Monday, December 31

Ward Against Death blog tour & Scavenger Hunt

I am so excited to be part of this blog tour. This also will be the last blog post of me (Lolita) on this blog. After this you can find me on Lola's Reviews. I hope you follow me there!

Okay enough about me, more about the blog tour. Today is the first day of this blog tour and it will be not only a blog tour, but also a Scavenger Hunt. This means that on every stop there is a word in the part of the chapter that is posted that is red and if you give this word as a response to the question in the rafflecopter you get an extra entry. So make sure you visit all the stops and read the chapters to participate in the scavenger hunt! Have fun!

Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #1)
 by MelanieCard

Twenty-year-old Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is. But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her. However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive…
My Review:
I really liked the idea behind this book and i think the idea behind the story is really original. I really enjoyed the first part of the story, but somewhere along the way my interest in the story lessened.

The book is about a necromancer (something I don't read about that often)who revives someone from the death and decides her help find her murderer. I really was pulled into the story and wanted to know what was going to happen. After a while it just seemed like the character were running in circles and nothing really happened for a while, the characters made some stupid chooses and then the ending was action packed again. I just expected something more, the mystery about her death was easy to solve, but the characters just didn't seem able to figure it out.

The characters were likeable, I especially liked Ward and his naivity and clumsiness. He was a really enjoyable character and I liked him with all his flaws, it made him seem like a real character. I also liked Celia, although she was a bit too much of the stereotype assassin. And some times she really acted like an awesome assassin, but at other times she acted really dumb. Also I think that the characters made some stupid mistakes and I hated the fact that if they only just talked about things, they would've actually solved anything. Also sometimes it was just too much thinking about things and i got confused because of it.

There was enough basis for the world building, but sadly enough the author didn't really focus on it. It was obvious from many prhases that the author did think about the world building, but too little was actually explained and I felt like I missed an important part of the story.

At the end of the book there are still many things that aren't resolved and the ending felt a bit abrupt. You are left quessing what will happen next.

To conclude: the book started out really good and I liked the characters, but eventualy I lost my interest and got annoyed at the stupid descisions the characters made. There was hinted at world building, but there wasn't enough explanation to really get what was going on.


You can find this book here:
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As part of this blog tour there will be something special on every day. Today I will chare with you the first part of chapter of this awesome book.
Chapter 1 Part 1
Even in death, Celia Carlyle was beautiful. Sculpted features framed by a pool of blue-black hair gave her an unearthly appearance. Her long eyelashes rested dark against skin that was likely pale before death. Ward gripped his physician’s bag with both hands, but they kept trembling. He could wake her. He had to. He’d spent his last quintaro this morning, and while his room was paid for ten more days, he still needed to eat. And there was no way he was going home to face his family as a failure twice. Sweat dripped from his jaw, and the copper-rimmed spectacles he wore to make him look older than his twenty years slid down his nose. He tugged on his red velvet physician’s jacket and brushed a quick hand along his hairline to ensure his curled and powdered wig was straight. Despite the slight breeze blowing in from the open windows, Brawenal City’s summer nights were too hot for such things, but he had an appearance to maintain and a job to do. He sucked in a quick breath. An important job. One that could establish his fledgling career. If he just focused on the details, turned the situation into an intellectual problem, he might be able to forget her father waited across the hall. He concentrated on the young woman swathed in silk sheets on a monstrous canopy bed. How heartbreaking that someone his age could fall sick and die. Because of her beauty, her death must have been an emotional, political, and possibly financial blow to the family. In his summons, her father, Lord Carlyle, said she had died of a sudden illness. But there was no abnormal discoloration on her cheeks or around her eyes, nor any dried mucus around her lips or nose, which would have suggested an imbalance of her yellow bile. There were so few clues to this fascinating puzzle. Ward set his bag at her feet and reached out to push back an eyelid. No. Stupid.

And book 2 Ward Against Darkness(Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #2) is coming out in June 2013!
The last thing Ward de'Ath wants is more trouble. On the run from both the law and the criminal underworld, Ward and Celia flee Brawenal City only to stumble into the mansion of a powerful evil necromancer. And when Ward discovers the man possesses a dangerous grimoire, his duty leaves him no choice. He can't allow the necromancer to keep the grimoire. But the mansion is filled with monsters--human and undead--and Ward has no way of telling who's friend or foe. The only person he can trust is Celia who dominates more of his thoughts and feelings everyday. But there are still laws in the way of anything but friendship. She's still dead and he's still alive . . . for now.

You can find book 2 on:
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Now a bit more about the author, Melanie: 
I have always been drawn to storytelling. In fact, I can't remember a time when I wasn't telling a story in my head or on paper. In grade school, we had journal writing time which I turned into story telling time, weaving tales of magic and adventure that mimicked the fairy tales and myths that I loved to read. It was there, with the help of two very special teachers, that I nurtured this love and started my journey as a writer. I write fantasy, paranormal romance, and everything in between, seasoned with a good dash of adventure and mystery. Join me on my tales of magic, adventure, and romance.

Where you can find her:
Website: Twitter:

There is a tour wide giveaway. The winner will win a Ward Against Death Prize Pack. This includes: A Signed copy of Ward Against Death, A Mug, A tote bag, 9 copies of the eBook of Ward Against Deat. Want to win? Enter the rafflecopter below:
 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check here the rest of the Tour Schedule: 
12/31 K-Books Ch 1 part
1 1/1 Tynga's Reviews Review
1/1 Fiktshun Ch 1 part 2
1/3 Always YA At Heart Review
1/4 Bibliophilia Please Ch 1 part 3
1/7 Refracted Light Q&A with Celila and Ward
1/8 Chapter by Chapter Ch 1 part 4
1/9 Book Briefs Ch 1 part 5
1/10 Rants & Scribbles Review
1/11 My Life With Books Ch 1 part 6

Don't forget to check out the other stops and participate in the scavenger hunt!


  1. This sounds like something I'll like, I'll have to check it out. :)

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! Scavenger hunt sounds like fun!

  3. Yeah I agree the scavenger hunt is a fun idea!

  4. Thanks for the giveaway. This seems like a book to check out. :)

  5. My name is Nago by the way. I don't know why it chose the wrong profile. :P

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