Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Book Review: Azure by Chrystalla Thoma

Title: Azure
Author: Chrystalla Thoma
Publication: September 2, 2013
Rating: 5/5
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SYNOPSIS: 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.

REVIEW: This book is a great summer read for all of those who enjoy bringing a book to the beach. With a fresh plot, Azure is well written and unique.

The mystery and allure of Kai and the ocean leads the reader to keep reading to the very end but the amazing mix of history, local lore, and poetry come together to make the book whole.

The Shakespeare quotes are of course great...The man was a genius with words after all...but the lines of the fictional Myra Crow put a fresh and modern perspective on them. I would love to get my hands on a Myra Crow book of poetry, fictional or not. 

As for the history and lore, they really help to bring the book together. Kai, is gorgeous and yet mysterious with such a beautiful, yet damaged soul. The locals shun him, spit at him, and insult him and Olivia, a vacationer, healing from tragedy and heartache, can't seem to figure out why. 

Olivia makes it her goal to find out more about the intriguing Kai and help him if she can but what she finds out about him makes her question all that she knows to be true and yet she can't help but to believe him and to fall in love with him. 

But can Olivia free him from his ties to the ocean?

Azure is a beautiful book and I recommend it to all. 

**Azure was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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