Monday 1 April 2013

Book Review - Escaped

Title: Escaped
Author: Rachel Robinson
Series: Samantha Scott (book 1)
Publisher: Eternal Press
Release Date: 1 Feb 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1615728596

Samantha, a light Bruxa has escaped a life that’s all she’s ever known. Now she needs to decide how to keep her precious magic and establish a life of her own in the real world. Trust becomes paramount as she sifts through her past to find the truth.
How far will she go to protect the lives of her friends—to fall in love with whom she chooses? Most importantly, how far will she push the limits to find herself?

My Review
I was sent an e copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
Samantha has powers of a light Bruxa, but she's got more than the average person and she doesn't want her powers used against her will, she wants to live her own life so she escapes with her two best friends, but life is never that easy to get away from.
I quite liked Samantha, she was quite gutsy and knows what she wants, but is still human, she has moments where she feels lost, confused and hurt, but she still fights back
Kai was a mystery, everytime I thought he was on her side he would do something to make me question and when I decided he was not right he would redeem himself. Kept me guessing all the way through. 
A love triangle is introduced with Xander, Samantha is told he is her 'match', she never thought she would get one so is astonished to find someone whose powers fit with hers so well. I did grow to like Xander but when he is first introduced he annoyed me a bit, especially since Samantha is pining over Kai and determined no to love or want anyone else but then Xander walks in and within minutes she is kissing him, it might have been to make Kai jealous, but still and things blossomed quite quickly after that - I suppose it was the power of the 'match', but it was a little too 'insta-love' for me. It does slow down after that and they begin to get to know each other, and the triangle gets more realistic. I changed my mind about which guy I supported so many times. 
The story is quite short at 150 pages but it flows well and the world is developed enough to be believable and realistic. The plot is well planned and executed, but for me a bit too busy in places. Samantha was getting attacked or captured by so many different groups and people I had trouble following who was the bad guys and why for a while. The links between are revealed later but it did make my head spin a little.
Overall the book was very good and I loved Sara - she was delightfully tricky! Excellent character - she surprised me.
I will definitely be on the look out for the next book, I want to know what becomes of Samantha and everyone else.

My Rating

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