Sunday, March 24, 2013

Blog Tour: Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn

About Fraction of Stone

Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn
Series: The Fraction Series, #1
Publication: March 21st 2013
by Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy

There is only one among the Tarmack nation with the ability to wield magic, eighteen-year-old Rydan Gale. He lives like a prince, cherished for his talent to bend the fabric of the universe to his will. In the war against the Liasam, he is their ultimate weapon.

The Liasam have a source of magic as well, but Akara’s mastery of her power is rudimentary at best. With a brilliant display of fire-rain Rydan’s side wins the war, giving the Tarmack sole control over dwindling resources due to the natural disasters ripping apart the earth.

When Akara is sentenced to death, Rydan questions the motive, and discovers the leaders of the newly unified nation fear magic above all else. With war a memory, his skills no longer needed, Rydan suspects he is next. Throwing away every comfort, he pulls Akara from the flames of her execution and their lives as fugitives begin.

Both have a tattoo on the back of their neck, the mark of an extinguished tribe. They discover the natural disasters plaguing the world are due to the tribe’s demise and only Rydan and Akara can save the crumbling world.

But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures and determined men hunting them.

It’s that Akara doesn’t believe the world is worth saving.

My Review

Ugh, I'm just so angry I finished this book. Though I rushed to finish it, it's just one of those books I just wished didn't have to end. When I started this book, I as I seem to often do, forgot what it was about. All I remembered was I needed to read it. 

Fraction of Stone was incredibly easy for me to get into. I didn't want to put my kindle down. Which was nice, I haven't really been able to keep my attention on anything. The book was also a quick read for me, I finished it in about two days. Of course, a part of that could have been that I didn't want to put it down.

I liked the characters we have Rydan whose very optimistic, who wants to believe that there are good people that should be saved. Then we there's Akara who has limited interaction with the world as a whole and doesn't believe that the world is worth saving, or even living in. As the book progress, we see Rydan's faith in others sort of falter and he begins to understand why Akara sees the world the way she does. Where Akara is looking for a reason to save the world. For the majority of the book, each chapter alternates between their point-of-views. Though I did like that and I felt that we got to know the two main characters that way, I felt like there was still things missing about the characters.

There were two things that bothered me. One was that there were parts that felt like they were a little dragged out, while others felt a little rushed. The other isn't really a break it thing, is that this is the first in a series, so I personally had a few questions/things I wanted answers to, but obviously didn't get. Before I forget, there is also the ending itself which leaves a few questions in it's wake.

I would give the book a 4/5.

About the Author

During Kelley Lynn’s last year at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, while pursuing her degree in Chemical Engineering, the voices in her head got the best of her. Surprisingly, they didn’t want to talk about process flow diagrams and heat capacity. They preferred the fantastical. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote.

Come graduation, not only did Kelley have a diploma and, thankfully, a wonderful job, but she had a new obsession as well. Amidst the order and exactness that came with the nine to five, Kelley found a way to create; to determine the rules of a world and take her characters to the limits of what was possible. Perhaps she has a slight control complex.

The first in the series, Fraction of Stone, was born on an airplane and took ten days to write. It probes the question, should the world be saved if there’s no one in it worth saving?

When briefly managing to quiet the voices, Kelley participates in softball, soccer and volleyball. (You probably don’t want her on your volleyball team. Unless you want to laugh.) She lives with her sister and her dog who can attest to the chair that has Kelley’s butt print permanently pressed into it. Depending on the weekend, you might be able to hear Kelley sing for an area classic rock band.

Kelley Lynn is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Jessie!

    It makes me so happy to hear you didn't want Fraction to end. Thank you SO MUCH for your honest review of my work. I really, really appreciate it.

    Kelley Lynn