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Cayla Kluver

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28. Januar 2014 Heirs of Chrior (Buch 1)
Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.

When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equaled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen's mantle herself.

Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined….

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"An intricate world...complex and believable." -VOYA

"Kluver has captured the complex and ever-shifting emotions of a teenage girl and constructed an engaging, densely plotted political thriller, complete with a cliff-hanger ending that will make readers eager for the sequel." -Booklist

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Cayla Kluver was born on October 2, 1992, in Wisconsin. She has cats, dogs and horses, and watches more crime shows than is probably healthy. Her office is filled with twinkly lights, candles, and fun colors. She loves Robert Louis Stevenson and the Beatles. Legacy is her first novel. Visit Cayla at www.caylakluver.com, friend her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @CaylaKL.

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Review for The Queen's Choice by Cayla Kluver 28. Januar 2014
Von Alyssa - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Queen's Choice by Cayla Kluver
Book One of the Heirs of Chroir trilogy
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Rating: 1 star
Source: Ecopy from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.

When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equalled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen's mantle herself.

Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined.

What I Liked:

I strongly disliked this book. The only thing I liked about this book was the writing style. Kluver has a GORGEOUS writing style. The descriptions were lyrical, the musings poetic. I loved certain lines in this book, certain lines that I forgot to bookmark, oops. And it's not like I'm going to re-read this book to find them. Oh well.

What I Did Not Like:

So, so many things. I had so many problems with this book. The length, the boredom-induced story, the story/plot, the characters, the fail of a romance, the lack of interest (is that boredom?)... bleh.

I'll start with the length of this novel. WOW, this book was long. Usually, length does not bother me. I have no problem reading books that are hundreds and hundreds of pages long. 300, 400, 500, even 600 pages, I can handle. But this book didn't need HALF the content it had. Remember how I said that I loved the writing style? Well, it was gorgeous, but it totally lent itself to the length of the book, and not in a good way. It is not necessary to comment about EVERY LITTLE DETAIL. I promise, it's not. We don't need to know about every single tiny specific detail of anything.

This leads to my next dislike: I was SOOOO bored, while reading this book. I have never come as close to NOT finishing as I did with this book. You all know how I'm not in the habit of "DNF"-ing books? I was so close, you all, SO CLOSE. This is THAT BAD. It's so boring. The writing style is gorgeous, but after a while, it gets repetitive and tedious and boring. This book is written in first-person, and let me tell you, the protagonist Anya's voice is terribly boring. It's so bad, trying to read things from her point-of-view. I seriously wanted to fall asleep on more than a thousand occasions, while attempting to read this book.

The story is so, so boring. Basically, Anya decides that it is her responsibility to go find Zabriel, the heir to the faerie throne. Funny, because she is the one who will inherit the throne, if Zabriel does not come back. Which he won't, apparently. To begin with, the entire point of this book is STUPID. Anya was NOT supposed to go find Zabriel - that was her cousin Illumina's job. Then, Anya goes out in the world, and she loses her faerie wings. BIG MISTAKE, IDIOT. You should have known better from THAT POINT. That's like, 10% of the book. The other 90% is Anya and a human she meets, Shea, traipsing around the human world, getting themselves into crazy, stupid situations. Really, people with half - no, a quarter - of a brain could have avoided most of those situations.

Which brings me to my fourth point. The characters are STUPID. Like, real dumba****. I don't like a single one of them, save Zabriel, because he had the sense to get out of the faerie realm, and he still has his wings, and he doesn't want to go back. The only stupid thing he did was trust Anya.

Ugh, Anya, What a stupid, stupid faerie. A dumb, brainless girl. She thinks she is invincible, really. Oh, I'm a faerie, therefore I can just march into the human world and DO WHATEVER I WANT. No. Just, NO. Then, after she loses her wings, she mopes around for the entire book. THE ENTIRE BOOK. Like, yes, mourn for the wings. But seriously, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and STOP WHINING.

Yes, Anya is a whiner. And a complainer. I don't know how people can see her as "strong" and "brave" and a "fighter". I hate those words in YA literature sometimes - very rarely is the heroine ever worthy of being called "strong", "brave", or "a fighter".

Don't even get me started on Shea. I hate her so much. NOT even because of what she did at the end of the story. Good for her on that one. No, I hated her because Kluver totally constructed her character badly. Like, she's supposed to be defiant and outspoken, but to me, it comes off as forced and fake. When she is outspoken, it seems forced in the situation. Shea is so fake, as a character.

Honestly, all of the characters seem either flat or fake or both. Except Zabriel, maybe.

Ha! On to my fifth point. The romance is a FAIL. Like, I can appreciate the fact that there is hardly any mention of romance in this book. You know how I like it when the romance in YA books don't dominate the plot? When the romance is secondary? When the whole world isn't depending on the romance? Well, that is how the romance is, in this book. But then, it's not. Anya is bonded (or whatever) with Davic, but since she is no longer a faerie, she can't enter the faerie world, and she can no longer feel the bond between her and Davic. And guess what happens when Anya is in the human world?!

Yup, you guessed it. There is a love triangle coming in this series. Maybe not quite in this book, but it will manifest in the second book. Anya strings along Davic, and she has a human. So, realistically, the romance CAN overtake the overall plot of this series. Because humans and faeries don't mix - the only one known is Zabriel. So, it would be a big deal if Anya picked the human, even if Anya herself isn't technically a faerie anymore. This is stupid.

My last point... lack of interest. Guys, I was so excited to read this book. A fantasy novel, by the legendary Cayla Kluver. What could possibly go wrong?! 512 pages? No problem! Well, apparently, there WAS a problem. Or many problems. My favorite genre is fantasy, especially high fantasy (like this one), and I was super disappointed. The entire time I was reading this book, I couldn't care less what was happening. Kluver, Anya, and this story could not hold my interest.

Wait, I have one more point: I'm so confused about some things. It takes a good amount of craziness to confuse me... I don't get confused easily. But I could not keep track of the random places in this book, or the weird customs, or the unnecessary flashbacks. The flashbacks were so stupid, because it wasn't like there was a pattern to them, in the structure of the book. And honestly, after one or two, I just started skipping them. No point in reading something that doesn't help me.

Then again, I should have used that logic with this book, and stopped reading after like, 3%. Too bad I can't NOT finish books. I force myself to read and finish them. I really, REALLY had to force myself with this one. Argh.

Bottom line: this book was a waste of my very precious time. It's not easy, reviewing and blogging while in college (especially the college I'm attending). So, I'm mad that I wasted my time. It's no one's fault but mine for choosing to read this book... well, the author did write the book. Ugh. C'est la vie.

Would I Recommend It:

No, not at all. Not even to old fans of Kluver who liked her Legacy series. This book was just BAD. I mean, I feel like I'm in the minority, but seriously, there are so many others books that I am DYING to read... and I forced myself to struggle through this one. Save yourself the trouble, and read something you really want to read.

Rating:

1 star. UGH. I hate feeling like I've wasted my time, but unfortunately, that's how I feel about this book. What a way to start the year! Although, this is my third review of 2014.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Engaging faery book 4. Februar 2014
Von Ruthsic - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Firstly I would like to mention that I really wish I had an entire day off just to read this book in it's entirety. I didn't notice the page count when I started it and was struggling through the week to find time in between to read it. Sleepless nights ensued and the point I am making her is that it was such a great book that I was irritated with my life getting in the way of reading this.

The plot rests on the fragile peace built between the Fae and the humans, both races living across a cursed barrier which stops the entry of humans into the Fae territory. Both the races are prejudiced against each other and tensions run high, even though officially they have called truce. But discreetly, powerful people on both sides are jeopardizing this peace. Stuck in this dangerous world in a dangerous position is Anya, a simple royal fairy who sets out to find her realm's lost prince and bring him back.

She is attacked when she starts her journey, and her attack brings with it a realization of the world around her in finer detail. Even though she is empathic and kind, she hadn't yet seen the horrors that could be committed by people. Her plan is not solid, and her companion is with her in search for adventure, which they do get. The plot hides a bigger conspiracy between the lines, a fact that comes out only at the end of the novel in a delicious twist.

The writing was descriptive but kept good pace with the story. It highlighted on each characters' personalities in good detail, giving you ample of fodder to ponder about. There are quite a lot of untold stories behind some of the characters, and enrich the book even when not really there. The bigotry and hate are portrayed against the different values each of the races hold. Even the Fae are not as peace-loving as they seem and neither are the humans as evil as the Fae make them out to be. Anya, in a position where she can finally see both sides of the story, gives an interesting perspective to read through. I would recommend this novel for fantasy-lovers as well as those new to fantasy - it is a delightful read, not too heavy but has plenty of depth.

Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Dull and needlessly long 20. Februar 2014
Von ThisisNotaCliffhanger - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
That blurb, you guys. That. Blurb. Faeries, royalty, harrowing journey- yes, yes, and yessss (Gollum voice optional). I jumped at the chance to read this. Though I haven’t read any of Cayla Kluver’s previous works, I’ve always heard good things about it so this was a gimme. Unfortunately, the only thing The Queen’s Choice ended up giving me was a mad case of boredom.

The book starts off with a giant info dump in the Faerie land of Chrior, which shall henceforth be known as Dullsville. Every character we met in Chrior was so boooring. The fiance, especially. He was around for all of two minutes before I decided he was a no-go as a romantic lead. He was like a little puppy doing whatever it's told. Not knocking puppies, I love puppies, but I sure as hell don’t date them. Her Aunt, the Queen, tells her that she is dying and that unless her wayward son, Zabriel, will come back and rule Anya is going to be the next Queen. She send’s Anya’s cousin, Illumina, to retrieve him so she can at least see him once more before she dies. But Anya doesn’t trust Illumina to find him and convince him to come back so she decides to sneak away on her own to find him. Usually I’d find the set-up of that stupid on Anya’s part and I did but I was so tired of Chrior that I was like “yay! Let’s leave! Great idea!”. She crosses into the human realm and things get really interesting…for about two minutes.

The writing style of this book was beautiful. Cayla Kluver has an almost lyrical way of describing things and I did appreciate that at first but it was so overdone that it lost its charm long before the halfway point. I love long books but this one desperately needed to be trimmed. They could have easily cut out 100 pages, maybe even 200, and not lost anything important. The pacing was slow and tedious.

The characters were where it really failed for me. Anya is quite possibly one of the most boring narrators I’ve ever read. Her thought process was so flat that I spent the majority of the book wondering why anyone wanted to be around her. Her human traveling companion, Shea, I liked…at first. She at least had some personality. Which was cool until she ended up having multiple personalities. Not medically speaking, I could roll with that. This was like ‘we need this to be said/happen in the plot so Shea do a complete 180 for no apparent reason’. I actually did like Zabriel but by the time we meet him it was way too little way too late to redeem this at all for me.

The ending was strong and rather enticing but not enough to get me to read the next book. There are just too many books and too little time to spend that many pages being bored out of my mind.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Adventure-Filled Fantasy 24. April 2014
Von 1110cg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. The Queen's Choice is an epic Young Adult Fantasy novel. Anya, the main character, adventures through the human realm, odds stacked against her, as she searches for her royal cousins. The imaginative world created in The Queen's Choice is unique and feels realistic. The characters are beautifully written and I could feel myself pulling for Anya, and sympathizing with Shea, Anya's travel companion, throughout the entire novel. Anya is a fantastic main character, readers can feel her pain as she is put through death defying situations. The supporting characters are spunky and have depth; Zabriel is one of my favorites. The middle of the book is average, but the last third is amazing; my knuckles were white as I grasped my book waiting to find out the characters' fates. The ending leaves the reader speechless and wanting more. Overall 4/5 stars; I will definitely be reading the sequel, which if it begins where The Queen's Choice left off, should be an even better novel than the first.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A bloody eye for a bloody eye! 17. März 2014
Von Tabitha @ Not Yet Read - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
The Queen's Choice was an intriguing fantasy that explores a world where the human and fey races are at odds. Years ago there was such a terrible war that the fey closed themselves off from the world by means of a barrier called The Bloody Road that will kill any creature that attempts to cross unless they are fey.

Anya is a young member of the royal family who loves exciting the human world and her aunt who is the Queen I believed the two races should live I peace. Of course there are many on both sides who don't agree and there is a lot of hate going both ways. But when Anya is chosen to be the Queen's heir she rushes back into the human world in attempt to find the Queen's estranged son so he can take his place as heir instead. Tragedy quickly befalls her and this first book in the Heirs of Chrior series follows Anya's travels to find her half-human cousin Zabriel.

A bloody eye for a bloody eye!
A particular fey that runs a halfway house for fey who have suffered from hate crimes makes a very insightful comment that I think could apply to anyone that has ever been a victim in life. Essentially that we think that hurting those people that have hurt us will make us feel better, or maybe even fix us, but all it gives is a temporary reprieve. She says it so much more eloquently than I but alas I can't find the quote right now.

This'll be the long road then...
While I definitely enjoyed The Queen's Choice and found the world building intriguing I couldn't help but wish things were sped up considerably. This might not be the most appealing comparison when I say it read a bit like a slow song record with a disc jokey that would throw in the occasional scratch to make things upbeat for a few pages then things would mellow out again. Also, there were a handful of flashback scenes that really, I could have done without. On a few I liked the info given but ultimately they didn't serve to connect me any closer to the characters.

She's definitely got your back!
An excellent showing in this book is the character and relationship development that we get between Anya and Shea. They had some really good friend chemistry. Most young adult books focus so heavily on romance that friendships and anything to do with them always seem shunted to the side to me. Not here at all. If anything the romance aspects aren't of much importance at all (if almost not there even) and the family and friend ties are what count. Oh yes, you can definitely expect quite a bit of messed up family problems.

While I certainly had some issues with the pacing I still enjoyed the overall reading experience from The Queen's Choice and thinks its a promising starter to a unique fantasy world.
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