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Monday, 30 March 2015

BOOK TOUR & REVIEW - The Griever's Mark (Griever's Mark #1) by Katherine Hurley

The Griever's Mark 

(Griever's Mark #1)

by Katherine Hurley 

Release Date: 11/11/14

333 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Astarti’s master controls her through a Leash, a bond of energy anchored deep within her. Despite being one of the few remaining Drifters, able to manipulate the energy world, she cannot break free. She knows her fate: she will serve until she dies, at which point her master will harvest her energy to augment his own.

Oh, yes, she’s done some bad things in her master’s name. She’s not asking for forgiveness. She expects you to hate her.

What she doesn't expect is Logan, a man meant to be her sworn enemy. A man with secrets as dark as her own.

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4 out of 5 (very good)

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I received this book from YA Bound Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review.

Astarti has had a rough childhood, to put it mild. She has been chained to Belos since she was seven and has done his bidding for him or received punishment for ten years.  Her mother cast her off as a baby and tried to kill her, failing, leaving Astarti with the Griver’s Mark. Her father is off enjoying life without her or maybe he is dead, she doesn’t know, and doesn’t care to know. She only knows the evil life of Belos but struggles to do his bidding.  Can she break away from Belos, knowing that she is leashed, and make a new life for herself?  Being sent to the physical world to convince Martel to join and leash himself to Belos might be the break she is looking for but is she strong enough?

Logan, a Warden and Earthmaker, is after Martel but little does he know that a Drifter, doing the bidding of the unnamed, is after Martel as well. Logan possesses more features than an Earthmaker, his eyes flash from blue, to green, then to brown with a gold edge. Earthmaker’s eyes are blue, so what more is there in Logan? Does he know the truth? Logan befriends Astarti against his families better judgment. Logan and Astarti’s target is the same, but why? Why would a Drifter injure herself trying to save him, an Earthmaker, who despise Drifters? He has much to learn but will his family and community accept her being present, without killing her?

The suspense and action in this book grabbed me from about the third chapter and kept my focus. I couldn’t stop reading and turning the pages to see what was next for Astarti and Logan in their journey. I had to know how Belos would react to Astarti’s betrayal to him and had to know how the Earthmakers would respond to having a Drifter in their presence. Their attraction and the possibility of love is absolutely forbidden, but why?  Are these rules justified or is there a past history with strong feelings keeping bigger and more important things from forming? I loved guessing what might be next and being wrong was a joyous moment! There has to be more to Astarti’s family than she knows but will she ever truly learn what that might be? I couldn’t put the book down, grasping at every detail, trying to piece them all together.

My only complaint was that the first few chapters failed to grab my attention. I’m incredibly happy that the book seemed to really pick up pace after about the third chapter or else I would have really missed out on a great book!  This is the only reason I bumped my rating down to a four as I would much rather prefer a book grab me from page one. I will definitely be picking up a copy of book two in this series that is due out in April. Go ahead and pick up your copy of The Griver’s Mark today, you won’t be disappointed!

About the Author

I’m Katherine Hurley, author of The Griever’s Mark series. Book 1 will be out in November 2014 and Book 2 in spring of 2015.

My love of myth and legend led me inexorably into fantasy, and I have no intention of leaving. Ever. I grew up riding horses and finally, finally, finally have one of my very own. (I’m hoping Astarti will get some quality horse time at some point, but Drifters don’t really need horses. Hmm.) I’m also an avid (but amateur!) mountain biker and whitewater kayaker.
I was born in New Mexico, grew up in Kansas, got my MFA in Michigan, and now live in West Virginia. The most beautiful place I’ve ever been is New Zealand.

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