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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  231 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Not even Naomi’s prophetic dreams prepare her for the mysterious wanderer who appears just in time to snatch her from danger—nor the upheaval he brings in his wake. No knight in shining armor, Reynolds once risked Naomi’s life, and that dark secret again threatens it. When Naomi discovers the world of magic and of what she is capable, not even Reynolds can slow the fate ba ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published April 14th 2013 by Xchyler Publishing (first published August 8th 2010)
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Jessica | Booked J
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I was sent an eARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not change my view in any shape or form. Review also found here at Booked J.

There were a lot of things I really appreciated about Vivatera, but there were also a lot of things that I just wasn't altogether keen on about the novel. It was just one of those novels that I can rate pretty in favor but that I wasn't super into? We all have those moments in literature. It happens.
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Vivatera
Author  – Candace J. Thomas
Series  – Vivatera
Publication Date  –
Genre  – Fantasy
Type  – Part of Series

Rating  – 4 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
I have to be honest and share that this was difficult starting out. I felt like I was lost in the beginning and then started to feel confused on what was going on and what the back story was (especially with Reynolds and Taren
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Vivatera, part of the award-winning YA fantasy series of the same name, was previously published in 2013 to critical acclaim, but I have to admit I found it tough to get through from the very beginning. The worldbuilding and magic system weren't explained enough and left a lot to be desired, and no matter how hard I tried simple couldn't connect with the characters. There desperately needed to be more backstory, and although the premise was a great one with bucketloads of potential it fell flat ...more
Melinda Howard
First of all I'd like to thank Candace for hosting a give-away and fate for allowing me to be one of three lucky recipients. Everyone loves a free lunch especially if it's some of the best food they have ever tasted, so good they greedily gobbled it. This is how I feel about this book, one of a kind among a crowd of clones.

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Vivatera is an amazing (want for a better word) book. Naomi grew up under the guardianship of Malindra, sister to Jeanus. She lived contentedly until a magic user by the
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
How delightful. A mystery. That puts every possibility before you.

Naomi never knew her parents. She doesn't know where her scar came from or why does she have dreams that sometimes come true. But one day she crosses paths with a stranger that seems to carry all of the answers. He's just not willing to share them.

The writing style is very simple and easy to read, though during more action-packed scenes it gets a little chaotic. It sometimes can make a scene feel a bit jumbled,

May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For some reason, it took me a little longer than usual to get into this book. However, thinking back, after finishing the book, I don't know that it was the book's fault or just me having a super-weird (for me at least) lull, where I wanted to be lazy and watch TV before bed, instead of reading until I force myself to put the book down and stop reading (even though I usually convince myself "just one more chapter").

While it did take me a bit to start getting into this book, I definitely did get
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Confusing and slow paced, it picked up occasionally but mostly really slow going. I found it hard to connect to the main character and although I enjoyed parts I was largely disinterest. A real shame as sounded wonderful but not for me

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest review
Stacy Kersteter
This book seemed like it tried to come off as fast paced, but it was boring and seemed to drag on. I was really excited to read it from the beautiful cover and the description, but it fell flat. I love magic and secrets and finding out who you are but this book wasn't doing it for me. ...more
Heidi [Reviews by Lemon]
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019, arc-s
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.

ARC is provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Magic is different for everyone, and some are easier to communicate with. I’m curious about you, though. You puzzle me. I know you could be powerful if you had to, but your magic...” He trailed off, looking for the right words. “It’s so unfriendly.”

Vivatera is the debut novel of Candace J. Thomas, and it was published in 2010. It won the Diamond Award for Novel of the year.

When the prince arrives
Tiera McMillian
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: feb2019
2.5 stars rounded up here. Whew, this book is sitting on what I feel is a mountain of potential with the plot concept/premise. Unfortunately for me the way it was executed really put a damper on all that potential. The main problem, for me, is that all the backstory and world building actually occur at the end of the book, almost like an afterthought. Throughout most of the book I was agonizing over the lack of backstory and world building, thinking this must be a spin off of sorts.. I checked t ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Fantasy is my bread and butter. I love the stuff. So when I came across Vivatera, I was naturally excited to get stuck in. Magic! Adventure! Young adult romance!
After reading it… well. I didn’t hate this book, which it’s important to say right from the start. Not at all. But I didn’t really love it, either.
We’re introduced to Naomi, a girl who suddenly finds out that the birthmark on her neck actually means more than she ever thought it did; in fact, it marks her out as a magic-wielder. And that
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: good
I received an eARC through NetGalley. So I'm not 100% sure how much the ARC differs from the final product as Goodreads suggests the book is longer than the copy I received.

Overall I really enjoyed the story idea. Anything to do with magic and self-discovery is always right up my alley. However I also require a lot of depth to my characters, which I feel was a little lacking. Especially as this story is told from multiple view points.

At times there was a lot of detail about the surrounding are
Hayley L. Morgan
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way and the thoughts expressed are my own.

A new fantasy world set to take a unique look at magic. Naomi, a young girl with beautiful blonde hair, has always been different and not just because of her hair colour. Everyone is captivated by her and long to be close to her but her only friend is Zander. When Naomi sees another girl with the same star scar on her
Hannah | thebookwormsfeast
This book just dives straight in - I love that, rather than slowly building up the info needed. However, it then feels like it fails to ever make the information fully complete - there isn’t a whole lot of explanation that goes on, but I suppose that could be seen as reflective of the main character's, Naomi, lack of knowledge of both her past and the magic she possesses.

The writing is atmospheric, and I love how the dream sequences are written. But the characters themselves don’t seem to be ve
Jan 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to reading this book. The plot sounded exciting and different to anything I'd read before, however it just didn't live up to the expectations I had.

I felt like the I'd been thrown into the middle of the book as soon as I started. The characters were all vague with no real backstory. There was no world building, no depth. I didn't particularly enjoy the writing style either. It was as if there were a million ideas and all noted down in the order events were due to ta
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Vivatera had an intriguing synopsis. The actual story, however, fell flat. The story is the death of the king and his daughters have magic that could save the kingdom. The character Naomi meets this guy for ten minutes then takes off with him and falls for him and etc. Yes, I completely trust any man I've spoken to for at least ten minutes. Seriously? Just not believable enough for me. The story could have been great if it were more put together. Unfortunately, I had no connection with this stor ...more
Ritika Gupta
I thought this was a good premise. The cover is definitely very very interesting, hence the reason I picked it up. The books got better as I read, but still I had trouble finishing it. The pace is a little slow for my liking, but the setting is good. More than halfway through the book, I still wasnt sure about the magic concept that were spoken about in the book and that definitely put me off.

I received an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
DNF @ much as I tried, I just couldn’t get into this story. The complexity of the characters and how the author jumps around left me confused as to who was whom and where the story was going.

A huge fan of fantasy, I am disappointed this one didn’t get more than just love for the cover...

Thank you, Netgalley, for offering up this title for review.
Kari Marie
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just did not care for the characters. I honestly cannot even remember this book. I finished it a couple weeks ago. I read the description and it did not ring any bells.

Thank you to NetGalley for a free copy. This was an honest review.
krystina beck
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I just couldn’t get into it. I felt like it was missing details and was kind of jumping.
Daniela Zekotic
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This book took me a little longer to read than I've wanted to. It started off promising, with introducing our, in my opinion, three main characters, Naomi, Zander and Reynold. Naomi grew up under the guardianship of Malindra, thinking she was just a normal girl. The day Malindra got killed my a magic user, Naomi went to live with a farmer and his son Zander. One day as the two of them were selling meat at the local market, a parade crossed through with the Crown Prince and a mysterious woman who ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers, World building enthusiasts
Recommended to Desiree by: Won from First reads
Shelves: first-reads
Actual rating three and a half stars

In short The Vivatera is the story of a girl named Naomi discovering the mystery that is herself in a mythical world full of people and creatures which may or may not be trying to help her. She is a mystery to herself and most others with an unfortunate past, a shaky present and a very unknown future.
This was a very intricate story with a ton of characters. It took me much longer than it should have to read. This was mainly due to the fact that every couple of
Sadik Uddin
It’s a dumping ground for residual magic. It has mutated the animals that live inside into hideous creatures and other things. I’d rather not have them following us.

Magic, adventure, and something dark are all things one might expect to follow reading such a quotation. Sure enough, Candace J. Thomas does not disappoint, and readers are left scurrying after Naomi Bucklingdown, the protagonist of Vivatera, as kicks it off with her running for her life.

However, we are not only following Nao
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I read on my new Kindle - yay! I still like the satisfaction of turning pages & watching my bookmark move, but it was so nice to read it while I was on the treadmill - and have it fit in my purse. I also loved to just highlight a word & get the definition.
Okay - so enough about my kindle. The book was REALLY good. It's been a LONG time since I've read a book that was that intricate. So many characters & things going on. I don't read a lot of fantasy, but it was truly enj
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I liked this story and the characters. There were a lot of new approaches to magic and the fantasy genre. I know some other reviewers have said they struggled with the beginning and getting into the story, but I liked the fact that I didn't know what was going on, just like the main character. I liked how the story unfolded and that the reader learned about this fantasy world as Naomi, the main character learned about it. I also liked that the book didn't end with all the questions an ...more
Janene Farrelly
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Vivatera is book one about Naomi Everstar and the magic she and her family possess. I found there were times when I was confused about the intricacies of the magic but that was soon cleared up. The worlds are full of life and the characters are all unique and interesting. This is an excellent example of young adult adventure. Well worth reading.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Name: Vivatera
Author: Candace Thomas
Pages: 356
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fantasy

People of Color: People with non-white skin are included, but many of these are humanoid people with deep ties to the earth or magic
Bechdel Test: A hesitant pass. There are women who do things other than support men but love interests reign supreme. The dominant female character trope is "damsel in distress."
Trigger Warning: Naomi does have a stalker for part of the book.

I received a
Little Bad Books
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This book follows the main character Naomi who unbeknownst to herself has magical abilities. Ripped apart from an adoptive mother, Malindra, she lives on a pig farm and is close to the abusive farmer's son, Zander, who is plagued by a stutter. Early on, Naomi is whisked away by a secretive Reynold while she is watching a royal procession where the prince and a woman with the same matching scar are paraded through the streets of the city. Guards take Zander and Naomi is "saved" by Reynold. Reynol ...more
Sanya Salehi
(ARC received in exchange for a truthful review)

“The strange mutant creatures had been altered through time and magic, with large teeth and strange white eyes, big and bug like. The fur left on them was patchy and gray; the rest of the body covered with red scales.”

Vivaterra was like a roller coaster where once you get to the top there is no drop. Now, don’t get me wrong, I would not classify this as a “bad book,” just not up to par with any of the fantasy adventure books that I enjoy.

Let’s go
Nikita Angeles
Feb 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Vivatera is a young adult fantasy about Naomi, a young orphaned girl with no insight to who she truly is, her self-discovery, her magic and her importance to the world.

The premise is so, so promising.

And in some respects, it pays off. The magic is interesting, somewhat unique and beautifully described at times. Almost sentient, playful or moody things inside the wielders. The world building in places is full and interesting as well. There are a lot of intriguing mysteries laid out that pull you
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Candace is the author of the Vivatera Series and Vampire-ish: A Hypochondriac's Tale. Her debut novel, Vivatera, won the Diamond Award for Novel of the Year, presented by the League of Utah Writers.

Candace is a promoter of creativity and an advocate for imagination. When not building worlds or reading about them, Candace can be found eating Count Chocula by the handful and wishing there were more

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