Saturday, November 21, 2015

Review of YA Fantasy The Summer Marked by Rebekah L. Purdy

Before I plunge into my review, I did have another DNF.  I'll explain here.

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Though the writing wasn't all that great, it was unfortunately up to par with a lot of the NA you see coming out now, so although the writing wasn't fantastic, the real reason I didn't finish this was that the hook just didn't catch me. The first couple chapters in I just wasn't intrigued enough to keep reading. I was bored. Sorry, but I'm just being honest. :(



Fresh off a break-up with her boyfriend, Kadie's glad to be home from college for Thanksgiving. All she needs is a rebound guy, a box of chocolates, and some girl time with her best friend, Salome. Problem is, Salome isn't returning her calls, and her family won't say where she is. Feeling sorry for herself, Kadie ends up at Club Blade, a place filled with pumping music, dangerous guys, and promises of a good time. However, when midnight strikes, Kadie's fun turns into a nightmare as she's ripped from the human world into Faerie by a vengeful Winter Prince named Etienne. For the first time in her life, she realizes the monsters Salome always spoke of are real, and they'll stop at nothing to destroy her friend.
Salome thought the winter curse was behind her. But winter has left its mark. Not just on her, but on the whole summer court. The Kingdom of Summer is falling apart, and Nevin is hanging onto his throne by a thread. With war on his doorstep, he has no choice but to send Gareth into enemy territory, which means Salome will be left alone--vulnerable in a world she doesn't understand. A place where beauty is deadly and humans are pawns in the macabre games the Fae play. Both Kadie and Salome will have to call on all their strength to survive in a world where humans aren't meant to be. With death and enemies all around them, it'll be a miracle if they can survive.


Overall I thought SUMMER MARKED was a great Fantasy YA. 

After being saved by Garret in the human world and in-turn freeing Nevin (a fae prince) from his curse, Salome follows Garret (the man she loves) to the land of faerie. She ends up journeying with Garret to Summer, where Nevin is prince. The whole Kingdom is being threatened by Winter. Autumn and Spring already fell to the evil Winter Queen's powers and Summer is next.

The reader had clues the whole time that Salome is actually the baby from a legend that said a child was hidden from the land of faerie and one day would save the entire Kingdom and rule. We come to discover that Salome has powers, just like royalty and is marked and chose to be Queen. In the meantime, her best friend from the human world and gets captured and taken to Winter, where she sees some pretty gruesome things and cruel treatment to humans. Eventually the Winter Queen finds a way to manipulate her into turning her back on Salome and going after her.

I really liked the concept and plot. I felt it was fresh and original, and the writing pretty solid. I loved this book's take on the seasons being the fantasy realms. That was pretty cool. I also like Salome and the other characters, for the most part. There is a sequel to this book and I'm on the fence about reading it because, although I enjoyed this book, I like Romance in Fantasy, and though there was an element of romance, it just wasn't strong enough for me. Still a great book, but I just would've like a little extra oomph and conflict where the love story was concerned.

4 of 5 stars!

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