Friday, February 19, 2016

A New Story from a Favorite Author

Title: Stars of Fortune (The Guardians Trilogy, #1)
Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Berkley 
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015!

From Goodreads...

To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces…

Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the fire star. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets.

Sasha is the one who holds them together—the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her.

But Sasha and Bran are just two of the six. And they all must all work together as a team to find the fire star in a cradle of land beneath the sea. Over their every attempt at trust, unity, and love, a dark threat looms. And it seeks to corrupt everything that stands in its way of possessing the stars…

My Review!
I thought this would be TYPICAL Nora Roberts, tbh, and it sort of is but also not. I also thought this would just be the Circle Trilogy 2.0 and I’m glad that it wasn’t because that one is my all-time fave series and I would not have enjoyed a less-than-stellar repeat. Though it follows the classic NR formula, I still found the read to be addicting, and fun, and not at all boring. It was easy to fall into the book after I started it on a whim one day, and I found myself enthralled with the story and its characters.

She does characters SO well, and I adored them all, even the ones I don’t know very much about. Sasha is an introvert, quiet and a little bit socially awkward, and someone who doesn’t really want to believe she’s part of this. But she still books a trip to Corfu and follows her gift, even when she’s not sure of what will happen. Bran is a natural born leader, sure of himself and of his path in life, not afraid to speak his mind or do what needs to be done. I adored their relationship, how it built up slow, which felt natural especially given Sasha’s inclinations to retreat and not let herself open up to others. It was a short time span from when they met to saying ‘I love you’ but it still felt believable. And I don’t mind so much that it’s predictable how the other relationships will go in the sequels.

The other characters were just as great. Riley was AWESOME. I loved her spark and her sass, and I loved that she was so bold and just plain fun. Also? I love that she’s an archaeologist! But I’m sure she’s got a lot more hidden depths than the one secret she’d been carrying in this story. I also adored Sawyer, the drifter who is so easy-going and laidback, and who never backs down when called for this mission. He’s been searching for the stars a long time, and he won’t walk away without doing his duty. Then there is Annika, the spirited and charming young woman who is clearly keeping something from everyone. And once you find out her secret, it all starts to make sense. The last of the six is Doyle, a stoic and silent man who doesn’t want to be a team player but finds himself surrounded by a group of people who want him to become their friend. He’s a brooding warrior that I want to know more about! ;)

The banter is so great, and I love how spends about as much time on character development as the plot and magical storyline. Throughout the book, the six characters are searching for this star of fire, something that will lead them to the others and help them stop this demon called Nerezza. It’s not a twisty plot, nor one that isn’t completely predictable, but it was still fun to read. I'm eagerly anticipating the sequel! It’s definitely not my favorite fantasy story from her, but tbh I don’t think any will compare to my love for the Circle Trilogy. #sorrynotsorry


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