Anathema: Causal Enchantment Series, Book 1

Anathema: Causal Enchantment Series, Book 1

by K. A. Tucker


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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 do anything to keep it, she accepts a job as Sofie's assistant and drops everything to fly to Manhattan, where she is thrust into a luxurious world of Prada, diamonds, and limitless cash.

With such generosity and kindness, it's easy for Evangeline to dismiss certain oddities . . . like Sofie's erratic and sometimes violent behavior, and the monstrous guard dogs. She's even willing to dismiss her vivid dreams of mob-style murders, beautiful homeless people living in caves, and white-eyed demons that haunt her each night as figments of her imagination-especially when one of those figments is the gorgeous Caden. When she wakes up with bite marks on her neck, the fairy tale quickly turns into a nightmare. She slowly unravels the mystery surrounding Sofie and friends, and the reality of the bites and the "dreams." What she discovers is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined.

In a world where everyone has motive to lie for personal gain, Evangeline must decide which deception is least likely to get her killed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986915505
Publisher: K.A. Tucker
Publication date: 06/15/2011
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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.

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Anathema: Causal Enchantment Series, Book 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
reb922 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Evangeline has lived in foster homes since the death of her mother and has to an extent felt alienated and alone ever since. On the eve of her 18th birthday she meets Sofie and is thrown into two different worlds and discovers she may not have been as alone as she thought she was. Sofie takes Evangeline to Manhattan to stay with "friends" and from there things begin to become strange. From oversized super protective dogs to an odd dream Evangeline quickly realizes things are not as they seem. Anathema is a book of two world of vampires each struggling with a different conflict in their specific vampire world. Evangeline will be entangled in both and maybe each worlds only hope. I really enjoyed Anathema and am eagerly awaiting the next installment to see when Tucker will take this story.
lostinalibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hmm, what to say about this book. As paranormal romances go, it wasn't bad. However, I always have a problem with these stories. There must be a template somewhere that the writers of these books follow. Innocent young girl falls for dangerous {fill in supernatural being of your choice}. She has a tragic past and doesnt realize how beautiful she is because, of course, that would make her less attractive; he's beyond gorgeous. They fall in love at first glance but he warns her he's dangerous. She doesn't believe him because he's so goodlooking and we all know that good looking men are always, well, good (just ask Ted Bundy). To prove her point, she risks not only her life but the lives of everyone else around. Anyway, about this book. The characters were likable enough for the most part. The story is told in the first voice by Evangeline who, as heroines go, is extremely passive. Things happen to her, people threaten or protect her. She rarely acts in any rational or even discernible way. Caden, her love interest is a vampire. (just an aside, great name but how come vampires in these books never have names like Bruce or Todd. They all have these romantic names as if, when they were born, their mothers just knew they were gonna grow up to be vampires. Or do they take these names after they were turned to make themselves seem more romantic). But I digress. So back to the characters - some of them were actually quite intriguing e.g. Sophie, Leo. and Max, the werebeast, all of whom I rather liked. Maybe I'm too old or too cynical for these books because I just don't get the whole fascination with bad boys. Clearly, young girls love them and, if they get people reading, great but, just once, couldn't we have a less than beautiful non-auburn-haired heroine not fall hopelessly in love with the hunk with the jade coloured eyes but actually kick some serious butt on her own. Again, never mind, just another diversion on the road to my conclusion.So you're probably wondering, if I disliked it this much, why 3 stars? Well, I liked the ending - because the author took a chance and broke the cookie cutter pattern in surprising ways in the last few pages. So much so, in fact, I found myself thinking Maybe I might check out the sequel. And, trust me, no one was more surprised than me at that thought.
fayeflame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think I just got my first taste of paranormal, dystopian, urban fantasy, 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 wellbeing. 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, 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.
o2b5ft2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Can I just say I totally dug this book?! Umm, I totally did. This is not just your teenager daughter¿s YA novel. It is dark, clever & suspenseful, oh my.We meet orphaned loner Evangeline right as she is stumbling (literally, the girl is a hot mess) into her plum new job as an assistant for the sophisticated and mysterious Sophie. Major new perks of her new job include a move to New York, unlimited Prada, Burberry, cash and perhaps having a pseudo home to call her own. She should have read the fine print of her benefits package though because it also seems to include just about everyone wanting to either a) kill her or b) use her for their nefarious evil master plans without giving her a courteous little heads up. Rude! The poor girl really should sleep with one eye open but that is pretty hard to do when she is having the most vivid dreams that make her wonder what is reality and what is illusion?! I really enjoyed this book. Between the world building being incredible, seamless transitions between the two, danger around every corner and the sweet little romance she was starting up with the hottie Caden¿I didn't know if I wanted that girl to go sleep or if I wanted her to wake up. The story has an epic feel to it while still having a young adult vibe. Almost a Gossip Girl meets Hunger Games. I¿m looking forward to the sequel. ~ Reviewed for LT Member Giveaway
Andreat78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
M00nlitDreams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
BooksDevoured More than 1 year ago
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!
WovenStrands More than 1 year ago
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. Pick this book up and you will be taken on the ride of your life.
MickeyJayyy More than 1 year ago
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. Search imabookshark :o)
Patricia-TwoChicksOnBooks More than 1 year ago
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.
bellacolella More than 1 year ago
I love to read and I love to read new things, and this story I was able to read these past 2 days was amazing! Anathema by K.A. Tucker was just captivating. From the first page to the last I was excited, in love and just well there are no words to explain! This book is about a girl name Evangeline; she encounters some pretty strange things when she reaches her eighteenth birthday. At the age of thirteen she loses her mother and she is pretty much a loner living with foster parents till she encounter a lady name Sofie and form then on her life changes. She meets Vampires, Witches and so many other things that are just not so real to her. She is a thrown into a worlds and a war she has no knowledge of and everyone around her is keeping thing from her. Can I say the love story, and oh yes there is one, is heart touching. I loved it and loved reading it and about it!! :)Their ways always something keeping me on the edge of my seat and making me read on. I could not put the book down it was just that good!!! It a good read and lots of new stuff form the books I have been reading and I can not wait till the nest book is out I am very excited to see what happens to all the great and exciting things that have happened in this book. You will not be disappointed at all, so make sure you pick it up I promise you will fall in love!!!! Check me out at Paranormal Book CLub on Face book for lots more great reads!!