Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Review: Guardians of the Grimoire by Natasha Slight

Guardians of the Grimoire
by Natasha Slight
YA Fantasy
Original Publication Date: 11/28/2011
Kindle Edition: 387 Pages
Nook Edition: 366 Pages

*Ebook obtained directly from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Rumors have spread among the immortals of a book that controls all the magic in both the human and spirit worlds. So what is the Spirit Mother to do when Kaël, a corrupt spirit, attempts to steal the Grimoire from her temple?

With no other option, she instructs Gaïa, a benevolent spirit, to hide the Grimoire in the human realm and to train three young girls in becoming the new guardians. Kerani, Tiluvia, and Cesca are awakened to their destinies, and thrust into a perilous journey as they race to Gaïa’s island. Accompanied by the Kal’rana sisters, the girls discover the magic that lies dormant within them. But fate plays a cruel twist on them, as their magical abilities are unleashed before they are ready, and disastrous consequences follow suit.

In a land shrouded in magic, and filled with as many friends as there are foes, will the girls be able to fulfill their destinies? Or will the balance of magic be thrown into chaos?

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About the Author:
NATASHA SLIGHT has been an avid reader and collector of books for many years. As a stay-at-home mom she one day set out to write a story her children could read. The result of that trial is her debut novel GUARDIANS OF THE GRIMOIRE. Armed with a quirky sense of humor, Natasha writes to inspire, tap into the mind, and unleash the imagination within.

A seasoned traveler, Natasha is always attempting to learn new languages and discover various cultures. She grew up in a bilingual home where she spoke something called Frenglish, which made switching between French and English the norm. In high school, Natasha attempted Mandarin and still remembers a few lines her teacher taught her. College was where she tackled Spanish. In her early twenties, Natasha lived in Haiti for two years where she learned Creole and was made fun of for her accent. In 1999, she moved to Puerto Rico where her backyard was the sandy beaches of Old San Juan. This was followed by fourteen months in Jamaica and a short trip to the Cayman Islands. In 2007, she spent a memorable summer in Aachen, Germany where she learned a little German. Her weekends were filled with visits to nearby cities and countries. Paris (France), Maastricht (Netherlands), and every single castle that can be found along the Rhine River (Germany) are just a few of the places she visited. 2012 was the year her dream came true. After spending a blissful week in Provence (South of France), Natasha was able to discover the beautiful countryside, friendly people, and wonderful food.

Today, she lives in Montreal with her husband and two daughters, where she dreams of her next trip.

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My Review:

I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started this novel. The synopsis caught my attention so I was intrigued but really wasn't sure how it would play out.

At first, there's so many characters being introduced that's it very difficult to keep everyone straight. It took a while before I could honesty tell who was who. Now, looking back, I still have a little trouble telling a few of the less important characters apart. It may be in part because they're names are very usual - very creative but unusual. I loved some names but really didn't like others. That was mainly because I had a hard time reading them in my head - it was like I would have to pause and work my way through their name one more time. LoL That just goes to prove the creativity is amazing!

This novel is brilliantly creative & really introduces you to a whole new world. It reminded me of King Arthur's time (knights, castles, bows & arrows, mysterious treasures, wizards, etc.) meets Alice in Wonderland. Ha. That's really the best way I can think to put it.

The story is constantly moving. You bounce from one perspective to another constantly. At first, I thought I would get tired of it because I was having trouble keeping track of who was who but eventually, I didn't mind it at all. I started wondering what the other characters were doing when the focus wasn't on them at the moment.

Overall, I enjoyed it & will look forward to reading book 2.

Overall Rating: 3.8 Stars
Cover Rating: 3 Stars
Characters: 4 Stars
Plot: 3.5 Stars
Climax: 4 Stars


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