Hello Avid Readers,
Sometimes, when I read a book I don’t write a full review, I just write a paragraph or two to publish on Amazon and Goodreads; especially if it’s a book with thousands of reviews already. But I want to build up my blog to be THE place to go to for paranormal romance fans, so I should really post those smaller reviews on here too, right?
I picked up this book because the author, Graceley Knox is an attending author of RARE19 in London next month.
So with that in mind, today, I want to share my thoughts about…
Mark of Truth (Wicked Kingdoms #1) by Graceley Knox
Ever Leath, leader of the deadliest crew within the Magical Enforcement and Containment Agency’s ranks, has always known she’s a half-breed—until a visit from her estranged mother changes everything. She’s determined to marry Ever off for political gain, no matter the consequences—even if it means Ever’s life.
Searching for the truth leads to disturbing doubts about Ever’s heritage, and just as answers appear, so does Dare Fitzpatrick. Captain of the Royal Goblin Guards and son to the current Goblin King, he claims he knows who Ever’s real father is and that she could be in danger. Ever doubts Dare, until he helps her escape the clutches of her would-be suitor and grants her shelter within the Goblin Kingdom.
Staying in Goblin, which has previously been off-limits to half-breeds, is a risk Ever has to take to keep everyone she loves safe. Neither of them planned on the fiery heat between them, but Dare won’t take no for an answer. Ever knows she can’t risk losing her heart to the cocky goblin, despite her attraction to him. At least that’s the plan.
Until it all falls apart.
I DNF this book at 62%
I thought that this book was OK. It would have earned more stars if I hadn’t been frustrated by the heroine so much. I had to stop reading.
I only enjoy stories where the main female character is intelligent, resilient, resourceful and displays plenty of gumption; Ever Leath didn’t live up to my expectations. She was too much like an adolescent in her world view, thought process and her actions and reactions – she jumped straight into situations where she had to be rescued, wouldn’t believe the truth about her mixed blood even after quite obvious clues and made rather juvenile assumptions which when taken all together really reduced my opinion of her intelligence.
I had a lot of eye-rolling moments reading this book, for example:
He covers my mouth. I try pulling my face back, but his hand stays put.
Well this whole scene was kinda hot but although I had guessed they were fated mates due to the numerous obvious clues Ms Knox had already given us, the timing of this particular erotic scene felt a bit odd; sort of porno-esque scene, abrupt. No actual intercourse but heavy dry-humping type grinding.
Next there was this:
I’m determined to find out what the fuck his problem is with me. Stupid goblins and their shit.
Typical immature/adolescent behaviour from both of our main characters here actually. Remember how school boys are mean to the girls they like but because the school girls are kids themselves they don’t see the underlying emotions? I have no patience for adults who behave like this or can’t see what’s really happening. I was convinced they’d end up shagging by the end of the chapter.
Then there was this:
Approaching me, she lays a hand on my forearm and my vision goes black.
I rolled my eyes again here, Ev is supposed to be this kick ass half-breed but I hadn’t read anything to this point that proved it; she needed help to bring someone in when we first meet her, she couldn’t beat Dare in a fight or her team mate during their sparring. I began to wonder if Ev would be seen as successful without her crew backing her up? She certainly didn’t seem to be anything special on her own.
However, even with these niggles, I kept reading because I liked the other characters and I was interested in the premise for the story. I think that this book was written with the New Adult audience in mind, you know, young adult but with more adult sexual connotations and scenes which turned out to be too YA for my sensibilities. 😉
I borrowed this through my Kindle Unlimited subscription, so I may go back and try it again as I said, I thought the paranormal world Ms Knox has created is interesting and I am slightly curious as to how the story will progress but I’ll give it a while before I do.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my mini review. If you like YA or NA, I hope I’ve sparked your interest.
Bye for now,