Author: Megan Curd
Series: Bridger #1
Published: 4 June 2011 by Soul Fire Press
Length: 258 pages
Warnings: kissing, fantasy violence
Source: e-book for book tour
Other info: This is part of a book tour. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for an international giveaway and links to the rest of the stops.
Summary : Ashlyn McVean doesn’t believe in fairy tales. That is, until Ashlyn is thrown into the crosshairs of grudges her grandmother created long ago. After finding out she is one of two people able to cross between faerie realms, Ashlyn is faced with trying to understand her abilities, along with navigating a new relationship with her boyfriend, Liam. As if being on a centuries old hit list and dealing with crazed pixies isn’t enough, her new abilities mean trouble for Liam. Knowing her new life puts everyone she loves in danger, Ashlyn must decide what’s most important in her life between friends, family, love, and ultimately, realms.
Review: With all the fairy books coming out recently, I’ve not seen many dealing with a changeling. This book does. For those of you who aren’t fully up to date on legends, changelings are fairies that take the place of human children after said children have been snatched away for fairy use.
This starts straight into the action. Ashlyn’s father drowns within the first few pages, due to mysterious causes. Despite this, Ash still goes on a trip to Ireland to understand her heritage better, and takes best friend Jamie with her. Here they meet romantic interest Liam and a lot more extended family. And here she starts properly understanding her heritage, and how the fairies are involved.
You get a really good sense of emotions here. Ash is a really strong character, as are all the supporting cast. You really get to know Ash, and the way she deals with everything adds to her character. I think I liked Memaw, the grandmother best, even if certain things were a little “erm. Ok. What?” (refers to Memaw’s age....)
I like what Megan Curd has done with the mythology. I’d heard of changelings and the like before, but Ash’s -how do I say this without spoiling it? Erm.... makeup? Condition? Read the book and you’ll understand- is new and unique. The Protectors system is an interesting one too, which I really enjoyed imagining.
The romance happily wasn’t the main focus of the book. It kind of crept in at convenient moments. And when I say crept, I mean appeared. And I’m not sure how the romance really developed. The first intro to it wasn’t that long at all. after that it was fine, but I still think there should have been a little more to begin with.
The best thing is how it keeps you reading. The book is a never ending cycle of: Something very interesting happens. We learn something new. We want to read on. We read on. We learn something new. And so on. It kept me going for ages. Somethings do seem to be a little rushed though. And by the end, there’s a lot of unanswered questions.....MUST READ BOOK 2!!!
Overall: Strength 4 tea to a great new fantasy series. Get it if you can.
And on to the giveaway.
- You must be 13 or over to enter.
- You must have a valid email address
- This is international giveaway
- The prize is an e-book copy of Bridger
- The giveaway runs until 6AM GMT, 19 October 2011
- The winner will be announced
- The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in me picking another winner.
- One entry can be gained by leaving a meaningful comment on the review.
- Another entry can be gained by spreading the word and leaving the link in a comment.
- With any comment leave an email address so I can contact you.
- Good luck!
And finally, here’s a list of blogs on the tour! There’s a giveaway of the e-book at ALL the stops, and at the final one, you can enter for a signed print copy and other awesome stuff. For more info, go here.
- Oct. 1 ~ Bookbriefs: Review
- Oct. 2 ~ Bookworm Lisa : Review
- Oct. 3 ~ Unabridged Anya: Author Interview Part I
- Oct. 4 ~ YA Bound : Author Interview Part II
- Oct. 5 ~ Supernatural Snark: Excerpt
- Oct. 6 ~ Mermaid Vision Books: Review
- Oct. 7 ~ The Reader Bee: Review
- Oct. 8 ~ The Magic Attic ~ Guest Post
- Oct. 9 ~ Reading Angel ~ Review
- Oct. 10 ~ Crazed ’bout Books: Review
- Oct. 11 ~ Faery Ink Press: Review
- Oct. 12 ~ Death Books and Tea: Review
- Oct. 13 ~ The Wannabe Knight: Review
- Oct. 14 ~ Great Imaginations: Guest Post
- Oct. 15 ~ Smitten with Books: Review
- Oct. 16 ~ Tamara’s Book Ramblings: Review
- Oct. 17 ~ Teenage Reader: Review
- Oct. 18 ~ An Avid Reader’s Musings: Review
- Oct. 19 ~ A Casual Reader’s Blog: Review
- Oct. 20 ~ Candace’s Book Blog: Guest Post
- Oct. 21 ~ Nicole’s YA Book Blog: Review
- Oct. 22 ~ Second Bookshelf on the Right: Review
- Oct. 23 ~ Ya-Aholic: Review
- Oct. 24 ~ Novels on the Run: Review
- Oct. 25 ~ I Live, I Laugh, I Love Books: Guest Post
- Oct. 26 ~ Reader Girl: Review
- Oct. 27 ~ Letters Inside Out: Review
- Oct. 28 ~ Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf: Review
- Oct. 29 ~ My Shelf Confessions: Where You Write
- Oct. 30 ~ The Fairytale Nerd: Review
- Oct. 31 ~ A Lilliputian’s Journey: Halloween Pairing
- Nov. 1 ~ Mundie Moms: Review
- Nov. 2 ~ Kristie Cook: Guest Post
- Nov. 3 ~ Words I Write Crazy: Review
- Nov. 4 ~ Braintasia Books: Review
- Nov. 5 ~ Seeing Night Book Reviews: Review
- Nov. 6 ~ Off
- Nov. 7 ~ YA Book Lover Blog: Author Interview
- Nov. 8 ~ Laine’s Fiction Book’s Corner: Review
- Nov. 9 ~ Stuck in Books: Review
- Nov. 10 ~ Off
- Nov. 11 ~ Mercurial Musings: Author Military Post
- Nov. 12 ~ Supa Gurl Books: Review
- Nov. 13 ~ The Fiction Fairy: Review
- Nov. 13 ~ A Tale of Many Reviews: Final Stop and Author Wrap-Up