Saturday, February 6, 2016

Arcana by Jessica Leake--Book Tour Review + Giveaway




Genre: Historical, Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Number of pages: 268


A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London.

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Otear of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.

With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?



Jessica Leake is author of Arcana, a historical fantasy with a heavy dose of romance, and The Order of the Eternal Sun, the next book in the series to be released summer of 2016. She writes every chance she gets, which is basically just during bedtime or whenever the kids are in preschool since she's a stay-at-home mom to three beautiful children under the age of 4 (with another on the way!). She loves blending different genres in her books, but almost everything she writes has to have an element of fantasy and romance. What's life without love? She's represented by Brianne Johnson of Writers House, and she lives with her husband, 3 children, and 2 dogs in Greenville, SC. She invites you to visit her online at jessicaleake.com. 




There were parts that really enjoyed and some parts that I didn't. While I got lost in the historical part I wasn't too fond of the fantasy part. 
I also wasn't too fond of present tense; I did however like that it was told in first person my favourite genre when I go to read a book. 
I thought the author did a wonderful job on her story telling. While some people may think it was rushed I didn't think so. 
My favorite character is Wren. Maybe it's because there's something special about her. She's strong and very determined to try and get out of socializing with a bunch of snobs. I dont think would want to be taken out of my comfort zone just because everyone wants me to get married and have a husband. I would want to marry for love. But, I guess in some situations it isn't always convienient.
My next favorite is Lucy who seems like a shy and gentle person. Lucy fascinates me. I think it is because she's the youngest and grandma's favorite.  I thought grammama was a definite snob even though in her opinion she was only trying to right by the girls. 
I thinks it wrong that some parents at favortism among their children. My husband's parent's did that and it makes me so mad!!! 
Eliza is my least favorite because she's ways jealous wanting something someone else has. She's always wanting to make Weeks life miserable. 
I definitely didn't like Lord Blackburn. When I first met him in this story I had a funny feeling about him!! Something just didn't quite add up. 
Penelope is also a gentle and shy soul. It was Penelope who made Wren feel comfortable for her coming our party. Lord Thorenwood is our mysterious man. At first I didn't like him but as I read on he became an awesome character. 
My hero!! 
Overall, I did like the story and I thought the author did an awesome job on writing it. I am giving this book a 4 stars.
I received a copy of this book from the Singing Librarians in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review your books.


A review copy of this book was provided via SLB Tours.






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