Author: Lizzy Ford
Published: March 9, 2016
Stars: 1 out of 5
One to love. One to lead. One to Fear. Leslie Kingmaker has three weeks to choose a leader for the supernatural community, find her soul mate and break a curse. To make matters worse, the three candidates vying for leadership and her heart – a werewolf, fae and vampire – won’t tell her what she needs to know to navigate the trials. One of them is supposed to betray her, and all she has to guide her is the obscure, rambling commentary in the Book of Secrets, an ancient tome that’s been in her family for two thousand years.
She soon discovers the candidates aren’t the ones on trial – she is. The family curse is a threat to the supernatural community, and the three candidates have sworn to do whatever it takes to break the curse, even if it means killing her. In a race to understand the ancient spell that befell her family, and struggling not to lose her heart to any of the sexy, brilliant men in the process, Leslie must defy the odds and end the curse if she is to survive the trials.
The story starts off right away outlining the problem and digging head first into it. But one of the things that bothers me is how little the author spends on details. Usually too many details drive me crazy because it takes away from the story. But in this case, there isn’t even enough details to make out what the characters look like. And this makes getting lost in the plot difficult because I can’t picture in my head what’s happening in the story. Eventually the author provides more detail but it would have been helpful to have more detail in the beginning.
The plot is actually really interesting and unique. At least I haven’t read a book similar, maybe you have? The book is simple and easy to read but the repetitive story plot begins to get old and the story begins to drag. At times I feel like the plot lacked depth or the author just said something that would have made a bigger impression is she showed it through actions. There was a lot of ‘telling’ throughout this book instead of “showing” and leading the reader to the conclusions the author wanted. The author is also really inconsistent with Leslie’s character. Leslie will say one thing, only to say the opposite two paragraphs later.
Looking at Leslie’s character, I really didn’t like her. From the start, it’s easy to see she is a complete mess- dependent on drugs, alcohol, and sex to drown her sorrows and escape reality. She is extremely selfish and although she is in her twenties, often acts like a young adolescent. Her interaction with all the men seems very similar without much setting her experience apart. I think the thing that really irritates me is her weakness, her dependence on everyone and everything, and inability to handle anything. Throughout this book you learn that everyone had to sacrifice something to break this curse- everyone except Leslie. In my opinion, she didn’t lose anything compared to the others. Yes, her father died. Without giving too much away- what you learn later in the book shows that her father wasn’t himself and his death would have happened no matter what. Besides, his murder never was solved which I thought was a big deal to Leslie but ended up being another thing that doesn’t seem to matter.
Trial 1- Benjamin is a safe and comforting wolf. But he is also brooding, moody, and hurtful. The week Lesslie spends with him is an uncontrollable roller coaster. The whiplash from their extreme emotions both create anticipation and dread. I thought Leslie accepted his cruel remarks without much, if any, apology far too often and quickly. Ben is the worst with verbally expressing his emotions. His actions are nice but there was a part of me that wanted to scream, ‘Words, Ben! Use words!’ During the week Leslie was a wolf, I hated how she referee to her wolf as ‘Were-bitch’. It just bothered me.. The sex during this part of the book is complete alpha male, dominant sex. It was fun to read but it wasn’t anything too crazy.
Trial 2- Tristan is fae. He is sly, secretive, but compassionate, sweet, loyal, and has the biggest heart. Although he is hundreds of years older than Ben, he is also awkward and unsure when it comes to his bond with Leslie. At this point in the book, Leslie goes from the focus being the trials to her new focus is dating the trial guy for a week. She complains about not wanting to fall for the guys but the only time she is comfortable or feels like they are on even ground is when sex is involved. The sex with Tristan was softer and much slower. In other words, the complete opposite of Ben. It was sweet, semi-romantic sex.
Trial 3- Myca is an extremely old vampire who is upfront with Leslie but she doesn’t know how to take that. Ultimately, he is the most patient one of the three and guides Leslie into discovering the answers she seeks. This part of the book was really interesting with the blood-rights and what Leslie discovers. The sex in this section is all about bondage as Myca introduces Leslie into the softer side of BDSM. For some reason, I just find this cliche but I’m probably overthinking this. And for some really the author switches over to using the word pussy a lot. I found this slightly awkward because of how immature Leslie’s character was but how she would use such strong language. By this point into the book, secrets are coming out and the story is beginning to make more sense.
Trial 4- The last week of the trial is where she faces the curse who transitions from being a shadow into a more solid figure by the last day. By the end of the trial, the curse was so confusing that I am not sure what to think of him. I think the author was attempting to write in a way to mislead the reader so they don’t know if the curse is on her side or his own. But for me, it just ended up being inconsistent and confusing. I think if things were shown more through actions, instead of being told, this might have worked out better. Or maybe not.. In this section of the book, Leslie also figures out who her destined mate is. And he is everything she isn’t. If you a imagine her polar opposite, that’s him. Which didn’t make much sense to me. The only thing they had in common was movies but that isn’t much to build a relationship on. But the thing that really surprises me is how the author skips over the sex with her true mate. This book has a TON of sex in it, except for the end where everything is kind of skipped over.
Looking at the story as a whole, like I said there is a ton of sex and the plot is a little repetitive. With each trial, the similar things happen: she falls in love, has a ton of sex, comments about how she hasn’t felt this relaxed/good in a long time, something bad happens usually revolving an attempt on her life, and then she is saved. There were quite a few sentences that didn’t make sense and a lot of inconsistencies. I wanted to like this book but I just can’t.