Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Stray (Untitled #1) by Elissa Sussman

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Princess Aislynn knows all about the curse. Its magic is a part of her, like her awkward nose and thin fingers. It’s also something she can’t control. And girls who can’t control their abilities have a tendency to disappear. So for her own protection, Aislynn is sworn into the Order of Fairy Godmothers where she must spend the rest of her life chaste and devoted to serving another royal family.

Tasked with tending to the sweet, but sheltered Princess Linnea, Aislynn also finds a reluctant friend in the palace gardener, Thackery, who makes no secret of his disdain for her former life. The more time they spend together, though, the more she begins to doubt the rules she has observed so obediently. As Aislynn’s feelings threaten to undo the sacred vows she has taken, she risks not only her own life but Linnea’s as well. With the princess engaged to a devoted follower of The Path, there are some who would do anything to keep Aislynn from straying.

  Stray by Elissa Sussman

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Stray(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Princess Aislynn needs to find a husband, but she can only do this if she is able to keep her magic in check. Unfortunately this is difficult for Aislynn, and soon she finds herself in trouble, and ‘redirected’ (expelled).
Can Aislynn cope with her new position? And will she ever learn to control her magic?

This was an interesting story, with a fairy-tale feel.

Aislynn was an okay character, although I wanted her to try to own her magic instead of being afraid of it. I did feel sorry for her at points, and I appreciated the way she tried to keep out of trouble, even if trouble seemed to find her.

The storyline in this was okay, and it really did have a fairy-tale feel to it, with the wicked queen and magic mirrors. I wasn’t sure if this was supposed to be a retelling of something, but if it was, I don’t know what it was a retelling of because it was pretty unique.
There was a hint of romance, but again I felt sorry for Aislynn and all the problems she got in the quest for love.
The ending was a little confusing, and I might have to go back and re-read it again. I’m not 100% sure what happened, but it was clear that this wasn’t the end of the story.
Overall; interesting fairy-tale story,
7 out of 10.

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