Dec 14, 2013

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of Path Unchosen by Kim Cleary

Path Unchosen by Kim Cleary
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(Daughter of Ravenswood #1)
Publication date: September 7th 2013
GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Paranormal, Zombies, Dark Fantasy

When eighteen-year-old Judy Hudson discovers she’s a necromancer and sees first-hand the pain her powers can cause the dead, she just wants to deny who she is. The zombie plague is long over. She wants to find a more normal life, but that's a challenge when a beautiful otherworldly man, who claims to be her guardian, saves her life. Judy tries to set right the harm she inflicted on a spirit she raised, but new zombies attack—zombies raised from among the long-time dead. Someone else just like her is out there, and he's not trying to set anything right. To save her own life, and protect the innocent inhabitants of the nearby town who’ve become her friends, Judy has to figure out who’s raising the dead and why. She must also learn to control the darkness inside her—a seductive darkness that promises her power beyond her wildest dreams.

I’m a fan of gothic tales and stories that carry a little edge and darkness, as well as seriously creep me out at the same time. Cleary did a fantastic job doing just this, creating an eerie tone with a unique plot that introduced a young woman who is living in a post zombie apocalypse world. I also liked the idea of a necromancer especially from the Anita Blake series, so I really wanted to try out another story with a focus on that ability.

Path Unchosen follows Judy, who has never really fit in at the Orphanage where she grew up. One of the fathers had found her and brought her in but the sisters constantly treated her terribly. She is eventually abandoned exactly where she was found, but a mysterious man is waiting for her and guides her on a new path. She’s a witch and finally has a direction in her life. When she discovers that there is someone else like her causing trouble, she jumps in to help the innocent in a town before its too late.

Judy is a character that has a lot to learn about herself and her ability to summon the dead. I was always curious about her past and wished the beginning had a little bit more detail about what more had happened at the orphanage. I was confused about her age, being 18 because she had a much more youthful immature persona. Judy isn’t a character I could connect too, but I was still curious on her growth and magic. She also has two love interests, Purah and Glynn, but neither really grew on me and they felt almost too mature for Judy. I’m rooting for the next book to capture the romance a bit more and hopefully get some more details on the guys so that I can connect to them.

Overall this was a really intriguing story, the concept was clever with necromancers existing during the time of a post zombie apocalypse. My only issue was the pace; it was slow at the beginning and would of like more details to be added so it didn’t feel drawn out. Another instance was when the reader’s meet Purah, everything felt rushed and moved from once place to the next, so I felt confused. I feel if there is a solid setting then everything would come together and the readers can concentrate on the characters developing.

This was a good start and definitely has a lot of potential. I look forward to some more character development, the interesting magic, the great secondary characters and Judy discovering more about herself.

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Kim writes urban fantasy for anyone who longs to discover they are extraordinary. She writes about hopefulness and determination, and about heroes who push through extraordinary situations and obstacles, one step at a time. Magical friends and gorgeous guys help, or hinder, in one adventure after another.

When not writing, revising, or thinking about writing, Kim gardens, plays with her dog, chats on social media, catches up with friends or cooks an Indian feast. She is a member of Writers Victoria, Romance Writers of Australia, The Alliance of Independent Authors, and a certified chocoholic.

Kim grew up in Birmingham, UK, studied medieval history and psychology at Adelaide University in South Australia and has worked all over Australia and in London. She now lives with her husband and an adorable Cocker Spaniel in Melbourne, Australia.

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