Monday, 21 May 2012

Book Review: All's Fair In Vanity's War - Elizabeth Marx

Synopsis - Salem's always held sinister secrets.  No one understands this better than a 16 year old girl who dies on Halloween night and is reborn a Seer.

The Seer can't imagine anything worse than being an invisible teenager with enormous black wings.  Until she finds out she's been sacrificed to watch over Locke's new flame.

Locke Cavanaugh is a Druid, a part of the Order, a clandestine organisation entrusted with keeping its members cloaked in the Ordinary world.  Physically scarred from the accident that took his girlfriend's life, Locke is searching for the OtherWorldly magic that damaged him, because only those without blemish can rule the Order.  And once at the helm of the Order he has every intention of finding those responsible for her death.

On the West Coast, Keleigh Flaherty witnesses her parents murder by beasts that should only exist in nightmares.  She is whisked off to the safety of Salem, where she learns how potent and dangerous her concealed Vate talents are.  Keleigh wants to be ordinary, but when her mother reaches out from the OtherWorld, and implores her to find a forgotten relic she'll have to use her ExtraOrdinary powers to locate it.

As Locke and Keleigh join forces, they unravel the Order's involvement in the witch hysteria and murmurs of a Celtic prophecy.  While Locke's affection for Keleigh blooms, The Seer is drawn between her duty to protect Keleigh, and her desire to stop Locke from making the ultimate sacrifice in order to earn Keleigh's love...

But if they don't find the witches before the ShiningOnes do, someone stalking Keleigh from the shadows will take her instead and plunge all worlds into chaos.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Review -  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 pretty obvious that Ciara was going to be quite nasty, even if her talents did not initially seem to be very good!  Locke came across as a pretty level-headed young man suffering from his trauma, coping with a new member to his household who becomes a compassionate and likeable character.  I did find Keleigh rather irritating but she was portrayed as a typical teenager coping with growing up, a rather unusual life and conflicting feelings for Locke and Lynx.  She came through in the end.  3*

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