Monday, March 9, 2015
“The more magic you used to keep monsters away, the more monsters were drawn to you.”
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley
Where to find: Goodreads / Amazon
This is a paranormal romance book that comes out March 10th. I find the cover to be really nice and it really intrigued me when I saw it the first time. It really suggests a creepy level to the story. This story focuses on Kia as she goes to live with her Grandmother at the Blackwood estate where she learns that there is a lot going on behind the scenes.
This book has your stereotypically hot guy whose beauty completely consumes the main character. Plus she happens to hate him at first. We meet Ethan and his domineering personality in the prologue as soon as Kia enters the Blackwood Estate. The progression of their relationship was extremely rushed along with other aspects of the plot. But since this is such a short book I can see why it was rushed. I did like the alternating perspectives though since it helped you see things from Ethan’s perspective, so his bad boy persona and affect on Kia was less obnoxious to me. I kind of wish the chapters were every other rather than mostly Kia's perspective with a chapter from Ethan here and there.
While Ethan clearly knew what was going on from the beginning. I appreciated that the mystery was somewhat kept from the reader. But you quickly learn that Ethan and the Blackwoods are hiding something and that it is not a good thing.
This book was just so typical for me. There was nothing overly special about it. It also had so many stereotypical paranormal romance aspects that I did not find it to be entirely unique. Yes, the idea of the cult and Kia fire power were unique, but there were so many other aspects that are found in every other paranormal romance.
This was a really short quick read. I think a lot of the issues with this book were due to its length. I think a lot of plot elements were glossed over and undeveloped. Plus there was little to no background information. I think this book would have been much better if different aspects were fleshed out.
That being said the last fifth or so of this book was much better than the beginning. The pace and plot started to pick up and I became more invested in the story and wanting to find out what would happen to the characters. Overall, this was a mediocre read that had many low points, but still an interesting premise.
*I was sent an ARC of this book from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review*
Let me know in the comments if you have read the book and what your thoughts are.