Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Last Necromancer by CJ Archer w Giveaway!

Hi everyone, welcome to The Last Necromancer blog tour with Xpresso Book Tours! You can find the full schedule here (

Book & Author details:

The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer
(The Ministry of Curiosities #1)
Publication date: August 11th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult

Victorian London: For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn’t raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time, her father banished her. This time, she brings even more trouble upon herself.
People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.
Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly “made” creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world – Charlotte – but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he’s been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will, and for an organization she doesn’t trust?
Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they’re hunting.


My Review

I am so impressed here. I haven't read anything by this author before, but I am correcting this mistake ASAP. I have totally been hooked here. The world building is absolutely amazing and I must say the characters had real depth to them, the world is a dark and gritty place, and yet, there is still ways to find happiness. Especially when apple throwing becomes a sport for Gus and Seth. LOL And the plot with the twist of Frankenstein, well holy hot damn, this made for a great read! I am itching to get my paws on the next book. 

I won't lie I felt horrible for Charlie for a good part of the book. Her father literally threw her out the door at her mother's death when her powers bloomed. She didn't know better. And the things he said to her. And so she decided after that horrible night- it got worse after that incident- to live as a 13 year old boy. She hides really well, but when she gets arrested, and seriously, more horrible people come into her life. I am so glad I don't live in this time. Her powers happen again, and though it saves her, it puts a mark on her that everyone wants her head. So she is captured, but finally, these people aren't so horrible. Lincoln is scary, and cold, and kinda heartless, but he is kind to her. More kind than anyone else has ever shown her before. And his men, Seth and Gus, I think might be my favorite little duo here, make her find home. Charlie is torn between wanting to be Charlotte, and having turned into Charlie. She is trying to stay alive, learn to be a woman, live with people more powerful than her, and keep her powers to herself. She needs a friend, and she gets two with Gus and Seth, and then Cook, the cook becomes a father figure almost. I wanted to cry when these relationships bloomed, because of the small things that matter so much that most of us take forgranted, when shown to Charlie, helps her find her way. 

Lincoln rules the Ministries of Curiosities. He's been chosen for this role. He needs to keep the Queen and her people safe. Charlie is both the savior and the destroyer. She will help him save people but her powers can cause the world to be destroyed. He wants her, but he won't have her. He needs to stay away from her, yet he doesn't want anyone else to have her either. he's... complicated. Yeah, it's hard to describe him. I would love to see his point of view because he's really a hard character to read. He seems like a black hole of emotions, except when Charlie is around. She knocks him off his game, takes him down a peg or two, and she is always catching him off guard. It's funny sometimes, because he really doesn't know what to do with himself about it. And because of this, you learn just how creative this author is because she makes you see emotion, since Lincoln seems to have trouble feeling it. LOL 

The plot was awesome. Yes, there's some parts of Frankenstein that are spot on, and some that are a little twist from that. It was seriously awesome. And the twist, of who Frankenstein is, well I kinda lost it for a minute. I wanted to give hugs. Sorry, can't tell you more. :) There's not a lot of romance, I am hoping for one to become. I can't believe I'm rooting for romance HA!! But with this one, I am. And the suspense kept me from ever putting this one down. I wanted to know every little detail. I couldn't let go. And I still can't because I am seriously needing book two, like yesterday. And I won't lie, for a darker novel, it was never gruesome. Oooh, that's a big word for me, but it was done so well that you forget about all the bad and get pom poms to cheer for the good. I have already purchased book two because I am dying to know what will happen. I want to see if the council will let Lincoln keep Charlie safe, if Lady H will let go, if Seth and Gus find their way, and if Charlie can get Lincoln to come out of his shell. I am now a HUGE fan. well done!! 5 PAWS


C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two with her writing. Under her other name of Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in women’s magazines, and she also writes romantic mystery novels under this name.

She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She has won and placed in romance writing contests including winning RWAustralia’s Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript that went on to be released under the title HONOR BOUND. C.J. spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband and two children.

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Individual (per-blog) giveaways:
Each blog on the tour is giving away one (1) ebook OR paperback copy of The Last Necromancer. eBooks can be sent INTL, but paperbacks can only be shipped to US and Canada only. So enter for mine then go ahead and check out other stops for more chances :)

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