Monday, January 9, 2012

When Copper Suns Fall Book Tour: Review (Bewitching Book Tours)

When Copper Suns Fall  by KaSonndra Leigh 
YA Dark Urban Fantasy

Blurb: In fifteen-year-old Chela Prizeon’s city, alchemy is forbidden, and angels hide among the mortal. With a deadly virus ravaging the globe, Chela’s nightmarish memories compels her to experience a past riddled with gloom, and now her brother is infected.

Chela’s only hope is the Caduceans, slayers sworn to protect the last seven Light Keepers and the ancient memories they share. A group led by the sometimes elusive, sometimes infuriating boy who intrigues Chela. But can she trust this boy with the mysterious past, someone who can influence her memories?

With the Caduceans aid, Chela races to defeat her rivals, to unearth dark family secrets, desperate to find a cure…only to discover the glutovirus is far more than a simple disease.

In this haunting debut, KaSonndra Leigh offers an escape into a world as intriguing as The Mortal Instruments and a story as chilling as Enclave. Full of celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and a secret romance, When Copper Suns Fall, is a fresh and original urban fantasy—with a dystopian twist—that will take readers on an unforgettable adventure. 

Our review: I began this book with little knowledge about it besides having read the opening paragraph and being an admirer of the cover art. I'm glad I did this. When Copper Suns Fall is a complex YA urban fantasy set in a dystopian world which includes some paranormal-type characters and a beguiling fantastical storyline with mysteries to solve and rich twists and turns. I was surprised at how quickly Chela's tale drew me in. I was tempted to plow right through this one but didn't and I would advise not to. There is a lot to draw in and comprehend as Chela narrates her tale. 

KaSonndra Leigh has quite the imagination and it shows throughout. Traveling with Chela as she tries to unravel what exactly happened to her twin brother, Micah, now comatose, is an intense journey in her futuristic world where kids are classified into specific classes and a military force is always present. The robo-crows were cool and the amusement park setting added to the intensity.

The author's style was fluid and there were lovely passages and lines throughout that I simply loved. The pacing flowed so well I felt like I was on a boat ride, grabbing onto the railings at times when the waves got too rocky until I was able to settle back and begin the ride all over again. Chela's voice was age appropriate and drew me in. There was plenty of action (fencing!) as she deals with family secrets and very mysterious boys who pop up and then disappear. One of the strongest attributes this story has is the murkiness/blurring of lines of who exactly is good or bad and I liked how the author did this. Did I say there were angels? Yes, there is and that's all I will say since I don't want to divulge too much of this novel. 

On the critical side there were some occasions I thought called for more description and a romance which developed quickly. Occasional typos and some places could be tighter but neither certainly didn't deter from my reading enjoyment. Also, the beginning did pack a lot of info of this new world which could be confusing but slowing my reading did help me understand this new version of our world.

A testament to an author's skill is how fully invested a reader becomes with your characters. I was fully invested with Chela, Faris and Seth. As a debut novelist I was certainly impressed with When Copper Suns Fall and will be watching out for KaSonndra Leigh's next installment in Chela's thrilling story. She has created an intense YA fantasy with unique characters and situations in an unsettling futuristic world, a world I want to know more about.

Rating: I really liked it.

(Received from the author for my honest review.)

About the Author: KaSonndra Leigh lives in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. She likes to write about teens doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Her two sons have made her promise to write a boy book next.

She holds the MFA in creative writing, and loves to play CLUE, Monopoly (the Indiana Jones version), and Pandora’s Box (good writer’s block therapy). She lives in an L-shaped house with a garden dedicated to her grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.

When Copper Suns Fall is her debut novel.

Author links: Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads


  1. Hi Meg, Caitlin, and Laurie! Thank you for hosting and reviewing for me today. I'm so glad you enjoyed When Copper Suns Fall. The sequel When Silver Moons Rise will have its cover reveal in March and the book will be out in June/July. I'd love to visit you all again sometime soon.

    Big Hugz,
    KaSonndra Leigh

  2. This book sounds really good. Thanks for the description and the review.