Anathema (Causal Enchantment, #1)

Rated 4.37/5 based on 27 reviews
Evangeline has spent her teenage years in obscurity. Her foster parents have the emotional aptitude of robots and her classmates barely acknowledge her existence. About to turn eighteen and feeling like a social pariah, she is desperate to connect with someone. Anyone.

When Evangeline meets Sofie after literally stumbling upon her café, she believes she’s found that connection. Willing to... More
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ISBN: 9780986915529
About K.A. Tucker

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.

She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit.

Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

The third book in the series, Allegiance, will release October 2012


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Review by: Lucia on Dec. 13, 2012 :
Evangeline is selfless, caring, diligent almost 18-years old girl who is always trying to help others. But after death of her mom five years ago, noone really paid attention to her. Until she meets Sofia, interesting and sophisticated woman who offers Evangeline a deal that is impossible to decline. And that is when all suspicious and crazy stuff begins...

Anathema is not your traditional YA paranormal novel. To be honest, I have never read anything like this. There was mix of everything - paranormal, magic, dystopian, sespence, action and romance. Paranormal world that author created in this book was like one beautiful but dangerous fairy tale. Everythings was so unbelievably fascinating that I devoured it in very short time. All lovers of paranormal genre should definitely read it.

At the beginnig, Evangeline was shy, unexperienced, too trusting but it never bothered me and I got to like her and her lovely personality. And Caden? He was dreamy... loving, caring, passionate but always underestimating himself. I loved the parts when he was present in the book the most and his interactions with Evangeline made this story perfect for me.

Anathema was full of unexpected twists and author kept me in tension all the time. Almost till the very end I was not sure who to trust and who not. And last couple of chapters? They blew my mind and I cannot wait to read next instalment in series.
(review of free book)

Review by: sarah uk on Nov. 11, 2012 :
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17-year-old Evangeline has been living in foster care since her mother died when she was 12. Walking home one night she inadvertently breaks a stained glass lamp outside of a café, and is shocked when the owner tells her it was worth several thousand dollars.

After offering to work off the cost of the lamp, Evangeline is brought into Sofie’s world, and is shocked when she immediately asks her to go to New York with her.

Finding herself in a palace of a place in Manhattan, dressed in designer label clothes, and wearing beautiful jewellery, Evangeline ignores the oddness between Sofie and her friends, until she begins to fear that her nightmares of being in a wood with vampires are more than simply dreams.

What is really going on though? Why does Sofie argue with her ‘friends’? What are these dreams about? And why do the dogs seem capable of understanding what is being said?

This was a good urban fantasy story, with vampires, sorceresses, magic, and even parallel worlds.
Evangeline was maybe a bit too trusting at times, and should probably have caught on to the fact that Sofie was being ridiculously generous a bit earlier than she did. She also could have done with having a bit more of a clue in general in places – surely if you wake up bleeding you know that your dream was not a dream?

The fact that Sofie’s friends were a bit strange, and that she kept catching them arguing with her, didn’t seem to really phase her either, although I expected her to realise something was not normal a bit quicker. Maybe the fact that she kept hearing voices in her head, and the dog seemed to understand everything said to it, and Sofie and her friends never ate might have rung some alarm bells? But never mind.

There were some clichés when it came to the vampires, although some off the old clichés were absent – Vampires were all gorgeous and rich, but they were able to go out in the sunlight and weren’t adverse to garlic.
The love story was a little sudden, but Evangeline seemed convinced. I would have liked the love interest to have maybe showed a bit more emotion for her though.

I liked the storyline in this book though, and it kept me entertained. There were moments where I found it hard to believe, and Evangeline could have done with being a little bit smarter, but otherwise I liked it.
Overall; a good urban fantasy, and it’s totally free for heaven’s sakes!
7 out of 10.
(review of free book)

Review by: paige p on Sep. 08, 2012 :
IT WAS AWESOME!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
(review of free book)

Review by: justmax on May 21, 2012 :
Evangeline has just turned 18 and feeling like a social outcast when, on a trip to New York, she meets a mysterious woman who offers her a job. Soon she is part of a life she could never have imagined but it is becoming clear to her that things are definitely not as simple or as good as they seem.

This is an interesting take on the vampire tale. It is an easy read and, for the most part, lots of fun. If you are a fan of the fangs, this is definitely worth the time.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)

Review by: Anne R on Jan. 08, 2012 :
I enjoyed this book. KA Tucker’s debut novel has a little bit of everything in it- urban fantasy, dystopia, young romance and vampires.
The story centers on Evangeline, a lonely girl. On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she meets Sophie and her whole world is turned upside down. Suddenly, she is the center of attention among Sophie and her friends. But behind this overfriendly and extremely generous friendship is a dark secret that Evangeline is front and center. She has no choice but to participate in the path chosen for her.
I loved the growing relationships between Evangeline, Caden, Amelie, Fiona, Bishop, Sophie and Max. One of my favorite scenes (no spoilers) is when Evangeline believes she is still dreaming about this second world and goes on the great rant about her new friends. Her description of Caden and Rachel was priceless and I found myself giggling out loud.
KA tucker has written a unique story that weaves in two very different worlds. I liked how the story unfolded. It kept me engaged and guessing on who I should trust and what that character’s real interest in Evangeline was. I was surprised how well she brought the story together and then left it wide open for the next book. Overall, I liked the book and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something different. I would encourage you to take a chance on this story, I am glad that I did.
(review of free book)

Review by: arick01 on Sep. 21, 2011 :
Really awesome story and a different take on vampires. There were all kinds of supernatural elements in this book. The alternate universe/planet thing was also pretty cool. I liked the inclusion of a sorceress too. There was a lot going on in this book and I can't wait to see what will happen next, especially with that ending. There were lots of surprises. Ooh also the mutant vamps were crazy, I bet they would be creepy to see in real life. Also I loved the confusion of what was happening to Evangeline, it was a very cool idea and I loved it.

I really liked Evangeline, I thought she was a likeable MC. However, I thought she was way too trusting, but it was understandable. Plus it wouldn't have been as good without that element. I liked Caden, I thought he was very adorable around Evangeline, but there were times I wanted to smack him. I liked their romance even though I don't like "instant" romance, it didn't seem like it in this book. I liked all of the supporting characters too, they were all unique and a great addition to the story. Except Rachel, I despised that girl!

Overall there was a lot of cool craziness going on in this book and I was left wanting more. My only complaint it that it was too short and I want more now, lol! I definitely recommend it!
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

Review by: Lovey Dovey Books on Sep. 16, 2011 : (no rating)
First off, I have to say that I really love the cover. It's very eye catching. I loved the story and I'm really excited to read the next book in the series.

The chemistry between Evangeline and Caden was what made me want to keep reading the story mostly. Towards the end of the book, the letter that Sophie wrote to Evangeline made me cry. I had mixed feelings about Sophie throughout the story but that letter put her in a new light.

I'm very excited to read what happens next, especially with the 'butler' and Max.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: faye Rteenbookworm on Aug. 16, 2011 :
I think I just got my first taste of paranormal, dystopian, urban fanstasy, action, mystery, suspense fused all in one epic book!
I’ve always wondered what would happen if vampires couldn’t control their hunger...and Tucker created just that. Anathema is VERY original. I haven’t read anything like it. There was a lot of dystopian elements and fuse that in with paranormal, vampires, and  sorcerers...I know awesome is kind of an over exaggerated word but it really was awesome!
Tucker doesn't stray far away from how vampires are...they’re beautiful and deceiving...Talk about creating characters you love to hate but can’t seem to hate lol ahem Viggo and Mortimer. I didn’t know if  I could trust Sophie either at the beginning but she was genuinely in a “prickle” and really cared about Evangeline’s well being. Even Sophie told Evangeline she was too trusting, I have to agree. That’s what makes her human, she’s vulnerable and naive. Evangeline did prove herself, I mean she has some serious back bone. Not that I’m saying she can take on two lovesick strong vampires, but in the end I didn’t expect the whole twist of events to happen the way they did.

As for Caden, Amelie, Fiona, Bishop and Max i LOVED them. They all had their own personalities, they just shined. Caden is so HOT lol I wonder if Tucker will write a story from Caden’s POV. He is such an interesting character...I want to know him more. his story, From being human to turning into a vamp.

I’m so so anxious to read book 2! A Definite MUST READ!! Anathema is one of my new faves of 2011.
(reviewed 80 days after purchase)

Review by: Books Devoured on Aug. 03, 2011 :
I usually like to read a book knowing as little about it as possible, often not even reading the synopsis. That is what I did with Anathema and I loved being surprised from the first page to the last. This is not your typical vampire story and I loved that about it. It may be one of the most original takes on a vampire story I have ever read. The story unfolds slowly so that we only know as much as Evangeline knows and I enjoyed that. I often had to force myself to slow down while reading to make sure I did not miss anything. I was just so excited to see what was going to happen next!

I really liked all of the characters and I believed all of the struggles faced be each character. Sometimes stories focus so much on the problems of the main character that we do not always get the full story and proper motivations for the other characters. That was not an issue with this novel. There were some great revelations about the other characters. It is the start to a series but I do feel that there was a complete ending here and I appreciate that. I liked it so much I plan to buy the rest of the series as soon as I can get my hands on it!
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

Review by: Tahlia Newland on July 26, 2011 :
What a great book. I really enjoyed it. Well written, great characters I could relate to instantly, an interesting, unusual story and a good ending. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)

Review by: LE Olteano on July 24, 2011 :
God, I loved it! It was one of those rare cases where I’m totally into it from the very beginning. I was fidgeting and giggling and “omg”-ing all the way through. I don’t know if it was the fabulous writing, light, and suggestive, and very fun, or the characters, strong, and real, and sort of mean/nasty (and you know I love the villains, always!), or the settings, lush and powerful, or the plot, original and very well built…but man, I’m in love!! Totally, irreversibly in love !!

Eve (I just have to call her that :D) is a darling; with a tough history, and issues of her own stemming from her pain and loneliness, she manages to do the right thing, even when it’s really tough to do it. She’s brave, open, cute and a bit naive, but not in the annoying “Get a clue” way, in the “Omg! Adorable!” way. Her reactions to whatever it is that’s happening are always endearing, and there’s just something about Eve, you know?

Obviously, the vampires are a total home-run. I mean, I have something of an innate love for them (even when they’re sparkly and eating ferrets, or something – lol), but K.A. Tucker‘s vampires aren’t on their way to sanctification. They’re beautiful, at times ruthless, vicious, stubborn, manipulative…*fangirls fangirls*, but not uncaring, not unfeeling. Though what they do care about varies from case to case, they all do care, and love someone, or something. It’s an art to build characters that are evil-ish by nature, without making them monsters, or going the totally opposite way and making them these goody good vangel things that spurt rainbows out of their ears.
Of course, I love Caden; he’s nothing shy of awesome, but I even liked Rachel, and she’s nasty. I found the Mortimer/Viggo duo really amusing, and throwing in the third wheel to their chariot of awesome, Sofie, I loved their interaction, especially the conflict moments.

Now, as I’ve said, the plot is really smart. There’s all kinds of fun stuff going on, witches, vampires (obviously), vampire mutants (like vamps on vamp steroids, fu~fu), werecreatures, dimensional traveling, curses, goods smuggling, fighting (the yummy kind, that keeps you focused on the nature of both fighters)…I mean, this is like YA heaven! You know, if there were vampires and witches and vampire mutants, and werecreatures and stuff there…[I'm sure there are!]

What I didn’t like about this novel is the fact that it ends. No, seriously, I hated that part. Couldn’t it just go on? Just a few hundred pages more…is that so much to ask? And this is the reason I do my best to avoid reading books that are volume 1 of the series until at least volume 2 and maybe 3 are out as well. I can’t deal with waiting for a tortuously long time (and it always is, tortuously long) for book 2, and 3, and so on to come out. I wanna read them, now!!

Eh…cr-cram. So, as I was saying…a definite must-read. Go ahead, read it now, I need to have people to share the misery with while I’m waiting for the next book!

All in all, K.A. Tucker‘s Anathema gets the highest rank on my fangirl-o-meter, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to paranormal romance lovers, and YA lovers, this one is pure gold!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Jessica Hansen on July 20, 2011 :
When starting Anathema I hadn't read the synopsis in so long that it was like jumping into the dark. So when meeting Evangeline for the first time she seemed lost, but so would any other 17 year old in foster care with no friends. As she stumbled upon Sophie, literally, and instantly had a friendship, my mind was racing with "typical" directions that the book could go in.
No way in hell would I have ever imagined the worlds that K.A. created. Falling asleep every night in a lavish room Evageline dreams of a Dystopia world, but not your average one, this one is inhabited with nothing but vampires who have killed off the entire human race. They have no luxuries, are wearing tattered clothes and live in caves. Now imagine being the only human that they've seen in 700 years? Yeah, I'd be freakin' out! Evangeline on the other hand is convinced that Sophie's rich & powerful friends are playing an elaborate joke on her....oh but she's wrong. Her nightly escapade start becoming more and more real, as do her feelings for the swoon-worthy Caden.
Sophie finally has to reveal to Evangeline what's happening to her. Why she's being transported from world to world, why she's hearing voices, and most importantly why it's all so real. She finds herself scrambling to gain the answers that Sophie needs, all while questioning everyone & everything around her. Talk about a tall order to fill?? But sometimes there are things that motivate you, and if she fails, she about motivation.

Writing this review is hard because I do NOT want to give away the great twists that K.A. has planted in the book! Just as soon as your mind starts thinking the plots going one way, it's flippin' around and running in the complete opposite direction. Her characters were so genuine and real that I felt all their emotions right away, and I even cried. (that's when you know it's good) This book was brilliant and I am already harassing K.A. for the next book in the series. So make sure you get your copy & indulge!

(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Hiba Abdelqader on July 19, 2011 :
I would like to point out that I don’t go around giving five stars to books I think are “just” really good, no, they have to be perfect from every single angle, and this book definitely was.

K. A Tucker has taken the irresistibility of Vampires into a new level. Well, a new dimension would be more accurate. The storyline of this book is incredible; I couldn’t put my iPad down. It was literally attached to my palm for the duration of me reading this book and then some. My favorite time to read became right before I went to sleep because I wanted to close my eyes and dream of Caden the way Evengeline did.

K. A Tucker has created two new twists in this gripping novel. First: The vampire’s venom on earth has lost its effect on humans, which means they lost the ability to change humans into vampires. Second: Ratheus’s human population has been extinct for 700 years and the vampires there are starving. The solution to both problems was Evengeline who was cursed by a witch Vampire –the source of all the problems.

This is a story about love, lost, and self preservation.

Caden is a breath of fresh air, he is flawless like every other vampire ‘love interest’ but his personality in this book is just to die for. He struggles to stay away from Evengeline because he knows there is no future between a vampire who’s been away from human blood for 700 years and and a fragile human who is from a completely other world. And he knows the only reason he hasn’t killed her already is because Evengeline’s curse has masked the scent of her blood from him. But it doesn’t matter because he is already with Rachel — a blood thirsty, totally jealous, extremely possessive Ratheus council member.

K. A Tucker has created new species in this book which definitely took the plot to a new level. Were-creatures: they are the result of Vampires using their venom on animals who become connected with their vampire masters telepathically, they triple in size and protect their masters territory. And abnormal Vampires: they are desperate vampires who have experimented on feeding off of other vampires which mutated them.

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(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: Andrea Thompson on July 17, 2011 :
What if you had nothing and no one? No roots to hold you to your life. What if you had the opportunity of a lifetime? The most luxurious aspects of life become yours for the taking. What price would you pay?

Evangeline is a girl with no family, no ties to her life. When the glamorous Sofie mysteriously insinuates herself into Evangeline’s life, her life changes in ways she could never possibly imagine. Upon arriving in New York, Sofie introduces Evangeline to Viggo and Mortimer. The fact that the three are hiding something from Evangeline quickly becomes apparent. But who can worry about that when wads of cash and loads of clothes are heaved upon you at every turn? Things take a bizarre turn on her first night in New York. A terrifying “dream” has Evangeline meeting strangely beautiful and dangerous people, coming under attack, and waking up with a bump on her head. Night after night, she becomes more involved in the “dream world” and day after day, she is faced with increasingly troubling behavior from Sofie, Viggo and Mortimer. With deceptions coming at every angle, Evangeline is left choosing who she can trust. The wrong choice may certainly cost her life.

In Anathema, K.A. Tucker has created a fascinating world filled with rich characters, alternate realities and psychological drama. Although Evangeline is the main character, Sofie was, for me, the most interesting character. Sofie was by turns ruthless, deceptive and surprisingly caring. Evangeline started the story as a meek character, but developed the strength to handle her circumstances.

To be completely honest, the jumping between Evangeline’s dream world and daily life was a little confusing and left me hoping that there would be a great explanation. Every time she was thrown from one reality to the other, I was thrown off track. Both storylines were excellent, but they felt distinct, not fully cohesive. The dual storylines are explained about halfway through the book, and eventually come together very nicely.

My favorite aspect of Anathema was the deception between the characters. While reading this book, you can never take anyone at “face value”. Each time I felt I knew who Evangeline could trust, the tables were turned. The level of deceit and trickery is astounding. I changed allegiance continuously and by the time I finished reading the book, I was still not sure I, or Evangeline, made the right choice.

K.A. Tucker beautifully set the stage for the sequel, Asylum, due out in 2012.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Mickey Reed on July 16, 2011 :
Big thanks to the author for a free ecopy of this novel!! Here is my honest review:

Wow.. this book! It seriously is in a league of its own right now. All the characters really came off the page for me, and the story is so unique you just can't put this book down. I absolutely connected with this book from page one. Not at all what I was expecting, and I'm honestly glad for it. It is a refreshing change in the supernatural/paranormal world.

This novel is written extremely well, has very interesting and complex characters, and really takes a new look at the paranormal genre. It's paranormal and fantasy combined in a creative way. It's easy to follow, and it keeps you guessing until the end. The next book needs to come out soon!!

Check out the full review on my blog: just search imabookshark. Thanks!
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

Review by: M V on July 11, 2011 :
I wasn't sure I would enjoy this book starting out but was soon pulled into the story. I truly enjoyed how this book kept me guessing throughout the story until it wrapped up neatly at the end. I look forward to future books in this series!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Patricia M on July 08, 2011 :
The take on this subject is what sets it apart from other books. I was a bit confused when I first started reading it but just when I thought, huh? or I thought I knew where it was going-- I get dealt a total curveball that I totally don't see coming. It's so contrary to everything else, I don't want to spoil it for you so I'll leave it at that. Let's talk characters a bit.

The story is told from Evangeline's POV. I found her to be very likeable and appealing. I often wanted to hold her & make things alright. She goes through a lot before and during the events of this story. In many ways, I feel that because she did go through so prepared her for the challenges she now faces.

I fell in♥love (yeah, I know...I do that a lot. I just can't help myself. lol) with Caden. Love that name. Caden. Okay, I'll stop saying it. He's pensive, good-hearted and so spicy-hot. I didn't quite know what to make of him in the beginning but by the end...I wanted him for myself.
The other characters were pretty awesome, too. Sophie-you never quite know what she's up to which keeps you on edge and then there's Amelie & Fiona-I want friends like this. I found all the characters had depth and intrigue.

So if you are seeking a paranormal YA read with a killer twist this is the book for you.

I want to thank Kathleen for providing an e-copy of Anathema in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

Review by: carod on July 08, 2011 :
Anathema by K.A. Tucker is the first of a new YA paranormal series, Causal Enchantment. The protagonist, Evangeline, is an orphan who grew up in foster homes. Just as she turns 18 she meets a mysterious, elegant woman who offers her a job. The woman flies her off in a private jet to New York. There she is moved into an amazing mansion where her employer and her two "friends" lavish her with gifts, money and attention. She begins to dream about an alternate universe inhabited by beautiful and strange people (including Caden, the quite acceptably mysterious romantic lead). She comes to realize that the dreams are real and the people in the alternate universe are somehow connected with her employers. And everyone is hoping that Evangeline will be their salvation.

This was a good start to a series. The characters are interesting and the setting, both in this universe and the alternate, are well described. It is an exciting book and ends in quite a satisfactory cliff-hanger.

My only quibble is that the character Evangeline suffers from what I call TSTL syndrome (too stupid too live). She's like one of those characters in the movies who are home alone, hear a mysterious noise and head down the basement stairs. She may be young, but given that she grew up in the foster care system, and volunteered with the homeless, it is hard to believe she would be as naive as she appears to be. She doesn't really question why these wealthy strangers are showering her with riches yet not asking her to do any work. And once she realizes they are trying to keep her in the mansion and manages to get herself out she doesn't try to escape or find help. She also remarkably obtuse about the feelings and motivations of other characters. Yet all these other characters develop feelings for her, try to protect her and are even willing to risk their lives for her. I found it a bit difficult to understand what they saw in her.

I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys YA paranormal romance.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Misty Rayburn on July 08, 2011 :
Evangeline is a social outcast, having spent her teens lonely, friendless and with foster parents who barely even acknowledge her existence. One day she stumbles upon Sophie’s café and in hopes of finding the friendship she craves, accepts a job as Sofie’s assistant. When Sophie takes a sudden trip to Manhattan, Evangeline finds herself swept up in a luxurious world of Prada, diamonds and limitless cash.

This generosity, kindness and potential for friendship causes Evangeline to dismiss the monstrous dogs that guard the house or even the erratic and sometimes violent behavior of Sofie and the two men that are playing host to them. She’s even willing to dismiss her strange and rather vivid dreams with mob-style murders, beautiful homeless people living in caves, and white-eyed demons that hunt her each night.

The longer it all goes on, the more of the mystery Evangeline unravels and what she finds is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined.

This book starts out with things being odd and then they get a little odder and a little odder until finally it all just comes together at once and you’re just left wondering what Evangeline is going to do! KA Tucker has a very interesting take on vampires here so you won’t find any sparkly stuff and you won’t find vampire cannon either. What you will find is a dark and gripping storyline with some very original ideas. Tucker changed the whole origin of werebeasts, added an interesting way to subdue vampires and gave us a new enemy of the vampire; the witch! I found this personally refreshing and fascinating because it’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. The web spun is so twisted that even the reader will be wondering who to trust and it ends on a note that leaves you begging for more.

Thank you to Kathleen Tucker for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)

Review by: tortoisebook on July 07, 2011 :
We first meet our heroine, Evangeline, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday. A social outcast with a tragic past, she has spent her teenage years shifted between foster families. That evening she meets Sofie, a glamorous and mysterious cafe owner. Sofie gives Evangeline a job and promptly whisks her off to New York and a life of luxury.

Evangeline quickly realises that all is not what it seems from the opulence of her surroundings to the giant guard dogs sent to protect her. Each night when she sleeps, she is transported to another world of beautiful young vampires who need her help to escape their world and she develops a mutual infatuation with the lovely Caden. Evangeline is being used by both Sofie and her new vampire friends for their own needs. Her life is in danger and she needs to work out who, if anyone, to trust.

The book did have some weaknesses for me. First, I didn't quite believe in Evangeline as a heroine. I liked her at first as she is very realistic and unassuming but, as the novel progressed, she didn't really have to do much. Her moments of danger were often solved by someone else's magic and her relationship with Caden was a classic case of teenage infatuation. I wished she had a bit more backbone and didn't fall for him so easily.

This novel is an ok read and is an imaginative take on the popular vampire theme. The plot runs smoothly and I finished the book wanting to know what happens next. I think it would appeal to fans of this genre but it wasn't really for me.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)

Review by: dementedreading on July 06, 2011 :
I received a this book for free but still feel I need to do a fair review of it. Starting it I wasn't sure what I was going to get. I struggled through it. After awhile I just didnt see where it was going. One thing that bothered me was most of the start was mostly the characters talking. There seemed to be a lack of details. I couldnt see the the characters or anything that was going on in my head. This book was just not what I thought it was going to be
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)

Review by: Jamie Kline on June 20, 2011 :
For some reason I find it harder to write reviews on books that I truly loved. I'm not sure why, I guess it's because my mind gets pulled in so many different directions, remembering all of the incredible scenes in the book and wanting to share them, but not wanting to spoil the story for anyone else.
The characters in this book? Amazing! I loved Evangeline as the main character. She was tough, smart, and persevered even when everything seemed impossible. I felt compassion for her having lost her mother at a young age and not having anyone in her life to confide in. She is extremely likable and relatable, which makes this an easy book to get sucked into. The secondary characters were just as important to the story. We Sofie who takes Evangeline under her wing without really knowing her and whisks her off to New York. Then there's the mysterious Viggo and Mortimer who welcome Evangeline into their home but are harboring some very dark secrets. I really loved Evangeline's guard dog, Max. At first he seemed just like an ordinary dog (albeit a very intimidating, large dog), but as the story progresses he plays a bigger part and we learn more about him. Then there are the characters from the other world; Amelie, Fiona, Bishop, Rachel, and of course Caden. I loved all of them, except Rachel who isn't meant to be liked because she's got her sights set on Caden and for the most part he seems to reciprocate some of those feelings much to Evangeline's dismay. I won't go into any more detail with the characters, but I found it impossible not to connect with each and every one of them.
The romance between Caden and Evangeline felt very genuine and makes you want nothing more than the two of them to be together. The wrench thrown into the mix of course is Rachel, who thinks that he only has eyes for her. There are some very tender moments between Evangeline and Caden that make you just want to melt, but terrify you at the same time wondering what will happen at the end, if they will ever be able to truly be a couple.
Another thing I loved about this book is the unique story line. It has two different worlds; one is set in present day New York, the other is a sort of dystopian society where everything is in ruin. The author did an excellent job of painting this other world for us so it's very easy to visualize and imagine what it would look like. The story was just a breath of fresh air after reading so many books with practically the same premise and I enjoyed every bit of it. There is a pretty big cliffhanger at the end and I know some people are turned off by that. To me, cliffhangers just serve to get me more excited about the next book in the series so they don't bother me in the least.
What more can I say? This book rocked and I would go so far as to say it's one of my top 3 books of this year so far; it was that good! I can't wait to see what else the author has in store for these characters in the next installment in the series and I will most definitely be pre-ordering it when it becomes available. Go check out Anathema now, I promise you won't be disappointed!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Jaime Arnold on June 17, 2011 :
Kathleen Tucker's debut novel Anathema was an amazing read! I couldn't categorize it as a Urban Fantasy YA read alone as there are some Dystopian aspects to it as well. The two different worlds she has created are both wonderfully amazing places one set in New York with shopping trips to Prada and extravagant homes. The other a world where theres no technology around and people live in caves with warm underground springs with beautiful waterfalls. The twist is whats the kicker here and I wish I could tell you all but I can't it would spoil the story so you'll have to read it to find out.

I absolutely fell in love with the MC Evangeline and her band of friends Caden, Amelie, Bishop, Fiona, Max, and Sophie. Each character had a personality that jumped right off the pages. I wanted to shop with Sophie, have girl talk with Amelie and Fiona, go fishing with Bishop, make out with Caden *swoons*, and cuddle up next to Max by the fire and read.

The story itself was beautifully written I admit at first I was like what's going on how could all this make sense? Then just as i was scratching my head going WTH the answers to my questions were revealed and let me tell you when you get those answers you'll be like whoa didn't see that coming! The answers are well worth the wait and now I want more I need book two now! I wish I could tell you more but I'd have to post spoilery and I don't do that so if you want to find out what I'm talking about buy the book!

Thank you miss Kathleen Tucker for the copy of Anathema for review!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Tanya Contois on June 17, 2011 :
Anathema was a great book with tons of excitement and suspense that had me hooked.My favorite character was Sofie because I was never able to figure out whether she was a good guy or bad guy.The excerpt from the next book was a great teaser and I cannot wait to see what K.A. Tucker has planned next for each of the characters.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)

Review by: Kristen on June 14, 2011 :
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
THEME: Vampires/Magic
RECEIVED: Received for Review from Author

Anathema had a very original plot using the typical vampire paranormal romance, but Tucker was able to create a very unique plot that really intrigued me. The story is full of deception and adventure, the lead character being pushed and pulled in every direction and as the reader you’re along for a very adventurous ride.

Evangeline is a young girl who has a very trustful mind, but all the while lives a very lonely life until she meets Sophie. From there her life changed dramatically after meeting Sophie’s acquaintances that are very mysterious and usually friendly. While living with them Evangeline begins dreaming every night of a world similar to her own… but there something different…something more terrifying about it. She soon becomes enthralled in this new world after meeting a group of people who take her in and befriend her, one of which is named Caden. A man whom Evangeline cant stop thinking about. Little does she know that both her world and the world she’s dreaming of have one very dangerous thing in common, vampires.

I really enjoyed the plot to Anathema; though the beginning pace was a bit slow for me. Once the story developed a little more I was sucked into Tuckers writing and her characters were fun, exciting and enthralling, I just couldn’t get enough. The story takes you back and forth between each world without it being confusing, the characters were all well developed and I have to add there are some really awesome animals in the book. My favorite being a dog called Max who is Evangeline’s protector and friend and is a lot more than what he seems.

The romance wasn’t an in your face typical romance, it was paced well with bumps in the road that made it realistic and fun. I enjoyed Evangeline as the lead, she was thrown into a situation that was difficult and she handled it like any real person would: she was scared, distrustful when she knew something wasn’t right and always questioning, making for a smart lead character.

Overall this was a great first book in the Casual Enchantment Series, the ending really leaves you wishing that the next were in your hands. I’m not a fan of cliffhangers, but I was actually happy with what Tucker did and thought it was a perfect fit to get me ready for the second installment. If your looking for a paranormal romance, with adventure, plot twist, and a great big cast of fun characters then this is the book for you!

This is adult book but is suitable for many ages; fans of the adventures in Rachel Caine and Nalini Singh’s writing will love K.A. Tuckers Anathema.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)

Review by: Fictional Bookshelf on June 12, 2011 :
Anathema has a little bit of everything wrapped up inside a fast-paced paranormal romance. Want an Urban Fantasy or how about a touch of magic? Well in one book you have many fantasy elements to choose from -witches, werebeasts, vampires and etcetera.

The characters were well rounded and the plot left me hungry to know more. Thankfully, this book is the beginning of a series!

It’s not your typical sweet vampire romance. There are dark and twisty elements that make this feel a lot like the scary stuff we watched on TV when our parents weren’t looking. However, those dark elements added to the story and made it feel unique.

There was one line in the beginning that really showed the true nature of the vampires and beasts in the book…

He gripped the window frame in anticipation, watching the beasts’ mammoth hooves trotting toward the man’s limp body, seconds away from squashing his head as if it were a ripe melon…

Would I recommend this book? YES.
Why? Because of everything I wrote above.
Would I read it again? YES. Probably several times to make sure I caught everything.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: Christine M. Butler on June 09, 2011 :
Anathema by K.A. Tucker was such an amazing read that I literally had trouble putting this book down and when I did, at the end, I kept thinking about it. The characters were lodged firmly in my mind and I had a billion questions about how everything was going to turn out down the road - you know, in the next book!
The first thing that struck me about this book, aside from the perfect amount of detail, was the character of Evangeline. She seemed so lost in her own lonely world that you immediately wonder how she came to be that way. While Evangeline is this lost, lonely girl in the beginning, the book follows her in first person perspective through the many ordeals she has to face and the discoveries she makes. Evangeline, while no longer alone, still remains lonely through most of the book. She is always the outsider, the human thrown in amongst vampires and other things.

While Anathema is a vampire story, it is markedly different from others that have inundated the market. There are new creatures in this book as well as a new look at how vampires and witches have unintentionally affected the world they inhabit.

The characters are also super fun to read! Anathema was a pleasant surprise for me. I expected to like it based on the description and the genre, but I didn't expect to fall in love with it or the characters that inhabited it. Evangeline, Sophie, Caden, and a few others are still dancing around in my head as I wait patiently to have those questions of, "what happens next," answered. If you love YA books, fantasy novels, and vampires you really need to grab this book. Be sure to tuck yourself away somewhere quiet and comfortable because you won't be getting up until you hit the end!
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Overton on May 29, 2011 :
I picked this book up this morning. I began reading, and soon found that my Nook was permanently attached to my hand.

Who can you trust?

That is just the question Eve (Evangeline) is asking herself. Having grown up without a father, then having to live with the death of her mother. Evangeline felt alone. Then steps in her "saving grace" Sofie, well . . maybe. Meeting Sofie maybe wasn't such a great life saving event after all . . . or was it?

Off to New York to help Sofie out. Evangeline meets Sofie's "dear" friends Mortimer and Viggo, as well as the team of watch dogs. Max becomes her shadow (one I enjoyed reading about). Little did Evangeline know, helping Sofie out would have her meeting the love of her life. Oh, and his crazy girlfriend Rachel (or so Rachel thinks).

There is no way for one to pick up this book and not fall in love with the characters. This book moves along rather nicely, until you hit chapter 23. Then all the sudden . . you have stepped onto a rollercoaster. Please note, no matter how many times you hit the advance page button at the end . . no more pages will come. You just have to wait for the next book to come out. Trust me, I am waiting . . . . .
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

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