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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Vyne, Mystery of the Hidden Ember, Blog Tour

By Daniel Walls
Published by Two Harbors Press
Released on January 3rd, 2011
Source- The Teen Scene Blog Tour
2.5 stars- It's an OK Read

For as long as he can remember, Asher has possessed unexplainable abilities, which his widowed father has forced him to keep hidden. But when an elusive girl named Scar enters his village, Asher's life is forever transformed.

Bound by despair, the teens plot to run away. However, when a mystical medallion finds its way into Asher's hands, they soon learn that running is not an option, it's imperative. Asher is thrust into the pursuit of a legendary treasure, believed to possess the power to save the world from the prophesied apocalypse. And the key to unlocking this power lies within the secret of his curse.

While hunted by dark forces, Asher realizes that Scar has secrets of her own; she is not the girl he thought she was. Time is running out as he struggles to find the strength to let go of his feelings and summon the courage to embrace his destiny.

A chilling, heart-wrenching tale of colliding worlds and forbidden love, The Vynereinvents steampunk-fantasy for a whole new generation (quoted from fantastic fiction).

The Vyne is a little bit adventure, a little bit steampunk, which is what sparked my curiosity and made me want to read the book. The Vyne has a lot of things going on within it's pages. It's a love story wrapped around one of self-discovery, as the main character Ash learns more about his abilities, and the things he is able to do, mixed in with a steampunk theme with the army of clones who are both human like and not human like at the same time.

I had a hard time connecting with the characters. For me, my connection with the main characters really makes the story. I can't really pin point why I had a hard time connecting with them. I really wanted to like Ash more than I did. He was too naive for me, which really bugged me about his character. I wanted him to be a little stronger than he was. When Ash mets Scar, everything changes for him and I had a hard time accepting how fast he falls in love with her. Scar has been on the run and is deemed a rouge. She's not human, but her redeeming trait is that she's not a mindless clone, and through out her journey she becomes more human like. Both Ash and Scar have things they need to overcome and I liked that Ash's adventure teaches him to be more accepting of his abilities as he realizes what he can do. He also learns Scar isn't whom he thought she was. Together, I had a hard time accepting Ash and Scar's relationship. I didn't feel a lot of chemistry between them, which made their relationship feel a bit off for me.

Over all there is a lot going on in the story, which at times flowed well for me and other times I was a little confused. It took me awhile to get into the book, but once I did, I enjoyed it certain aspects of it. The story's adventure and an awesome bad guy who reminds me a lot of Valentine from the TMI series, as he believes so strongly in what he's doing, he becomes blinded by what's right and wrong, are what kept me reading it. I enjoy an intelligent, evil bad boy. Overall, The Vyne is one that I think will appeal to older YA fans and adults, as there is a little bit of something for everyone in this book. Be sure to visit us on Friday when we have a guest post with the author, Daniel Walls.


  1. I really love the cover. Thanks for the review!

  2. Thank you Two Readers- I agree. I like the cover as well.