Monday, August 30, 2021

Review: Tempest by C.J. Campbell with Giveaway!


by C.J. Campbell
The Veil Chronicles, #1
]YA Fantasy, Romance

AUGUST 31st!!!

To unearth the truth, she must embrace the legend within.

For eighteen-year-old Lexi, freedom is a luxury. She’s spent her life evading capture for a genetic gift that feels more like a curse. Her bulletproof immunity and monstrous disfigurement is of great interest to a secret organization, but they aren’t the only ones. A cryptic tip alerts Lexi that something else hunts her–something darker.

Desperate to enjoy her life before it’s too late, Lexi leaves the protective cocoon her parents created for her and signs up for art classes at her local college. There she meets Conner, who is confined to a wheelchair, and they become friends who are willing to share each other’s secrets. But a chance encounter with Connor’s foster brother Killian changes everything.

Killian shares the same mysterious secret within his blood as Lexi. Their fateful meeting sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic events that exposes the terrifying truth–Lexi is a celestial queen of a bygone race. Connor is their last royal heir, and Killian is a half-breed abomination hated for his very existence. With Connor kidnapped by an ancient god determined to rid the world of the stain of humanity, Lexi and Killian find themselves under the protection of the secretive Order of Kings.

Lexi believes she’s been thrown into a world of myths and legends, but things are not as they seem. Lexi becomes convinced the Order is keeping dangerous secrets that threaten not just her but all of mankind.

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With a very quick pace, this read pulls into an unseen world where the aftermath of war has left intrigue and a huge battle for a young girl.

Lexi is constantly on the run with her parents thanks to a birth defect, which makes her 'bullet-proof'. The fact that her injuries heal almost immediately and her blood is strange as made her the target of more than a couple groups. Plus, her deformities never really let her fit in. When their next hiding spot gives her the chance to attend her first semester of college, she's thrilled, but then, she runs across the impossible...another person with deformities, who has the same blood as her. Realizing there's so much more to the story than her parents have been telling her, she begins to ask questions. But when her parents die in front of her eyes at the hands of monsters, she's swished away by unknown people only to discover her life isn't what it seems. Instead, she's one of the few remaining of her powerful race, and everything rests on her shoulders.

This book definitely grabs at the beginning and makes Lexi very hard not to like. She does come across as someone younger than her supposed age in these first chapters, but that changes as the tale goes on. The family love is very inspiring, and I was hooked right away. The author keeps up the pace as the story progresses  and lets unexpected twists and turns drive it forward. There's a lot of intrigue and secrets, which makes this a great beginning for a new series. 

The world of mythical creatures and an entire realm behind a hidden veil, invite to a rich surrounding. The author establishes a great base in reality before drawing into the fantastical side, which I did appreciate. There's a lot going on and most of it runs smoothly, although there were some jumps and logic hiccups at times, which did leave a tiny bit of confusion. But all in all, this is an exciting read which draws in.

Author Bio:

Clare is a successful and highly popular author of award winning Fanfiction, with thousands of online fans and over 2 million reads on her Lord of the Rings Fanfic epic. Clare has also won several writing awards within the Fantasy, Inspirational, and Short Story genres. Her story Refuge was a top prize winner and as a direct result published in Faith & Freedom anthology by EA books. She has recently been shortlisted for Writer of the Year 2019.

As well as writing, Clare is an experienced Occupational Therapist, with a passion for enabling people. She has contributed articles for online organizations aimed at highlighting disability as a positive influence in modern literature. Her love of storytelling, merged with her positive messages inspires her to create meaningful narratives that represent diversity, and promote unity.

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Giselle said...

This sounds like a very unique and compelling story! And Lexi sounds like a likeable MC, too! Great review!

Mary Preston said...

An intriguing tag line.

Heather N. Quinn said...

Sounds like an interesting premise, and a great start to a series!