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Biologically given character set she is coru which means water and blood which results in both an affinity also the means lemental manipulation to real water and in the walter like urge to wander to go with the flow cetera and by the three random blessings bestowed on her at birth by three strangers Beauty Love and Power The constant reminder of who was supposed to act so and so because he or she was wood or stone or air or fire left little room for letting characters just be themselves Apart from that I had the feeling that during the first 160 pages not much had really happened although that is objectively seen not true Zoe s father dies On the next day she is fetched by a messenger of the king She is driven across country in a kind a steampunk camper She flees the vehicle she settles among the homeless although she has plenty of gold sewn into her shawl She uickly acuires lovely friends and a fulfilling job and draws the random blessing of change at a temple which certainly changes her life once in a major kind of way which again felt completely ventlessunimportant to me The plot did have notable turning points but no drive no compelling force If I had not Hot-Blooded Italians encountered some specimen ofxcellently captivating fantasy fiction recently I would have said high fantasy and I should just go our separate ways for a while As it is I just kick the book out Shoo Teccc do you want to give the paperback a new home Audiobook re read April 2018This is probably my favorite bookAudiobook re read February 2017Comfort read 3Audiobook re read October 2015I love this book sooooooo muchRe read January 2015Still love this a lot although this time I think the rest of the book worked better for me than the Mlynowski Teen Thriller endingAnd I got my seuel That I just started last night Oooh and GoodReads is listing a third book YesOriginal reviewAhhhhh This one of those books where it took me forever to get through the first half and then I didn t want to put it down Zoe s an awesome character And the romancends up being lovely and wonderful The world is really interesting and refreshingAnd I would really love a companion novel to this I don t think I want a direct seuel but I m very interested in finding out what happens to some characters It s always risky for me to reread a book As I grow older I find that my tastes have changed and Reggie even so I find myself becoming increasingly critical of certainlements in books I usually do not reread books but recently a friend asked me for YA high fantasy recommendations and I remember Switchback enjoying this book when I first read it 3 years ago Thus I decided to revisit this book to see if it was as good as I remembered because if I m going to recommend it to my friend I better make damn sure that it s a good book It s my reputation on the line after allThis is one of the rare instances where the second reading turned out to beven better than the first I am so happy to say it is Marrying Marcus (Virgin Brides, even better than I rememberedven reading it from a critical standpoint actually particularly from a critical standpoint This book is glorious I do not give 1 ratings lightly and neither do I give 5s unless I feel like a book overwhelmingly deserves it In my humble opinion all YA high fantasy should strive to be This GoodThis Book Has It goodThis book has it compelling brilliantly detailed world building a main character with weaknesses that Belonging (Temptation, evolve into strength with beliefs and ideals that change along the way The romance is light and utterly believable There is politics there is magic there is court intrigue There is friendship there is backstabbing thevolution of relationships platonic and romantic are credible The reader is taken from the slums to the palace from a small village to a bustling
town I truly If Im Found (If I Run enjoyedvery moment of this bookSummary Zoe Ardelay is I truly CaddyGirls enjoyedvery moment of this bookSummary Zoe Ardelay is years old and her father has just died She is prostate with grief at the death of her brilliant loving father the only family she has had since her mother died 11 years ago since her father has been Assignment exiled from the royal court some 10 years ago Zoe has barely had time to mourn before the king s right hand man Darien Serlast shows up and gives her a most unexpected and unwelcome news Zoe is to be the king s fifth wifeI know this doesn t sound promising I know it screams that Zoe is a special snowflake I know you are rolling youryes at the thought of yet another convenient parent s death Please bear with me and trust me when I say that this book is so much better than it initially seemsZoe is in shock almost catatonic with grief from mourning She follows Darien without comment barely able to comprehend anything and barely capable of anything than the simple act of Philosophy of Religion existing Once they get to the city Zoe snaps out of it andscapes She is not an idiot she has been in the city before and she knows where to stay where she can be safe She finds a place to settle near the banks of the Marisi river and there Zoe slowly awakens She grows out of her grief she comes to life again and she slowly comes to realize that her father is not who he seems as much as she loved him he kept secret from her One of those secrets is that she is the coru prime The heir to her houseArmed with this knowledge Zoe knows she is No Respect empowered As a prime Zoe has power than that of being a king s wife We are there with her as she grows to realize the fullxtent of her power to come into her inheritance and her destiny As she navigates the treacherous waters of the royal court and the royal wives and uncovers a mystery Perhaps she might The Spirituality Revolution even find love with a man as strong willed as she isWhat I Loved About This BookThe Setting Wonderfully imaginative Simple but absolutely compelling You know how numerology plays a large role in some countries like the Asian countries Certain numbers are good luck certain numbers are avoided for their negative associationthe world of this book works similarly only it is influenced by the number 5 More on this in a bit Five keep that number in mindAll thelements in this book pun intended mesh together so well This is set in an alternate universe with light Comptia Cysa+ Cybersecurity Analyst Certification Bundle (Exam Cs0-001) elements of magic Notveryone possesses magic only a select few the heirs primes of Economies and Cultures each of the five major houses within the country of Welce There are five major families which have the majority of power and. Al city she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river It's there that Zoe realizes she is a coru prime ruled by thelemental sign of water She must return to the palace not as an unwilling bride for the kin. If you are looking for bloody wars on immense scales with mythical creatures of the apocalypse sword fights violent deaths foul conspiracy fast pacing this may not be the book for you to read But if you are open to something different you may Designing with Web Standards end u Listened to this one with my daughter on our shared commute It was a great re read and sharing it with her was a great deal of fun I particularlynjoyed that sense of awe as the blessing structure reveals itself during the story and how well integrated that dynamic is in the society and people Shinn s worldbuilding is second to none and it was great to relearn that this time around Also on a reread I had lots of leisure to do the math on the calendar and find that once again Shinn s creativity is outstanding in small details tooNot that the worldbuilding is really the draw Zoe is a great character and the plot flows naturally from the interaction of her personality with those surrounding her I was drawn immediately to her as she re Sadies Surrender (Oyster Harbor, enters a society that had banished her well her father I loved seeing herxplore find her bearings and remain herself as she decides what to support and what to ignore I loved seeing her build real relationships amid the scheming and her steady good sense despite chaos and upset I also noticed this time around how the plot flows very much like the river at the heart of this kingdomcapital city mirroring the central image of Zoe as a woman of water I don t know if that was deliberate but given that it s by Sharon Shinn I find it likelyAnyway this remains a solid five stars and I m glad I got to re Structure Of The Nucleus experience it with my daughter Such a fun story to shareA note about Chaste The romance in this story is understated but very fun Seeing such very different people come to respect and connect withach other is a large part of the draw for me but Zoe going through so much disruption means they didn t have time for any shenanigans So this is very chaste with only a kiss or two Shinn s calendar math Dividing the year into five uintiles and having nine days instead of weeks gives you a very First Anthology even calendar withach uintile being 73 days or Releasing The Power Within Through Spiritual Dynamics eight nine days with a change day left over So the calendar would actually fit current day Earth and a great deal cleaner than our weird monthsuartersweeks February 2020 Practically perfect invery way It takes its time it is perfectly focused it builds beautifully it is uietly pic September 2016 This is such a cozy sweater of a book It s slow and intricate and warm and before I get too tangled in this metaphor uietly surprising Sharon Shinn can build beautiful worlds and populate them with original interesting people and she s at her best right here Troubled Waters is a really lovely high fantasy novel I liked it almost as much as my favorite so far Sharon Shinn book Summers at Castle Auburn Zoe is the daughter of a once powerful man in the kingdom of Welce who lived in hiding in a small village for ten years after falling from the king s favor As the story begins Zoe s father has just died and the king s closest advisor Darien Serlast swoops into town with the surprise announcement that Zoe has been chosen to be the king s fifth wife YayZoe numb with grief and shock allows Darien to take her to the capital city but as soon as they arrive there she slips away from him at an opportune moment and
goes into hiding once again But life of course has in store for Zoe and into hiding once again But life of course has in store for Zoe and and the hiding once again
But life of course has in store for Zoe and she and the court and Darien aren t life of course has in store for Zoe and she and the court and Darien aren t with ach other yet And magic is uite literally waiting to manifest in Zoe s bloodThere are five powerful families in the kingdom Science, Technology and Culture each gifted with a particular affinity to one of the fivelements air soul fire mind water blood The Road to Einsteins Relativity earth flesh and wood bone The leader ofach family the prime is gifted with Black Boy extraordinary gifts and powers relating to theirlement Zoe soon discovers she is the coru or waterblood prime since her grandmother died several years ago Not a spoiler this is in the book s blurbIt was interesting to read about a society tied so closely to the idea of the Nighttime Sweethearts elements and their powers Most people in this society doesn t have magical powers it s mostly just the five primes and to a lesserxtent their heirs But Maternity Bride (Silhouette Desire everyone in Welce carries traits of one of theselements sometimes with an aspect of another Safe in My Arms element as a secondary part of their personality kind of like how we sometimes categorize people s personalities in our society by color In Wence this is woven into the core of their culture The story contains a heartwarming romance that develops slowly and believably but doesn tver take over the plot to the Presunta colpevole exclusion ofverything Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem elseShe could not resist leaning into him just a little just to feel his reassuring strength against her shoulder But that is my pointxactly she said Who I am now and who I seemed to be then are two very different peopleNot so different that I cannot recognize you he said No matter how much you change you will always be familiar to meThere s also uite a bit of intriguing and conniving once Zoe takes her place in high society Most of all this is a coming of age story Safe Words even though Zoe is already about 23 years old as the story begins as she gradually discovers who she is as a person and what she wants from lifeVery highly recommended for those whonjoy romantic fantasy that s on the uieter side and maybe ven for those who don t normally read fantasy but appreciate well told tales Although I liked Archangel I believe Troubled Waters has been the last Sharon Shinn novel for me At the moment new authors sprout out of the ground like grass or nettles so it relieves me a great deal to cross one off my observation list I know that this decision is probably a harsh one after just one and a half tries specially since Troubled Waters is not a bad story There is nothing blatantly wrong with the writing or the characters or the setting Really It is rather the other way around The heroine is a kind of smooth uebergirl Zoe calmy mourns her father she levelly decides on the right things she does this at the right time the reader should not try to look into her head it is a useless The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, endeavor and does that correctly and smiles benignly Her actions like the actions of the other inhabitants of this fantasy world are solely determined by her. The author of the Twelve Hours series welcomes readers to a new fantasy world where thelements rule Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news she has been chosen to become the king's fifth wife Forced to go to the roy. .
Influence within the royal circle without being directly royal themselves They are the Ardelays the Dochenzas the Serlasts the Frothens the Lalindars Zoe herself is the result of an union between two of the major houses the Ardelays and the LalindarsThis world is ruled by the belief of five Pursuit of Justice elements in the body and soul which corresponds toach of the five families which corresponds to five seasons of the year I absolutely loved this and how well created this system turned out to be There is no glossary but the world is so well Dangerous to Touch explained that one is not needed and for the curious there is a chart and a briefxplanation of the Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude elements and the year located at the very beginning and at thend of the book Simply put there are five Rodeo Daughter elements and blessings coru waterbloodlay airsoul hunti woodbone sweela firemind torz My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze earthflesh Thislemental blessing system is incorporated into Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses every aspect of the story and it is so incredibly well crafted From the birth of a child and the selection of blessings to thexplanation of traditions within the country to someone s personality to the incorporation of magical A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, elements this world is absolutely consistent My mind bogglesThe year itself is still composed of 365 days but organized differently again according to the fivelements There are five seasons uintiles My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, each lasting foright ninedays with one Changeday a holiday and a major celebration at the Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs, endbeginning ofach uintileThe setting itself is lovely and well described from the slums by the river to the spectacular palace itself I never tire of the world in which this book is setThe Characters Zoe Ardelay is awesome She is not perfect there were moments I lost patience with her but altogether she proved to be a most satisfactory heroine Zoe is weak at the beginn I just wrote a great review of this and Goodreads ate it GODDAMNITOk let me try to duplicate SOo I really like this author s other books but this one I kinda The Baby Album enjoyed but also didn tspecially as it progressed to the Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose endFirst let me say I have a weird attraction to books with worldbuilding that brands people at birth with personality attributes I know it goes against my whole independent philosophy but if I can identify myself as a Hufflepuff or a Green Ajah or like here a Firey sweela I m usually like SIGN ME UP Problem is in this book people refer to it SO MUCH theirlemental heritage that there s almost nothing Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc., else to them It got a bit annoyingALSO double ID whammy you get three blessings at birth pulled from a barrel like power love time beautytc that FURTHER define This is what I would call a fantasy lite story and as such is an Her First Mother (Conveniently Wed, easily accessible tale for those who may usually shy away from fantasy stories believing them to be too dense and foreign feeling to make for non stressful reading This is the story of how 23 year old Zoe Ardelay grows out from under the shadow of her larger than life father whom she joined in banishment from the royal court some ten yearsarlier It s a nice story Welcome Home, Cowboy (Wed In The West, easily processed and digested and Zoe makes for a likable main character There is a small romance angle at work but if romance is your bread and butter looklsewhere The romance here is presented in drips and drabs I actually would ve liked a little so there is no danger of it overwhelming the rest of the story If action is your thing again look Snowbound Bride (Harlequin Men in Uniform Miniseries) elsewhere because this is of a late bloomer storywith anmphasis on how Zoe moves through her new circumstances I would have liked a deeper dive into the world of the Five Families and their Primes As it is it feels like the story skimmed over and
Just Hit The Highlights See What Ihit the highlights See what I about fantasy lite But it was an Cowboys Baby (Ranching Family, enjoyable story for all that and I m curious to see how subseuent books go since it looks likeach one will showcase a different character While this is not uite a OMG I m in LOVE 5 star book for me it came pretty close to being at least a loved it 5 star Between the Land and the Sea (Marinas Tales, er However in thend sadly I went with 4 stars because it was just missing that spark that would have pushed it from good to brilliant You know that spark that connection that motional bond you feel when reading something you find truly fantastic I d hoped I d find it somewhere in these pages In fact when I started this one I felt sure that I would but it just wasn t in there for me Don t get me wrong this is a really good book If you like light fantasy with a romantic component give it a try at
least You may find that lusive spark I missed To begin with it has most lements I look for when readingYou may find that lusive spark I missed To begin with it has most Hotshot P.I. elements I look for when reading fantasy romance from a smart self sufficient heroine to a stoic brooding leading man to an interesting and well developed uasi magical system in this case people being linked to certainlements and those traits reflected in their character The romance itself took a backseat to the actual plot which is another aspect I appreciated There was also an interesting cast of secondary characters some developed than others and some I d like to learn about My hope is a few of these will be found in future books of this series Now the plot it was a little murky I wasn t uite sure what the author hoped to accomplish I felt the story just meandered at times and there are moments I thought our MC acted too rashly and impulsively She seemed not to take her power seriously just as she seemed not to care how her actions affected others Honestly there were times it bordered ridiculous and selfish Then again maybe that is just her coru nature However Mean Girls even then the story was crafted wellnough to hold my attention which is a feat unto itself these days and the writing was really very good I was Moonlight and Mistletoe (Harlequin Historical, engrossed invery page and I was sad when the story finally came to Duty to Protect end That s really all there is to it Injoyed almost The Surprise Triplets (Safe Harbor Medical every minute of the book and those small parts I didn tnjoy as much didn t do much to negate my opinion I have only read one other book by Ms Shinn but I can assure you this will not be my lastUPDATEAfter taking the night to think about this and can assure you this will not be my lastUPDATEAfter taking the night to think about this and fact sitting here at work still thinking about it I m going to have to revise my immediate assessment Yes I still liked the book but the I thought about it the Zoe s crazy actions bothered me I m going to leave the star rating alone but I m mentally bumping this down to 35 star. G but a woman with power in her own right But as Zoe unlocks of the mysteries of her blood and the secrets of the royal family she must decide how to use her great power to rise above the deceptions and intrigue of the royal cour.