Avery (The Chronicles of Kaya #1)
written by Charlotte McConaghy
published by Random House
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I’m not gonna lie, I was a little concerned when I discovered this was a Random Romance book. I was slightly more concerned when I realized we’d be rehashing the old “hot chick dresses up as a boy to fool her enemies” ploy. I should, as it turns out, have been more concerned with the Bob the Builder video that inspired my son to turn his dresser into a tree house (I found him dancing on top of said dresser in his underwear singing, “On site, on site, let’s go on site! LOOK, MOMMA! I’M ON SITE!”).
But I digress.
Avery exceeded my expectations. It’s got a fistful of spectacular love stories (and not just the smoochy-smoochy kind), a cast of wonderfully developed characters, and enough unpredictability to keep a gal riveted. I loved it.
Would I recommend it: Yes. And don’t hide it under your bed, either. I know it’s marketed as a Romance, but it’s a Romance you should feel proud to read in public. =)
About the book – from Goodreads: 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.
About the author: 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.