Book Review: Melhara
This was an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day!
About the Author
Jocelyn is a Canadian Author.
She has always had a passion for reading and writing, drafting her own episodes of her favorite T.V. shows as a child and various other short stories about ghosts, witches, and other supernatural creatures.
Jocelyn grew up reading fantasy and horror novels from R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Anne Rice, and Stephen King; these authors shaped her love for darker fantasy. Currently, she’s into Kelley Armstrong, Pittacus Lore, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Her all-time favorite stories involve witches and magic.
Melhara is her first published novel with two more installments to come for this series.
She enjoys staying up late reading or watching B-budget fantasy and horror movies for inspiration then goes to sleep dreaming of dark creatures and magical worlds.
Fantasy fans rejoice, because this one does an amazing job of building up a new world and thrusting us into the middle of it!
I loved the way this started with a fairly ordinary story of a woman and her child and quickly turned into a fantasy with witches and prophecies and huge ongoing wars that have been raging on forever. It made the story feel more real and the character got to be a foil, and that gave the audience the chance to see it for the first time along with the character. Kyra was a well-crafted character.
Unfortunately, some of the other ones were rather weak. For example, there are witches in the story that felt a little bit generic. There wasn't a lot of personality to them, and at some points in the story the characterization of the magic and power levels of everyone involved felt a little vague. Sort of 'we have to overcome this but don't know how...oh look, a random plot point to make sure we can survive.'
That being said, the battle with all of the various powerful characters was interesting. I liked the idea of Alastor being in the bloodline of Lucifer and how he manages to turn Kyra to his will despite her many dreams and misgivings.
All in all, this story was fairly well-written, and despite having a few weak moments and characters I truly enjoyed reading it from beginning to end.
About the Book
Witches. Demons. Angels. Ancient prophecies and eternal wars.
Kyra Parker seems to have it all: a successful career woman, wife, and mother; she's living the life she always wanted. But appearances are deceiving. In reality, she's a witch who has forbidden herself from using magic—at least the powers she has control over. Only two of her closest friends know her secret—one they share.
Kyra can no longer ignore her destiny when she is exposed as the key to the end of the world. She transforms into a dark witch after reluctantly surrendering her soul to the demon, Alastor, to save her loved ones.
With her friends, Alexis and Axel, chasing her across the country in an attempt to free her from the demon's influence, Kyra ventures ever closer to the point of no return. Her family and friends need to work together before it’s too late to save her—and the rest of the world—from the demon apocalypse.
There's just one problem—she doesn’t want to be saved.