Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Review: Casted by Sonya Loveday

“My mind absorbed everything in the spell book I clutched tightly to me. Pages ruffled inside of my head, urging me to remember things and then to forget them. Voices chanted with tempo rising at the breaking points of pain until the book vanished and words to an ancient spell scribed across my arms. Each stroke brought blood to the surface, imprinting words I could not read; words that would forever change who I was.”

Jade had spent the majority of her life running from the Triad. A powerful group, who would stop at nothing to obtain Jade and the missing spell book for leader, Lorenzo’s, nefarious plans. And now that she has absorbed the highly coveted magic contained inside the missing book, there is nowhere left for her to hide.

With the help of her friends, Jade steps out from the shadows and learns how to fight back. But no one is prepared for Elinor-the woman bound inside of the book that’s trapped in Jade’s mind. Now she not only needs to protect herself from the Triad, but from what’s hiding inside her mind as well.

Jade never expected the answer to it all would revolve around love.

Edge is dark, mysterious, and a sworn member of the Triad. He also hides a secret past that threatens the thin line he walks between good and evil. Lives are at stake when Jade and Edge’s two worlds collide. Can Jade learn to trust him when he says he is her pre-ordained and vows to do everything he can to protect her? But more importantly, can she trust herself and the woman in her mind?
My thoughts:
With a blurb like this (not to forget the amazing cover!), how could I turn down the chance of receiving a copy from Sonya? Let me tell you how my reading went….
Started reading late night and had to stop after only 10% done. It had been a long day, and I had my youngest home that day, due to some fever. So I was tired, but needed something to take my mind off things – and decided to start reading Casted. Turned out it was EXACTLY the kind of distraction I needed.
Next day: two kids home sick, which all parents out there know means running around the house making sure everyone get what they need, leaving little to no time left for much else. Right up to the point when lunch was closing in. Both my kids wanted pancakes – and seriously, so did I. I decided it would be an excellent time to try out my multi-tasking skills, and ran for the kitchen with my kindle.
The result? Most of the pancakes were perfectly made, a few slightly crispy – more than intentional. LOL But damn, I just couldn’t put Casted down. When the kids finally got tucked in, I turned right back to Casted and read until late night. My eyes were crossing, my head hurt, and I was soo tired, but it was worth every second.
I can’t possible explain to you how much I love this book. To follow Jade from being a timid, scared girl, to a woman who will stand down for nothing, who will fight to her death for her friends and loved ones. See how she tries to work and tame her magic, to control it, her desperation of being linked with Elinor (the woman in the book), her fear and anger towards the Triad for what they have done to her family, to herself and to countless others – all to get their hand on a book. And honestly, that book is…well, it’s creepy. Not only is Elinor bound inside the book, but some of the spells inside its pages….Phew… If they got in the wrong hands, they could cause more than havoc!
I enjoyed the connection between Edge and Jade, and the fact that he gave her space enough so she could try and understand what was going on between them, come to terms with a lot of the things going on around her. See, Jade didn’t know she was a witch. At all. Her mother bound her powers to protect her, which was all good and well, but things like that usually backfires.
The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, and I will be waiting “patiently” to read the second book, once Sonya is done with it – AFTER she’s done with her SUPER SECRET project (which I don’t know a thing about *cough,cough*).
Sonya creates a tale that draws you in and ensnares you without you even realizing it. Her writing style is captivating (yup – so make sure you’re loaded with everything you need in reach), complex with new twists around the corner (so don’t feel safe reading Casted) and is pure magic.
Seriously, if you’re looking for a captive story about witches, determination, stubbornness, magic, love, action, battle between good and bad (with all kinds of grey), interesting characters and fetching storyline – don’t look any further. Casted will certainly give you everything you’re looking for – and much, much more! And to tell you the truth… I can’t believe this is Sonya’s FIRST book. It is insanely good!!!
About Sonya:
Sonya Loveday, first and foremost is a reader, an avid one. It is of that love that brought her to the realization that this was the answer to the nagging persistent feeling that ‘there’s got to be something more’.
The dream came alive in 2009 when she purchased her laptop and began the tedious step of becoming a published author.
When she’s not reading, she’s writing. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. And when she’s not doing either of those things she’s sleeping, shuttling her children back and forth to school, letting the dogs and cats in and out of the house for the umpteenth time in the last hour and dreaming of a clean house.
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