Friday, May 17, 2013

#Giveaway for Book Tour for Renhala by Amy Joy Lutchen ~ 5 star review.

Renhala by Amy Joy Lutchen
Series: Renhala #1
Publication: September 27th 2012
Genre: Adult Fantasy


Kailey Rooke, timid accountant, dedicated to philanthropic work, finds herself spiraling into a deep depression after she suffers a horrifyingly odd and humiliating assault, to only discover more of these freakish assaults occurring across the globe.

A chance discovery leads Kailey to a meeting with elderly Gunthreon, actual master of persuasion. Gunthreon, who seems to know too much of Kailey's history for her liking, opens Kailey's eyes to a coexisting realm she never knew existed: Renhala, while entrusting her with the knowledge of her newfound power as karmelean, serving as a beacon to the Higher Ones. Kailey slowly starts revealing new talents, and Gunthreon is fascinated with what she starts achieving.

She soon discovers that Renhala is in danger, and this danger has been leaking into her own realm. As she uncovers secrets within herself, and attempts to toughen up, she fuses with an unlikely band of fellow travelers (including a dragon, woodsprite, six-hundred-pound greble, her faithful female canine companion, and a "giver"), falls into an unexpected love triangle, deals with her sexy and flirtatious best friend’s “issues,” and finds the courage to master a new deadly weapon. 

On her mission to save Renhala, Kailey will find herself running from life-threatening disasters, such as greble Tartarin, who likes to remind Kailey that when he catches her, he plans on eating her brains with ice cream; she'll run from the deadly meeples: small cute bunnies with talons and an undeniable thirst for imposing self-destruction on others. Kailey will also run into the possibility that a centuries-old Renhalan rumor is true, that advanced technology existing in Kailey's realm shortens all life spans.

As blood is shed and puzzles near completion, Kailey pulls from deep within herself, conjuring up mystical qualities that enable her to astonish as once predicted at her birth, but despite the newfound strength, Kailey will discover that monsters not only come in ugly packages, but can be easily disguised as those she has come to love and trust.


Born in Chicago, Illinois, a few days prior to watching her first movie, at a drive-in theater. Yes, drive-in theater. And yes, her mother believed she was possessed by the devil after said first movie.

Grew up in the Chicagoland area and graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she simply became a number, but decided it was a good number.

Loves cooking (mostly candy-cooking), gardening (putting holes in the ground for perennials, DONE!), designing and constructing jewelry (everything from silversmithing to lampworking), and living with her wonderful husband, two children, black Labrador, and frog—and maybe even the chipmunk family that likes to destroy her aforementioned perennials.

Also hopes that you enjoy her writings, and won’t criticize her for her aversion of eating things in multiples of three.

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My Review

I was impressed with the details (not too many) and work that went into this urban fantasy book. The world building was top notch for sure.

This book does start of a bit slow for me. I was actually confused as I thought for sure that there was some supernatural in it. It read like a normal non-fantasy book in the beginning. As I only read books that are paranormal/fantasy etc. I almost stopped reading, but went back and read the blurb, and made sure, so then I knew, I just had to keep going. I am glad I did. It was a bit long, but I did enjoy it. It is not a quick read at all. Takes time to get through this book, but enjoyable too.

Kailey is a young, funny, lovable young women, who recently suffered an appalling physical attack. (something that kindof got to me, I am not fond of reading of that kind of stuff, but there is a personal reason for that) She is still depressed after that, which I can understand, its not something easy to come back from. Once she goes to dinner with her friend Amber the rollercoaster ride starts. She finds out about another world called Renhala were traveling to it is done with a single word. So she gets swept up into this fight for her life along with her cool dog Kioto, trying to save Renhala and its people, as well as herself.

I was impressed with the many characters, though It was hard to keep track of them all, I still loved learning of each new one. Like I said, it’s a long book.

I think one of the things I liked the most, is how we get to see Kailey grow from a scared young girl to a warrior, that was nice to see after what had happened to her.

Overall it is a brilliant piece of work for the first book in this journey. The details of the history and the world were amazing.

I really think anyone who enjoys fantasy books at all will really like this one.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.

This review is also posted at Amazon Here, and Goodreads here, as well as other places, like Shelfarie, and others where its listed.
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