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All's Fair in Vanity's War

(Deadly Fairy Tales #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  42 reviews
A powerful vate and the last in her line, Keleigh denies the potent magic singing through her blood because she wants to be Ordinary.

Keleigh has the ability, but not the training, to save her parents from slaughter by beasts most only see in horror movies. But after they perish, her mother reaches out from the OtherWorld, freeing Keleigh from her oath never to practice mag
Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 359 pages
Published October 24th 2011 (first published October 23rd 2011)
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Nov 23, 2011 marked it as dnf
I'm not placing a rating on this book as I don't typically give books a rating if I failed to finish.

I enjoyed the originality of this novel, but I found the world-building portion quite difficult to understand as much of it was simply stated and not explained. The narrator was the recently deceased girlfriend of the main character, Locke. She wasn't necessarily a part of the storyline but she would occasionally make a statement about something that was happening and it was extremely confusing.
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
The world of All's Fair in Vanities War is one of the most interesting I've read about in awhile. Drawing heavily on ancient Celtic mythology and what we know of druidic tradition, Marx has combined this with the American historical accounts of the Salem witch trials to create a rich backdrop full of depth and context. For generations Salem, Massachusetts has drawn powerful magic to it creating a behind-the-scenes division between ExtraOrdinary beings and Ordinary individuals as well as a magica ...more
Janus the Erudite Artist
All’s Fair in Vanities War is beautifully created mystical world were magic is a common thing and almost everyone has special powers, except for humans that is. So if you turn someone’s skin green and give them horns, they won’t scream and go hysterical asking what’s happening to them. And they won’t sue you as long as you put them back to normal.

I’m not really a big mystery fan so I admit that I was a little impatient with the occurring events. It has also proven to be a challenge for me becaus
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I totally love this book even though I had to re-read certain scenes to understand what was going on. Especially in the beginning. That being said, it was a really great read.

I usually do characters first because there is a necessity in knowing who drives the story forward but the most important thing about this novel (at least for me) was the mythology. Did I learn a lot about Celtic mythology and then some. One of the shocking factors for me was the use of the witch bottle. Witch bottles are c
What was not to like about this book? Really? I loved it. It kept me captivated from start to finish. I will definitively be awaiting the sequels release. This book is a brilliant action-packed fantasy adventure filled with humor and shrouded with mystery. It has three realms, the Ordinary, ExtraOrdinary and OtherWorldly. They're are Elves, Fairies, Boggarts, Leprechauns, Seers, Druids, Witches, Demons and Gods.

In Salem, ExtraOrdinary are everywhere. Where anything can happen and it's not out o
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although Keleigh is aware magic exists, she'd promised her mother that she wouldn't use magic nor would she remove a necklace that cloaks the real her from Ordinary people. But after receiving a message from her mother, whom she thought dead, from the OtherWorld, she is charged with locating and protecting a relic that neither her nor Locke know how to find. And they only have a limited time in which to locate it.

With the help of the Wyrd Sisters (the maiden, the mother and the crone) she is ta
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautifully written book! New. Favorite. Series. I need the next book, now!

All's Fair in Vanities War is a magical story about all things ExtraOrdinary. It's a story about love and hate, and being what others need you to be even when it's hard. I felt a strong theme is the book is expectations, living up to them and tearing them down. Accompanied with great pacing, a writer who is well versed on the genre and characters who are incredibly real this book is destined for greatness. And I ha
Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)
I want to start by saying that after reading this book (which I did a while ago but had to wait for the blog tour to post my review), I knew this could be one of those books where people would either understand it and fall madly in love with it - or they'd just get confused and give up. I've seen both and can understand both sides. Fortunately for me, I fell madly in love with it.

This book is chock full of history, mythology and plot. Add to that it's written from the point of view of the Seer a
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
All’s Fair in Vanity’s War by Elizabeth Marx is an interesting story about the “real” witches in Salem. The story includes normal clueless humans and the supernatural elements all around them, most of which hail from Ireland, so of course it includes fairies and leprechauns. It is told mostly from the point of view of one of those ordinary humans who dies and is chosen to be the Seer. The Seer is destined to follow her boyfriend and the girl who is immediately thrown into his life and watch out ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
The first thought that came to mind while reading this novel is, “Greek Mythology meets a creepy Halloween ghost story.”
All’s Fair in Vanities War: by Elizabeth Marx is most certainly a paranormal read. The variety and characteristics of the characters in the story remind me of “The Lord of the Rings” or an adult version of “Spiderwick”. I do not mean the characters are the same, but that the characters are human like and that there are several different types of these human like beings.
The fi
All's Fair in Vanities War is a well written story enriched with magical Celtic mythology mixed with American history from Salem. In the beginning we learn about The Seer, who has been sacrificed to watch and protect Keleigh who is a ExtraOrdinary. The Seer is torn over her duties because her former boyfriend, Locke (a druid and part of the order) falls for Keleigh.

All's Fair is an interesting story filled with mystery, action, romance, and humor. All's Fair isn't a light read, you need to giv
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lock Cavanagh is a bad druid. In the bad boy kind of way! I loved this book it was very well written and kept me interested from the first page. I will definitly be waiting for the next one in the series!
Dec 02, 2011 added it
Shelves: ebook, arc
I only read 30 pages of this but I'm really not into it. Super confusing, not sure what is going on and as far as the reviews I have seen I just know this won't be for me.
Sarah Wright
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a good read for adult or young readers. The characters are well written and the description puts you right in their scene.
Nicholas Vela
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was quite good. I would love to have part 2 come out as soon as possible.

What will Balor do??
Anna (Literary Exploration)
Jan 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
DNF - Too confusing to get through, couldn't understand what was happening.
P.S. Winn
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Prepare to drop into the realm of the supernatural as readers will find the deadly fairy tales in this book not only can be read as a complete story but the chapters are set up like one would short stories. This is a great idea. Readers can read one at a time or, like me devour this supernatural read in one sitting. The author has a great writing style that is inviting and the words flow easily as readers turn one page after another.
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Marx has done it again...this one is a page turner, it was hard to stop reading...I just needed to know what was going to happen next. Ms. Marx is just such a wonderful story teller she makes you feel as if you are a part of the story...Love the book!!!
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Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
All’s Fair in Vanity’s War was a novel that was unique from the start. In fact, I found the opening sentence of the novel so entertaining that I knew the entire novel would be comedic and supernatural at the same time. Besides the description of the novel (which totally drew me in), the main thing that caught my eye was the cover. I mean, come on, who doesn’t notice what a beautiful cover that is? And for those of you who are wondering, the person on the cover, glimpsing at the vanity is not the ...more
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Kindle Edition via Smashwords (free from author in a giveaway)

What to say about this book…I can’t say as I hated it, but I can’t say as I loved it either. I found it a bit hard to follow at times. I understood the baseline of what was going on, but I found myself lost in the details. The prologue was supposed to get me to how the Seer became the Seer, and it did. Then it jumps into the main story. The concept of the book was very good. It had action, adventure, paranormal/mythology, and a bit of
Dec 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Totally rich in Celtic mythology, this is a very unique YA for tackling a mythological component that fewer readers are familiar with and isn't being written about much (yet).

And can I just say how much I love that series title? I was SO looking forward to it, and I was hoping for a really creative, different fairytale type story but ended up completely disappointed.

Reasons to Read:

1.Celtic mythology:
This was easily my favourite component of the book; there was so much going on, and I really w
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Salem is holding some sinister secrets and with the death of Locke Cavanaugh’s girlfriend comes great sorrow and an adventure that will put him on the path of his destiny. Sacrificed to become The Seer, Locke’s girlfriend is destined to watch over the people she loves without them ever knowing she is there, until the arrival of Keleigh Flaherty. This book is full of suspense, mystery and heart wrenching romance.

I enjoyed this story and loved the narrative but I did have a few small issues with
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
All's Fair in Vanities War was a very interesting read. I didn't really know what I was getting myself into when I agreed to read this book, but overall, I was happy with the experience.
This book is truly a paranormal read. I love anything and everything supernatural, so parts of this novel made me very happy… other parts, not so much.
The paranormal element was very strong, and at times, I felt it overbearing and unnecessary—almost as if the author overloaded us with too much information that wa
Lyn Mckenzie
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book? Frickin Awesome, I was completely gutted when it ended! I needed it to carry on.. I am now dying to read the third book. This is an amazing book written by an incredibly talented author!

I adored this storyline, it carries on from the first book so if you haven't read the first book it will make a lot more sense if you read that one first. I was completely and utterly hooked on this book from the first sentence to the last. There are so many parts in this that you
Rita Webb
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Well thougt out world building and plot line! Fascinating concept. And the emotional aspects of the story tied me into knots.

The story is told from the perspective of the Seer, a dead teenager who has been given the task of guarding Locke's (her boyfriend when she was still alive) new girlfriend. It's been about 2 years since she died, but she still loves him. For me, it was painful to watch the budding romance through the eyes of the Seer.

I liked the Seer, and although I didn't mind Locke hook
Feb 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, ya, dnf
I just didn't connect with the characters at all. There was a lot going on and a lot of information thrown at you. The entire book is written in the Seer's perspective as she watches over everything taking place.

I did like the fact that the Seer was Locke's girlfriend who died in a car accident, in a car that Locke was driving. She is turned into the Seer and is supposed to observe and record anything she finds to be important. However, she has no idea what she's supposed to do and ends up just
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I started reading this book just during my lunch breaks and all the mythology and world building was so overwhelming. I had a hard time keeping up with everything and remembering it all. Then I decided to switch to reading it at home so after I finished the book I was currently reading I picked this back up. Reading this in longer pieces at a time was much better, so I definitely recommend reading this in fewer sittings. The story is much more enjoyable that way. I know this is the first in a se ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I liked this book better than the first one. There was a lot going on and we now know more about Keleigh and what happened to her family. We also meet her bestie Madie, who is able to interact with the Seer. At last she has a voice, even if it isn’t Locke she can converse with directly.
Locke knows now that he has to protect Keleigh and help her take her place with the ExtraOrdinaries whether she wants to or not. All sorts of beings show up, from Leprechauns to the god Cernunnos (Who knew horns w
Diana Page
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is hard for me to review. It had a lot of information that needed to be brought to the readers attention, but it slowed the pace of the book for me. I adore the Celtics lore brought out in it and loved that the "Seer" from book 1 was brought back as a narrator of sorts. This book is Keleigh and Locke's story and while several other characters are present, they are the main focus. Keleigh is trying to follow her mother's request and leave magic alone, yet others keep trying to cajole he ...more
May 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I won this e-book from a give-away on Shadow Kisses Book Reviews.
This book is a slow burner, meaning it took a few chapters to get into the story. It didn't help that there were quite a lot of typos, but once the pace and storyline picked up, I didn't seem to notice or mind too much. Aimed at the teenage/YA audience it was a fun read. Packed with historical facts about witchcraft which were weaved into the story appropriately. I'm still not completely sure of The Seer's intentions but it was pr
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Windy City writer Elizabeth Marx brings cosmopolitan flair to her fiction, which is a blend of romance and fast-paced Chicago living with a sprinkle of magical realism. In her past incarnation she was an interior designer--not a decorator--which basically means she has a piece of paper to prove that she knows how to match and measure things and can miraculously make mundane pieces of furniture ap

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