Monday, October 1, 2012

Review Re-Post and New Thoughts on Melissa Wright's Frey

Frey is free on Amazon  and Barnes & Noble right now!!!  Get a copy before the "free"ness goes away ;)

I was getting started (finally) on Book 2 of the Frey Saga, Pieces of Eight, when I decided a quick re-read of Book 1, Frey, was in order.  Frey is a complicated book with so much mystery and detail, I knew I would be struggling without this re-read.  

Annnnd, since I was delving back into this amazing world, I decided to take you all with me.  

Annnnd, not only that, I thought I'd share the super exciting, crazy awesome news that Melissa Wright will be visiting us October 23rd and will be bringing lots of Frey Saga goodies to giveaway!!!  

Yay! Woo hoo!  **Cartwheels**  I'm super stoked!

So here is the review, with a new book blurb (a great update!) and some favorite quotes:

Unaware she's been bound from using magic, Frey leads a small, miserable life in the village where she's sent after the death of her mother. But a tiny spark starts a fury of changes and she finds herself running from everything she's ever known.

Hunted by council for practicing dark magic, she is certain she's been wrongfully accused. She flees, and is forced to rely on strangers for protection. But the farther she strays from home, the more her magic and forgotten memories return and she begins to suspect all is not as it seems.

Genre:  YA Fantasy (traditional, not urban)
Publisher Type:  Indie
My Rating: *  *  *  *  *

My Review:
This story is told completely from Frey's point of view. It's very effective as much of the book deals with the mystery surrounding Frey. It's extremely frustrating for a curious bird as myself, but not bad frustrating, it's more like being tickled: aggravating and fun at the same time.
As the story begins, the lack of information is just annoying. Frey is just going along with her normal daily activities giving the reader no sense of setting. I found myself re-reading the description hoping for a clue, but nope, none. Later you realize that the author purposely leaves so much ambiguity. I'm not sure how I feel about this. It made me concerned about how the rest of the book would progress.

Luckily for all involved, the rest of the book proved to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I read this in two days because it was so hard to put down after those first few chapters. The reader is taken on this run-for-your-life quest with Frey, all the while only getting glimpses on the whys and what-fors. Poor Frey, no one will give her a freaking straight answer, and she is so determined. I loved her character. The characters who become part of her journey are also well written and likable. The whole book is so well written!!!

So, concerning the ending... how do you feel about cliff hangers? As the book concludes, I gotsome of the answers for which I had been squirming, but not all. Again, I'm not sure how I feel about this. Overall it's a good thing, but it's kind of like getting a small piece of the perfect chocolate cake. Sure, you should be satisfied, but really you want more.

Again, luckily for all involved (I'd hate to have to stalk the author and bug her until she finished it), the sequel is out, Pieces of Eight. As a matter of fact, I stopped mid-blog to go buy this. Really, do yourself a favor and just buy both books at the same time. It will keep you from yelling bad words at your Kindle (tee hee hee).

Cover Art:
This is a new cover for this book. The other's nice, but the new one is so pretty I want to squeal (perhaps I do get a little too excited about books and book art). I wish the model had been photographed in a dress matching the description in the book, but I think that would've messed up the overall coloring of the book and the title wouldn't have popped as it so nicely does here. Alas, we can't have it all, can we? 

"He must have had much experience with fire magic; the flames he produced behaved like an obedient dog.  Mine acted more like a wet cat."

"I retrieved the velvet pouch from the bed to examine the contents, but before I loosened the bindings I heard a crash behind me; three council guards had busted open my door.  I slipped the pouch under the long bell sleeve of the dress as they crossed the room and grabbed my arms."  

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  1. I love this review! You always make me smile, Danielle! I don't get it - how can you be so lucky that almost every book you read turns out to be so good? I'm jealous ;)

    1. I have indeed been quite lucky when it comes to the books I've read lately. Although I must admit that I've gotten into the habit, only just recently, of giving up on a book after getting 25-30% into it if it isn't holding my attention. I used to be almost compulsive about finishing a book regardless, but I've found that if I'm not invested in a book after 25% of it, I'm unlikely to like it much by the end. Life is too short to read books I'm not loving. I wouldn't feel right reviewing a book I didn't get at least 60-75% before pulling the plug, but I am considering a running list of the "gave up after 25%" books. Perhaps once I figure out how to add tabs to my blog (lol, I'm not so very tech advanced). Thanks for coming by, I always love hearing your thoughts. :)