Happy Thursday lovelies! Today we're part of the Book Tour for Fade by A.K Morgen. Bellow is my Review, so enjoy and tell me what you think!
Author: A.K Morgen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Mythology
Release Date: September 7th 2012
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Source: The Author
Summary (via GoodReads)
What do you do when you realize that nothing in your life is what you've always believed it to be? The death of Arionna Jacobs' mother has devastated her, and Dace Matthews is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral animal caged in his mind. When they meet, Dace tumbles into Arionna's mind as if he belongs there, and everything they thought they knew about themselves and the world around them begins to fall apart. Neither of them understands what is happening to them or why and they're running out of time to figure it out. An ancient Norse prophesy of destruction has been set into motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. The end is coming, and unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never unravel the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world.
The main draw with this book is the mythology behind it. The first half is a little sparse, leaving the latter part of the story to fill you in on all the Norse details, but when it does get into it it's really rather fascinating. I don't know much about Norse mythology - other than what I learnt from Marvel's Thor - but Morgen has a way of showing you the inner workings of a myth that's both entertaining and moving.
As far as books go this is probably one of the slowest paced books I've read in a while. The plot lacked any real substance and felt like it was all leading up to something that never happened - at least not in this book. I like a series as much as the next person but I've found that for a book series to really work each instalment has to have it's own storyline, it has to conclude in some way and unfortunately Fade felt more like the opening act rather than a finished story.
Don't get me wrong though, that's not to say I didn't enjoy it. It was slow, sure but I found that gave me more time to get to know the characters and they were definitely the best part of this book! Morgen creates characters that are vivd and thriving with mythical, enchanting qualities that draws you in completely. The connection between Dace and Arionna is bewildering and all consuming - it's also incredibly hot! And unlike so many books before I don't think there was a single point when reading that I wasn't rooting for the couple, even when I probably shouldn't have been.
There were a couple of surprises through out the story, but again, I was missing any real content. There were a lot of questions unanswered and a lot of puzzle pieces still left in the box. I hope that the second book - Fall - has a more exciting plot as it was the only thing letting this book down. It picked up towards the end but it finished too soon. I would recommend this to readers in the mood for a series. Some one who loves a werewolf story but is fed up of the twilight stereotype.
P.S I loved the wolves. The way they're described is breathtaking and makes it easy to picture them in your mind. They made me smile on more than one occasion.
About the Author
A.K. Morgen (Ayden) lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her real like hero, Courtney, and their three crazy pets. She has a graduate degree in Criminal Justice and grand plans to save the world some day. When she's not writing, she spends her time teaching her niece and nephews useless facts, dancing in odd places, and fundraising for nonprofits close to her heart. She's a volunteer coordinator for her local Ronal McDonald House, and she helps care for her very special nephew, Aloshua. You can also find her dancing, hiking, reading voraciously, tweeting too much, and talking a lot.
Ayden loves weaving real-life issues (such as losing a parent, living with post-traumatic stress, ect) with mythical and fantasy elements in her work. He debut novel, Fade, was released September 7th 2012 from Curiosity Quills Press. Fade, Book One of the Ragnarok Prophesies, is a modern, romantic, and often emotional retelling of the Ragnarok prophecy (Twilight of the Gods) of Norse mythology.
**I received this book from the author to read & review for part of a tour. This is a 100% honest review.**