April 5, 2013

GRISHMA Blog Tour {Review & Give@way}

Welcome to my stop on the Grishma blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!


Author: Kelly Anne Blount

Source: ebook for review

In the world of Necoh, everyone fears Grishma, a hideous murderous beast responsible for ruining or ending the lives of anyone who dare cross her.

As a young boy, Ryder lived with his family, deep in the caves underneath the Kadin Forest, unaware of the horrors of the world. His simple world was turned upside down one horrible night when Grishma attacked his family, killing his father and kidnapping his mother and younger sister.

From that night on, Ryder devoted his life to killing Grishma. He tracked the monster from Necoh, to our world, and back again. Unfortunately, during his quest, he accidentally transported Brooklyn, a high school junior into his tumultuous world, where she is mistakenly identified as Princess Sophie, the missing princess of Sumner.

Days after Princess Sophie’s return, Grishma plots and manipulates the King into drugging and marrying off his only daughter to Prince Algid of Dratun. Desperate to save Brooklyn, who now believes she is the long lost princess, his mother, and his little sister, Ryder embarks on the deadliest part of his quest.

Will he save Brooklyn? Will she ever regain her memory? What will become of his mother and sister?

Through epic adventure, loss, and love, GRISHMA depicts the strength of the human spirit and the tight bonds formed by the unique creatures of Necoh.

My take...
A journey, a missing princess, a disgusting monster, and funny creatures that look an awful like an ewok...that is what this book is all about. Ryder is in search of his missing mother and sister; and his search leads him to the US. There, while posing as an exchange student, he has a run in with Brooklyn and the Grishma. While trying to save Brooklyn from the same fate as his mother and sister, Ryder takes her to his home in Necoh. Now it is up to Ryder to get Brooklyn safely home, but it may be harder than he realizes. And so their adventure begins….
My only problem with the story is that I could not connect with the characters. It seemed they were rushed out into the story before given a chance to be properly introduced and then, we the readers, are expected to know them and love them. And that just wasn't the case with me. I thought they were neat characters, fun characters even, but not ones I could put a lot of emotion into. I will say I did get a slightly better grasp on them towards the end.
With the characters and me not bonding, it was hard for me to really get a good connection with the book as well. But I did think it was a cute read full of adventure and blossoming romance. You can tell by reading GRISHMA that the author has one heck of a lively imagination in order to create the world she did with this story.
Now with all that said and done...I did enjoy the story and think that others will like it too. I definitely recommend it to lovers of YA who don't mind swear words peppered throughout the story. GRISHMA is chalked full of fantasy, suspense, and one foul, stinky mouth monster. Need a break from reality? This is your read!

I’m an avid writer by night and an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) teacher by day. Through my work as a teacher, I am able to closely examine human behavior and tell made up stories on a regular basis. Both of these skills come in handy when I sit down to write my novels!
When I’m not at work or writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our five furry rescues (four cats and one dog), my friends, and of course my family!
What I Like...
Reading: I read just about anything, but my favorite genre is young adult fantasy. I’m a huge fan of Amanda Hocking, Cornelia Funke, Suzanne Collins, Brandon Mull, and Harlan Coben.
Movies: The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, and Elf.
Musicians: I listen to anything from hip hop to reggae!

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Grand Prize: Signed Paperback copy of Grishma plus 2 custom made Grishma bookmarks and one keychain.
Second Place: E-book copy of Grishma, a signed picture of the cover of Grishma and a Grishma magnet.
Third Place: e-book copy of Grishma.
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