To Ride A Pucaby Heather McCorkle
Neala wants to stand and fight for her homeland, but as one of the last druids, she may be standing alone.
Persecuted, hunted down, forced to live in obscurity, the druids have all but given up. Can the determination of a girl who has barely come into her power bring them together? Or, just when
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Invaders are coming to take what isn't theirs, again.
Neala wants to stand and fight for her homeland, but as one of the last druids, she may be standing alone.
Persecuted, hunted down, forced to live in obscurity, the druids have all but given up. Can the determination of a girl who has barely come into her power bring them together? Or, just when she finally finds her place among her kind, will they end up losing a homeland their very magic is tied to?
This unflinching tale of the end of the time of the druids is filled with hardship, discovery, and love found in the most unexpected of places.
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Heather is an author of fantasy, in all its many sub-genres. When she's not writing or surfing her social networking sites, she can be found on the slopes, the hiking trails, or on horseback. As a native Oregonian, she enjoys the outdoors almost as much as the worlds she creates on the pages. No need to travel to the Great Northwest though, you can find Heather on her blog, Pinterest, Facebook, and Monday night's on Twitter where she co-moderates the #WritersRoad chat.
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This is a fabulous YA historical paranormal romance that is as sexy and dark as it is fantastical. Set against the history of the druid clans near the end of its time, this story examines young love, coming of age, and reconciling that which you have learned from your parents vs that which you discover on your own. I enjoyed the characters of the story, as well as the mythology woven intricately throughout the story. And yes, this is definitely a sexy story that stayed with me for days afterwards.
First of all I want to thank Heather McCorkle for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. I am utterly grateful and thankful that I put my hand up when Heather was offering. All I can say is WoW! I'm actually quite saddened that the story is over. I had grown quite attached to the characters and to the beautiful and haunting world of Irelands past. The image that will forever remain in my mind is of the Dane Tyr, sitting mounted up on his horse on a hill, watching the ship with the Druids sailing off, leaving Ireland. It actually leaves an ache in my heart and brings tears to my eyes. It's completely poetic and mesmerising. I cannot say enough great things about this book. To Ride a Puca is a coming of age story set against the harsh realities of yesterdays past, where Dane Warriors invaded Ireland just for the hell of it, slaughtering and killing everyone in their way. They cared nothing for the land or the people, and were hell bent on annihilating the Druids. These Druids remained hidden amongst the clans, in fear that their fellow countrymen would turn on them in order to save their own hinds. One of these Druids is our female protagonist, Neala. She has lived a sheltered life for most of her 17 years. Her parents had kept her Druid heritage and warrior power hidden from her, in fear that she would follow in her brother's footsteps and fight in the war, never to return. Which, sadly is what happened to Neala's brother. In his place, was his sword and a black horse. Dubh, the name of the horse, was not just any old horse. He had a secret, which for almost 3 years, he carried with him, until the right moment presented itself. While out riding on her trusted Dubh, Neala stumbles and hurts her ankle. With no way of helping herself, she is soon confronted by a handsome young man named Bren. It turns out that Bren is a fellow Druid, which surprises Neala since she never had come across another Druid before. Neala begins to learn about all that has been hidden from her, and soon discovers, with Bren's help that she is a Warrior Druid, just like him. Well, being strong and determined, Neala goes against her parents wishes and trains with Bren. Learning the art of combat and using her power to enhance it. I love Neala's resolve and strength in this story. She is feisty, yet knows her boundaries, and really doesn't like being told what to do, especially by Bren, who often insists that she not fight in battle. Just because she is female, does not mean she cannot defend herself and others. Bren, although I liked him at the start, becomes a little over-possessive and tries to force something with Neala, when her heart is really not in it. Now, to complicate matters, Neala also ends up meeting two other young men. She went from having no friends, to suddenly had the admiration from three suitors. Besides Bren, we are introduced to Tyr, a Dane on the brink of death. He's father found out that there were Druids in the village, thus being Neala and her family, and demanded that Neala's mother heal him. If they did not, then they were going to kill them all. Even though he is the enemy, Neala can't help befriending him and is quite taken by him and he's ways. He is nothing that she imagined a Dane to be. He was quite friendly, thoughtful, sweet and tender. He was the opposite of the ravaging beasts who murdered thousands. And then Dorlan enters the picture. He is a young man who fought alongside Neala's deceased Brother Lorcan. He saves her from a terrible accident and suddenly she feels totally drawn and connected to him like no other. It's quite overwhelming the feelings she has for Dorlan, but you can totally understand why as you read on. He comforts her like no other, and treats her as an equal, which is what Neala wants. Whoa, three young men, vying for Neala's attention and affection, while war rages on. It really is some predicament that Neala has found herself. Who will she bond with? I secretly loved all three in their own right, but deep down my heart belonged to Tyr. I just felt more drawn to him and his was a melancholy story and I much prefer my men tortured *sighs* especially one wielding a long sword *oh my* LOL To Ride A Puca is a great fantastical story that will take your breath away and catch you unawares. It's captivating and enthralling, and will have you wanting to go riding bare back, through the long grass, feeling the breeze whip your hair and losing yourself. It's savage and raw, and invigorating and honest. I love this book, and I hope you do to.
I have really enjoyed and loved reading Heather McCorkle’s The Secret of Spruce Knoll series. So I was excited to hear McCorkle had written another novel in this series. To Ride A Puca is an amazing Historical/Fantasy adventure about the Druids of Ireland, and the war they’re waging against the barbaric people known as the Dane, who are trying to take their land and kill all Druids. I loved McCorkle’s first two novels in this series, but To Ride A Puca was special. Being able to go back in history and get to know and have more of an understanding of the first Druids of Ireland gave me better insight into the first two novels that are written for today's time. Neala is sixteen, and her parents have sheltered her and lied to her about their Druid heritage and her warrior power. When she meets Bren (Brendan), who is also a Druid warrior, he begins to teach Neala how to use her warrior power even if it goes against her parents’ wishes for her. The only thing Neala has thought about since her brother Lorcan died fighting in the war is to learn to fight and to defend herself against the barbaric Danes, so she can also keep her home land. The only two things they brought back to Neala of her brother's when the Dane kill him, was his sword and a black horse. But this horse is a very special horse. This horse, who's name is Dubh, has waited three years to share his secret with Neala…and hopefully his heart. Being sheltered as she was, Neala has never known boys or had a boy like her, but all that's going to change now that she’s met Bren. Not only Bren, but also Tyr, who is a Dane warrior and Donal who fought by her brother’s side in the war. Now Neala has no problem with guys liking her, she just has a problem with the one she’s in love with and who will be her Druid bond. This was hard for me, because I fell in love with Tyr, and even thou I know why Neala went the way she did and I also like who Neala's true love is, I still love Tyr. But I always have had a soft heart for the guy who losses. To Ride A Puca is an awesome, mature YA Historical Fantasy adventure. McCorkle writes such fantastic characters in this story that I love them all, especially the horse, Dubh. I recommend To Ride A Puca as a must read.
I would like to thank author Heather McCorkle for providing me with a digital copy of this book to read and give an honest review. I have heard such great things about Heather's books, I jumped at the chance to read and review this one! Blurb from Goodreads: Invaders are coming to take what isn't theirs, again. Neala wants to stand and fight for her homeland, but as one of the last druids, she may be standing alone. Persecuted, hunted down, forced to live in obscurity, the druids have all but given up. Can the determination of a girl who has barely come into her power bring them together? Or, just when she finally finds her place among her kind, will they end up losing a homeland their very magic is tied to? I will first off be honest and tell you that I did not read the blurb for this book, so I had no idea what it was about when I went into it. I had heard such great things about Heather's writing, I didn't feel the need to find out. Plus, I didn't want my reading experience to be skewed by anything I might have "assumed" through reading the blurb. I also did not read any reviews prior to this book, for the same reason as stated above. First, I would like to comment on this awesome cover. I just love the face of the horse. At first I did not understand why the horse had to be the main focus for the cover. I thought, as I was reading, that perhaps the main character should have been placed on the cover. But once things were revealed to me, I began to understand why it was important to have this very cover! It really does fit the story perfectly once you have read it. Second, can I just say that I love the names the author picked for the characters in this book. The book takes place in Ireland, so of course you figure there will be Irish names. However, I was not expecting older names, of course I did not know the time frame of the book, either. Once that was revealed, I was pleased to see that the author must have done her research to make sure the names were appropriate. The historical significance of the names really does give so much credit to the author. Now, for the characters. What can I say about Neala? She is such a great character. So well developed. her arc is awesome. You really see her grow and come into herself during the book. She is not your typical teenager, filled with angst and annoyance. She is independent and almost always self-assured (which I really loved). She easily recognized right from wrong and didn't put herself into situations she thought would be too hard for her to handle. She shows her love for family. And, despite, not having any friends for most of her life, she is able to easily accept people when they finally show an interest in befriending her. She stands up and fights for what she believes in, even when she knows those around her might be unhappy with that decision. The one thing that bothered me about her was her quickness to fall for a guy. During the course of the book, I could not believe how many romantic interests she had. What can I say about Bren. He is obviously sexy. He is confident, that is for sure. He knows what he wants and he pursues with such enthusiasm it is surprising he doesn't run right over everyone he thinks might be standing in his way! He does portray a typical teenage boy whose mind is filled with hormonal feelings and wonderings about the opposite sex. But he is also committed to his friends and loved ones, and would put his life right on the line for them when necessary. Dubh, what a horse! Big and strong. Beautiful and graceful. And completely protective of Neala. I love how he is not afraid to "stick his nose" into situations, literally, when he knows that things might not be right. He is definitely Neala's guardian angel! And what to say about Tyr, the sexy Dane. Well, just picturing him on his steed at the end made me want to cry for him. He is strong and lovable and makes certain that Neala knows he is unlike the other Danes from which he is descended. And to all the other characters, which are too many for me to name and describe, well, let's just say Ms. McCorkle really knew what she was doing by introducing them to us. They become Neala's family, if they are not already, and they help take us on a magical and mystical journey through the history of these Druids. All the characters are really well developed in this book. I could picture each and every one of them in my mind and felt a connection to all of them, good or evil. They lead you on an adventure that is unlike any other you have been on before. I don't read much fantasy, but I really enjoyed the mythology associated with this book. It was a new and completely unusual world for me. I was drawn into the hills of Ireland and overtaken by it's people and their way of life. The world building was really well thought out and described. I also loved that even tho Heather has written other stories in this series, there is no reason to read them to understand this particular book. I have to say that the multiple love interests of the main character got a little overwhelming and seemed a bit unrealistic. This was the only downfall I found with this book, and the reason why it did not get 5 stars from me. The book was engaging and, for me, a page turner. I really got immersed in the reading and didn't want to put it down. If you like books along the line of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter and other mythical type novels, then you will love this novel. It's a dark and sexy historical novel that will keep you enthralled from beginning to end! Bravo, Heather, for taking me on a journey I never knew existed! 4 out of 5 stars from me!
Hold on to your horses for this wildly entertaining ride. A thank you to Heather McCorkle for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. I love books based on mythology and legends and this one is no exception. Neala has lived a sheltered life, and has been lied to about her Druid heritage. Until Dane Warriors invaded Ireland and Neala's world is turned upside down. I loved the characters, Neala is a strong, brave female. Just the kind of girls that I like! I loved Bren, but I also loved Tyr. This book was a highly engaging historical fantasy with a little romance, adventure, danger, unexpected twists and some dashing guys. It was fasted paced, I couldn't stop reading it, I was completely submerged in Neala's world. I liked how Neala grew within the story, I like books like that where there's the characters grow within the story. Recommended for YA fans or anyone who likes fantasy.
The author starts out a bit slow but as I read on the characters began to take on personalities that I truely enjoyed. Although I find this book to be for young readers I still enjoyed it enough to see what other books the author has written and purchased another book.