Series: The Everealm Series #1
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi
Breestlin cannot escape her destiny to become ruler of her father's kingdom, but she never planned to become queen at twenty-three years of age. Upon the return of her first love, Rowan, Bree must quickly learn how to adapt to both her new responsibilities as a ruler and her inability to suppress her feelings for Rowan. To make matters more difficult, her outcast uncle, Silas, will stop at nothing to get what he desires, putting lives and the kingdom in danger. Bree must seek the assistance of the wizard, Dagan, who in a twist of fate discovers much more about his family (and himself) than he could ever imagine in this steamy love story, full of mystery and romance...
Danger awaits, as we journey through Everealm, the first book of the Everealm Series.
Adult content. Intended for mature audiences.
There are times I regret agreeing to read and review. I know how hard authors work, the time, effort, and heart they put into their stories, and yet I just can’t be anything less than honest in a review. Sometimes that honesty might hurt those hardworking authors I respect. It’s never, ever my intention to stomp on toes or dreams and of course what I like or dislike someone else will love to pieces. This review is my own personal opinion and not intended to discourage anyone from picking up and reading. So…onto the rough stuff.
The blurb on Everealm pointed to everything I love in a fantasy romance: magic, adventure, danger, castles and swords. So I was excited. The first chapter was sweet with a familiar trope–the dreaming-of-adventure princess and her less-than-royal crush. They had their first kiss, and I expected the story to veer off into how the princess could never be with her true love and how they overcame the obstacles, as well as saving the kingdom from evil together.
Wrong. Sort of.
The story skips ahead years. The king has died. The princess has become queen. And the crush (sent off to train as an assassin after deflowering the princess) has returned. That was cool. I could roll with that. But…I just couldn’t get into the story. Maybe it’s just that I prefer a deep POV perspective instead of the constant jumping from short scene to narration and back again. Head hopping is a sure-fire way to drag me out of the story. The characters were almost cookie-cutter comedy, and I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the intention. I started skimming, and at a certain point stopped even that because what’s the point?
Writing a harsh review makes me sad. I hate it. I want to like everything I read. It makes me want to stop agreeing to write reviews, but when I read a fabulous book, I want to gush about it too, so I’ve decided. At least for the rest of the year (with the exception of the other reviews I’ve already preposted), I’m only going to choose to review books I love. No more signing up to read and review, so all my reviews will be happy ones.
Writing has always been a hobby of mine, beginning as a young child. It was a way to cope with losing my father at seven years of age. I started with poetry and was featured several times on the amazing poetry blog, Autumn Leaves, by Sondra Ball. My love for poetry soon led to writing songs in middle school and beyond, which I still do occasionally. Music has always been an important part of my existence, so writing songs came naturally to me. In high school, I started my own novel, however, life got in the way and I never finished it.
Fast forward many years later and I find myself married with four children, absorbed in my busy life with commitments to my family, work, school, church, and charities, among other things. One day I came across my old binder, with notes from my first novel, and it was with those notes that I conjured up the elusive Everealm.
I write to please readers such as myself, who have a love for fantasy and romance, but like a little danger and sex in their reading. I wrote the book with a mature audience in mind, who can appreciate a hearty imaginary world with magic and the unknown, but want more than fluffy love stories with wizards in them. They want the romance, magic, and danger, all wrapped into one.