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How to Love Your Elf

(Embraced by Magic #1)

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Raised in isolation on the magic-shrouded Isle of the Moon, five girls became five sisters. Now women, they are ready to claim their places in the world—and perhaps change it forever . . .

FLAME AND FORTUNE

Sorcha knew the mission was dangerous. Leaving the safe grounds of her brother’s kingdom and parlaying with the elves across their border . . . well, treachery seemed
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Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Kensington
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Kerrelyn Sparks Yes, there is a romance between Sorcha and the mysterious Woodsman. More than kissing. There is also lots of action and adventure, danger and…moreYes, there is a romance between Sorcha and the mysterious Woodsman. More than kissing. There is also lots of action and adventure, danger and suspense, and my usual brand of humor. I hope you'll give it a try!(less)
Visionary Druid Ahhh, that explains it.

I got this book from Netgalley, and it reads like it belongs to a series. I felt confused and lost since I have not read the…more
Ahhh, that explains it.

I got this book from Netgalley, and it reads like it belongs to a series. I felt confused and lost since I have not read the books. It does not read like a standalone. Thanks for clearing that up to me(less)
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
ROBIN HOOD REIMAGINED WITH ELVES

Actual rating: 2.5


I absolutely loved Kerrelyn Spark's 'Love at Stake'-series so I was really excited to get into this book. It had its good sides that I very much enjoyed, but there were also things I didn't like which made me sad, because I didn't see that coming. My expectations weren't completely met.

Disclaimer! I was unaware that this was actually the 4th in a series, so I haven't read the first 3 books. However, this review is not going to be affected by
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Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
How to Love Your Elf is book four in The Embraced series by Kerrelyn Sparks.

I’m not sure why the author or publisher decided to label this novel as Embraced by Magic series when it’s part of The Embraced series. It's not a title that can be read as a first in a series. How to Love Your Elf needs to be read after Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon.

I’ve loved the previous titles in The Embraced series, but unfortunately this one feel off the mark.

If you’ve been following the series, Sorcha,
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Yodamom
Dragons, castles, magical talents, shifters, talking trees, wicked evil villains, and a love story. What’s not to love ? It was a fun read, a hard to put down storyline and there was a very sexy mysterious Woodsman. It was the perfect book to save me from watching “the big football game” LOL
Sorcha, is a princess with an attitude. She’s part of an extended family of women raised in an orphanage. She is not one to be quiet and sip her tea while the men plan, no she will get into it. I like her :D
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Laura ☾
*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review *

2 stars

Sorcha, a human princess, born 'Embraced' with magic, is kidnapped by Elven rival land, ans subsequently aided by the mysterious Woodsman. How to Love your Elf feels a little like a vague Robin Hood retelling.

I found this a bit confusing to follow initially, with a lot of info dumping, jumping between characters and situations without giving much explanation, and introduction of too many
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Mindy Lou's Book Review
How to Love Your Elf is a spin-off from the Embraced series. While you could start this book off as a standalone, I would actually recommend reading that series first. You will understand so much more about this world, as well as learn who most of these side characters are. I think I might not have enjoyed this one as much if I hand't read the previous series first. The more I know about the characters the faster I become invested.

Sorcha and The Woodsman (you don't learn his real name until the
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Ari
Feb 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Kerrelyn Sparks' books have come across my different book-related feeds for years. I've had a few of them in my TBR list for just as long. Seeing How to Love Your Elf's ARC available seemed like the perfect chance to get to know her writing and read—what seemed, and I hoped would be—a fun and exciting story.

I was sorely disappointed.

I'm going to first mention the two points that
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Jennifer
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received for review

Another great book in the embraced series (why is it listed as book one in a different series too?) Sorcha is the next sister to fall, and it's with the yummy Woodsman. Lots of interaction with previous peeps, plus a side romance with a dragon and an elf.

Why only fours stars? It lacked the heat of the previous books and their ending was just okay.

I did love the preview chapter for Maeve's book.
Heather Dade
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**I was provided an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

I have been eagerly awaiting the publication of this book ever since I finished The Embraced Book 3, Eight Simple Rules For Dating a Dragon. And I’m happy to report that it didn’t disappoint! It’s so freaking good! I love the ongoing plot of The Circle of Five and the Chamaeleon, and how Sorcha’s story tied into everything.

Now the wait begins for the fifth and final book in this series. Can’t wait to see what
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Courtney
I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This novel just wasn't for me. The romance aspect felt forced and progressed at such a rapid speed it left very little intrigue. For someone who has not read any other work by this author, I felt the plot was confusing and again rushed.

Additionally, I did not care for Sorcha's character. She seemed lack luster and at times annoying. Finally, I loathed the inconsistent use of "ye". Ye should remove this!
Kayla TM
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Sorcha is one of the Embraced, children born during a yearly eclipse between the two moons. As an Embraced child, she was sent off as a baby to live in a convent where she was raised with other girls she grew to recognize as her sisters. Now an adult, she has discovered she is a princess in a country almost constantly at war with their elven neighbors. When a mission beyond the borders of her brother’s kingdom, results in her capture, Sorcha finds herself aided by the handsome, and mysterious, ...more
Heather andrews
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not gonna lie the man can be a bit daft at times, "holy Light. Was she trying to seduce him? He scoured his mind to come up with a pithy response. “Oh?” Damn, he wasn’t usually this slow-witted." Sorcha his no problem going in for the kill, “We could have a quick affair.” He sputtered wine all over himself..." I really liked this book, which actually kind of surprised me. The blurb doesn't really do the book justice.
Marta Cox
Book four in the Embraced series and yet strangely the series title has changed !
Reading order is
How to tame a beast in seven days
So I married a Sorcerer
Eight simple rules for dating a dragon


Obviously a change of publisher might account for this. I can only say I enjoyed this fun fantasy with more than a touch of romance. I look forward to the next book
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
Sandra Berryman
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read in this series and I loved it. If you enjoy paranormal romances this book is one of the best I've read. I received an e-book from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review.
Shuchi Sharma
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait for this
Tracy Emro
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Kerrelyn Sparks’ original “Embraced” series will be delighted to learn that this new series takes us back to Aerthlan and picks up where that one left off!

Sorcha has sworn off love, she is determined to escape the fate the telling stones predicted and not fall in love, especially not with an elf! She is in Norvshka with her brother King Silas and his new bride Gwennore, when Gwen gets a letter from her mother Princess Jenetta of the Elven country of Woodwyn, requesting to meet her.
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ChocoholicReader
Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for this review.

Rating- 4 very good
Heat- 2
Series rating- 4
Tropes- long lost heir, heroine falls in love with her rescuer

The Embraced series follows a group of five sisters with magical abilities as they discover not only who they really are but who they are meant to be. This fourth installment is Sorcha’s story. After learning that she is actually a princess, Sorcha has been struggling to settle into her role as heir to her brother’s
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Nikki Brooks
The Circle of Five are still running amok but now that her sisters are settling down with their mates, Sorcha is feeling more and more like the odd one out. They only seem to think about mates, babies and marrying her off to some chinless wonder! That is not for Sorcha! She wants adventure and to be in amongst the danger, not having tea and crumpets. She is no Queen-in-waiting.

But someone has it out for Sorcha's brother and they figure out that to get to him they need his wife, one of Sorcha's
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Karen
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is actually the 4th book in the series and it is as action packed, suspenseful and well written as the prior 2 books. The hero is similar to Robin Hood and the heroine is strong and loyal. I just loved the world building. Can’t wait for the next one!
Jennifer
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book on a new series it was a fun read. Fast moving and wonderful characters. Had a bit of everything in it a fun romance between the two main characters action and adventure all in all a good read look forward to the next
Sally906
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Kate (BloggingwithDragons)
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Actual rating: 1.5 stars


As someone who really enjoyed reading the other entries of the Embraced/Embraced by Magic series, I was shocked by how little I cared for its latest entry, How to Love Your Elf. Though I looked forward to the follow up to Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon, as it would star the fourth Embraced sister, Sorcha, I was
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Carvanz
I’ve loved each story so far of the girls who grew to be sisters, each of them embraced with special abilities. This was a great addition to the previous books! (But the beginning of a new series? I can get behind that!)





Sorcha is captured when a plan to meet Gwen’s mother fails. Even as she sets out to rescue herself, a stranger interferes. Soon she’s taken captive again, this time by the Woodsman. But the further they travel and the more she learns about him, she begins to question if she’s his
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Nicole
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this novel from net galley and the publisher. Thank you! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I was so excited to read Ms. Spark's next novel in the Embraced series. I greatly enjoyed the first 3 novels and greatly anticipated the same for the next novel. I love the interaction between the characters and each novel is a continuation of the previous one, trying to stop the Circle of Five and bringing back the characters from the previous novels. Five girls were raised on the Isle of
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Nicole
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read Ms. Spark's next novel in the Embraced series. I greatly enjoyed the first 3 novels and greatly anticipated the same for the next novel. I love the interaction between the characters and each novel is a continuation of the previous one, trying to stop the Circle of Five and bringing back the characters from the previous novels. Five girls were raised on the Isle of the Moon, each brought there for different reasons, but all having special abilities. This novel is ...more
Heike
I had to look up the difference between "New Adult" and "Young Adult" to tag this book. As it turns out a New Adult book contains more sexual incidences. So this Young Adult book is definitely a New Adult book, then.

Sorcha, one of the Enchanted kids with special abilities, ends up in enemy territory to be saved by a Robin Hood character. Despite having trust issues she and Woodsman, also Enchanted, end up fighting the same enemy while falling for each other.

This was a nice story with
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Laura ☾
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review *

2 stars

Sorcha, a human princess, born 'Embraced' with magic, is kidnapped by Elven rival land, ans subsequently aided by the mysterious Woodsman. How to Love your Elf feels a little like a vague Robin Hood retelling.

I found this a bit confusing to follow initially, with a lot of info dumping, jumping between characters and situations without giving much explanation, and introduction of too many
...more
Maranda
If Paranormal Romances are your passion don't miss anything written by Kerrelyn Sparks. I have read her vampire series years ago - So long ago I don't have them listed on my Goodreads site. More recently I have become a huge fan of her Embraced Series and followed this story line that is very unique. Some story board challenges must have been involved in this endeavor because while "How to Love Your Elf is a part of the Embraced Series it seems to start a new linked series Embraced by Magic. Her ...more
Brittany
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I had been looking forward to reading this one for awhile now. This is the new book in the embraced series well in a new spin off set in the same world with same characters. I enjoy this read. I’m already for the next one. This book is Sorcha’s story In this series there are several adopted sisters that must face their fate and meet their loves in order to save their kingdoms. All of the sisters have powers Sorcha’s power is fire ...more
Julienne
Jan 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
Won a copy on goodreads back in December and finally got the ARC copy! So excited to read this. I really loved the first three books.
Carrie
Feb 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was struggling to get into this book. I was confusing the characters. Not really understanding the premise or the world that the author created. So I did a little investigation to see if others were having a similar problem. Then I discovered that this really isn't the first book in the series. Its listed that way. But it is really a continuation of The Embraced series, which I have not read. It should be listed as book 4 of the Embraced Series. No wonder I felt a bit lost.
And now a little
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Kerrelyn Sparks apparently has issues with reality. After writing more than a dozen books about vampires, she has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet. But how thrilling that she can share this magical new world with her readers! Although she is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on ...more

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