Thursday, 16 May 2013

Renhala by Amy Joy Lutchen Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

Renhala (Renhala #1) by Amy Joy Lutchen

Renhala (Renhala, #1)Title: Renhala

Series: Renhala #1

Author: Amy Joy Lutchen

Published: 27th September 2012

Source: E-copy from the author for an honest review


Kailey Rooke, timid accountant, dedicated to philanthropic work, finds herself spiraling into a deep depression after she suffers a horrifyingly odd and humiliating assault, to only discover more of these freakish assaults occurring across the globe.

A chance discovery leads Kailey to a meeting with elderly Gunthreon, actual master of persuasion. Gunthreon, who seems to know too much of Kailey's history for her liking, opens Kailey's eyes to a coexisting realm she never knew existed: Renhala, while entrusting her with the knowledge of her newfound power as karmelean, serving as a beacon to the Higher Ones. Kailey slowly starts revealing new talents, and Gunthreon is fascinated with what she starts achieving.

She soon discovers that Renhala is in danger, and this danger has been leaking into her own realm. As she uncovers secrets within herself, and attempts to toughen up, she fuses with an unlikely band of fellow travelers (including a dragon, woodsprite, six-hundred-pound greble, her faithful female canine companion, and a "giver"), falls into an unexpected love triangle, deals with her sexy and flirtatious best friend’s “issues,” and finds the courage to master a new deadly weapon. 

On her mission to save Renhala, Kailey will find herself running from life-threatening disasters, such as greble Tartarin, who likes to remind Kailey that when he catches her, he plans on eating her brains with ice cream; she'll run from the deadly meeples: small cute bunnies with talons and an undeniable thirst for imposing self-destruction on others. Kailey will also run into the possibility that a centuries-old Renhalan rumor is true, that advanced technology existing in Kailey's realm shortens all life spans.

As blood is shed and puzzles near completion, Kailey pulls from deep within herself, conjuring up mystical qualities that enable her to astonish as once predicted at her birth, but despite the newfound strength, Kailey will discover that monsters not only come in ugly packages, but can be easily disguised as those she has come to love and trust.

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My Review

Renhala is a big book, at least compared to most things I've been reading lately, and it took me a while to get caught up in the story. A lot of things interested me in the beginning, but nothing was quite gripping enough to trap me. 

Renhala is set in two realms: ours, where Kailey's story begins, and Renhala, the magical fantasy realm that is intertwined with our own world. Both worlds full of magic and wonder.

There were a lot of fantastic elements in this book, an done that I immediately loved was Kailey's flashbacks to her attack. When small reminders set of her memories and you caught a glimpse of what transpired - I was utterly intrigued! Another great thing was Bu, a creature from Renhala who is completely adorable and lovable. He's so cute, you can't help but love him!

This book felt like it dragged on a bit in the beginning, it's a long book so I didn't expect to jump straight into the action/adventure, but it needed a bit more pizzazz in the beginning to make me yearn for the rest of the book, as it was I just felt a wondering curiosity which I'm glad I acted on.

If you're a lover of urban fantasies I'd definitely recommend this book. I don't love the genre as much as I love classic/epic/whatever-it's-called fantasy, but it's still fantasy and I still enjoyed it.

3.5/5 Whales


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