I was a simple farm girl living in the magical land, Alyria, where men ruled and women only existed.
Call me sheltered. Call me naive. I was probably both. I never expected to be the key to Alyria's destruction.
The journey I was on wasn't only one to save me. But one where I had a lot of learning to do. With men. With magic. And with myself.
But I wasn't alone. No. I had an escort. One I wasn't so sure about. But one I couldn't afford to lose and one I wasn't so sure I could even leave.
I had many hopes. But the most important one was that my name wouldn't become my fate.
WARNING: This novel contains blood, violence, profanity, and some sexual content.
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Calamity knows nothing of her magical heritage until her mother tries to steal silver cuff from her. Now Calamity is leaving the only home she's ever known at her grandmother's request. Calamity is being hunted for the power she holds within her and in dire need of protection. Calamity gets protection in the form of an assassin named Weston. The pair travels together towards Undaley yet they're going the wrong direction. Calamity's only thought is to escape but she feels safe in Weston's protection which to her makes no sense. Will Calamity remain ignorant of her magical heritage? What trouble follows Calamity? Can Calamity escape Weston's protection? Your answers await you in A Girl Named Calamity. I love strong independent female characters! Calamity had all the elements that I look for in strong female character~willingness to learn, resourceful, honest, and strength. The story was rich, bold, complicated, flawed, honest, unique, mysterious, intriguing, hopeful, and tenacious. I look forward to more from this author in the future. Book exchanged for an honest review
I was intrigued by the blurb when deciding to accept the author’s invitation to review the book. I am so glad that I did accept the author’s invite. I enjoyed reading A Girl Named Calamity. This has shot to the top of my personal favorite list. The plotline was very interesting. Calamity was a farm girl living in a magical land called Alyria. Alyria is a male-dominated land, meaning that women have no say in what happens to them. That the men rule. Her whole life, Calamity has worn silver cuffs on her arms as long as she could remember. Her grandmother told her that under no circumstances should she remove the cuffs. She offered no reason. Well, she finds out why the same night her long-lost mother shows up, tries to steal the cuffs and removes one. After getting it back, her grandmother tells Calamity that she needs to get the heck out of Dodge. That she is the person that can break the seal that was placed to seal the magic in Alyria. She is a hot commodity for anyone or thing who wants that seal to be broken. So her grandmother sends her away, to find shelter with friends in a faraway city. She will need to hire an escort once she got to another city. That is where the story takes off. Now I can see why some people thought this book was a romance. The interactions between Calamity and Weston definitely had me wondering that. It most definitely isn’t a romance. Well, not one in a typical sense. Calamity was very attracted to Weston, I couldn’t tell because of Weston’s actions. The fantasy angle was brilliant also and not overdone. Calamity has to be the snarkiest, wise-butt person I have read in a while. I was dying at some of the one-liners that she zinged off of Weston. She also proved that she was pretty good at getting away from Weston. She landed in some pretty unusual situations. That was because of her being headstrong and she refused to listen to Weston. OMG, when she was aroused, she was hilarious. Poor Weston, I actually felt for him during that part of the book. That was the part of the book that made me go “Hrmmm” about his feelings for her. Weston was one of those men that you love to hate. From the moment he was introduced in the bar, I knew that there was going to be trouble with him. He was an assassin, a lethal one. He was also a Titan. The best way to describe a Titan is that they were a élite warrior class think Spartans. He decided that he would escort Calamity to where she wanted to go but at a price. It didn’t take me long to figure out that he had his own agenda with her. When it was revealed, I wasn’t shocked. I also had a hard time reading him. I couldn’t figure out if he was in lust with her, liked her or wanted to get what he wanted to do over and get rid of her. I am going to stress here that there is no sex in this book. There are some very steamy sexual situations between Calamity and Weston. I had to laugh because Calamity wanted to lose her virginity so bad and Weston kept resisting. That was a first in a book. A guy resisting sex…lol. It didn’t help that Weston could read Calamity’s mind and picked up on her naughty thoughts….lol. The best scene was the one at the end of the book. I kept screaming to myself “Do it already“. But I am glad that they held off. rest of review is at: https://easonjolie5.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/a-girl-named-calamity-alyria-book-1-by-danielle-lori/
Title: A Girl Named Calamity - Alyria Book 1 Author: Danielle Lori Publisher: Published: 7-13-2016 Pages: 259 Genre: Adult Fiction Sub-Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy ISBN: 9781535422680 ASIN: B01IFLCGP2 Reviewed For Danielle Lori Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.75 Stars Strong Language, Violence, Mature Sexual Content.. This book is not for any young reader under the age of majority. The final restriction is my opinion only. If any of these offends you this is not the books for you, but you would miss a great book. I thought of the era of King Authur as I started to read this book and thought no, not for me, historical fiction is not my cup of tea. Then I kept reading and could not put it down. I kept thinking okay just a few more pages and I stop it has to turn me off at some point, but no. From the moment she goes into the bar in disguise I was hooked. Before I was reading the ending surprised how much I enjoyed it. Will I read another historical or a medieval type setting, I don't know, but I do know I won't turn it down out of hand again. Calamity has a backbone of steel in a time when women were nothing more than chattels with no right of their own. She found a way to help her family that turned out to be the fight to save the world. Remember the program save the cheerleader, save the world. That is Weston's role keep her alive and find the answers to harness her abilities and defeat the evil encroaching. Their chemistry will blow you out of the water. The ending is a touch vague and leaves an opening for another book, but the story of Calamity and Weston is completed, We just get to look forward to more in the future. Look For A Girl in Black & White (Alyria Book 2) My rating of "A Girl Named Calamity - Alyria Book 1" is 4.75 out of 5 stars.
Calamity is defined as "an event causing great and often sudden damage or distress; a disaster". So obviously there isn't much hope for our main character here if her name literally means "disaster". So already my expectations are that Calamity will constantly get in trouble with whatever situation she finds herself in and it will either be cringe worthy or freakin' hilarious... and I have to say that her name was a true prediction of her fate. I have to be honest, I wasn't too fond of Calamity when starting off this novel. She was inept at seemingly everything she tried and got herself in numerous disasters. Probably the first disaster was choosing her guide. Calamity of course chooses this very vicious man who doesn't seem to care at all about her well-being but instead seems headed towards his own journey and not so much focused on what Calamity wants. But I'll talk more about this mysterious guide later because for now let's focus on this disaster of a main character. While I didn't like Calamity, I knew that I would grow to like her because I could tell that this is one of those books where the main character learns from her mistakes and becomes a force to be reckoned with. And I love those types of books so I knew that if I just allowed Calamity to keep making her mistakes, eventually she would grow into the character I wanted to read about. You know, someone who is independent, strong and never backs down from a challenge. The type of character most want to read about because they are what most people aspire to be. So I knew that I would eventually like Calamity but I didn't realize how long it would take to reach this point. Let me just tell you, it took a long darn time! Like this whole book was the painful growing process for Calamity and I wanted to shout at her "GROW UP ALREADY, geez", but let me just tell you that all of my patience (and maybe not so patient times) was worth it. Because book two starts and BAM Calamity is a certifiable bad*ss who kicks butt and is definitely a character I want to read about. Guys, just like every other book (almost) you have to get through that beginning character growth and appreciate the other aspects of the novel like the mysterious guide and all the situations Calamity falls into. And I know I talked a lot about this character growth and how you have to "power through" but it's really not that serious, it's more of a warning to those of you that will want to give up when you start reading and miss out on the amazingness of this novel and the next. You seriously don't want to miss out on everything that happens so READ THIS BOOK! Any who... I got way more sucked into this series then I expected because even though Calamity is a mess through most of this book it was a mess that kept me interested and invested. There are so many unexpected situations and characters that come about that I couldn't help but fall deeper and deeper into these characters and their world. Overall, I freakin' LOVED A Girl Named Calamity... and maybe you weren't expecting me to say that because the majority of this review was about how inept Calamity was as a character, but I really appreciated the growth she goes through and the situations she falls into because the imperfection makes her more relatable to the average human instead of starting as some super woman. So go and read this book because you won't regret getting entangled into this series.