Growing up, she always covers her mark on her neck: with hair, scarfs, band-aids, hoodies etc. Joclyn starts to have some romantic feeling for Ryland; it is pretty common for best friends to develop romantic feelings as well or at least one of them. She is afraid to tell him her feelings, because she does not want to loose his friendship, and because he started to give her mixed feelings. Children like Joclyn are called The Chosen Children. However, there are other kinds; the ones that were born that way, not bitten.
When the kiss, or bite, was given, a strong poison entered your bloodstream and changed you.
It took the latent powers that you already had and enhanced them. We call those who receive this kiss, a Chosen Child. Now, not everyone has to go through this change.
I, for example, was born with my magic. It is as natural to me as breathing. You, however, as with all humans who are lucky enough to receive a kiss, have to endure the change to bring the magic into your body. We are an ancient people who were once very plentiful; now there are only a handful of us left, only about four hundred. Think of me as the gatekeeper for the birthplace of magic, the well in the earth where the powers within you originated. They are brightly colored and almost seem to glow, making them easy to find. Ethington, Rebecca Kiss Of Fire Imdalind Series 1 p. Imdalind Press.
General Thoughts: I like this book. I think the concept is pretty original, and it is a breath of freash air when it comes to YA fantasy. Sure, there is good vs evil. She is still learning to do basic magic, let alone fight.
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Rebecca is also good at writing fighting and action scenes. We get both of them in this first book, which is great. Romance: While there are a few romantic moments between Ryland and Joclyn, the book does not focus too much on the romance. It is not a romantic novel at least not this first book ; the romance is more like sub-plot. The novel focuses more on Joclyn, and the new world she just discovered. In this world, people are more or less fated to be together; mates. In order to become bonded, they had to perform a ritual, which is not described in details at least not in this book.
When to people are bonded, they can share a space in the subconscious mind, regardless of the physical distance between them. Joclyn and Ryland share this as well, even though they did not even kiss. I am not sure yet if this bond thingy is one person forever, of if there can be more than one mate, or if the bond can be broken.
Probably it will be explained later on, in the next novels, since this book did not focus on the romance. Joclyn: I like her, despi te the fact that she is a little bit weak in this novel, but it is understandable.
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She goes through a lot in this book, and I think she holds it together pretty well. Joclyn is also realistic. For example, when her mum dies, she is devastated, and she does not forget about her after 5 pages. However, I do expect to see her grow, mature, and develop in the next novels. Otherwise, it will be disappointing. Based on this book, Ryland is a decent guy, and he really cares about Joclyn. He always comforts her, and when in danger, she protects her, even though he is being tortured at the same time.
Ilyan also seems to be a kind, and good person. However, based on the fighting scenes, he is also very powerful. Great potential as a character. Wynn is a funny character, and she befriends Joclyn right away. Wynn appears to be a good, loyal friend to Joclyn, but also to Ilayn. The sight has shown her power, shown her success, but it has also shown her death — The end of her life something she is not quite willing to give up on yet.
That love may stand in her way, and a single choice may tip the scales and secure their future, or destroy their fate.
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First Five Friday is where I give you the first 5 lines of books I plan on reading and reviewing from the time of this posting until the following Friday. When I start reading a book, the first lines are crucial to whether or not I stick with reading. That being said, welcome to First Five Friday. I hope you enjoy and learn about new books.
But really, what I want is to explore the majestic nature of the first few lines, how they make you feel and how they influence your scope or overall opinion of what the book will be. Next Friday, I will reflect on my first line feels and see if they were accurate. This is an experiment and adventure and I hope that you will join me, have fun, and rethink how you see first lines. Had anyone told me that my entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, I would have laughed.
One heartbeat. Already you can see the personality of the main character in this strong voice. The introduction of a life-altering event is always a key part to keeping the attention of the reader. Plus, the hint at something terrible brewing as horrible as it is, captures attention and makes you want to know more.
If I were lucky, the Shields would throw me to the ground and put a bullet in my brain. Dead at seventeen. It would be a relief. As I hurried through the crowded market, I touched the back of my neck and tried not to wince. What happened that day? The human cell is something to be admired. It adapts to survive in the most unusual circumstances.
A cryptid can be described as a paranormal being with some animal-like traits.
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This is the story of one of those creatures. What animal is the character mixed with? This is a short sample of the premise and really showcases what the theme is. Not because he had some bizarre talent I envied, or anything even remotely close. Nine years is a long time to hold on to a crush. The internal dialogue is real, it has great personality and I want to get to know this character. Marie Toussaint moved as fast as her plump body would go down the street running between Iberville Projects and an expensive cemetery located outside the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Book Review: Kiss of Fire (Imdalind #1), by Rebecca Ethington
The early autumn night was chilly enough to make her shiver despite the gown she wore. Street lamps rendered the sidewalk well-lit while the graveyard and the side streets were shrouded in darkness. As a member of a culture that revered death and celebrated the transition of a person from flesh into a spirit, Marie normally felt comfortable-honored even-to be anywhere near the tombs of the deceased.