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Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2019
ok start, and great storyline that I absolutely could not put down. I loved the characters, the kings, the best friends, and the world building. My problem, I have two, first I didn't care for isadora, she was strong physically, but mentally weak, lots of self doubt, and she seemed to carry on a lot about how she didn't want to lose her freedom, be a bloodmare, be a queen? She also had many, many breakdowns, and the whole thing about people finding her out? yet she was giving people her full name and using her magic like nothing? For someone who had years of suppressing her magic she all the sudden is being more free with her full blood witch background and showing her cards! Made no sense. I also got super tired of her talking about things she didn't want to happen when no one mentioned any of those things! Her grandma warned her about things that I didn't see one bit happen or take place, she goes on and on about these things that no.one.has.ever.said.to.her! There is way to much crying about absolutely nothing, lots of her rolling her eyes and being a child. It clashed hard with her tough girl show and it didn't work for me. Second, the romance moved way to fast, it made no sense because they knew nothing of each other, only felt the bond by first meeting her. As we go on it's the same, then all the sudden they care for her, it's weird and I wish the author has held off until future books, rushing romance only hurts a read and it definitely felt fake, I got no real chemistry with these characters and this book could have have been a great RH if done right and paced correctly.
First off I love how Isadora and Astra staying as close as sisters the entire book. Isadora is willing to do anything to keep Astra safe including staying in the castle with the Kings. Isadora is definitely a character who has no tolerance for people who think they are better, she stays true to her protector roots. The Kings characters grow and each have a different personality. Love The mystery man at the end and I am curious to see what happens next.
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2019
I enjoyed the world three author created, however I found myself wondering of English wasn't her first language (not criticism, I really did), the phrasing of sentences were not common, I.e. plate with food instead of plate of food. Then there was a long sentence which could have been, I followed Astra into the bedroom.
The chemistry just wasn't there for me, it was so random, at weird moments.
Having said that I would have read book 2, however couldn't justify the price. I have best selling, one click authors that are cheaper.
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2020
Wow, what a story! I had very high expectations but this book was even better than I hoped for. It was a fast paced rollecoaster of events and emotions, full of great ideas. What an amazing debut! This incredibly talented author delivered an original story with a complex multilayered plot, full of magic, strange scary creatures, intrigue, betrayal, secrets, and love, loyalty, acceptance, and friendship. There are so many emotions in this book, so much love, but when things get bad, they get really bad. The author's vivid descriptions made me feel like I was there in the middle of the story, right next to the characters. The world the author created is incredibly interesting, it is modern and magic intertwined, there is technology which is being discarded in favour of magic and castles enjoying the benefits of modern times. I really love that idea. I mean what's the point of living in a big castle if you don't have running water and electricity, right? The main character is Isadora, the last surviving full blood Sevill Royal and the disputed queen, who spent most of her life in hiding, and honing her fighting skills. She is strong and determined, and her love has no limits. She would go to hell and back for the ones she loves. Oh how I love her. I love everything about her, not just her strength and skill, but also her desire to be free and unrestrained, I love her obsession with food, and I love how she loves freely and without fear. There are numerous interesting characters in the story, but the author's primary focus is Isadora, so we get to know the other characters slower and to a lesser extent, which I expect will change as the series progresses. My heart for now is set on Tiran, I am dying to know what role he will play in the big picture. And the ending! The ending was absolutely epic with an epic cliffhanger and an extra chapter that was just brilliant. I started reading the next book immediately and I am so looking forward to book 3. This author was one of the best discoveries of the last year and I absolutely love her work and I love this series. The books shuld be read in order: Protector (The Full-Blood Book 1), Saviour (The Full-Blood Book 2), and Queen (The Full-Blood Book 3).
Okay so I liked the world, I like the FMC too even tho at times her behavior did not make sence, the kings I liked too and the story. *some spoilers*Here is what I hurt this book for me - they literally just met and we went from "hello" to "I love you" way too fast. I understand that they have this amazeballs magical bond, but even in the book it says that if you are bonded it does not mean love, it mean that you are stronger together. I needed a bit more interaction between the kings and FMC. I mean sure you can tell somebody is hot instantly, but at least know somebody for more than few days before you love em. Just more time with the characters, so it makes sence that they have these strong feelings for eachother.
While most books in the reverse harem genre are indie-published, they quality often exceeds some of the traditionally published alternatives. This is not one of them. It starts with a large info dump which professes the main character the most amazing witch ever, proceeds to a fight which goes very smoothly, the character has virtually all her Dark Secrets revealed and then intimidates a room full of the Most Powerful Witches into getting her way, without any caveats. All within the first quater of the book. There's no tension, the main character is unrelatable and it reads like it's someone first attempt at self-insert fanfiction. Don't bother buying.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 3, 2019
I didn't like it. The main character was a Mary sue who really liked fighting and food. And of course she wasn't aware how beautiful she was. Her powers which had to remain 'secret' she was happy to reveal even though she'd grown up hiding them. Everything was treated with immaturity so I couldn't take it seriously.
Let's not forget her outing her BFF for being gay not long after she was told. Oh, and laughing on said friends face when she first came out. I couldn't read on after that
I love this book!!!!! Serena has created such a unique world and set or characters!!! I love a book where I'm not reminded of another character I remember or other story I've read. No, this is all Isa's book with her gorgeous harem!!! The guys are amazing!!! Make me want a harem even more than I already did.... the plot is fantastic!!! You get drawn in, hook line and sinker and you never want to put it down!!! The ending... man that ending!!! ASTRAAAAAAA!!!! I need book 2 like yesterday!!!!! You wont regret reading this amazing slice of Serenas strange and wonderful brain ❤
Isa is a wonderful main character as she is for once really strong and knows her own mind, she doesn't care what people thinks of her and does what she wants . The only bad point, and it's why I didn't give the book 5 states is the way she swears, she used words like purple socks or anything to do with purple, which is why I think it is more aimed towards young adults or older teenagers.