Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: All's Fair in Vanity'War

I am super excited about this book, All's Fair in Vanity's War, for many reasons.  
It is a fantasy book that has hot Druids in it.  Yep that is definitely a major plus.  But besides that, it has Celtic mythology and lore in it.  I love everything about the Irish anyways; it just seems like Ireland is a magical place. This book pretty much confirms it for me.  
This is the first book in the series, The Seer's Seven Deadly Fairy Tales, by Elizabeth Marx.  I seriously believe these books are going to be another wonderful young adult series to rock our bookshelves.  
The story takes place mainly in the town of Salem,where all the Witch trials happened.  It is about the lives of teenage Druids, vates, and bards, and one ordinary teenager that becomes very important to them all. 
This story has a lot of elements to it; romance, magical aspects, mystery, and comedy.  No one could get bored with this story, especially, when the action starts happening just within a few pages of the book.  This is a very fast paced story but still very good about explaining everything to us.
I love how the Seer in this book is not your typical one.  Most seers are wise old crones that are hard to relate to, but this Seer is just a teenage herself.  A southern teenager, mind you.  And we Southerners have some funny sayings just as this Seer does too.
Another reason I am in love with this novel is how Marx explains the Celtic mythology in this story.  The lore and myths of the Celts are so beautiful woven in here, the words just flow beautifully.  
As I read, I experienced different emotions along this journey.  I was in tears, then cheering along for the heroes, and I was constantly laughing at all the very cool sayings.  
I did struggle with some of the dialogue,although, and had to re read some lines over again to figure out who was speaking.  
There are some positive messages to take away from this story as well.  One is to be happy with who you are. Embrace the traits that make you special and even different, in fact, it is okay to be different.  
I think this story is a great addition to your reading library and I encourage you to give it a try.
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