it!! :)

    1. I have to agree about covers. I've read many good books with not-so-great covers but an appealing cover will always draw my eye!