Five

Five

4.3 176
by Christie Rich
     
 

Rayla Tate dreams of escaping her ordinary world for a bright future in the art world. Throw in an overbearing aunt who is keeping major secrets, a disgruntled best friend tagging along to college, and a bunch of fae warriors waiting in the wings to claim her the minute she leaves her sleepy little town, and Rayla’s dreams are about to shatter.

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Overview

Rayla Tate dreams of escaping her ordinary world for a bright future in the art world. Throw in an overbearing aunt who is keeping major secrets, a disgruntled best friend tagging along to college, and a bunch of fae warriors waiting in the wings to claim her the minute she leaves her sleepy little town, and Rayla’s dreams are about to shatter.

She soon discovers she is a coveted Elemental with powers 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011476075
Publisher:
Christie Rich
Publication date:
08/11/2011
Series:
Elemental Enmity , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
15,008
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Christie Rich resides in Northern Utah with her husband, two children, spastic puppy, and two lazy cats. In addition to writing, she enjoys painting, reading, hiking, playing with her children, and anything that is creative.Five is the first in many books to come.Reach me at Authorchristierich@gmail.com

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Five (Elemental Enmity) 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 176 reviews.
thesmboyce More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ReaderStefanie More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I am not sure I can say I LOVED it but I really enjoyed reading it. I get the feeling the deeper I get into the series the LOVE part will come. The first book really had a ton of stuff packed into it. The one thing I really like about this book is that it is about the Fae and yet isn't full of a bunch of sexual stuff. Don't get me wrong... there are some gorgeous men (and women) talked about but not in a way that would make me blush. This book is totally appropriate for high school girls to read. The 'heroine' even has some morals which is an added bonus!! Some of the characters are pretty complex. You think you have a character figured out then something happens and you about drop your Nook (or Kindle, or actual book). TWICE that happened to me during reading. I really wasn't sure if I was interested in continuing the series until about 3/4 of the way through. So, stick with it if you decide to read and just can't quite figure it out. I have already started book #2 and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book started well enough, in spite of a few typos, but then it started to take itself too seriously, and it went downhill from there. The characters didn't always have consistent personalities, and while I liked the pace for most of it, it became rushed towards the end. The worst part, though, was the love triangle. The girl spends most of the book interested in one guy, but then she catches a ride with another guy, and after just a few hours staring into his eyes, goes into that "Woe is me! I love two men and can't decide!" nonsense. That sounded the death knell for the book, because I was so busy rolling my eyes that I could barely finish it. I won't be getting the sequel, even if it's free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit slow to start, I put it down and came back to it b/c I just couldnt get into it. Once I got past the slow start I could NOT put it down!!! Cant wait to start the next :)
Meli78 More than 1 year ago
3 of 5 stars. What’s this mean to me? I liked the book. This is a good read and I enjoyed it while it lasted but won’t be revisiting its pages anytime soon. I will be reading the rest of the series. I can’t say that I was in love with this book from the moment I picked it up, however I can say that by the time I finished, I could not wait to get to the next book in the series. If you love a strong leading character who tries her hardest to fight for what she wants then you are going to want to read Five, by Christie L Rich. Rayla Tate, a feisty but naive young woman just entering college finds out that her life is not what it seems. She runs away from her overbearing Aunt and the small town she grew up in to go to college with her best friend Cassie. Seems simple enough right? Well, not exactly. Rayla immediately finds out that fate is going to play its card before she even steps foot on the college campus. As secrets are revealed to Rayla she discovers life is not as simple as black and white. She soon finds out that she is being targeted by a group of Fae lords, who are not just interested in her, but the powers that lay dormant inside of her; powers that are strong enough to change the world. You are going to run in to some grammatical errors that really put a hinge in the flow of this story. This can be a little frustrating, but really it’s worth over looking these errors in the long run. The only other issue I have with the story is Rayla’s reaction to finding out that Fae’s exist. To me, she seemed to accept this reality a little to easily. Even with these issues, I fell in love with Christie Rich’s Characters from Rayla to the Fae lords, they have you emotionally drawn into their lives so quickly you don’t have a chance to blink. Overall, this novel has pretty much everything you can ask for. It’s an emotional roller coaster full of many twits and turns. I suggest you pick up a copy of Five and join Rayla on her Journey to the world of the Fae’s. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
JodyGilchrist More than 1 year ago
Five is a coming-into-her-own/paranormal romance novel written by Christie Rich. As Rayla Tate is just beginning to figure out who she is and what she may want out of life, she also finds that life and the fae may have alternate plans in store for her. When I first began reading Five, I wasn't a fan. Christie Rich was incredibly detailed and descriptive when giving the reader as much of the back story as possible, without giving away any plot twists and turns that may be in store later on. While those are typically both good things to have in a novel, they just seemed to make the first few chapters slow-moving. However, later on those sluggish moments were important details to the story. Once the momentum picked up, it kept up a steady and engaging pace throughout the rest of the book. Christie Rich's characters are very relatable . She also has an ability to describe a setting and make you feel as if you are actually there, right next to the characters. I found myself experiencing the emotional ups and downs right along with Rayla as her life unfolds before her. There is a cliff hanger at the end which forces you to purchase the sequels if you are interested in continuing Rayla's and her friends journey. I know I am.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love books about faiiers, make believe and love to use my imagination as I read these stories. This one kept me enthralled throughout story. I bought the next two in the series and can't wait to start reading the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite part of this book is the characters, mostly Cassie because of how real she is. I know that if a monster from hell almost attacked me but then dissapeared i would blame my imagination afterwards. That is exacally what she did. Not many people can deal with that. Roger is a unique character, evil but unique. I dont like how the author suddenly makes Luke completly change from annoyingly cocky to sweet at the end of the book just becaue she needs Ryla to choose between Luke or Zack. In my opinion, Ryla should choose Zack, he seems so much sexier, Luke seems like a fake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captured form the first sentence!!! Wonderful!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really loved this book. The settings are so descriptive and love the characters. Excited to start book two. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. I enjoyed the characters. I wish we had more background. Im hoping the next book will give a little more of what brought us to where we where at the start of this book. I did enjoy the story and it is a fast read. I will be looking for the rest of the series.
MelMel78 More than 1 year ago
3 of 5 stars. What's this mean to me? I liked the book. This is a good read and I enjoyed it while it lasted but won’t be revisiting its pages anytime soon. I will be reading the rest of the series. I can't say that I was in love with this book from the moment I picked it up, however I can say that by the time I finished, I could not wait to get to the next book in the series. If you love a strong leading character who tries her hardest to fight for what she wants then you are going to want to read Five, by Christie L Rich. Rayla Tate, a feisty but naive young woman just entering college finds out that her life is not what it seems. She runs away from her overbearing Aunt and the small town she grew up in to go to college with her best friend Cassie. Seems simple enough right? Well, not exactly. Rayla immediately finds out that fate is going to play its card before she even steps foot on the college campus. As secrets are revealed to Rayla she discovers life is not as simple as black and white. She soon finds out that she is being targeted by a group of Fae lords, who are not just interested in her, but the powers that lay dormant inside of her; powers that are strong enough to change the world. You are going to run in to some grammatical errors that really put a hinge in the flow of this story. This can be a little frustrating, but really it's worth over looking these errors in the long run. The only other issue I have with the story is Rayla's reaction to finding out that Fae's exist. To me, she seemed to accept this reality a little to easily. Even with these issues, I fell in love with Christie Rich's Characters from Rayla to the Fae lords, they have you emotionally drawn into their lives so quickly you don't have a chance to blink. Overall, this novel has pretty much everything you can ask for. It's an emotional roller coaster full of many twits and turns. I suggest you pick up a copy of Five and join Rayla on her Journey to the world of the Fae's. I don't think you will be disappointed.
kitkat76 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was too long with stereotypical characters and a weak plot that put a girl in the middle of 5 unrealistic hot dudes intent on claiming her as their own. Sprinkle liberally with inconsistency of character's actions or reactions to their surroundings. Throw in unnecessary and unresolved sub plots and you have yourself a book that is too long. I read the blurb on the last book to know what happens and I'm done with it.
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on to the next.
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Love thisbook fast paced characters are wonderful, you become investrd quickly and you cant wait for the next page,! At the end you realize you need another book, and excitedly look for them all! Oh ya a must read
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Reminds me of Harry Potter meets Twilight. Very well written and loving the characters.
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Cool