January 29, 2013

Title:  Five

Series:  Elemental Enmity

Author:  Christie Rich

Published:  August 2011

Rayla Tate’s life is about to turn vertical…again. As if it wasn’t bad enough her mother disappeared under questionable circumstances leaving Rayla to be raised by her aunt in a horrendously small town. Her overprotective guardian is determined to ruin Rayla’s life. She refuses to let Rayla out of her sight or out of the state. Provincial living might be what her aunt demands of her purposely sheltered niece; but, Rayla has other ideas. In a desperate attempt to follow her dreams she flees the safety of her home and runs away to college with her best friend toward a bright future in the art world.

However, excitement over her newfound freedom turns into terror when she is chased by a mysterious stranger on her way to school. When his motorcycle suddenly morphs into a fire-breathing pegasus, Rayla questions her sanity. Worse, the man riding next to her stirs a burning desire in her soul she has never known or could have ever imagined. Using all the will she owns, she manages to resist the compulsion she feels; yet, as he disappears into the night, she is certain he hasn’t gone far.

Rayla quickly dismisses the encounter to her overactive imagination. She is determined to settle into her new life, yet the images and feelings of that night still haunt her. To make matters worse, her aunt seems to be in on the act, insisting that Rayla will soon be hunted by a pack of fae lords for a power over the elements she never knew she possessed—a power that could change the world. Quicker than she ever thought possible, she finds herself surrounded by stunning men that all seem determined to win her heart. Why does she feel drawn to each one of them? More importantly, what dark power do they hold over her? Rayla must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using whatever means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever.

About the Author:

I grew up daydreaming about fairytales, and my love for discovering new worlds has never died. I am not one of those writers who always knew I would write. I thought that was what other people did until one day a few years ago, I took a challenge from a friend and typed my first words. My journey has been wonderful, and I cannot imagine a day where I would ever give up writing now. My love for reading is what fueled my imagination in the first place and still does. When I am not writing or reading, I am enjoying family time with my husband and two children. We live in a quiet community under the Wellsville mountains in Utah, and I am so thankful for the rich life I have been blessed with.

Ana will put Five on her third shelf!

My Review:  It’s been a while since I’ve read about the Fae and I was pleasantly surprised by this story.  It blended the Fae with Elementals and did so in a way I’d not seen before.  Rayna finds out quite unceremoniously from her aunt that she’s in trouble.  The Fae are after her because of her powers and will try to to win her over in order to take control of it.  Top that off with the fact that she’s away from home for the first time and she’s got quite an adventure ahead of her.

This story is filled with twists and turns and even has a few surprises in store for the readers.  The writing style is descriptive without being overly cumbersome and allows the story to move smoothly along.  There are a few parts of the book that feel confusing in the moment but later become clear to the reader.  The creativity and storytelling are great. This is a good start to this series.

As a reader, however, I do have a few issues with this story…more specifically with some of the characters.  First, there a lot of them and, at times, I found myself trying to remember how one character or the other fit in.  Rayna, the main character wasn’t as strong a hero as I would have liked her to be.  Of course, it understandable that she feel confused by all that’s happening but I found that she avoided situations and was gullible too often, especially around her best friend Cassie and love interest Zack.  I’m hoping that she comes into herself in the next book.  I must admit that I liked the Fae Lords.  They were gorgeous and alluring, of course, and who wouldn’t like that?  But they were also a bit too obvious for me…they never hid their desire to win Rayna over and I would have liked a bit of mystery and slyness on their part!  Rayna is drawn to all of them and, in the end, we find ourselves with a love triangle.  Of course, I’ve picked my “team” but I have a distinct, sinking feeling that I’m on the losing team.

Overall, this first book in the Elemental Enmity series has a lot of potential.  There’s still a lot of story to be told and since the first book leaves us with a cliffhanger, the author must have some more interesting situations to put these characters into.  This was a quick read that was creative and different and the best part is that book 2 is already available so that we don’t have to wait to see what happens next.

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