My author tour and catching up and staying with friends in areas of unreliable internet access has resulted in a long delay in posting recent blogs… BUT I just had to share with you my latest reviews. As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Marianne de Pierres’ Night Creatures trilogy. If you haven’t read Burnt Bright (book one in this evocative series), then click over to Amazon or sprint to your nearest bookstore/library for a copy!
So it filled me with delight this morning to read an awesome review of my book from the gorgeous Belinda, whom I met at SupaNova in Brisbane last month. Bel is a delightful lady and has read my book and written her review HERE. Thanks, Bel, for your lovely review.
As an extra bonus, Escape Club staffer Bec Stafford has interviewed me, “the newly minted author”, and you can read our Q&A HERE.
Finally, for a tasty bite of The Blood She Betrayed, do visit Damyanti’s Amlokiblogs for an extract of Chapter 2 of The Blood She Betrayed. Of course I want to meet a warrior princess, especially if it’s Shahkara!
Young Adult readers are raving about my debut novel, The Blood She Betrayed, but it’s a lot more daunting when critics review your book, especially those not familiar with my genre.
Fortunately, I was delighted to receive a promising review from Bundaberg NewsMail Editor Christina Ongley (now on maternity leave) for my first Hearts Hunters novel.
Ongley writes: “With The Blood She Betrayed, former journalist and debut author Cheryse Durrant has created a book bursting with complex and likeable characters as she deftly fuses modern-day and centuries-old worlds in a classic good-versus-evil action story.
“Durrant brings us the story of Shahkara, a warrior princess from another world who travels to Earth to carry out a mission to destroy the evil Taloners, the long-time enemy of her people. To do this, she needs to find the magical Elnara death lantern but must rely on a handful of strangers to help her, in particular young Max McCalden, a teenager who shows a lack of commitment and focus towards just about every other facet of his life.
“As Shahkara and Max navigate a series of life-threatening challenges on their quest, she is constantly torn between her need to protect the seemingly hapless young man and her dangerous attraction to him – for it is the raw human heart that fuels the strength of the Taloners and she, a half-Taloner herself, is not immune to this deadly desire.
“The book is not without its lighter moments as Shahkara’s old-world language and her efforts to grapple with modern technology bring regular amusement, but at the heart of this story is her steely resolve to carry out her mission to destroy, regardless of the huge personal cost she risks.
“As the plot continues to thicken and delve into unexpected territories, readers will constantly be plagued by one question: who can Max and Shahkara really trust, including each other? Seeking the answer to that will make readers hungrily turn the pages of this novel as Durrant peels away the layers to reveal a tantalising climax.” – Christina Ongley, Bundaberg NewsMail
Thank you, Christina, for reviewing my book, and for your lovely words. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my next media reviewer is as kind. No emerging author can taste success without receiving contrary and often negative reviews, even the world’s greatest authors receive those, but I’m hoping I’ll have a few more positive ones in the bag before the bigger critics cut me down to size.
PS: Thanks to the NewsMail and photographer Max Fleet for this lovely photograph of Christina Ongley.
Even better, Booknut devised the best tagline I’d heard in months: “Taloners may eat your heart but humans can steal it.” This line truly captures the extreme dangers that Shahkara faces, both physical and emotional, on her journey.
The review, which you can read here, was beautifully crafted and one can tell that Booknut is a talented wordsmith and reviewer who will one day, most likely, forge her own career from ink, paper and iPads. Booknut has both a layered and polished writing style. Brilliant.
Reading reviews of my book is still a novelty for me. What strikes me the most is how beautifully other readers can capture the magic of my story – but using their own words and their own voice. Seeing them repackage the details of my novel is truly delightful – and fascinating.
Here are a couple of more teasers from Booknut’s review:
“Brawls, wicked intentions, romance, destiny and magic collide in a novel that is sure to have you hooked until the very last word.”
“With effortless humour, vivid detail and a cast of relateable characters, The Blood She Betrayed is a refreshing change from your usual YA fiction, reshaping myths and creating worlds that will entice and engage readers across the world.”