Friday, November 01, 2013

Words Once Spoken by Carly Drake

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: 1st October 2013
eBook Pages: 160
Book Source: Escape Publishing/Harlequin Aust

Synopsis: YA meets high fantasy in this lush series debut about a girl who never quite fit in — and the reason why...

Evelyn might not love the confines of her village life, but she takes her small freedoms where she can get them. But everything changes when her parents decide it’s time for her to wed. Suddenly she loses her tunic and breeches, her bow, her horse, and gains rigid gowns, restrictive manners, and carriage rides. 

The best way to escape is through her dreams, but as they become more and more real, Evelyn begins to worry that she is losing her grasp on reality. It is only when she makes two new friends that the truth is revealed: she is destined for far, far more than even she could imagine.

My Thoughts: 
Cover insta-love drew me in but Words Once Spoken was also a quick, fun read, and a solid start to a new fantasy trilogy set in medieval times. 

Evelyn is a strong, feisty character, constantly bucking the constraints of the time she lives in, a bit of a tomboy and ace with a bow and arrow. Carly Drake's Fey world is intriguing, they're a cruel lot with their curses, favours and tricks but I really enjoyed being immersed in the magic. And let’s not forget Liam and Padraic, they certainly add both chemistry and conflict to the story. 

It took me a while to catch on to the part, vampire & werewolf play in Words Once Spoken, I think for clarity and flow it needed further exploration, difficult in limited pages. That said, I'm looking forward to more world building, magic and adventure with sequel, Curses Once Spoken.

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  1. Hmmmm vampires and werewolves ... might need to check this out! :)

    1. it's a solid start to the trilogy Julie, similarities to the Julia Kagawa series. Let me know what you think :)

  2. That cover sure grabbed my attention too =) Very pretty!

    Sounds like a quick read that will hopefully develop better as the series continues.

    1. I'll be checking out the next book Mishel, and I'm fairly confident :)


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