Sunday, March 15, 2015

Elijah's Vow by Abbie Carlisle

Title:  Elijah's Vow
Series:  The Order of the Mist #1
Author:  Abbie Carlisle
Published:   August 11/14 by Bookstrand
Length:  104pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  giveaway
Rating: ★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Jasmine Tate, an Editor from New York, relaxes on her first vacation in years until a tall, dark, handsome stranger throws her into a world of power and tantalising passion. She realizes that humans are not the only race in existence. Her life shatters around her as their worlds collide and everything she’s ever believed in is destroyed as her true identity is laid out before her.

Elijah, The Order’s leader, has never known true love. Tormented by his past, he has lived only to protect his race, but when he meets Jasmine his heart is captivated by her beauty and he becomes obsessed with his possession and desire for her.

As a war begins between The Order and the Phoenix League, he must face an enemy that is intent on destroying everything that matters to him, but can he protect the one thing that has become his destiny?

My Review:

Carlisle invites readers into her world, developing a backstory, history, and common goal for the people we meet. There are descriptions worked into everyday activities so that readers can easily picture the compound and its layout. That said, there was almost too much detail at times. I felt as if the story was getting lost in the minutiae of the everyday. But you always know exactly what the characters are doing and how they’re doing it. The plot of the story was also quite unique & enjoyable. Carlisle takes the standard struggle for power and gives it a very unique twist. I could actually feel the tone and the mood of the novel changing based on what was happening at the moment. I did find the wording to be a bit awkward at times, missing that personal, approachable feel.

There is lots of background information as to where everyone came from and how they all came together. But the dialogue isn’t written the way that people actually talk. It’s missing contractions and the sense of comfortableness that friends generally have while speaking. I found that it made it hard to picture the characters.

I quite enjoyed this story and the premise but I did find that the writing style had me at a bit of a standstill. This story definitely sets readers up well for the rest of the series.

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