Review: Anathema by K.A. Tucker

Posted 10 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Anathema by K.A. TuckerAnathema by K.A. Tucker
Series: Casual Enchantment #1
Publisher: Self Published on July 15, 2011
Source: Author
Pages: 284
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Evangeline has spent her teenage years in obscurity. Her foster parents have the emotional aptitude of robots and her classmates barely acknowledge her existence. About to turn eighteen and feeling like a social pariah, she is desperate to connect with someone. Anyone.

When Evangeline meets Sophie after literally stumbling upon her café, she believes she’s found that connection. Willing to do anything to keep it, she accepts a job as Sofie’s assistant and drops everything to fly to Manhattan, where she is thrust into a luxurious world of Prada, diamonds, and limitless cash.

With such generosity and kindness, it’s easy for Evangeline to dismiss certain oddities... like Sofie’s erratic and sometimes violent behavior, and the monstrous guard dogs. She’s even willing to dismiss her vivid dreams of mob-style murders, beautiful homeless people living in caves, and white-eyed demons that haunt her each night as figments of her imagination—especially when one of those figments is the gorgeous Caden. When she wakes up with bite marks on her neck, the fairy tale quickly turns into a nightmare. She slowly unravels the mystery surrounding Sofie and friends, and the reality of the bites and the “dreams.” What she discovers is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined.

In a world where everyone has motive to lie for personal gain, Evangeline must decide which deception is least likely to get her killed.


Favorite Quote(s):

“Caden, kneeling beside me, gripped my face and gave me a peck on the lips. ‘I love you,’ he whispered.”

Favorite Character: I really liked Caden. He seems super sweet!
First Line:

“‘Trust me,’ Sophie whispered. her delicate hands sliding up Nathan’s chest to slip behind his neck.”

My Musings: Anathema was not what I was expecting. I am usually weary in trying out self published novels. However, this one was one of the best that I’ve read! The cover of the novel is interesting, and that is what drew me to the novel in the first place. Although I’m still somewhat confused as to the flower that the girl is in on the cover, it did not matter much to me.

Anathema had an interesting plot line. Today, there isn’t much variation in writing in regard to vampires. However, Tucker managed to create a world where vampires are cursed, and earth is..special. I won’t say more, because I don’t want to spoil anything! However, the novel’s plot was great. It was full of adventure as we followed Evangeline on her trek through worlds.

Evangeline was a cool character. She wasn’t remarkable, but she wasn’t horrible. She’s trying to do what’s best for everyone. Sophie was sweet. I think she’s misunderstood; she is lonely and she really has a maternal feeling for Evangeline. Caden was a great male lead. Him and Evangeline have some smoking chemistry that I cannot wait to see in the upcoming novel.

Overall, Anathema was an amusing read. It had a good plot, good characters, and was just overall good!

4 Stars

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About K.A. Tucker

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.


3 Responses to “Review: Anathema by K.A. Tucker”

  1. I really think self-published authors get a bad wrap most of the time. I have read a couple that are quite impressive, and I am glad you have found one too. What really caught me was the title, because it’s the name of a band I like. Good blurb too!

  2. Like you, I was drawn in by the cover but it’s been sitting neglectfully on my Nook for awhile after getting it free on Amazon. Now, I’ll have to add it to list of Indie authors to read in April for me.

    Maybe the flower is meant to be metaphorical? Like the neglected flower is finally blooming and become her own? I dunno, I’m so much better with straight forward covers showing scenes from the book. lol. There’s also the blood there that I really have no idea what could mean.

    I’m glad to hear it’s not the standard vamp tale going around lately. I’m not going to lie, I’m sick to death of the phenomenon and have become hesitant at reading vamp books recently. But with hearing that it’s different, that definitely means I’m going to give it a shot. Thank you =)

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