Saturday, October 22, 2011

Blog Tour // Review & Giveaway: The Legacy of Kilkenny by Devyn Dawson

Today I have another great blog tour for you guys! I've got a review of Devyn Dawson's new book The Legacy of Kilkenny! This tour was put together by Bewitching Book Tours.

Book: The Legacy of Kilkenny by Devyn Dawson
Genre: Urban Fantasy  / Young Adult
Buy A Copy: Amazon | Barnes  & Noble | Smashwords
Available Formats: Ebook
Publication Date: June 11th, 2011
First Sentence: "Whoever came up with alarm clocks should be shot in the foot, and shot again in the knee and maybe even the arm just for good measure."
How Did I Get This Book: Blog Tour / Bewitching Book Tours
Description: The Legacy of Kilkenny is the story of Abel Casey, an ordinary boy until the stunning Pru Phelan came to town and introduced him to his destiny. Pru had a vision that the Great Wolf was born and he can be found in Piedsville, Oklahoma and his name is Abel Casey. Pru's main assignment? To kill Abel... at least make his family believe he is dead. The Great Wolf is expected to become the leader of all packs. As Abel starts training he begins to have abilities of a werewolf, he hasn't shifted and he doesn't want his family to believe he is dead. Will he be able to convince the pack that he can protect his family. Just when everything seems to be going okay, Abel's sister Allie meets a new guy named Arien. Arien isn't any guy, he is a vampire and he knows the Phelan pack has found the Great Wolf, he wants to know who it is and he is threatening to turn Allie into a vampire if they don't tell him who it is. Allie is already moody, will she contract the Human Vampiric Virus (HVV)? Abel wants a relationship with Pru, but she only has eyes for her bodyguard Oakley. The story will have you cheering for the good guy.... hating the bad guy... dream of the sexy werewolves and love to hate the vampire Arien. The multiple scenarios may be too much to bear for our newly unshifted werewolf Abel, can he save his sister? Will he find love? Will Pru be able to fulfill her assignment? Will Allie become a vampire? Who will be brutally murdered? Enjoy this page turning supernatural story.

The Legacy of Kilkenny is the first book in a new series by Devyn Dawson.

I will be honest, I had a difficult time getting into the storyline. The narrative switches on and off between Pru and Abel, which presented a bit of a problem for me. It’s not that it was done poorly, I just preferred Pru’s POV to Abel’s. I found myself hastily reading his sections in order to get to Pru’s.

I cannot exactly say why I didn’t connect with Abel; I just know that for me, Pru was the stronger character. Her voice is both strong and compelling, and her storyline was more intriguing to me. I loved discovering her relationship with Oakley – one of her pack werewolves. Their relationship was definitely the highlight of the story for me. I found that it sort of overshadowed the rest of the plot for me; I found myself seeking out their scenes together.

In The Legacy of Kilkenny, Dawson introduces a number of different plotlines that I hope will be explored in the future. She spends a lot of time and effort constructing the dynamics of the pack, which is something I really enjoyed. I think that it provides a great structure and is something that can be built off from. I also hope that she explores the shaman aspect more in future books; I feel like that had a great deal of potential.

The Legacy of Kilkenny holds a great deal of potential. Although it has some kinks to work out, it is a good series opener. Like I stated before, the relationship between Pru and Oakley was my favorite aspect and I would definitely love to see more of them in the future.

 Favorite Quotes
I would think of Elmo when he was around, nothing like a red furry cute-as-hell monster to cover up your attraction.
He whispers to the top of my head. "You have no idea what you do to me."

About the Author:
My name is Stefanie Dawson but you might know me better as Devyn Dawson.  I decided to use a pen name since there is a famous Stephenie that writes the same genre.  I didn’t want to be “oh, you’re not THAT Stephenie” - sad but true.  The characters in my head have been bugging me to be heard for a few years, after a big kick in the butt from a doctor telling me my eyesight was in danger; I flipped out.  I quit my real job making real money and wrote like a lunatic to bring my characters to life.  My husband and son survived on ‘man food’ for a year and allowed me to chase this dream.  I have two children that aren’t so little - my lovely daughter is 21 and my son is 17.  They grow up fast!  I’ll never grow up as long as the characters want to be written about.  I am proud to say that my eyes are doing fine and I’m eternally grateful to everyone that has read The Legacy of Kilkenny.  It is incredibly wonderful when someone emails me to tell me how much they loved my book.  I save every email so I can look at them when I want to give up.  Thank you to all my Lovies! 

My current projects are going very well and should be finished soon.  The second book to The Legacy of Kilkenny is Malevolence and will be released at the end of November 2011.  I’ve received a lot of emails asking to know more about Allie, Abel’s sister.  Allie is a character in TLOK, and her journal that documents her journey as she dates a vampire will be released October 2011 as a novella.  Allie is an unstable girl once vampire venom runs through her veins; her journal will give the reader an inside view to her life.  The title of the novella is The Seduction
Again, thank you!

Now, for the giveaways :) Devyn was kind enough to offer one lucky reader an ebook copy of The Legacy of Kilkenny. All you have to do is fill out the form below. The giveaway will end on Oct 31st.


devyndawson said...

The comment from Oakley whispering to Pru makes my heart pitter patter - it is one of my favorites too!

Thank you for the honest review. My novelette about Allie will be out next week. It is her diary and will give you insight to Arien.

Setting the stage for the characters is what the first book is about. I think everyone will be delighted with Abel's growth in Malevolence. As a little teaser for you, since you liked Pru & Oakley... she has a new bodyguard Gus and they are in Paris with her mom. Oh it is a wild ride with demons, dream walking, witches and four deaths.

Thank you for everything.

Sophia Rose said...

I am unfamiliar with this book, but I like the premise and plot.

Thanks for posting the review and the giveaway opportunity.

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