The World of Karov by Elyse Salpeter
Genre: NA/ 15+, Dark Fantasy.
Published: December 2012
4 out of 5 STARS (I was surprised as to how much I enjoyed this book)
I love when I find an author that I have never heard of before and come to enjoy their work.
This is story about 2 twins. One good and one evil. Adam is kind, loving and caring. Alec is hurtful, evil and jealous. Adam will bring home a stray animal and Alec would kill it. Complete opposites even though both grew up in an abusive home.
Adam works hard to make a better life for himself and even meets a girl, falls in love, proposes to her with the hope to move on from his previous life and start a new one. Only the day of the wedding, Alec kidnaps Adam’s fiancé. Adam spends months looking for her in the forest only to be approached by a stranger who brings him to a world of magic. A place where there is a king and magical things happen. In Karov, Adam begins to rebuild his life and moves on from his tragedy. He learns he has gifts and even grows a status in his new home. Just when Adam thinks he has moved on, the terror returns.
The World of Karov was so captivating that it was hard for me to put down. I did not know how this book would be and once I started reading, I had to know what was going to happen.
The writing is really good. I could picture all the people and their surroundings perfectly without the author going on and on. Sometimes when the author gives too much of description, the writing gets mundane. That did not happen in this book.
I actually do read the Acknowledgements. It is my favorite thing to read in the book. I loved how the author wrote about her friend that pushed her into trying something called nanowrimo where you are required to write a specific amount of words per day for thirty days. The result was this little gem called The World of Karov.
I don’t want to give too much away, but it was awesome. Too much information in a story can ruin the story. However, the plot is what got me hooked.
- Did I skim: No
- Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes
- Do I look forward to the sequel? Yes.
- Pace of the story: Good.
- Positives: Great plot.
- Negatives: I wish the author would have expended a little more on the relationship of Arianna and Adam in the beginning of the story. I know Adam said he loved her but I did not feel Adam’s lose at first when Alec kidnapped her. I wish there was more dialogue between Arianna and Adam.
- Do I recommend: Yes. AMAZING cliffhanger. Loved it.
Format: ARC from author for an honest review
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