Sunday, January 13, 2013

Blog Tour/Review: Five

Title - Five
Author - Christie Rich
Series - Elemental Enmity #1
Genre - Young Adult Fantasy
Format - Ebook Kindle copy


Rayla Tate’s life is about to turn vertical…again. As if it wasn’t bad enough her mother disappeared under questionable circumstances leaving Rayla to be raised by her aunt in a horrendously small town. Her overprotective guardian is determined to ruin Rayla’s life. She refuses to let Rayla out of her sight or out of the state. Provincial living might be what her aunt demands of her purposely sheltered niece; but, Rayla has other ideas. In a desperate attempt to follow her dreams she flees the safety of her home and runs away to college with her best friend toward a bright future in the art world. 

However, excitement over her newfound freedom turns into terror when she is chased by a mysterious stranger on her way to school. When his motorcycle suddenly morphs into a fire-breathing pegasus, Rayla questions her sanity. Worse, the man riding next to her stirs a burning desire in her soul she has never known or could have ever imagined. Using all the will she owns, she manages to resist the compulsion she feels; yet, as he disappears into the night, she is certain he hasn't gone far.

Rayla quickly dismisses the encounter to her overactive imagination. She is determined to settle into her new life, yet the images and feelings of that night still haunt her. To make matters worse, her aunt seems to be in on the act, insisting that Rayla will soon be hunted by a pack of fae lords for a power over the elements she never knew she possessed—a power that could change the world. Quicker than she ever thought possible, she finds herself surrounded by stunning men that all seem determined to win her heart. Why does she feel drawn to each one of them? More importantly, what dark power do they hold over her? Rayla must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using whatever means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever.


I received Five for review in return for a honest review as part of the tour hosted by Supagurl Book Tours. Rayla Tate’s life has been spent taking care of her cousins while her aunt is at work. Her aunt Grace has been pushing her to join her at the pig farm which is out of the question. When the question of attending college comes up her Aunt Grace is quick to shut down any thought s Rayla has of leaving.  With the help of her best friend Cassie they plan to leave sneak away to attend college at St. Mary’s far away from Utah as she can get. Rayla is desperate to leave her boring life behind and experience everything she’s missed out on as well as follow her dreams.

The journey alone from Utah to Indian is anything but boring when Rayla is stalked along the dark highway while Cassie sleeps by a rider on a motorcycle that when it is next to the window she sees a black winged horse. The biker heads off ahead when Cassie wakes up she disputes that she saw anything least of all a winged horse. The girls arrive at school excited to start their new lives, when Rayla call’s her Aunt Grace to tell her the truth she learns that she’s an elemental and fey lords will be hunting for her now that she’s left the protection of her Aunt.

Between being stalked by a stranger in the forest and avoiding the four lords that are seeking her out she’s always met a nice normal guy Zach with whom she’s started to connect with. Yet her relationship with Cassie is strained as she’s jealous that Rayla has all the attention. Rayla has enough on her place without the added order to worry about, plus she learns her room is haunted and that Cassie has been to fairy and is seeing things again. An evil princess is out to claim Rayla for her own, the order is chasing her down and the lords are attempting to take her. Will she survive the bonding or will she be bound to a lord she doesn’t love.

Five is a fast paced story that draws you in right from the start it can be a little overwhelming but you just need to go with it because it will clear up as you progress. I like the concept of the elemental bonding with the lord but I didn’t care that it’s forced but it makes sense. Five reminds me of Merry Gentry with all her handsome fey men, but it’s a clean story. I found the story-line flows smoothly I did start a little overwhelming but that’s because of so much back story. Five is a clean story anyone from teen to adult should find the story entertaining. I tend to avoid love triangles if I can because I always feel bad for the one that’s left out, however I found this one is well written more tasteful you could say. My other complaint is it’s a huge cliffhanger thankfully book two is out or I’d be going crazy. I really enjoyed the story, the concept was exciting and I’ve always love book that involve the fey plus with the great characters it’s a must read for everyone who’s into the fey. Can’t wait to get my hands on the next one to find out what happens next.  

5 out of 5 stars

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