Saturday, March 22, 2014

Blog Tour: Desecration: The Wizard Queen at Sixteen by Hadley Holt




  Synopsis:

In a hidden world of wizards where only men hold the power of magic, one girl arises with the power to change everything, if she isn’t killed first…

Adriana Victoriana Evangelista (Addie), daughter to the High Chancellor of the Wizard’s Council, has always been the perfect wizard girl. She never questions why men possess magical powers and women have no power at all, magical or otherwise. Male wizards blend into the modern human world, leading huge corporations while wizard women are sequestered away.  

On her sixteenth birthday, Addie discovers she possesses magic. Under wizard law, she is a desecration. An ancient prophecy surrounds the emergence of a girl magic-wielder, the wizard queen, who is destined to bring about the downfall of the wizard-kin.

Addie has long had a forbidden crush on a human boy who lives in the wizard stronghold, Rory Devlin. As she delves deeper into the dangerous mysteries surrounding her own destiny, she suspects Rory might be more than just human.

Addie’s fate sends her straight into the path of a powerful and evil sorcerer, but the worst danger of all may come from right inside her own home.
My Review:
Initial Thoughts: What a truly and amazingly well written book. Everything was developed so well that I was literally hooked from the first sentence. The story was perfect and I loved everything about it.  
The Characters: There's Addie, her best friend Izzy, Hugo, and Rory. Addie is an awesome character. She's sixteen and has always followed her place in the wizard society but on her sixteenth birthday she gets powers which girls aren't supposed to have and everything goes haywire from there. Izzy is an awesome best friend to Addie. She's funny and full of life. Hugo is also amazing. He cares for his friends so much and all of their friendship feels so real and true when reading the book. Now Rory is a human who lives with this wizard family and I liked him from the start (so does Addie apparently!) and as the story goes on, you learn more and more about why he is a part of everything and his heritage as well. 
The Story: It's Addie and her twin's brother sixteenth birthday and it isn't a very good one for Addie. First she gets powers which doesn't happen and later that day, she gets a rare familiar (an animal that chooses a wizard to be with for the rest of their life and communicates with them and helps to boost their powers). And since familiars only choose wizards, it only confirms that Addie is one. But she pretends it's a fluke because of her brother. But Hugo, Izzy, and Rory know she has powers and Hugo starts to teach her how to use it. Addie also has the ability to see a person's magic color which is helpful and dangerous because it allows her to see sorcerers who are evil wizards. But as the story goes along, more secrets are uncovered and discoveries are made about Rory and other wizards and just their world and war in general. The whole story was full of action and the characters changed for better or for worse. Addie definitely changed and become a stronger person about her role that she would play and that was a great thing to see. Some characters obviously fell in love and I definitely approve of Addie and Rory together. I also think Izzy and Hugo would be cute but I don't know how things are going to work out because in their society, there are arranged marriages and no way out, so I definitely am looking forward for the next book!
End Thoughts: I think this is one of the best YA books I've ever read. It was clean, enticing, engaging, and an all around great book. I'd recommend it to anyone! 5 stars!!


Hadley Holt Bio:

Hadley Holt, author of paranormal, and fantasy YA (Young Adult) has always loved to write. She also nurtures an incurable fascination with all things supernatural and fantastical. From a young age, she imagined stories about dragons, wizards, witches, ghosts, shape-shifters, vampires, and other magical creatures. As life often does, it blessed Hadley with family - a hunky husband and amazing children, and with family came a rewarding career. Hadley spent many years in the not-so-magical world of finance and mortgage banking, but the stories were always there in the back of her mind, demanding to be set free. 

Thanks to the housing market crash, Hadley finally realized her dreams. She now breathes life into her magical tales of reluctant young heroes finding their inner power to stand up against terrible creatures and even more terrible odds.

 Please visit me at HadleyHolt.com! 

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