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Five (Elemental Enmity Series Book I) Kindle Edition

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"Christie Rich does an amazing job in making her characters emotionally well-developed. She also really does a great job describing the setting, and situation and makes you feel like you are actually there, right next to the characters. I love that. I found myself feeling what she felt, all the emotional ups and downs, they felt like they were my own. I really didn't want the book to end. I will have to get the next few books soon as I am able, as I really want to see how this story will unfold. I see great things to come, for sure... People who like the paranormal, and fae fantasy types (like the Iron Fey for example) will love this. It's a unique story, and its suspenseful, and a fast easy interesting read."--Michelle's Paranormal Vault

"WOW!! What an incredible read!!! I love it when I'm surprised! So many things happened in this story that I had to re-read several paragraphs just to make sure I got the full scope of what was going on. There was a pseudo love tri-angle - I normally hate those, but this one was very well written, so much so that (gasp!) I was cheering for BOTH men! How is that possible?
Rayla is a great heroine! She's smart, independent, sarcastic (one of my favorite traits) and I got to discover her life right along with her!! I found this book after it was a Sample in the "Dark Muse" Indie Sampler, and have to say - Christie Rich is an exceptional author.

I've already purchased the second book in this series, Dark Matter, and cannot wait to start reading it!!!"--Nancy Straight, author of the Destiny Series and the Touched Series

From the Author

The Elemental Enmity Series came to me in stages.  The first glimpse I had was of a little pixie named Fexlie.  She flitted into my mind one afternoon on my way home from work.  Fexlie introduced me to Rayla Tate, a feisty yet naive girl that has a lot to learn about life and love.  I chose to tell this story from Rayla's point of view because I like the intimacy of first person narrative.  Rayla's journey is filled with twists and turns, self discovery, and a world she could have never imagined filled with gorgeous men that want her for many reasons, among them her power.  Each lord has a unique story that is told throughout the series.  I hope you enjoy Elemental Enmity as much as I enjoyed writing it.  This is a fae story without the wings and sparkly things.  My fae are humanized with emotions and politics, just like good old earth.
I love to hear from readers, so be sure to find me at your favorite social media site.  I love new friends and hope to hear from you soon.
Christie Rich

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  • File Size: 1029 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GVR4Y8
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*Received e-book through Read It and Reap program from the Shut Up and Read! Goodreads group from author;
**More like 3.5 stars; also posted on Smashwords

Five is told by the point-of-view of Rayla, a young woman running away from her overbearing aunt to college, who suddenly discovers she is an Elemental - one who can bond with a fae lord in order to combine their powers to rule. Because the lords can sense Elementals, she becomes the object of pursuit of five fae very quickly. These fae each have a specialty in an element of which there are five: water, earth, fire, air, and ether (spirit), and they bond for five of a human's lifetimes (hence, the three-fold meaning to the book's title). Rayla must figure out firstly, if she wants to bond and secondly, which one to bond to. This is despite the strong compulsion she feels for each one and that, at any time, they can kidnap her to Faeresia to bond against her will.

Rich opens up with this intriguing premise, but I started getting a little frustrated with the character development. I noticed Rayla was too accepting of the existence of Elementals and fae (ascertained on a phone call from her aunt), and not suspicious enough of the new men in her life, especially Zach. She was unrealistically too trusting of him and did not question his reluctance to tell his entire knowledge of and personal connection to the fae, which are at odds with her vulnerable position. In addition, I felt her relationship to her best friend, Cassie, was disingenuous, and seemed more antagonistic than anything. Lastly, the sudden romances that emerges with certain characters appeared forced and manufactured, almost like convenient filler material.
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Five is a coming-into-her-own/paranormal romance novel written by Christie Rich. As Rayla Tate is just beginning to figure out who she is and what she may want out of life, she also finds that life and the fae may have alternate plans in store for her.

When I first began reading Five, I wasn't a fan. Christie Rich was incredibly detailed and descriptive when giving the reader as much of the back story as possible, without giving away any plot twists and turns that may be in store later on. While those are typically both good things to have in a novel, they just seemed to make the first few chapters sluggish and slow-moving. However, I later found myself reflecting back on every "sluggish and slow-moving" detail as I read-on.

Once the momentum picked up, it kept up a steady and engaging pace throughout the rest of the book. I found myself hanging on every detail, every description...essentially, everything that had irked me in the beginning now had me hooked. Christie Rich's characters are very relatable and emotionally well-developed. She also has an ability to describe a setting and make you feel as if you are actually there, right next to the characters. I found myself experiencing the emotional ups and downs right along with Rayla as her life unfolds before her.

In the end, I found that I didn't want Five to end. In fact, I have to keep stopping myself from going back and checking the end of the book...just to make sure I didn't miss anything or there wasn't more to read that I somehow over-looked. For me, that's the sure sign of a truly great book, when it has the ability to get its hook in me so effectively that I convince myself there is more there, that I missed something. I know one thing; Christie Rich has made a fan out of this reader.
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Five (Elemental Enmity) was my first journey into the world of the Fae. And what a journey it was! Readers will become instantly attached to Rayla and her struggles to understand herself and the worlds around her, both seen and unseen. Beautiful prose will sweep the reader into Rayla's world and into the world of the Fae. Will Rayla succumb to newly awakened desires? Will she learn the truth of her birth and childhood? And to whom will she choose to be bonded, if anyone? I suspect that Five is just the start of Rayla's journey and thus I can't wait to find out what happens next as Rayla stands on the brink of her destiny!

JT Kalnay
Author of Mina's Eyes and The Pattern
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I was thrilled with the theme of this book: the elements, and was kind of surprised when in the synopsis the Fae world was going to be included. But never mind that, I was expecting too much for this book, I raised the bar too high and this book just disappointed me. I thought it was going to be a great, action-packed, fast-paced book where the protagonist discovers she can wield the elements and have to fight bad guys and creatures. But nothing like that, this was NOT fast-paced, it took me so long to pass through the first couple of chapters. NOT at all action-packed because this book was so gullible and full of eye-rolling romance and friendship. In short, I expected more of this book.

I will like to start with Rayla, the main protagonist. I didn't connect with her. Her friendship with Cassie was so queer, were they really best friends? They didn't seem like it, they were so cold and distant. Their conversations were stagnant and hard to relate to. It seems like they were mostly talking about inside jokes rather than something expressive of their friendship. Rayla seems too skeptic at first, then a true believer, and then back to skeptic again. Everything happened and changed so fast, I wasn't expecting any of this and there was no growth in the story at all. That is one of the main reasons I didn't trust Rayla to be a good protagonist. She also gave in to Zach very easily, I was expecting her to be stronger than what she seemed. But she was vulnerable, that makes me sick with hatred.

Her conversation with her aunt was paused, at best. I didn't get anything out of it because Rayla seems to make of everything a joke, a really bad taste of humor in my opinion. The aunt didn't sound concern or worry, or angry, she was just plain and simple.
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