Book Review: Taken by the Shadow by Rue

Title: Taken by the Shadow (The Chronicles of Hawthorn #4)

Author: Rue

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: February 5, 2017

 

Summary

Captive. Heartbroken. Sentenced to death.

The Shadow Witch has finally won. Flynn Hawthorn, heir to the wand of the Coven of the Sacred Wood, has been Taken by the Shadow.

As the peace of Aotearoa is shattered by the evil seeping out of Dreamwood Forest and Magdelana continues her quest for power, Flynn remains a prisoner.

Flynn’s magick is held in check by cruel iron bracelets and she is forced to choose between her love for her people and her constant craving for dark magick—knowing that her decision has the potential to change the future for the inhabitants of Aotearoa and Southeil.

Flynn has to make a decision: salvation or destruction.

But for whom?

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I love this series! I read the first three books and had to start this one right away because book #3, The Shadow Calls, ended in a cliffhanger. Poor Flynn has been taken by the Shadow Witch and things don’t look promising for her or her people.

Flynn, the main character, is supposed to become High Priestess after her mother. How can she do that when she’s been imprisoned by the Shadow Witch? They’ve put iron bracelets on her so that she can’t use her powers, although eventually they let her remove them for short periods of time because Magdelena, the Shadow Witch, wants to use Flynn and bring her to the dark side. 

I’ve grown to love the characters in the Chronicles of Hawthorn. They’re well developed and Rue’s writing flows well. I can’t wait for the next book! Obviously, I recommend this series. To get the most out of the books, I suggest reading them in order.

 

About the Author

Rue_2013BW(2)Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: The Shadow Calls by Rue

Title: The Shadow Calls (The Chronicles of Hawthorn #3)

Author: Rue

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: September 22, 2016

 

Summary

The seasons are changing in Moa Bend and everyone is preparing for the Autumn Balance ritual, but Flynn Hawthorn feels anything but balanced. The more she learns about her magick, the more she craves the power.

Dark thoughts plague her visualizations and an insidious power creeps through her veins. She is stricken with debilitating headaches and finds herself seeking the comfort of solitude, and avoiding contact with family and friends—even Hazel.

When news of a faery genocide in Southeil reaches Flynn, she jumps at the chance to sneak into the realm of Magdelana, the Shadow Witch, and retrieve a powerful magickal item from the debris.

Flynn wants to believe her actions are her own, but somewhere in the darkness she knows The Shadow Calls.

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I love this series! I read the first two books, An Average Curse and Key to the Journey and even though I should be reading other books right now, I had to read this one. Luckily, these books are quick reads.

Flynn, the main character, is supposed to become High Priestess after her mother. Until recently, everyone was concerned because she had no powers but not only does she have them now, they’re stronger than anyone has seen before. The problem is that she can’t control them. On top of that, her blood has been tainted by the Shadow Witch and it’s causing her to have evil thoughts…and it’s getting stronger.

Flynn and Hazel end up going on a journey for faery glass that can’t get into the Shadow Witch’s hands. What happens on their journey? All I can say is, have book #4 on hand before you finish this book because it ends with a cliffhanger!

I’m off to read book #4 now. Obviously, I recommend these books for anyone who enjoys young adult fantasy.

 

 

About the Author

Rue_2013BW(2)Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Key to the Journey by Rue

Title: Key to the Journey (The Chronicles of Hawthorn #2)

Author: Rue

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: June 22, 2016

 

Summary

Young Flynn Hawthorn anxiously awaits the return of the initiates to Moa Bend. Normally she doesn’t look forward to her training sessions, but she’ll do anything to end her endless afternoons trapped in Mistress Tamsin’s Herb Hut.

Without warning, Flynn’s world turns upside down. Her best friend is missing and could be lost in Dreamwood Forest. Her mother, the High Priestess, finally tells Flynn the truth about her father—an outsider, from beyond the mist. And somehow, the falcon she chose to train is triggering strange episodes of time-warped astral travel!

Flynn embarks on a journey to uncover long-awaited answers. Will she find a way to save her people from the growing threat in Southeil, or will she unwittingly put herself directly into the hands of the Shadow Witch?

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read  An Average Curse which is a fantasy for middle grade readers and older and I was looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Key to the Journey.

Key to the Journey is a quick read and I liked it even more than the first book. It is full of friendship, hope, adventure and magic. 

As soon as Flynn starts showing signs of ancient magic, the elders want to take her out of regular training and start training her to be High Priestess. Flynn is overwhelmed but doesn’t have time to even process what is going on when she finds out that her best friend, Hazel, is missing. While on this journey, Flynn and the witch of the wood decide that she needs to take her own journey and “find herself.” She goes on a true adventure with just her falcon but does she find the answers she’s looking for?

I definitely recommend Key to the Journey for anyone who likes fantasy and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

 

About the Author

Rue_2013BW(2)Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

 

 

 

 

Book Review: An Average Curse by Rue

30187543Title: An Average Curse (The Chronicles of Hawthorn)

Author: Rue

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: June 20, 2016

 

Summary

On an island hidden from the rest of the world, Flynn Hawthorn, the ninth daughter of the ninth daughter, lives under a curse.

Her birth fulfills an ancient prophecy. She is destined to inherit the wand of the High Priestess and save her people by reuniting the separated halves of The Book of Shadow and Light.

But in a land filled with magick, Flynn is forced to live her life as a Watcher—born into magick, but unable to wield it.

As the threat from the Shadow Coven of Southeil grows, Flynn must pretend—with the help of her best friend, Hazel—that she actually has magick. Hazel would do anything for Flynn, but the game they are playing may cost them their lives…

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

 An Average Curse is a fantasy for middle grade readers and older. I read It’s Not My Favorite and My Favorite Second Chance by Rue and I knew I liked her writing so I was happy to review An Average Curse. The first two books I read by her were women’s fiction and this one is fantasy for a younger audience, so it’s quite a bit different from what I am used to reading from her but this is my favorite book by Rue so far.

An Average Curse is a quick read that I enjoyed. It is full of fantasy, friendship, and magic. The characters and their relationships are complex and well developed, especially for a novel that’s less than 200 pages. 

I felt so sorry for Flynn. She is supposed to be the answer to an ancient prophecy. Unfortunately, she has shown no sign of having any magic, so no one, including her, can understand how she can save her people. When signs of her magic do start showing up, she doesn’t even realize it.

I definitely recommend An Average Curse for anyone who likes fantasy and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

 

About the Author

Rue_2013BW(2)Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

Book Review: My Favorite Second Chance by Rue

Favorite Second Chance_Front_ebooklgTitle: My Favorite Second Chance

Author: Rue

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Publication Date: March 10, 2015

Summary

Have you ever wished for a second chance?

The Hutchinson sisters are out of the frying pan and into the fire—just like their mother always threatened!
Gwenn is floating in the dreamy, fragile glow of her new relationship with wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory, when a blast from her past makes a triumphant return. Sure he ran out on her over a decade ago, but can she turn her back on a war hero?
Rachel is on the brink of having everything she ever dreamed of, but that’s not how things work out for Hutchinson girls. Her rock-star girlfriend is leaving for a lengthy tour and something is afoot at the bakery. The righteous hand of her mother, Shirley, can orchestrate tribulations from halfway across town.
The sisters think they can run away from their troubles on a quick trip to the heart of Mexico, when an unexpected phone call shatters that illusion.
Filled with intriguing characters, plenty of steamy romance and lovely plots twists, MY FAVORITE SECOND CHANCE will have you flushed with anticipation, blinking back tears, laughing out loud and cheering for your favorite characters.

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

 My Favorite Second Chance is women’s fiction and is the second book in the Lake Effect Series. I read the first book and was looking forward to reading this one.

The main characters in this series are sisters Rachel and Gwenn. They both have a lot of baggage because of their dysfunctional parents but are supportive of each other. Gwenn has been in several bad relationships and now that she’s in one that she’s content in, her first love, Steven, is back. Suddenly, everything has changed. Rachel is madly in love with her girlfriend, Annie, but they have some major trust issues.

There is so much going on in Gwenn and Rachel’s lives that I wondered what could happen next. They made me laugh and made me cry. It’s a fast read and I was disappointed when it ended. I’m ready for the next book in the series!

About the Author

Rue_2013BW(2)Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.