Nov 23, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Whirl by @emmaraveling #comingofage #horror


This is a repost from

by Emma Raveling

Publication Date: September 15, 2011

Genre: Coming of Age Horror

DeeJay's Rating: 

Outspoken and independent, Kendra Irisavie has always played by her own rules.

She's an ondine, a water elemental gifted with the powerful magic of Empath Virtue and trained to be a fighter. Pursued by Aquidae demons, she and her mother remain Rogue, hiding among humans to avoid becoming casualties in an ancient war.

Everything changes when violence erupts on Kendra's seventeenth birthday. A dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past and stirring unexpected feelings in her fiercely guarded heart.

But as Kendra uncovers the truth about her heritage and future, she realizes just how deep the lies and deception run.

Now, in the face of unthinkable odds, she will need all her wits, skills, and magic to fulfill an extraordinary prophecy.

The first in a sweeping urban fantasy series, Whirl is the beginning of a young woman's exhilarating journey for survival, love, and hope as she fights for her place in a world where she doesn't belong.

I liked it, but didn't love it. The plot was cool but not exactly original, and I really thought Raveling could have done a better job with setting. I really don't think we need another book about a society hidden in the human world by magic or some other mess like that. It's just a little played out. But this is coming from a fantasy writer who creates new worlds and locations instead of trying to spice up the same old boring one (i.e., Earth).

However, location/Earth aside, I liked the characters. Their names were awesome and beautiful, and Kendra Irisavie was great. I love female leads who wreak havoc on the world for whatever reason, justified or not. Chloe (my new favorite name) Moreaux and Aubrey Rossay were cool complementary characters but I would've loved to have seen them more developed. I just couldn't relate to them as essential parts of the plot which kept me from truly liking them as much as I wanted to. I want to like the "friends" as much as the main character. Same goes for Prince Belicoux (Tristan). Kendra might have been googoo-gaga over him, but I wasn't. I actually liked Julian LeVeq better, but maybe that's what Raveling wanted. Who knows.

Overall, a nice, easy read. If you're into Amanda Hocking's Trylle Trilogy, you'll be into this.


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