Saturday, June 8, 2013

Colour Wielders Book Tour: Review + Author Interview + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Colour Wielders book tour! I have a review, an excerpt, and a giveaway for a $25 gift card coming up. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Behind the Faerying Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where gods and creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess is hidden away.

Quinn Sinclair lives an ordinary life with her less-than-loving mother in Conifer, Colorado, clueless of her true nature. On the night of her birthday, a staggering betrayal sends her life spinning out-of-control. As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she is transported into a Magykal battle-forever changing her life.

Arik Morgaine-Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm-tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans. Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers. Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks?
My Rating: 3 Roses

This book didn't have the greatest start. I was lost for about the first half, not entirely sure what was going on at all. But, I persevered and, after that first half, things picked up and I was hooked. Despite its shaky beginning Colour Wielders was a great read.

The world building in this book was slow coming, which is why I was confused for the first part. But, by the end, the author had created an interesting magical world. There are a few more things I want to know about it, but I assume that will be covered in later books.

Quinn was an okay heroine. I liked how she wouldn't let anyone use her as a pawn and wasn't afraid to take on even the most powerful foes. Once character flaw of hers, however, was her terrible tendencies with romance. She fell quickly and for the wrong guys. If it happened once, I wouldn't have minded. But, it happened twice. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. That's how I saw it. But, overall, she was a fine character.

Arik was a very conflicted character. He walks a very thin line between light and dark. And, let's be honest, he's not afraid to be a jerk. But, when it came to the girl he loved, he was awesome. Sweet, romantic, and willing to do anything to protect her.

The romance was slow going as Quinn and Arik didn't meet until about halfway through. And, from there, the romance developed exponentially, since both had known they were meant for each other. I would have liked to see more development, but I still liked that aspect.

The plot, as I said, was slow at first. But, once you hit that halfway point, things pick up and don't stop for a minute. There were betrayals, surprises, and a shocking twist at the end. I'm definitely curious to find out what happens next.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Author Interview:

Dawna Raver is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Colour Wielders, book one of the Heirs of the Magykal Realm series, is her debut novel. When she's not spending time in her fantasy world, Dawna loves football, reading, and pretending she's a top chef in the kitchen. Oh, and fawning over her dogs and husband, sometimes in that order.

Welcome to Imagine a World! Thanks for being here.
Thank for having me!

What is the hardest part about writing for you? The easiest?
Sometimes the hardest part is starting a new chapter. The empty page can be quite intimidating. The other thing is grammar. Commas and I have a love hate relationship. The easiest part is the coming up with the ideas. Right now, I have five or six ideas that may or may not make it to the page.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play your characters?
Arik Morgaine is easy, Alexander Skarsgard has always been my inspiration for him. Quinn, I have no clue
about. I guess because I see myself in her, it's hard for me to assign an actress to her. The rest of the cast I haven't thought too much about.

What do you do when you get writer’s block?
I'm lucky enough to not have had that issue. But, I believe reading is as important to a writer as having a laptop. To quote Stephen King: "If you don't have time to read, you don't have time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that."

Are there any authors in particular (living or dead) who inspire you?
I'm a huge fan of JK Rowling, but who isn't?
Plus, I'm a die hard paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and urban fantasy lover. Some of my favorite writers are Darynda Jones, who writes the Charley Davidson series. J.R. Ward, and her Black Dagger Brotherhood. Jim Butcher, and his Harry Dresden Files. All of these writers inspire me to be a better writer. I also have a lot of respect for the self-published authors like Michele Leighton and Dannika Dark who are really making a name for themselves.

Do you have any upcoming books you’re working on? Can you tell us a little about it?
I'm writing book two of the Heirs of the Magykal Realm, entitled Severed Colours, which will be out before the end of the year. It takes place where Colour Wielders left off, continuing the adventures of Quinn and Arik.

If you could go back in time (to any time at all), what time period would you go to and why?
Hmm, good question. I think I'd love to go back to medieval times, but only if I don't remember the joys of modern conveniences. It would be the only way I could survive it.

Summer or winter?
Winter because I love snow. But now that I moved to San Antonio, Texas from Albuquerque, New Mexico, I don't think I'll see it anytime soon.

Cat or dog?
Love big cats, but really, I'm a dog person. I don't have kids, but I have my dogs. I adore them.

Tea or coffee?
Coffee. Or as my husband says, would you like a little coffee with your cream and sugar?

Book or movie?
Each of them have their appeal. But, without the written word, there would be no movies. And because I'm a writer, I'll say books.

Bad boy or boy next door?
Oh boy. Well, every woman loves a bad boy, right? After all, they're exciting and a challenge… But there is
something to be said for the sweet boy next door. Hmm, I think I'll take the fifth on that one. :D
Up for grabs is a $25 Amazon gift card. Ends June 16.
For more fun, check out the other tour stops:

June 1 - Reading Addiction Blog Tours - Meet and Greet
June 2- My Crazy Book Obsession - Review
June 3 - Book Nerd Paradise - Review/Guest Post
June 4 - Texas Book Nook - Review
June 5 - Busy Mom Book Reviews- Review
June 6 - A Life Through Books - Review
June 7 - Cruising Susan Reviews - Review
June 8 - Imagine A World -Review/Interview
June 9 - My Reading Addiction - Review
June 10 - Zili In the Sky - Review
June 11 - My Cozie Corner - Review
June 12 - Feed Your Fiction Addiction -Review/Interview
June 14 - Brooke Blogs - Review
June 14 - RABT Reviews - Review


  1. Thank you so much for having me, Farrah, and for the review.

  2. It was great having you :)