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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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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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A bit long, but very original story and two strong female MC's!! 17. März 2014
Von Heather - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This was a long novel. And some parts still seemed like they were too rushed. Others were definitely too long. So, yes, I guess I had a problem with the pacing, something I'm not sure I have ever written before.
But it was very clear in this novel. There were many problems and I am having problems with giving it a star rating on the sites that require stars because it really falls between stars. I'll explain.

Characters-
Anya- The Queen's niece. A faerie, water elemental. Bonded to Davic who she describes as "solid and predictable, like a form of gravity." Not quite a heartpounding romantic sentiment. Nonetheless she loves him. As I read the story from her point of view, trying to illicit some form of attachment to her, I kept reminding myself that Anya was a royal, a faerie and often they have been portrayed as remote, distant, unfeeling. So keeping that in mind, I was able to read this 500 page book. Anya has a horrible experience, right from the start of her journey, one that she shouldn't have been taking in the first place, one taken for selfish reasons and she pays the highest of consequences. Her motives are selfish yet she rationalizes that they are not. And despite the fact that she has ventured into the human world quite often, she doesn't listen to that "faerie sense" inside of her that tells her there is something wrong.

Shea- Becomes acquainted with Anya when Anya needs medial assistance. Her family takes Anya in and dresses her wounds. They are helping her heal. They are also well aware of faeries so they aren't surprised at what Anya is. The most remarkable thing about Shea is that she is brave enough or just reckless enough to want to depart with Anya when she leaves to search the cities for her cousins. Shea is around the same age of Anya but is very inexperienced in the world. Yet, Shea is allowed to go with Anya. Well, not so much allowed as she threatens to go on her own if she isn't allowed. Reading the size of her father and his countenance, she is brave.

Illumina- First in line for the crown in Chrior, but passed over because of her age, 14, and her weird predilections for carving phrases into her skin and her anti human prejudices. The crown is pro human/faerie rights. Illumina would have another war with the humans an wipe them out of she could.

Zabriel- The Queen's half human/half fae son who ran off at 15 to the human world, shunning his responsibilities to the Fae World of Chrior. Zabriel has no elemental connection, that is he is not earth, air, fire or water spirit. He does have wings. But some of the Fae would refuse to follow him b/c he was not full fae, others loved him. He had a falling out with his mother the Queen after secrets she kept from him came out. He would have been the ruler of Chrior if he hadn't run.

The World- Chrior is nicely described. It sounds like a utopia of sorts. Only darker elements do show up. In flashbacks from Anya. Faeries live in nooks in the great Redwood tree or in the woods just beyond the Blood Road. There is a lot of confusion in the beginning. Someone has been killed or died before he ever sat on the throne. Someone else was banished. There is something going on at court as the story starts and Anya is flying in from the Blood Road. There is the Queen on her throne and all the royal seats surrounding her, many vacant. I couldn't figure out why. I didn't know who anyone was or belonged to. So there is confusion and it is cleared up, but it's like a pebble in a dryer that keeps going around and around, making so much noise that the idea never lets me keep my mind on the story until I could figure out what was going on with the thrones. Thankfully it didn't take too long.

There isn't a lot of information on the human and fae war. The one that caused the fae to create the Blood Road that keeps the Humans away from the Fae. There are certain anti-human factions within the fae that would have all the humans destroyed. There are humans that would see all the fae destroyed. Presumably, that is what the first war was about. But really, we aren't allowed any information about it.

The human world is unique. There is no electricity. No plumbing. Travel is done by foot, horse or boat. The fae fly of course. There are strict laws and debts to be paid. There are wealthy and poor and all manner of people between. Soup kitchens, halfway houses and drug dens. Pirates, traitors, spies. A varying array of people and places. And at the head of it all is the Governor. But we only meet his son who is taking care of business in his stead as the Governor is ill.

Setting- It seems to be in the past, any time but no time specific. There is strict security, border guards. To travel one must have papers. The Fae are known to have forged documents. Tension seems to be higher than usual in the human world, more guards are out and about. Children are disappearing. Fae are also disappearing. Mythological creatures seem to be on the prowl. In the Fae World, anti-Human demonstrations abound. Many fae disregard the Queen's pro-human leanings and lead protests and marches against the humans. Fae are disappearing as well. Or showing up with their wings cut off, their source of magic removed. It prevents them from going home, from crossing the Blood Road.

My Take- One thing I absolutely loved about this story was that the two main characters were Anya and Shea. Two female main characters on a quest! Yes, without nary a man in sight. In fact, Anya's intended, Davic, seems to be a bit afraid of even going out to the human world. So Anya is the one that goes out seeking Zabriel. And then Shea goes with her. The two are complimentary to each other, they show each other the way when the other strays, they are wisdom when the other is not, they hold each other up. I don't recall any other book where the two women were such great friends and so accomplished at their quest. For Shea, it doesn't matter where they are going as long as it's away from where she is now. For Anya, she figures it can't hurt to have a human along with her. Though the two get into a lot of trouble and Anya isn't exactly forthcoming about why she is there or rather who she is there for, they look out for each other and make a great pair. Their combined talents get them out of all kinds of sticky situations.
I very much love that it is two young women that don't need men to get them where they need to go.

So it's got that going for it, which is very good. And the story itself, it's very good. I love the story line. Great plot, great subplots. And I think they are carried out very well. So what is my problem with the story?

As I said, the pacing is off. Anya is hurt badly yet is up and around in three days. It doesn't make sense to me with such a terrible wound. Time spent in some places seems to be endless and unnecessary. In others, it seems to go too fast. The writing is good, descriptive and engaging. Of course, the ending was predictable, at least that something was going to happen. How could it not, it was a trilogy and it was the obvious choice. But I don't think it was the wrong choice or poorly done. And so now, as I write this, I am seeing that the pacing is the worst problem I had with it. And so now, I'm thinking, given some time away from the story, that I actually liked it more than I thought I did at first. The characters have stayed with me. The ending, though heartbreaking, left me wanting to know what would happen going forward. I felt Anya didn't listen to her better sense towards the end of the novel. But then, we all question ourselves and shut our inner voice up bowing to the voices of others at times. I can't expect more from my characters than I do myself.

So pacing aside, an original story with intelligent, more than capable female main characters, sharing a camaraderie for adventure and freedom. Faeries and humans, working together and against each other, showing prejudice at work and the evils it perpetrates in a highly creative way. I'd recommend this one. And I will read the next one in the series. I think a few less pages might help, but I never considered not finishing it. I think if you enjoy faeries, conflict, spies, court intrigue, politics and betrayals, along with some humor and a little romance, I think you'll find this an entertaining story.

Thanks to the publishers for a copy of the novel for review. This did not affect my review in any way. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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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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Great plot, some parts dragged on. 22. Februar 2014
Von Brianna's Bookish Confessions - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Anya is a 16 year old faerie who is related to the Queen of Chrior– Ubiqua and is betrothed to Davic. Entering the human world is a danger zone. If a human sees you, you’ll be lucky they kill you on spot. Humans and Faeries are not on good terms.

Queen Ubiqua is dying and is seeking her son whom is not in the kingdom but in the human world. He’s next to the throne and Ubiqua wants to see him one last time. She sends Illumina, Anya’s younger cousin, out to the human world in search of Zabriel. Anya knows Illumina won’t survive in the human world and decides to leave the kingdom to find Zabriel herself. Well, that probably wasn’t a good decision.

Anya must now figure out who she is with having no connection to the kingdom since she is now in the human world. Find Zabriel- wherever he is in the world, convince him to come back, and survive this whole trip. Can she do it? What will she risk doing this?

My Thoughts:

I’m the worst book blogger ever.. I received this book back in like November… And I’m reviewing this late. I’m terrible! I know, I’m terrible… But to my defense, the cover says February not January. And other books were screaming at me… Guys, I’m sorry! I know.. I’m a disappointment! Okay, enough.

I really did like this book, but there were some things that bothered me while reading which I’ll get to in a minute. I haven’t read many– if any– fairy books. So it was nice to start with this. It wasn’t too overpowering and too unrealistic. The world building was hard to understand at first, but once I understood, I really enjoyed the world!

Cayla Kruver’s writing style is somewhat poetic, especially in the beginning. It’s the way she describes the story. It makes it feel poetic-y. Does that make sense?

I loved Anya’s character- she’s strong, brave, and very quick on her toes. (I feel like I always give the same characteristics to the main characters, but it’s true!) After everything that has happened, she can still hold her head up high and still move on with her life.

I liked the fact that there was a relationship right off the bat. Normally, the 2 main characters meet then fall in love. Well, Anya and Davic are already in love when the book starts. It was nice to have a relationship already made. But, however, their isn’t much romance in the book at all. Which is not a bad thing, I actually like when not all books are centered around the relationship. It’s refreshing.

I didn’t like how long the book was. Some parts (in my opinion) weren’t needed. The story dragged on at some parts and I would find myself trying to read faster so I can get over some parts. The book definitely could have been a lot shorter. I did also find some parts were very predictable. The second it was hinted, I figured it out 20 pages before Anya figured it out.

The ending was good, but it was somewhat predictable. I definitely will continue on with the series because there were some things that weren’t solved and I’m curious to see what happens.
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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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