Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Firelight by Kristen Callihan

Title: Firelight
Author: Kristen Callihan
Release Date: January 31st, 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 372
Format: Electronic Copy
Acquired: ARC; Netgalley
Interest: Series
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Stars

London, 1881
Once the flames are ignited . . .

Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman.

They will burn for eternity . . . Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.

The opening was not the greatest, it felt like I've been there and I've done that, type of opening. But the novel completely bounced back.

Callihan does not drag her feet throughout the novel, but really brings readers throughout the entire novel as Ben and Miranda are hurled through obstacles. And I love how there's not too much insta-love thing going on, because I'm pretty sure a lot of people would not like that too much. But the novel brings it around by revealing what it is about the marriage that Callihan wants the reader to get out of it, and this really sets the book up for some success.

The villain is known pretty soon, but I think that the mystery that surround Miranda and Ben, but mostly Ben, keep the reader coming back for more. And I also think that it's Callihan's own way of keeping the reader hooked. The book does not go too fast nor too slow.

The only reason it got a four is because there were some moments when I was really thinking, Wait, bring it back to the good stuff, but there wasn't too much of that so that saved the novel.

I say this is one to pick up, because it won't be a waste of time.

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