Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Fraction of Stone tour! I have a review of this wonderful book as well as a giveaway of 5 e-copies for you. So, allow me to introduce this book:



Fraction of Stone (Fraction, #1)
Wind tunnels, torrential rains and earthquakes tear apart Casden. The cause of the world’s imbalance is unknown, but the mounting occurrences suggest there’s little time before life ceases to exist.

Rydan Gale and Akara Nazreth are the only humans with the ability to wield magic. The tattoo on their necks and the discovery of an ancient book, dictate they are the key to the world’s survival.

But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures, extreme betrayals and magic-fearing men hunting them.

It’s that Akara doesn’t believe the world is worth saving.

My Rating: 4/5

A pleasant surprise. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading Fraction of Stone. But, by the end, I was definitely impressed.

The plot line for the book was unique among all the YA out there. And the world building of it all was flawless.

I loved the character development in this book. Throughout the book, I felt like the Rydan and Akara went through real, believable growth.

Akara was a complex character. She has been through more than most people would survive. At the beginning, her will to live is nonexistant. And, understandably, throughout the book, she doubts that the world is worth saving. I really like that the author didn't have  Akara magically get better. She slowly healed from the very deep wounds that were left from her life as a magic slave. It happened realistically. With Rydan's help, she slowly learned to see the good in the world. She was a remarkably strong character, definitely one that any reader would like.

Rydan was almost the complete opposite with his world view. But, it worked out well that way because they seemed to balance each other out with Akara's cynicism and Rydan's optimism. Rydan allowed Akara to see that the world wasn't totally evil and Akara allowed Rydan to actually take the world seriously.
But, moving on to Rydan himself.
I really liked Rydan. He was very sweet and he genuinely felt that there was good in the world after he witnessed all the bad. And it didn't hurt that he was so attractive :)

The romance in this book was minimal. Throughout the book, there was more of a deepening of their relationship. They slowly trusted each other and, by the end, the beginnings of a romance started to show. But, I felt that the point of their relationship in Fraction of Stone was more to allow Akara to trust again. In later books, we'll see how the seeds of romance sprout.

The plot was fast-paced. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The thrills, twists, and surprises had me hooked. And the ending has me really curious to find out what happens next.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs are 5 e-copies of Fraction of Stone. Ends April 1.
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About the Author:

During Kelley Lynn’s last year at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, while pursuing her degree in Chemical Engineering, the voices in her head got the best of her. Surprisingly, they didn’t want to talk about process flow diagrams and heat capacity. They preferred the fantastical. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote.

Come graduation, not only did Kelley have a diploma and, thankfully, a wonderful job, but she had a new obsession as well. Amidst the order and exactness that came with the nine to five, Kelley found a way to create; to determine the rules of a world and take her characters to the limits of what was possible. Perhaps she has a slight control complex.

The first in the series, Fraction of Stone, was born on an airplane and took ten days to write. It probes the question, should the world be saved if there’s no one in it worth saving?

When briefly managing to quiet the voices, Kelley participates in softball, soccer and volleyball. (You probably don’t want her on your volleyball team. Unless you want to laugh.) She lives with her sister and her dog who can attest to the chair that has Kelley’s butt print permanently pressed into it. Depending on the weekend, you might be able to hear Kelley sing for an area classic rock band.

Kelley Lynn is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.

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3 comments:

  1. Farrah,

    Thank you SO much for taking the time to review my work! I really appreciate the honest review and am so glad to see you enjoyed it. Thank you!

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  2. It was great hosting for you :)

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  3. What an interesting book! Great cover and review. Thanks for the giveaway.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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