Release Date: August 23, 2013
Author: Dawna Raver
Length: 381 pages
Behind the Faerying Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where gods and creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess is hidden away.
Quinn Sinclair lives an ordinary life with her less-than-loving mother in Conifer, Colorado, clueless of her true nature. On the night of her birthday, a staggering betrayal sends her life spinning out-of-control. As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she is transported into a Magykal battle-forever changing her life.
Arik Morgaine-Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm-tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans. Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers. Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks?
Protagonists: This book is told from two third-person perspectives, Quinn and Arik. As far as heroines go, I really liked Quinn she was someone that wouldn't be taken advantage of. While she is still flawed, it only makes her more relateable, and makes her feel all the more real. However, while she may feel real in that aspect there are moments when Quinn's actions just seem... too convenient for the story to move on, and it felt as though the author didn't want to spend a little extra time fleshing certain parts out a bit more. Arik, well he's a bit different, sure he wouldn't let anyone push him around and he is most definitely flawed, but where Quinn is a heroine, he is much more of an anti-hero. He's always had a bad boy reputation and while his identifiers may sound cliche, he's actually much better than most "bad boy" love interest types.
Romance: The romance was something I wasn't too happy about and was one of the flaws that made Quinn a bit less lovable. While Quinn has a boyfriend in the beginning of the book, that gets quickly resolved in the beginning, so then you'd think she'd get with the obvious love interest and things would be set straight, but no she quickly falls for someone else and that doesn't really turn up all sunshine and roses either. Honestly, it takes a while for anything real or substantial to happen in the romance department, and while I'm all for a slow substantial romance, I don't really care for frivolous side stuff that is easy to see right through.
World-Building: This was something I loved. While the world-building is hard to grasp in the beginning it becomes much easier once it's actually explained to the reader and the world this author has created is just magnificent. There is so much detail it's just amazing, and while the author did base her book in mythology the added details are great, and while my knowledge of Norse and Celtic mythology is a bit lax compared to my knowledge of Greek and Egyptian but I could tell that she wove some pretty amazing additions into her world that work very well with existing mythology.
Predictability: Being that this was a New Adult book, something I'm fairly unfamiliar with, it was harder to anticipate what was coming and so for those who have a fair bit more experience you may not have my exact experience, but I have to say I was really surprised this book throws a few curve balls and I was really happy with how this book turned out since it was harder to tell what was coming and I wasn't slugging on and on to discover the twist I already knew.
Ending: Holy Ba-Jezus that's a nice cliffhanger you got there. So, usually the first books in series end in a way that sort of closes it off just in case there's an off chance no more books in that series will be published, that way there's enough closure so riots don't form. That being said, while I very sure there will actually be a second book, if , for some bizarre reason, there isn't let me be the first to grab my torch and begin the riot. Yeah, that's how crazy this ending is, honestly I've seen worse, but not in a first installment and I just cannot wait to get back to this world and find out what happens next.
While this book begins slow and takes about halfway through to really start to heat up, once it's started it won't stop, this was a very hard book to put down at times and despite not being perfect it's something I highly suggest picking up.
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