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But I'll be totally honest I knocked off two stars for a few reasons.
Firstly there's some sexism and not-okay things happening. The book sort of shirks Frey keeping Finnie trapped in the other-world without her knowledge and consent and then tampering with her birth control as "well, cultures are different and we can't judge them as right or wrong!" which is absolute nonsense. I don't care what culture you're waving in my face, any that seeks to limit, restrict, or otherwise deny autonomy and liberty solely on the basis of gender identity or sex is awful and wrong and not justified. Then there's also "men can have affairs after marriage but not women because they gotta be moms and not have the paternity called into question" like please, spare me this outdated sexism that tries to justify why women shouldn't have affairs because they can get pregnant as if a man impregnating a dozen girls isn't irresponsible and bad. At these moments I was just rolling my eyes and groaning. At the very least the author made their sexual relationship completely consensual and didn't try to romanticize rape and abuse (which is why I don't want to even consider book #2 which, from reviews and what I can discern from this book and the blurb on the Amazon page, is absolutely all about justifying the rape of women as just a "cultural thing" and something that could be romantic/forgivable in the right perspective and that's disgusting). But I still held issue with this book, especially since Finnie was willing to forgo her justifiable anger and hurt over what Frey without there being any atonement or explanation or anything she was just "whelp I thought you were dead but since I now want to stay and have your baby it's okay that you previously denied me the right to have a choice." I dislike heroines who are so quick to belittle and demean their own justifiable feelings for the sake of a man yet will hold onto really childish, petty feelings that aren't justifiable until the end of time.
One other point of complaint I have is that the language could be a little annoying. Finnie uses some odd, colorful phrasing that seem weird coming from the mouth of a 30 year old woman. I think the book would have done better if Finnie's speech was more refined because it would have matched it better, but it's a minor, personal opinion overall. I also think that some of the plot near the end was a bit rushed and that the author did skim over a handful of events so she could skip around to Frey/Finnie time exclusively, which took away from the fantasy aspect of the novel because we hear about all this political tension and looming turmoil and such but only get a little bit of this stuff overall so that there's just nonstop focus on Finnie learning how to shoot a bow and then having sex with Frey, whom she calls "baby" and "honey" two terms of endearment that seem really awkward and out of place in this novel (I actually thought Frey would have been all "Why are you calling me an infant? Is it an insult? Are you demeaning me?" or something along those lines when Finnie started it up).
Anyway, though despite these two main points (sexist plot devices and language choices that could have fared better) I still found the book to be okay. Perhaps the next books get better, but I'm not sure if I'll be trying any of the others. Book #3 looked interesting, and from what this book says the various stories link up loosely because they're all based in the same world and the politics of the lands all intermix a bit, but I'm a bit hesitant after reading this one and seeing what could have gone terrible wrong and what the author's choices were and after seeing all the disturbing things regarding book #2. I think for now, I'll chalk this up as an okay 99 cent price for a quick read and resume looking for more books to read in another series and by another author.
Finnie loses her parents early on in life. Memories of them and their adventures together plague her. Finnie learns of a witch that can transport her to a parallel universe where she will assume the identity of her otherworld twin for a year. Finnie will do anything to see her parents again. And as the adventurer her parents raised her to be, she accepts this adventure with fearless excitement. Little does she know, her twin has kept significant details of her life from her. Once Finnie is introduced to this new world, she is expected to marry the elf and dragon king, Drakkar. Her parents are less than receptive of her, but what can she do? Will she be able to endure a year at the hands of the Drakkar?
What Did I Think?
Oh my gods, this book was everything I needed it to be.. And unlike this novel, this will be short and sweet.
I am quite pleased with Kristen Ashley's entry into the Fantasy genre. If you know anything about my reading preferences, you know that I began my reading addiction in the Fantasy genre, but it was romance that brought me back to habitual reading. To find a novel that merges the two so beautifully, makes my heart beat wildly.
We find our female lead, Finnie, heart broken over the loss of her parents. After hearing of a witch that can transport her to a parallel universe in which her parents are alive, she jumps at the opportunity. Once she arrives in the new world, she finds she was played by her universe twin. She is thrown into marriage with our male lead, the Drakkar, leader of the elves and dragons. He doesn't care for her twin of his world so he treats her less than favorably. After leaving her in his hunting cabin alone, he comes back to find his bride thrived in the face of abandonment. He can't help but take notice and exude pride in her. As king of the elves, he is privy to information of the switch. He decides to bind Finnie to his world. She doesn't know. We get to see them fall in love only to be rescinded. Can their love surpass their betrayal of one another?
The only critical point I will make regarding this book is its length. It is too long. And I know why.. Ashley was so wrapped up in describing the new universe and its surroundings, that she got carried away. If Drakkar didn't have so many dwellings, perhaps we wouldn't have as many pages of descriptive establishments and unique locations. I realize it is difficult to work the creation of a universe into a series first book and have it merge seamlessly with the story, so I take one star and move on. ...because the universe she painted was amazing and we can't dwell on the extra pages like that. Plus I like this book. A whole freaking lot..
Listen to me, whoever you are.. there are elves, dragons, witches, parallel universes, adventures, betrayals, talking animals, love, love, and more love.. Read it. Read. It.
5 star-loved it
4 star-liked it
3 star-it was okay
2 star-didn't like it
1 star-hated it