Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Review: Rising Silver Mist by Olivia Wildenstein

Title: Rising Silver Mist
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/YA
Series: The Lost Clan (Book Three)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺✺.5

First, I would never kill another person. But when a family friend murdered my father, I destroyed her with a power I didn't even know I possessed.

Second, I would never strike another bargain. But faeries could bring the dead back, so when Cruz offered to revive my father, I accepted. 

Third, I would never marry an enemy, but every bargain comes at a price. The price of mine: I had to marry Cruz and move to the faerie isle.

For the first time in my life, I wondered if death wouldn't be a kinder end.

Fans of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES will adore Wildenstein's LOST CLAN series.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Catori is growing tired of the push-and-pull game everyone in her life seems to play with her. The hunters want her to help them extinguish the faeries and the faeries aren't sure what to do with her. There are rules in the human world and a completely different set of rules in the land of the faeries. Cat isn't sure who to believe and which side to turn to.

Then the choice is taken away from her when she is forced to bargain with a faerie who may be an enemy. This leads to an engagement with a guy who already played her for a fool once. And it eliminates any chance she had of a life with the one man she does love. But her impending marriage is only one part of a larger plan to change the future of both the hunters and the faeries. If only Cat knew what the plan was and who to trust.

This was quite the conclusion. I have to say that I have grown to love and hate several characters throughout the course of the series. I didn't love our heroine, Cat, in the beginning, but she came to grow on me. I initially liked Cruz and Kajika, but began to dislike both at times. And I wasn't sure about Ace at first, then he quickly became my favorite character. So a lot obviously happened throughout the series, which lead to each character morphing in different ways.

It was a series full of twists and turns and not really a moment of silence or peace. This book was no exception to the rule of constant chaos. It kept me turning the pages, even when I didn't like what was happening in the story. The need to know how it would end was enough motivation to keep going at times when I seriously questioned our heroine's sanity.

But there is an oddly sweet love story to be found here. Beneath the stream of lies and backstabbing, we see our couple's true feelings begin to emerge. It wasn't the easiest path to happily ever after, but it was an interesting one. I can honestly say that I didn't see the second half of the book coming. I was sucked into the story and it didn't let me go until the very end. That's good storytelling. There was even a brief bedroom scene, which pleased my romantic side.

Something I don't typically do, but will in this case, is recommend this series be read not only in order but also consecutively. There are a lot of words and phrases used that are in different languages, those of the Gottwa and also the faeries. Not to mention the many characters seen throughout the series, most with abnormal names so it's harder to keep them straight. Taking an extended break between books can make it hard to pick up the story with so many odd words. And since the entire series is now available, there is no reason not to read them at once.

In closing...
A fun read if you enjoy paranormal romances for young adults. 4.5 suns!

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