Friday, March 22, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn: Review and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Fraction of Stone blog tour hosted by XPresso Book Tours.  Click here to check out the full blog tour schedule.

Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn
Series: The Fraction Series, #1
Publication: March 21st 2013
by Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy


There is only one among the Tarmack nation with the ability to wield magic, eighteen-year-old Rydan Gale. He lives like a prince, cherished for his talent to bend the fabric of the universe to his will. In the war against the Liasam, he is their ultimate weapon.

The Liasam have a source of magic as well, but Akara’s mastery of her power is rudimentary at best. With a brilliant display of fire-rain Rydan’s side wins the war, giving the Tarmack sole control over dwindling resources due to the natural disasters ripping apart the earth.

When Akara is sentenced to death, Rydan questions the motive, and discovers the leaders of the newly unified nation fear magic above all else. With war a memory, his skills no longer needed, Rydan suspects he is next. Throwing away every comfort, he pulls Akara from the flames of her execution and their lives as fugitives begin.

Both have a tattoo on the back of their neck, the mark of an extinguished tribe. They discover the natural disasters plaguing the world are due to the tribe’s demise and only Rydan and Akara can save the crumbling world.

But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures and determined men hunting them.

It’s that Akara doesn’t believe the world is worth saving.

 My Review
Fraction of Stone was not what I expected at all.  This story was beautifully written and well thought out.  What I loved about this story was that the characters felt real to me.  I was able to really connect with them especially Kara.  What she has went through was terrible, but the way she overcomes it, was beautiful.  Kelley did a fantastic job with the world-building.  It was very descriptive and I was able to picture everything that was going on in the story.  At times, I felt as if I was there.  Fraction of Stone is a riveting story that had me hooked after the very first page.  I really couldn't put this book down once I started it.  I was so enthralled with the story that I had no clue how much time passed or what was even going on around me.  When I really get into a story, I zone everything out and get pulled in.  That happened with this book.  I loved everything about it.
Rydan as a character really started off as a jerk.  I was really hoping he was going to change since he was one of the main characters, and I must say that he did.  No matter what happened he always believed that the people were worth saving.  I loved that about him.  I believe there is a little good in everyone.  It just has to be found.  Akara on the other hand, has a different take on this.  She doesn't believe they are worth saving.  I loved watching her grow and change through the journey as well.  Watching her learn to care again was beautiful.  It had me in tears.  I also loved the romance between Ryden and Kara.  They started out as completely opposites, but opposites attract.  Their relationship grew and developed throughout the story.  The way way their relationship developed felt real, natural and I loved that.  I am a romance junkie so I wish there was a little more kissing and whatnot, but maybe that will be in the next book.  Can't wait.  Then there is Tristan.  I love Trustan.  He becomes such a great friend to Kara and Rydan.  Two very gorgeous guys in this book.

Fraction of Stone had so many twists and turns that it kept me on the edge of my seat.  Some of the stuff that happened really shocked me.  The ending does leave off with a cliffhanger that definitely leaves me wanting more.  I can't wait for the sequel!!!  Hopefully it releases soon!!!  Kelley did a fantastic job on crafting a story that in very unique and original.  That is another aspect I love about this book.  It's uniqueness and originality.  I have read a lot of books, but I haven't read anything like this before.  Great job Kelley!!!

Book Trailer

--Links will be found on this page come release day (March 21st):

During Kelley Lynn’s last year at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, while pursuing her degree in Chemical Engineering, the voices in her head got the best of her. Surprisingly, they didn’t want to talk about process flow diagrams and heat capacity. They preferred the fantastical. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote.

Come graduation, not only did Kelley have a diploma and, thankfully, a wonderful job, but she had a new obsession as well. Amidst the order and exactness that came with the nine to five, Kelley found a way to create; to determine the rules of a world and take her characters to the limits of what was possible. Perhaps she has a slight control complex.

The first in the series, Fraction of Stone, was born on an airplane and took ten days to write. It probes the question, should the world be saved if there’s no one in it worth saving?

When briefly managing to quiet the voices, Kelley participates in softball, soccer and volleyball. (You probably don’t want her on your volleyball team. Unless you want to laugh.) She lives with her sister and her dog who can attest to the chair that has Kelley’s butt print permanently pressed into it. Depending on the weekend, you might be able to hear Kelley sing for an area classic rock band.

Kelley Lynn is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.


5 eBook copies

1 comment:

  1. Kristina! Thank you so much for such a fantastic review! Gosh, I'm all sorts of excited. It means so much to have my work enjoyed by others.