Blog Tour ~ Krymzyn by BC Powell ~ Review (by Jaime!) and Giveaway

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By BC Powell
Published on October 4, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Sci-Fi
Chase was twelve the first time he arrived in a strange land where dark, ominous clouds never move, ancient trees violently spring to life during Darkness, and people seem to live without emotion. Doctors tell him they’re hallucinations, but he knows his visits are real. She’s there—Sash—and she’s more real than anyone he’s ever known.

His visits stop but, as years pass, the memories haunt Chase. Without warning, the young man suddenly finds himself again in a world called Krymzyn. Arriving during Darkness, he’s rescued from death by the extraordinary, beautiful, but terrifying young woman he first met when he was twelve.

When Chase is thrust into the war of balance against vile creatures who threaten all who live there, Sash helps him understand his purpose in Krymzyn. A dark secret from the beginning of time reveals he might be able to stay there forever. To prove he belongs in Krymzyn and be with the only woman he can ever love, Chase will have to risk his own life in the ultimate battle.

My Review

I had no idea what to expect going into Krymzyn. I saw the cover, it caught my eye and the synopsis was intriguing. Just so happens, they told the right story! Krymzyn is incredibly unique, the world-building is incredibly well done and the characters develop nicely throughout the story. The romance was sweet and honest. Most of all, it conveyed emotion. I couldn't help but smile when the characters smiled, and feel anger and sadness with them as well. This, in itself, is an incredible ability for an author, and BC Powell has it down!

The beginning of the story, we are with a girl who is still small, much smaller than others before her, going through her Ritual of Purpose. From her actions, and the reactions of the crowd, we know she is special, somehow.
Then we are with a 12 year old boy, Chase, as he has a seizure for the very first time and is transported to a whole new world. There, he begins his Journey in Krymzyn, his Journey with Sash. There, he sees her black hair run with scarlet.
Krymzyn is a completely different world from ours, where the people live for their individuals Purposes, and Balance is the key to survival, to everything. I have already mentioned this, but it bears mentioning again, that the world-building is top notch. I could close my eyes at any point in this story, and see Krymzyn and its people with no effort. It is a strange, yet beautiful world.

I don't want to reveal too much, but the story follows Chase through each of his journeys into Krymzyn, and we see him fall in love with the beautiful Sash a little more each time. Their romance was a slow burn, and the story is a beautiful one. Watching Chase teach Sash about himself and Earth and emotions and senses, and Sash teaching Chase the ways of Krymzyn, of Balance, was beautiful. Seeing them both adapt and change and become who they were meant to be was powerful.

There were some action scenes, some fighting scenes, and the different Rituals and Purposes, which kept the plot moving forward. Intermittently, we go back to Earth with Chase, and see how he lives his life being away from Krymzyn. He has an amazing family, and best friend, and he is incredibly loved, and he loves so much. Yet, he knows he isn't where he is meant to be.

All in all, I adored this book. I adore this author. My only issue was the pacing in the beginning, and occasionally throughout. It would slow down a bit, and while it never got boring at all, I did find myself wishing it would pick back up again. The final issue I have with Krymzyn is the ending. I can't really say what the issue is, because it would be a spoiler, but I don't condone what happened, even though I understand the reasons behind it. I feel like there may have been a better way to go about it.

Would I recommend Kyrmzyn? Absolutely, I would. Just as a warning, there is some sexual content, and some language in the story, as well as violence and death. If neither of those things bother you? Go for it! I think you might just enjoy yourself.

About the Author

BC Powell is a fantasy author from Los Angeles, CA. "Krymzyn" is his debut science fiction fantasy novel, the first book in a series titled "The Journals of Krymzyn."

Powell has a diverse background, having held several creative positions in the entertainment industry, including executive roles at ABC-TV and Technicolor. In recent years, he's authored several non-fiction works, primarily educational books and training programs for trading the financial markets. He dual majored in journalism and philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Writing fiction has been his lifelong passion and goal. "Krymzyn" is his first published novel and represents, in his words, "finally finding the story I want to tell with characters that are able to bring that story to life." He's an avid reader and lists Ernest Hemingway, Frank L. Herbert, Stephen King, Jane Austen, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. as his favorite authors.

Brad, as he prefers to go by in personal communication, lives with his longtime girlfriend, three sons from a previous marriage, and their rescue dog and cat. He enjoys hiking, ocean kayaking, spending time at Southern California beaches, movies, and reading.


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