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Friday, August 1, 2014

Blog Tour Review & $25 Giveaway: Son of War, Daughter of Chaos by Janette Rallison

Son of War Daughter of Chaos Blog Tour

Son of War, Daughter of Chaos by Janette Rallison
Publication Date: July 2, 2014
Self Published
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 326
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Aislynn is accustomed to watching for the enemy. Her parents instructed her from the time she was young to look for the signs: people with greater than normal strength, eyes that can glow green, and have the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has come to view her parents’ fears as quirks—things that get in the way of having a normal high school life.
          When Aislynn’s mother dies under suspicious conditions, her father doubles his restrictions. But all his precautions can’t stop the boy with glowing green eyes from finding Aislynn. She realizes too late she’s been drafted into an ancient Egyptian war, whether she’s prepared or not.
*A copy of the book was provided by the author for participation in the tour & an honest review* 

An ancient Egyptian war. Setites vs. Horasians. And one teenage girl is dragged between it all, unable to decide which side she truly belongs to.

Aislynn wants a normal life, to date boys without her father having to do a thorough background search before hand. But, unfortunately for Aislynn, her desire for a normal relationship is what lands her into the mess that Son of War, Daughter of Chaos is all about. The beginning of the novel, up until 20% of the book, is Aislynn fighting to be a normal teenager, trying to get her crush to notice her and hopefully claim herself a boyfriend. So, within that first 20%, the reader is embedded in a pseudo-contemporary where the main plot is on the back burner because Aislynn is a rebellious-yet-ignorant teenager unaware of the danger that surrounds her. Glimpses of build up towards Aislynn's demise make the reader hyper-aware of the signs while Aislynn is completely oblivious in her stupor of normality, thus making the buildup towards the "the boy with the glowing green eyes" from the synopsis that much less dramatic. And made me like Aislynn less due to her ignorance for the first half of the novel.

But, when the teen romance is thrown to the side despite how many times it swerves in and out for the rest of the novel, the plot is given its time to shine. An Egyptian war. Both sides have their definition of right and wrong, and each one has it out for the other. Stopping at nothing until either side is extinct. But Aislynn is a hybrid of the two. Daughter of a Horasian and a Setite. Learning about the two groups was the interesting part of the story, the differences in powers and politics. And the side characters did liven up the novel when the Aislynn show was getting too romantic for my liking. Roark, her older brother, whose name I completely adore, was one of my favorite characters by the middle of the book, seeing his character divulge past the over-protective older brother and into more of what the Setite society is all about. And by the end of the book, I even came to like Dane. His idle banter with Aislynn was enough to win me over by the end of it. The romance . . . not so much.

Final Summation: Once past the typical I-just-want-to-be-normal scenario with Aislynn in the beginning of the novel, her growth and progression of understanding herself and the world she's been thrown into makes for a gripping read. I would love for there to be a sequel seeing as I just begun enjoying the characters in this story, and I'd hate to see that adoration for them only last a couple chapters towards the end. I'd hate to have Aislynn turn into a badass by the end without a companion novel to serve her justice.
Three targets slayed! Points for the plot, & Aislynn's sudden badass skills towards the end.

Janette Rallison
Author Janette Rallison
Janette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that. Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off. Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)
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  Blog Tour Giveaway 
 $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 8/24/14 
 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the publisher. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.