What a refreshing spin on a common story many of us grew up with. A reverse Sleeping Beauty indeed. Quest of the Hart by Mary Waibel is a short (just over 150 pgs according to my ereader), action packed, magical, light love story between a prince and princess, and the evil that threatens their future together.
Princess Kaylee (our leading lady) starts this story with her betrothed Prince Devlin as a meek, intelligent and gentle woman falling in love with her handsome prince. One day while the princess and prince are on a ride through the forest, they come across the prince's sister Princess Arabella. Princess Arabella is the first born twin sister to Prince Devlin and she has a serious bone to pick with her brother. convinced he has stolen the throne from her just by being male, she traps Prince Devlin into a spell by stabbing him with a dagger. Before she is able to stab Princess Kaylee (ensuring her blood is on the same dagger as the Prince's, intending to kill them both), Princess Kaylee gets away.
Now Princess Arabella is really ticked off. Her spell isn't complete and she has only a certain amount of time to ensure it gets sealed or she will suffer certain consequences. Princess Kaylee is picked up (she was injured when she fled) by others who possess magic and is shown the way to break the spell. Through dangerous quests and Princess Kaylee's resolve to free the man she loves, turns her into a kick ass heroine! We encounter blood,swords, misses of death, hunting, dragons, magic and ultimately true love!
This is a fluffy read. Meaning, no grit or dirty, no sex .. it's very PG. I do prefer a book that has more grit to it, but for those that do not, this is a beautiful fast read! If you love a good fairy tale where the woman is in charge, then for sure pick this book up!
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4.5 out of 5 for this reader folks!
This book was somewhat of a surprise for me. I have to admiThis book will be featured at The Reading Cafe 03 May 13
4.5 out of 5 for this reader folks!
This book was somewhat of a surprise for me. I have to admit I have not read many books that center around witches as they hadn't really interested me all that much, but this book just may have changed my mind! Hunter by Jax (pseudonym of Jacquelyn Frank) was a great, quick page turning read!
So let's start the review shall we??
So our leading lady Tatyana decides to surprise her brother Dimitri by driving out in the middle of ruralville to say "Hi, I miss you big brother!" What she doesn't expect is that her little drive is about to change her entire life. Her car breaks down, it's freezing out, she is wearing a smexy dress and heels (thank goodness she packed her runners to change into ..lol) and she decides it's not cool to freeze in this spot .. off she goes walking to the house.
When she knocks on the door, she literally falls into the hot arms (figuratively and literally) of our leading man Hunter. Instantly, these two have a serious case of "love at first sight and I wanna jump your bones". After she warms up a little, she is thrown right into a battle of sorts that reveals all kinds of secrets and why her big brother has been absent from her life for the past while.
Tatyana discovers these people that live in this beautiful mansion are members of Willow Coven, a white witch (good witch) nest. She also discovers through this battle, that she is a dormant witch herself and her powers are ignited when Hunter blood bonds with her to claim her as his familiar. A familiar is a dormant witch that has been awakened by another witch good or bad and is mentored by that witch.
Now we need to introduce the antagonist of this story. Enter Braen! Braen just so happens to be Hunter's brother and a dark witch (evil witch) and a serious A HOLE! I really really hated this guy and Jax wrote him perfectly as there was nothing good about this man. Braen happens to be the leader of the local dark coven who is trying to defeat Willow coven.
So there is the foundation of the story without giving away too much!
Here's what I loved! All these witches (good and bad) have special powers unique to their coven. We see everything from a Sentinel, alchemist, weather witch and a healer (an so much more). I loved reading about all the different sorts of magic and spell casting used and it was all so unique to anything I have read in the paranormal genre. I could picture all the magic as I read every word and see the colours, hear the chanting! I also loved the animal like attraction that Hunter and Tatyana have towards each other and it's explained why further into the book (I'm not gonna give it all away ya know .. WINK)
I also loved how I was surprised on any given page about a few of the scenes, wondering if it was real or if magic was weaving it's web. I actually gasped at certain parts feeling angry and then relieved and then angry and then happy and then .. well you get the point! LOL
Why this wasn't a hot 5 out of 5 for me is simple to say. I wanted more dark coven scenes and explore that side a little more. Jax had written the bad guys so well I actually wanted more of then to read about and what made them tick.
So if you love the paranormal genre (especially witches) and you love lots of hot scenes, action and unexpected turns with a touch of strong family bonds tied in then this book is for you! I am uncertain is this is going to be a series (YES PLEASE) but I will certainly be making sure that I have the next book if it is!
HAPPY READING! :)
Copy provided by Netgallery in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! :)...more
I LOVED THIS BOOK! :) It was action packed, sexy and all that jazz .. but the story that Kresley Cole has woven in her IAD books is amazing .... theyI LOVED THIS BOOK! :) It was action packed, sexy and all that jazz .. but the story that Kresley Cole has woven in her IAD books is amazing .... they each just melt into each other and the characters are all pop up in each others books! I guess what I love is that Kresley Cole broke away from the band of brotherhood with the stereotypical warrior traits that you see in many series now a days (don't get me wrong I love that), but it is so refreshing to read something that mixes that up! I love the blend of paranormal as well .. reminds me of a made salad! A little of this and that with the right blend! :)...more