[Tour Review] Kacey Vanderkarr: Reflection Pond

Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr

Series: Reflection Pond #1
eBook, English, 242 pages
Debut: March 29, 2014
@ Goodreads
Genres: Adventure, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Overall Rating: three-half-stars

Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you.
Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she’s always wanted.
Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie’s part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don’t know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power.

Read First: February 2-4, 2015 | Snuck from: YA Bound Book Tours -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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From the blurb, I expected something else. Not entirely, but the story was acutally way more messy and in your face than the orderly summary suggested. It irritated me in the beginning, it was just too much too fast, but I kept pushing though, and at about 60% it levels out and reads real good towards the end. It certainly left me wanting to find out how it all ends, so I'm definitvely picking up the sequels!

The too much too fast wasn't just regarding the flood of information about the workings of the Fae world at the beginning, that I could've handled, but more about the characters. Before we even get to know the "human" Callie, she's thrust into Fae world, and I felt it hard to connect to her because we didn't get to know that old self. Add in all the chaos that is going on around her, and you get said mess until she comes to terms with herself as a powerful Fae. That's when it started to read very well, because then you could focus on the things that happened, that changed, instead of having to find a silver lining to cling to and venture out from.

Callie as a person was a nice enough heroine, I liked that she felt more comfortable with the pain and the hands-on learning, and that she was openly uncomfortable, at least physically, with one of her love interests. That's something you don't get usually, right? However, while I get that she finally wanted a real home and family, I felt she was too desperate to trust -- at least to anything female. It would've been different if she had tried to find love just as hard, because I believe the experiences were equally traumatic, and either she wants to be strong and live it all, or she doesn't. She had lots of cliche traits, she cried a lot too, but I believe she will grow some more in the next installments. I really want to believe that!

Rowan was something else entirely! I felt a strong connection to him, and he's just the right mix, safe for the fact that he was a bit too comfortable with the whole destiny thing. Okay, he had been amongst the Fae longer and accepted how everything worked for them, and he trusts the one who made the prophecy, but still. Badass that he is, I would've expected a bit more reluctance, at least until he got the whole destiny thing confirmed. He did fight a bit, yes, but not as strongly as I would've thought -- but maybe that was just a bad choice of words in key moments? Anyway, I love him, my heart almost jumped out of my chest when he let Callie peal the glamour away, and I can't wait to see how he's breaking through her last defences! <3 Oh, and I really want to learn Rowan's true name! I have the feeling he'll have to entrust it to her at some point.

Story wise, it was an interesting start, although it could've done with a bite more here and there to balance out all the drama. There's still lots and lots to learn, from Callie's past and Rowan's future, and I'm very curious to enter the City of War next! After the beauty of Eirensae, I expect some real shockers, although I believe Arol is a way more competent leader than Hazel. I expect him to be cruel to no end, but he'll probably be honest about it. And what's he gonna say to a son with healing powers? Doesn't sound like a favored power amongst fighters... You get my drift, I really want to find out more about them all and see what happens next, now that the war has begun!

Area Scan: Idea: 5/5 -- Flow: 2/5 -- Vocab: 3/5 -- Plot: 3/5 -- Heroes: 4/5 -- Sidekicks: 2/5 -- Villains: 2/5 -- Romance: 4/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Suspense: 3/5

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Reflection Pond Trilogy:
#1 Reflection Pond | #2 Poison Tree | #3 Torch Rock

About Kacey Vanderkarr

Kacey Vanderkarr is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, and crazy cats.


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