Behind the Faerying Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where gods and creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess is hidden away.
Quinn Sinclair lives an ordinary life with her less-than-loving mother in Conifer, Colorado, clueless of her true nature. On the night of her birthday, a staggering betrayal sends her life spinning out-of-control. As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she is transported into a Magykal battle-forever changing her life.
Arik Morgaine-Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm-tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans. Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers. Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks?
New Adult. Recommended for 18 and above. Mature themes, sexual situations, and profanity.
Rating: 3.5 Stars!
This book is definitely a quirky one. I was convinced that it would be a mild paranormal / science fiction book, but don't let it fool you, readers. There would be a few terminologies to get used to (and it's worth to know about it).
"This is like reading a book about myths and fairytales"
Thumbs up for Raver to create such a vivid and imaginative world, it took me quite a while to get used to paranormal mode (pardon me, for getting lost in contemporary genre) but once i got used to it, i really like the mid-complexity of the world the characters lived in. It really shows that Ravers put a lot of effort on the background of the story, as well as the other factors contribute to the wholesome of the book.
The story is told in two third person point of view, Quinn and Arik. They have quite a distinctive voice i'm sure readers could differentiate when they switch POVs. I must admit in this book, i like both voices equally, as they bring out different angles of perspective - making the whole story more voluptuous.
The plot, though quite similar to a few stories, Raver has creatively give a unique twist to make it so quirky and engaging. Strip back all the supernatural side of the book - you'll have the structure commonly used in New Adult genre. Self-discovery, relationship, and the big scary responsibility. Raver has beefed it up to make an interesting journey.
The beginning of the story might make you feel like you're missing a few pages. you're not. In fact it's the start of the whole crashing dominoes. Although i am a supporter of dramatic dilemma, having dilemma before i have a bearing of the story, i have to say this introduction did overwhelmed me a bit. , though on the brighter side - it was an interesting scene *grins*
There were quite a lot of interesting scenes happening within the story. Raver has made perfect blend of humour and seriousness in every chapters, i believe readers can't help but to be engaged throughout. Whether it's by the main characters or by the supporting characters.
Character wise, i love the supporter roles of this story! They are a bunch of vibrant personalities, and i love it! To name some, i love Nanny Fi, Loki, and Maddy. I know i have a tendency to fangirl over flamboyant boys, but line dancing with red rhinestone cowboys boots? Man, i'm sold!
The main characters were believable and easy for readers to relate to. They weren't perfect, in fact there were some conflict caused by misinterpretations and denials. They were 'well built' because readers could see that their behaviour and response suited their age without being yawn-worthy. Through the journey of the story, they slowly learn to face the truth and face the dilemma of the dilemma of the story together.
"Well, that's depends, have you been a good boy? Do you deserve to be kissed?"
"Just the opposite. I've been bad. Very, very bad..."
Their relationship were so cute, like fluffy cute. I was "aww" ing in some of their dialogue together. Nothing like a foul-mouthed flirty ones that i was expected from the bad boy, Arik. This book wasn't as explicit in concern with sex, in fact, there were a hella lot more kissing than sex.
The ending, gosh! what a dramatic cliff-hanger~ i didn't see that one coming. I can't wait to read the second book *agitates*
Overall, it was a really enjoyable journey. I really recommend it to readers who like a mix of Lauren K. Hamilton and Richelle Mead books, or readers who like a heavy paranormal with mild relationship scenes.
Alexander Skarsgard as Arik
My thoughts: I'm so glad it's him to portray Arik. Alexander pulled the whole Swedish-Irish hottie just fine. It doesn't hurt that he himself is Scandinavian ;D
My thoughts: i don't know who she is, but she's really pretty~ I love her hair colour! perhaps a dash of tomboyish would make the portrait more accurate.
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Sneak Peek at Chapter One (If you're not convinced to read it yet~)
Gentle fingertips grazed the edge of her jaw, trailing down her neck to her collarbone. His citrine gaze stared deeply into her eyes, and her body heated at his tender touch.
“You’re okay, yeah?” Thaene asked, his voice hoarse from their lovemaking.
Am I okay? She hardly knew. Though she had nothing to compare it to, this feeling was more than giving her virginity to him. Quinn felt like something bigger inside had stirred to life, wanting to escape.
“You know I love you. I’m sorry if it hurt.” He kissed her again, his lips caressing hers, as if he could take the ache away. “Say something, Quinn. Please.”
“I love you, Thaene.” She pressed herself into him, passionately returning his affection. As their kiss continued, Quinn wondered if he wanted more. She also wondered if she had more to give.
“I want us together, always. Do you want that, Quinn?” Thaene’s eyes danced with a mixture of emotions—love, passion, possessiveness, and something else she couldn’t name.
“We can have forever. You want that, don’t you?” Thaene asked.
“Yes,” Quinn answered breathlessly, before realizing what she’d agreed to. She smiled, finding his need for her exciting. “Forever is a long time. But I could do it with you.”
Thaene smiled back. Happiness lit his face. He looked like he’d just won a major prize—he looked triumphant.
“Being with you on your twenty-second birthday was very special to me. You’ve given me such a precious gift.”
“I love you. I can’t imagine my first time with anyone else.”
Besides, my gift of Sight showed you to me, over and over. How could I not give myself to you?
Her gift had shown her something else as well. Since she didn’t understand it, Quinn ignored it. She’d followed her heart where Thaene was concerned. Not even her mother’s dislike—or in spite of it— changed her mind. Following your heart always led you down the right path.
Thaene lightly brushed her hair from her face, then he rested his forehead on hers.
“There’s something else I’d like you to give me. Will you do that? Give me what I desire the most?”
The longing in his voice made Quinn squirm underneath him. Right now, she’d give him anything.
“It’s the most precious gift of all. One I’ll cherish forever.”
Oh my God. He wants to marry me.
“Yes,” Quinn said, drawing in a breath. “I’ll give you anything.”
“Good.” Thaene nuzzled her neck. “I want you to show me your Magyk.”
“What?” Quinn blinked at him, wondering if she’d heard him right.
“If you want us to have forever, you must show me your Magyk.”
Dawna Raver is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Colour Wielders, Book One, is her debut novel. When she's not spending time in her fantasy world, Dawna loves football, reading, and pretending she's a top chef in the kitchen. Oh, and fawning over her dogs and husband, sometimes in that order.
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