Friday, September 30, 2016

Review: The Belgrave Legacy by Zara Hoffman

Title: The Belgrave Legacy
Author: Zara Hoffman
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/YA
Series: None
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
My Rating: ✺✺✺.5
SynopsisA Reluctant Heroine. A Snarky Angel. A Big Mess.

Fawn doesn't believe in magic. But when she is unexpectedly thrust into the middle of an ancient feud, she must learn to control her powers.

Caleb is sick of Hell. But when a simple seduction becomes complicated by real feelings, he is forced to pick between keeping his past or fighting for his future.

Can this young witch navigate a dangerous world with the dark angel assigned to romance and seduce her by her side?

The Belgrave Legacy is an upper-young adult paranormal romance novel with a feminist twist. Filled with magic, witches, angels, demons, Zara Hoffman's "coming of age" story will keep you turning the pages until the very end.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

Ready for some magic?

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Fawn is a witch. And a powerful one, at that. In fact, according to an ancient prophecy, Fawn's magic could be the strongest to ever exist and she could play an important role in the future of the world as she knows it. But that doesn't mean that she wants to go along with destiny's plan for her.

Caleb lives in Hell. No, literally. He is a dark angel who is indebted to Lucifer for eternity. But after Lucifer strikes a bargain and makes a bet with the holy man, himself, Caleb has an opportunity to finally escape Lucifer's evil clutches and find peace with his deceased family.

So what does Caleb have to do to earn his freedom? He has to seduce and corrupt Fawn, turning her and her magic over to the evil side. Should be an easy task, considering ruining women has been his specialty for centuries. But he finds that his new charge is not quite as easy to persuade. Even worse, he discovers that he might prefer to care for her, instead.

Thus begins a roller coaster ride of magic, romance, danger, secrecy, and betrayal. Secrets cannot stay hidden forever and no one can escape fate, no matter how hard they try.

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I liked the overall plot of the book. The deal between God and Lucifer and their constant interference was entertaining. I thought the secondary characters were interesting enough to enhance the story without weighing it down. The pacing was pretty good and the magic and fantasy elements were adequate for a fantasy/paranormal story that I typically read.

But I did have a few issues with the book. I wish there were more description of the characters and surroundings. I also found Fawn to be an inconsistent character, untrusting of Caleb one moment and interested romantically the next. The 'I love yous' came way too early, even for a YA novel, at barely a third of the way through the book.

Then when things turn sour, Fawn works much harder to avoid and refuse Caleb than she ever did to get to know or show affection toward him. Too much angst and not enough passion between them. Perhaps, a few more sweeter and more romantic moments for our couple would enhance the believability.

In closing...
A good read with a creative plot and likable characters. 3.5 suns!

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