Monday, August 10, 2015

The Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer Book One: Ward Against Death - (Series Review Tour) @melaniecard @entangledteen

Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, #1)Ward Against Death (The Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #1) by Melanie Card
My rating: 4 of 5 stars  
Release Date: 08/02/11
Entangled Teen
306 pages

Description: Twenty-year-old Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is.

But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her.

However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive.

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Disclaimer: I received a galley in exchange for an honest review. (Provided by NetGalley) – I do not usually read dark/paranormal, but the plot of this story was very intriguing, and I have been expanding my preferred readings, to open doors to more reviews.

Characters/Plot: This book is dark, and follows a paranormal/supernatural theme. Ward seems to be the almost bad-boy character, and Celia has a determined, strong, kickass young woman. The story follows a young physician, who has many warrants for his arrest, for attempting surgical practice. Ward is very . . . Precautious, I suppose. The storyline takes a massive leap into action, within the first chapters and the ending was really good.

My Honest Opinions/Thoughts: I cannot believe I never heard of this book until now. Then again, I stayed away from this genre, so how was I to know? I did not expect to enjoy the book, but I did in a way. I must say that though I did enjoy the book, I was thrown off by some of the content (the sorcery, and the practice of necromancy). Most of my life I have stayed away from this particular content, and I have never truly been comfortable when attempting to read it. I will also say that I really like Ward’s and Celia’s characters. The cover is beautiful, and I (mostly) look at the cover before reading descriptions. In honesty, I did rush through this a little too quickly, but that has caused me to want to go back to it very soon, so I will definitely read it again. I might read something that sparks my interest a little more. I suppose the result is that I have mixed feelings about this book.
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About Melanie Card: “I have always been drawn to storytelling. In fact, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t telling a story in my head or on paper. In grade school, we had journal writing time which I turned into story telling time, weaving tales of magic and adventure that mimicked the fairy tales and myths that I loved to read. It was there, with the help of two very special teachers, that I nurtured this love and started my journey as a writer.
I write fantasy, paranormal romance, and everything in between, seasoned with a good dash of adventure and mystery. Join me on my tales of magic, adventure, and romance.”

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