Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: Faerie Blood (The Changeling Chronicles, #1) by Emma L. Adams

Title:  Faerie Blood (The Changeling Chronicles, Book 1)
Author:  Emma L. Adams
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Release Date:  April 16, 2016

From the Back Cover:

I’m Ivy Lane, and if I never see another faerie again, it’ll be too soon.

Twenty years after the faeries came and destroyed the world as we knew it, I use my specialist skills to keep rogue faeries in line and ensure humans and their magically gifted neighbours can coexist (relatively) peacefully.

Nobody knows those skills came from the darkest corner of Faerie itself.

When a human child disappears, replaced with a faerie changeling, I have to choose between taking the safe road or exposing my own history with the faeries to the seductively dangerous head of the Mage Lords. He’s the exact kind of distraction I don’t need, but it’s work with him or lose my chance to save the victims. It’ll take all my skills to catch the kidnappers and stop Faerie’s dark denizens overrunning the city — but if the faerie lords find out about the magic I stole last time I went into their realm, running won’t save me this time…

Buy Links: Amazon 

My Review:

Let me start off by saying that I love books about Faerie, and about the Fae. I was excited to find a new urban fantasy series that looked like it was action-packed with a strong lead heroine. This is the story about Ivy Lane, who is a human with some rather unusual skills... and background. Not to mention that the cover is gorgeous!

As far as the story itself, it moved at a rapid pace, but I found the writing to be somewhat awkward and clunky at times. The transitions were a little rough and it took me out of the story. The plot was fairly predictable and even the main character's "mysterious" background was pretty obvious from the first couple of chapters. 

I also had some issues with the main character... Ivy wasn't very believable and I didn't particularly like her as a character. I think the author intended to create a strong heroine, but strength doesn't necessarily mean brash and abrasive... I think Ivy needed a bit of vulnerability and softness to make her truly likable. Maybe we just needed to get into her head more? It was difficult to connect to her because she just... really didn't have any redeeming qualities. She came across as an annoying witch and I found it difficult to believe that anyone would be drawn to her (much less than the slight romantic interest).  

Overall, this book was okay, but it just wasn't to my taste. I'd probably only give it 2.5 stars, but I'll round up to 3 because we can't do half points in ratings.

My Rating:


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