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Korrigan (Secrets of the Fae Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Aislinn herself is such a unique and interesting character, and her strength is demonstrated throughout the novel. Aislinn’s character grows exponentially but she is given the freedom to make her own choices and be her own woman. When I was reading, I was constantly just punching my fist in the air because finally, that’s the kind of female protagonist I want to read. The story itself is a fantastic and unique take on the usual Fae-type stories that have abounded after the release of Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Kenney’s narrative is complex and twists Irish mythology and folklore with the supernatural and the magical. It takes you on the story of Aislinn and her journey of trying to lead a life with some sense of normalcy – but, honestly, what is ‘normal‘?- by the daylight. The reader is met with a myriad of characters, who are written as quite solid characters in themselves, but I want to emphasise the character Far Darrig. As the ‘villain’ of the story, I have to say that he was quite an enjoyable character – he is far more intricate than I initially suspected." -- Allie Reads blog
"I really loved the story. It was unique and my love for fantasy was fulfilled really well. The story developed throughout the book which kept up the suspense and keeps one hooked to the story. It is an interesting mix of Irish folklore and mythology with supernatural elements and magic. Aislinn is a great character and she grows so much during the story. Zane is her human boyfriend who is a sweet guy with a great heart. The villain in this book is the Far Darrig who was also my favourite character. His characterisation is written really well and he is a very intricate character." --Krisha, Bookathon Blog
"It’s well written, the characters are well defined, and the plot flows smoothly. If YA urban fantasy stories that have a love triangle are your thing, then give this a go. A strong debut. The Far Darrig is a character that piqued my interest a lot. I had not heard of the mythological character before reading this. I did read up a lot about him afterwards. I sure do love me a dark, mysterious, magical, character that holds power in a situation simply by being present. Oh, yes please!" --Jack, Random Melon Reads blog
"Korrigan by Rebecca Kenney is a intriguing work of fantasy that is hard to put down. There’s just something extremely compelling about the plot and characters that Kenney presents. The concept was very intriguing and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. It was filled with twists and turns. The characters were great and I especially loved Zane." --Read It and Weep Girls blog
A fresh take on Irish myth and legend, with elements of the supernatural and a love triangle that will delight fans of paranormal romance, Korrigan will charm young adult, new adult, and adult readers with its fast-paced plot and genuine characters. Aislinn overcomes the darkness and abuse in her past, transforming into someone much stronger.
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- ASIN : B07JG3TLJG
- Publication date : November 1, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 3400 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 355 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1728817129
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #721,490 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Anyway, let’s dive into the review!
I’ve had Korrigan on my “To Be Reviewed” list for months, since well before Rebecca gracious crafted a blog for The Book Builder’s Blog! As many of you know, my review list is crammed with books, so it took me awhile to reach Korrigan.
I don’t read a lot of young adult novels. And since diving into the world of independent literature, I’ve not been particularly impressed with the young adult works thrown my way. They’ve not been bad, per se, but nothing has yet blown me away.
I think Korrigan may have hit the mark, but we’ll see what the scores say below.
The novel follows two POV characters: Aislinn, a seventeen-year-old girl trapped by her guardians because she (SPOILER - well, not really, it’s in the Amazon description) turns into a beast every night. At the same time, we see the narrative through the eyes of a young man named Zane, a regular human who’s path intertwines with Aislinn.
Like any good young adult novel, a love triangle forms. A mysterious character known as the Far Darrig appears, goading Aislinn into various dastardly situations with temptation and power. And throughout the tale, Aislinn learns more and more about her true nature, her family’s history, and a world (or really, more than one world) kept secret from her for all seventeen of her years.
The story’s pace draws you from chapter to chapter, and the crisp, first-person present POV keeps each scene grounded through the eyes of the POV character. The closeness of the story to both Aislinn and Zane was both a strength and weakness of Korrigan, for Aislinn’s chapters definitely outshined Zane’s.
That’s not to say Zane’s chapters were bad. They were necessary to provide an additional POV in moments when Aislinn wasn’t around. But they definitely felt like secondary chapters, and Zane’s voice was much weaker than Aislinn’s. It made me want to push through them to reach the true power of Aislinn’s story!
What makes Korrigan truly shine, however, is its ability to tackle an incredibly complicated and heart-wrenching concept: abuse. I don’t want to spoil how everything goes down by the end of the book, but Kenney expertly weaves elements of stockholm syndrome into Aislinn’s mind, ensuring readers don’t truly understand how broken she is until the right moments.
Kenney deals with a few interactions that might make some readers uncomfortable; but that’s the point. Aislinn is broken. She’s working through her brokenness. She’s not ever experienced real love from anyone, and so her emotions and mind are a jumbled mess.
So in her search for a future and freedom, Aislinn’s story will stick with me for quite some time.
So - a better love story than Twilight? Absolutely! Now when’s Kenney getting her movie deal?
Writing: 9/10. Writing in first person present for two different POVs is incredibly difficult, just as writing in present tense effectively is difficult! And Kenney pulls it off. I didn’t notice a single typo, grammatical mistake, or moment where the writing pulled me out of the scene. Well done!
Character: 7/10. Aislinn is a character I’ll always remember; as is the Far Darrig. In some ways, even Maeve. But Zane and the rest of the supporting cast didn’t hit home for me. They’re written well, but they lacked their own distinct voice to latch onto.
Plot: 9/10. The characters drove the plot. The whole way. I never felt like there was a destination we were headed, and into the final moments of Kerrigan, I didn’t know how it would end. That’s how you write a compelling plot.
Setting: 9/10. Kenney seamlessly weaves Irish mythology into the present day, pulling from the old and expertly inserting the new. It felt natural to the story, and nothing felt out-of-place, essential to a “real-world” fantasy.
Overall: 8.5/10. All right. I’m in that sticky situation where I must decide between a four star review and a five star review. I’m going to give Aislinn 5 stars, and Zane 4 stars, and since Aislinn is the true main character, Kerrigan receives 5 STARS!
If you’re looking for a young adult fantasy with romance, fantastical magic, and an ever-expanding mythos, then Kerrigan is a must-read!
This book is a fun read that moves along at a fast pace. If you're into magic and Irish myth, you'll likely enjoy this quite a bit. Overall, it is a good read. My reasons for giving it four stars instead of five are as follows:
There is a second protagonist (Zane) that it took me a while to warm up to. Part of it, I think, is more personal to me. I would have preferred him to be slightly more nerdy and a little less attractive, but that's just me. I also feel like it took longer to get to know Zane. He had fewer chapters than Aislinn (the MAIN main character) and I feel like he was lacking somewhat in character development. At times, I wondered why he was a viewpoint character.
The second issue is that I felt that, at times, the pacing was a little too fast. There were instances when I wanted to sit in a scene for a bit longer. There were some missed opportunities for character development, as well.
A good example is a scene near the beginning where the reader is introduced to Zane's little sister. It's a really nice scene that involves Zane asking little sis for advice about how to proceed with Aisnlinn. Since the sister is such a minor character, it would have been nice to "see" her room. I think a brief description of it would have given insight into who she is. For example: are there stuffed animals on her bed? What kind? What about posters or pictures on the walls? What's the color-scheme? Little details like that would speak volumes about her without needing a single line of dialogue. I also think extending that blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene just a little bit may have given more insight into the nature of that brother-sister relationship.
Aside from the occasional pacing issues and a not-quite-fully-drawn second protagonist, Korrigan really was a fun read that I enjoyed from beginning to end. The opening scene drew me in and made me want to read more, and the villain was one of the most interesting I've ever read. As much as I loved Aislinn, the Faer Darrig kinda stole the show. I'm hoping there's much more of him in the second book: Druid.
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I adored Aislinn from the start. She is such a strong character with a real depth to her, and relatable with her thoughts and some of her feelings as well.
Zane, again a great character who I enjoyed reading, even if I had a soft spot for the far darrig.
The story was superbly written and beautifully worded. So much descriptive detail.
The dark tendrils of matter leap out of my body and writhe around me, forming layer after layer. I'm being smashed, smothered, crushed into nothing. Darkness flooding over me. I clench my teeth and try not to scream. Zane's face is a lifeline, and I grip it with all my might. I will get out of this. I will get back to him."
The pace was fantastic with something new happening at every corner keeping me gripped and not wishing to put it down.
So many twists and turns that were unexpected.
A fantastic start to the series and I can't wait to read book 2.
The opening scenes were wonderful and set a high bar for the unfolding plot, a large proportion of which is taken up with the teenage love triangle of good family boy versus evil hottie villain. Except that it may not be quite so straightforward. The premise was intriguing and I found the shifting allegiances created by the writer compelled page turning and kept the story from being predictable with its elements of darkness woven in amidst the world building and romance. The use of Irish mythology was particularly interesting.
My only real concern was that the finale, so cleverly built up, wasn't strong enough for me and felt a little anticlimactic. That said, it was a fun, well written and intriguing read.
The premise has the makings of an excellent adult fantasy novel, there are elements of real horror in the life sucking, an intriguingly morally compromised main character and strong sexual undertones in the relationship with the Far Darrig. However, the novel is squarely Young Adult fiction and follows the conventions of the genre. The adult aspects are largely evaded or sanitized - there's kissing but no sex, people say 'eff' rather than swear and so on.
The novel point-of-view swaps between Aislinn and Zane chapter by chapter but all the interesting things happen to Aislinn - she's off on life-or-death adventures and sucking the life out of babies - where Zane mostly is just worried about going to college and teenage love. As a reader I wanted the Zane chapters to be over to get back to the supernatural action. If the romance aspect wasn't PG-13, or Zane had been given some supernatural powers or interesting problems of his own maybe swapping viewpoints would have worked better.
The other slightly disappointing aspect is the lack of atmosphere in the description of the setting in South Carolina: it feels like generic US suburban-sprawl. There's a forest but the author describes something more like a park with bike trails than a vast sinister wood where mystical beings might lurk.
Overall, this is a really good YA book, one can quibble but the main thing is it will draw you in and keep you reading all night. I'm definitely intending to read the next one in the series.
Thoroughly enjoyable, delicious dark gem of a book. I knew I was going to be good and I wasn't disappointed. Read the whole thing in a day. And the Far Darrig is hoooooot. I should not like him (for the same reasons Aislinn herself points out) but goddammit I do.