Sunday, 7 September 2014

Blog Tour - Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening

Welcome to my stop in the Mortiswood Blog Tour!
I'll be reviewing Gina Dickerson's YA Fantasy book - Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening.

Published by: CreateSpace on 1st November 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 315
Format: eBook
Source: Author


“They’ve been waiting lifetimes for you, Kaelia. They want you and will stop at nothing to have you.”

The warning’s rung in Kaelia’s ears since she discovered she’s far from the ordinary girl who grew up in the coastal town of Margate. She has power. The first time she shows it, death strikes, the second, she loses someone special, and on the third, her mother disappears.

Destiny is coming for Kaelia and there’s nowhere she can hide. THEY have stepped out of the shadows to find her. For generations, there have been whispers of The Chosen One. They speak of a name - Marrock - whose destiny entwines with that of The Chosen One.

Kaelia must avenge the wrongs, uncover who Marrock is, find her mother, and ...


Facing forces of depraved evil, magic, and myth, Kaelia’s search leads her through magical forests and unearthly realms.

Who, or what, can Kaelia trust? Is she strong enough to survive the horror? All she knows is her life will never be the same again...

Where to begin? 

This is a highly magical book with massive amounts of creativity. I'm a huge fan of Fantasy so I was more than happy to give Mortiswood a try. I must commend Gina Dickerson on her imagination because quite frankly, I was quite impressed with the world building and all the ideas used throughout the book.

The story is based on Kaelia, our protagonist who one day discovers she is 'The Chosen One' and that her destiny lies with a guy called Marrock. After her Mother's disappearance and the death of her Father, Kaelia has to embark on a journey alone to get her answers and seek out her destiny. Her journey isn't an easy one as she goes through an assortment of challenges and battles along the way.

The book was very action-packed and incredibly fast paced. As thrilling as it was, I'd have preferred if the pacing was a little slower as we do have multiple points-of-view throughout the chapters which sometimes got a little confusing but it worked out fine. I took a little time to get into it at first but about a third way through I found myself really enjoying the story. I really liked Kaelia once she set off on her mission and I adored her friendship with the Wolf she meets. There's always something about animal-human friendship that really draws me in. Kaelia and Bran's friendship was amusing and I'm curious as to what will become of them.

With the casual writing, I found it easy and quick to read. There are lots of plot twists and gore and excitement. I would have loved to have seen the development of Calix and Cadence's relationship too as Calix was someone that intrigued me. 

The ending was very dramatic with that cliff hanger! I really want to know what becomes of Kaelia and the other characters. In many ways, this book is very unpredictable and I loved that. I look forward to reading the next book!

If you are a fan of supernatural elements, love magic and intense plot twists, then give Mortiswood a go!

Bronze Wreath
 (3.75 out of 5 stars)

About the Author:

Gina Dickerson lives by the Thanet coast on the north-eastern tip of Kent, in the UK, with her family and playful Siberian husky. She is a full-time author and writes romantic suspense with a twist, horror, and fantasy because her characters refuse to play nice and wind up with more than a few bone-rattling skeletons in their closets.

She is the author of the murderous romantic suspense novels Lies Love Tells and Unveiling Christmas, the twisted short story collection, Underleaf, as well as the fantasy, adventurous romance series Mortiswood Tales - the first in the series being Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening. She has also written fashion and shopping columns for a local newspaper.

When she’s not writing, Gina loves rummaging in vintage clothes shops, taking way too many photographs, and leafing through fashion glossies.

Gina's Twitter: @GinaDWriter


  1. Thanks for joining the tour, Sally, and for a great review! I like your blog design.

    1. It was my pleasure and thank you! :-)