Monday, February 6, 2012
Review: When Copper Suns Fall by KaSonndra Leigh
In fifteen-year-old Chela Prizeon’s city, alchemy is forbidden, and angels hide among the mortal. With a deadly virus ravaging the globe, Chela’s nightmarish memories compels her to experience a past riddled with gloom, and now her brother is infected.
Chela’s only hope is the Caduceans, slayers sworn to protect the last seven Light Keepers and the ancient memories they share. A group led by the sometimes elusive, sometimes infuriating boy who intrigues Chela. But can she trust this boy with the mysterious past, someone who can influence her memories?
With the Caduceans aid, Chela races to defeat her rivals, to unearth dark family secrets, desperate to find a cure…only to discover the glutovirus is far more than a simple disease.
In this haunting debut, KaSonndra Leigh offers an escape into a world as intriguing as The Mortal Instruments and a story as chilling as Enclave. Full of celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and a secret romance, When Copper Suns Fall, is a fresh and original urban fantasy—with a dystopian twist—that will take readers on an unforgettable adventure.
Where to buy:Amazon for $.99
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About KaSonndra Leigh:
KaSonndra Leigh lives in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. She likes to write about teens doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Her two sons have made her promise to write a boy book next. She holds the MFA in creative writing, and loves to play CLUE, Monopoly (the Indiana Jones version), and Pandora’s Box (good writer’s block therapy). She lives in an L-shaped house with a garden dedicated to her grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.
Where to find KaSonndra Leigh:Her Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook
The book starts off with a Creed for the Nation of Corunum which was a little difficult to me to comprehend at first. Corunum is the new America after the Great war which left the world seeking to keep the Caduceans and Tainted at bay. Any person who is found to be one of the two types of creatures is exiled or killed. It is in this new world, where boroughs are created where people now live, that we meet Chela. A fifteen year olf girl who is mourning the soon to be vesselism of her brother Micah who was "infected". Chela is having difficulty adjusting without him, and believes that there is more going on then what everyone sees and knows. Chela is considered gifted since her family has always resided in the boroughs and as such it is also her job to filter in the potential outsiders who are trying to get into the boroughs. Her patience is tested when one of these potentials starts asking way to many complicated and unnerving questions about why the gifted get to do this. She is one amongst many who take ale-meds daily to keep their powers at bay. She is headed to a festival when s is blamed for some damage done to a sellers building, she is send to minders camp where she learns that things aren't what they seem and she must find her place in the world in order to change things.
We are also introduced to a cavalcade of characters and events which turn her world upside down. Including her meeting and intrigue with Faris, who is not what he seems. There are a lot of secondary characters in this story which make it somewhat difficult to keep them sorted out into their respective groups. She learns there is a whole world outside of her borough and that the govenrment is hiding things from the people (hence the dystopian part) that it is a lot to follow. We have many new people who Chela meets and her ever growing group of friends. The story definitely keeps you on your toes and guessing what might happen to her next. I fell in love with Chela's determination to save her brother and find her place. We find out her history and home are deeply rooted in her heritage and find out about her family and what in fact did happen to her brother, Micah. We find out much about her love interest and intrigue with Faris and his history.
The story reads very well once you get into the grove of the fast paced action and can keep in mind who is on which side. It is heavily intriguing and a wonderfully written story about Seraphim, Cherubim, the Caduceans and the Tainted. Her world seems almost magical in thinking that there is a world beyond what we know and perceive. I'd tell you more, but this is one I would recommend reading to get the whole story first hand. I give this a solid 3.5 of 5 rating for her spin on the dystopian twist, her group of characters which draw you in and the action packed plot which is bound to keep you reading.