Blog Tour | Avery (The Chronicles of Kaya #1) by Charlotte McConaghy (Review + Giveaway)

Blog Tour | Avery (The Chronicles of Kaya #1) by Charlotte McConaghy (Review + Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the AVERY blog tour! Below, see my thoughts on the book and enter to win a copy for yourself and a $10 Amazon giftcard!

Blog Tour | Avery (The Chronicles of Kaya #1) by Charlotte McConaghy (Review + Giveaway)Avery
by Charlotte McConaghy
Published by Random Romance
Release date : June 2013
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link)

The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does too. So it has been for thousands of years – until Ava.

For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Ava’s soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing revenge upon the barbarian queen of Pirenti, Ava's plan is interrupted when she is instead captured by the deadly prince of her enemies.

Prince Ambrose has been brought up to kill and hate. But when he takes charge of a strangely captivating Kayan prisoner and is forced to survive with her on a dangerous island, he must reconsider all he holds true . . .

In a violent country like Pirenti, where emotion is scorned as a weakness, can he find the strength to fight for the person he loves . . . even when she’s his vengeful enemy?

Avery is a sweeping, romantic fantasy novel about loss and identity, and finding the courage to love against all odds.

Also by this author: Fury, Melancholy

I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I feel in love with Charlotte’s book, FURY, so when I was asked to join the tour for AVERY, I jumped at the chance. Charlotte’s writing is amazing, and I love these emotional, powerful worlds she creates. While I will admit I didn’t fall in love with this book as hard and fast as I did as her other – overall I did love it.

Fantasy isn’t my favorite genre on a good day – so I was a little nervous on how this would play out with me. And honestly? The first 20% or so was hard for me to get into. Fantasy’s are always slow in the beginning (for me) because the author has to take the world and build it for you, without too much so we don’t complain of info-dump; and not to little we are lost. So yes, the beginning was slow. I was indifferent, and couldn’t really get a good feel for where the story was going. I do believe this is purely personal preference, and obviously it didn’t hinder my enjoyment overall.

We have four main characters in AVERY. What is unique, is all POV are first person. Charlotte did an amazing job to create not one, but four unique, distinct voices for these characters. Although all four characters play a huge part in the overall story arc, I would say Ava is the “main” character. All the characters are on their own journey, but hers was the hardest to witness.

It’s really hard to summarize one sole thing about AVERY. There was a lot going on between the romance, a characters redemption and the action. It’s hard to tackle one without spoiling another. There are many surprising twists and I was blown away by how everything was pieced together and intertwined.

There are many good things I can say about Charlotte’s writing – but the one thing I love most is how she is able to take such highly emotional, sensitive material, and work it. She explains things thoroughly and looks at everything in different angles – leaving me to see the picture as a whole, instead of one side. I know it doesn’t make much sense – and I wish there was a better way to explain it. The gist is – she is brilliant.

My Peeve –

Just the beginning. But like I said, I think this is a quirk of mine.

Overall –

I loved it. Even though it took a little bit for me to get into, I am so glad I picked AVERY up. A heartbreaking journey of love, loss and hope. Second chances and peace. Of finding love after you thought all was lost. Of learning to love yourself, to forgive yourself and ultimately, move on.  I highly recommend.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.2

About Charlotte McConaghy

Charlotte started writing her children’s fantasy series ‘The Strangers of Paragor’ as a teenager and has since gone on to publish five novels. After a Masters degree in Screenwriting she wrote ‘Avery’, the first in her adult fantasy series ‘The Chronicles of Kaya’, published by Random House. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, and has just released a new dystopian sci-fi novel called ‘Fury – Book One of The Cure’, published by Momentum.

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10 thoughts on “Blog Tour | Avery (The Chronicles of Kaya #1) by Charlotte McConaghy (Review + Giveaway)

  1. Danielle

    This sounds pretty cool, it reminds me of something but I don’t know what which will bug me and probably bug you since I’ll probably bug you about it and how many times can I stick bug in a sentence…I’ll bet it’s bugging you huh? Did you miss me commenting on your blog? huh? huh? Alright I’ll go away now…
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  2. Candace

    You nailed it with this “she is able to take such highly emotional, sensitive material, and work it. She explains things thoroughly and looks at everything in different angles – leaving me to see the picture as a whole, instead of one side.” YES!!!! That is what really stood out for me when I read it. I love when an author makes us see the ‘bad guy’ from the other side. Things are NOT black and white and there’s more than one side to everything. She got it perfect in this book. Awesome review! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!
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  3. Michelle Lee

    WOW, I am hooked! I would love to read this book! It’s captivating and compelling! Thank you for this amazing giveaway! 🙂

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