We’re celebrating indie books with the I Love Indie Books Blog Hop. If you haven’t checked that out, the giveaway ends tonight at 11:59. And speaking of indie, Clare Davidson launches her second novel, Reaper’s Rhythm. Tight writing, well-fleshed out characters, this author has it going on. That is why today, I am excited to be part of the Reaper’s Rhythm Blog Tour.
Wow. What an adventure. I’d say Clare Davidson’s second novel is a contemporary paranormal thriller, but that could translate into urban fantasy.
First. I am not a fan of present tense books, so when I started reading, I groaned. I was like nooooo, but the author handled it well, and I hardly noticed it as I was swept along into the story.
Second. Although the protagonist is 16, the book handles hard issues that many teens face such as suicide, sex, divorce and dealing with grief, so parents might want to preview it first. Here again, I think she handled it well while keeping it real.
Now for the story. Kim Welles finds her older sister dead, wrists slashed. She freaks out, runs to get help, trips down the stairs and slams into a man. He touches her forehead, tells her to sleep, forget. The next thing Kim knows she is waking up in the hospital and doesn’t remember any of it. When her parents tell her that her sister committed suicide, she refuses to believe her happy-go-lucky sister would do such a thing, and Kim is determined to find out who killed her and why. As Kim unravels the mystery, the story speeds up and the tension builds, and we are in for one wild ride.
The characters felt real and kept you guessing whose side they were really on. The paranormal characters seemed like angels to me, but with different names & their own history. Although, I don’t like to read books about angels, fallen angels, I liked how she explained their existence, giving us a feel of living an alternative reality, helping us to suspend disbelief rather than trying to apply our reality to the book’s story.
It was a good, thought-provoking read, and I’m curious to see what is next in this series.
Now for the giveaway!
Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour. You can find a list of all them on Clare Davidson’s blog.
Where you can find Reaper’s Rhythm:
Clare Davidson is an independent writer, based in Lancaster. Clare is a high school teacher, mother and character-driven fantasy writer. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter, a cranky grey cat and an insane white kitten.
She published her first novel, Trinity in July 2012. Trinity is a young adult, fantasy novel, which currently has seventeen five star reviews on Amazon UK.
Her second novel, Reaper’s Rhythm, is due to be released on the 26th July 2013. Also aimed at a young adult audience, Reaper’s Rhythm is an urban fantasy with a dash of mystery.
Ways to connect with Clare Davidson:
New releases mailing list: http://eepurl.com/zpjGf