Monday, August 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Discovery by Lisa White - Review

Hello and happy Monday!!! Today I have my stop on the Discovery Blog Tour hosted by TLC Book Tours.

  • Publisher: Crimson Romance
  • Publication date: 4/22/2013
  • Source: ebook provided by the author for review/blog tour
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Grace Mackay thought she was normal, a little shy maybe, but no less normal than any other struggling young waitress. But she did not know about the secretive Powers world. She did not know she was the last person on earth with the DNA needed for the Powers’ survival. And she certainly did not know her newest boyfriend, Gregory, was an Anti-Powers prince who intended to break her heart and her bones in no particular order.

But when she discovers that Ben, her best friend and unrequited former crush, is actually her secret Guardian with superhuman powers, Grace’s normal turns a little wacky. And when she learns that she has The Gift, the rare power to heal the injured and resurrect life with her touch, it is official – Grace is a weirdo even in the Powers world.

But what freaks Grace out more than all that is the fact she has feelings for Ben again – and he has feelings for her – which makes Grace’s new normal a lot more complicated.

My Thoughts

After reading the synopsis I was interested, but also thought it gave a bit too much away. Luckily, by the time I read the book, I had pretty much forgotten what it was about. I suppose, the synopsis wouldn't have mattered much anyways since it is a bit predictable. There are other twists and secrets, but they are pretty easy to guess. For me at least. It's also written in third person and jumps around to different people a lot, which I find a bit hard to actually connect most of the time, but the author did really well with it. Despite the predictability, and Grace making some really, really stupid decisions, I did enjoy it.

Grace is a bit of an introvert. She doesn't like to have attention on her. She grew up in foster care after her parents died in a car accident when she was four. Now she is about to turn twenty-two and her life flips to crazyville! What I did like about her was that she didn't just automatically believe all the stuff that Ben was telling her. She totally thought he was out of his mind talking about powers and all that stuff. It wasn't until she actually saw it for herself that she finally did, though she still freaked out. A normal reaction. As things carry on and she finds out more and more about herself and what these Anti-powers and Guardians want with her the more scared she is. Even where they think they are safe, she still has a lot going on in her head. She doesn't just except things. She needs time to let it settle. She was believable, but I still couldn't connect.

There is a romance, but it's really not a love triangle. I know it seems that way by the synopsis, but it isn't. She dates Gregory, but you can tell that she really cares for Ben, and her relationship with Gregory is short lived. It's never a game of trying to guess who she will choose. It's whether her and Ben can actually even be together. Their relationship starts to grow, but they can't be together. For one, he is her Guardian, and also he is not the Chosen One to marry her according to Council law. The odds are against them. I really found myself hoping that they will find a way to make it work though.

This wasn't really anything new for a paranormal or super power story. You have the good guys, the bad guys, some type of council who rules over them, and someone who is the chosen one and the key to everything.  Add in some romance, secrets, lies, and twists and there you have it. I did enjoy reading it though. Also, at some points I did find my mind lingering to thoughts of Twilight, and I never compare books. There was the super speed power and her riding on his back, the powers ball game, and Grace was kind of helpless. I did start to like the main characters, but I just couldn't connect to them. It's a series that I am interested to see where it goes, and hopefully be able to really get to know the characters and enjoy them more. It didn't stand out to me, but it was good.

*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

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About the author

Lisa White was born Tennessee and raised in Virginia. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in Italian language and literature, she obtained her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.
When not practicing law, Lisa enjoys gardening, spending time with friends and family, and, of course, writing romance novels. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her first novel, The Laws of Love, was released by Crimson Romance in July 2012. In April 2013, Crimson Romance released her second novel, Discovery, the first book in her Council of Powers trilogy. Discovery is a new adult paranormal romance where two friends discover hidden powers and the love that makes these powers great.

Lisa currently lives in Southwest Virginia with her husband and two children where she is frantically writing another story in which her readers can escape…one page at a time.

Like Lisa on Facebook. You can find Lisa’s books at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Goodreads.

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  1. hmm.. this does seem like a very typical paranormal story.. Not sure I might pick it up! Great review, though!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  2. This doesn't seem really original to me, I'll probably have to pass.

    fantastic review, Amy! <33

  3. This doesn't seem like my kind of book, in all honesty, but I'm glad that overall you enjoyed it despite some of the issues you had. I have trouble with 3rd person writing, so I don't think I could deal with it here. Plus, it's a shame that you could guess most of the twists and turns. I don't like when that happens because then the book isn't as entertaining anymore.
    I know what you mean about making comparisons. I don't like it too, but sometimes the glaring similarities makes it hard to ignore.
    Great honest review, Amy!

  4. This seems like a story that is nice enough, but doesn't really stand out in any way. I read one like that yesterday, and it's tough, because there's just not much to say. I don't think I would like the multiple 3rd person pov either.
    Nice review, sweetie!

  5. Hmm...I'm not a fan of third person POV's. I have trouble connecting to the characters. Glad you liked it enough to see where the series will go. Nice review!

  6. Too bad this didn't wow you more, but glad you still enjoyed it okay!

  7. Great review Amy the lack of a cliché triangle is refreshing. I hadn't heard of this book before it sounds like your usual paranormal but those can be fun sometimes. I get super annoyed with Twilight similarities though. >.<


  8. The synopsis does sounds good. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Oh wow this one doesn't sound like one I would like at all. I often struggle with third person POV and the jumping around would definitely get to me. Happy you were able to find some enjoyment in this one even though it was super predictable.

  10. Sounds interesting but the third person writing would keep me from picking it up.

  11. Ahh no I'm sorry that the plot was predictable, and as someone who gets confused SO easily, I don't know if I'd enjoy the third person either >.< But I'm glad that the romance wasn't really a love triangle, even if the synopsis hinted at it. Grace definitely does sound like someone who's hard to connect with, especially from the way you described her.

    Fantastic review, Amy! I'm glad you managed to enjoy this one :)

  12. When third person jumps around it can be hard for me to get into the book. It's good that it isn't a love triangle. Most books are pretty predictable to me as well. Takes a lot to surprise me.

  13. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.


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