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Scion of the Sun Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Nicola Marsh is a former physiotherapist and the bestselling author of dozens of Harlequin romance titles, including" Her Deal with the Devil," "The Tycoon's Dating Deal," and "What the Paparazzi Didn't See."She hasbeen a finalist forseveral awards, including the HOLT (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent), Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Booksellers' Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, and More than Magic, and has won several CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Awards." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B073T1DQG7
- Language : English
- File size : 2611 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 377 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 713,753 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author's description says she writes "fun and flirty" romance novels for adults as well. I totally can see this.
It's a fun and flirty YA book with your average paranormal-trope heroine who goes to boarding school and discovers she has secret powers.
No vampires or werewolves here. Instead Holly Burton is the youngest female descendant (Scion) of a Celtic Sun God (he whom Beltane is named after).
She goes to a normal boarding school and makes friends with a hot guy...and no...wait...that's part of what was fuzzy for me. The school has classes in crystal-gazing and telekinesis, and at one point the principal is mentioned as having a motivation to help Holly so she can prove once and for all that biokinesis exists...but when Holly tells one of her classmates she can teleport he acts like she's a crazy head.
So how much magic is accepted by the "normal" kids was a bit hard to get a handle on. Meanwhile, Holly's teleporting back and forth between the fuzzy-normal boarding school and another world where her bonded warrior, (boy two in the YA love-triangle) waits for her in order to train her to find the mysterious Arwen and face down evil big baddie Cadifor.
Coolness on the mythology. Not so cool on the training scenes. Firstly, instead of finding aforementioned mysterious Arwen (which Holly reminds herself she has to do at the end of like every chapter) her new scooby gang (Sun Sorority) makes Holly answer questions like "what is our culture" and "explain the significance of Beltane." Don't even get me started on the crystal class back at the boarding school where we learn about different stones and their effects on the psyche.
The whole bonded warrior thing was fun as a love-tension thing, and even though the warrior can read Holly's mind and knows she likes him, he's all like "no, we must concentrate on getting the Arwen and beating Cadifor--no time for love." This kind of blatant faux-impediment usually ticks me off, but warrior-boy is so broody and moody and has a twist in his backstory that causes real troubles with Holly, so I forgave him.
There were also a few places in the prose where I had to stop and reread a few sentences because words were used in a way that didn't quite make sense to me. Wait, don't hate me for being a grammar Nazi. I'm not, usually, but there were a couple places the word choice just didn't quite make sense to me in the way I think the author wanted it to.
The scooby gang is explaining a whole bunch of confusing stuff to Holly and one of them says they "bamboozled" her (which I thought meant "to con")? And then there's the whole "Cadifor's consort" sprinkled throughout the book sometimes referring to Holly's estranged mother and sometimes to Cadifor's evil, male servant. I didn't get the feeling from the rest of the book that Cadifor was bisexual, but maybe I'm reading too much into it.
The romance includes kissing and some hand-skimming of midriff, so elementary school safe.
One of the most fun things is the meta-references to other popular series that various characters make. Harry Potter gets at least two shout outs, Vampire Academy, and even RPatz (read the book to find out who that is if you don't know, you are obviously no lover of vampires if you don't know). And Holly's voice is quite fun when she gets a bit snarky ("The thing I like less than the Lord of Darkness? Blood")
So for a fun and flirty YA boarding-school of special powers with heroine torn between two hot guys flavored with Celtic mythology, this is your book. As long as you don't mind being bamboozled by some of the world building.
This Book's Snack Rating: Sour Cream and Onion Lay's for the cheesy romance with the bite of Celtic mythology in a snackable, but not sturdily built YA paranormal