Today, I’m going to write a review on First Light which is written by Michele Paige Holmes. This review does not contain any spoilers so be free to read it without any concern. Before starting explaining what I liked and disliked, I want to say that this book is a really good retelling that I had a lot of fun to read.
This book was given to me in exchange of an honest review.
From Amazon’s Top 100 romance author Michele Paige Holmes, comes the beautifully-written fantasy novel FIRST LIGHT, from the Forever After Series:
Seventeen-year-old Adrielle doesn’t believe in magic; she merely possesses it, though no one has ever mentioned that her unusual gifts—exceptional speed, a flair for fire, and an intimate knowledge of flora—aren’t things she was born with. When Adrielle starts a fire that burns down the family home, she must deal with both her grief and her siblings’ hurtful rejection.
While journeying to far away Tallinyne, in search of her older, estranged sister—the only relative who might take her in—Adrielle is separated from her escort when the carriage is beset by thieves. Alone, she is thrust into a dangerous and unfamiliar world where she encounters fairies and gypsies, a wild boar, a drunk cook, and an evil queen whose curse is sweeping death across the land. Adrielle also finds love, falling hard for a kind, funny, handsome—and completely unavailable prince.
From the glowing pearls tucked beneath her mattress and keeping her awake at night, to Queen Nadamaris’s curse that seems to thwart Adrielle’s every effort, Adrielle struggles to navigate a world of magic she never imagined, where people she knows and loves are not always what they appear to be. With the glowing pearls—and her fondest desire—within her grasp, she is forced to make a choice no girl should ever have to—satisfying her own heart or saving the kingdom.
First of all, I want to say that I was really surprised by how good this book was. I wasn’t expecting it. I really liked the fairy tale part of the story and it wasn’t just one fairy tale, it was a lot mixed together. For example, it was like sleeping beauty with a bit of Cinderella here and there. It brought back a lot of memories from my childhood which is absolutely what a book is about.
The aspect I liked the most in this book was the magic in it. It opens our imagination to a magical world where all the possibilities are endless. At the end, I was asking for more. I wanted to know more about how the magic works.
Even if it’s a retelling of fairy tales, the action isn’t missing in this book. Adrielle’s journey is full of twists and turns with thieves and an evil queen. To be honest, the story was kind of predictable when it reaches a certain page, but it didn’t bother me at all because it was intriguing to see how everything would play out. I really enjoyed the characters. They were the likable kind of people which made the story quite impossible to dislike. The relation between the characters are so easy and cute. The lines were well delivered and very enjoyable to read. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a good retelling with some twists and turns.
So this is all I’m going to say about this book. Thanks for reading this review and until next time.