Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Blog Tour: AZURE by Chrystalla Thoma

AZURE: Drowning In You
Author: Chrystalla Thoma
Publicaton date: September 2nd, 2013
Publisher: - 
Number of pages: 220
Date read: November , 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance
Source: ARC from Itching For Books Tours
Format: Ebook
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(Description source: Goodreads)

A terrible mistake haunts college student Olivia Spencer. To escape the past, she travels to the Mediterranean island of Crete, hoping for the courage to start anew.

By the sea, she meets sexy and enigmatic Kai. But there’s more to Kai than meets the eye — and nobody wants to talk about it. The locals shun him, accusing him of magic. Kai, apparently, belongs to the sea, no matter how crazy that sounds. 

Kai isn’t free to be with her or live his own life, and this is how he will stay, unless Olivia can break his curse and save him — in doing so atoning for those she failed in the past.

NEW ADULT ROMANCE. Contains mature content. Ages 17+

AZURE (Drowning In You) is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhanger.


The only New Adult novels I have read have been solely contemporary reads, so Azure was a very different New Adult experience, and the best I could have had branching into paranormal New Adult!

Olivia is vacationing in Crete with her friends Kirsten and Markus, and basically trying to forget her past for a while. Crete seems like an amazing escape: sunshine, gorgeous beaches, and an even more gorgeous boy, Kai.

Kai is different and gorgeous but feared and and prejudiced against by the locals, who accuse him of something that seems impossible to Olivia - magic.

Olivia is determined to learn the truth about Kai, what happened in his past to make him the way he is, why he is accused of magic and who he really is.
One answer she receives is that Kai belongs to the sea, he is cursed, and he can never be free so long as the curse is in place - Kai needs saving and Olivia has her mind set on being the one to do it, but will she be able to make up for a tragic mistake from her past?

Olivia is low on self-confidence, but full of determination, she is flawed and scared, however she doesn't let her fears or her flaws determine how she will act. Despite taking a long while to accept somethings - especially about herself - she does her best to accept others for how they really are and do what she can to make them happy.

Kai is mysterious and has so much going on, he is hot and cold at times in behaviour, but constantly smoldering in the looks department. Mystery, tragedy and seemingly magical binding surround him. He really is adorable in the way he treats Olivia when he's being himself - seriously, I want one of him for myself - he will have a smile stuck on your face as you swoon.

The magic in Azure straddles the line between being crazy superstition and real magic, written in a way that  keeps you wondering and curious. The characters have, each, a lot of hurdles in their paths, both magical and real. This novel contains tragedy, secrets, revelations, love and acceptance.

Olivia and Kai's relationship is full of overcoming obstacles, learning hard truths and accepting another person's flaws, their past and their true self.
Readers will be very happy indeed with the level of sexiness to be found in Azure, scorching hot but always tempered realistically with character reactions and conversations.

Chrystalla Thoma en-captures the magic that the ocean can hold as well as the magic of love, while writing in all different kinds of relationships people may have. I really admired the way Kirsten treated Olivia.
I love, love, love, LOVED the ending, it was seriously the most perfect way this novel could have ended.

Such an interesting novel, full of intrigue, mystery and magic, Azure is captivating - completely and utterly!

I rate Azure Five out of Five!!!


Greek Cypriot with a penchant for dark myths and good food. Chrystalla Thoma has proven her tendency to settle down anywhere but at home by having lived and studied in France, England, Germany and Costa Rica, before returning to Cyprus two years ago.

Chrystalla likes to write about fantastical creatures, crazy adventures, and family bonds. She lives in Cyprus with her husband and her vast herds of books. She's currently working on a few novels, including a vampire novel set in Cyprus, an epic fantasy trilogy, and a YA science fiction series.


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