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Saturday, October 8, 2011

SAVOR BLOG TOUR: REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

I'm so excited to be a part of the Savor Blog Tour and to be able to bring this book to all of you. Below you will find my review and a giveaway with 3 potential lucky winners! Be sure to stop by Megan Duncan's Blog to see the whole blog tour schedule and to enter Megan's own month long giveaway.

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Savor (Warm Delicacy #1)




When Claire Miller turned eighteen all she wanted to do was celebrate her birthday, but after a night on the town with her best friend she awakes to a visitor she never expected. The rulers of her region, a vampire royal family, have chosen her to be turned as their new heir and vampire princess. Claire quickly discovers the royal family is not what they seem and that she has secrets in her past, she never knew existed.
My Review

(there are very slight spoilers of the romantic kind and this paragraph will be marked with a ***)

Vampires are everywhere these days- in books, on tv, in the movies-so much so, that for a paranormal novel about vampires to standout amongst its peers it must truly be fresh, original, and captivating. Megan Duncan’s Savor is all these things. Savor is an edgy, sexy, fast paced, exceptionally well written vampire novel.

Claire is a normal 18 year old girl living in a world where vampires rule. Humans are required to get their blood tested once they come of age and donate blood monthly in order to sustain their rulers. The day after Claire turns 18 she learns that because of her perfect blood the royal vampire king and queen wish to turn her and make her their new daughter and future heir. Claire is quickly whisked away to the Royal home and a brand new life. Claire’s new life comes with new abilities, new responsibilities, the kind of family she always wanted, and complicated romances. The more Claire learns about her new family and about herself, the more she begins to question everything.

Savor starts off a bit slow in the first two chapters, but quickly finds its pace and flow, and by the 5th chapter I found myself completely engrossed in Duncan’s words. Duncan has created a fresh twist on the world of vampires and filled that world with entertaining characters, a captivating storyline and some complicated, fun romance.

I haven’t come across too many stories that, for the most part, do not depict their vampires as the dangerous bad guys, but instead as the revered, and even adored, saviors and leaders, as Duncan has in the beginning of this book. I found this twist quite refreshing, yet at the same time I worried at first that this would take away all the dark edginess that vampires are so well known for. But the more I delved into this book, the more layered and less black and white Duncan’s vampire world became, which I think gives it not only a refreshing paranormal quality, but also a gritty, refreshing realism as well. No matter how fantastical or supernatural Duncan’s characters or situations may be in this book, there is always an underlying sense of relatablity.

The characters are a lot of fun to get to know; I enjoyed meeting them and seeing them develop throughout the novel. Claire is a realistic and relatable teenage character. There are moments where I loved her sharp wit, her stubbornness, and her refusal to take crap from anybody, but there are also moments when I wanted to roll my eyes at her, yell at her, and even smack some sense into her. Robin, a fellow vampire who quickly becomes Claire’s BFF, was very easy to like; I found her upbeat optimism and silly humor to be infectious and I always looked forward to her appearances. Ana, another fellow royal vampire who hates Claire, is nasty and vindictive in the most enrapturing way; she’s a lot of fun to love to hate.

***Then there are Claire’s two romantic interests- Dmitry and Arrick. These two guys are both sexy, enticing, and swoon-worthy in their own unique ways. I think readers will be just as enchanted and conflicted by these two as Claire is. I can already predict a Team Dmitry vs Team Arrick battle amongst readers…and yes, this reviewer has already chosen her team, but I’m not telling! The romance and chemistry between Claire and each of these two guys really sizzles. Duncan describes every touch and look in such a delicious, shiver inducing way that I found myself anxiously longing for each guy to appear in every scene. And in case you’re wondering, in my fanciful head Dmitry looks like Ian Somerholder and Arrick looks like Jensen Ackles.***

I really liked how vivid the imagery in this book is. Duncan’s attention to detail and her complete descriptions made it very easy to picture the palatial royal house in my head, or imagine the velvety feel of a dress or the taste of warm blood sliding down my throat.

The last few chapters through to the end left me breathless. Duncan ends the book with plenty of surprising twists and turns and questions that have me very excited and anxious for the next book in the Warm Delicacy Series. Overall, I found Savor to be quite the delectable read and I think anyone who is looking for a unique vampire paranormal-romance will want to take a bite outta this book!

My Rating
4 Cupcakes

I received an ebook review copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review

The Giveaway!
Megan is offering 3 prizes to three lucky winners:
1st Place = A signed paperback copy of Savor
2nd Place = A free Kindle eBook copy of Savor
3rd Place = A Savor and Released Bookmark

GIVEAWAY ENDS 10/14 AT 11:59 PM est

TO ENTER SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS. ALSO PLEASE INDICATE WHETHER OR NOT YOU'D BE WILLING TO ACCEPT AN EBOOK IF YOU WIN PRIZE #2.

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-Winners will be chosen using random.org
-All winners will be notified by email and must reply back within 48 hours claiming their prize or new winners will be selected.
-Word Spelunking is not responsible for lost or damaged prizes, as they are being shipped to you from another party.

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!
Winners have been chosen and emailed!
Thanks to everyone who entered!

Didn't win? Visit my Giveaways page to enter the 3 other giveaways happening now




25 comments:

Kathy Ann Coleman said...

This book sounds totally fabulous and I would love to win. Good luck, everybody!

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Unabridged Bookshelf said...

I would love to win, and I can accept a kindle book.


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Ishita aka Fishy said...

I would love to win! hopefully i win the paper copy since i dont have an e-reader :D

thanks !

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on twitter:http://twitter.com/#!/HeyItsFishy/status/123440091275345921

Julie said...

I've been wanting to read this book, so thanks a bunch for the chance to win a copy of my own!! I would happily accept a Kindle book if I won the 2nd prize:)
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Julie said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/jwitt33/status/123518374968954880

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Julie said...

I posted on FB: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=286797834671622&id=100001778530408

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Ishita aka Fishy said...

i tweeted ! http://twitter.com/#!/HeyItsFishy/status/123969346656669696

Ishita aka Fishy said...

Facebooked ! http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=229768050415254&id=235032036548495

Ishita aka Fishy said...

on my blog sidebar...on the bottom right.. labeled savor giveaway

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Ishita aka Fishy said...

Goodreads it lol :

http://www.goodreads.com/user_status/show/8745482

Ishita aka Fishy said...

I tweeted again ! http://twitter.com/HeyItsFishy/status/124271595639422976

Ishita aka Fishy said...

Sorry the link didnt paste right ! here is the real tweet ! http://twitter.com/#!/HeyItsFishy/status/124271595639422976

Ishita aka Fishy said...

I also re-goodreads it ! http://www.goodreads.com/user_status/show/8760258

Ishita aka Fishy said...

Shared on a different FB page :D http://www.facebook.com/groups/245132875517181/?id=270606932969775

Cherry said...

Sounds likes great book! I don't own a kindle so I won't be able to receive the ebook if I win #2

Vivian Mah
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Cherry said...

Tweeted here--> https://twitter.com/v97_/status/124340968529997825

Vivian Mah
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Cherry said...

Posted on FB here--> http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=202875833117371&id=100001848671655

Vivian Mah
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Ishita aka Fishy said...

I tweeted ! again ! http://twitter.com/#!/HeyItsFishy/status/124342070285582336

Ishita aka Fishy said...

my tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/HeyItsFishy/status/124669579480940544

Ishita aka Fishy said...

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=234607239926824&id=235032036548495

Ishita aka Fishy said...

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user_status/show/8780398

Ishita aka Fishy said...

I tweeted again !

http://twitter.com/#!/HeyItsFishy/status/124995319896350721

Ishita aka Fishy said...

And Good Reads it !

http://www.goodreads.com/user_status/show/8794842

NJchic said...

willing to accept ebook,Thanks!!

DenayaM28 at gmail dot com

T.B. said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Savor sounds great! I would also be willing to accept an e-book, but only in epub or pdf format.

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