This is the first book in a series by Penelope Fletcher, and is about a young woman who grew up thinking herself human and … learns otherwise.
I shan’t like to give away spoilers. So I’ll pause a moment to share the book’s blurb and let Ms Fletcher tell you what it’s about:
Rae Wilder has problems. Supernatural creatures swarm the earth, and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Stalked by a handsome fairy who claims she is like him, demonkind, Rae thinks maybe it was a mistake breaking the rules by going over the Wall into demon territory. Plunged into a world of dark magics, fierce creatures, and ritual sacrifice, she is charged with a guarding a magical amulet. The changes to her mind and body are startling, but rather than accept her purpose she struggles against who she is destined to be. Throw in a big lust for a vampire who can’t keep his hands off her, and life starts to get complicated. Rae is forced to make the ultimate choice: to live and die human, or embrace her birth-right and wield magics that could turn her into something wicked, a force of nature nothing can control.
Honestly, it looked like a pretty good story. And Ms Fletcher shows a good bit of talent. This book might even qualify for awesome if it weren’t for two very unavoidable facts:
First, and most important — I must say the book is not terribly well edited. Even one good ol’ fashioned read through before publishing and some very blatant mistakes would show up — for example, in a late chapter Rae is being carried, according to the text, by someone who is not present in the scene as stated a couple of very short paragraphs later. Also some of the sentences and paragraphs were phrased in an awkward way that might have got tweaked if Ms Fletcher had found a good friend to read the book over carefully who also was a stickler for English.
The second is that it feels like it’s trying to be a twist on Twilight. If Ms Meyer’s book is your bag of chips you might not see this as a problem, so let me explain. Inspired by Twilight? Well, that’s a tradition of fiction, to emulate your favourites — if Ms Fletcher is a Meyers fan, that’s all well and good. The book might do well to look a bit like she’s a fan of the work, which would make sense. But it’s the feel. There’s a love triangle that forms and just seems an arbitrary attempt to parallel the whole Vampire/Warewolf/Bella thing (sorry, I’m not a fan of Meyers’ work and can’t recall the names and am too lazy to care enough to look them up).
All told I would say — hey, the first book is 100% free on all book stores. Give it a look, you might like it, if you don’t you’re not out anything. The sequels are not free, and I’m debating with myself if I shall be purchasing any of them. I’ve got a sample of book 2 in my to-read list, so we’ll see. Maybe Compel will see a review one day.