Sunday, March 30, 2014

Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway: Desecration: The Wizard Queen at Sixteen by Hadley Holt

In a hidden world of wizards where only men hold the power of magic, one girl arises with the power to change everything, if she isn’t killed first…

Adriana Victoriana Evangelista (Addie), daughter to the High Chancellor of the Wizard’s Council, has always been the perfect wizard girl. She never questions why men possess magical powers and women have no power at all, magical or otherwise. Male wizards blend into the modern human world, leading huge corporations while wizard women are sequestered away.

On her sixteenth birthday, Addie discovers she possesses magic. Under wizard law, she is a desecration. An ancient prophecy surrounds the emergence of a girl magic-wielder, the wizard queen, who is destined to bring about the downfall of the wizard-kin.

Addie has long had a forbidden crush on a human boy who lives in the wizard stronghold, Rory Devlin. As she delves deeper into the dangerous mysteries surrounding her own destiny, she suspects Rory might be more than just human.

Addie’s fate sends her straight into the path of a powerful and evil sorcerer, but the worst danger of all may come from right inside her own home.


Imagine the biggest CEOs you can think being a wizard in their private lives, while keeping their magical communities secret with their women falling under a strict hand and you've got Desecration wrapped in a tight little bundle. However, there are so many things that are changing when Adriana turns sixteen and her life changes forever. This story of magic and love really gives you a coming of age tail that is anything but ordinary. From magic powers to prophecies to animal followers, there is so much packed into one story it will leave your head spinning from everything that unfolds.

Addie and her cast of characters were really a cohesive bunch. You have her family that really sets up a great set of friction to deal with, her friends that leave with a fascinating look into a younger generations way of dealing with old school rules and then her love interest which defies all the race barriers that are in her world. That romance was really something beautiful. It was innocent teenage attraction and I loved that! It was refreshing to read a book about a girl that made mistakes because she acted first before thinking and who can have a crush on a boy escalate into love and not have to worry about other sexual things getting in the way of the story.

I would have loved to hear more about the background to the magic world. I felt like I got hints of it by introducing other types of magic like mages etc. but never really got a full blown history, which would have been nice. The other issues I had was this isn't a story that was unique. It was an awesome story, but one I have read before. It had some great action and a convincing love story which was great. I loved the characters and how they were developed, I was just looking for a little more. If you are looking for a modern take on a magic element, I think you will really enjoy this book!- My Opinion- *** 3 Stars!

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About the author:
Hadley Holt, author of paranormal, and fantasy YA (Young Adult) has always loved to write. She also nurtures an incurable fascination with all things supernatural and fantastical. From a young age, she imagined stories about dragons, wizards, witches, ghosts, shape-shifters, vampires, and other magical creatures. As life often does, it blessed Hadley with family - a hunky husband and amazing children, and with family came a rewarding career. Hadley spent many years in the not-so-magical world of finance and mortgage banking, but the stories were always there in the back of her mind, demanding to be set free.

Thanks to the housing market crash, Hadley finally realized her dreams. She now breathes life into her magical tales of reluctant young heroes finding their inner power to stand up against terrible creatures and even more terrible odds.

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