Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review + Giveaway ~ Renhala by Amy Joy Lutchen

Kailey Rooke, timid accountant, dedicated to philanthropic work, finds herself spiraling into a deep depression after she suffers a horrifyingly odd and humiliating assault, to only discover more of these freakish assaults occurring across the globe.

A chance discovery leads Kailey to a meeting with elderly Gunthreon, actual master of persuasion. Gunthreon, who seems to know too much of Kailey's history for her liking, opens Kailey's eyes to a coexisting realm she never knew existed: Renhala, while entrusting her with the knowledge of her newfound power as karmelean, serving as a beacon to the Higher Ones. Kailey slowly starts revealing new talents, and Gunthreon is fascinated with what she starts achieving.

She soon discovers that Renhala is in danger, and this danger has been leaking into her own realm. As she uncovers secrets within herself, and attempts to toughen up, she fuses with an unlikely band of fellow travelers (including a dragon, woodsprite, six-hundred-pound greble, her faithful female canine companion, and a "giver"), falls into an unexpected love triangle, deals with her sexy and flirtatious best friend’s “issues,” and finds the courage to master a new deadly weapon.

On her mission to save Renhala, Kailey will find herself running from life-threatening disasters, such as greble Tartarin, who likes to remind Kailey that when he catches her, he plans on eating her brains with ice cream; she'll run from the deadly meeples: small cute bunnies with talons and an undeniable thirst for imposing self-destruction on others. Kailey will also run into the possibility that a centuries-old Renhalan rumor is true, that advanced technology existing in Kailey's realm shortens all life spans.

As blood is shed and puzzles near completion, Kailey pulls from deep within herself, conjuring up mystical qualities that enable her to astonish as once predicted at her birth, but despite the newfound strength, Kailey will discover that monsters not only come in ugly packages, but can be easily disguised as those she has come to love and trust.

I have had this book on TBR list a while. It’s been recommended to me on multiple occasions. However, I use Urban Fantasy as a reward – or as a pick me up after a reading slump. I often find it difficult to immerse myself completely in Urban Fantasy. That was never an issue with Renhala, each time I ventured into the world that Amy created I felt completely submerged. Her creativity is only surpassed by her ability to maintain all the intricate details. 
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.


Born in Chicago, Illinois, a few days prior to watching her first movie, at a drive-in theater. Yes, drive-in theater. And yes, her mother believed she was possessed by the devil after said first movie.

Grew up in the Chicagoland area and graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she simply became a number, but decided it was a good number. 

Loves cooking (mostly candy-cooking), gardening (putting holes in the ground for perennials, DONE!), designing and constructing jewelry (everything from silversmithing to lampworking), and living with her wonderful husband, two children, black Labrador, and frog—and maybe even the chipmunk family that likes to destroy her aforementioned perennials. 

Also hopes that you enjoy her writings, and won’t criticize her for her aversion of eating things in multiples of three.

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  1. Meeples!! That just rocks, Like vorpals of a different world. Sweet!

  2. I have not read too many books in this genre. Your books does look amazing and I am adding it to my list.


    1. You guys are all super nice! Thanks so much, Shelley.

  4. Congratulations on the publication of Renhala! It sounds like a fascinating book. Will be adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  5. THANKS BOOKLADY! *smiling, feeling special*

  6. Wow! I can't WAIT to read this! I love that cover, too ; )
    I'm definitely adding this to my TBR list immediately!
    I wonder what kind of events or people in the author's life inspired them to write this book!?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

    1. Hey Meghan! If you want to check out www.amyjoylutchen.com, it will tell you exactly where the story came from...my life story

  7. Renhala sounds absolutely fascinating. The world building seems like it will be complex, deep, and very unique. The plot also sounds very intriguing. I will definitely be checking this one out. Thanks!

  8. You all make me feel special :). Thanks Kamla!

  9. The book sounds incredible. On my must-read list.

  10. Definitely have to get this one! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I haven't read many books in this genre, but this one sounds like one that I'm going to have to read. Thank you for the giveaway!

  12. WOW!! Your book sounds SO GOOD!! I CANNOT wait to read it!! When I was reading the overview and I saw that dragons and other magical creatures are in it I was sold! I was wondering if this book will be in print soon? I would LOVE to have an actually copy to add to my collection. Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway!!!