Monday, May 1, 2017

Vivatera by Candace J. Thomas

Vivatera (Vivatera, #1)
Not even Naomi's prophetic dreams prepare her for the mysterious wanderer who appears just in time to snatch her from danger - nor the upheaval he brings in his wake. No knight in shining armor, Reynolds once risked Naomi's life, and that dark secret again threatens it. When Naomi discovers the world of magic and of what she is capable, not even Reynolds can slow the fate barreling down upon them both.  

About the Author:

Candace J Thomas is an award-winner of Young Adult Fantasy and Sci-Fi. She is the author of the Vivatera Series and Hawkweed, published by Xchyler Publishing. Her debut novel, Vivatera, won the LUW Diamond Award for Novel if the Year. Her Paranormal Satire Vampire-ish: A Hypochondriac's Tale was published in July 2016. Candie is known for her extreme fanatical love for Count Chocula and everything pop culture nerdy. She and her husband also run DWEEBISH STUDIOS for voice over and audio book recording. 

Links for the Author:

Twitter: @cjtwrites
Instagram: candacejthomas


Review:

For some reason, it took me a little longer than usual to get into this book. However, thinking back, after finishing the book, I don't know that it was the book's fault or just me having a super-weird (for me at least) lull, where I wanted to be lazy and watch TV before bed, instead of reading until I force myself to put the book down and stop reading (even though I usually convince myself "just one more chapter").

While it did take me a bit to start getting into this book, I definitely did get really into by about half way through. It doesn't really start out slow, but it does take a little time to explain things and start putting all of the pieces of the puzzle together. However, it was suspenseful and surprising throughout the whole book. I definitely couldn't have predicted much of what happened. 

I loved this book!!! Unlike some books in series I've read lately, I think it wraps things up nicely. It wrapped it up nicely enough that I'm eager to see what happens next, but not super pissed that they left it at such a cliff hanger that I cannot stand to wait another second to read the next book. 

I really did think the author did a great job with the ending. It perfectly closed a chapter in Naomi's life, leaving a few loose ends to wonder about, and making it clear that the story would continue. I did not close this book thinking "are you kidding me? then immediately looking to see how long I have to wait to see what happens next." However, I did just look to see how long I have to wait, and the next book in the series is already out! Yay! So, I don't have to wait long at all to see what happens next with Naomi.

The only small issue I had with this book was the way that Naomi's dreams are written. They are kind of hard to understand/decipher. I know they're not supposed to make complete sense, but they seemed kind of odd to me. 

Overall, I really liked this book and am definitely going to pick up the rest of the series! 

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. 

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