Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Krymzyn (Blog Tour & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Krymzyn
Author:
 BC Powell

Publisher:  Self-published

Published Date:  4th October 2014
Rating: 3 Stars

*Tour courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours*

Welcome to the Krymzyn book tour!
Synopsis:  Chase was twelve the first time he arrived in a strange land where dark, ominous clouds never move, ancient trees violently spring to life during Darkness, and people seem to live without emotion. Doctors tell him they’re hallucinations, but he knows his visits are real. She’s there—Sash—and she’s more real than anyone he’s ever known.

His visits stop but, as years pass, the memories haunt Chase. Without warning, the young man suddenly finds himself again in a world called Krymzyn. Arriving during Darkness, he’s rescued from death by the extraordinary, beautiful, but terrifying young woman he first met when he was twelve.

When Chase is thrust into the war of balance against vile creatures who threaten all who live there, Sash helps him understand his purpose in Krymzyn. A dark secret from the beginning of time reveals he might be able to stay there forever. To prove he belongs in Krymzyn and be with the only woman he can ever love, Chase will have to risk his own life in the ultimate battle.

This book is a new adult work of fiction intended for mature audiences 17 and older.

 
Review: This book turned out to be pretty good. There were some parts I really enjoyed reading, and the aura mystery was well carried through.

I have to say, my favourite thing about this novel must’ve been the world building. I could easily envision what the world of Krymzyn looked like and could understand the rules it had running there. The idea of crimson coloured world captivated me from when I first glanced the cover to when I got to the end of the book. The descriptions were amazing, especially the first few times Chase travels to the world.

As for the main characters, I found it difficult to feel for the people of Krymzyn sometimes because they were so different. I did find it easier to relate to Chase, who was human and intrigued by this world. His family also really care about him, because when he travels to Krymzyn in another dimension, his body is left going through a seizure, which is hard for the family to take. But his mother and sister clearly care about him a lot and that relationship was lovely to see.

At the beginning the book is fairly slow placed. For a good 30% Chase goes back to Krymzyn twice and doesn’t get too many answers, so we are still left in the dark. He also has to spend a lot of time explaining some English words to Sash, and I didn’t like reading about definitions to simple words just because another character didn’t understand them. I found that to be a little bit boring.

Otherwise, this book was a pretty good read. There was a nice ending with enough happening to make it faster paced and keep me looking forward to reading. The characters weren’t amazing but I cared enough for them to hope everything would work out well in the end. The world building was amazing, and the sequel to this book will be interesting.

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Buy the book on Amazon, B&N, ibooks or Kobo here!
 
Author bio: BC Powell is a fantasy author from Los Angeles, CA. "Krymzyn" is his debut science fiction fantasy novel, the first book in a series titled "The Journals of Krymzyn."
 
Powell has a diverse background, having held several creative positions in the entertainment industry, including executive roles at ABC-TV and Technicolor. In recent years, he's authored several non-fiction works, primarily educational books and training programs for trading the financial markets. He dual majored in journalism and philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Writing fiction has been his lifelong passion and goal. "Krymzyn" is his first published novel and represents, in his words, "finally finding the story I want to tell with characters that are able to bring that story to life." He's an avid reader and lists Ernest Hemingway, Frank L. Herbert, Stephen King, Jane Auste 
 
n, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. as his favorite authors.
Brad, as he prefers to go by in personal communication, lives with his longtime girlfriend, three sons from a previous marriage, and their rescue dog and cat. He enjoys hiking, ocean kayaking, spending time at Southern California beaches, movies, and reading.
 
Olivia’s Question: If you could travel inside any book, which world would you want to go to?

Olivia-Savannah x

53 comments:

  1. Great review! I had some similar thoughts on Krymzyn, but I think Powell did a fantastic job in his debut novel! :)

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    1. Thank you! I am going to be checking out your review now. :) It was a very good debut novel.

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  2. Awesome review and thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. This was a really good review because it gave me an insight in the book. I'm not sure I'll read it because it doesn't seem like my type of book at all, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a good review. A good review makes gives someone clarity of whether or not they'd like the book (:

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

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    1. It's okay if it isn't your type! Not every book is for everyone :) I am glad you enjoyed the review nonetheless.

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  4. When I saw the cover I thought about Avatar, I don't know why LOL
    A great review, Olivia! the thing that intrigues me the most is the world building. It can be the difference between a good or a bad book at the end and I'm glad you thought it was well done. I might have to look this one up =)

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    1. I have seen Avatar before! In a way, this kind of reminds me of it, but at the same time not xD World building is so important, and it was good here!

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  5. Great review, Olivia! Great world building can make for such a great read especially in this genre! I love being taken into a book's setting and world! Glad you liked it overall! :)

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    1. Thank you! And yes, world building is so important in a fantasy novel!

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  6. Hi Olivia, I really appreciate you taking the time to read and review "Krymzyn". Thank you for having me on your blog!

    BC Powell

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    1. No problem! It was my honour to do so, and I wish you well in the rest of your writing endeavors :)

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  7. Hi Olivia - Thanks for your review. However, the book doesn't seem to be one that I'd like. Sorry to say, but my eyes glass over trying to read Fantasy. :)

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    1. D: You don't like fantasy! How???
      I guess not every genre is for everyone. I am rubbish at reading non-fiction >.>

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  8. Once again really well written review Olivia! I don't usually read fantasy but might give this a try. Hope you are having a good week!

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    1. Yeah, it seems fantasy is not as popular a genre as I thought it was, but I hope you like this!

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    1. It was one of the first things that attracted me too ;)

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  10. The slow pacedness might get to me, but the other parts that got your attention might make up for it.

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    1. Yeah, the pacing was a bit hard in places, but otherwise I enjoyed this!

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  11. I love reviews about new to places to learn and read about.

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    1. Yes, when a book takes you into a new world it is definitely a lot of fun.

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  12. Great review! This book seems interesting! :)

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  13. I love the cover of this book!! It definitely seems like a book that I could read and possibly enjoy.

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    1. I hope you do enjoy this. The cover is something I love about this book too :)

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  14. Wonderful review!

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  15. Hi, this is great! So sorry, but you may have to remove my entries to your personal giveaway: IU was an idiot and didn't read that it was US, Canada, Uk only. So Sorry!

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    1. No, that is perfectly fine! Everyone´s entitled to make a little mistake here and there! I know I do :P

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  16. That cover really captured my attention! I get what you mean about reading definitions for simple words - that might get a little tedious. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. The cover is an element of the novel that I love <3 And yeah, it was a little bit!

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  17. I do love that cover. And I'm intrigued where you talk about the world building being your favorite part of the story in your review.

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    1. The world building was definitely something to love <3

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  18. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of "Krymzyn" and an Amazon giftcard

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  19. Amazing review! Cant wait to check out this read! This will be added to my to read list right now. Thanks for sharing =)

    Benish | Feminist Reflections
    A Thousand Pieces of You Hardcover Giveaway

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  20. CONNIE SOWARDS commenting: I liked your review. It made me want to read the book!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to and enjoy it!

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  21. CONNIE SOWARDS commenting: Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

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  22. really like that cover! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  23. Great review, Olivia!!! :) I am glad the world building was so good in this, that's something I find essential in these kinds of books.

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    1. Yes, world building is something to always bear in mind!

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  24. Hard question, I think, even though it is this world, I would love to enter Ally's world. I loved the whole fun and chaotic trouble in the books, I think Ally's family is the craziest I have ever read about but it seems like so much fun. I know I would not be able to read this book because I am not seventeen but a slow beginning is pretty hard for me. In this review, you pretty much balanced out the posatives with the negatives, letting us know you think the book was alright. The most appeasing part for me was the part about Chase's family, it seemed so cute!

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    1. Ally's World are creative books and yes, I love those ones as well!

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