Thursday, May 30, 2013

VBT: Review and Giveaway Renhala by Amy Joy Lutchen


Kailey Rooke, timid accountant, dedicated to philanthropic work, finds herself spiraling into a deep depression after she suffers a horrifyingly odd and humiliating assault, to only discover more of these freakish assaults occurring across the globe.

A chance discovery leads Kailey to a meeting with elderly Gunthreon, actual master of persuasion. Gunthreon, who seems to know too much of Kailey’s history for her liking, opens Kailey’s eyes to a coexisting realm she never knew existed: Renhala, while entrusting her with the knowledge of her newfound power as karmelean, serving as a beacon to the Higher Ones. Kailey slowly starts revealing new talents, and Gunthreon is fascinated with what she starts achieving.

She soon discovers that Renhala is in danger, and this danger has been leaking into her own realm. As she uncovers secrets within herself, and attempts to toughen up, she fuses with an unlikely band of fellow travelers (including a dragon, woodsprite, six-hundred-pound greble, her faithful female canine companion, and a “giver”), falls into an unexpected love triangle, deals with her sexy and flirtatious best friend’s “issues,” and finds the courage to master a new deadly weapon.

On her mission to save Renhala, Kailey will find herself running from life-threatening disasters, such as greble Tartarin, who likes to remind Kailey that when he catches her, he plans on eating her brains with ice cream; she’ll run from the deadly meeples: small cute bunnies with talons and an undeniable thirst for imposing self-destruction on others. Kailey will also run into the possibility that a centuries-old Renhalan rumor is true, that advanced technology existing in Kailey’s realm shortens all life spans.

As blood is shed and puzzles near completion, Kailey pulls from deep within herself, conjuring up mystical qualities that enable her to astonish as once predicted at her birth, but despite the newfound strength, Kailey will discover that monsters not only come in ugly packages, but can be easily disguised as those she has come to love and trust.



Genre: Urban Fantasy

ISBN: 9780988281509

ebook, 406 pages

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Author Info:

Born in Chicago, Illinois, a few days prior to watching her first movie, at a drive-in theater. Yes, drive-in theater. And yes, her mother believed she was possessed by the devil after said first movie.

Grew up in the Chicagoland area and graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she simply became a number, but decided it was a good number.

Loves cooking (mostly candy-cooking), gardening (putting holes in the ground for perennials, DONE!), designing and constructing jewelry (everything from silversmithing to lampworking), and living with her wonderful husband, two children, black Labrador, and frog—and maybe even the chipmunk family that likes to destroy her aforementioned perennials.

Also hopes that you enjoy her writings, and won’t criticize her for her aversion of eating things in multiples of three.


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My Thoughts:

Renhala was very entertaining with many interesting twists and turns. The last couple chapters were especially exciting. :-)

There were many creatures that I couldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams. Some were good and some though cute, were inherently evil. Just another way to keep us on the edge of our seat not knowing what to expect!  The lead character was Kailey who we find out is a Karmelean (someone who works with karma). How original! I loved this idea. :-)
The plot had some danger, angst, happiness, a wonderfully imagined and described world apart from ours (Renhalla), great characters, action, some romance, action, mystery, secrets, special abilities, sadness, and of course did I mention action?

I have to admit that although I really liked it, it was a bit long (not that I am usually one bothered by this). Renhalla seemed to drag in places and I found myself skipping pages here and there. Then there were parts that had me glued to my seat afraid to miss anything being read.

I recommend this to those of you who like imaginitive stories with great characters and surprising twists and turns.

I received an ecopy of Renhalla in exchange for my honest opinion. I honestly liked it. I think this was a terrific start to an awesome and exciting new series that is totally original and completely unique. I will be keeping my eye on this author for sure. :-) I am looking forward to the next adventure in this series. 

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  1. It does look really original! and it's the first time i encounter someone working with karma so it sdoes catch my interest.

    now as little cute thing being really evil ( and something ugly thing being the kinder creature existing) i learned it quite well with my reads about teh faeries/fey... i won't look the same at a cute animal ^^

    1. Aww but there are some really cute animals out there. How can you resist? lol!

    2. if you have read gini kock series you know there is the poofs... so small, purring really super cute..but they can get gigantic and eat you in a fraction of second.... so i 've become cautious now^^ ( better safe than sorry)
      and with teh posts you shared with us about strange squirrels for example i can't look at them as inoffensive anymore

    3. lol! Very true. I guess we never know.

    4. Oh gosh what was that movie... Critters! They looked all cute and fluffy but had like razor sharp teeth! Looks are totally decieving! LOL

    5. The movie Gremlins had cute little animals too. They were awesome until you added water!

    6. Love that movie! :) Even the actual little gremlins were kinda cute.

    7. Those are all AWESOME movies! Classics.. I got a thing for cute creatures that are surprisingly dangerous :)

  2. I've heard that this one was really good and original. I will def. try it. :)

    1. It was original. With as much as we read, to find a book original is no small feat.

  3. Renhala does sound intriguing and different.
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    1. I love Renhala being described as "different." Makes me proud :)

  4. Renhala sounds like a fascinating read. Quite an interesting menagerie, especially the small cute bunnies with talons!

    1. Hi BookLady! Yeah, you wouldn't want to come in contact with a meeple...