Lichgates by S.M. Boyce Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!


Hey everyone! Welcome to my tour stop for Lichgates by S.M. Boyce. This is a review tour that runs December 1-12 hosted by CBB Book Promotions (Check out the tour page for the schedule). Lichgates is one of my favorite Young Adult Fantasy books and is the first one in the series. Since I already reviewed this book in what seems like ages ago, I thought I'd share with you for the first time here on the blog (with a few modifications). And after you read it, you must go enter the tour-wide giveaway and grab this book in any of the online retailers for free! Enjoy!

About the Book:

1 -LichgateTitle: Lichgates
Series: Grimoire Saga #1
Author: S.M. Boyce
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 336 pages
Format: eBook
Source: From author in exchange of an honest review

Summary (Goodreads):
The final page will leave you breathless.
When Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest, she discovers (and trips through) a portal to a hidden world full of terrifying things: Ourea. She just wants to go home, but the natives have other plans for her. She clashes with immortal shapeshifters, is carried off by a dragon, nearly dies on several occasions, and somehow becomes the master of an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire. Every time she thinks she's safe, her new "friends" show their true colors.
Kara needs an ally, or she might not survive Ourea's monsters. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn't know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.
For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this stranded girl, there's something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.
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*The Reader's Review*

My rating: 5/5 stars!

I love discovering new worlds! Adventures, missions, you name it! Everything that has to do with a hero or in this case, a heroine, to bring balance to the world. One of the things that I enjoy reading about is how that person struggles to understand the new “world” in which she (in this case) finds herself into, who tries to use magic, and tries to survive in a totally different atmosphere from the one she's used to.

The story starts when Kara is hiking in an unfamiliar path, a routine she usually does to keep herself from thinking about her mother's death caused by a car accident. She comes up short when she finds a gazebo called a “Lichgate” where she takes a minute to rest and to explore this new find. Coming across with a door, and having no alternative than to go through it since an electric storm makes its way fast, she falls rather roughly into a room where she finds a book that changes her life drastically.

The Grimoire knows everything you need to know about Ourea: a magical world filled by creatures unknown to the human world, and that is divided into kingdoms where a Blood (royalty) reigns. This book was created by a man who called himself the Vagabond, someone who wished to pour all of his knowledge about this world and bring peace among the Blood's kingdoms.

The Grimoire would also serve as a guide to that person who was worthy enough to be the new Vagabond once its owner would pass away. This is a very ingenious book, I mean, you could practically ask it any question and it would answer straight away by turning its pages to show the right answer. It's also home of a large amount of "pets" that the past Vagabond gathered throughout his travels. So awesome.

I really liked Kara as a character and her quick-thinking, although sometimes she was a bit too stubborn, thus getting herself into many minor problems. However, she's a fighter and when she sets her mind on something, there's no force on Earth or Ourea that can stop her because she goes for it until she gets it. 

Now Braeden, my favorite character of the book, is quite a charming fellow. He may have anger issues since his true form is a terrifying creature with red eyes and when he's near his father he might get controlled by him and probably attempts to kill you, but other than that, he is an awesome guy! He can change form, fight well and even though he comes from the darkest creatures, his heart is noble. He's perfect for Kara, right?

The relationship between Braeden and Kara was a great addition to the story. Each character had their own conflicts and it was nice to read how even though they were very different, they do well for each other. And, the best part was that their “love interest” is not overwhelming throughout the book. You know it's there, but it doesn't distract you from what's going on.

Now that I have finished the entire series and know what happens next, I can without a doubt, recommend this to any fantasy lover out there. It's a wonderful adventure, an incredible place to visit, and the story just gets better and better. Just check it out and you'll see.
About S.M. Boyce:
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When I graduated with a degree in creative writing, I realized that made me well qualified for serving French fries. It would take years of writing hundreds of thousands of words of all kinds before I became the action and adventure bestselling author that I am today.

I specialize in action-packed stories that weave in fantasy, mystery, and heroines with a knack for mischief. All romantic leads are based loosely on my husband, who proved that soul mates are real. I have a deep love for ghosts, magic, and spooky things. If you’ve already finished my books, check out my blog or twitter feed for a dash of adventure.

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  1. Awesome review! I've only read this one so far but I'm very eager to continue the series. I loved Braeden! Thank you for hosting a tour stop!

  2. Five out of five stars is definitely something I need to find out more about! Great review :)