Avery by Charlotte McConaghy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The people of kaya die in pairs. Yes, okay Charlotte McConaghy, we get it. You do not need to repeat yourself a gazillion times.
Ava's mate, Avery, died in an attempt to overthrow their enemy's bloodthirsty Queen. All did not go as plan and Avery died, rather gruesomely. Something went wrong however, and Ava did not die. Instead she became a shell of her former self, taking on Avery's name and gender. In her own revenge attempt to murder her enemy territory's queen, she is captured and stranded with her son, Ambrose. While they come from vastly different worlds and are destined to hate one another, they slowly find that they are not so different and set out to make peace and change history.
Charcoal Tears by Jane Washington
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Seraph has a abusive dead beat dad. She aims to drudge through each day: go to school, protect her younger brother, work her secret job at a bar on nights. Sometimes it's her sanctuary when a stranger who frequents her bar shows up. She doesn't even know his name, but she can tell him anything. It's a refuge for Seraph who has never had friends and doesn't really think about it, hiding behind her black mane most of the time.
All this changes when two incredibly handsome boys come to school and start giving her attention and warmth she has never received before. However, there's a catch. There's always a catch.
This book deals with some heavy themes, depression and abuse primarily, however.
Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Ellie is a woodcarver's daughter. Brought up by two loving parents along with two adoring little twin sisters, Ellie is content with her lot in life. Except the nightmares of her childhood have come back with a vengence AND she is being forced to marry thr most loathsome man. Until, the Fey King Rain Tairen Soul hears Ellie's soul call out to his in only the way a truemate can. He finds that Ellysetta is more than just a woodcarvers daughter and has the potential to save his people.
Not a particularity creative story line, but I enjoyed it. It was entirely about world building and getting to intimately know the characters. Now that that's out of the way, I'm hoping book two really gets to the meat of the action.
it kinda felt insta-lovey with the whole soul mates thing. also none of the characters particularly stood out for their personalities which was a disappointment. However, Ellie and her ongoing slow change from being a lowly peasant to Queen of the Fey was an interesting and welcome journey.
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