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Monday, May 19, 2014

Blog Tour Book Review: Transformed

Release Date: January 1, 2014
Author: E. V. Fairfall
Publisher: R Mind
Length:273 pages

Since the beginning, two entities have had complete, unquestioned control over Thea: the Earth and God.

But when Thea suddenly figures out that the Earth has trapped her within a forest, she discovers that the only way to set herself free is to break God's one rule; she must forsake her animal form and become human.

The result is nothing she could ever have expected. Lost within the torrent of human emotions, Thea starts to lose who she is and even begins to fall in love with the one thing she always hated: a hunter.

As her act against God proves more problematic than anticipated, it is only a matter of time before her punishment may prove to be worse than Earth's entrapment.

    

Review:

Protagonist: Thea has never been in a human form before, after creating all the life on earth with her brother *cough* God *cough* she has always stayed in an animal form of some sort protecting her creations from brutal hunters. That is until one day after being reincarnated she finds herself in the same forest. After many of her lives lost she always wakes up in the same forest. Trapped by "The Earth" she realizes one thing that she needs to change the hearts of the family that's been hunting her creations for generations. To do this she plans to seduce and make the youngest member, Brice, fall in love with her only to have him shoot her in her deer form and see that he's really shot the girl he loves by turning human once more. I really enjoyed Thea's ignorance of the human world. It made her a very unique and interesting character. She does know a bit about the human world but after being stuck with all the things that would make her human, like human emotions, she realizes it's not as simple as it would seem to be human.

Romance: So there is a love triangle of sorts in this book. It's not something to take seriously since Brice, her intended target is a huge freaking tool. I mean he is the epitome of an evil greedy bastard. Chamber, yes that's right, Chamber, on the other hand is a loving caring type of human being, even vowing to stop hunting after spending time with Thea and hearing her side of things. It's safe to say that this "love triangle" is anything but, and more like a cautionary tale that not everyone is as nice as they seem as Brice first came off as a nice, even likable character, but we find out rather quickly what an utter slimeball he is. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I wanted to reach into the book and strangle the life from him.

World-Building: So the description is a bit misleading, I've tried my best to flesh out the complexities that the summary glossed over in the last two parts. That being said this world is still very complex and it wouldn't be a spoiler-free review if I expanded on what I've already said. The story itself sometimes bugged me since, at times, it seemed to have very heavy handed pro-vegetarian/anti-meat eating propaganda weaved into its story. I have nothing against vegetarians, in fact I've tried it a few times myself, I just didn't like how this book seemed to try and make me feel guilty for eating meat. That being said it was only a minor inconvenience and didn't affect my rating too much.

Predictability: From the start this book was fairly predictable, at least until I got a better sense of the world, but even then there were plenty of moments when I was shocked and surprised at what I found between these, virtual, pages. After getting a sense of who the characters are though their actions didn't surprise me all that much, especially Brice, you can always expect him to do something either douchey, slimy, or evil.

Ending: Going into the epilogue I was afraid that this was going to turn into the first installment of a series, and while I can still see it going that way, but after the epilogue I found that it turns out the have a nicely wrapped up ending. I'm not saying that everything turns out sunshine and rainbows, but it ends in a way that wraps the story up nicely and really made this book into more of a stand alone.

Rating:


Even with it's heavy handed pro-vegetarian propaganda, too simplified description, and good guy vs. bad guy love triangle, of which I'm personally not a fan, this was a very enjoyable read. It kept me guessing and had many likable characters which helped outshine the huge asshole in the middle of it.

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