Tuesday, April 15, 2014

REVIEW - Taking Back Sunday by Cristy Rey - LoP

After five years on the run, Sunday has finally settled into a seemingly normal life in Columbia, South Carolina. What her two best friends don’t know is that Sunday has a secret past. She is the Incarnate, a conduit of mystical energy transcendent of the mundane and the divine. For most of her life, she served under Bernadette, the most powerful witch in the Northwest. Her power is terrifying, and what she remembers of her past—and what she doesn’t—haunts her. In the year that she’s been attempting to be anything but the Incarnate, Sunday has fought her abilities tooth and nail, but it’s been worth it. When Sunday joins her friends’ coven for an innocent gathering, Sunday discovers a darkness hidden beneath the blanket of the coven’s magic and she is determined to find out who is behind it and what she has planned.

For the last four years, Cyrus has been the point man on the contract to recapture the Incarnate and deliver her to the Pastophori of Iset. A gifted tracker and a fearless werewolf, he harbors a wild, inexplicable passion for the Incarnate that has driven him to hunt her. He was one of the original captors that brought her to Bernadette when his obsession with her began. Having found her, Cyrus and his pack find themselves torn between two objectives: take her by force and deliver her to yet another group of fanatics, or help her uncover the traitor among her coven.

Okay so I was expecting this to be pretty decent but it really turned out to be fantabulous! I was engrossed in this read from start to finish and I CANNOT wait to get my hands on the next book in the Incarnate Series!!

The Plot - A very well thought out plan unfolded at a steady pace and just when you thought it was going to be all gushy with instalove it was just not. The amount of action and depth to the plot struck me as Christopher Pike level writing! I am super excited to have found this series and Cristy Rey too! From start to finish it was storyline perfection and it never felt rushed or slowed.

The Cast of Characters -

Characters are everything to a story and determine whether or not you want to read an entire series.

The MC, Sunday, is a strong female lead and when she goes into Incarnate mode I was enthralled loving every scary second. I think she was well written plus she contained the strength, depth and vulnerability you could hope for. She was shamelessly throwing herself in harms way yet demanding that things be done in her way. She was pretty bad ass!

Cyrus is all rough and tumble, steady searching for Sunday but when their worlds collide no one gets what they bargained for. I like how the hungrily brooding wolf in him easily expresses his distaste for the Incarnate. I also love the twists and turns their characters took in their interactions. Very good story there!

Things rapidly change and turn to crap as Sunday narrows her sights on making sure the only friends she has ever had stay safe from the preternatural world's implosion looming around the naive witches. I love that she is determined to keep them safe before doing what she knows is best and yanking her shallow roots from South Carolina, making a break again.

I love the strength in Sunday's decisions and hate it at the same time! A great ending leaving me hungry for more!

Scenery - I loved the scenery and the palpable nature that memories took on by just the descriptiveness. It wasn't over done or harped on but it kept you intrigued and going along with the story with ease.

Summary - Over all I can't give this story any less than five stars. I really enjoyed the read, there was plenty of action and swoonidge to keep me going. It has werewolves, witches, demons, and the Incarnate. All in all a great Paranormal read that I recommend highly!

I NEED the next book Cristy! Seriously! Ahh!


 5 of 5 stars

Indie writer. Reader. Knitter. Short hair-enthusiast. Fairy godmother. Coffee-addict. Pet-parent. TV show marathoner.
Cristy Rey lives in Miami, FL. She is a reader and writer most of the time, and a knitter much less of the time than she was six months before she took up writing again.
Cristy writes the books that she likes to read. Her women are strong and out-spoken (most of the time), and her men run the gamut. Love stories abound in Cristy's work because, really, aren't love stories the best? Her stories also touch upon themes of identity, intimacy, family, and social issues. There's always a killer soundtrack running in the background of her novels - all you need to do is turn to the playlist to know what's up.
If you met Cristy, you'd probably tell her that she's tall since people seem to think that she needs to become aware of said fact. She and her friends get together to drink tea, eat scones, and talk about Sherlock--they sometimes pretend they're a book club but that's just their excuse to get together.

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