Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Tour Review: All the Kings Men by Kat H. Clayton

Ok, y’all, continuing with the awesomeness that is this series, I am more than excited to be on this tour!  Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and Kat Clayton!  Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of my review!

Title: All the King’s Men
Author: Kat H. Clayton
File Size: 501 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

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After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts.~Aristotle Onassis

There's a mystery floating in Charleston, South Carolina and it revolves around one word...Kythera. To anyone outside the city limits it means nothing, but to those who live there it's a word whispered in awe and respect or jealousy and hate.

Welcome to a world where money isn't the only name of the game.

All the King’s Men is the sequel to The Kings of Charleston and continues the adventures of Casper and Cal as they try to escape Kythera and the mysterious group looking to destroy the “K”. Will they leave behind everything they've known or will their association with Kythera destroy them before they can escape?

The Kings of Charleston asked, are you in? All the King's Men asks, will you survive? [Goodreads]


All the King’s Men starts off with a bang.  And stuff happens, which I can’t really talk about because it will ruin so much, but basically, Casper and Cal are torn apart.  And Casper does the angsty-teen-pining-over-lost-love thing.  She goes to school, does her little social requirements; completely the opposite of Bella.  Which is good.  ‘Cause you all know how I feel about that codependent loser.  Where I had my reservations about Casper in The Kings of Charleston, I began to fall in love with her in All the King’s Men.  Rebecca and I had a long discussion about how teenage girls fall in love, etc.  And I began to see Casper through a different light, and it gave me a little more understanding into her character, how she acted…basically, I liked her better in this installment.  Her inner-strength and independence really shines and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for her in book 3!

I just wasn’t into the romance part of the story at all.  It felt sort of forced to me.  And even at the end, still felt a little one-dimensional.  Maybe it’s because I have never been a teenage girl.  Regardless, I was into everything else.  The mystery and intrigue both had me in their grasp.  What was going on with Casper’s mom?  Would Casper be able to complete the task given to her by Kythera?  What about this mysterious other group?  How many people would have to die? [Yes, lots of people die in this book!]

We also meet some new characters, one who I hope reappears in the next book: The bodyguard Brandon.  He was such a fun addition to the oh-so-serious cast of players.  He and Casper had a great brother-sister kind of rapport and I really like their scenes together.  It was natural and relaxed, removing some of the ever-building tension of the story. 

The other new one is Dev.  [I wrote these notes down while reading the book, as I often do; the answer to this is revealed by the end of the book!  No, I’m not going to tell you…read the book!] I can’t wait to find out what is up with Dev.  Is he CIA? FBI? A spy for a third group? Just a normal, sane high school guy?  There’s something about his character that I like, beyond Cal or Brandon or Casper.  I truly felt he was real and I connected with him and his story.  Though, I did keep waiting for something bad to happen to him. And what happened shocked me just a little, though Clayton hints about it toward the end of the story.  Just a little.  I was like, “Hmmm, is that what’s going on?”  But I wasn’t sure enough to settle on it.  So it still caught me by surprise!

Oh, the ending to All the King’s Men!  Kat, you outdid yourself!  You had me hooked with The Kings, now I’m addicted!  I want book 3 now!  Not in the Fall!  Wave your magic-word-wand that all authors have and whip this book out.  ‘Cause I need it.  I’m already going through withdrawal. 

All the King’s Men has some blow-your-mind twists, turns I never saw coming, and punch-in-the-gut action.  If you at all have thought about starting this series, DO IT!

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About the Author

Kat has been a writer her entire life, but never pursued a writing career until the characters from a short story she wrote in high school refused to go away. Finally, she sat down and wrote their story which would became The Kings of Charleston series.

Kat has been an avid reader her entire life. She enjoys all genres, but particularly Mystery and Young Adult. Mary Higgins Clark is one of her favorite authors who inspired her love of mysteries.

When she isn't writing, Kat loves to travel, try out new recipes and hang out with her husband. She is originally from Kentucky, but currently resides in South Georgia with her husband, a cat named Frank and a dog named Lil.

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  1. Thank you Richard for taking the time to be apart of the blog tour again and review All the King's Men! I'm glad you loved the twist and turns, and of course expect plenty of more in the last installment (might be a 4th?). But, I also think you'll get some more character development/background particularly of Cal. I really wish I had a magic wand...that would be awesome! Sorry, I can't get the book any sooner...then again I might be able to make a deal with you :)

  2. I haven't begun this series yet, but it sounds like I'm missing out. The review was certainly very enthusiastic & helpful.


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