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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Full of adventure, lies, political power plays, and sexy men.

I received a free copy of the book from the author, but it doesn't affect my review.


THE SHORT VERSION:
I fully admit that I stayed up until 6 a.m. reading the last 60% of this book. I tore through it quickly, in only two days, so it's a fast and light read. Five ...
I received a free copy of the book from the author, but it doesn't affect my review.


THE SHORT VERSION:
I fully admit that I stayed up until 6 a.m. reading the last 60% of this book. I tore through it quickly, in only two days, so it's a fast and light read. Five has humor, spunk, and a thrilling imagination to it. Bits of the story were left unraveled at the end...bits that could have used explaining...but since it's the first in a series, I'd imagine we find that out later. While our main character's spunk made me love her, her resolve can be shaky and she occasionally acted in ways I thought were out of character. However, this book is full of sarcasm, quips, sexy men, and a political power play that adds an intriguing twist.


THE DETAILS:
I'm honestly not entirely sure where to start with Five. The Story itself is interesting because Rich has woven together two distinct worlds: ours, and the magical, hidden realm of Faeresia. While I'm not personally a huge fan of the name, her descriptions were delightful and imaginative and her creatures were vivid and real.

Our MC, Rayla, is a sassy girl that runs away from home to persue her dreams. She wants to be an artist, and she's actually really good. Her future is everything to her, and no one is going to take that from her. Well, that is, until several beautiful men start courting her. And by courting, I mean they're trying to kidnap her in the night because they're actually magical beings called fae, and she's the key to making them more powerful. Unstoppable, actually.

Scary. Too bad they're all drop-dead gorgeous. That's a little distracting.

So the characters are pretty well done. Though the men were initially a little bit stereotypical ("latin lover" and "jungle warrior"), they are unique and their personalities develop over the course of the book. Rayla and her best friend, Cassie, are a hoot. There's a ton of snark and humor that kept me glued to their development, and I loved the side stories that played within the book. The villains are, on the whole, also unique. And, damn it, they're sexy too.

There's an entire political undertone to Five that makes it more than chick lit and team-whoever reading. We discover why Rayla's being pursued, and why she's unique to anyone else that has also had to endure this strange courting process. We learn how some of the men want to use her, and we're constantly wondering if any of them actually care.

The pacing was pretty good, and any editing issues were minor and mostly unnoticeable while reading. The voice itself was strong and vivid on the whole, with just a few dramatic or flowery bits, and I just loved the imagination of the fae world, the trolls, and the magical beings. Styx is probably my favorite creature, and Zach my favorite character.

This is a good book. I mean, 4 stars and all. There were some plot developments that confused me, or led me astray in a way that was never explained or corrected. But there were several more moments where I laughed out loud, and the characters Rich builds are fun and very sexy. If you're a fan of a bit of sexual tension, power plays, self discovery, and a look into the magical, I think you'll enjoy this.

posted by thesmboyce on April 11, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

WARNING: CLIFFHANGER ENDING

Personally, I despise cliff hanger endings but if they don't bother you than I'd suggest this story. The take on Fae stealing humans is unique, and the main character's experiences feel real and are well described. The "instinctual draw" while maintaining a sense of dan...
Personally, I despise cliff hanger endings but if they don't bother you than I'd suggest this story. The take on Fae stealing humans is unique, and the main character's experiences feel real and are well described. The "instinctual draw" while maintaining a sense of danger is written better than the average.

posted by krystolla on September 5, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    One of the best I have read

    I am a avid reader of all paranormal books and this book was one of the best I have read in a while. The story line in this book is different then most which make this a refreshing series in the paranomal realm. I can't wait to read the next book to see where it leads

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Five

    Captured form the first sentence!!! Wonderful!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Awesome

    Really loved this book. The settings are so descriptive and love the characters. Excited to start book two. Highly recommend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    Highly recommended read - mystical

    I found this book to be a good change from the vampire and ware-wolf books I've been reading. I really enjoyed reading this book and would love to read more of these kind of books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Excellent A Must E Read Excellent A Must Read

    What a page turner Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Must read

    Loved this series from start to finish. I read all of them within a few weeks. The writing and plot really sucks you in. Was sad to see it end. But it was an amazing ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I loved this book from beginning to end. I could not put it down! I can't wait to read more books by Christie Rich.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    Multi-layered - worth the read

    I am now reading book II in this series and I had forgotten how complex the relationships between the characters is. It's taken me a bit to get back into the story, but now that I have, it's worth it. A complex world is drawn by the author, with things not as they seem, bad guys being good guys, good guys turning out to be bad - keeps you interested from the start to the finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Cant wait to read

    :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Enthralling

    I couldn't put it down. The characters and situations were very fresh and imaginative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Five is good the rest are great

    Couldn't wait for more. Rich is my new favorite!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Amazing

    Couldnt stop reading ............

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    AWSOME

    I love this book I could nt put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    A review

    The detail is so... amazing. I was able to picture the scene the author gave. It was baffling how much the scene is explained for the reader. All in all it was a great story and i reccomend it for pre teens, teens, and adults. Enjoy! ~kaylee

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Awsome

    Could not put it down. Had to get the entire series, could not wait..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Very good....

    My first read by this author and I was pleasantly shocked at how engaging this first book in this series was, especially since it was free. Very interesting story line, characters and plot. It was very well written. The characters and scenes were very detailed. I would very much like to continue reading this series to see which of the lords Rayla eventually picks, though if it were up to me I wouldn't complicate matters by picking, I'll just keep both Zach and Luke...

    SR

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    A must read...

    Awesome book, cannot wait to purchase the series. Had a hard time putting it down. I actually woke up thinking I was in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Amazing!!!!!

    I really liked this book! It kept me entertained!!! Can' t wait to get the rest of the books! You won't be disappointed if you read this great book!!!!!

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  • Posted November 29, 2013

    I have read a lot of the free books from Barnes and Noble and th

    I have read a lot of the free books from Barnes and Noble and this is the first time I have written a review. I really loved the story line of this book and it is one I would even suggest to my 16 year old granddaughter to read. This twist and turns are really good; just when you think you know who Rayla should choose, you think it might be a wrong choice. I hardly ever buy the rest of the books in a series, but I am making an exception here. If you like fantasy books without a look of explicit sexual content, then this is the book to read. I am definitely buying the rest of the books in this series!

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