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- File Size : 5177 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 274 pages
- Publisher : Twisted Vine Press (September 4, 2020)
- Publication Date : September 4, 2020
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1953658008
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B087V57S29
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,089 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Bekah Harris is one of those authors whose books I come across and am interested in but still haven't gotten around to reading. So when I got the opportunity to read The Lost Coven, the first book in her Lost Cove Darklings series, I jumped at it.
The Lost Coven was good, the story was very interesting, had a mystical quality, and I was able to finish it in one sitting. However, it was obvious fairly quickly that it would have been helpful if I read Bekah's previous series, Iron Crown Faerie Tales. While Lost Coven is a companion series and I was fine reading it, I felt like I was missing certain information that I could have and it did spoil the events in the Iron Crown series. I have been meaning to read the Iron Crown series for a while and now I wish I had read it first but most definitely plan on reading it now.
The storyline is great with supernatural politics, hints other realms, magical realism, actual magic, and family drama. Then add in forbidden romance, and missing people, so of course things get very interesting. I will say that that there are some trigger warnings, some sexual harassment, and a physical attack, I was fine but for others, they might want to consider this. I am impressed by how Bekah manages to input topics of racism, feminine inequality, and manipulation into this modern fantasy.
The Lost Coven is a great start to a new series and I can't wait to see where the story goes next because the ending of Lost Coven kinda broke my heart a little bit. I am hoping that somehow things correct themselves and that Felicity eventually gets her happy ending. Until then I will be looking forward to seeing happens in the next book Blood Tithe.
This is one of the most confusing books I have read and not in a depth type of way. The writing is so back and forth it is hard to connect with any of the characters even though Bekah Harris has some really good potential for depth and likeability. Lets start with the MC, Felicity. She's brave, but not. Snarky, but not. Doesn't believe in magic but wants to learn the family trade...in magic. She makes no sense on paper. While, yes, these things in a teenager are not suprising, Harris did a poor job of making this character anything more than paper thin. I just could not get a real feel for WHO this character was besides the most basic of observations. Felicity's friend Raven, had such a good story line that I thought would bring some depth to Felicty and maybe make me like her on a deeper level, but it fell flat as well. The story line of Raven bouncing around shady homes with a crappy bio-mom who did nothing to help the situation had an opportunity to bring some real life topics and issues to light but just kind of stopped. The issues were more or less just listed rather than being a storyline.
The main issue I had with the writing was that it felt as though Harris wasn't sure what type of angle to use when trying to write her other groups. The Fae are pretty typical in the thought that they are vain and pretty self serving but than she has the laltogs. They also have the same kind of qualities. Who is the real "bad" guy in this, or is this a situation where one has to chose the lesser of two evils? I didn't hate having to question every move these two groups made but it made it hard to have a real hope for Felicity to chose one over the other. There's no real choice for her and it's continuously written as though there was one, which in the end lead me to really not caring. I don't know if I am interested in seeing where these characters end up or not. If I come across it, I may read the second book but only out of curiosity to see how Harris evolves these charactersand writting style, but we all know what they say about curiosity.
I read this without realizing it was a spin-off series and BH provides enough backstory when needed without spending half of the book rehashing the last series, which I appreciate.
BH switches the narrators easily without the story losing momentum. Felicity is a strong protagonist who is realistically sassy and thoroughly amusing. The attraction that grows between Felicity and Tristan moves quickly without feeling forced and having some chapters from Tristan's POV brings the reader right along with them.
There were plenty of times when I wanted the story to be longer, but everything moved along without being rushed and not dragging anything along. The action scenes weren't drawn out, but provided vivid details. Definitely excited to read bk 2!
This is my first time reading a book by Bekah Harris and I can honestly say that I am lining up my TBR with her books now. I'm just starting to read fantasy and supernatural type books and I was hooked within the first couple pages. It really was hard for me to put it down when I just kept wanting to know what happened next. I was immediately attracted to Felicity, and especially her friendship with Raven. Felicity was a strong character to begin with, but also a character that you would want to win and would stand by. There are a few sensitive topics this book deals with, but they are all handled well. I can't wait for the next book to come out!