Thursday, 30 July 2015

Amber Smoke (The Escaped #1) by Kristin Cast

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Diversion Books and NetGalley.
Amber Smoke (The Escaped #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.

Someone has opened the cage.

The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back. He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone.

Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets. First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life. Then, she will become the hunter.

With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another. Blending elements of mythology with the dazzling storytelling that her fans have devoured through the House of Night series, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.

Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Amber Smoke (The Escaped #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Diversion Books and NetGalley.)

“Only at the moment when her mortal heart ceases to beat will her destiny ignite and the strengths of the Oracle become free. This will be the future, or your beloved Tartarus will decay beyond repair, and you will be responsible for its extinction.”

This book had some really cheesy, melodramatic moments, but it wasn’t too bad overall.

Eva was maybe a little bit naïve for parking her car in a dark place, leaving it unlocked, and then returning to it alone. She was hardly being safe by doing that!

“Always check the backseat. It’s safer.”

Alek was a bit annoying really. I just found him to be so innocent and trusting and blind to what the world was really like! Fair enough he hadn’t lived there, but surely he should have watched enough stuff going on down on earth to know what the place was like?

"Eva, descendant of the great Oracle Pythia, I will find you. I will save you. Together, we will restore my home and rid this realm of evil."

The storyline in this was about Eva being kidnapped, and Alek trying to rescue her, with some mythology thrown in there, and some very melodramatic moments to boot. I did find the story quite irritating and boring in places, although it did improve a bit towards the end.

“How was I supposed to know it was a police vehicle? It was just blue. It wasn’t even marked.”

I didn’t really feel that there was much romance in here at all, other than an occasional reference to Eva and Alek having a destiny together, and a couple of kisses.

“She kissed him with newly discovered longing, and he returned her desire.”

The ending to this was just one cliff-hanger after another! Really!
6 out of 10.

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