December 14, 2013

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway ~ Path Unchosen by Kim Cleary

Hey guys, welcome to my stop on the Path Unchosen Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Click here to follow along with the full tour schedule. :D

Title: Path Unchosen
Series: Daughter of Ravenswood #1 
Author: Kim Cleary
Publication date: September 7th 2013
Genre: Dark Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

~ Synopsis ~

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.

~ My Thoughts ~

My Rating: 3 / 5

Drawn in by the cover and plot, I was so excited to begin Path Unchosen. The fact that the main character, Judy, finds out she's a necromancer intrigued me. I looked forward to the mystery of who was raising the dead besides Judy. And most of all, I looked forward to zombies!  

I enjoyed the story, but there were a few things I wanted to know that weren't entirely clear to me such as what happened to modern technology? It's easy to imagine Judy's world as being in the 1800's with reading by candlelight and traveling by a horse drawn cart, but I think the zombie plague wiped out much of the population and along with it, technology. I imagined people had to abandon modern comforts to survive. 

When the story begins, the zombie plague has been over for a long time, yet a zombie is raised the same night Judy raises a spirit. Judy wasn't the one who raised the zombie, and she sets out to find who else is a necromancer along with her guardian, Purah. The zombie begins attacking people, and it's up to Judy to figure out who she can and can't trust as well as who is sending zombies to attack the citizens around Winterhurst. I didn't trust Purah one hundred percent, and I definitely didn't trust Boyce Westall. 

The story intrigued me, and if the framework of Path Unchosen had been clearer to me I would have given it at least another star. As it is, while I didn't quite connect with the characters, the mystery was more than enough to keep me reading and interested.   

~ Purchase Links ~

~ About the Author: Kim Cleary ~ 

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.

~ Social Links ~

~ Giveaway ~
- A signed copy
- 2x $20 Amazon Gift Cards
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  1. [ Smiles ] "Path Unchosen" happens to be my kind of book.

    Lovely review!

  2. I'm sorry this wasn't all you'd hoped for, Jennifer. It's hard when you don't make connections with the characters and/or parts of the plot aren't fully developed or explained. But I'm glad it was able to hold your attention with the mystery. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    1. It's ok, can't win them all, right? And maybe the things I didn't like might be exactly what appeals to another reader. There was so much potential, gah! Thanks for visiting, Brandee! :D


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