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text 2013-08-19 15:47
Blog Tour: Witchling
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Witchling ( Curse of Kin #1) by: Ari Harper
Series: Curse of Kin #1
Released: November 29th 2012
Publisher: Lycaon/Breathless Press
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
 
Synopsis: Nera is a normal teenage girl living in Ireland-or so she thought. Her world is forever changed when she discovers that she is descended from a long line of witches. To her horror she finds she is the one that is supposed to stop the curse that has taken the life of every girl before her. As if that isn't enough, she must learn to use magic and her trainer is a man named Bones. He is the son of Mari, Queen of the Witches, and a god. It is Bones that has been entrusted to teach her the skills she needs to stay alive, which wouldn't be so bad if he didn't have an uncanny knack for pushing her buttons. Can Nera learn what she needs while staying immune to the charms of the man that gets under her skin at every opportunity?

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Ari Harper never wanted to grow up. To offset the limitations of aging ungracefully, she created her own set of unique worlds where she can be and do whatever she wants.

Gods, witches and demons surround Ari while she spins her magic, doing mainly what they tell her to do. Given a chance, she prefers to work amongst chaos, which is good because she is constantly surrounded by children, all clamoring for attention. Some of them end up in her stories, some of them even get to die grisly deaths or be cast away to another realm.

 
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review 2013-08-12 00:00
Witchling (Curse of Kin, #1)
Witchling (Curse of Kin, #1) - Ari Harpe... Witchling (Curse of Kin, #1) - Ari Harper Nera O’Malley is your average teenage girl, with realistic nightmares, and witches for ancestors. Okay, maybe she’s not so normal, after all. Descended from a long line of Irish witches, Nera is third generation female, which means it is up to her to break the 800 year old curse on her family.

But dealing with high school, family, and boy drama, will Nera be able to rise to the challenge, and save her family from an ancient curse?

I love the premise of Witchling. I’ve never before read a novel set in Ireland, so that was really fun to read about (even if I didn’t read their voices in an Irish accent – shameful, I know). I love books about gods, and all associated magical forms, so I knew I would like Witchling when I read the blurb.

Nera was a difficult character to love. At times, she was confident, and self-assured, ready to accept her fate, and the responsibility placed on her shoulders. While at other times, she lashed out unnecessarily, hurt the feelings of those around her, and refused to accept her role. I suppose, in a sense, this is realistic. I mean, what seventeen year old girl is just going easily accept the fact that the fate of their family rests on their shoulders? I probably wouldn’t have, had it been me three years ago. I really hope Nera comes into herself in the next book, as I can tell she would be an amazing person if she just matured a little bit.

I wish there had been more about Bones and Sully. These two were my favourite characters in the book, but I didn’t learn about them as much as I would have liked to. Quite a few things were alluded to regarding Sully, so hopefully we can have a deeper glimpse into his character in the next book. Bones was extremely mysterious, and his past is all but unknown. I would love to learn more about him, and his godling powers.

The fact that the three teenage characters in the novel learned how to swordfight was amazing. I wish I could learn! It was interesting to see how they chose their weapons, and how they eventually grew accustomed to the weight of the sword, and the movements required to wield it correctly. It ignited my desire to learn to fence all over again.

The writing style of this novel was more reminiscent of a younger teen novel, rather than a fully fledged young adult novel. The progression of events was fast paced, there was quite a lot of dialogue, and the descriptions were lacking a bit. To add to that, though, there was never a boring moment in Witchling, which is always a plus!

At times, it was a little confusing to understand all the aspects of the curse, as information was given out in little pieces throughout the novel. I would have loved it if the curse was explained clearly, so I could have wrapped my head around it, and made sure I understood all the intricacies. It was a cleverly thought out curse, and extremely interesting, which is why I wish I could have had a higher comprehension of what was required to break it.

I loved Jasper’s house, and it was pretty much my favourite aspect of this novel. I cannot imagine walking down the street and coming across a castle nestled into the cliff-side. The library of books sounded amazing, and the secret tunnels made me want to jump into the pages, and explore them. I really want to visit Ireland, and see if I can come across such a castle!

Another aspect of this novel that I enjoyed was the love, or should I say the lack of love. With insta-love and love triangles dominating the YA scene at the moment, it was so refreshing to come across a novel that didn’t touch on it at all. Sure, I have some suspicions regarding future relationships, but there was absolutely no quick formed loving relationships. It was awesome to have a book that focussed on the plot, rather than the love, but still had you shipping a couple, regardless.

Overall, Witchling was an enjoyable read, and I am interested to see how Nera’s story continues in the Curse of Kin series.

Oh, and can I quickly mention how I am in love with this cover? :D
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review 2013-07-31 00:00
Witchling (Curse of Kin, #1) - Ari Harpe... Witchling (Curse of Kin, #1) - Ari Harper Received for tour http://www.nobentspines.blogspot.com/Final rating: 3.5I love this book. 3.5? Yeah, that seems like a reasonable rating. Nera is a girl who is used to getting what she wants. She lives a pretty average high school life-one where that chemistry test is the thing you fear the most. So when her uncle tells her she's gonna have to save the world or everything is going to go horribly wrong, oh yeah, and that she's a witch, she might have freaked out. And be in denial. Just a little. Hey, but she's got Bones, a really hot and powerful protector. If only he wasn't just so annoying...Now if she can just make it to finals....She has great friends, the embrace the witch and deal with the word that rhymes with witch in her. Yes that one. Nera has a tempter, is a bit childish and sometimes she is just plain mean. Some things you just don't say. She says all of them. One of my majorrr complaints is she doesn't grow at all in this book. At all. Bones really isn't that bad. He's super helpful and wants to keep her safe. I mean it's his job. Nera, is indeed, a brat. BUT HER BABY BROTHER IS SO ADORABLE. I mean he comes to her.......from the future. Plus, the ending is amazing. Okay, so the whole book is about preparing for the ultimate fight. (and then that other thing I can't tell you about) But when they do actually 'fight' is like 2 pages on my Kindle. What is this?So do I recommend it? Uhm, yes. More Bones, please.
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