Two months ago, I was introduced to a fellow author, Christie Rich, through mutual social media contacts. Christie already had a ton of supporters and fans extolling the virtues of her writing--which was intriguing--and had already released two books in the her YA series--which was enviable (of course!)--so I decided to check the first book out.
You can read my review below, but find out more about Christie Rich and Five, first:
Rayla Tate was just a child when her mother disappeared from her life forever. Raised by her aunt Grace in a small town, she has lived an extremely sheltered life. Unknown to her, she was hidden from the fae who live secretly among us. Descended from an ancient blood-line of Elementals, only she has the power to crown the first fae high-king.
Sick of provincial living and the dictates of her aunt, Rayla flees the safety of her home and runs away to college with her best friend. Unfortunately, excitement over her newfound freedom is short-lived when she finds herself being chased by a mysterious stranger on her way to school. She is drawn to him immediately; however, she somehow manages to resist the compulsion she feels. As he disappears into the night, she is certain he hasn't gone far.
Rayla struggles to deal with the encounter while adapting to her new environment. To make matters worse, Aunt Grace reveals that Rayla will be hunted by a pack of fae lords, each hoping to claim her power for his own. She soon finds herself surrounded by stunning men. Could they be fae, or is this just normal college life? More importantly, why does she feel drawn to each one of them? What dark power do they hold over her? She must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using whatever means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever.
I live in a small town with my husband, two kids, a spastic dog, and two lazy cats. I love delving into fantasy. Whether it is reading a book, watching a great movie, or recently, writing something I absolutely love.
I have been focusing on the paranormal, and my first published novel, Five, is a paranormal romance. It is the first book in the Elemental Enmity Trilogy and is about a girl that discovers her role in an age old battle for world dominace between the fae and humans. I am working diligently on the second book in the series and hope to release it this fall.
One thing I have discovered about myself through this exciting journey of publishing is that I love to see a world I've created come to life. The experience of writing is much more enjoyable than reading for me and that is saying a lot. LOL.
I hope you enjoy my books as much as I do. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will again.
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My Five-Star Review of Five:
I'm not the target audience for this novel. I don't usually begin my reviews with a confession, but I think it's appropriate in this case. Christie Rich's debut novel wasn't written for the likes of me; it's pure YA ... but I read it anyway. And while I also admit that there were moments when I felt as if I would scream at another passage about how handsome ... irresistible ... (enter adjective here) one of the male characters was ... it's an excellent novel and I just purchased the second book in the series.
Rich's intended audience--and many others, I believe--will thoroughly enjoy this tale. The characters are strong, the settings and descriptions are vivid and appealing, and the storyline is quite intriguing. The reveals throughout the novel are well-placed and serve to propel the reader along, but the last chapters really allow Rich to flex her storytelling muscles. Thankfully, readers don't have to wait for the next installment!
I highly recommend this to YA and fantasy fans.
At only $0.99, Five is a steal! Pick it up today and read for yourself.
Five is the first book in "The Elemental Enmity" series. Check back Friday for my review of book two: Dark Matter.
Posted on Mon, July 16, 2012
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