I wanted to like this book and in some ways I really enjoyed it. What threw me off was the love triangle. I get that the author is trying to make the...moreI wanted to like this book and in some ways I really enjoyed it. What threw me off was the love triangle. I get that the author is trying to make the guys mysterious by not letting us know which is the assassin and which is the prince. my problem with that is that I got so confused until the last quarter on who she was falling for. When I found out,it was jarring and threw me off enjoying the story. It seriously annoyed me. I dont hate the love triangle and all but I wish there was only one of them for me to concentrate on because the triangle weighed down the storyline for me. I dont know why but it bothered me so much.Maybe its cause its obvious which boy is the endgame but theres so much attraction and mixed feelings thrown in for the other guy that it makes Lia look like she has a fickle heart. It made me roll my eyes. why are you making her have all these moments with him when hes not gonna get her?? Plus its taking attention away from the plot of how the heck magic works in that world. Her talent for languages and the mystery of her gift is waaay more interesting than trying to stretch out a stupid love triangle. Honestly both of the guys dont have all that much personality but the assassin at least shows some character complexity with his questioning the values of killing and war. Honestly there could have been better characterization but its sacrificed for the sake of keeping the guys mysterious. Things picked up when she wasn't thinking about either of them. Ugh..what a long rant. I did like the idea of intuition magic and the whole war takes a toll on everyone. Too bad the fist half of the book was spent on the love triangle while everyone pretends to be someone theyre not.(less)
Anything Ms. Shea writes is usually on my to buy list ever since I fell in love with her King Arthur series. I was so happy to find that she did a ret...moreAnything Ms. Shea writes is usually on my to buy list ever since I fell in love with her King Arthur series. I was so happy to find that she did a retelling of the Swan Princes fairy tale. The Wild Swans did not disappoint either. I loved this book. Elise is a very headstrong heroine who does her best no matter what situation she is thrown in. I like that she handles everyone's finances and never lets anyone step over her.
Elise wasn't the only awesome character. Each of her brothers had distinct personalities that were lovable from bratty Gerhart to kind big brother Steffan. I loved all of her brothers and how they showed they loved their sister in different ways. Elise's suffering during the trials actually made me tear up a bit. I felt her frustrations and her pain was well written.
The love triangle in the book was an absolute treat. I usually hate love triangles but I relished every second she had with either guy.The best part is the ending because you got to choose who she ends up with. I practically squealed in happiness when I saw the option because I could not choose who I loved more and I didn't have to.
I will probably reread this book again and I plan to buy the Cinderella retelling also. (less)
The world building was nicely done. I liked the assassin thief and magic aspect of the book. I see that James is rather popular in some reviews and wh...moreThe world building was nicely done. I liked the assassin thief and magic aspect of the book. I see that James is rather popular in some reviews and while I get that hes interesting, I didn't like him as a love interest for Kyra at all. He is more of a mentor to Kyra than anything. I also felt like he was really misguided in his goals. Kyra is probably the most fleshed out character. I could see her growth from beginning to end. I liked Tristam too but he didn't pop out at me as much as Kyra did. I look forward to book 2 soon.There are still many questions to answer. Im doing rushed reviews lately since School and work has been kicking my butt.(less)
This book is not perfect . No, but Ill still give it a five star rating because good childhood friends romance and fairy tale retellings are a weak sp...moreThis book is not perfect . No, but Ill still give it a five star rating because good childhood friends romance and fairy tale retellings are a weak spot of mine. While the setting is vivid and beautiful, I don't really understand why the masks are so important and needed in their society. I feel like that part needed some more history and explaining because I rolled my eyes a little every time they referenced that no mask = nudity. Also, the way Evie and Aiden speaks sounds a little too modern for a fantasy setting.
On to the good stuff: the Romance! The romance and rapport between Evie and Aiden is natural and playful. I squeeed everytime they had screentime together. Evie was also a lovable character. Shes a regular girl with her own flaws and strengths but I love her snark and strong personality. Aiden is also great because he is playful and supportive to her. I just love these two so much.
So despite the plot not being the strongest, I really enjoyed this book and hope there is a sequel. I felt just a twinge of annoyance because there was so much left unanswered at the end regarding the Chameleon thinking this was a standalone. I was wondering why the book didn't advance much regarding that part of the plot and now I wonder if there will be a book two.(less)
I'm giving it a two star because its not a bad book , more like just not my cup of coffee. Its a very fluffy book on a girl who meets a shape shifting...moreI'm giving it a two star because its not a bad book , more like just not my cup of coffee. Its a very fluffy book on a girl who meets a shape shifting dragon and they have a romance together. I normally eat that stuff up but this book was just too bland for me. The characters react in ways that seem very unrealistic and theres not much character development to make them into well rounded characters. Long story short, I read up to the middle and skimmed the ending.sorry.(less)
Just as I expected, this series never fails to suck me in. This book was finished within an hour. I love Britt and her knights so much. This time, Bri...moreJust as I expected, this series never fails to suck me in. This book was finished within an hour. I love Britt and her knights so much. This time, Britt has to deal with two people she hates just based on Authurian lore: Lancelot and Guinevere. Britt also grows a bit realizing that compromises must be made. I like that the romance is going slowly because I dont want it to become the focus and take over the plot. The growing feelings between Britt and Merlin is awfully cute. I love how much they grow as friends before starting any sort of love relatonship. As for the new characters, Lancelot is not exactly what I expected him to be. He will most likely be in the plot more in the next book. Even Guinevere ended up to be tolerable. My only complaint is that these books are too short! I want more Britt! more Merlin and the knights! *sigh now ill have to reread all the previous books while i wait for book #4.(less)