Thursday, December 22, 2016

{Blog Tour} Heir of Thunder - Karissa Laurel (Review & Giveaway)

YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel. This tour will run from December 19th to 23rd. Check out the tour schedule below.

Heir of Thunder
by Karissa Laurel
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: September 26th 2016
Evolved Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

The Lord of Thunder’s sudden death leaves his daughter, Evelyn Stormbourne, unprepared to rule Inselgrau in his place. Weeks before Evie’s ascension to the throne, revolutionaries attack and destroy her home. She conceals her identity and escapes under the protection of her father’s young horse master, Gideon Faust. Together they flee Inselgrau and set sail for the Continent, but they’re separated when a brutal storm washes Evie overboard.

In her efforts to reunite with her protector and reach allies on the Continent, Evie befriends a band of nomads who roam the world in airships fueled by lightning. She also confronts a cabal of dark Magicians plotting to use her powers to create a new divine being, and she clashes with an ancient family who insists her birthright belongs to them.

If she’s to prevail and defeat her enemies, Evie must claim her heritage, embrace her dominion over the sky, and define what it means to be Heir of Thunder.


This book follows Evelyn just as her house is being destroyed.  She is a princess whose father has passed away and the house she is living in is under attack.  Evelyn was very sheltered and doesn’t know too much of what is going on and what is happening to the house.  Evelyn is told to go meet Gideon and he will take her to safety.   This is where the adventure begins! 

I loved Evelyn as a character.  At first she comes off as very sheltered and confused, but as you continue reading my whole opinion of her changes.  Evelyn really takes charge in certain situations, she might be too trusting, but maybe that comes into handy sometimes.  Evelyn is a lot stronger of a character then she appears and she really does have a lot of learning to do. 

Gideon is a tough character for me to like.  I wish that in the beginning of the book he opened up more and we got more details I feel like the story would have just flowed better for me.  He comes off as very harsh, but as the story progresses maybe he isn’t exactly what he appears to be.

The author did a great job with the character development in this book.  The author also did an amazing job with the scene development.  I loved all the details of what Evelyn was seeing and experiencing I felt like when I was reading I was fully submersed into the world of Evelyn.    The story is very fast paced and has a lot of action so it is very easy to follow along and want to keep reading to see what happens next. 

My major issue with the book is that there are a lot of details that I felt like I was missing while reading.  I felt confused when reading like I was missing something big.  The entire book is told through the eyes of Evelyn and since she doesn’t know exactly what is going on I felt lost at points.  I wanted to know more background information while reading and needed more of an explanation.  I know the author left a lot open for the second book, which I am excited to read! 

I would suggest this as a weekend read I felt there were sections that were a little more complex and I needed to pay attention more while reading to follow along.  I like weekend reads because I can spend more time reading and be more focused. 

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

My Rating: 3/5

About the Author

Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky. Some of her favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and super heroes. She can quote Princess Bride verbatim. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for fantasy, sci-fi, and anything in between. Sometimes her husband convinces her to put down the books and take the motorcycles out for a spin. When it snows, you'll find her on the slopes.

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  1. I love good character development in a book but hate feeling lost. Great review!

    1. Thank you for stopping by!! Yes it was hard I needed more information up front!

  2. What a great cover and title! I'm glad you ended up liking Gideon - I love the name "Gideon". :D Great review!

    Happy holidays! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Thank you for stopping by! I love the name Gideon too!! Happy Holidays!


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