Saturday, April 26, 2014

Rowena's Key by A.J. Nuest

Title:  Rowena's Key
Series:  The Golden Key Chronicles #1
Author:  A.J. Nuest
Published:   November 7th 2013 by HarperImpulse UK
Length:  109pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  fantasy
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The key would unlock his future and the safety of his kingdom, but he never imagined the sorceress would unlock his heart…

Antiques restorer, Rowena Lindstrom, finds herself the owner of an ancestral armoire containing a hidden key and a magic mirror leading to another realm!

But the handsome warrior prince waiting on the other side is truly the final straw. This must be an elaborate joke, right? As she struggles to discover the truth, Rowena learns Prince Caedmon Austiere needs the key to save his kingdom. In the end, she cannot deny him anything. Including her heart.

My Review:

The descriptions in this novella are absolutely priceless, the detail exquisite. Nuest has the perfect mix of eloquence, subtlety, and brashness with this tale. You can’t help but laugh at the literal clash between fantasy and reality. It is the fundamental basis of this fast paced and suspenseful tale. And what a perfect cliff-hanger of an ending… The author balances concluding the current dilemma with giving us something we need to get back to. It is one of those fantasies that every woman would love to live and that every man would love to be part of.

There are really only 2 major players in this novella and they are both phenomenally well developed to suit who they are and the lives that they lead. Both their similarities and their differences shine through making you laugh and sigh in turn. The supporting cast was also quite intriguing. They were definitely the extremes of the stereotypes they portrayed. This whole cast is definitely larger than life

Overall this was a brilliant escape from the everyday. I, for one, will definitely be on pins and needles until I get to the sequel. I can definitely see this becoming one of my new favourite series.

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About the author:

I am a multi-published, award-winning author who lives in the middle of a cornfield in NW Indiana. My loving husband, two beautiful children and a bevy of spoiled pets have agreed to stay and, in exchange for three rations per day and laundry service, tolerate my lunacy. While I spend most days happily ensconced in crafting romance across a multitude of genres, an underground coup has been percolating. The dogs just informed me the cat is secretly vying for dictatorship.

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And make sure to join us for the phenomenal giveaway with A.J. Nuest and The Golden Key Chronicles from April 26-May 20.  

The prizes include:
Grand Prize -- Swag bag, jewelry and an e-book of The Golden Key Chronicles collection, which includes the bonus free read.
1st Place Prize -- an e-book of The Golden Key Chronicles Collection which includes the bonus free read.
2nd Place Prize -- The four original installments of the series, Books 1-4 of the collection.

The giveaway is open from 4am Apr 26/14 until 11:59pm May 19/14.
Winners will be announced Apr 20/14.
Winners have 72hrs to claim their prize or another will be chosen.

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  1. *AJ collapses on the floor in a heap* Jonel! What a fabulous review! Thank you so, so much for your kind and generous words! Holy bananas! I can't seen to write without using an exclamation point! LOL Oh my gosh, this completely made my day. I'm over the moon! Thank you! Off to happily spread the word!! x

  2. This book sounds right up my alley - magic, fantasy, warrior...yeah, I'm so there. Added to my TBR list!

  3. all the time i love fantasy stories.

  4. Whoo Hoo! I just got back from a day with family to find these wonderful comments! Thank you so much for visiting today CJ, Bobbi and Jan! I'm PSYCHED to find other fantasy readers/lovers out there! Yes! And, yeah, I get lost in fantasy worlds pretty much on a daily basis. Favorite quote: Reality is a lovely place, but I wouldn't want to live there. LOL

  5. I love getting lost in a fantasy world. When I feel I am right in there with the characters I know I have found myself a good book.
    I also think Jonel knows her good books so when I see an honourary 6th star being given, then I know it's something I want to read. Congratulations to AJ on her success, and hopefully I will be reading it soon. And thanks again to Jonel for another great giveaway!

  6. Samantha! Thank you so much for your comment and message over on Goodreads! I responded over there but wanted to say here too that I am just so thrilled with this review! Jonel is the BOMB! LOL What a fabulous event! I feel like the luckiest girl ever that she agreed to host my giveaway on her beautiful blog! Whoo Hoo!

  7. The real question should be do you stop over at reality once and a while to get things done LOL I love living in a fantasy world of good books and great colorful characters :)

  8. Sounds like a fantastic series and I do love getting lost in fantasy worlds.