Yep. Every book I read, whether a stand alone or part of a series, I root for a hea. An actual hea. Just because soeone lives does not mean that it was a happily ever after; and just because someone died doesn't mean it was not a happily ever after. My wishes are small. To live happily ever after. Get it?
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The Charmer by Autumn Dawn
Title: The Charmer
Author: Autumn Dawn
Series: #1 In the Dark Lands Series
Age Group: Mature Teens- Adults
Synopsis: A woman named Jasmine goes to find her friend, Wiley, in the woods and runs in to a group of people that have taken Wiley and insist on bringing Jasmine to her. Jasmine meets the exciting Keilor. While being frightened out of her mind as she is led to a new world though a thin veil, she is ultimately intrigued as to what is going on. After it is made clear to her that she will not be able to go home, she tries to find a place for her in the new world and someone to share her life with. Both are not so far away.
Review: Now, I know that it seems that I spoiled something in the synopsis... but I didn't. SO much happens in this book, I felt like I had read the entire story and I was only on page 70. By the end of the book I was like "What else could go wrong?!" While a great, great story and character and conflict I felt exhausted by the end of book. Which is not my favorite way to end a book. However, Keilor is an amazing hero. Jasmine makes a frustrating but true to her own heart heroine while Wiley makes for a great best friend. Even if things are not discussed in full detail because "being a friend for so long was a pain" that it was not needed made things difficult. I am pleased with this book as a whole. Details could have made it better but still an enjoyable read.
Cautions: Not a ton of things to be cautious of. There was a kidnapping and drugs that would force a person to become aroused but there was never a discussion of rape. They actually abhor it in the book for a very good reason that they explain. But other than that, a safe read. I recommended it for mature teens simply because there is a lot of discussion of sex in the novel. It is not very explicit but it is there and frequent.
Series: So I looked up this book online... and low and behold. There is a series all about the Dark Lands. While reading the description of the other books, I was decided to find out that it continued the story of the other secondary characters so that way they all have the HEA they deserve.
HEA: As of the end of the book, they had a hea. There was no more attempts on her life, the babies were born healthy. It was great. However, the author left the reader with a big doubt on whether or not all of the people that were involved with the plot were caught. Maybe she addresses this in the continuation books, but this is where she left off The Charmer.