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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

BOOK BLITZ, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - A Necklace of Souls by R.L. Stedman

A Necklace of Soulsby R.L. Stedman 

Release Date: 12/19/14
339 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

‘A true dream is when the events I see in my sleep have, or will happen. It’s a talent that runs in my family. I was thirteen when I had my first true dream.’

Will’s Aunt says the Kingdom of the Rose is the most fortunate of lands. But Will hates the place – his uncle and aunt are horrible, and he misses his parents. Oh, how he misses them.

Dana wishes she wasn’t a princess. She’s always being told how to behave, what to wear. There’s a strangeness in the castle – why will no one talk about the Guardian, or the necklace that protects the land? And why does her father look at her with such sorrow? The collier’s cart seems the perfect escape. Only she didn’t realize she’d become so dirty, or so lost. Fortunately this boy, Will, has a sense of direction. And next to the forbidding stranger, N’tombe, he seems reassuringly normal.

Welcome to A Necklace of Souls: a story of love and loss, of shattered lives and desperate hopes. In the Kingdom of the Rose, bravery is not always measured by strength and magic is real, if only one has the courage to dream.

Shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, A Necklace of Souls was awarded the Tessa Duder Award for Young Adult Fiction, Best First Book at the New Zealand Post Children and Young Adult Book Awards and is a Storylines Notable Book.

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4 out of 5 (very good)

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

This is a story about a princess and a pauper but not like you have read before. The princess, for starters, is not bothered about dresses and even the threat of cosmetics is enough to make her leave her bed and head for the forest. The pauper is a young boy who manages to live through hardship and tragedy before finding his way to work in the castle where the princess resides. 

This is a wonderfully paced and interesting Young Adult Fantasy book that drew me in from the start. Dana was a wonderful princess who somehow managed to 'fit'. She doesn't behave like a 20-year-old, she acts like a child (which she is when we join her). Will is also brilliant and he broke my heart on more than one occasion. The ties that bind these two are slow-burning and enduring, which is my kind of romance!

There are a lot of characters in this that you will like or loathe but none of them are bland. There is space and time travel mentioned in this book but it still all fits together. The only one that jolted slightly was when N'tombe mentions where she comes from and how she got to the Kingdom of the Rose. 

Overall, a thrilling story with lots of dimensions to keep you reading. Thoroughly enjoyed it and have put A Skillful Warrior onto my TBR list. Recommended for all YA/Fantasy fans.


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Author Bio:

My name is Rachel Stedman. I’m a physiotherapist (physical therapist) by background, but now I work as a freelance contractor. I live in the wild and windy place of Dunedin, New Zealand, with my husband and two kids.

I write mostly for children and young adults. In 2012 I won the Tessa Duder Award for an unpublished YA work and my first novel, A Necklace of Souls, was published by HarperCollins in 2013 (available in the United Kingdom and on Book Depository from June 2015). This year, A Necklace of Souls was awarded Best First Book at the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards and won a Notable Book Award from Storylines. Inner Fire is my second novel.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review, sounds like a compelling read.