Sunday, April 7, 2013

Book Review: Elfin by Quinn Loftis {The Elfin-Book 1}

Title: Elfin
Series:Elfin # 1
Author: Quinn Loftis
Publisher/Date of Publication: self/ Dec. 23, 2012
Source: bought, Kindle, 389 pages
Genre: Young Adult, paranormal, fantasy
Links to Buy: |Barnes & NobleAmazon | Smashwords|


Book Synopsis:
Before tonight Cassie Tate’s biggest concerns were whether she could pass Algebra and how she was going to keep Elora, her best friend, from dressing her in a skimpy fairy costume for Halloween. Her feet were firmly planted in suburban reality and she had no reason to believe her life would be anything but that of a typical teenager. That is until tonight, when Cassie saw something that no human was ever supposed to see; in the blink of an eye she was thrown into the world of the Light and Dark Elves.
He comes from a realm where light and dark have fought for millennia. He is of a race known to humans only in myths and legends. The darkness that lives inside him is a part of both who and what he is and it makes him the most gifted spy and assassin in the history of his time. His life is not his own; he lives in the service of the Dark Elf King. He slays who he must, has mercy on no one, is relentless in his hunt, and never tires of seeing his prey fall. He is Triktapic, assassin, spy, most feared of the Dark Elves.
Now, in the midst of his King’s complicated plans to expand the Dark Elves’ holdings into the mortal realm, for the first time, Trik finds his loyalties divided. For no Elf, Dark or Light, can turn away from their Chosen.
Unbeknownst to the mortal realm, the battle between Light and Dark is being brought to their doorstep. The only one who can keep it at bay holds darkness in his heart like a lover, and the one who can sway that heart must decide if she can look beyond his black past, beyond his evil nature and see the man he is destined to be.
The question must be asked, does love really cover a multitude of sins? Can true love actually conquer all or will his darkness consume those around him until all that stands is an assassin with the blood of the mortal realm on his hands?
My Thoughts:

Everyone knows I am a huge fan of Quinn Loftis.  In fact, I believe she is one of my favorite Indie authors of all time.  I love her Grey Wolves series and love the way she creates characters that make us hang on to every word they say, as well as every action they perform.  
Now she has started a new series called Elfin.  And of course it is about...elves, fey, etc.  You get the idea.  Besides werewolves, I am pretty crazy about this species of creatures too. 
So I was super excited to read this new series she had created. 

I enjoyed Elfin, although, there were areas that I wasn't crazy about. For one thing, there is some really really insta love vibe going on.  (Now I am not really against the insta love idea-in some cases there are some really great couples from that concept-but when it is just too much I tend to rebel against it).  I liked Trik and Cassie but felt like the whole instant love recipe was a little too much.  However, I did like that it was brought up in the actual story and Cassie wasn't a fan of it either, at first.  
The characters are an interesting mix.  I have always been intrigued by the Dark Elves and it was a great look into what makes them tick.  Yes they have this disruptive evil nature; but there is more to them, especially in the Dark Queen.  I am eager to learn more about her and how she plays more of a part in the future books.  
I did like that Loftis showed us that there is an inner beauty into the heart and soul of some Dark Elves.  
In many parts of the story, I felt Cassie fell a little flat to me but definitely redeemed herself by the end. The struggles she faces really shows the depth of this character.  
The plot lines are pretty strong and will definitely have you keenly paying attention to everyone in this novel.  There is a dark and dangerous facet to this story that our main characters have to overcome and really brings some intense issues forth that we all have been faced with directly or indirectly. 

I wasn't overly in love with this story.  There were areas that I felt could have been done differently but other scenes that were superb in the writing.  This may not be a match made in heaven for me, but overall I did really like the book and I am interested in the next book in the series.  
*I really wanted to give this 3 1/2 hearts but I don't actually do halves so I rounded up.  

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