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Me Tiene Totalmente Enganchada!!!

Me encanta. De verdad que no puedo decir más, es una historia genial y me está gustando mucho. La otra noche leí desde el capítulo 12 al 19, y paré porque me caía de sueño. Sí, así de enganchada me tiene, y con ganas de leer más.

En resumen, hay un mundo con 3 reinos; el reino de la Luna, el reino del Sol y el reino de la Balanza, que media sobre ambos. En el pasado, los dos primeros fueron rivales, pero ahora mantienen una paz cordial. Aris, princesa de la Luna, sospecha que el reino del Sol trama algo, y sus sospechas se acrecentan cuando intentan asesinarla a ella y a su madre. Am-Ysel, reina de la Luna, no quiere una guerra contra el reino del Sol, y envía a Aris al reino de la Balanza, a las jornadas de la negociación, para esclarecer qué ha pasado y reestablecer la paz.

Y aquí aparece Kain, el pícaro y atractivo príncipe del Sol, al que Aris no traga. Ella, que está en modo furia desconfiaza, hace todo lo posible por dejarle claro su desprecio, pero el muchacho no se rinde y trata de acercarse a ella.

Nos encontramos con un RIVALS TO LOVERS maravilloso, porque Kain es un pícaro, pero también muestra un lado muy dulce, y un cierto cansancio de tener que ser siempre el perfecto príncipe, y no simplemente Kain. La cosa es que no es fácil que puedan enamorarse, porque ambos pertenecen a reinos rivales, y además, Aris tiene que defender los intereses de su reino y descubrir qué está pasando, y cualquier acercamiento podría enturbiar la decisión de los ocho jueces del reino de la Balanza. Así que tenemos un bonito RIVALS TO LOVERS con AMOR PROHIBIDO, y yo estoy gritando mucho.

Aris me encanta. Es una guerrera, que además... ojo! SE CONVIERTE EN PANTERA. Es una magia que tienen las mujeres de su familia, pero tiene que llevarlo en secreto, y eso me flipa mucho. Cambiaformas en secreto, mi tropo favorito.

Lo que más me gusta de Aris es que es imperfecta. Es una guerrera, pero es impulsiva, y muy desconfiada. Le convendría acercarse al príncipe para descubrir por qué uno de sus emisarios intentó asesinarla a ella y a su madre, pero se muestra hostil y suspicaz con él, y se lo hace saber. Y me gusta, porque muestra que todavía le falta experiencia y mucho por aprender para llegar a ser la orgullosa reina del reino de la Luna. Pero no es una damisela en apuros, y siempre se busca la manera de salir adelante, hasta cuando su comitiva es emboscada por bandidos, matan a sus soldados, y ella tiene que luchar y huir. O como durante la horrorosa carrera a caballo, donde era obvio que alguien la estaba intentando matar.

La historia tiene acción, intriga, y un ROMANCE SLOWBURN que me va a tener pegada a ella durante los próximos capítulos. Tiene todos los ingredientes de los buenos romances de fantasía, y además está escrita genial. ^_^

Lo único, que NO es una cosa mala, pero es que algunos parece que os habéis olvidado cómo funcionan los libros, es que el romance NO empieza en el primer capítulo. La historia tiene acción e intriga desde el principio, pero tarda varios capítulos en conocer al príncipe y en empezar realmente a verse el romance. Vamos... como funcionan los libros de toda la vida. Me encanta que tengamos la oportunidad de conocer bien a Aris, de ver lo valiente que es, antes de empezar a ver realmente todo el desarrollo del romance.

Muy, muy recomendable esta historia. Después de tragarme los tochazos de Sanderson, hacía tiempo que no lo pasaba tan bien con una historia de fantasía. ^_^

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A total pageturner

I'm really enjoying this story. I was expecting a fun little rom-com, and I got that and much more. The story portrays an interesting love triangle of sorts, where we have Jenna obsessing over Andy, while Andy ignores her, and Tom is crushing bad on Jenna, but she mostly ignores him. So things are as comedic as you can imagine. However, as the story progresses, the characters start to show that they all have their soft side.

Jenna is still obsessing over Andy, but she shows him a shy side of herself during detention that makes Andy start to see her under a new light. Unfortunately, as the two seem to grow closer, Tom, who is hurt, starts distancing himself from Jenna, and that's when she starts to realize he's always been there. Now, it's not so clear who she's going to end up with, and the readers are quiet divided between the two boys, so the comment section is a lot of fun.

What I love the most are the characters. They feel realistic, even if they fall into certain high school clichés, but I really love them because they bring back fond memories from my high school days. Jenna, our girl here, feels like the teenager she is. She's far from being a straight A student, and she seems more interested in her obsession-crush over Andy than her classes, which makes her feel very realistic.

Andy is our main guy, but he doesn't come off as very likable at first. He regards Jenna as an annoyance, which she kind of is, as she goes as far as to plan her movements around school so she crosses paths with him. He even chose to sit with the school's weirdo rather than with Jenna. He does grow as a character and shows that he's stronger than he seems, and he dislikes injustices, which made me really like him so much more. He improves a lot as the story progresses.

Then there is Tom, who is a bad boy who belongs to a local gang of your typical high school bad boys. Tom is always there for Jenna, he's attentive, caring and gentle with her, and uses his strength to protect her. He went as far as to walk away when she made it clear she wanted Andy, and didn't try to pressure her or control her. In my opinion, Tom has demonstrated he's more boyfriend material than Andy. He seems to genuinely love her and want to make her happy, so I'm quiet torn between the two and I love it. It's great that the choices are not easy.

The story is told in first person, and it's a total pageturner. I read the whole 8 chapters in 2 days and I couldn't stop. They go through various problems that keep you wanting to know what happens next.

The only thing I didn't like too much is that the group of bad boys, Tom's friends, are into some really bad things, which feel a bit too serious for a comedy. I think it could easily be changed with something less nefarious, like doing some mischief such as sneaking into the principal's office to change the grades, or something along the lines. It's a minor thing, though, and it's not bad, but I wouldn't mind if that wasn't there at all, to be honest.

Still, it's a great read that I'm having a lot of fun with, and I'm not stopping with it. I want to see how the story follows. ^_^

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Original, interesting, different

This story is quiet different from other stories, and the world the author has created is very interesting. The story focuses on a multicultural society of werewolves, which are divided in different nations, each occupying their own territory, and each with their own culture. The world and this specie feels very realistic, as these are wolves who wear human skin, but they behave like wolves. They growl at each other to show they're angry, and they whimper and use the body language real wolves do.

I am particularly glad these wolves, while they do have a "wolf inside" trope, they don't have a name (which makes sense, wolves identify each other through scent), and they don't do things "in their head" as in other stories. I'm really glad about that, as that is one trope I actively avoid, so I'm glad I can enjoy this fantastic story.

The characters in the story are very well done. Each feels unique in their own way, and their speech patterns are easily recognizable. Chapters seem long, but I've been hooked to each and every one of them. I'm specially fond of the females, as most have been strong willed yet compassionate and kind to Lo's situation.

The plot is moving slowly, and while I'm all for a good slowburn, given the length of these chapters, I am hoping to see the romance start to move a bit more. I understand that it is necessary, as Tristan is in the situation he's in, but it does feel like it's dragging a bit. Although, to be honest, I'm not staying because of the romance. What's really hooked me is seeing Edith and the other females helping this lost girl heal, and how unique this society feels. I really want to know more about these wolves.

It is a very good read, and I'm glad to see a more realistic, natural way to portray wolves, away from the overused tropes. Even the tropes that are used, as the gifted (fated) have a unique view about them that makes them interesting. The gifted mate issue plays an important role in the story, and how it affects wolves is also unique and interesting, as not all wolves are born with a gifted.

Highly recommended, specially if you're looking for something different.

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Fast read and amazing main character

I'm going to be completely hones, I don't like vampires, and I actively avoid vampire stories. The reason why I read this one is because I have read Athalia's other works, and they are such amazing writers. I don't regret it. It was a great story that I enjoyed a lot.

After losing his family to vampire hunters, Nosuë has spent the last 400 years wandering the land without a place to call home. That is about to change when he meets a very particular couple. Ronald, the man, is thrilled about being face to face with a real vampire, but his wife is anything but happy about it, so we get to see how Nosuë deals with her rejection while living in their attic.

Nosuë has a great personality. He's a gray character who is a vampire and understand that he's what he is, and doesn't pretend to be anything else. However, being a predator doesn't mean he has to be a monster. He's a gentleman, someone who despises crime and violence, and feeds only when he must and trying not to hurt his prey. However, humans are still prey to him. Having been born in a flock of humans used as food by vampires, he knows all too well that this is the way things are. Being written in first person, I was totally hooked to his personality and all I wanted was to know more about how he thought and felt, about his past and his future. In the end, I was rooting for him to stay with Ron and Taneka because all he longed for was to have a family once again.

Taneka and Ron are also very interesting characters, and they both represent a different side of how humans view vampires. Ron is fascinated by them, and he is doing research on them, and Taneka is afraid of Nosuë. This contrast is great, because Nosuë has to deal with this situation. Ron is writing a book on vampires, using Nosuë as a source of information, and Taneka wants her quiet life back, away from vampires and other nightly creatures. Nosuë doesn't want to make her feel bad, so there are some moments where he is truly conflicted by this.

The story doesn't have many descriptions, and only focuses on what's necessary, and I really loved that. You still get a clear idea of what's going on, but the reading is fluid and fast, and it's such a pageturner because of that. The conflicts that Nosuë goes through, and not knowing whether he will eventually stay or not, kept me wanting to read more and more to see how it all ended for him.

In my opinion, it's a great story, perfect to get out of reader's block as it's so quick paced and fluid, and the characters are just great.

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Alex is best man

If you like slowburn romance, if millionaire mafia bosses who have a gentle side to them, and a bit of age gap trope, then you're totally going to love this story.

Nari has been left all alone, after her mother's passing and her father's mysterious disappearance. Her father has entrusted her safety to one associate of his, Alex, a serious, handsome and tough guy who has contacts with the underworld. Alex takes it as an obligation to his old mentor to teach his daughter how to survive in the world, and so takes her into his own house, where it is soon obvious the two of them are very attracted to each other.

Alex is a tough and serious guy, but he has a funny side to him, and he's also very caring about Nari. I like that he's gentle with her and respects her independence, teaching her, but letting her make her own choices.

Nari is a teenage girl, and there are times where it's so obvious she's seventeen. She comes up with the craziest ideas about Alex, and it's not uncommon to see them playful with each other, which is really sweet.

The story is not just about love, as there is quiet some action, and in my opinion, those action scenes with Alex were really great. He can be ruthless, and that contrast between the dangerous mafia boss and the caring man who is in love with Nari is so interesting.

What I'd love to see is more romance interactions among themselves. I love slowburn myself, but I do feel that the story could be spiced up a bit. We do have a couple of scenes, but they're never mentioned again, and there is a particular spicy one that should have left both of them pretty confused and yearning for more for days.

Overall, it's quiet an interesting story. ^_^

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Unlikable FMC and Trying Too Hard to Keep the Mystery

The plot and the cover where the things that called my attention about this story. Unfortunately, maybe it appeals to others, but by chapter 7 I couldn't go on anymore, and the trigger was the "Don't concern yourself over this" sentences told by the principal. The story is trying TOO HARD to keep some mystery going on, to the point characters are looking very much not-smart (I avoid using other words because Inkitt's profanity control is picky to the point of triggering upon the opposite of kind). A good mystery is always good to keep the reader hooked, but it must deliver something, and being brushed aside time and time again gets too old too fast. Eventually I stopped caring about the mystery.

The characters were ok. I have a soft spot for Isa and Reed, but I can't stand Brielle. She came out to me like a selfish, petty, constantly-complaining spoiled girl, not to mention she has no discernible skill and she's absolutely passive. The information gets delivered to her because she's around, not because she actually tries to find that information. Harry Potter sneaked into the Forbidden Section of the library to get the information he needed, and Brielle got all books and stuff just given to her. Isa managed to hack a security camera, but Brielle needed to find a tech kid, and she didn't even find him herself, Reed did it for her. She's so passive she didn't even do research on the school's program for the school she applied for, and which has archery and other combat arts in their curriculum.

Then there is the grammar. The author is clearly not a native English speaker, the same as me, so I'm not going to be particularly picky, but there are way too many mistakes to ignore, such as "flatter" instead of "flutter". As a non-native speaker myself, I do research when I'm not sure whether a word is correct or how it is written. I don't mind the odd mistake, or the odd phrasing, but it got to the point some sentences didn't make sense, or were hard to understand.

There are some good things in the story. The mystery itself, if it hadn't taken so long to deliver, could have been interesting and something worth to follow, but the unlikeable, passive Main Character, and the way the story tries too hard to ignore it or brush it aside so as not to "reveal it too soon", instead of planning accordingly, eventually made me lose interest. I do think the author has potential, because the reading itself was fluid enough. It was easy to read, it never really felt boring, and I could have been invested in the story fairly easily if the characters hadn't eventually put me off, so I think there is material there that, once honed, will give some really nice stories.

However, it is a complex mystery and it needs to be thoroughly outlined before facing such a challenge. I would suggest more straightforward, simple stories to practice first, and then tackle more complex ones.

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Like a medieval tale

It's quiet a different story, and that's something I appreciate. I'm not fond of the constant repetition of Alpha-Luna-FatedMates trope that seems to dominate 99% of werewolf stories (for reasons I fail to comprehend), so seeing a new, original take of the werewolf mythos is fantastic. Luna is sacrificed to the beast by her tribe, in a ritual they do every year, but the monster is not the evil creature she thought he was. He's a gentle man, a Chief who embraced the curse sacrificing his chance to be with his people, to save them.

I won't say more, as I don't want to spoil anything, but the strongest point in the story is how unique the world feels, and I really want to know more about the werewolves and this medieval-like world.

I would like to see a bit more dialogues though. The story is good, but it would improve greatly if more information was delivered through conversations.

Overall, a good read, specially if you're looking for something other than the typical archetypical werewolves.

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