Friday, December 13, 2013

Blog Tour Stop and Review: Path Unchosen by Kim Cleary (Daughter of Ravenswood #1)

Book & Author details:

Path Unchosen by Kim Cleary 
(Daughter of Ravenswood #1) 
Publication date: September 7th 2013
Genres: Dark Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

When eighteen-year-old Judy Hudson discovers she’s a necromancer and sees first-hand the pain her powers can cause the dead, she just wants to deny who she is. The zombie plague is long over. She wants to find a more normal life, but that’s a challenge when a beautiful otherworldly man, who claims to be her guardian, saves her life.

Judy tries to set right the harm she inflicted on a spirit she raised, but new zombies attack—zombies raised from among the long-time dead. Someone else just like her is out there, and he’s not trying to set anything right. To save her own life, and protect the innocent inhabitants of the nearby town who’ve become her friends, Judy has to figure out who’s raising the dead and why. She must also learn to control the darkness inside her—a seductive darkness that promises her power beyond her wildest dreams.



Kim writes urban fantasy for anyone who longs to discover they are extraordinary. She writes about hopefulness and determination, and about heroes who push through extraordinary situations and obstacles, one step at a time. Magical friends and gorgeous guys help, or hinder, in one adventure after another.

When not writing, revising, or thinking about writing, Kim gardens, plays with her dog, chats on social media, catches up with friends or cooks an Indian feast. She is a member of Writers Victoria, Romance Writers of Australia, The Alliance of Independent Authors, and a certified chocoholic.

Kim grew up in Birmingham, UK, studied medieval history and psychology at Adelaide University in South Australia and has worked all over Australia and in London. She now lives with her husband and an adorable Cocker Spaniel in Melbourne, Australia.


My Review:

I liked the mysteries of the Path Unchosen, but I feel like if the author would’ve focused the plot and setting more, it would be a must read for paranormal lovers. Along with Judy, I was trying to figure out the story of her birth and I liked that there were a lot of surprises in store for the reader as we followed along on her journey.

I’m a sucker for zombie and necromancer novels, so I liked that aspect of the novel a lot. The book starts out with Judy living in an orphanage and being forced out because of her ability to revive the dead. Judy was somewhat likable, but a little immature once I realized she was 18 and not younger. But in a way her lack of worldliness fits well with the fact she was sheltered inside the walls of the abbey.

The setting was a little hard to get a handle on. I was certain it was historical fiction, but then there would be references to inventions that made me guess it took place in the future. There needed to be more consistency too as readers move from scene to scene.

The pace was quick which worked well for me because it was able to hold my interest. A few of the plots needed to be fleshed out more or eliminated altogether, but it is a series so that could be improved upon in future outings. I also really loved the cover and felt it worked well for the book.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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  1. Zombie and necromancer novels are the shiz! Defnitely my fav genre so this one has intrigued me from the start. I saw someone else mention the historical feel from it. Glad you liked it overall, Heather. :)

  2. Great to hear it was quick paced, but the setting might throw me some

  3. Would love to read something different like this for a change of pace!! Sounds great!!

  4. Enjoyed the post. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Yet another well written, concise review, Heather! Rockin' it out :) Sounds like an interesting book! Sad to see the 3 stars. WRITE ON!