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Touch of Power (The Healer Series-January 2011) by Maria V. Snyder and GIVEAWAY (USA/CAN)!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.
Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life...

Goodreads Summary

This book is wow-worthy.  The main character, Avry, is clever, brave, and witty.  She is the readers' guide through a world where healers are loathed and killed on sight.  A healer herself, Avry will impress the reader with her depth of compassion and ability to put aside her own personal emotions-even if it means her life.  This world created by Snyder is a harsh one; a plague has swept through the land, killing every single person it infects.  Healers are powerless against this plague, dying in exchange for the plague-stricken person.  Healers are reviled because the average person in this novel suspects healers of deliberately starting the plague.

The reader is taken right into the action of the story; the author provides background knowledge along the way.  Avry is captured by people who intend to trade her in as a healer for a reward.  Expecting death, Avry is instead captured by a group which has a specific purpose in mind for her.  They demand Avry heal a plague victim-a prince.  Avry knows better, she realizes that to do so would mean her life.  What will Avry decide?

As a character, Avry was wonderful.  She wasn't too perfect, but she was very endearing and completely likable.  Kerrick, the love interest, will likely rub the reader the wrong way-he rubs Avry the wrong way much of the book as well.  Stubborn, cruel at times, and unyielding, Kerrick is not a character the reader will take an instant liking to.  The other characters of the motley band are interesting, they each have very different traits that the reader will find memorable. 

The events are extremely fast-paced.  The characters do develop along the way, they are very dynamic and thus more interesting and fun to the reader.  Readers can be extremely happy when they put this book down-there is another book in the series to look forward to!  This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

5 Stars

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Maria V. Snyder switched careers from meteorologist to novelist when she began writing the New York Times best-selling Study Series (POISON STUDY, MAGIC STUDY and FIRE STUDY) about a young woman who becomes a poison taster.  When she’s not traveling, Maria lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and daughter.


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  1. I would so love to get my hands on this book! The cover is amazing and definitely draws you in. I already want to know so much about the character just by looking at this cover. This is a new to me author, but I've heard great things about her and cannot wait to dive into her work. Great giveaway and crossing fingers

  1. I would love to win this book because its a genre I love and I love reading new authors that I havent discovered yet.

  1. I've had my eye on this book for a while now. I keep meaning to check out Maria's writing and then forget her last name has a y in it and "can't find her books" at the store. Yeah, I know. Ridiculous.

    This one is a bit personal for me. I play healers in MMOs and have done so for over ten years now. I was always healing classes when I took part in D&D stuff, too. So a book about a healer heroine is extremely appealing to me.

    Thanks so much for the lovely giveaway. Good luck, everybody!

  1. Jess said...:

    I absolutely love Maria V. Snyder, I adore the Study series and it sounds as if this one will be another great read.

  1. Oh, easy!! I've heard so many good things about this book, I'd love to win it!! Thx for the Giveaway!

  1. Not normlly a big fantasy lover, but this book sounds great! Thanks for the review!

  1. Michelle said...:

    I'd like to win this book because I love Maria's work, but I'm an unemployed student, and if it's not a text book, it's not in my book budget :(

  1. Ivy D. said...:

    I heard great things about this book and would like to read more.

  1. Vivien said...:

    I'm a huge Maria Snyder fan. I really loved the Poison Study series. The Inside Out series was my first of hers. There was no going back. Can't wait to continue reading her novels.

  1. I would love to read this. The book sounds so great! I would love to see how fast paced it is. I love books that you can't put down.


  1. Kathy S said...:

    It sounds awesome. I'm always looking for new books to read.

  1. All across the blogosphere, I've seen nothing but 4 and 5 star reviews. I MUST get my greedy little hands on a copy and see what all the fuss is about!

  1. I would like to win it because it looks so cool. I've seen this around recently and I would love to win it!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

  1. KaylaBeck said...:

    Thank you for the giveaway! I would like to win because I love Maria V. Snyder's other work, and I seem to have missed this one.

    Happy New Year!

  1. SarahS. said...:

    I would love to win this book because I have seen a lot of good things about this book. And look at the cover! Its so pretty.
    SarahS. @ WondrousReadings *YA

  1. Touch of Power sounds like an intriguing read. It is a different type of story from my usual vampire or werewolf read. Which might be a nice change of pace. Thanks for the chance.

  1. Rika said...:

    I would love to win this book because it looks like an amazing read and I need some new favorite books. :)

  1. Lenmeo said...:

    I want this book because I love all of Maria's books and this one I am sure will be no different!

  1. Christina Kit. said...:

    I'd love this book because the story sounds fascinating and very unique, and the main character seems like someone who sucks you into her life and makes you want to stay.

  1. I would love to read this book because it sounds great like a book I would enjoy heard alot of great things about it! I love the cover very pretty! Thank you so much for the great giveaway!

  1. Kelly said...:

    I would love to win this book because I have never been disappointed in one of her books. I love them and her writing! thanks for the giveaway!!

  1. I absolutely love Maria v snyder's books. Poison Study is one of my faves of all time and I know this new series will be just as good as the others!

  1. Vamp Miki said...:

    I want to win this book, because I loved Maria V. Snyder's other books, especially "Inside Out".

    I've read the Poison Study series too, so I'm kind of curious as to what this'll be like.

  1. I love Maria's books! Can't wait to read this one!!

  1. I have heard many good things about this book and would love to have a copy. It is such a beautiful cover also.
    April Hays

  1. Valerie said...:

    I really, really would like to read this! I am a huge fan of Ms. Snyder's work and I've heard only heard good things about this book.

  1. I love Maria V Snyder books. She is an amazing author and I want to read whatever she puts out.

  1. Sofia Day said...:

    For starters, I am addicted to books! Seriously, I've been searching for a support group to help me with my problem, but have yet to find one :).

    OK so on a serious note. This is the first time I hear of this author but the title, the cover, and the premise of the story is right up my alley! I love fantasy, paranormal, and the supernatural so this is definitely the book for me!

  1. Denise Z said...:

    I have been following Touch of Power around the tour. I love the paranormal elements in a series with healing and I would love to read this one :)

  1. Jessica said...:

    Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  1. Kristi said...:

    I think this has a great cover and it sounds like something that my daughter would like.

  1. I would love to win this book because I love fantasy novels.

  1. Danielle said...:

    I would love to win this book because I love Maria V. Snyder's work and I'm really looking forward to this one!!!

  1. Why do I want to read this book? Because I love Maria V. Snyder's writing! I'm soooo excited for this one!

  1. janice said...:

    Thanks for the review and the giveaway! I love Maria's books!!

  1. This books sounds sooo good and since you gave it 5 stars, it has to be right? Thanks for the giveaway and I'd love to win this one!

  1. manda-rae said...:

    A Touch of Power sound so intriguing. You'd think the power to heal would be something people would want to keep around, not destroy.

  1. druidgirl said...:

    I am new to this author and genre and I have heard some wonderful things about this author. I would like to read her books.

  1. I.S. said...:

    I would like to win this because the review all portray it as amazing, and because I love Maria's books.

  1. bn100 said...:

    Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds great!

  1. nayjf said...:

    I have loved all of the former books by Maria V. Snyder, and this could be the next awesome one!


  1. Patsy said...:

    I would love to win this book because I like to read good books and this sounds like it would be good.

  1. This one is at the top of my must buy list. It sounds amazing!

  1. I would love to win this book because I keep hearing great things about it and so I've become very interested in reading it.

  1. I have heard a lot of good things about this book. I really want to read it, because it sounds like something I would really enjoy reading!

  1. Brooke said...:

    I want to win because I've really enjoyed some of the author's other books, Inside Out and Outside In. Thanks!

  1. I've heard that her books are awesome so I would love to find out for myself. Thank you for the excellent giveaway.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  1. This book has been on my list for a while! THanks!

  1. Ning said...:

    I've heard so many great things about this book, so now I really want to read it!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  1. Suz said...:

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I would love to win this book because I have read good things about it and the story is unique.

    klaxon63350 (at) mypacks (dot) net

  1. Angie said...:

    The cover first entranced me. Then when I read the blurb, it was similar to a novella I enjoyed by Melanie Niles. I think it's called A Turn of Curses. Because of that, I just have to read Touch of Power

  1. Angela said...:

    I would love to win this book because I like the cover and it sounds really good!

  1. I would love to win this book because it sounds like a great story and the cover definitely captured my attention

  1. I would like to win A Touch of Power because it sounds interesting and unlike other books I have read. Plus with such a gorgeous cover I have to give it a shot.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  1. Amanda said...:

    Why would I like to read this you ask? So I can read it of course!
    I've only been waiting for this book for like EVER!

  1. Dusty said...:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would like to read this book because it sounds really really good, I like your review of it, and I've never read a book by Maria V. Snyder and this one sounds like a good one to start with!

  1. sreis87 said...:

    I would like to read this book because it sounds intriguing and interests me greatly.

    Name: Sarah Walker


  1. I'm a huge fan of Maria Snyder. I'd love to win.

  1. marian said...:

    i heard some good things about this book and the story interest me

  1. Britani said...:

    Just finished me the Poison Study series and Maria V. has herself another big fan! I loved that series and now am itching to get my hands on another book by her. She is brilliant!
    Thanks for this great giveaway!

  1. Tressa said...:

    I love Snyder. Poison Study is one of my favorite books and I'm really looking forward to this new series!

  1. Gabi said...:

    I love the premise of this book, and I've enjoyed other books by this author. My library doesn't have this one yet, so I'd love to get a chance to read it!

  1. I would love to win this book, because I haven't really heard too much about it. And would love to see it for myself if it's a good book. (:

  1. Bri said...:

    I would love to win this book because it sounds very interesting!

  1. Thalia said...:

    This looks so amazing! I love the cover and summary sounds fabulous! (:

  1. I just got this book and now, thanks to your review, it's moving up near the top of my TBR pile!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com