Monday, 14 January 2013

Book Reviews: The Alchemists Academy series by Kailin Gow - BLOG TOUR and GIVEAWAY

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The Alchemists Academy Book 1: Stones to Ashes by Kailin Gow

What do you learn the Academy? Wirt asks. Magic? The responsibility to use your powers responsibly? Uh...something like that, his roommate Spencer said. More like how to rule worlds. Wirt, is used to being shuffled from foster home to foster home, adopting a devil-may-care attitude toward the world along the way. Now he s in a school he can t escape, learning to develop his latent magical abilities, for what use, he doesn't save his world or to destroy it...


~My Review~

This is such a fun adventurous read and highly addictive. The author has created a fantastic series from a male’s perspective, which is quite different for me. The easy flow of the story and the highly enjoyable adventure’s that Wirt takes makes for one great read.

Wirt is a typical teenager generally speaking, orphaned and pushed from one foster house to another and from one school to another. Forever finding trouble and on afternoon while walking around his new town, Wirt finds some thugs, after a verbal exchange, Wirt is chased down the streets. Cornered against a fence, Wirt suddenly starts feeling like his body is going to be torn apart. Having no clue what is happening, he can only stand and wait for the pummelling from the thugs without fighting back. The next minute he is taken someplace else, standing in a field looking up into the most ginormous tree he could ever imagine.

Welcome to the Alchemists Academy! Wirt is taken by surprise of course; he had no idea that he even had the potential to do magic. Once meeting with the Headmaster and being accepted to attend, Wirt was taken to meet his new roommate. Spencer has taken Wirt under his wing and introduced him to his other friends. Wirt quickly becomes friends with the group and starts to learn about magic.

A magical and very important artefact is stolen and a quest has been called in order to find the artefact and the thief. This is the beginning of Wirt’s adventure in the magical tree.

This is a fantastic magical Indiana Jones like book, with the characters evolving along with the story. Wirt’s character has many flaws, but it is quite typical for a teenager and as he comes to make some very hard decisions regarding his life, you can’t help but care for him. I highly recommend this to all readers that enjoy teen novels and I can’t wait to read Elemental Explosions, book 2.


The Alchemists Academy Book 2: Elemental Explosions by Kailin Gow

A new student has entered The Alchemists Academy, and he brings with him an explosive power that threatens the Academy and the legend of Merlin. Wirt thought he was the only bad boy at the Academy, but he was wrong. Not only is Roland Black worse than Wirt, but a new teacher had replaced one of their beloved teachers, and she has more planned for Wirt and his friends than just lesson plans. Alana, his crush has grown prettier, and now he is rivals for her attention with not only his best friend Spencer, but newcomer Roland, as well. On top of that, it is their second year, and the year where all the students must pass a test to move on to the Elite Class at the Academy. The Elite Class is the only class in the third year at the Academy, and the students who fail will be sent home, others will face something even deadlier.


~My Review~

This is another fantastic read from Kailin Gow. The adventurous tale of Wirt and his friends only gets more exciting in this book and leaves me wanting more. This series is such fun and the characters and storyline can go in any direction, it has such potential.

Starting off where Stones to Ashes finishes, Elemental Explosions is exactly as the title states. Wirt is learning more about his abilities; learning how to harness his elemental powers. His teachers have unorthodox methods of teaching Wirt how to use his abilities, but they are effective.

There is a new student, Roland Black and there seems to be a history with Spencer’s Father and Roland’s Father. The tension in the air surrounding these two is not just over their Father’s history but also over Alana. Wirt arrives back at his room one day to find Spencer moved out and Roland moved in. He is confused and frustrated over Spencer and their friendship is questioned.

Wirt finds out that Year 2 is a year of tests, tests and more testing in order to gain one of the precious 14 places in the Elite program. The students are all highly strung and trying their hardest to pass all of their classes in order to be offered one of the spot for Year 3. If there is a tie, this year there will be a tournament called The Quantum Games where the participants will have to fight to the possible death in order to obtain that final spot.

Magical ropes go missing and again part of a test, teams are made and Wirt and his friends go in search. Wirt has a feeling that Roland is involved in the missing ropes somehow.

This is another page turner and I enjoyed this one more than the first. With the end leaving me hanging, I am anxious for book 3, The Quantum Games. I highly recommend this series to all young adult fantasy readers.


Author Kailin Gow

Kailin Gow is the award-winning, international bestselling author of over 80 distinct books.

Kailin Gow is also the President of a media company, a media personality, and has been writing full-time since she was first published. Holding a Masters in communications management and leadership positions in Fortune 500 corporations, she puts her leadership abilities, her experience, and desire to help others into her fiction books. As a result, she has written the forthcoming, Finding the Heroine in You book which is also a national tour. She is a mother and spends whatever spare time she has volunteering at the Red Cross, Battered Women's Shelters, and other organizations.

Currently her Frost Series is in development for a major international MMO Game, and she has over 14,000 and growing Frosters on her facebook fan page.


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