March 06, 2019

#BookReview for Vivatera (Vivatera #1) by Candace J. Thomas

Synopsis: The king of Southwick has fallen, and his six daughters have disappeared into hiding, each protecting a magical element that will keep the balance within the world of Parbraven. But when one of the hidden girls is captured by an evil set to obtain them all, the fate of the magical world shifts. The solution rests on a simple farm girl named Naomi, who knows nothing of this world, nor of the awaking magic stirring inside her.


Naomi Bucklingdown has no idea of the importance of her survival; her only clue is a mark on her neck – An interweaving star. In a fast moment Naomi’s life changes forever when she discovers a young woman with the same unusual mark on her neck, but before she can reach her she is kidnapped; spirited away by a mysterious stranger, Reynolds Fairborne. Reynolds alone knows the secret of Naomi’s identity. Only he knows the danger she would face if she were ever discovered, for the Kingdom of Parbraven is poisoned by magic and the only hope for survival lies in a secret only Naomi has. This is where her journey of discovery begins and her true identity is about to be revealed.

This title will be released on February 22, 2019.

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About the Author:  
"I embrace my inner unicorn spirit animal. I dream in sunset skies. I dabbled with unfamiliar magic. I travel to unknown stars. I'm made of imagination, with a dash of Skittles. That's how I became an author."

Candace lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, two daughters, and tailless cat.

Candace J. Thomas writes in multiple genres. She is the award-winning author of the YA fantasy Vivatera series, published by Xchyler Publishing. Vivatera is the winner of the Diamond Award for Novel of the Year 2013 by the League of Utah Writers. She is also author of paranormal satire Vampire-ish: A Hypochondriac's Tale, and dystopian sci-fi novella Hawkweed, published in the anthology Moments In Millennia.

Rating: ☆☆
My Review: 
This is just another reprint that fails to get better.  It still has a lot of potentials but this one still fails to have a good all-around concept.  I felt like the author forgot to add world building and backstory and gave it all to us at the end of the book instead throughout or at the start.  Which really hindered my enjoyment of the story.  Not having this information at the start and then having it show up at the end was really weird. The other thing that this book had was insta-love which sometimes works but sometimes does not and this time it just didn't.  I think with some more tweaking this one could be an amazing story but it just felt way to confusing and not well plotted out.

"Tight pacing and sharp characterization keep this magic-fueled adventure moving." - Kirkus Review

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