Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Ancient Codex by Louise Herman

Genre:  Adult Urban Fantasy
Split Blood series, Book 1

Note:  My review contains spoilers because it's the only way I can explain my thoughts.  So read at your own risk.

Description (taken from blog tour):
When Faith’s mother starts organising the second stage of her arranged marriage to wizard, Damien, Faith knew she needed to escape, so she used her school as a place to retreat.

Throughout her after school duties, she meets the intense, alluring Rohan, who changes her life forever.

With his ice cold skin, transfixing eyes and enchanting voice, Rohan took hold of Faith’s heart and soul as soon as they looked at each other.

She knew it was wrong.

There were from two different circles and if the Elder’s found out, the consequences would be catastrophic for all involved, but the more time they spent together, the stronger they’re love grew, until one day someone sees them...

Will their love be strong enough to combat their conflicting mythical needs? And what will they do when Faith is dealt a life threatening blow that forces her to make a heartbreaking decision?

I have to tell you before I start my review that I did not much enjoy this book.  And my biggest reason is it wasn't what I expected.  This book is labeled young adult, but it's as much young adult as Breaking Dawn is (but the latter had three prior books that could help prove its claim for young adult).

This book starts out by introducing us to a world of witches, vampires, fairies, and werewolves.  Each group (or circle) sticks to their own, and they all agreed early on that they would keep a shaky truce by staying away from each other.  Faith is in an arranged marriage, and she feels suffocated by her circle and family.  She meets Rohan, a vampire, and they rebel by falling in love.  The only problem is there's a whole bunch of people pissed by this concept, and they're out to get them.

This book spans many years, so it moves quickly.  But it doesn't do a whole lot of setting up the story.  You just get glimpses of the circles (or paranormal creatures), and we get a feeling that things are the way they are just because (don't go questioning things or you'll upset the balance).  And you know me.  I need the background, the history, and an understanding before I can get into the story.

Anyways, back to the moving quickly.  Every romantic-notion falls perfectly into place between Rohan and Faith.  And then she ends up pregnant.  Wait, hold up.  Wasn't this a young adult book?  I did not expect to read a book about pregnancy when I picked this one up.  And it completely turned me off.

This book was a mess in my head.  It wasn't something I could easily enjoy, and I think it was because I had different expectations when I first started reading this.  All I can say is read more reviews before you pick this one up.

Thanks goes to Loiuse Herman and Fiery Fantasy Book Tours for providing me a review copy.

Challenges:  Paranormal Reading Challenge

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