Heeeeeyyyy, guys!! So, back to the reviews. BUT! This is another blog tour! Yay!!
I’m apart of the blog tour for Claire Banschbach’s newest book: Adela’s Curse (bk 1 in The Faeries of Myrnius). Enjoy! 😀
A curse. A murderous scheme. A choice.
A witch and her master capture a young faery and command her to kill their enemy. Adela has no choice but to obey. If she does not, they will force the location of her people’s mountain home from her and kill her. To make matters even worse, the person she is to kill is only a man struggling to save his dying land and mend a broken heart.
Count Stefan is a man simply trying to forget the woman he loves and save a land crippled by drought. When a mysterious woman arrives at his castle claiming to be a seamstress, he knows she is more than she seems.
Adela enlists the help of Damian, another faery, to try and delay the inevitable. He insists she has a choice. But with the witch controlling her every move, does she?
What I thought:
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book, to be honest. I mean, faeries can range from pixie like things (Tinker Bell), to crazy dark faeries (I can’t think of an example from the top of my head). So, I didn’t know where this stood.
But, I will say, that I was thoroughly impressed. It’s kinda like a happy medium; happy faeries who each have a job and live in harmony; and dark, magic stuff (though nothing inappropriate).
Also, I was kinda nervous when I saw that there were only a little over a hundred pages (especially when the plot got really exciting, and I couldn’t see how things would be resolved that fast!), but I was really impressed with how things were wrapped up!
But I liked it!! It was actually really pretty good! (That sentence has so many things wrong with it…)
The ending, though. I SO WANT THE NEXT BOOK!! (Though, it actually wasn’t a cliff-hanger, I just don’t quite know why…)
Admittingly (that’s TOTALLY a word!), at first I didn’t like the writing. The paragraphs were big, and I just wasn’t really getting into it. But I quickly grew use to it, and I feel that the paragraphs shortened and the writing improved as the book went on.
I also liked that the book started out with a normal day (though there was a bit of time jumping), and then got really exciting, then got wrapped up awesomely!
I liked Adela (though not at first. But it’s rare that I like a MC straight away). I also like all of her friends and her aunt (who, honestly, I thought was going to be like Cinderella’s step-mother).
But, since I’m bleeding honesty right now, I didn’t really like Damian until the end (’cause then he was pretty cool, if not a little bit…. well, SPOILERS 😉 ). But then I didn’t want him to die. Sooo, that’s good.
I did like Stefan, though. He was probably my favorite. He just … I dunno. I just liked him.
I felt like there was a bit of insta-love, and I didn’t really love the guy. And I didn’t really care for Damian.
Also, as I said above, the paragraphs came in large sections, but maybe I’m not use to that.
And I also feel that it could’ve been made a bit longer, but I still thought that it was handled quite nicely!
Lastly, I could guess all of the plot twists, and found the book a little predictable. But, eh! I’m too smart for my own good! 😛
I feel like this would be fine for upper elementary kids and up.
Stuff it includes: Magic/controlling people, and there’s a witch; sword fighting, though nothing too described; dark faeries who I REALLY want to know more about (*nudges Claire*); there’s romance, but there’s nothing more then a kiss, so not too bad. The last bit definitely had a darker feel, what with all the dark faeries and sword fighting and stuff. And I think that that’s about it!
I read this in one night, and really enjoyed it! It was kinda different that what I was expecting, but good nonetheless! And I was really impressed with how the story was only one hundred pages (I’m usually a four to five hundred paged book person), but managed to get the whole story out and not feel rushed!
Yep, I’d recommend this!
Four Stars ∗∗∗∗
Claire Banschbach was born and raised in Midland, TX, the fourth of eight children. She was homeschooled through high school and is now a proud member of the Texas A&M University class of 2014. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. She continues to write in her spare time (and often when she doesn’t have spare time). She hopes her strong foundation in God will help to guide her writing.
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