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Five

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 19 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

9 out of 9 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 June 30, 2014

    another great book

    Loved the previous books and loved this as well.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    I loved this book.  I found it was a great escape from reality t

    I loved this book.  I found it was a great escape from reality to read.  I have already finished the first 2 books and starting #3 tonight!  I loved the characters and couldn't wait to read more each night!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    decent

    It's not great and I don't lile any of the female main characters but Zack makes the difference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Great book & series! I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

    Great book & series! I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Five

    Good read cant wait to read the others

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Foul language

    Ok read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    So good!!

    I came across "FIVE" as a "free" read and could not put it down! I immediately purchased lll & lV. These books would make great movies.... hint hint!! They'd blow Twilight out of the water!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Amazing read

    This book blew my mind. A girl secretly going to college out of state, has some extremely handsome guys vying for her attention, but has to deal with some whacked up powers. Well not the best case college scenario but a GREAT BOOK.

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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 13, 2014

    Great teen novel.

    Great teen novel, good action and minimal grammatical errors.

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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 July 21, 2014

    Author Christie Rich

    An amazing book!!! I love all the details. Cant wait to read the others

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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 19, 2014

    Great Read

    I enjoyed reading this book. Had several points where I could barely put it down. The story is unique (I've never read anything similar!) And the writing flows well. Definitely worth a read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Amazing

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    I am Team Luke

    I don't care want you biased people think I liked Luke from the beginning and always felt that Zach was never truthful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    AWSOME

    I love this book I could nt put it down

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