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Love can take you places you never knew existed.
Cat, Kassie, Sian and Loi are anything but damsels in distress. Bored with their current dating scene, the four women dabble in the arcane and cast a love spell to locate their soul mates. To their astonishment, they wake on another planet.
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The Arrival follows the women as they stumble through a foreign and often host
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Published December 27th 2010 by Nicole MacDonald, via Smashwords (first published December 22nd 2010)
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Nicole MacDonald
Apr 17, 2016 Nicole MacDonald rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Okay so I wrote it *grin* and I'm totally allowed to love it!! I survived 18months of creating this story and still love it so it bodes well - for me at least *lol*
Kami Dodson-Perry
May 11, 2012 Kami Dodson-Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cat, Kassie, Loi, Sian are the 4 main characters of this adventure. I feel that the author really wants the readers to feel that Cat is the #1 main character. I only feel this way because a lot of the story seems to be told through her & from Cat's POV. I like the relationship between the 4 girls & love what the spell does. I guess you need to watch that wording when casting a spell (note to self, LOL). Once the spell is cast the story really seems to take off. There is great action & ...more
Penelope Fletcher
Feb 05, 2011 Penelope Fletcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm little more than a strumpet when it comes to book covers, and this one had me rolling over and practically purring. It's not obvious but subtly engaging.

At first the numerous points of view annoyed the hell out of me because I wanted to crawl into one characters head and stay there, letting the rest of the story envelop me. But I have to humble myself and say by doing this I was able to glean a broad and comprehensive understanding of the story, of the characters in a way I don't think I ha
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Diane Ryan
May 06, 2011 Diane Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an adventure and a half. It had me laughing and turning green with envy over Nicole's eye for detail. I love a good fantasy meets sci-fi novel. Think Lord of the Rings meets a really interesting and witty chick lit book. At first I was afraid I would be thrown off by the switching point of views. I knew she was going to do it, but I hadn't quite prepared myself for how it would work. But it did work out well. It is actually a very interesting way to read a book. You get to try on di ...more
Mara
Jul 05, 2011 Mara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, freebies
Writing this review is difficult. In no way I want to offend the author, but I disagree with the high rating.

This book strongly needs a good editing, both for length and grammar and punctuation mistakes. (Real mistakes, not style choices.)

I had to read some paragraphs 3 or 4 times to understand (and often I had to skip.) [i.e. the world they came, from magic...]

To me the alternating POV (third person, first person) was confusing as hell. I know it's a willingly made choice (the author said so),
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N.R. Williams
I don't think it is difficult for anyone to imagine the frustrations accompanied by searching for your soul mate. In The Arrival, by Nicole MacDonald, her four protagonist are in just such a frame of mind. After a night out in New Zealand they gather to cast a love spell and end up along with their pet dog and cat in a different world. Here, magic is real and fantastical creatures abound. The girls have their hands full from the start but are delighted to discover clothes and weapons along with ...more
The Pen & Muse
I found this book to be a bit of a tough read simply because it hit on my biggest pet peeve: bad editing. I struggled with multiple names of characters in addition to a nickname for nearly every one of them. Many of the characters expressed thoughts that were difficult to follow with the point of view shifting nearly every paragraph. Also difficult to process was the overuse of words (more specifically “and”) and misuse of verb tense (such as using has instead of had). The problem is that most o ...more
Alex
Jun 27, 2011 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book - some of the reviews nearly put me off it but MAN am I glad I tried it. I'm a guy, normally I avoid chick lit but this was so far from what I'd expected. And written in such a cool way. I really don't get some of the reviewers comments about it being hard to read or make sense of. It was straight forward - seriously if you have issues with making it out maybe you should be reading a lower grade. Multiple POV makes this story fast paced and on the ball ...more
Latte
Jun 28, 2011 Latte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Amazon freebie, I wasn't certain what to expect. While I enjoyed the storyline, the cliffhanger end drove me crazy.

As others have mentioned, it's rather disjointed in that the POV changes. Constantly. Without warning. Sometimes within a single paragraph.

It's a bit like being in the mind of a schizophrenic.

Despite this, the overall story is enjoyable. It's a fun read if you don't get too caught up in trying to separate the various POVs as you're reading. I lowered the the rating to reflect t
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Jolene Stockman
Dec 02, 2015 Jolene Stockman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-zealand
What a way to dive back into the female POV! The challenge of jumping between so many different voices was one I struggled with initially like many others, but once I pushed through, I got into it! I love the combination of weaponry, magic, fight scenes, fantasy, romance, plants, creatures, landscapes, fashion, and kick-ass Kiwi women. Go Nicole!
Rayven
Apr 24, 2011 Rayven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Arrival is the first book in the Birthright Trilogy by Nicole MacDonald. I must say when I first started to read The Arrival, I had my doubts. The main characters Cat, Kassie, Sian and Loi seemed very one dimensional and lacked depth. But as the book progressed, I realized this was a result from the author's writing style. From the very first page the author jumps around from different points of view,which makes for a very confusing read. This distraction took away from the lure of the chara ...more
Natasja
Mar 16, 2011 Natasja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Catherine “Cat”, Sian, Laura “Loi” and Kassandra “Kassie” from New Zealand cast a love spell one night to find their soul mates, they couldn’t imagine that this will transport them to another world, where magic, other creatures and evil are normal.

Waking up outside in the woods, along with Lucky the cat and Audrey the dog, they discover that all they have are the clothes they are wearing, some food, weapons and strange money. They realize that they are not on Earth anymore and know that the
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Bron
Apr 04, 2012 Bron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA, adults
I loved this book, it would just sit next to me on my iPad and be like "Read me....Read me....you know you want to." Eventually i would cave and read it. Hence the reason its finished....i tried to stretch the amount of time it took me, but it didnt last as long as i hoped.
The only downfall was the ending, i like where the story was going but it left me disapointed because i didnt know what was going to happen with Alek and Cat + the other Griffin Guard and Elementals.
I found it really easy t
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Melissa
This is such a bumpy read to be considered a good read. I want to make it clear, though, that the plot is not bad, but there are aspects of the book that didn't help earn stars for this review. My major frustrations:

1: The different points of view-- this book by far has the most rapid shifting points of view I've ever encountered, so much so that it swings around to the next before I could even grasp whose thoughts I am into. The quick succession of POV shifts is literally confusing. A first pe
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Jody
Jan 14, 2013 Jody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Arrival is an exciting book with a clever premise and likable characters. The four heroines really define the word girl-power and stick together through any adversity. After being transported to a mythical land after casting a spell to find their true loves they gamely adjust to the changes and work diligently to refine the mystical powers bestowed on them to save this new world they've entered. Each heroine has unique talents and distinct personalities that set each apart and I admired thei ...more
Andy Angel
Feb 14, 2011 Andy Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four young women from New Zealand cast a "love spell" to find their soul mates and are transported to another world - so starts this cracking book, the first in the Birthright series.
The Arrival has good world-building and history. The characters come up with a decent explanation as to why they can speak with and understand the natives. The interraction and relationship developments between the Girls and the Griffon guards is not too cloying and girly. The blurb may lead people to think this boo
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Cyberiasha
Jan 21, 2012 Cyberiasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one, the varying points of view gave a good flow to the storyline. Cat and the girls are great characters because they are far from average. Their interests alone in varies combat techniques like ju-jitsu and archery make them extremely fascinating to follow along.

their humanism as the story unfolds is recognizable and in many respects shockingly honest. What I loved most and feel many readers could agree, is the intro to the alternate realm. It is chock full with all sorts of gr
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Talli Roland
Feb 05, 2011 Talli Roland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't read much paranormal, so I wasn't sure quite what to expect when I started reading. But the characters and their plight gripped me, and as the story unfolded I just had to keep reading. I loved that these girls learn to reply on their own strength. The author does a fantastic job of weaving paranormal elements into a modern-day setting. A very entertaining read!
Sarah Ketley
How did I miss leaving a review for this book!!

If you haven't read it - go get it. The girls have no shortage of character, the boys are rather stubborn and sexy. I'd love to run into them anywhere! The plot is really well thought out and the writing is well sculpted and just plain fun.

Can't wait for the next book.

Awesome read from a gifted new author.

Sarah
Cassandra
Apr 15, 2012 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
This was one of my very first books I ever read in ebook format. I loved it so much I could not stop reading. The girls held their own for being thrown into a whole new world with crazy exotic deadly creatures. There was love, excitement, thrills and adventure... This book was so awesome. Everyone should take a chance on it and read it. You won't be disappointed
Jack Murphy
Apr 21, 2016 Jack Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a nutshell, "The Arrival" is about four young women from New Zealand who cast a harmless "love spell" to find their soul mates and are transported to another world, where they find they have impressive magical powers. While it took me some getting used to as the story's told from various points of view, I thought that the story line was well developed and fast paced. I certainly enjoyed the interaction and relationship that develops between the girls and the Griffon guards, with Catherine (Ca ...more
Rebecca Walker
Mar 23, 2011 Rebecca Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book got off to a slow start due to the changes in POV, the use of different nicknames, and the general lack of structure. But the story was good and full of action, especially toward the end. It was definitely worth the $0 I paid for it (many thanks to the author for the freebie) and I am willing to pay for her next ebook.
Cheryl Archbold
Apr 18, 2011 Cheryl Archbold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! I hope the second book in the series comes out soon. Don't wanna be a spoiler so I won't say what happens......guess You'll have to read it to find out. :)
Brianna
Jun 10, 2011 Brianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book I didn't want to put it down!! Can't wait for book two!!!
Katherine
Okay, so I'd say this book rates somewhere between a three and a three-and-a-half for me.
It's an odd book to get into. The general setup to let you know the girls is at first through each others eyes and it kind of takes some time to sort them all out. Yet, through all of this the written point of view is frenetically bouncing from character to character. There are large portions of the book where barely three sentences go by from character before the POV is changing to someone else, making it
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Stephanie {Wishing Upon a Book}
This won’t be a long review, because there is very little I have to say about this book.

Despite the fact that the story of this book was actually pretty great, I could not get over themany, many, many POV changes that occured during every chapter. It’s quite hard to read a book that shifts it’s POV from one paragraph to the other. Constantly switching First POV to Third POV.

I think personally, the book would have been much better if the author had either stuck to one POV or at least used one POV
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Paranormal_Madness
To be honest, I didn't make it very far. I may come back to it someday, but it's doubtful. The POV's are atrocious, probably the worst I've ever seen in a published book. They switch every paragraph or so, and three are in third person while one is in first person for some reason. What annoys me the most about them is that they serve literally no purpose. The girls are always together so far in what I've read, and it's like reading the same scene four times over, just from someone else's point o ...more
Star
Dec 23, 2014 Star rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It gets better, I had to go with 3 stars because I can't stand cliffhangers but it wasn't actually a bad book. Desperately needed some editing (I ended up skimming and letting my brain fill in the correct words/punctuation/tenses) but overall the concept was cute. Thats probably the best descriptor - cute.

As in lightweight, predictable and more than a little cheesy but cute just the same. I didn't mind the alternating POV's as much as I thought I would mostly because I could ski
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Karen
I am giving this 4.5 stars, not amazing but as close as you can get without being there. This story unfolds slowly but moves along to lay out what is important so that you can see it all tie together. The characters get a chance to develop in a natural way without having having to wait until the end to feel like you know who they are. Even the pets are allowed to have personalities that need a chance to get to know. The foundation is set to allow you to see that the girls are being prepared for ...more
Sorcha

Cat, Kassie, Sian and Loi are anything but damsels in distress.
Fed up with a lack of decent male specimens they cast a love spell in the hopes of finding their soul-mates. And inadvertently land themselves on another planet. Oops.

The Arrival, follows the girls' adventures as they stumble through a foreign and often hostile world where humans are NOT at the top of the food chain.
Friendships are forged and love teeters on the horizon while the threat of civil war looms thanks to the girls' very un
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Nicole MacDonald is the Independent author of The Arrival, and, Awakening, the first two books in the BirthRight Trilogy. Writing had never been a life long dream for her but it now is an all consuming passion.
A proud Kiwi (New Zealander) Nicole dreams that one day Peter Jackson will be in touch to option the film rights for the BirthRight Trilogy. When she's not daydreaming about that she's worki
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