Tour Stop with Review of Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore and Giveaway $15 Amazon Giftcard

Tour Stop with Review of Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore and Giveaway $15 Amazon GiftcardAuthor: Gabriella Lepore
Title: Evanescent
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 258
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Synopsis

“Then it is settled,” Felix declared. “Come hell or high water, when this is all over, at least one of us here will not make it out alive.” When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague sense of dread to guide her, Bronwen is forced to put her trust in the eccentric and willful Felix Cavara and his eternal curse – immortality.
Format: eBook
Also by this author: Blackheath
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Welcome to our blog tour stop with giveaway and review of Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore. This is a young adult paranormal romance, released on November 10, 2015.

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More Details about EVANESCENT

POV: Third person

Tense: Past

Setting: towns named but unsure of country or continent, modern day

Sexual Content: one kiss

Brief Plot Summary

Bronwen’s grandmother has a vision that someone is going to kill Bronwen. The grandmother sends Bronwen to Felix for protection. In exchange for him protecting her, the grandmother offers a cure to his curse of immortality. Felix and his two friends were cursed by a witch in the 1800s. They no longer wish to live, and they are excited at the prospect of a cure. Protecting Bronwen seems like an easy trade, but they find out what is after her is more powerful than they believed.

My Likes

The concept was original and interesting. It wasn’t like anything I have read before in terms of the type of hunter or the reason for needing protection. I liked reading about the circumstances that led up to Felix, Alistair, and Loki becoming cursed. I think Felix was the most interesting character in the book. He was kind of a jerk at first, but we learn more about him, and he becomes likable as the story progresses.

The way Felix was cursed was something different. I liked how the dragon blood gave him preternatural abilities beyond immortality.

There were parts of the story that made me smile, especially the banter between Bronwen and Felix.

The story maintained a steady pace. I never got bored; it held my interest all the way through. I liked that the author showed us what happened to Felix and his friends rather than just having an info-dump.

There was a really good set of surprises at the end. The ending was not at all what I expected. I enjoyed that because it was something fresh and atypical of the genre.

The main character, Bronwen, is likable. She’s a little naïve but no more than what I would expect from a sixteen-year-old girl. Her best characteristic was her dedication to her grandmother. She worried about her grandmother a lot. She’s also selfless and brave when it counts.

My Dislikes

I felt that the book needed a little more polishing. For one thing, I’m not sure if it is a difference in formats (U.S. vs. U.K.) but it drove me crazy that more than one person had dialogue in the same paragraph. This wasn’t a one-time error; it was written like this consistently throughout the novel, which is why I wonder if it might be a formatting difference.

Another way it could have been improved upon would have been to make sure Felix was consistently ignorant about modern technologies, phrases, etc. Sometimes, he spoke in a very modern way; other times he didn’t. Although he is said to have had very little contact with the outside world, he seems to know some things about modern society. Yet, he doesn’t know other things that I would think he would. It makes sense he wouldn’t know what the Internet is, but would he really not know what a telephone number is, considering he spent the first hundred years of his curse travelling the world, during which time there were certainly telephones. Also, he makes mention of a tracking device. How would he know what that is, but not know what a library card is, or how to tell when a girl is flirting with him?

Although he is said to have had very little contact with the outside world, he seems to know some things about modern society. Yet, he doesn’t know other things that I would think he would. It makes sense he wouldn’t know what the Internet is, but would he really not know what a telephone number is, considering he spent the first hundred years of his curse travelling the world, during which time there were certainly telephones. Also, he makes mention of a tracking device. How would he know what that is, but not know what a library card is, or how to tell when a girl is flirting with him?

It makes sense he wouldn’t know what the Internet is, but would he really not know what a telephone number is, considering he spent the first hundred years of his curse travelling the world, during which time there were certainly telephones. Also, he makes mention of a tracking device. How would he know what that is, but not know what a library card is, or how to tell when a girl is flirting with him?

I also didn’t like that Bronwen used a mirror to describe herself. This wouldn’t be that big of an issue if it weren’t for the lack of other details about Bronwen. I didn’t know if she had any friends, went to school somewhere, had a part-time job, or any other thing that one would expect of a teenager. She doesn’t have a cell phone, a car, or a pet. She’s very plain and (evidently) lonely, and I wondered why that is. The reader gets a detailed description of her physical characteristics but doesn’t learn much else about her.

I wasn’t a big fan of the insta-love in the book. After only two days, they were professing their love for one another.

My biggest complaint is regarding the lack of setting details. I had no idea what continent they were on, much less what country they were in. Also, it was supposedly New Years, but there isn’t any mention of snow or winter, which makes me wonder more about the location. There is a mention of cold air near the end of the book; so, I guess it is winter. But it’s not very clear.

Overall Conclusion

I know I spent a lot of time detailing things I didn’t like about EVANESCENT. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like the book as a whole. It wasn’t that any of those things were big, terrible issues that made me really upset. Rather, I see them as areas for improvement. Of course, some of that is just my opinion and personal preferences. I can’t fault the author for anything that is a matter of taste. I’m sharing these things mainly because I know some other readers have pet peeves about some of the same issues. I want to keep people informed. So, for example, if you absolutely hate insta-love, you would know that this book does have a very short time frame before the characters profess their love.

EVANESCENT was actually a fun book to read. I recommend it to readers who aren’t particular about any of the things I mentioned in my dislikes section and readers who enjoy young adult romance novels about witches and curses, in which the boy has to protect the girl from an evil creature.


 

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About Gabriella Lepore

Gabriella Lepore lives on the coast of Wales in the United Kingdom. She began writing at an early age and grew up with a passion for all things supernatural—especially witches! She currently has six Young Adult books in print: Evanescent, The Blackheath Witches, How I Found You, Secrets In Phoenix, and The Witches of the Glass Castle books 1 & 2.

4 thoughts on “Tour Stop with Review of Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore and Giveaway $15 Amazon Giftcard

  1. Nice diplomatic and honest review. I think the inconsistencies would have annoyed me too but it sounds like an interesting theory nonetheless.
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    1. Thanks! I did enjoy it, even though it had some minor issues.

  2. Great review! This sounds like a unique book and fun. Despite the issues you bring up it sounds like you enjoyed it overall! Thanks for hosting today! 🙂

    1. Thanks Giselle. I did enjoy it overall. I think it’s one people should definitely check out.

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