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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Elfin (The Elfin #1) by Quinn Loftis

Before tonight Cassie Tate’s biggest concerns were whether she could pass Algebra and how she was going to keep Elora, her best friend, from dressing her in a skimpy fairy costume for Halloween. Her feet were firmly planted in suburban reality and she had no reason to believe her life would be anything but that of a typical teenager. That is until tonight, when Cassie saw something that no human was ever supposed to see; in the blink of an eye she was thrown into the world of the Light and Dark Elves.
He comes from a realm where light and dark have fought for millennia. He is of a race known to humans only in myths and legends. The darkness that lives inside him is a part of both who and what he is and it makes him the most gifted spy and assassin in the history of his time. His life is not his own; he lives in the service of the Dark Elf King. He slays who he must, has mercy on no one, is relentless in his hunt, and never tires of seeing his prey fall. He is Triktapic, assassin, spy, most feared of the Dark Elves.
Now, in the midst of his King’s complicated plans to expand the Dark Elves’ holdings into the mortal realm, for the first time, Trik finds his loyalties divided. For no Elf, Dark or Light, can turn away from their Chosen.
Unbeknownst to the mortal realm, the battle between Light and Dark is being brought to their doorstep. The only one who can keep it at bay holds darkness in his heart like a lover, and the one who can sway that heart must decide if she can look beyond his black past, beyond his evil nature and see the man he is destined to be.
The question must be asked, does love really cover a multitude of sins? Can true love actually conquer all or will his darkness consume those around him until all that stands is an assassin with the blood of the mortal realm on his hands?

This book was just ok. I enjoyed the biblical analogies, and I really do love books with elves; But, there were a few things in this novel that kept me from really digging in to the novel. The love between Trik and Cassie really didn’t sink in for me, it was annoying at times. It was fast, and reasonless for the most part. It was one of those ‘instant’ romances. (and you know how I don’t get along with those.)

I did really enjoy those analogies though. I can’t really say yay or nay to this book. It seemed like it needed a better content editor, or beta reader. The last few chapters of the book may have redeemed themselves. I love Cassie’s best friend Elora! She has a riot of a personality, and I personally can’t wait to hear her story. The book seesawed between my favorite things, and my least favorite things.

Overall, I think I’ll say it was a good book! I’m just really not the instant romance type. Nontheless, I think Quinn’s writing will improve, and her rough plot lines may smooth out as a result. Especially since she established her new world in Elfin. I look forward to the sequel.
This book was provided to me by the author through Reading Away the Days book tours, in exchange for an honest review.

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