This weeks review is author requested. I was provided with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Rose is a small town girl who gave up dreams of college and her own life to stay home to take care of her younger siblings and ailing mother. Her small town has been wracked by a killer plague which has already taken the life of her father, and threatens the life of her mother. Rose soon finds herself and her future intertwined with a mysteriously man (excuse me, male) from the woods surrounding her now desolate farmland. One prophecy, a pair of soul mates, and an enchanted world within the woods weave a beautiful tale wrought with both love and heartache.
So what did I think of this weeks read you say? So glad you asked! So I've read a few of India's books this year and without a doubt this was my favorite. She creates such a magical, mystical world within those woods I found myself yearning for a real life glimpse of a place just half as beautiful as this one. Everything from the people, to their humble and simplistic way of life was enchanting. The entire plot was masterfully woven together and the relationship between Rose, Ryder, and Gunner was so truly unique and pure. Much like with her previous novel, My Wolf and Me, watching the non-human and human characters interact was humorous and heart warming. The missed social cues and colloquialisms were comical, giving me a good laugh on more than one occasion. And can we just talk about Ryder for a second. Fictional crush alert in overdrive over here. Where can I find me a Warrior Elf of my own? (Sorry husband!) Although archaic and primal, I found his and Roses relationship endearing. The truth and beauty of their relationship just bled from the pages. I loved how the book was told in alternating perspectives between both Rose and Ryder. I always enjoy first person, and it was especially appreciated being that our two main characters are entirely different species. It really give the reader much more insight into each of their worlds and really solidified the relationship between the two in my eyes. I am absolutely DYING to read the second book in this planned series, River, and will be anxiously awaiting it's debut in 2017! To check out his book and India R. Adams other works, check out her website here.
Thanks for a truly delightful read India!