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Title: Azure: Drowning In You by Chrystalla Thoma
Publication Date: September 2th 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Source: ecopy from Author
A terrible mistake haunts college student Olivia Spencer. To escape the past, she travels to the Mediterranean island of Crete, hoping for the courage to start anew.
By the sea, she meets sexy and enigmatic Kai. But there’s more to Kai than meets the eye — and nobody wants to talk about it. The locals shun him, accusing him of magic. Kai, apparently, belongs to the sea, no matter how crazy that sounds.
Kai isn’t free to be with her or live his own life, and this is how he will stay, unless Olivia can break his curse and save him — in doing so atoning for those she failed in the past.
NEW ADULT ROMANCE. Contains mature content. Ages 17+
AZURE (Drowning In You) is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhanger.
I loved Azure. I sat down to read the a little bit of this book, but I ended up blowing off errands and dinner and a phone call last night. I was just entranced by the story. I loved the lore and magical quality of the island. And I was basically as desperate as Liv to find out what the heck was going on with Kai. The romance between the two of them is really the star of the story. It is wonderfully developed, and not rushed at all. You just watch as it organically grows between the two of them. It comes so naturally that I wanted to hop the next plane over there to find out more about this beautiful place. The place itself just seemed magical. Sure, the romance between the two of them was great, and they are each great characters, but half of what I liked about the courting of the two of them was the things they did together and the places they went. They hiked to all sorts of gorgeous beaches, and went to yummy restaurants and just enjoyed the beautiful little town. I loved that! The setting is so detailed and beautiful. I felt like I was there with them.
Liv is such an interesting girl. I had no idea she was only 19! I thought that both her and Kai were at least 25. I wish they were a little older. They both seemed to have really lived and experienced a lot and I think it would have been a little bit more realistic for them to have been a little older. It would have fit better within the new adult genre too, I think. As it was though, they were both VERY mature for their ages of 19 and 20.
Kai is so secretive. I totally got where Liv was coming from when she started to get frustrated with him. She was opening up so much to him and he was a steel trap. I know it was hard for him to open up but it would have been nice if he had given her a little something earlier on. It didn’t have to be about his big dark “secret” but just something about him. But eventually she does get him to open up and she pokes around his family and finds some things out and what I absolutely loved was that the book was set up in such a way that you could choose whether to buy into the mysticism of the town and the supernatural-ish aspect of the book. I could see it going both ways. It was such a light touch that you could choose to believe into the lore’s, but you could also rationalize it away and the book would still completely work. It was really well done by Chrystalla Thoma. I am super impressed with her writing. She can tell a story! Azure is a magical read.
Greek Cypriot with a penchant for dark myths and good food. Chrystalla Thoma has proven her tendency to settle down anywhere but at home by having lived and studied in France, England, Germany and Costa Rica, before returning to Cyprus two years ago.
Chrystalla likes to write about fantastical creatures, crazy adventures, and family bonds. She lives in Cyprus with her husband and her vast herds of books. She’s currently working on a few novels, including a vampire novel set in Cyprus, an epic fantasy trilogy, and a YA science fiction series.