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My Fair Assassin (Paranormal Misfits Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I actually thought it would start at a different point in Crysta's story than it did but from the first couple paragraphs I was hooked. As readers, we're introduced to the two main characters, Crysta and Jareth(anyone else instantly think Labyrinth like me????) right away. Sometimes it takes reading several pages into a story to get the feel for the characters. For me I instantly liked them, especially Crysta, and I felt that opening was a great foundation for their development individually and as a couple.
There's a mystery surrounding Crysta and she has struggled her whole life to fit in. I really liked her character's personality. You get a pretty good understanding of what her life was like growing up in the first little bit of this novella and let's just say it wasn't pretty or easy but very lonely. Yet I loved the resilience of her character and her ability to adapt and find something she loved and aim for achieving it regardless of the struggles.
Jareth has some mystery surrounding him(which is all revealed in time) and I'm not going to say anything about that, I'll let you enjoy the unraveling of that mystery as you read. I will say that the sparks and chemistry between him and Crysta creates pure fireworks!
Danger, mystery, hidden identity, assassins, knock you to your socks reveals(at least for Crysta), sparks, great wit, strength, Ihop (let you figure that one out too), white, infinity, ballet, stalkers, and so much more inside this little novella.
Content: a couple mild swear words scattered throughout, talk about stalkers, reference to some attacks(sexual and nonsexual) but nothing explained or graphic you just know that they almost happened. A couple mild innuendos. Overall I would say it's a clean read and would recommend for older YA readers.
If you haven't read any books by this author, I highly recommend any of them. I especially loved her The Healer series. The first book is free here on Amazon or the box set of the first 3 books is $1.99. One of my favorite YA Fantasy series!
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received My Fair Assassin from C.J. Anaya and voluntarily reviewed it**
Now onto my review:
When I first started reading My Fair Assassin, I was kinda “meh” about it. I mean, who would be OK with a strange guy appearing in their apartment and announcing their intention to kill them? Not me. I think I would be running around the apartment screaming my fool head off. But Crysta was pretty laid back about it. Once you get past that first chapter, the book gets much more interesting.
I liked Crysta’s character. While she looks different (white hair, blue eyes, pointy ears), is a vegan and she has powers that she can’t understand but she is pretty down to earth, very funny and sarcastic. She also suffers from poor body image. In order to fit in, she filed her ears down and dyes her hair blonde. I felt so sad when she explained why she did that and it does reflect what tween/teenagers are going through in today’s society. As a mother of a tween girl, I think it is very refreshing to see these issues addressed.
Jareth, on the other hand (fans self), is a total hottie. Think a male version of Crysta but with more powers than her. I just didn’t like that he knew everything and let it trickle down to her. But considering her self-esteem/trust issues, I do think it was a wise choice and you could tell how much he cared about her.
I didn’t care for the Instalove BUT it went well with the story. To be honest, I think that Jareth had Instalove first, which was a first for me to read, and he just waited for Crysta to follow suit. Like I said, it made sense. You really need to read the story to fully understand what I am saying.
The ending was pretty interesting. Things came out that kinda surprised me. One of those things, I figured out as soon as Jareth appeared in Crysta’s apartment. The other main thing did surprise me and it made me a little sad for Jareth.
How many stars will I give My Fair Assassin? 4
Why? This was a good fantasy/Ya book with a great message in it. The author does include a note at the end of the book that she wrote it for her teenage niece and that brought tears to my eyes. It was very sweet!!
Will I reread? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age Range: Teen
Why? Some violence, some kissing….but no sex.
It's an interesting premise, and mostly enjoyable read, but there is one downside... the main character's incessant whining. She can't believe that anyone would want her, or that anyone could love her. We read over and over that she was shifted from foster home to foster home, and always had problems, and was never loved. In fact, she accepts some pretty far-fetched ideas (such as the Fae and basilisks being real) much faster than she does the idea of having someone interested in her. She seems somewhat dense as another MAJOR thing happens within a few seconds, and Chrysta just doesn't seem to get it. For being an emancipated 17-year-old, she just isn't all that quick or established, even though she seems to think she's pretty darn smart. It would be nice to have a protagonist who didn't have to be led straight to her destiny, but instead figured it out herself.
This is one of those authors that relies on cliffhangers to keep you buying books. If you like that sort of thing, there is a second book, but no third yet, and in reading the reviews for the next one, it also ends as a cliffhanger. That gets old quickly, and if the storyline doesn't improve, it's definitely not worth the wait for me. It won't be the first series I've abandoned.
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