10 June 2013

Book Tour, Review + Giveaway: Colour Wielders by Dawna Raver

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Colour Wielders (Heirs of the Magykal Realm #1) 
by Dawna Raver Tour!

New Adult/Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy Romance

Date Published: 4/19/2013


What they say: 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?
Author Bio: 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.
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Where to buy Colour Wielders: Amazon US / Kobo / Barnes and Noble
Gentle fingertips grazed the edge of her jaw, trailing down her neck to her collarbone. His citrine gaze stared deeply into her eyes, and her body heated at his tender touch.
"You're okay, yeah?" Thaene asked, his voice hoarse from their lovemaking.
Am I okay? She hardly knew. Though she had nothing to compare it to, this feeling was more than giving her virginity to him. Quinn felt like something bigger inside stirred to life, wanting to escape.
"You know I love you. I'm sorry if it hurt." He kissed her again, his lips caressing hers as if he could take the ache away. "Say something, Quinn. Please."
"I love you, Thaene." She pressed herself into him, passionately returning his affection. As their kiss continued, Quinn wondered if he wanted more. She also wondered if she had more to give.
"I want us together always. Do you want that, Quinn?" Thaene's eyes danced with a mixture of emotions—love, passion, possessiveness, and something else she couldn't name.
"We can have forever. You want that, don't you?" Thaene asked.
"Yes," Quinn answered breathlessly before realizing what she'd agreed to. She smiled, finding his need for her exciting. "Forever is a long time. But I could do it with you."
Thaene smiled back. Happiness lit his face. He looked like he'd just won a major prize—he looked triumphant.
"Being with you on your birthday was very special to me. You've given me such a precious gift."
"I love you. I can't imagine my first time with anyone else."
Besides, my gift of Sight showed you to me, over and over. How could I not give myself to you?
Her gift had shown her something else as well. Since she didn't understand it, Quinn ignored it. She'd followed her heart where Thaene was concerned. Not even her mother's dislike—or in spite of it—changed her mind. Following your heart always led you down the right path.
Thaene lightly brushed her hair from her face, then he rested his forehead on hers.
"There's something else I'd like you to give me. Will you do that? Give me what I desire the most?"
The longing in his voice made Quinn squirm underneath him. Right now, she'd give him anything.
"It's the most precious gift of all. One I'll cherish forever."
Oh my God. He wants to marry me.
"Yes," Quinn said, drawing in a breath. "I'll give you anything."
"Good." Thaene nuzzled her neck. "I want you to show me your Magyk."
I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: As a paranormal fantasy Colour Wielders is a fun, yet slightly confusing read because it doesn't really fit into either adult or YA categories - it's described as a type of NA, but I'm not sure it's that either. For example there's sex (off page or clean sex) and swearing, followed up with a lot of teenage dialogue. This resulted in the characters coming across as immature at times or perhaps na├»ve.

I liked Colour Wielders and really enjoyable reading it. I think perhaps it's the series of contradictions in the book which left me slightly confused. For example one minute Quinn is extremely innocent, then she's offering herself to two different guys in one day. Although in her defence the men in the book are really manipulative and she's new to the whole magykal world.  I think as a lead Quinn needs to come to turns with her power, more than anything Quinn is naive, but she has the potential to be all powerful.

I also found myself getting confused by the vocab this book has going on. Don't get me wrong the Gaelic/Celtic/Swedish combo used for the magyk words is beautiful, but the names were confusing at times (I'm a big Tolkien & George R.R. Martin fan so I can keep track of a large number of characters - there is a glossary included but switching back to it can lessen the flow of the book).
Arik made for a strange hero, I guess really he's the anti-hero and at times he was so controlling I wanted Quinn to smack him! Raver has been very clever because with THAT ending there's no way I could not read the next book (due out later this year). I kept waiting for something to happen and so I can honestly say I wasn't too shocked by Arik's path, but a little surprised nevertheless.
Raver uses a lot of mythology in Colour Wielders which leads to an interesting backstory and a unique twist on Magic 'magyk' and Gods which I hadn't seen before. I loved all the Morgana stuff (I'm a big Merlin fan) and she was fun to read - evil harpy! I liked all the goodside v's darkside stuff and I really want Quinn to go full on bad ass in the follow up. The colour of magic (sorry I'm going all Pratchett now) is a fun idea, as is the Druid angle.
This is a good paranormal read. More YA than it is strictly adult or NA, but you'll need to take the time to focus on the names and languages as it is confusing at times!

3 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • Quinn took a tentative sip, afraid what it might taste like. In her family, teas often tasted like ass.
  • "This is out of our league. Like Eye of Sauron, steal your will, don't touch the glass ball with the gleaming red eye, league." "Then consider me Aragorn."
  • "What irks me most is dealing with your shit is keeping me from my fun. I've just about figured out how to turn Cet into Harry Potter for a day."
  • "Since when do you ever turn down sex with a willing participant, anonymous or not? Need I remind you of your Troll lover?" "Please don't."

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