Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Byronic (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Byronic
Author:  Sandi Beth Jones
Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Published Date: 24th June 2014
Rating: 4 stars


*Thank you to YA Book Bound for sending me a copy for review*

Synopsis:  When the creatures in her dark drawings come to life, Chelsea finds that the mysterious Geoff is the only person she can confide in. But she can't help wondering who she's kissing: her tender confidant or the dangerous Byronic rebel bent on shocking his detached father. Starting over in the South Carolina Low country is just what sixteen-year-old Chelsea needs. Unfortunately, moving also means living with her mom's snobbish British novelist employer and his moody son Geoffrey. Troubled and reckless after his brother's mysterious death, Geoff often mimics his father's literary favorite, Lord Byron, acting "mad, bad, and dangerous to know." Knowing that her new home likely used to be a slave holding plantation doesn't make Chelsea feel any more at home. Chelsea buries herself in her art, though the darkness of her drawings troubles her and others who see them. When people in the Gullah and Geechee community point out that she has been drawing Boo Hags and haints – powerful and terrifying creatures of local legend and superstition- she starts to wonder about her own heritage and her connection to the Sea Islands. She begins to question her own grasp on reality when it seems those creatures start making their way out of her drawings and into real life. It's clear that Geoff has some secrets of his own, but he might be the only person she can confide in. Chelsea must decide who she can trust, when nothing in the Low country is what it seems.

Review: I will admit, I didn’t start this story with incredibly high hopes. I thought it was going to be an okay read, but I turned out to enjoy it a lot more than I thought I would.

I do believe it is hard to make books creepy. There are a few books that do it for me like Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum and some others, but it is something hard to bring across in a book. But this book, this introduced me to haints and boo hags – ghosts and ghouls I had never heard of before. As well as that, it was just plain creepy! You could never tell what the creatures would do next and when Chelsea’s friend goes missing and she understands something about her drawings it became nicely creepy.

I couldn't stop reading!

I loved Chelsea as a main character. She had just the amount of attitude needed, and she was a good girl but she knew when to go about doing her own thing and she always chose the logical action to what she wanted to do. An artist, she admires the scenery around her, and is a good friend to have. She sounded like someone I would like to be friends with, and that made me happy.
 

Geoffrey was a good love interest, and I liked the fact that his mood was constantly changing so Chelsea was often confused about where they were; friends, more or not friends at all? I felt like the feelings that sprang between them happened a bit fast and I was surprised when that element was thrown in so early, but otherwise it was all good. Another character that has earned a worthy mention is Lewis. Geoff’s best friend and a character written beautifully.

But don’t think this book is all about the creepiness. There are underlying themes of friendship, betrayal and family as well. Chelsea’s parents are divorced and her father also has schizophrenia, even if he doesn’t live with them anymore. It was interesting to see the parts where that was brought up.

I can’t wait to read the sequel of this book!


Author Bio: Sandi is the author of young adult and adult romance. She's worked with books for the past twenty years, first as a bookseller, then as a library media specialist and teacher. She lives on a river in the Ozarks, hoards antique books, and travels to places off the beaten path. She’s also the proud mother of two grown sons. When not writing, she enjoys cooking for her husband and playing the servant to one grumpy old tomcat.

Find the book here on Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes & Noble!
 
Giveaway: Open internationally! Don't forget to check the terms and conditions!
 
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Olivia’s Question: Do you believe in ghosts and ghouls?

Olivia-Savannah x
Disclaimer: Gif is not mine and was found on Google.

52 comments:

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    1. I thought that when I first saw it as well!

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  2. Hi Olivia - I absolutely love it when I don't think I'm going to like a story and it just proves me wrong. Great review! :)

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    1. A surprise like this always makes me happy ^.^

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  3. I would love to read Byronic!

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  4. This looks very interesting and I want to read

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  5. ooooo this book sounds fun

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  6. Thanks for hosting a great giveaway!

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  7. This sounds like an interesting read. Returning your visit to my blog and loving the layout, reviews and giveaways!

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    1. Thanks so much Meghan! I am glad you like it :c

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  8. The story sounds really interesting! Adding it to my to read list :)

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  9. I think I would enjoy this story.

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  10. Creepy stories are on a whole new level for me. I don't really enjoy them much. I remember this book called Whispers. Probably the creepiest I've ever read.
    The cover page looks good though. Doesn't give away much :D

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    1. Not every genre is for every person, and if a read gets too creepy I'm not sure if I would handle it well as well xD

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  11. I hadn't actually thought I'd read this book, but hmm, maybe I will. I find real people's reviews to be a lot more trustworthy than the description of a book, so I'll see if I can find in on goodreads.
    Love you blog, btw! (:
    I've just posted my first review on my blog, of 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'. Not sure it's a thing I'm gonna do, though.

    - With love,
    Felicia
    ( http://asillygirlsthoughts.weebly.com/ )

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    1. Yes, real reviews are very helpful when it comes to opinions! And thank you, I will be checking out your blog now and seeing that review!

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  12. Thanks so much for hosting this!

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  13. Thank you! Love Amazon!! :)

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  14. Wonderful post, Olivia! Returning your visit to Tome Tender! Love your blog! Here's another "Ghost Tale"
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    1. Thanks you <3 I will go check out that other ghost tale!

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  15. I LOVE books set in the South, especially in the mountains. Makes me feel right at home! Although haints and boo hags must be a Carolina thing. Your description of the creepy-factor makes me want to read this and soon!

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    1. It seems like the setting is perfect for you! I hope you enjoy it :)

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  16. The book sounds really interesting!

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  17. sounds like a fun one thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  18. Sounds like an interesting and different read.

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    1. It was definitely unique to anything I have read before :)

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  19. It's a blizzard here right now in Minnesota!

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  20. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  21. I like the cover, it seems kind of mysterious since he's turned around. Sounds like a different kind of read. fab review!

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. It is a very mysterious kind of book! Thanks <3

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  22. I don't think I believe in ghosts, perhaps somewhere in heaven, but then again, there they wouldn't exactly be called ghosts there though. Nice review, I can never turn down a good page turner and you made the rare creepiness in the book sound very interesting and I really want to read it now. It is good that, even though you loved it, you still had some critisism or something the author could improve on (how the relationship between the main character and Geoff was too fast) I'm also really interested in the main character, I don't think you mentioned her much, and Geoff because I want to see what their characters are like.

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    1. I believe the same as you! I do think you are talking about spirits! I hope you like it when you read it :c

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