Monday, April 20, 2015

A Necklace of Souls Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the A Necklace of Souls book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for a $20 gift card. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

‘A true dream is when the events I see in my sleep have, or will happen. It’s a talent that runs in my family. I was thirteen when I had my first true dream.’

Will’s Aunt says the Kingdom of the Rose is the most fortunate of lands. But Will hates the place – his uncle and aunt are horrible, and he misses his parents. Oh, how he misses them.

Dana wishes she wasn’t a princess. She’s always being told how to behave, what to wear. There’s a strangeness in the castle – why will no one talk about the Guardian, or the necklace that protects the land? And why does her father look at her with such sorrow? The collier’s cart seems the perfect escape. Only she didn’t realize she’d become so dirty, or so lost. Fortunately this boy, Will, has a sense of direction. And next to the forbidding stranger, N’tombe, he seems reassuringly normal.

Welcome to A Necklace of Souls: a story of love and loss, of shattered lives and desperate hopes. In the Kingdom of the Rose, bravery is not always measured by strength and magic is real, if only one has the courage to dream.

Shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, A Necklace of Souls was awarded the Tessa Duder Award for Young Adult Fiction, Best First Book at the New Zealand Post Children and Young Adult Book Awards and is a Storylines Notable Book.

My Rating: 3 Roses

An enjoyable YA read, A Necklace of Souls was an imaginative story. With its fantastical world and engaging characters, this was a good read.

I liked both of the main characters. Both Dana and Will were tough and managed to find their way out of any situation they were in. I thought they were both great.

The romance was light but sweet and I'm rooting for the two of them.

The plot was good but slow, which brought down the book for me. However, I still enjoyed the story and liked it overall. YA lovers, you might want to check this one out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is a $20 gift card.
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About the Author:
My name is Rachel Stedman. I’m a physiotherapist (physical therapist) by background, but now I work as a freelance contractor. I live in the wild and windy place of Dunedin, New Zealand, with my husband and two kids.

I write mostly for children and young adults. In 2012 I won the Tessa Duder Award for an unpublished YA work and my first novel, A Necklace of Souls, was published by HarperCollins in 2013 (available in the United Kingdom and on Book Depository from June 2015). This year, A Necklace of Souls was awarded Best First Book at the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards and won a Notable Book Award from Storylines. Inner Fire is my second novel.


  1. I love the cover! The red dress is very eyecatching.

  2. I'd love to read this! Nice cover, too!

  3. thanks for sharing! Id like to read this

  4. Thanks for the chance!

  5. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.