Hi guys! Happy Friday! I know you are expecting Friday Forecast...don't worry it follows this tour post. I am pleased to be a part of the Rua Tour hosted by the lovely Ashley over at the Bookish Brunette. Thanks Ashley! Be sure to click on the banner to check out the additional tour stops. As part of the tour today I have a review followed by a giveaway.
Here is my review:
Rua by Miranda Kavi
A girl with an unknown destiny. A boy from a hidden world. When Celeste starts at a new school in a small, Kansas town, she hears whispering voices, has vivid nightmares, and swarms of blackbirds follow her every move. She is oddly drawn to aloof Rylan, the other new student who has his own secrets. The exact moment she turns seventeen, she wakes to a bedroom full of strange creatures, purple light emanating from her hands, and Rylan breaking in through her bedroom window. He knows what she is . .
Celeste grabs her backpack and heads out the door with her parents good wishes. She is starting her first day at a new high school. At sixteen she is used to moving around and she is always the new girl. Things go better than than planned when she immediately and unexpectedly makes a new friend, Tink, amiable, outgoing and gay.
Then she catches the eye of a handsome new boy, Rylan. Yep, it was a great first day, but soon the euphoria fades because as her seventeenth birthday draws near, she begins experiencing terrifying nightmares. Then the school parking lot is assaulted by a flock of birds that line the streets and lead straight to her home. The moment she turns seventeen, strange events occur and she learns that she has a strange and unique heritage. Can she figure out just what she is and fulfill her role?
What I Liked:
- I enjoyed that Ms. Kavi brought me a paranormal read with a unique flavor. I won’t go into details, but the supernatural touch here is unexpected and different from anything I have encountered. I liked that she brought me something original.
- This book features a character that absolutely wriggled right in and stole my heart. Tink jumps right in during the first chapters and easily wins over not only Celeste but the reader. He is gay, and completely open about it. He is fun, charming, an awesome best friend and there isn’t anything about him not to like. I thoroughly enjoyed his character. He manages to always steal the scene. Not to mention he has a few tricks up his sleeve!
- I appreciated that this book features a set of parents who are very involved in their daughter Celeste’s life. Not only are they caring, protective and engaged, but they are Celeste’s adoptive parents and they are African American while Celeste is of Irish descent with red hair and fair skin. It isn’t often in the YA genre that you find parents that are an active participant in the story line, and to have the added uniqueness of different heritage and adoptive makes them even more interesting.
- I liked that this book was a quick easy read and the story moves along. It is one you could easily pick up and read in one sitting. It also has a lot of surprises and action.
- The cover is absolutely stunning. I love it!
- This is a bargain as an ecopy can be purchased on Amazon for $2.99.
And The Not So Much:
- The biggest complaint I had with this one is the lack of detail. While the brisk pace is nice, it moves so quickly at times that it tends to skip or gloss over important details. This book would benefit by a slower pace and taking time to expand and explain important aspects.
- Rylan is a problem for me in that he is there to immediately explain everything and lead Celeste down the path to discover her destiny, but I had so many questions regarding him. First, he is a halfling, half human, half paranormal, but there is little detail on the how and why he came to be. He says he came from “an unholy union”, but what does that mean? Where are his parents? He seems to live on his own. I just did not get a full appreciation of his character.
- There is a bit of mean girl flair in this one, which I am not a fan of, but thankfully it seems to be resolved by the end, and it doesn’t get too over the top nasty.
Rua is a quick read full of different and unexpected paranormal entities. This book introduces us to a new world of possibilities and paves the way for expansion into a series. It also introduces us to some memorable characters and thought provoking ideas.
“The thing glanced up at the sound of his voice. She twisted her face into a sick copy of a smile. She crouched down and held out a shadowy hand, complete with long, black fingernails. She put her palm up and bent her fingers forward twice in rapid succession. An invitation.”
“Tink snickered. “It’s okay, Mrs. Shreeve. My room is a hot mess, and it irritates my mom because she thinks gay boys are supposed to be extra clean.”
Miranda Kavi is a YA and Urban Fantasy author. She has worked as an attorney, an executive recruiter, and an assistant in a biological anthropology lab. She loves scary movies, museums, and is hopelessly addicted to chocolate. She lives in the Houston area with her husband and daughter.
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