We at Just My Opinion Book Reviews are thrilled to have been given an ARC copy of Shannon Mayer’s first book in her newest series. Read on….it’s an incredible beginning to an intriguing series.
(THE ELEMENTAL SERIES, BOOK 1)
AUTHOR: SHANNON MAYER
AGE GROUP: NEW ADULT/ADULT
GENRE: ELEMENTAL URBAN FANTASY
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 31, 2015
My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.
My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father’s side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn’t going to happen.
I’ve been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line. I have only two options left to me: banishment, or training to become one of the King’s Elite Guards, an Ender.
Option one will kill me.
Option two is meant to break me, but it’s the only way to survive.
Did I mention I have no power like the rest of the elementals, and my connection to the earth is worth next to nothing?
Could things get any worse? Of course they can. Welcome to being an Elemental.
Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.
She is the author of the The Rylee Adamson Novels, The Nevermore Trilogy, A Celtic Legacy series and several contemporary romances. Please visit her website at http://www.shannonmayer.com for more information on her novels.
JUST MY OPINION’S REVIEW: Rating:
“Recurve is a slow burn….a waltz with incredible depth and creativity.”
Shannon Mayer is one of those rare authors who can cross genres with a fluid writing style that makes her stand out from all others. The Rylee Adamson Novels are my favorite urban fantasy series and have a very unique style to the writing. Rylee has her own voice without a doubt. The Nevermore Trilogy is an incredibly unique take on the apocalypse that no one else has done before and her romances are the type which take chances and break out of the normal New Adult mold. With Recurve, she’s introduced us to yet another voice of hers that is absolutely incredible. This story is full of love, betrayal, scheming, plotting, true friends and true possibilities.
The story of Larkspur begins with Recurve and is written in a manner which feels similar to a waltz. It isn’t the racing ahead full on action packed frenzy that Rylee Adamson is or the intensely suspenseful romance that The Nevermore books are, but it’s almost more enticing because of that. It’s a slow burn that by the end of the book leaves you feeling fulfilled and wanting more. We find another strong female protagonist in Lark, but one full of questions, insecurities and an inner strength she is only beginning to grab a hold of. The character growth of Lark just within this first novel is incredible – I can’t imagine how much more she’ll grow through the whole series. I felt like I just smoothly moved through this book. I was never once bored and the end came far too soon even though it’s a full length novel. I was left with actually FEELING this book. The descriptions of everything is so in depth and unique, you’re not reading, you’re constantly feeling everything. I experienced this book, I didn’t just read it.
The elemental world Ms. Mayer created is unlike any other I’ve read. The characters are so unique and each has their own purpose and future-it leaves things open to so many possibilities. While not a huge fantasy fan myself….I have found with Recurve, I am incredibly addicted to this elemental world and these characters who plot, love, inhabit and grow within it.
- + Well developed storyline with believable characters
- + Holds your attention from start to finish
- + The elemental world is not only unique but engaging
- + I truly loved the supporting cast just as much as the main characters
- - A bit too short, I wanted more even though it was a full length novel.