Sunday 12 June 2011

Book Review - Radiant Shadows

Title: Radiant Shadows
Author: Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely (4) 
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Release Date: 29 April 2010
ISBN-13: 978-0007346141


Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.
Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death.
Ani isn't one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin's plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?  

My Review
I started out loving this series, Wicked Lovely was an amazing book, I struggled a bit with Ink Exchange and got interested again with Fragile Eternity, but I have to admit I was completely lost with this book. 
Seth, Keenan and Ash are only mentioned in  passing, when it's them I really want to know about. For me that's where the whole story started and I want to see what happens to them.
I have seen many great reviews for this book and some poeple may enjoy it, but for me it seemed jumbled and confusing. There were so many characters I was getting confused. I couldn't remember who Iriall and Niall were and who was meant to be King. Devlin who is the brother/son/assasin/body guard or something of the High Court, I'm still not sure, and Ani who is a Hound/Faery/Mortal something. 
It didn't take me as long to read as I thought it would, in fact I read it in about 4 hours, but after finishing I put it down and went "What???" I honestly have no idea what really happened, I mean I get the basic idea that Ani was supposed to have been killed by Devlin but he didn't do it and now they are linked together with some sort of destiny, but the rest I was confused.
Maybe I should have re-read the others first, but I just seemed like I was missing something. I have to say the writing style was still good and I liked the author's descriptiveness about both the world and the Faery's but really I was just confused. 
I will try to read the next one Darkest Mercy and see if it wraps up all the questions I have particularly with Keenan & Ash. It's the last one in the series so I'll see it through.

My Rating
I would give this book 5.5/10, good writing style but too many characters and storyline - as I say, I was confused. But good writing style. Fans of the series will like it. 

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