Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural, Romance
Publication Date: February 16th 2013
Number of Pages: 244
Source: Bought from the UK Kindle Store
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Where do I start with this book? - I think I both loved it and disliked it at the same time. Is that even possible? I was constantly reminded of Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 as the story features similarities such as a 'feelings/love' triangle, forces joining together to prepare for a fight against the bad guys, lots of training scenes and then an epic battle. I will just say now though that this has nothing to do with Vampires and Werewolves - at least not in Book 1 anyways! I do doubt that this story will go down that route too - never say never though.
Although I was having deja vu moments, I did enjoy reading this book. I liked the concept of Ryanne coming into her mage powers and discovering aspects of her life are actually different to how she remembers them. I also liked that Ryanne was very protective over her 'new' family and didn't want them to get hurt whilst trying to protect her from the bad guys (aka the Gadramicks).
I think the aspect of this story that pulled me the most though was the numerous men/boys involved in this story and their 'feelings' for Ryanne - even after finishing this book I'm confused about what each of them feels for Ryanne. I'm not even sure whether Ryanne has a 'power' which makes them attracted to her or not - this is very quickly hinted at with a VO5 hair swinging advert moment but is then never brought up again. Although I enjoyed this element, it also annoyed me. I felt Ryanne was being a bit of a bunny boiler by sitting on the guys laps and cuddling them, the whole 'you don't know your beautiful' grew old pretty quick too - and yes, a One Direction song was quoted at one point! In fact I did enjoy the current entertainment references through the story - I did have giggles over the Twilight and Transformers references.
There were some regular misspellings in this book but I don't think I've actually read a book within the last 6 months which hasn't had at least one misspelling - I blame noticing these more now that I have to proof-read as part of my job. [I am however not an expert and no doubt make loads of mistakes in my own blog posts - I'm sorry for my own grammatical mistakes and misspellings.] Anyways these misspelling didn't really affect my reading, I just noticed them.
Even though this review does seem to lean more towards a 'negative-sided' opinion of the book, I did enjoy reading it - I just cannot quite put my finger on why *puzzlement continues*. Despite my comments, I will certainly be downloading the second book in the series and I look forward to reading more about Ryanne, Colton, David, Liam, Larkin, Logan, Emma, Tom and Claire ^_^. As an end note, I have no idea what team I would be on at the end of this book - I think I'm totally confuzzled as to which male character I like most - I vote that they are all dreamy and so I can't possibly pick!
Three stars given because I really am torn by this story and the author's writing.
I'd like to give it more but that would be unfair to other 4 or 5 star books.