Monday, December 3, 2012

Book Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder, US paperback edition book cover

Touch of Power
by Maria V. Snyder

Series: Healer #1
Genre: YA, dystopian, fantasy
Editions available: Paperback, audiobook, ebook, Kindle
Date published: December 10, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin/Mira
Source: Borrowed

Summary (Goodreads):

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life....


My Thoughts:

Touch of Power was recommended to me by Kai of Amaterasu Reads (back when I wasn't blogging..that was early this year). She also said that Maria is an awesome author..

..that, I don't disagree.

Maria's style of writing was, for me, one of a kind. It is exciting, pure and very effective. Like a honey, so sweet, so right.

The book started with a scene that will make your heart pound instantly--when in other books, you can only see halfway through it. Since the beginning, Avri's journey continued, til the end of the book. There was never a dull time, for every scene, was a highlight. It seemed like these little events were already the big ones, and the big ones were the AMAZING ones.

The characters were also one of the best ingredients of the book. Avry was a kick-ass protagonist. Even if sometimes, she'd sound like she smells. I also liked the boys she'd been in the journey with. They are funny, tough, intelligent and awesome. I mean, they all are. I love them.

I never expected the love story, though I was hoping, but it came and it really amazing. Not too teen-y, not too intimate or too clingy that you feel like puking. It was just like Maria's style of writing. Like a honey.

I am really looking forward to Scent of Magic (Healer #2). Thank God, the awesome Harlequin Teen approved my request in Netgalley! :D

I really liked the idea, world building, characters and how the story was told. Touch of Power was one of my best reads of this year. It's really amazing and so magical, I LOVE it.

I can say that I'm now a fan of MVS and I would read all of her books. ;)

For Maria V. Snyder fans!

For everyone who loves and enjoys reading between YA, dystopian, fantasy, or a combination of them!

Book cover comment/s:
I love the colors and there, you can also see the magical-ness of the book.

Alternate covers:

1st: UK paperback edition
I think this cover looked so powerful.

2nd: Australia paperback edition
I'm not much a fan of this one. The cover looked so..I don't know, feminine? I can't see any 'magical' in it or any way that can describe the book.

3rd: Australia re-issue edition
I think the colors are really good and it's kinda different from the previous covers, but I also think it has resemblance with Jennifer L. Armentrout's Covenant series covers.

* Get a chance to win Touch of Power on Dec. 27th. I will include this book on the giveaway hop I'm joining entitled, Best of 2012. :)

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