Thursday, December 12, 2013

Path Unchosen Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the Path Unchosen Blog Tour! Today I have a review of Path Unchosen and there is a tour-wide giveaway to enter. Make sure to check out all the amazing posts going on during this tour by clicking the banner above for the full schedule. 

About the Book

Title: Path Unchosen
Author: Kim Cleary
Series: Daughter of Ravenswood #1
Publication date: September 7th 2013
Buy Path Unchosen: Amazon

Genres: Dark Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
When eighteen-year-old Judy Hudson discovers she’s a necromancer and sees first-hand the pain her powers can cause the dead, she just wants to deny who she is. The zombie plague is long over. She wants to find a more normal life, but that’s a challenge when a beautiful otherworldly man, who claims to be her guardian, saves her life.
Judy tries to set right the harm she inflicted on a spirit she raised, but new zombies attack—zombies raised from among the long-time dead. Someone else just like her is out there, and he’s not trying to set anything right. To save her own life, and protect the innocent inhabitants of the nearby town who’ve become her friends, Judy has to figure out who’s raising the dead and why. She must also learn to control the darkness inside her—a seductive darkness that promises her power beyond her wildest dreams.
About the Author
Kim writes urban fantasy for anyone who longs to discover they are extraordinary. She writes about hopefulness and determination, and about heroes who push through extraordinary situations and obstacles, one step at a time. Magical friends and gorgeous guys help, or hinder, in one adventure after another.
When not writing, revising, or thinking about writing, Kim gardens, plays with her dog, chats on social media, catches up with friends or cooks an Indian feast. She is a member of Writers Victoria, Romance Writers of Australia, The Alliance of Independent Authors, and a certified chocoholic.
Kim grew up in Birmingham, UK, studied medieval history and psychology at Adelaide University in South Australia and has worked all over Australia and in London. She now lives with her husband and an adorable Cocker Spaniel in Melbourne, Australia.
 My Review of Path Unchosen
Path Unchosen is full of surprises, twists, and turns. When I started Path Unchosen, I really thought it was going to be a twist on zombies using a necromancer, but what I got is just so much more. There is incredible world building in Path Unchosen with Judy and her finding out about her gifts. Just when I thought, I had a handle on what was happening and where it was going, something new was introduced. While some times that can be a bit overwhelming, it all worked very well together in Path Unchosen. 

Judy is a girl who grew up in an orphanage never knowing who she really was or where she came from, but when she is left to find her own way she discovers she has magic powers specifically those that deal with the dead. As for becoming a necromancer, Judy does not want to use her powers to control anyone, especially those at rest. Fighting against the darkness in her power really makes Judy into her own person, and very likeable as a main character. As she chooses to fight for others and for what is right, she really becomes the heroine you want to root for. 

While there is a bit of romance in the book, it is stretched into an almost triangle. While I am so tired of love triangles, Path Unchoosen has a more innocent,   just experiencing the world vibe to it, which I actually like and felt it came across believable. Only time will tell if true feeling develop to make it into a full-blown love triangle. Both choices would be a good fit for Judy, so I am not complete sold on either of the love interests just yet. 

While this story came to a very satisfying conclusion, I am very interested in more background on Judy and many other things that occur during the novel. Thankfully, this is only the first book in the Daughter of Ravenswood series, and I will just have to impatiently wait for the second book to be released. 

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

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CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

Hey, I haven't visited your blog in awhile cause I've been soooo busy with exams the past few years! About Path Unchosen, I've actually seen in featured awhile back on another blog (can't remember which), and I genuinely thought it sounded really cool! I'm not much of a fan of necromancers/zombies kind of romance novels after I read Kelley Armstrong's YA series. Nyeh, just not my thing.

But you make it sound interesting though! Like all the plot twists and love triangle. I'm very neutral on the love triangle stance, so a well-done love triangle's even more of a plus. :D Anyhoo, glad you liked it so much, and good luck on waiting for the sequel! Haha, maybe I'll wait for the sequel to be released first before I start on Path Unchosen. :P

Giselle said...

Great review! I do think there are some love triangle that are not annoying or cliché they just have to be believable you know. I'm glad it's pulled off in this book. It also sounds like the world building was well done. Glad you liked it! :)

Kathy Geiser said...

Hi , This book sounds amazing. Thanks for the Chance to enter. After reading your review, I really want to read it.

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Great Review this book looks and sounds awesome I never read a book about necromancer before but I have to check this one out soon thanks for the great giveaway!

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