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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 kn
ebook, 406 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by Amy Joy Lutchen (first published September 26th 2012)
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Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it

gather round, urban fantasy-romance fans...the rest of you can go do something else. or maybe you should stay,too. because i never would have thought to classify myself as an urban fantasy-romance fan, having never read one,(because i don't think Life Guards in the Hamptons: A Willow Tate Novel counts? ) but i liked this one a lot, so one never knows, does one?

take a risk in 2013.

i'm glad i read this one. it is a fun story with likeable characters, good acti
Emma Adams
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Renhala, by debut author Amy Joy Lutchen, is an inventive and imaginative fantasy that spans two universes: our own, and an alternative realm known as Renhala. The narrative begins with Kailey, who is recovering from a horrible, bizarre assault which has left her broken. But things take a turn for the weird when she meets a mysterious stranger at a party who reveals to her that she possesses strange powers, somehow connected to the alternative universe known as Renhala. Kailey learns that she is ...more
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Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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5 Stars

A complex and multileveled contemporary fantasy, with its anchor in our world set in Chicago, “Renhala” keeps readers riveted and easily suspending disbelief while exploring an alternate world, at times lovelier than our own, at times horrifying and dangerous. Young Kailey undergoes a brutal and inexplicable assault, and through it finds that she has unheeded powers and abilities, and so do some of those around her. It is rather as if she looks through a
Sarah Elizabeth
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Amy Joy Lutchen.)
Kailey is having a hard time coming to terms with an assault that has left her traumatised and afraid to leave the house.
Finally deciding to try and get back to normal she goes out with her best friend Amber, and due to a bad cab driver, finds herself at a Chinese restaurant. After finding herself in a strange room at the back of a restaurant, Kailey meets an elderly man called G
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kailey is living her life day to day. Then she is attacked by something. Something hideous. Something that is not from Earth. This book follows the aftermath of her attack. Kailey learns that sometimes not is every thing or everyone is who or what they seem to be on the surface. She learns that she is strong, and capable. She learns that her family is a lot bigger and more varied then she could have ever imagined. She learns she has special powers and that she is Karma. She joins the fight to br ...more
Dec 22, 2012 rated it liked it
You know those times when I say that I'm torn about a book? Guys, this is going to be one of those times. I honestly didn't know what was happening through big swaths of it -- not in the sense of *what* was happening, but how it all tied in. Yet YET, I was curious enough to keep reading.

Just so we're all clear, I know I have issues about main characters being lied to, important information being kept from them, etc. I KNOW THIS. It irritates me when something that could easily be explained is br
I received Renhala from review in return for an honest review. Kailey has suffered a brutal attack which has left her scared and living at her mother’s house. However her mother isn’t in the best of shape so dealing with Kaileys emotional issues are taking their toll on her health. Ready to start her life again Kailey gets an apartment and moves out again set on changing life. Little does she know that she will change her life in more ways than she can imagine. Unexplained attacks are showing up ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got to be honest, Renhala is such a beauty to read. It has a uniquely enticing plot with interesting characters that I just can't help but to love/hate, depending on their roles of course.

Although I admit the first quarter were a bit dull and flat-out not as adventurous as I expected, despite how relatively fast things were actually progressing. I was in fact bored the first quarter of the book because the whole thing was very vague and doesn't really give out much on what I was to expect. I o
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it

I completely enjoyed the story of Renhala. The creativity it took Amy to create her world is amazing. All of the characters were intriguing and well developed, making you want to know more about them. She took the mother daughter relationship to a whole new level showing such love and devotion between the two. I liked the love triangle that was created between characters, too bad it wasn’t resolved, I am anxious to see who will be the winner. If you’ve read Amy’s
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My head is spinning from everything in this book. I loved it all! Loved it!

Review soon...

It's hard to write this review because I liked the book so much I just want to tell the whole story! I think I got it now...

It starts with something terrible that happens to the protagonist, Kailey, and she lets out a scream heard round the world. Not only ours but also Renhala. Something is wakened and its not good, both realms are in danger. Our realm is called Abscondia and true to reality we are the rea
Dana Camacho
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Renhala was not my typical read - but I loved every minute of it! A sweeping fairy-tale like fantasy woven into everyday urban life, Renhala is an intelligently written page turner. The characters are well-developed, the story line sucks you in, and the smart humor interspersed throughout the book will make the 400+ pages fly by. A fantastic read! Can't wait for a sequel! I also think this book would make an AWESOME movie! ...more
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
From http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy....

At A Glance
Renhala was an odd one for me. The first part was sooo boring, but once things picked up, I was amazed at the vivid imagery and world Lutchen came up with.

The Good
What Renhala offers is amazing fantasy elements and a fantastical world. I don't think I have ever read a book with such creative descriptions of creatures and surroundings. Even when something seemed impossible, Lutchem made it feel possible. In Renhala you meet wood spirits who
Jillian Stein
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5 stars!

So, as I’m sure you know, I love to read. I’d like to say that I read a lot of different genres and have a broad spectrum of reading material in my bookcases. Truth is, sadly, I don’t. So, when I was introduced to a book titled Renhala, I read the description and knew it was something I had to read. Fantasy and magic was not something I normally read…no particular reason, really. Holy hell, I am so glad I found this book…. I was hooked o
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review was first posted on Music, Books and Tea

A couple of week’s ago, I listed my top ten bookish resolutions for 2013, and reading more Urban Fantasy was one of them. Renhala fits that bill perfectly, combining action and adventure with a main character who’s learning to stand on her own two feet again after a horrific attack by something that wasn’t exactly human. I’ve been interested in Renhala ever since I saw it on Faye’s blog, and I am so happy to say that Renhala did not disappoint
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Magic/Romance

Now this is an Urban Fantasy you don’t want to miss out on! I was seriously brought back to when I first fell in love with Urban Fantasies, reading about complex fantasy worlds, with imaginative characters and a story that is so detailed you feel as if your really there. This story is an adventure that just kept on coming and the surprises were at every turn of the page; I can’t wait to see what
I got a copy for review in exchange for an honest review.

Lately I have been reading many books that are quite short and fast paced, I love those kind of books, because I can start a book finish it and then quickly start another book. I didn't realize that sometimes I miss reading books that are a bit longer. When I started this book I was wondering whether to start it now or not, as it was quite long (430 e-book pages). I ended up just starting it and quickly I forgot the number of pages and imm
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure about this story. I was skeptical because it seemed a bit long and the author is very new to me but alas it turns out I shouldn’t have been. This is a very interesting story about a parallel world that only a few, on both sides, know about.

There were a lot of things that I liked about this story and a few that I didn’t but those were minor. Kailey is a young, funny, lovable woman who recently suffered an appalling physical assault. Still in a depressed phase (because really folks
Kristen Jett
Review from Pen and Muse .

Oh, yes! Now I remember why I love urban fantasy. Renhala pretty much sums why entirely. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started reading this. I couldn’t remember what had drawn me to the book, and a reread of the blurb didn’t remind me (possibly because I’ve been reading SO MUCH contemporary lately). So I dove in…and barely came up for air.

If you follow me on Goodreads, you might have noticed that I literally jaw dropped on this book. I couldn’t
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I couldn't finish this book for the tour I participated in and published an excerpt instead. Now, it's finally time for the real review to be posted. For the excerpt just click here. I know that back then I had about 30% of the book finished and was still impressed with the idea. I was sure I'd give it at least a four-fairy rating. This has changed after having finished the book and I can't make it higher than a 3.5 now.

Just in case you read the epic (!!!!) blurb, you can see that the plot is g
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

I was impressed with the details (not too many) and work that went into this urban fantasy book. The world building was top notch for sure.

This book does start of a bit slow for me. I was actually confused as I thought for sure that there was some supernatural in it. It read like a normal non-fantasy book in the beginning. As I only read books that are paranormal/fantasy etc. I almost stopped reading, but went back and read the blurb, and made sure, so then I knew, I just had to keep going. I am
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)
I was given a copy of this book from the author exchange For my honest opinion. Everything your about to read is my full and honest opinion about the book.

First and foremost I have to give the amazing author praise for this book. She has done a remarkable job with creating a amazing book! This book sucked me in from the beginning to the very end! Then when it was over I wanted more, so much more! She has created something new and fresh to urban fantasy books.

So here's the plot:

This book starts
~Mindy Lynn~
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy fans
Renhala is a unique and colorful story with many different characters and creatures. I was intrigued by the story-line and for the simple fact that I have never read and urban fantasy book before. So when the author asked me to read her novel for an honest review in return I happily accepted.

The story is like anything I have read before, making it original. That is no easy task to conquer in storytelling these days. The author has a wild imagination bringing to life characters and a world t
Noelle Blakely
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This story opens with Kailey, a young woman left damaged by a brutal attack. She struggles to pull her life back together with the help of a strong willed and loving mother, who is very ill. As she works through her issues, she discovers that there may be more basis for her fears than she realized.

She begins to meet interesting characters that seem to know quite a bit about her. She learns that the world as she knows it is actually only one realm in a greater reality involving a fantastical lan
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Renhala is an adventure of the epic sort!! It is the kind of sweeping story that is filled with mystery and intrigue, danger and lighthearted moments, and even a bit of romance.

Kailey Rooke, as the lead of the story, is hard not to love. She has been through hell and back after a brutal attack that nearly killed her. You could really feel her fear and her pain as she struggles to take her life back, move out of her mother's home and make a life for herself once again.

The characters in this book
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adult
This book is all about a journey. A journey to save the world, a journey towards self-discovery, and a journey to new love. And with Kailey's humor and zero experience in the dating world, it's quite a fun journey to follow. It's pure fantasy that makes me question how on earth Amy Joy Lutchen came up with these quirky ideas.

Kailey, a timid girl, that doesn't really want to get involved with anything difficult is a fun character to follow. On her journey, she meets some interesting fellows. Gunt
Myra (Pieces of Whimsy)
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review first published on my blog, Pieces of Whimsy

Renhala is a big book, at least compared to most things I've been reading lately, and it took me a while to get caught up in the story. A lot of things interested me in the beginning, but nothing was quite gripping enough to trap me.

Renhala is set in two realms: ours, where Kailey's story begins, and Renhala, the magical fantasy realm that is intertwined with our own world. Both worlds full of magic and wonder.

There were a lot of fantastic elem
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2013
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Kailey is a shy sweet young woman suffering from depression caused by a terrifyingly assault by an unknown creature. A chance encounter leads her to meet Gunthereon, he knows all about her past and sets the stage for an epic adventure in Renhala.

I love fantasy novels. Each book draws you into a unique world beyond your imagination. This book, however, takes you into several realms and a fantastic journey as Kailey fights to
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've been on a fantasy kick lately as far as review go. At least it seems that way, LoL.

I love urban fantasy novels. However, this one, because it's so complex, could almost go right into the fantasy category losing the "urban." That's not a negative though in this situation. I loved the creativity & adored the crazy characters that Amy creates in this novel.

You see the female lead, Kailey, grow up in this novel - maybe grow up is the wrong term. She Matures - that's a better way to put it. Sh
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies
I'll start off with my usual disclaimer: Not a huge YA fan, not a lover of sci-fi parallel universe type stories (I see a lot of references to this being an UF novel, but with her switching back and forth between earth and Renhala, I think it may straddle multiple genres). That being explained up front, the book was really good- especially for the target genre. As a mature reader, I found some of the simplicity of the story lost my interest a few times, but I enjoyed the writing style and world ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I'd like to thank the author for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
The beginning of the book I will admit was confusing as all heck and a little slow. I think maybe opening the book with a flashback to the attack would have drawn the reader in immediately. Overall, the writing was excellent. The story line was a little long. In fact, with a little more detail and a good cliff hanger, this could have easily been broken down into two books. With the story line being s
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Was born in Chicago and slept in a dresser drawer for the first few weeks of her life, marking her as a future claustrophobe.

She studied at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (man she grew up quick), where she became a number, but decided it was a good number.

She writes with plenty of snacks in hand, making sure they are not in multiples of three. That number makes her nervous.


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