Welcome to our stop of Rashelle Workman's Beguilded book tour! This tour is hosted by Reading Addiction Virtual Blog Tours and today I get to share my thoughts on the novels and give you a little sneak peek into what happens in Venus's world. And stare at these really beautiful book covers. Aren't they amazing?
My ReviewHoly helker.
Actually, this time it is not another one of those strange words that I make up. This one actually came from a book. No, really. I'm serious.
The planet Kelari is quite like our own except for the fact that they've seemed to have figured all of their problems out. Well, almost all of them.
Our protagonist, Venus, has just returned from a near death experience on Earth back to her home planet to find that her family has gone missing. She will do anything she can to save them. And the two who say they love her will do everything to keep her alive.
It was nice to see that the characters I met in the first book were still just as interesting as before, even if at first I couldn't fathom how they could be reintroduced into the story. Besides seeming a little rushed (it is only slightly over 100 pages) everything seemed to work out just fine. Well, really it was more than just fine.
I REALLY enjoyed this sequel. It seemed slightly Hunger Games-eque, without feeling like it deviated too much from the original point of the story. I loved meeting all of the new creatures and characters (especially Tortevia, she's fabulous.... or should I say fabu?) and I just have to commend Rashelle Workman for her beautifully vivid descriptions of all of the unique settings that Venus found herself in. Each and every time I felt like I was sitting there next to her because I could see everything so clearly.
If I could have changed anything about Beguiled (besides that darn cliffhanger!), I would have liked for the different characters' POVs to be shown like they were in Exiled. One of my favorite parts in that book was getting to try to understand the mindset of who we considered to be the villain and his "henchmen." I always love it when authors are willing to explain why the bad guy acts the way he does, instead of leaving the issue alone and saying that it is that way just because it is. Thank goodness, I never had to worry about that here.
Rating: 4 stars
Hopefully I'll be able to review the first book soon because it was even better than this one. They're both wonderful. I'm actually extremely surprised that neither of them have gotten very much hype considering how creative and well written they are.
But if you still don't believe me (really guys, that hurts), here's a piece of the first chapter of Beguiled for you to check out:
"Wishes are like the wings on a butterfly—frail and easily destroyed.
Still, as I watched Kelari’s second sun sink into the Alayeahean Sea, I offered one.
“I wish to find my parents.”
In answer, a frothy wave slapped the sand. Its edges clambered between my toes, a cooling balm, before retreating. I stepped back.
When it came to the sea I was a lurker, an admirer, definitely not a partaker, though I did love the sound of the surf as it broke along the shore. The sea baffled me though. An entity I didn’t understand and had no control over. The waves, the tides, and the creatures beneath . . . all of it left me frightened.
I closed my eyes, and took a deep breath, the salty air clinging to my insides. The wind whipped against my braid and sent my light dress skittering around me like a dancing kite. "
About the Book
Venus has become immortal, just as she always wanted.
In the process she hurt Zaren, lost Michael, and destroyed her family. At least that's what she believed.
Turns out Ramien, the god of her planets' underworld, has her parents, and Michael. To save them, Venus makes a deal.
She must complete three trials. They seem impossible. They certainly won't be easy. Worst of all, someone she loves won't make it out alive.
About the Author
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A copy of the novel was provided for us in exchange for an honest review.