Friday, January 3, 2014

Twin Curse by Rinelle Grey

Title:  Twin Curse
Author:  Rinelle Grey
Published:  December 11, 2013
Length:  270pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  fantasy
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Born together, wed together…

The ancient law is a curse to Brianna, whose twin sister has fallen in love with a man Brianna can’t bring herself to marry. To avoid disappointing her family, she fakes her death and escapes Eryvale to hide in the dazzling city of Bymere…but the city doesn’t live up to its promise.

Lonely and homesick, Brianna regrets her decision until she meets Lyall, a handsome mage. Their instant bond grows deeper, and despite knowing she can never marry him, Brianna accepts Lyall’s offer to leave Bymere before travellers from her village discover she’s still alive. Journeying to the exciting Isla de Magi, Brianna makes plans for a new life and is shocked to find she possesses mage magic as well.

However, when a chilling dream warns of an impending threat to her village, Brianna must leave the Isle and rush home to help her sister. Soon Lyall follows, chasing after the same threat and longing to reunite with Brianna. But can the two work together to stop the danger? Or will Brianna be forced to choose between her love for Lyall and the safety and happiness of her sister?

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

Grey begins her new story with the same approachable, inviting writing style that we’ve come to know and love from her. The storyline is enticing and exciting. Grey gives a brand new twist to the fantasy genre, building it up with exquisite narrative and vivid descriptions. She has developed a solid mythology and history for her land to back up her solid and exciting storyline.

I absolutely loved how real the characters in this story were. The entire cast was brilliantly developed, allowing you to get to know them as individuals, as part of a family, and as part of a community. Above all, they are extremely real. They aren’t perfect fae-like beings, but rather individuals who stand up for their own. Now, that’s not to say that the main characters aren’t absolutely phenomenal. I can’t think of a pair of fantasy characters that I’ve loved more.

Overall, this was an exciting and adventurous tale that I couldn’t put down. This is definitely an emotional tale that will keep you coming back for more, even after the perfect ending to the perfect story.

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