Wednesday, March 16, 2016

{Book Tour} Lions in the Garden - Chelsea Luna (Reivew & Giveaway)




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Lions in the Garden

by Chelsea Luna
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Lyrical Press (Kensington)

Summary from Goodreads:


Prague, 1610

Ludmila Novakova--Mila--has barely set foot outside Prague Castle in her seventeen years. But with the choice between braving the bandits and wolves of Bohemia's uneasy roads or being married off to a disgusting old baron, she's taken what she can carry and fled. 

Escape won't be easy. Even Mila has heard the rumors of a rebellion coming against the court. The peasants are hungry. The king hasn't been seen in months. Mila's father, the High Chancellor, is well known and well hated. 

But Mila can't sit behind a stone wall and let fear force her into a life of silk gowns and certain misery. Her mother's death has taught her that much. She has one ally: Marc, the son of the blacksmith. A commoner, a Protestant--and perhaps a traitor, too. But the farther she gets from the castle, the more lies she uncovers, unraveling everything she thought she knew. And the harder it is to tell friend from enemy--and wrong from right . . . 

 
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Review

Mila has been kept mostly in the castle by her father after her mother's death.  Mila tries to run away after she over hears a suitor trying to get her father to give him permission to marry her.   While Mile is running away outside the castle she gets attacked by thieves who try and hurt her.  Marc was out in the woods and was able to save her from the thieves. 

I really enjoyed reading this book.  First I loved the chemistry between Mila and Marc it started off strong and she was talking through her feelings in the book.  I also loved since Mila was so sheltered that she was not sure of Marc's true intentions.  She eventually learned to trust Marc, which is great that she didn't just jump in feet first and worked on building trust.   Trust is not something that should be given easily, but rather earned.   By the end of the book I was routing for both Mila and Marc to get together and be able to be together. 

Without going into any spoilers the book took several turns that I sort of saw coming, but wasn't a 100% sure until the very end of the book.  Everything was presenting through Mila's point of view and she was very naive about her surroundings, so as she learned what was really going on we were learning what was really going on.  Not every situation is as thou it seems in the book.  Mila is quick to learn what is going on even if she needs a few moments to accept everything that is going on. 

There is a scene in which Mila is almost violated after she is kidnapped.  I think the author did a great job with describing the scene, but not overly describing it as to turn the reader away.   The descriptions of the battles and wounds was perfect to for the young adult fiction reader.  I think if the scenes where more descriptive it would have been to much. 

The story moved along at a steady pace.  As a reader I could feel the relationship between Mila and Marc growing as well as Mila's full understanding of what was going on outside the castle walls.  I don't feel like there were any parts of the story where it was dragging along and the author did a great job with building suspense. 

The story being told fully through Mila's eyes only so as a reader we only see what she sees and learns new information as she learns it.  I think if we got another perspective with the writing it might have been interesting to see what Marc thought or even Mila's father.  I feel there were some secondary characters I would have love to gotten a more in-depth look into. 

I would suggest this as a night time read, although towards the end I feel like I got sucked in and needed to know what was going to happen to Mila.  There is an excellent cliffhanger so the story must continue!   

I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours for an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book.

My Rating 4/5

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About the Author



Chelsea Luna is the author of the bestselling NEW ENGLAND WITCH CHRONICLES, a young adult paranormal romance series comprising of four novels. Chelsea is also the author of the bestselling LOVE & THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, a young adult horror trilogy.

Chelsea received a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in New York, New York in 2007, and a B.A. in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice, from the University of Tennessee in 2004. She lives in Tennessee.
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