Jan 6, 2013

The Claiming Words by Tricia Drammeh Review

Title:    The Claiming Words
Author:  Tricia Drammeh
Pages:    231
Publisher:  September 6th 2012 by Iconic Publishing
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Source:   ebook via author


Book Snyopsis:

The Alexanders have always kept their secrets hidden… When sixteen-year-old Jace Alexander moves to the small town of Oaktree, Georgia, he attracts the attention of every girl in school. Shy, introverted Alisa Cole immediately casts Jace in the leading role of her latest fantasy, but she assumes he’ll never return her interest. After she saves Jace from a Hunter, everything changes. Her accidental discovery of Jace’s secret propels her into a world of magic and danger. Alisa’s newfound courage is put to the test when Jace introduces her to his intimidating older brother,Bryce, and she decides she would rather battle a Hunter than endure another moment under Bryce’s intense scrutiny. Jace and Bryce aren’t the only ones with secrets… Rachel Stevens is the girl who has it all. She’s beautiful, popular, and in possession of an ancient power which endangers not only her, but those sent to protect her. Jace is drawn to Rachel—and he isn’t the only one. The Demon Re’Vel will do anything to claim her—even if it means waging a war with the entire Alexander family. As layers of secrets are peeled away, revealing the truth of her heritage and her family’s betrayal, Rachel struggles to resist an immortal suitor who stalks her in her dreams. With the Alexanders fighting to protect her, can Rachel escape the power of the Demon and his Claiming Words? 

My Review:
The Claiming Words is a fast paced Young Adult Paranormal Romance. Drammeh details a world with Magic within our own world.  The story is told between the POV of Rachel and Alisa.  First, Alisa exhibits low self-esteem through years of bullying by her peers, especially her cousin.  She meets Jace and her world begins to change.  After saving Jace from an attack by a hunter, Alisa is thrust into a world of magic. Alisa and Jace quickly become best friends and his family shares their magical secrets with her.  However, Jace's older brother verbalizes his disapproval of sharing secrets with a human and openly shares this with Alisa.  With this new knowledge, Alisa's character grows into a confident, strong female, who learns to stand up to her bullying peers. Now, Rachel is the total opposite of Alisa.  She is popular and part of the bullying crowd.  Jace discovers Rachel's inner magic hidden for years by a magical object. As you can imagine, a love triangle emerges as both Alisa and Rachel develop strong feelings for Jace.  Rachel's character perspective changes.  She realizes that standing by and watching others bully a peer is the same as participating in the act.  Rachel finds her voice and speaks up to protect Alisa.  Jace begins the book as an irresponsible teenager who doesn't want to train and learn how to control his magical powers.  Through his friendships with Alisa and Rachel, he realizes the importance of training and gains new insight into being responsible.  Bryce, the angry older brother, is a complex character.  An angry young man, who doesn't know which path to take in his future career.

Who is meant to be together? What hidden powers does Rachel possess?  Will she learn how to control her powers?  Who is the guy in her dreams? These questions kept me turning the page hoping the next page would provide me with the answers.  I look forward to reading more about these characters and finding the answers to all my questions.

My favorite aspect of The Claiming Words is the character development.  Each character held depth and showed growth in their journey.  The characters dealt with real emotions and situations young adults face everyday in real life.

I was provided a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.

Demon Fire: Book Two of The Claiming Words Series is scheduled to be released in the Summer of 2013.

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Author Information:

Tricia DrammehTricia Drammeh is the author of The Claiming Words. She currently lives with her family in St Charles, Missouri. The historic district is within walking distance and with every footstep down the brick-paved, haunted Main Street, she is transported to another time and her imagination takes flight. When she isn’t writing, she can be found reading, drinking vast amounts of coffee, or hanging out with the multitude of animals who have taken over her home.


  1. Will be putting this on my reading list. Thanks.

  2. I love good character development in a book too. Great review!

  3. Wow! I wouldn't have picked this book because I'm not a big fan of the cover but your review makes it sound awesome! Thanks!