VBT-The Battle for Arcanon Major (The Lost Dacomé Files #1) by Alexandra May. Guest Post and Giveaway

29 Oct

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Synopsis:

“As daughter of our ruler I grew up in the crossfire of an ongoing war… All I’d ever wanted to be was a great warrior and ultimately lead my people into victorious battles.”

With only a small army at her command Halíka Dacomé, a skilled warrior and daughter of the Elemental King, is ready to lead one final battle to save her planet. A battle against the savage, bloodthirsty Primords who want to extinguish the diminished race of Elementals once and for all.

But before battle commences her father is given an ultimatum from the enemy leader, Arfron Uhnok. If the king agrees, Halíka Dacomé must marry Arfron Uhnok to prevent further bloodshed. If the king disagrees they, as a race, will all perish.

Horrified by her fathers decision Halíka Dacomé leads her army onward regardless of the consequences. Because her heart belongs to another. A love that blossomed many years ago. A love that her father has forbidden.

Halíka faces her toughest battle yet and learns that not all battles are those fought with a sword…
The Battle for Arcanon Major is an epic love story set against the backdrop of war and is the first Prequel to Elemental: The First.

Guest Post

My Favorite YA books of 2013

The paranormal and supernatural world of YA has never been so exciting. I’ve read about vampires, werewolves and angels from many different authors. All commendable in their world building and following of mythology for that particular trope. But there comes a time when as a reader I want to read something different.

The first book I read this year that branched out with a new species was Ink by Amanda Sun. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book. But it was enough to make me read the entire book again as soon as I’d finished. Ink draws us into the world of Kami’s from Japan. Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun was the first Kami. Her descendants were gods or spirits. Beings that inhabit things in nature, like trees, or waterfalls or in this case Ink, as in what you write, paint or tattoo yourself with.

Katie Green now lives in Japan with her Aunt. At school she becomes acquainted with Tomohiro. They have a hate/hate relationship but Katie knows he’s hiding something when he argues with a soon-to-be ex-girlfriend and a page from his notebook lands at Katie’s feet. She’s trying to hide but when she picks up the page, the drawing on it moves. From then on she keeps seeing ink on her sleeve, on her notepad, on the ground wherever Tomohiro’s been, and even on his skin. She’s intrigued beyond measure and starts following him to try and discover his secret.

The story is exciting and also leads us, refreshingly, through Japanese culture and way of life. For Katie the answers come eventually but when her life becomes in danger, she must choose sides. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

A book I couldn’t wait to read was Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. This is the sequel to Shadow & Bone where we were introduced to the Grisha who are magically gifted or talented people. The gift or talent could be something useful like summoning weather, creating fabric or changing your appearance or it could be something completely useless.

I’m aware that there are many, many books out there with girls discovering hidden gifts but what makes this book different is the true extent of the world we are immersed in. The world echoes of Old Russia. The concept of the world building is extraordinary and equally so is our heroine, Alina. Fairly late on she proves she’s the Sun Summoner, a revered talent for a Grisha and the only power who can equal the Darkling himself. Once Alina’s power is discovered people are after to her to use her solely for her talent. But her best friend, Mal leads her to safety and unfortunately right back to her enemies. But are they her enemies or just opposed to the Darkling, a man with extraordinary power who wishes to change the world forever. This series was such a great find, and shows off the brilliant author’s creativity. The writing is exquisite and the range of emotions Alina goes through—you can’t help feel sorry for her. This was a gift she neither asked for nor wanted. If you haven’t picked it up yet then please do.

And lastly, I can’t help but mention Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton. I wasn’t sure in the beginning of how this book would work out but I was staggered at how much I enjoyed it right to the end. Elizabeth is a young who sees Emotions and Elements as people. Slightly odd, you would think. But at the age of four she suffered a car accident and hasn’t been the same since. She lives parochially. Her father is abusive, her mother hates to even look at her and her brother Charles is just plain odd. Add to that the man-shaped Fear who keeps coming to visit her, and yes, Elizabeth lives in a strange world.

She keeps a close rein on her own emotions at all times. Almost like she’s surrounded by a wall of protection to the real world. However the truth comes out after she befriends Joshua. He isn’t new to her, or recently moved to the area. She’s known him all his life. But she’s never let anybody in, nor cared about anyone.

Like I said, it sounds a little strange but the story does start to make sense once you get into Elizabeth’s world.

So the moral of the story in the YA world? Diversity is out there. And it’s all really, really great! 

 

alexandraAuthor Bio

Alexandra May is an English author of three books, bringing together the epic saga of Halíka Dacomé and her modern day equivalent, Rose Frost.

Elemental: The First, Elemental: Origin and The Battle for Arcanon Major draw in Alexandra’s love of strong women characters, sci-fi, history, romance and a little warmongering on the side!

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