I was asked to read and review this book, not by the author, but by a group haha….
Mortiswood; Kaelia Awakening by Gina Dickerson.
“They’ve been waiting lifetimes for you, Kaelia. They want you and will stop at nothing to have you.”
The warning’s rung in Kaelia’s ears since she discovered she’s far from the ordinary girl who grew up in the coastal town of Margate. She has power. The first time she shows it, death strikes, the second, she loses someone special, and on the third, her mother disappears.
Destiny is coming for Kaelia and there’s nowhere she can hide. THEY have stepped out of the shadows to find her. For generations, there have been whispers of The Chosen One. They speak of a name – Marrock – whose destiny entwines with that of The Chosen One.
Kaelia must avenge the wrongs, uncover who Marrock is, find her mother, and …
Facing forces of depraved evil, magic, and myth, Kaelia’s search leads her through magical forests and unearthly realms.
Who, or what, can Kaelia trust? Is she strong enough to survive the horror? All she knows is her life will never be the same again…
So I gave this book a 3.5
I liked the book. I thought he concept of it was really good, the fact that their are mythical creatures after her and she has powers and is the Chosen One. And visually the book is brilliant. You can imagine everything thats going on and what the scenery is like and how the characters looked.
The fight scenes were good too and I had a good imagination as to how they played out, especially with the colours of light that shot from their hands.
Kaelia… she grew on me a little bit. Sometimes I wanted to shake her!
Calix was a pretty good friend to Kaelia, despite the fact he was a normal!
Bran… the bad/good/I’m so confused about him guy I liked. haha. The fact that you didn’t know whether you could trust him or not was great and even now I still don’t know!
Just some bits niggled at me.
The leap between the chapters was sometimes a bit much and at the end of chapter three/start of chapter four I was left confused as to how she arrived where she did because the end of chapter three she was unconscious…
I would have loved to have seen how she developed her powers at Mortiswood but it wasn’t really shown. That would have been a good addition to the story and also the relationship between Calix and Cadence would have been good to see develop too.
All the different POV’s left me confused sometimes.
And the breaks in scenes… when you get into one and then it breaks and switches to someone else was a bit annoying. But the last few chapters didn’t have that and I enjoyed it when it was one long chapter.
Its a good book concept and like I said, visually Gina is excellent in that department. She’s got a vivid imagination. Just some things need working on and developing more. Maybe having it in first person?
About the Author:
Gina Dickerson lives by the Thanet coast on the north-eastern tip of Kent, in the UK, with her family and playful Siberian husky. She is a full-time author and writes romantic suspense with a twist, horror, and fantasy because her characters refuse to play nice and wind up with more than a few bone-rattling skeletons in their closets.
She is the author of the murderous romantic suspense novels Lies Love Tells and Unveiling Christmas, the twisted short story collection, Underleaf, as well as the fantasy, adventurous romance series Mortiswood Tales – the first in the series being Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening. She has also written fashion and shopping columns for a local newspaper.
When she’s not writing, Gina loves rummaging in vintage clothes shops, taking way too many photographs, and leafing through fashion glossies.