Saturday, May 30, 2015

Ivory Guard by Natalie Herzer

Title: Ivory Guard
Series: The Guard Duet #1
Author: Natalie Herzer
Published: April 2015 (first published February 5th 2014)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Shelf: review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Life will make you stumble

One peaceful afternoon Lillian finds two angels in her living room - wings and gloriole and all - telling her she is an Ivory. Half human and half angel she is born to fight for humankind and to guard the hellholes where the membrane between worlds is at its weakest.
She, an important warrior? Yeah, riiiight.

Life can make you fall

Raz might be an angel but he doesn’t do compassion. His job is to train her, to make her a leader and that’s what he will do. So Lillian will just have to suck it up when she discovers the deadly truth behind his words. When she does exactly that, he has to admit there’s more to the bookworm than he thought. Much more. But there’s one thing he shouldn’t forget – in his world feelings come with a price. Is he willing to pay?

Love will give you wings.

My Review:

This novel is very approachable and imaginative. Herzer’s writing style is very welcoming and draws you in from the beginning. Her vividly real descriptions place you firmly within the action of this fast paced tale while invoking many emotions. The author has developed a very solid history and mythology upon which her story is firmly built. I appreciate how she draws on religion and runs with it, making it her own. I also appreciate how Herzer presents it gradually rather than swamping you all at once. You learn along with the main character, getting to know the world and how it works bit by bit. She weaves this all together to create an entirely unique, completely seamless world for her readers to enjoy, yet it is one that you can plausibly see and understand.

Herzer has developed a cast of characters that you can easily relate to. I love how they think and talk like real people. There was more than once that I couldn’t help but laugh at the main character, thinking ‘I’d so do that’. Even the angels aren’t stuck in some long ago timewarp. I must say, however, that I never thought I’d laugh at God, but… Well, just read it. You’ll see. It’s brilliant. Through these characters she looks at coming of age in a very intriguing way without it being the sole focus of her tale.

As a whole this story was past paced and exciting yet still personal. Herzer throws you for some completely unexpected loops on this journey but it is a journey that I wouldn’t miss for anything and one that I can’t wait to continue.

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About the author:

I'm a 28 year-old author suffering from itchy feet which recently carried me to South Africa.

Much like my beloved travel bug, my love for words has always been there, but is thankfully a lot easier to satisfy. When I'm not off wandering my own imaginary worlds, I love to curl up on the couch and get lost in a good book.

Though I guess in the end books are just another form of traveling, seeing places and finding friends.
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And now, enter to win 1 of 5 ecopies of Ivory Guard by Natalie Herzer.
Contest is open internationally, where applicable by law.
Entries close at 11:59pm June 12/15.
Winners will be drawn June 13/15.
Winners will be notified via email to the email provided to the giveaway and will have 72h to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn.

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  1. Looking forward to reading your books. You are a new author for me. I do read all books sent to me if I win. And I do post a review.

    1. Thank you for your interest, Kim.
      Good luck in the giveaway! :)

  2. Good luck with the book(s) and giveaway!

  3. I would love to read your books!!!!

    1. Thank you, Gina! :D
      Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

  4. Replies
    1. Me too, Sapphire. :)
      What would indie authors do without the support and help we get from our book bloggers, right?

  5. A BIG thank you to Jonel for her wonderful review and spreading the word about the re-release.
    You're awesome! Keep up the great work!

  6. Sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks for providing a giveaway Natalie.

    1. Thanks, Kathryn! And: You're welcome. I love giveaways and working together with Jonel. :)

  7. This is quite an interesting blurb! Honestly Angels have been my weakness! I am definitely going to check it out :)

    Thank you for the giveaway Natalie :)

    1. You're welcome! Good luck in the giveaway! :D

  8. I would like to read her books.

  9. Absolutely love the cover!

  10. Thank you for doing a giveaway! This sounds like an interesting read as I am now getting into books and shows that deal with Angels and the like. Where else might we be able to get the book if we wanted to read and review in case we don't get it through the giveaway?

    1. Thank you for your interest, May. :D
      I wish you good luck in the giveaway!

      However, if it shouldn't work out, you can find "Ivory Guard" on Amazon:

  11. I wouldnt mind reading the book at all

  12. I suppose I would fight for humankind if I was part of the Ivoryguard.

  13. if I was part of the Ivory Guard I would have to fight for the ones who can't fight for themselves

  14. Back again! Hey, can I win twice? :-) --Michael

  15. I can't wait to read this :)

    I got to say, am I the only one that can't find the like button on the Amazon Author page?

  16. and same for me, no like button on amazon!

  17. I would serve to the best of my ability if I was in the Ivory Guard.