Thursday, June 12, 2014

Causal Enchantment by K.A. Tucker Series Review + GIVEAWAY

Hello readers and a very happy Thursday to you all! Can you believe that June of 2014 is nearly half way over? I sure can’t! It’s been an awesome year so far and I am so excited to see what the second half holds for all of us! On this awesome Thursday evening, I have a real special treat for my amazing readers. I will be reviewing one of the most exciting series I have read in a long time. A series so unique that I don't even have anything to compare it to. Excited? Well, you should be, because today I am bringing you guys one a OneGuysGuideToGoodReads specialty: a series review! “A series review?” You may ask, and I would respond “why yes, a series review my good chap”. Anyways, here’s how this works. Ethan here LOVES to read. He also loves to read series, HOWEVER, I have a hard time starting a series that I know isn’t completely out yet, because I oftentimes forget what happens by the time the next book in the series comes out and I usually do not have time for rereads or when I DO make time for a re read, the series ending is so horrible that I wish I hadn’t reread the books (*cough cough* Veronica Roth, I’m looking at you…). Anyway… As stated today I am bringing you guys another series review. If you guys have been following me, you would have seen a couple of months ago where I did a series review of Chelsea Fines The Archers of Avalon series and had a whole lot of fun with it, the just last week I did a series review of Jennifer L. Armentrouts Covenant series which you guys really seemed to like! Today I present to you guys a book series so freaking awesome that there aren’t enough positive words to describe it. A series that was so good that I want to stop this blog post and go read it all over again. However, I haven't seen a WHOLE lot of publicity for this series and happened upon thanks to a suggestion from a fellow blogger. I really wanted to do my part to promote this series, because like I said it was amazing. Our featured author is widely popular for her NA series and is one of the coolest authors I have had the great pleasure to meet. Without farther adieu I present to you guys the Causal Enchantment series by K.A. Tucker!

Before we get down to the nitty-gritty with the review, let's learn a little bit about our amazing author, Mrs. K.A. (Kathleen) Tucker. As many of you saw in my Nashville Author Event Review post, I had the great honor of meeting Mrs. Tucker last Saturday in Nashville at said event. I knew of several other authors at the event, but KA was the one that I was THE MOST excited to see. Since the authors were seated in alphabetical order, she was the very last one I got to meet which made the anticipation almost too much to bear! I was about halfway through the series when I met KA, but I knew plenty about her from other bloggers and fans. KA is widely known and acclaimed for her Ten Tint Breaths New Adult series. I have not read this series, but like I said, she came to me HIGHLY recommended. Also, to make mater even more awesome, KA is an InkSlinger author and works closely with KP (one of my all time favorite people), so we already had a connection! Okay, I went a little overboard. Here's the official bio and information about K.A. Tucker!


K.A. Tucker

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.

She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit.

Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures. 

Click here to visit KA's Goodreads Page

Click here to visit KA's Official Website

Here's a pic of me with KA Tucker last weekend in Nashville!

As previously stated this is a series review where I will review the series as a whole. While this can be a whole lot of fun for me, it can get a little confusing. The only downside to doing this is that I do not remember what happened in each book since they all eventually tie into one long story. And yes, I mean one long story. Just the way I like it. This isn’t your average trilogy or saga, this is one series that is well worth the time you will spend putting into it. The Causal Enchantment  series features four full length novels. Here is the reading order for each Causal Enchantment novel as well as the synopsis for each. Click each cover to be taken to the official Goodreads page for each book. Scroll past all the covers to get to the fun part!

Book One Anathema 
Evangeline has spent her teenage years in obscurity. Her foster parents have the emotional aptitude of robots and her classmates barely acknowledge her existence. About to turn eighteen and feeling like a social pariah, she is desperate to connect with someone. Anyone.

When Evangeline meets Sophie after literally stumbling upon her café, she believes she’s found that connection. Willing to do anything to keep it, she accepts a job as Sofie’s assistant and drops everything to fly to Manhattan, where she is thrust into a luxurious world of Prada, diamonds, and limitless cash.

With such generosity and kindness, it’s easy for Evangeline to dismiss certain oddities... like Sofie’s erratic and sometimes violent behavior, and the monstrous guard dogs. She’s even willing to dismiss her vivid dreams of mob-style murders, beautiful homeless people living in caves, and white-eyed demons that haunt her each night as figments of her imagination—especially when one of those figments is the gorgeous Caden. When she wakes up with bite marks on her neck, the fairy tale quickly turns into a nightmare. She slowly unravels the mystery surrounding Sofie and friends, and the reality of the bites and the “dreams.” What she discovers is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined.

In a world where everyone has motive to lie for personal gain, Evangeline must decide which deception is least likely to get her killed.
Book Two Asylum
Tucked away in Sofie’s wintery asylum with no hope of release for years, Evangeline must come to terms with her situation: the curse still plagues her, she’s now hunted by a two thousand-year-old vampire, and the guy she’s in love with tried to kill her. Plus, she’s locked up with a cranky Max and the Forero kids—two people everyone seems to prefer dead over alive. Things aren’t looking good.

Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, Sofie struggles to keep forty trapped and bloodthirsty Ratheus vampires at bay and a desperate Viggo from killing Evangeline’s friends, all while hints stir outside the walls of the NYC vampire asylum of a war brewing between the Sentinel and the witches.

Is there any hope for Evangeline and Caden? Can Sofie control the rival powers
? Is the fate of Earth predestined?
Book Three Allegiance
Evangeline finally got what she longed for – the cursed pendant off her neck and Caden in her arms - only it has come at a steep price. An unknown poison now courses through her body, slowly morphing her into something no one but the Fates can foresee. She has her suspicions though...and, if she is right, it will spell certain ruin for her and Caden. She won’t last long enough to realize that though, if Viggo and Mortimer uncover the treasonous secrets she keeps from them– that Veronique is now free of her entombment and in the torturous clutches of the Witches and the Sentinel or that she is protecting a Sentinel within their very midst.
Always the naive human caught in the midst of the vampires’ web of deceit, Evangeline is now weaving her own dangerous web in order to keep her friend alive, rescue Veronique, and stop a seemingly inevitable war from starting. But can her honourable nature handle the depths of duplicity for which she must go to be in league with the Vampires?
Dark and gripping, full of angst-riddled scenes, Allegiance will have readers anxiously turning pages to find out if Evangeline can survive this spiraling disaster.
Book Four Anomaly
She was merely a pawn in their game.
And then something happened.
Once the fragile, naïve human, Evangeline has become altogether … different.
A being who holds formidable power, she may be the key to changing the course of fate.
Or she could be the final nail in the world’s coffin.
But Evangeline doesn’t know exactly what she is, what she can do. She knows only that she has to stop an enemy far worse than the Sentinel and the sorceresses—one driven by revenge.
And he’s hunting the man she loves.
As Evangeline fights to keep Caden alive and the human population from eradication, she can’t help but sense the imminent doom.
Find out if fate will prevail in the harrowing conclusion to the Causal Enchantment series.

The Covers
I feel like I need to add this section for a couple of reasons. First I will just say that I oftentimes am the reason they have the saying "never judge a book by its' cover", because if the book cover sucks or is in any way uninteresting to me, I seriously won't usually read the book. True story.

The reason I feel the need to bring this up is because I really love the covers for the Causal Enchantment series. The ones you guys saw above with the synopses are the current covers that were included in the re-released books, but they weren't the firsts. KA actually told me the story in Nashville that the covers you see to the left were the original covers to the series. These covers are AMAZING. I almost like them more than the current ones, which I thought were amazing in the first place. Sometimes less is more for me. I love these older covers, but KA was telling me that her artist was unavailable for book four (the final book in the series) so they had to start over and redo the covers for all four books in order for them to match, which I am so glad they did. The cover really makes these books all the cooler in my opinion. I could serious write an entire post about book covers, because they are oftentimes one of my favorite part of the books! I just wanted to give these original covers a few lines of recognition because they definitely deserve it!

Character Analysis
As you can assume, a series such as the Causal Enchantment has a HUGE cast of characters including vampires, witches, werewolves, and many other supernatural beings, here's my take on two of the main characters in our series and a little about the cast as a whole! 
Evangeline Watts- Our main female protagonist. Evangeline (or Eve/Evie depending on who is addressing her) is the orphaned eighteen year old mortal from Portland, Maine. In book one Evangeline befriends Sophie in the strangest of ways, after that her life changes for good. She goes from a lonely nobody, to Cafe worker (so she thinks), to realm traveler, to something else over the course of her journey. Evie is a really interesting character in my opinion, and one I can only imagine was really interesting for KA to write. Evie develops so much over the course of the four books that by the time you finish Anomaly, you don't know if you are reading about the same character. She really evolves that much. From the first time they met, Evangeline's heart belongs to Caden and although there is definitely some drama there, their love story is really interesting to read. Unlike other YA Paranormals with a romance, KA doesn't make that the selling point for this series. It's a very complex story that just so happens to contain a romance. Evangeline is seriously probably one of my new favorite book heroines. 
Caden Jennings- Caden, our main male protagonist. Caden is a member of the group introduced very early on in the series known as the Ratheus Vampires. As you guys will read, Ratheus is a parallel planet that is strikingly similar to Earth. Unlike Earth, however, Ratheus is a wasteland where humans have been hunted to extinction some 700 years prior to the start of the series. Caden and his group of friends are members of that distopian society where Vampires rule what is left of the planet. Caden is a friend, a lover, a soldier, and a very knowledgeable ally. Although Caden does not evolve as much as his love Evangeline, his story is just as interesting. After being pulled from Ratheus to Earth, Caden does everything in his power to protect Evie and ensure that her home does not end up like his. 

This is just an analysis of two characters, and not even the two main characters. This series has so many characters that all play very important roles in the story. Some of the more important characters to be on the watch for include:
Sophie Girard* (Books 2,3 and 4 also told in her POV), Viggo, Mortimer, Max, Veronique, Amelie, Bishop, Fiona, Julian, Leo, Ursula, Mage, Lilly, and Mage
Books 3 and 4 also includes four VERY important characters Terra, Incendia, Unda, and A'ris who make up The Fates 
My Thoughts
Okay, now that you have read all these awesome things about the books, to covers, and the characters, I will throw a little bit about my thoughts on the series into the mix. I will admit that I stared at this series for awhile before I started them. The synopsis really threw me off. I didn't understand what I was reading. Let me just say that this is unlike any paranormal fiction novel series you have ever read. Sure there are vampires, witches, werewolfs, etc, but I honestly don't feel like any one of these species overruns the storyline. They all play a very important role. You could replace any of the specials with something entirely different (say fairies) and they series would make just as much sense (well, except for the blood thing). I just want to throw this out there because I know some people aren't vampire people, although I can't imagine why. 
I will also say that the first 50 pages or so of book one are the hardest to get through. As with any book you have to establish a background and a setting, but this story more or less jumps right in. We learn very little of Evangline's life prior to book one except that her parents are deceased. Usually I would say that is a bad thing, but this series has SO MUCH going on that you really don't even think of it. Once you get to books 3 and 4 the events of the first 50 pages won't matter to you at all! 
This series was so well written and it flowed so well from book to book. I do admit that I was left with some questions in the end, but overall I think KA Tucker has done an amazing job with this series. I can't say too much without giving away any plot lines, but I will just say that in true paranormal fashion, you do NOT see the ending coming. Speaking of the ending: I have read several other reviews and it is kind of mixed. Some people really enjoyed the ending while others despised it. I actually liked it. I DO think the series was wrapped up a little "too neatly" but I think overall the ending is fitting for the story. It answers nearly every question you may have and leaves the reader feeling satisfied. Which is exactly how I want to feel after devoting my time to reading four books. overall, I really loved the Causal Enchantment series. Like I said in the beginning, it is probably the most original idea for a paranormal series I have read in a VERY long time and I think that is why I was drawn to it. It really is unlike anything you will have read before. I highly recommend it and hope you all read and enjoy it as well. 
As I have said in other series reviews I have SO much to say on the topic of Causal Enchantment, so check back in case I add more to this post! I would love to hear from any of you if you have also read this amazing series.  
**Now for the really exciting part. Where can YOU get your hands on this amazing series?! Well, I have really awesome news for you guys. Anathema, book one in the series, the one that started it all is FREE. You read that right, FREE. I got my copy from B&N, but I checked Amazon and it's free there as well. Follow any of these links you pick up your free copy of Anathema and also to find out where you can purchase your very own copies of the other books in the series!

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OTHER(ebook): | Sony | Deisel OTHER(print): Books-a-million | Book Depository

Don't want to buy the books? I can understand that. Well, as you guys know, I LOVE doing giveaways so I have another awesome one here for you to win with TWO amazing prizes. First off, I am giving away an ecopy of any Causal Enchantment title (books 2,3, OR 4; remember, book 1 is free)! Also to a second winner, I am giving away a SIGNED swag pack from KA Tucker including signed Causal Enchantment bookmarks and a postcard! Fill out the rafflecopter below, you guys know the drill! 

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Alright readers, I thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my take on the Causal Enchantment series by the absolutely amazing K.A. Tucker. Please check out this series, you most definitely will not regret it! Fill out the rafflecopter above, comment below, and tell your friends! Come on back after you've read it and let me know what you thought about the series. Also, check back on this post in a few days as I intend on adding to it! I have lots of thoughts swirling around that I would like to put on here, but my brain is fried at the moment and I wanted to make sure you guys had ample time to enter the giveaway! Thanks again for stopping by readers, and until next time, Happy Reading!


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