Sunday, November 17, 2013

Azure by Chrystalla Thoma--Review + an interview with the Author and GIVEAWAY!

Hello you guys! Welcome to Chrystalla Thoma's Azure's stop on my blog!

Title: Azure (Drowning in You)
Author: Chrystalla Thoma

A terrible mistake haunts college student Olivia Spencer. To escape the past, she travels to the Mediterranean island of Crete, hoping for the courage to start anew.

By the sea, she meets sexy and enigmatic Kai. But there’s more to Kai than meets the eye — and nobody wants to talk about it. The locals shun him, accusing him of magic. Kai, apparently, belongs to the sea, no matter how crazy that sounds. 

Kai isn’t free to be with her or live his own life, and this is how he will stay, unless Olivia can break his curse and save him — in doing so atoning for those she failed in the past.

NEW ADULT ROMANCE. Contains mature content. Ages 17+

AZURE (Drowning In You) is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhanger.

At first, I was not really sure about this since I'm too critical of Fantasy/Romance related stuff sometimes, but, boy oh boy, after a couple of pages, I literally just couldn't put this down.

Azure is about Olivia, who is trying to escape her past and her broken heart by traveling to Crete, a beautiful, almost unreal Mediterranean Island. There she meets Kai. Strong, mysterious Kai who seems to have a crazy secret. Olivia and Kai are drawn to each other but forces of nature seem to want to tear them down. How will their love survive? 

What I really enjoyed about this book was the beautiful imagery. I'm in love with all things Mythology and all things Greece so having to read beautiful stuff about the said place, reading about the sea and certain myths was just...amazing. How the author incorporated those in a modern-day story was also a good, beautiful surprise. She was able to create something great.

The characters here are nicely done. You can really imagine their feelings and frustrations and this book will really make you think--it's super good. I also like the way the author wrote. It's magical, without being overbearing, and it's poignant, without being boring.

If you are looking for a good New Adult/Fantasy/Romantic read, try Azure. You surely won't regret it. Let's have those Watermelon Jellies at the ready...

Read my interview with the author below:

1) what's your inspiration for Azure?

I think the inspiration came to me as I was sorting through my photos of Crete – I’d been there in May of this year, visiting with family. I was looking at the Venetian harbor of the town I’d visited (Chania) and the beaches, and the mountains, and it all clicked when I thought: what if some people here had dealings with sea magic?
I grew up by the sea and I’ve always felt like I belonged in the waves. The Mediterranean Sea is quite safe – but it can have sudden storms that wreck boats, and violent currents that cause people to drown. I knew from past research that sea deities were widely worshipped on Crete, goddesses brought from the near east with each immigration wave in ancient times.
So I said to myself, what if there was a young man, from Crete, whose family has been cursed to be tied to the sea, unable to escape? What if the people of the area believe it, and he believes it, and this belief doesn’t let him break free?
And what if a girl arrives, not believing in magic, who tries to save him?
Thus was the story of Kai and Olivia born.

2) ever been to a Mediterranean island yourself?
I come from a Mediterranean island. I come from Cyprus which is situated in the Eastern Mediterranean, below Turkey and above Egypt. I have also visited several Greek islands. They are all beautiful.

3) have you always been a fan of magic and do you believe in magic?
I believe in love. I want to believe in magic, and I think somewhere deep inside I do. I want it to exist. And I want all the magical creatures to exist as well – elves, mermaids, goblins... That would be so cool.

4) a message to your fans
Thank you for reading my books and asking for more. Thank you for talking about the characters in my books as if they are real. They *are* real. I swear. :)


Greek Cypriot with a penchant for dark myths and good food. Chrystalla Thoma has proven her tendency to settle down anywhere but at home by having lived and studied in France, England, Germany and Costa Rica, before returning to Cyprus two years ago.

Chrystalla likes to write about fantastical creatures, crazy adventures, and family bonds. She lives in Cyprus with her husband and her vast herds of books. She's currently working on a few novels, including a vampire novel set in Cyprus, an epic fantasy trilogy, and a YA science fiction series.


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