Thursday, September 8, 2011

Feature: Tamporlea by Tiffany Lovering

This week's feature is Tamporlea by Tiffany Lovering.  Today is review day, and Tiffany will be stopping in tomorrow for an author interview.  Please drop by and say hi!

So, this is what I have to say about this great little novel...and just look at that beautiful cover!  Have I ever told y'all my favorite color is green??? :-)

By:  Tiffany Lovering
Published May 31, 2011
Available Format: ebook

My Rating:  ★★★★☆

On a celebratory camping trip before she heads off to college, Jasmine Taylor encounters a mysterious man while on a hike with her mother.  Orion asks Jasmine to accompany him to his home, Tamporlea, in order to take her rightful place as Queen of the kingdom.  Tamporlea is one of three magical Gypsy realms.  Shortly after Jasmine’s arrival, she is faced with betrayal and war between the three monarchies.  Will Jasmine choose to stay and rule the kingdom or will she return home and have her memory of Tamporlea completely erased? 

Tamporlea is a rather unique fantasy, focusing on Gypsies in a more modern setting while still keeping a bit of an old world, “outsider” feel.  I really appreciated the setup of the hierarchy system they have in their community and how Jasmine does not agree with the segregation and class system.  I am anxious to see how things play out as Jasmine moves ahead as the leader. 

While I truly loved the story, I did think the manuscript could have used just a teensy bit more proofreading.  The errors didn’t distract me from the story at all, but another run through would probably be beneficial just to keep everything moving smoothly.

That being said, the story does flow quite nicely.  There is a lot of background information woven into the present action, but it is broken up so the reader doesn’t feel like they are in Tamporlea History 101.  There is a nice sense of suspense throughout, especially concerning Tyran.  It does leave you hanging at the end, but the conflict at hand was resolved well.  Tiffany definitely sets book two up perfectly!

This is a great, quick young adult read.  I am looking forward to diving into the following two books of the series!  I recommend you grab a copy of Tamporlea and try it out for yourself!

Unjust, book two of the series, is available for purchase now.  Unified, the final book of the trilogy, will be released September 27th!

Tiffany will be dropping by Gathering Leaves Friday, September 9th for one of my fab author interviews.  Please be sure to drop by to learn more about all things Tamporlea and Ms. Lovering!