Monday, February 19, 2018

Tuesday #Review - Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks #YALit #Paranormal

Series: Otherborn # 1
Format: Paperback, 414 pages
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Publisher: Skyscape/Amazon
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult / Paranormal
In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.
Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap.
Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.
As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out whom to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing is for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.

Fire and Bone is the first installment in author Rachel Marks Otherborn series. 18-year old Sage has spent an enormous amount of time on the streets of Los Angeles scrambling to keep herself fed and safe while running away from foster homes. Sage loves books with legends, & Gods, & cursed Kings, & castles. After being invited to a party where there is supposed to be plenty of food, Sage wakes to the reality that she has stepped into another world that has apparently been there the entire time. 

A world where she is a half human demigoddess and the second daughter of the Goddess Brighid. Oh, and her origin powers are ready to burst lose now that she is 18. She must train alongside a hunter named Faelan for her emergence, where she will pick one of the five houses each based off one of the elements: fire (Brighid), water (Lyr), earth (Cernunnos), air (Arwen), and spirit (Morrigan). Sage is a character who goes from being completely and totally out of her element, to growing leaps and bounds as she discovers more about herself, the world that is forever linked to, and what she is meant to do.

This isn't just Sage's story. The author actually alternatives between Sage, and Faelan, while also tossing in the Dark Prince of the House of Morrigan,Kieran, who makes Sage's life more than interesting. Reader also should know that the author taunts you with the backstory of Sage's sister, Queen Lily. It is fair to say that I didn't much connect with Lily at all. While the author does her best to make you understand why you should care about Lily, it is Sage who is growing into someone you can stand alongside.

Faelan is a curious sort of character. He's dark, dangerous, mysterious, and alluring. He is the hunter who is chosen to protect and train Sage for her Emergence. He is supposed to stand by her side while enemies try to kill or lure her to their way of thinking with expensive gifts. Faelan and Sage's story is a twisted one because of her bravado, sass, and lacking of education when it comes to the mythology for which she was born into, but abandoned to live as a human. One could say that there is a twisted sort of love triangle. Sage is pulled in the direction of both Faelan and Kieran who has more secrets to shake a stick at. Is Kieran an ally, a nemesis, a possible lover, or just a hurdle for Sage's happy ending?

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