Friday, 18 November 2016

Blog Tour and Review: Iniquity (Ascent #1) by Melody Winter


I am so excited to bring you the Blog Tour for Iniquity by Melody Winter! The Blog Tour is hosted by Expresso Book Tours, and you can find the full schedule, along with links, here. Keep reading for more info, my review and a giveaway!

Title: Iniquity
Author: Melody Winter
My rating: 5 hearts
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub. date: October 25th 2016
SynopsisAthena Harrow is about to turn twenty-one, but there will be no celebration. What is there to celebrate when the world is ruled by demons?

She hates the darkness the demons brought with them and longs for the light to return to the world—a world she only vaguely remembers. The people in her forest village blindly accept the life the demons forced upon them, even tolerating the yearly ascension ceremony where all the girls who have turned twenty-one are either sent away to serve the Master Demon or left in the village and forced to procreate.

But Paymon, the assigned village demon, selects a different role for Athena, a role that pits her against the village. While she adapts to her new life, Erebus, a younger, more powerful demon, arrives, and Athena must play a dangerous game with his emotions in return for information about the demon’s reign of darkness.

As Athena’s dreams of restoring the light begin to fade, her life with Erebus takes an unexpected turn, and this time it’s her life being put to the test.

Set in the forest around Buttercrambe in North Yorkshire, England, INIQUITY explores the frightening, darker side of romance and the uncontrolled emotions it can unleash. (synopsis from Goodreads)

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This book was so much better than I’d expected. When I read about it, I thought it seemed interesting and different, and thought ‘why not’? But when I started reading it, it was both what I expected it to be, and not at all.

   Let’s start with Athena.

   I really liked Athena. She was a great character, and I enjoyed reading about her. Demons have taken over her world and made it dark, and most people have lost hope in the dark times. Not Athena. She hates the dark with a passion, but what’s different to everyone else is that she’s willing to do something about it. She wants the demons gone, and she wants the light back, and she’s ready to try to make it happen, even if it kills her in the end.

   She was like a fresh gust of wind a hot summer day. People have lost all hope, but Athena keeps on hoping and believing in a world without the demons. In the world that she lives in, holding on to hope like that is impressive. Most people think she’s crazy and stupid, that she should just accept the way things are, but this is what made me love her so much. She didn’t give up.

   The love-story was very different.

   It is exactly what it promised to be, it “explores the frightening, darker side of romance”. At first, I was a little hesitant about the romance, but I warmed up to it. Without saying too much, things changed a lot between Athena and Erebus, and by the end of it, I couldn’t help but root for them.

   I love Erebus! I’ll admit, I was a bit hesitant to him at first, but when the plot progressed and his and Athena’s relationship, too, I started liking him more and more, and by the end of it, I loved him just as much as Athena, and I can’t wait to see what will happen to them in the future books!

   The only bad thing about it was that most of the focus was on the romance, so the plot was pretty slow. I’d have wanted a bit more focus on the plot, and better balance between romance and plot.

   That ending, though. It was a cliff-hanger (and you know how much I hate those), and it made me want to cry, because now I have to wait a really long time before I read the next book.


   This book was all I wished it to be and more. It was interesting, original, had great characters that I absolutely love, and great writing. I’d definitely recommend it to fans of Fantasy, because it felt new and was a little bit addictive.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Growing up, Melody showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but ended up working in finance. Melody is convinced the methodical times she spends working with numbers fuel her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.

Melody Winter lives in York, North Yorkshire, England with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the nearby beaches at Scarborough and Whitby. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures.

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4 comments:

  1. This sounds like a fun read and unique, too! Cliffhanger endings are so bittersweet! Great review! :)

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    1. Thanks! Yes, it was definitely unique! They certainly are! :)

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  2. Many thanks for taking the time to read and review INIQUITY. I'm hoping to release ADVERSITY in September/October 2017, so not too long to wait :) xxx

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    1. Thanks for the chance! Yay! I'm looking forward to reading it! :)

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