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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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,
While it did take me a bit to start getting into this book, I definitely did get ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The writing is atmospheric, and I love how the dream sequences are written. But the characters themselves don’t seem to be ve ...more
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 ...more
I received an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Thank you to NetGalley for a free copy. This was an honest review.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Author: Candace Thomas
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more