Series: The Archers of Avalon #1
Published by Firefall Publishing
Published on December 7th 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery...until she met a boy with a familiar voice.
Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet's determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer.
Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet's world becomes even more muddled. While she's instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she's impossibly drawn to Tristan--and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past...might just be the death of her.
Charming, addictive story that completely stole my heart! With a unique and intriguing storyline, likable characters, and great writing, this was a much needed breath of fresh air!
Anew starts off with our heroine, Scarlet waking up in the woods with no recollection of who she is or how she got there. Fast forward two years and she is living a comfortable life in small town Georgia just like any other seventeen-year-old girl. A night at the Annual Avalon Kissing Festival changes everything.
When she comes face to face with the gorgeous Gabriel Archer, someone who is familiar to her for reasons she doesn’t know, Scarlet is plagued with more questions than she had before. Armed with intense curiosity and a fiery (and pushy) best friend, Scarlet demands to find the answers. Soon it is revealed that Gabriel has a twin brother, Tristan who Scarlet also feels like she has a connection to. As pieces of her past are revealed, it becomes clear that nothing about Scarlet is simple and the secrets of her past go back hundreds of years.
This book was so easy to submerse myself in. It’s fast paced, easy to read, and has this effortless feel to it. The writing is simple and smooth with witty dialogue that had me cracking up. The concept of the story is really unique as well. While some things are very obvious, others are not what they seem at all. I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen. Then I’d find out the answers, only to realize that is only the tiniest piece of the puzzle.
I have to give an honorable mention to Nate and Scarlet’s best friend, Heather who is hilarious! She’s just the right amount of shallow for it to be funny, but she has a heart of gold and is completely entertaining!
“Where did you find him?” “Find him? He’s not a cereal toy, Heather.” “No— but ooh! How awesome would that be? You open a box of Trix and wham! Out pops a hot guy. I would so eat more cereal.”
“Sucking in air, Heather said, “Fluffy—Mrs. Allen’s ferocious dog—chased me all the way down Pine Street trying to tear me to shreds with his razor fangs. I barely got away.”Scarlet scrunched her face. “Isn’t Fluffy a Chihuahua?”Still panting, Heather said, “Yes. A demon-possessed, human-eating Chihuahua.”
It is told in third person, but from Scarlet, Gabriel and Tristan’s POVs. This format really allows you to get to know the characters individually while also being very easy to follow. I completely fell for these three! Scarlet is independent, resilient, beautiful and strong, a great heroine that I never once got frustrated with. The guys are both great, with very different personalities. Gabriel being the more sweet, safe one and Tristan the more tortured, brooding brother. While this could technically be considered a “love triangle” I really think it isn’t. And if you were to call it one, I’d say it’s probably the least conventional one I’ve ever encountered. To tell you more would be giving too much of the plot away and half the fun is the reveal, so I won’t go there.
I loved this book! I can easily see this becoming one of my favorite YA paranormal series in no time. There is so much more than meets the eye and I am dying to find out all the secrets these Archer boys have on Scarlet. After the VERY intense and emotional ending, it is straight on to the next for me!
“Life isn’t about the past and the future. It’s about today.” He paused. “It’s about five minutes from now and two seconds ago. It’s moments, you know? Not years. Years aren’t what define us.”
4 – 4 1/2 STARS