We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.
Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.
Another NetGalley review that I am so behind on. I am still trying to play catch up and get these babies done. So let's just jump into this, shall we?
Freddie and Rain are wonderfully written characters. I love them so much. They are well flushed out and even have a few flaws that make them seem that much more like real people. I love that. It's also cool to see that for once the male is human and the female is supernatural. If you want that kind of gender switch thing, get this book! It's also strange to see a YA story told from the male leads POV. That doesn't happen very much.
This book just kind of throws what we have come to know and love about YA paranormal out the window and it does work. I'm sure people will love it!
Mara Pryce never imagined that her life was anything but normal and then a strange gray-eyed young man appears at her graduation. When he vanishes without a trace, she’s convinced he’s a figment of her imagination. Then he appears again and shatters her whole world.
Mara is an enchanter, part of an ancient line of Wiccan power, and a war is raging—one of good and evil—between the Enchanted and the Iniquitous.
The Iniquitous want her dead and it’s Theodore’s job as her protector to keep her safe.
When Mara and Theodore arrive at a safe house, where Mara will remain hidden while learning about her powers, they find that the real threat might be a little closer to home than they want to believe.
I am slowly getting through all my NetGalley books. Which is really helping my stress level. Now to the actual review. I'm a simple person, I see anything paranormal (vampires and witches especially) and I got to read it or at the very least give it a try. So this one pulled me in quickly. I loved the characters and I thought everything was well done but the whole war part.... I just felt that it could've been more. Otherwise, I can't wait to read the rest.
Olivia Geroux knew her king was reluctant to marry her, whatever the negotiations had arranged. But she never expected to find handsome, arrogant King Rowan obsessed with his stepsister instead. And before she can determine what course to take, she overhears her greatest ally plotting to murder the princess.
Olivia must act quickly—and live with whatever chaos results. As the assassin hunts his prey, a magic mirror appears to show Olivia the three paths that open before her . . .
~ If she hesitates only a moment, the princess will die—and she will become queen.
~ If she calls for help, she will gain great power—but she must also thrust away her own happiness.
~ If she runs to stop the murder herself, she will know love and contentment—but her whole country will suffer.
As she lives out each path, her wits and courage will be tested as she fights to protect her people, her friends, and her heart. And deciding which to follow will be far from easy . . .
I had no idea this was the second in a series! NetGalley should've told me. That being said, I still enjoyed this novel and I want o go back and read the first one now. It's well written and while Olivia isn't my favorite character in the world. I enjoy that she felt like a fully flushed out character. I loved seeing the different paths she could take. I wasn't surprised that she chose the one she did though. It seemed pretty obvious to me.