Monday, October 28, 2019

Book Review: Beauty by Sophie Oak

Author: Lexi Blake
Series: A Faery Story #3
Audience:  +18
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment, LLC
Release Date: October 29th 2019
My Rating: 5 Cups
Source: Social Butterfly PR
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Re-released in a second edition. Re-edited but no substantial changes.

The princess in the tower

In one horrifying night, Bronwyn Finn lost her family, her kingdom, and the princes who had haunted her dreams for years. Left alone, years pass as she fights for survival and craves revenge against the uncle who took everything from her. But she’s never forgotten her Dark Ones. Now she hides along with her guardian, but the war rages ever closer.

Two dark princes

A tragedy marred Lach and Shim’s lives. The future kings of the Unseelie Fae are obsessed with finding their promised wife—Bronwyn. Lach and Shim have never stopped believing that Bronwyn is their mate. She is the bond that connects the halves of their shared soul.

A destiny that will change a kingdom

With the blessing of the renegade kings, Beck and Cian Finn, Lach and Shim begin a dangerous quest to find their bride before Torin and his hags take her life.

Across two planes, a war will rage. Lives will be lost. Love will be found. And the Seelie Fae will welcome their true kings home.

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of his book from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

I was not prepared for this ending, guys. I am constantly finding more and more reasons to love Lexi Blake, and Beauty just made me love her stories more. There are so many great details in this story and we get a lot of questions answered.

Bron was a really good heroine. She first appears in this book as a scared girl trying to stay alive and to understand why her uncle attacked her and her family in the prologue. Then we see her as an adult, many years later, when she's still that girl just trying to stay alive. Over the course of the book however she finds the courage she needs to act like the queen she is set to become. She may not know that her brothers are safe, she only knows that she wants revenge on her parents being brutally murdered and her life being forever changed by someone that should have been on their side. I loved a particular scene with a rather interesting creature where she has to face the consequences of her choice to stay alive rather than actually live and fight for what she wanted. It was also an interesting journey to see her struggle with the idea that her "dream men" weren't actually a figment of her imagination, but real people. The bond that she, Shim, and Lach share is really powerful, and I found it very interesting how Blake went about exploring that.

Shim and Lach, much like Beck and Cian, are two sides of the same coin. I loved Shim and Lach. I thought their story was really interesting. I thought at first that Shim was the weak link, just because he seemed happy to give in to his need to be with Bron in their mental connection more than his brother was, but then I realized that it's what made him able to sense when Bron was in danger and it's what saved her. Both brothers have their fears, and I thought that the scene with the same phooka, the creature I mentioned before, where they face their fears was really powerful. I liked how well their powers were matched. Shim can control fire, while Lach has the potential to become a really powerful necromancer, and all the while leading up to them bonding with Bron, I kept wondering how much more powerful they could be after their bond. There's actually a few scenes where Lach reminded me of Argorn and his army of the dead.

The pacing is really great, a always with a Lexi Blake novel. I feel like because this is only a trilogy, that this book was a lot more intense than I'm usually used from her. I truly loved that. The constant action kept me on my toes and kept me glued to my reader app until the very end. We get to see some familiar faces, not only from the previous two books, but also from other series. I will let you guys discover which ones and what roles they play, but I was really pleased with how the author managed to connect this world to her other series.

I don't want to spoil anything, but all I can tell you is that I loved how the story ended and how it brought things together. Beauty is a great ending to an action-packed trilogy, one that you don't want to miss.

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