By: Chelsea Fine
Series: The Archer of Avalon Book 1
Publisher: Acadia Publishing (December 5th, 2011)
My Copy: Review Galley provided by Author
About the book:
Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery...until she met a boy with a familiar voice.
Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet's determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer.
Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet's world becomes even more muddled. While she's instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she's impossibly drawn to Tristan--and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past...might just be the death of her.
Anew is a debuting paranormal romance created by Chelsea Fine. After reading Sophie & Carter, a love story for two troubled teens, I knew this was an author to keep an eye on. When I heard that she was created a paranormal read there was no question I had to read it. Chelsea does not disappoint, to say the least. Anew is a twisted mystery that will prove addictive. Scarlet who is our main character is a special kind of girl, but her amnesia prior to the past two years proves to make her character more of an enigma. She is distant and withdrawal which gives ample opportunity for the author to deliver her deep and honest character. After waking in the forest alone she finds herself in this small town; where is presently living with her guardian. This small quaint little town was an easy fit for the slower paced read. The Kissing Festival, how creative, this was one of my favorites. While I agree that kissing everyone is a little odd, and kissing relays (YUCK!), but still who would have come up with something like this. The woods surrounding this little town played a large part in the story, and I believe it helps give the novel a darker and intriguing feel. Grouping it with the Archer brothers that remain a mystery for the majority of this read was very smart in adding the emotional feel of the story. While progressively the truths are being revealed there is continuous curiosity and feel of something dark and sinister hiding in the background. While the concept of two men after the same girl is common; this story effectively delivers a twist on that tired concept. Gabriel is a common and offers familiarity; while Tristan is heat and chemistry that we only have the pleasure of witnessing a couple of times throughout this book. Although, with the abrupt conclusion that has left me hang on a cliff I am uncertain of what the future will hold. It is a certainty that the story goes on, but it will be exciting to see how Fine pulls these characters through their current predicament. I am anxiously awaiting book two to see where this series will go. BOOKWHISPERER RECOMMENDED SERIES!!!