05 July 2013

Grishma by Kelly Anne Blount

Grishma by Kelly Anne Blount.
Audience/Genre: Fantasy, YA.
Publication: March 10th 2013 by Limitless Publishing.
In the world of Necoh, everyone fears Grishma, a hideous murderous beast responsible for ruining or ending the lives of anyone who dare cross her.

As a young boy, Ryder lived with his family, deep in the caves underneath the Kadin Forest, unaware of the horrors of the world. His simple world was turned upside down one horrible night when Grishma attacked his family, killing his father and kidnapping his mother and younger sister.

From that night on, Ryder devoted his life to killing Grishma. He tracked the monster from Necoh, to our world, and back again. Unfortunately, during his quest, he accidentally transported Brooklyn, a high school junior into his tumultuous world, where she is mistakenly identified as Princess Sophie, the missing princess of Sumner.

Days after Princess Sophie’s return, Grishma plots and manipulates the King into drugging and marrying off his only daughter to Prince Algid of Dratun. Desperate to save Brooklyn, who now believes she is the long lost princess, his mother, and his little sister, Ryder embarks on the deadliest part of his quest.

Will he save Brooklyn? Will she ever regain her memory? What will become of his mother and sister?

Through epic adventure, loss, and love, GRISHMA depicts the strength of the human spirit and the tight bonds formed by the unique creatures of Necoh.

Reviewed by Kelly.

This is a wonderful fantasy story of a quest of a young man out to find his sister and mother and kill the beast, Grishma, who killed his father and kidnapped the others in his family. (Grishma is described so well that I felt nauseous at the thought of how she smelled. I don’t like strong fish smells.) His quest takes him to our world where he, Ryder, is at a party and sees Brooklyn. They make eye contact and a moment passes between them. Brooklyn though is infatuated with another boy and finds out at the party that her best friend hooked up with said guy. She runs out of the party and into Grishma. But before anything happens, she is saved by Ryder (he is a really good guy and makes a very swoon worthy knight in shining armor) and transported to his world, Necoh.

Brooklyn and Ryder form a bond but they are again separated as Grishma finds her and she gets away. Now Ryder has to find her again. Brooklyn meets strange and mystical creatures and is betrayed by one and brought to the castle because she looks like the lost princess. While at the castle, we find Grishma seems to have control over the king. Soon, Brooklyn is drugged and believes she is the missing princess and is married off to a neighboring prince and journeys with him to his kingdom. Meanwhile, Ryder forms bonds with other creatures and they go to find Brooklyn, his sister and mother and kill Grishma. They find his sister, who is also drugged and doesn’t recognize Ryder. They find his mother who is chained in a cell. She is the one who makes potions and is needed by Grishma. His mother is rescued but his sister was transported with Brooklyn/Princess Sophie.

Ryder finds more allies along the way. You can see that there is a lot going on and lots of action. The end is a cliffhanger. I enjoyed the story line. I was sick that Brooklyn’s marriage was consummated, because she believed she loved this guy. That kind of bothered me if her connection was to be with Ryder and the instant love kind of thing she had with the prince. She does eventually get her memory back and then things go really south from there. Where I enjoyed the story, some things still bothered me. I had a hard time with the story told in third person. It took away some of it for me. I didn’t really feel the chemistry between Ryder and Brooklyn and I really wanted it.

I do want to read the next book to see what happens. This really is a different fantasy story and is an easy and enjoyable read. Plus, I want to learn more about what Grishma is and what her deal is. The cover is stunning. If you look close you see eyes staring at you. They are like cat eyes. I think this book has great potential for a great sequel. I give 3.5 stars.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

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1 comment:

  1. Over the summer I absolutely love reading fantasies, so I may have to check this one out. It sounds really good and this is the first that I've heard of it. Thanks for the review! :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian