Thursday, February 13, 2014

Xpresso Book Tours Blog Tour for Reaper's Rhythm by Clare Davidson!

Hey there everyone! Today I'm taking part in the Blog Tour for Reaper's Rhythm by Clare Davidson , organized by Xpresso Book Tours!

I will be sharing my review of book 2, Broken Bargain & a Blog Tour wide giveaway, so click HERE for the full tour schedule! But before that, let's get you some more information about book 1 and 2 & author, shall we?

 Reaper's Rhythm by Clare Davidson

When everyone thinks your sister committed suicide, it’s hard to prove she was murdered.

Kim is unable to accept Charley’s sudden death. Crippled by an unnatural amnesia, her questions are met with wall after wall. As she doubts her sanity, she realises her investigation is putting those around her in danger.

The only person who seems to know anything is Matthew, an elusive stranger who would rather vanish than talk. Despite his friendly smile, Kim isn’t sure she can trust him. But if she wants to protect her family from further danger, Kim must work with Matthew to discover how Charley died – before it’s too late

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Broken Bargain by Clare Davidson

When you know magic is real, complacency is not an option.

It’s a new school year and ten months since Kim’s sister died. She wants to forget about magic, rebuild her life and start fresh. But it’s not easy when she has to lie to everyone: her family, best friend, Sophie, and secretive new guy, AJ.

But when Sophie’s grandmother falls ill, Kim can’t help but notice the parallels to Charley’s death. Convinced she’s the only one who can help, Kim sets out to discover what’s really wrong with Sophie’s grandmother.

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About the Author:

Clare Davidson is a character driven fantasy writer, teacher and mother, from the UK. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter and a cranky grey cat, called Ash. Clare juggles family life with writing, teaching and a variety of fibre craft hobbies.

My Review for Broken Bargain

Broken Bargain starts after a few months have passed since the events of Reaper's Rhythm, and Kim is trying to go on with a normal life, even if the weight of the secrets she keeps from everyone are heavier than she expected at the beginning. Her mother protectiveness is also getting heavier with the start of the new school year, fearing Kim will succumb to the stress that was the "official" reason of Charley's "suicide".

Kim grows in this book, and although she's still very much the typical teenager, feeling smothered by her parents and running away from having any sort of conversation with them. Her voice felt so genuinely true, and even though I felt like smacking her on occasion, she always sounded very real. Be it with her interactions with her best friend, her parents or AJ. AJ was a bit of an odd character at first, but once we discover the reasons for his behaviour, it started making more sense. 

Their relationship is a very sweet one, with a few very serious conversations that are quite welcome, talking about issues instead of simply focusing on the swoony scenes. 

The world building in this book shows us that there's more than the black and white of the Shamari and the Baneem as opposing sides, but there are also greys, and we're eventually more defined by our choices and actions than our origins.

With action and quite a few unexpected twists this book was a satisfying enough read, despite the very genuine teenager voice of Kim getting on my nerves on occasion. 3 to 3.5 stars for this one.


  1. Thanks for reading and reviewing Broken Bargain :-) I'm glad you found Kim's voice realistic!

  2. Oh, interesting synopsis! I hadn't heard of this book before, so thanks for the review. It's always great when an author takes the time to develop the relationship in books.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  3. Wow! Thank you for sharing. Great review.

  4. Yay glad you like it! It sounds like a pretty good sequel and unique, too! I also like to see character growth in sequel especially. And the romance seems to touch on some serious topics too - suicide, secrets (blame?), and the whole "our choices define us" thing. It sounds like a very well rounded read!


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