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She soon discovers she is a coveted Elemental with power she never knew she possessed-a power that could change the world. Everywhere ...
She soon discovers she is a coveted Elemental with power she never knew she possessed-a power that could change the world. Everywhere she turns another man tries to woo her. The weird part is she's drawn to each one of them. Who are these strange men, and what dark power do they hold over her? Rayla must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using any means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever.
Posted November 10, 2012
So lemme start by saying fantastic story!! It’s so intriguing!! It starts out easy, simple, and then BLOWS UP!!! I love when the Fae get all crazy, and this story is so full of mystery and secrets and HAWT MALE PIECES!! Lol All a girl wants to do is go to college and have a normal life! Is that really too much to ask for? Why yes, yes it is! Hahahaha
So Rayla is your main character and I really enjoy her perception. I say that because she is an artsy kid who loves to create things like painting and sculpture and she has NO CLUE about being some thing special. Yet she’s terrified of the dark… She and her best friend run off to college and find themselves in quite a predicament. Rayla is freaking out and trying to figure out how to live a life on some normalcy and survive the crazy Fae at the same time. Hmmm,
Sounds complicated doesn’t it
I really like her friend Cassie, though for a while I wanted to strangle her. But she’s trying to figure her own mess out and somehow she’s wrapped up with the Fae as well. And then, THERE’S ALL THESE HAWT DUDES!!! They are falling from trees and popping out of sidewalks hahahaha ummm could I have like JUST ONE!!! I’m particularly fond of Zach but there’s some things he’s hiding and you have to read to find out! But who cares he’s HAWT! Lol and I couldn’t believe the twists this story took on, which just kept me sucked in!
So my lesson from this book and so many others- DON’T HIDE STUFF FROM YOUR KIDS!! You know, you’ve got Fae blood, you’re half vampire, you’re some kinda powerful something- because it will bite you in your @$$ later hahahaha this story was a very fast read to me because I HAD TO KNOW who was who, and what happened, and where’s it all gunna lead! it can be classified as YA or adult because it’ll be enjoyable for anybody! I suggest you read it to find out what I mean! 5 BIG PAWS!! I can’t wait to read the next book!!
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Posted September 2, 2012
Rayla goes of to college, an secretly not the one her family thinks she´s going to. By doing this she reveals herself to a world she never knew existed, and to men who she never knew were looking for her..and that is how she finds out she isn´t really what she thinks she is.
This book is one of those you want to keep reading to find out more and more. At the end I felt a little confused for so much was happening, at least that is how I felt. I liked that the characters were a little older than usual. I didn´t really want to stop reading when ever I started, I don´t really know what exactly it was that I liked in it, but I really liked it nevertheless! Sometimes I reading a book even if I feel like I know what is going to happen. This time I liked this book because I really didn´t know what would happen next.
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Posted January 27, 2013
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This is an awesome beginning to a great series! Rayla escapes her over protective aunt to go away to college. She finds out more about herself than she's bargained for as she has drop dead gorgeous men vying for her affections. The story gets even deeper as she realizes she might have to fight her attraction to them in order to prevent being trapped forever. I love a good fae story, and this is certainly one of them. This story was truly unique, one you can easily get absorbed into once you get over the, “I'm attracted to everyone” thing. The book gets far more interesting during the second half which sets up a great stage for further additions to the series.
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Posted January 31, 2013
Five is book one in the Elemental Emnity Series by Christie L. Rich. Let me start off by saying, I loved this book! Loved it! Five brings you fun characters, an exciting plot, and handsome fae lords that kept me up all night reading. Rayla is a very relatable character. I think everyone had that yearning to get out there, spread their wings, and see what life was all about. The fact that she had five unbelievably handsome guys chasing her the moment she got to college added to the fun. Especially as the story progressed and you learned more about Rayla and why they wanted her. I'm no sold on her best friend, Cassie yet. I know she has her own drama going on, but she didn't seem like a good friend to me. Back to Rayla, she has these guys throwing themselves at her, and you don't know who to trust or who has hidden agendas. Plus, there is a secret society that's scheming behind the scenes. I felt like each character has purpose within the story. I'm a big fan of Onyx! He had me curious even before I knew his name. I'm Team Zach, but I'm not sure I totally trust him either. Luke is growing on me too. Decisions! Decisions!
Five by Christie L. Rich was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Posted January 11, 2013
This book starts out with a bang. I was pulled in from the first few pages. You start out with one viewpoint in the story and it twists until it has taken on an entirely different direction.
I thought the story was well plotted and was dying to find out what was going to happen. The author did a good job creating suspense and mystery. The REAL story didn't really start until Rayla and Cassie leave home. Then the book starts to reveal the story in layers. With each layer, more knowledge is gleamed.
Okay, so I really enjoyed the romance part of the story. I mean, come on, who wouldn't want fae lords throwing themselves at your feet? Every girl wants to be adored. I found myself feeling out the characters, hoping for a happy ending for Rayla.
At the end, I was dying to figure out who Rayla had picked, when she just didn't. I was seriously like, ugh, what??? I understand, though I didn't like it. Book one was mainly setting you up for the rest of the series.
I liked this book a great deal more than I expected to. I WILL be rushing to read the next two books, Dark Matter and Genesis. I need closure in the story, and I'm sure I won't be getting that until the very end. It's a great YA paranormal romance book. It deserves five glittery stars for a great read and for being superb of course!
Posted August 26, 2012
Rayla is pursuing her dreams by going away to college rather than
staying close to home. Despite her aunt's protests, she sneaks off with
her best friend, and that's when the fun begins. The whole story line of
Five was different, and I appreciated that very much. The history of the
Elementals and the Fae Lords was an interesting one. I really enjoyed
the whole fantasy world that was created for this story. The book was
action packed and fun to read. I mean really, who wouldn't want five hot
Lords fighting over you? Rayla was a great character. She was funny
and sassy. The story follows Rayla as she learns of her heritage and
what that means for her. I like that she didn't fall into a heap and cry
after learning about the Elementals, but really, with all those yummy
guys following her around, what's to cry about? I loved the twists and
turns the story took and am looking forward to where the author is going
to take it next. I already have book two queued up on my Kindle and am
anxious to get started!
Posted August 6, 2012
Being a blogger has some wonderful perks! One of those perks is the chance to read a book that an author has generously offered in exchange for an honest review. Back in September I had the opportunity to read Five and have just recently been blessed with book 2, Dark Matter. As the later half of Five was complicated (in a good way) and I have a poor memory, I thought I'd skim the last few chapters of Five to reaquaint myself with the details. I ended up rereading the whole thing. It just sucked me in; I couldn't help myself!!! It's simply an amazing read and I liked it even better the second time through.
So what did I love? The plots of each book are complex, mysterious and intriguing. I love Ms. Rich's striking verbiage. She paints the most beautiful scenes, ones of which you can practically feel the texture without being bogged down with useless details. Her stories ooze with creativity and magic!
Then, the characters: Rayla is the perfect protagonist. Likable from the start, but with room for character growth, I immediately connected with Rayla. That character growth (which I love) is steady, believable and well written. The characters surrounding her are well-rounded with their own back stories and issues. The antagonists (and those we aren't sure are which they are) are dimensional, not merely evil with their own inner struggles.
Then there's the sizzling chemistry between Rayla and these mysterious fellas hanging around! You'd think that having so many men involved would not gel right with the reader, but Ms. Rich has an incredible way writing each of these characters in a way that you completely empathize with Rayla in not being able to choose. I was 100% Zach, but then came Luke ... and in book 2, there's even more!!! It's hard to express how well Ms. Rich writes chemistry. And the crazy thing is, there's never anything more than kissing. Rayla has standards (good for you, girl!).
This book is full of the excitement and mystery of discovery. Rayla's best friend Cassie doesn't act much like a best friend, but -as it turns out- there's a pretty good reason behind that. Jessica's strange animosity makes sense later as well. Nothing is as it seems for poor Rayla. Rayla goes along trying her best to deal with these changes. I admire her tenacity. I did think there should have been more if an internal struggle when she decided to share with Zach the crazy details of what was going on, but that's really my only complaint. The book does end in a cliff hanger, but it's a good stopping point (except that I hate to be left wondering and tend to want that next book IMMEDIATELY and when I first read this, I had to wait and I hate that ... tee hee hee).
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