Saturday, February 8, 2014

Review: King Hall (Forever Evermore #1) by Scarlett Dawn

King Hall
Forever Everymore #1
by Scarlett Dawn
Published August 1, 2013

*Ebook obtained via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Synopsis via Goodreads:

A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall…

King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.

Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing:  survival.  Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings.  Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.

Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution.

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Scarlett Dawn is drawn to all things quirky and off-beat. She believes there are no boundaries for an imaginative soul. Her love of the written word started from at an early age, when her grandmother would take her to bookstores every weekend. Dreams came alive within the books she found there, and now, she is thrilled to share her stories with others who have fallen under the spell of taking fantastical journeys. Scarlett resides in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

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I'm absolutely speechless and I can't wait to start the next book. The beginning made me cry. The middle made me addicted to the story and characters. The ending has left me begging for more! 

The first freaking few chapters left me wanting to throw the book across the room because of what happens! I can't spoil it but be warned that your heart will be broken within the first few chapters! Really... You can't say I didn't warn you! 

Now, I pushed through (after ugly crying for a bit - and honestly - that says something about the author's character building - I was already addicted and in love with these characters by the first few chapters!). I'm glad I did! I loved this story! 

It's hard for me to explain the world building so I won't fully explain it. I'm afraid I may confuse you.... In a nutshell, each mystical faction (Mage's, Shifters, Vampires, & Elementals) has a Prodigy who will take over as King/Queen of their faction. They'll be the ruler of the faction. 

Lily will now be the Shifter Queen, Ezra - Vampire, Pearl - Mage, Jack - Elemental. They're thrown together into, basically, stardom for their faction. They finish out their classes only to be thrown into another round of trainings with the current Kings. The current Kings "betting" seriously made me laugh out loud. I loved every second of their relentless teasing. They're like a bunch of kiddies. So funny! 

Now, it's not all fun & roses for these guys. They have to stay strong & push through the challenges that they're facing. They become super close friends and that begins to weird out their factions because it's something that's not "normal." The factions never really "mingle" and touch each other like the prodigies do. They've become so close and it's a beautiful friendship to me... But their factions don't think so... 

Now... Lily isn't as she seems... she's Different... She's a mixbreed of sorts. She has other needs that have to be addressed... It poses an interesting dilemma for the prodigies and they all step up and help her out. It's amazing. 

Now, there are soooo many twists and turns in this plot! Other than the very first one and one of the very last ones, they're awesome. Okay, so the other two are awesome but seriously not awesome... If you read it, you'll know what I mean. They're terrible surprises in the plot and I hated them... But they played into the story well... The story wouldn't be what it is without those plot twists that I hated so, so much. >_< 

Now the ending! ACK! I want to start book 2 in this series like now! Ugh! Serious cliffhanger ending that leaves you going "Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!"  

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Cover Rating: 5 Stars <-- Truly beautiful cover! Love it!
 Characters: 5 Stars
Plot: 5 Huge Stars
Climax: ACK! 5 Stars!
Ending: Holy crap... do I have to give it stars... I'm petrified at how the characters will recover in the next book! But yea, 5 stars!   


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