First Lightby Michele Paige Holmes
Seventeen-year-old Adrielle doesn't believe in magic; she merely possesses it. When Adrielle starts a fire that burns down the family home, she must deal with both her grief and rejection. Forced out of her village, she journeys to far away Tallinyne in search of her older, estranged sister-the only relative who might take her in. Thrust into a dangerous and unfamiliar world, Adrielle struggles to navigate a world of magic she never imagined where she is forced to make a choice no girl should ever have to-satisfying her own heart or saving the kingdom.
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I love fairy tales! These were the first stories I ever fell in love with, the stories I wanted my mom to read to me again and again. With these as my first love, I always get excited when I pick up a fairy tale re-telling. And this was a great one to pick up and read! It is full of fairy tales! While the dominant fairy tale nod is to Sleeping Beauty, the story is full of other fairy tale references. I probably didn’t even catch them all. Oh, well! I’ll just have to read it again. And yes, I would read it again. Everything came together in a new and unique story with a great twist and wonderful ending! The characters were well developed and easy to connect with. Adrielle was so good, and Christian was the perfect hero. I loved the fairies!! It did take me a few chapters to really get into the story, but then I couldn’t stop reading. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series! I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 Stars FIRST LIGHT was a fairy tale with plenty of references to the ones we know, but all twisted up into a delightfully new adventure! With dashing and lovable characters, a kingdom in peril, and a destiny and romance to fight for, this was an enjoyable and entertaining read. The characters had to be my favorite aspect of this story. They were great. Truly. I loved their weaknesses and their strengths, their good intentions and desires, their courage, and the way the relationships developed and didn't feel rushed. I loved Adrielle (I really like that name!) and Cristian the best, of course. I also enjoyed the other characters, especially the fairies who added some comical relief. I also loved all the quirky mentions of classic fairy tales. It was especially humorous when the fairies reference them. At first I tried to fit this story into a remake of one of them, but found that even though it closely resembled Sleeping Beauty, it was quite a bit different and another story on its own. There were some things I wanted more of or didn't quite like... The story dragged and stretched in places for me. I really wanted to be immersed in the story, but some unrealistic aspects, drama, or slower-paced sections kept pulling me out of it. Parts didn't feel consistent, like it raining or the sun appearing when a couple touched, but not when they touched all the time, and black magic working a certain way one time, but then not another. I like things to make sense to me and there were parts that didn't work for me. Overall, FIRST LIGHT was an enjoyable read, especially for us fairy-tale lovers. It's a nice start to a new series, of which I definitely plan on continuing to read. From what I've gathered, the next will be loosely based on Beauty and the Beast and I'm looking forward to it! Content: Some violence, but clean. Source: I received a complimentary copy from a tour host for the purposes of a virtual tour, which did not affect my review in any way.
I read the premise for this story awhile ago and all I remembered was "magic." I was not expecting a mishmash of fairy tales, lovable characters, a darling romance, and a prince! I was definitely pleasantly surprised. Adrielle has had a hard upbringing, as the youngest of eleven and when left orphaned and unwanted, she travels to find her older, mysterious sister--one whom she doesn't remember. Many mishaps and adventures lead her to her destination, where she is constantly learning--learning about herself, life, and more. I'm a sucker for any story involving a prince and when fairy tales are added, I'm in heaven! This took on a real Sleeping Beauty flavor, but there were other recognized elements to other fairy tales and I love the way they are all woven together in a familiar, yet original way. I absolutely adored the relationships and characters, as they are each important to the story, yet take on realistic personalities, coming alive in a new way for me. This is definitely a series that I'll be keeping an eye on. Content: mild romance; mild violence. Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*