I found this in a meme @ Dream Reads. Thanks a bunch, Jen!
Series: Firstborn 1, Estilorian 4
First Published: April 30, 2012
Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death.
Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life.
Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his.
As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful ancient artifact. With the unpredictable Zachariah as her only source for aid, she’ll soon find out if her abilities are strong enough to help her defy her Fate.
While I had a lot of people jumping on that cover, I have to admit it didn't really appeal to me all that much - and it's definitively not how I imagine Tate. It looks a little over the top, no offense to the model, because the cover doesn't really look bad either, but Tate is just a lot more about being natural than this displays.I liked how you started the story from differnt angles, adding one when it was necessary, that in the end all lead together. I think it's a very hard task to do that in a way that has the reader thinking, "Omg, what will happen when they clash?" and not, "Duh, probably that and that twist, and then the end." If the reader knows more than the characters, it's not very easy to still have him/her entertained - and anxious for more. Plus, it's not to build one arc of suspense, in this case you need several that add up to one throughout the book. I think it was accomplished well enough for this style.
What I liked most about this were the world, the structure Raine Thomas had come up with (although all the vocab was a little off-putting and irritating at first), and the characters. And I'm not just talking about awesome kick-ass Tate and to-die-for bad boy Zachariah! Of course those two were very good, but they're the lead roles! If the lead pair sucks, just how good can a novel get? But even though, I think this was a nice, rather unusual way to actually pair them up. They gave me some good laughs! 😉 Anyway, I liked Gabriel, Skye, Sophia, Quincy, and Tiege, too. It leaves open a lot of possibilities for the next installments - or for fanfictions, and that's always a plus for me. ^^ Looking forward for more!
Rating: Style: 3.5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Characters: 5/5 -- Action: 4/5 -- Suspense: 3.5/5 -- Humor: 4/5 -- Romance: 3/5 -- Drama: 2.5/5 -- Fantasy: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5+ Hoods
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Firstborn Trilogy: #1 Defy | #2 Shift | #3 Elder
Daughters of Saraquel (Prequel-)Trilogy:
#1 Becoming | #2 Central | #3 Foretold