Saturday, January 5, 2013

Forever Fae by L.P. Dover

Title:  Forever Fae
Author:  L.P. Dover
Series: Forever Fae #1
Published: November 30th 2012 by L.P. Dover
Page Count: 356
Genre: Fantasy
Shelf: Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:
He leans down, lips parted, and then our lips connect……….We didn’t know that this one kiss has FOREVER changed the Land of the Fae.

 According to the Prophecy proclaimed many years ago, Princess Calista of the Summer Court is destined to change the Land of the Fae from the evil determined to destroy it. Her powers are phenomenal, and she secretly trains for battle with her handsome warrior friend, Merrick, who unbeknownst to her protects her heart as well, in hopes of keeping it for himself. At least, until the seductive Prince Ryder attends the Guardian Ceremony and instantly sends a fire burning through her veins and a connection so deep they both discover a love above anything imaginable.
No one knows how Calista is destined to change the kingdoms, but there is one that does. He not only craves Calista’s power, but her body as well, and his goal is to steal her power, make her his Dark Queen, and take over the Land of the Fae.

 Will the evil succeed in claiming Calista’s soul? Or will the two men that fight for her heart save her from despair, and help her fulfill her destiny to become what she was meant to be.

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young adult readers.***

My Review:

This was a very interesting and intriguing story. The various concepts and themes that Dover integrated into this novel were well thought out and integrated. It did take me a bit to warm up to the story, but when I did I was glad that I read this novel. I also greatly appreciated the large amount of colour symbolism that is found throughout. It complemented the already brilliant descriptions that Dover uses, creating a vivid world.

The characters in this novel fell into 2 groups: the main characters and everyone else. The 2 main characters are fairly well developed. You do get to know some of their likes and dislikes, quirks and hobbies. Even though they are royal fae, they are also very human. They are both themselves, never pretending to be anything less than that. The rest of the characters seemed to be little more than stock characters, there simply to fulfill their purpose. You never learn anything about them other than what is at the surface. I will admit, however, that the dark sorcerer was very creepy. He sent shivers down my spine on more than one occasion.

I really enjoyed the guardian concept that Dover works with. It is very well developed and laid out throughout the novel. It was very unique. It caused some interesting altercations throughout. It also allows the reader a greater understanding of certain characters.

Forever Fae is one of those novels wherein each chapter is written in the first person from a different character’s perspective. Because of this the narrative jumps around a lot, not only from viewpoint to viewpoint, but also back and forth through time. There were also some scenes where the event and the resulting action don’t quite mesh properly. Also, at times the sentences became quite awkward and there were a few grammatical issues.  

I wanted to love this novel. The storyline was there. The elements were all there, they just didn’t flow together properly. By the end, it had smoothed out and I was really getting into it. It showed promise and I will definitely still be watching for the sequel in February. 

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