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Posted March 20, 2012
Salem is holding some sinister secrets and with the death of Locke Cavanaugh’s girlfriend comes great sorrow and an adventure that will put him on the path of his destiny. Sacrificed to become The Seer, Locke’s girlfriend is destined to watch over the people she loves without them ever knowing she is there, until the arrival of Keleigh Flaherty. This book is full of suspense, mystery and heart wrenching romance.
I enjoyed this story and loved the narrative but I did have a few small issues with this book. It all starts really quickly and at times I felt like I was reading the second book in a series and I missed the first book that introduced you to the fantastical world Marx has created. Having said that you still understand the world and what it is all about. I also had times when I was a bit confused about some of the characters, at first you think they are “Ordinary” but then they say something that makes you think they must be “ExtraOrdinary” but there is no clarification on it.
Having said that I must say that I found the narrative of this book absolutely fantastic! To experience Locke and Keleigh falling in love from the perspective and voice of The Seer was physically painful at times. The Seer truly loved Locke and you almost want to cry for her that her fate is to watch him love another person. If for no other reason this is why this book is worth reading. It is a third party narrative as opposed to a third person and it’s very interesting to read it all with the emotions of The Seer as opposed to the other characters.
I enjoyed the characters and the dialogue in this book. Madi and her one sided conversations with The Seer was witty and really couldn’t wait for The Seer to say something ridiculous and for Madi to comment on it. Locke is sexy and very lovable, you want him to be happy and at the same time you want to remind him that The Seer is watching. Keleigh at times annoyed me, she was irrational in her reactions to Locke and his decisions, and could become a real teenager when she whined. But I liked that she was strong and able to make the decisions that needed to be made.
There were one or two things at the end that I found a little weird but I won’t spoil anything. There are great amounts of info in this book so you need to give it your full attention or things become a little confusing, if you are a person who loves Myths, mystery and a great narrative you’ll enjoy this book.
Posted March 19, 2012
The first thought that came to mind while reading this novel is, “Greek Mythology meets a creepy Halloween ghost story.”
All’s Fair in Vanities War: by Elizabeth Marx is most certainly a paranormal read. The variety and characteristics of the characters in the story remind me of “The Lord of the Rings” or an adult version of “Spiderwick”. I do not mean the characters are the same, but that the characters are human like and that there are several different types of these human like beings.
The first third of this book is a little slow and complex. There are a lot of details about the characters and the setting. There is also some background explaining how the story came to be. Although this section was a little difficult to get through it is essential for the comprehension of the remainder of the story. The story really starts to take off just before the end of the first third of the book.
As I progressed through this story the characters face several mysteries. As they look for answers and a path to their future and to safety their stories start to intertwine in interesting ways.
The further I got in the book the more interesting it became. I absolutely love the second of this book. If you enjoy supernatural stories or stories about the craft you will love this book.
Posted March 19, 2012
The story starts with an (almost literal) explosive beginning. A girl and her boyfriend, Locke, are in a car headed for a party when they collide with an oncoming vehicle. The girl finds herself trapped as an invisible specter known as a Seer whose job is to watch over and record events happening around the town of Salem. We see events unfold
from her point of view. This device is a pretty effective one, as we get her to deliver context on some of the events. Her narration can be inadequate at times, but she adds her own humorous commentary on the events.
The story pulls one in quickly, and I grew attached to the various characters. Keleigh is a very likeable main character who struggles between wanting to be normal and being forced into the world of the ExtraOrdinary. There is a lot of magic and mystery surrounding Keleigh's mother and her powers, but the ending leaves me with many questions that will hopefully be answered in future installments.
Sometimes it can be hard to follow events. Characters pop in and out with nary an introduction, and X is as new to the world of magic as we are, so this would be good places for thorough explanation. Some chances are wasted, and sometimes I feel like I don't really understand how certain characters fit into the world of the ExtraOrdinary.
Sometimes characters say the weirdest things and the Seer herself makes weird metaphors that I would never
expect anyone to say (this is something of her character, though, as other characters mention it). Sometimes it can be off-putting, but I grew used to it and sometimes the conversations are actually quite funny.
The focus on Celtic culture and magic is a refreshing change of pace from standard "witches and vampires" supernatural fiction.I like the world that was crafted and the interweaving of various magic people and creatures with a modern-day setting. The prose is competent and sometimes quite striking. So, with a bit more editing I think this series could really go places.
Posted March 18, 2012
I loved this book! I have a secret obsession for mythology and this book really hits the mark! All’s Fair in Vanities Wars by Elizabeth Marx is an awesome paranormal book! This book isn't an "easy" read and it really needs your full attention, so i wouldn't recommend reading this when you only have a few moments at a time to spare. Some parts of this book are slow and tough to understand but you have to get through them for everything to come together. In certain parts if I didn't quite understand what was going on I would have to read it again but the second time through always cleared things up. The characters are involved in several mysteries that make this book extremely hard to put down! It follows the story of the seer who was sacrificed to watch over and protect Keleigh, but becomes hard for the seer because her ex boyfriend (Locke) starts to have feelings for Keleigh. Within all of the mythology you have a romance brewing which calls to the romantic in us all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 25, 2012
Although Keleigh is aware magic exists, she'd promised her mother that she wouldn't use magic nor would she remove a necklace that cloaks the real her from Ordinary people. But after receiving a message from her mother, whom she thought dead, from the OtherWorld, she is charged with locating and protecting a relic that neither her nor Locke know how to find. And they only have a limited time in which to locate it. With the help of the Wyrd Sisters (the maiden, the mother and the crone) she is taught as much as possible about who she is and how to harness her magic. And between her, Locke, Madi (her best friend) and Wiz (Locke's best friend) they search for information that will help them in their quest. I really enjoyed the magic and the mythology in this book. It's choke full of adventure, mystery, suspense, and a bit of romance. And plenty of magic! The characters are great! There are so many characters in which to love and some you just can't help but hate. I love the interaction between Locke and Keleigh. Despite her best attempts at keeping Locke at a distance, Keleigh can't help but be drawn to him. And I love how cocky Locke is at times but yet, he's very sweet as well. Madi, Keleigh's best friend, is a fun character. She tells it like it is no matter who she's talking to. Plus, she can see and communicate with the Seer where Keleigh and Locke can not. There are just so many interesting characters in the book ... druids, vates, bards, cluricaunes, fairies, boggarts and other OtherWorldly beings. If you like paranormal and/or fantasy stories, I definitely recommend this! Being that I never used to enjoy reading until a couple years ago, I really like reading a book that I feel I've learned something from it. With All's Fair in Vanities War I learned a lot! And not just about Celtic mythology either. I hate to admit it but there were quite a few words that I had to look up the definition of. LOL I don't know whether that would turn some people off or not but I certainly did not find the writing boring. Now, I did actually find quite a few mistakes in the book. Maybe had there not been so many I may have actually given the book a higher rating. But I do feel that the story was interesting and exciting enough to make up for the mistakes. There were times, however, when I was a little confused because the story is told from the Seer's point of view and she's never named, other than being known as the Seer. So sometimes I would forget who's telling the story for a moment. But it was really just a matter of me remembering so that's my fault. :) I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book when it is released. NOTE: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2012
I want to start by saying that after reading this book (which I did a while ago but had to wait for the blog tour to post my review), I knew this could be one of those books where people would either understand it and fall madly in love with it - or they'd just get confused and give up. I've seen both and can understand both sides. Fortunately for me, I fell madly in love with it.
This book is chock full of history, mythology and plot. Add to that it's written from the point of view of the Seer and not necessarily one of the main characters the book focuses on (Keleigh/Locke), you have the potential to be overwhelmed. I think I can safely say this book is not meant to be read quickly or skimmed through - it's intended for those that can sit down and fully immerse themselves in the rich details written on page upon page. If you have that sort of time, then you definitely won't regret it.
There was an amazing cast of characters starring in this book. Keleigh is the sort of girl that just tries to blend in with everyone else, when she truly stands out no matter what she does. Locke is a wild spirit that I honestly can't pin down with just a few words because he is truly everywhere with his personality and emotions. Both Keleigh and Locke's best friends are amazing supporting characters, full of charm and loyalty. Over all of the characters though, I think the Seer was the one that struck me as one of the most intriguing. Perhaps it was because the book was from her POV mostly, but her personality and wit really added another level to the story. It was strange to read the story from a secondary character's perspective, but it also added something unique to the story that I don't think would have been present had the POV from the story been from someone else. And even though the story is told from her POV, the Seer is still something of a mystery that keeps the element of intrigue that isn't necessarily quenched by the end of the story - making it impossible not to want to read more about her.
All's Fair In Vanities War has everything that I could ask for in a great read and I cannot wait to read more. If after reading my review, you're not in the least timid by this book... then I would wholly recommend checking it out.
Posted February 7, 2012
All's Fair in Vanities War was a very interesting read. I didn't really know what I was getting myself into when I agreed to read this book, but overall, I was happy with the experience.
This book is truly a paranormal read. I love anything and everything supernatural, so parts of this novel made me very happy… other parts, not so much.
The paranormal element was very strong, and at times, I felt it overbearing and unnecessary—almost as if the author overloaded us with too much information that was no more important to the reader than it was to any of the characters.
While the story was engaging, the lack of character development really threw me off from the story line, and that sadden me. I just felt that personalities fell flat with the characters.
There were talks of many people who you never really meet or learn about, and by the end of the chapter, you're left feeling lost. This book also moved very slowly to me. There were some parts that made me want to skip over the whole paragraph, and at times, I am sad to say that I did. I do not do that very often. It could just be me, but I found most of this book very confusing and hard to keep up with all of the who-was-who and what each person really was. I've seen a reviewer who has said, "I found the world-building portion quite difficult to understand as much of it was simply stated and not explained." and I completely agree. I like to be shown; not told.
I just wish we could have gotten to know these characters a lot more than the author let us: What did Keleigh like to do in her free time? How did Locke feel about losing his girlfriend? I never really learned these things, and if they were mentioned, it was much too late in the book for me to care about.
Overall, the author is a wonderful storyteller and is great at writing exciting details—at times I felt like I was in the story along side these characters and I love when that happens. Maybe I'm just not a fan of so strong a paranormal story, but this book is by no means bad—I would definitely give it a read if you want a paranormal packed punch to get you in the mood while we wait the long wait for October.
Posted January 9, 2012
What was not to like about this book? Really? I loved it. It kept me captivated from start to finish. I will definitively be awaiting the sequels release. This book is a brilliant action-packed fantasy adventure filled with humor and shrouded with mystery. It has three realms, the Ordinary, ExtraOrdinary and OtherWorldly. They're are Elves, Fairies, Boggarts, Leprechauns, Seers, Druids, Witches, Demons and Gods. In Salem, ExtraOrdinary are everywhere. Where anything can happen and it's not out of ordinary or in the slightest shocking, unless you're a human. The ruling milesians princes were the most powerful Druid, Vate, and Bard, they were ExtraOrdinary already, but their children made up the three most powerful lines that have carried the Order down to us today. I loved all the characters. This book was well paced with their growth in my opinion. I loved the Seer. She has such a personality and has plenty of snark. Locke is a Druid. His character is filled with a mix of personalities as the story progresses. He is handsome, loving, loyal, funny, powerful, begrudging and spiteful at times. I really liked watching his growth throughout the story. Wiz is Locke's best friend a total computer geek. He is a great supporting character. Keleigh has only lived in the Ordinary (human) world. She was brought up as a human. When her parents were killed she was sent to live with the Cavanagh's. Locke is their son. As the story progress Keleigh starts to figure out the puzzle pieces of who she is and what her family really is. I won't go on because I'll let too much slip. I really loved the back-and-forth-banter between her and Locke. Madi is Keleigh's best friend, she is straightforward and very opinionated. She's my kind of gal. I loved her. Many thanks to Elizabeth Marx for allowing me to read her book and review it. :) These are just a few of my favorite quotes from a scene that Keleigh had lost her temper and caused quite a stir. Keleigh slapped at Locke's chest."No, Like, I gave her gianormous ancient horns. They might belong to someone else." Madi "You should worry. I was with the big bad Vate in the bathroom, and she bestowed Ciara with fricken horns." "Crap," Locke said, eyeing the mesmerized crowd. "I told you things like this could happen if you weren't prepared." "I promise to be a better Seer, if he lets me live." "I mean, lets us all live. My feathers twitched nervously. You might think I'm silly, but imagine God looking for one of his sheep that you'd accidently made off with. Yikes." Cernunnos ~ "Those horns, are abducted so often now, I've had to resort to OGPS," be bellowed. "Which one of ye took them?" "OGPS?" Wiz asked "OtherWorldly Galaxy Positioning System." "I'd like to see that super computer," Wiz said. "Central computer station," he tapped his right temple.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 31, 2011
I was Spellbound by the magical characters and the otherworldly setting. The bittersweet romance of having to watch someones', one and only, fall in love with another girl, the very girl that death has bound you to protect was heartwrenching. Overall a fulfilling read that will hook you from the very first page and have you wanting more all the way to the last page!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2012
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