The Punishment Sequence #1
Published by Self-Published on September 15, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy
The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review.
This is the story of Teague and Cailin, two teenagers who have been brought together by fate. Teague, a human, struggles to come to terms with the consequences of a recent accident that has destroyed the happy life that he had once enjoyed. Cailin, a pixi, is trying to stay true to herself while fighting against forces beyond her control that have exiled her from her home into this strange world of humans. She fears the darkness. He cannot escape it. But when the two of them are thrown together, they begin to discover the light inside of themselves.
First off, I would like to thank the author for giving me a copy of the book! (That doesn’t bias my review by all means.) I really enjoyed it. I also loved the cover. Hopefully, she appears in future covers. 🙂
I’ve always admired authors who are able to bounce from one character’s POV to another one. I find that hard to do myself and I guess I myself fail at that in a way when I was on MissLiterati writing Supernaturals and other stories of randomisimo, which I now stopped writing about. :p
I wonder what my life would be like if I were only a foot tall (or less). Tiny notebooks and tiny pens… tiny everything! Actually, that reminds me of a crafting book I was so immersed in when I was in elementary school. The tiny cupcakes were adorable. Too bad I fail to be a cook (I broke the stove and was never trusted to cook again. Major oops). It was also disappointing that I never had enough materials to make them. It was fun reading/browsing through that crafting book. Connection being made (Old habits haunt later apparently), I’m going back to the right trail (kinda).
The book reminds me of a series I enjoy reading: The Iron Fey. Cailin reminds me of a certain ice dude of which I shall keep anonymous that is distant and doesn’t give off much info until later. Or is that a bit of Teague as well? Anyhoo, Teague reminds me of a certain prankster and summer chick with personalities mixed together. Minus being blind and an alcoholic (and possibly MANY others). It also reminded me of The Iron Fey because of the unnatural relationship between 2 different types of fey species, or in this case, a pixi and a human. (Curiosity spikes up the question: What will happen if the Portune finds out about their relationship?)
I especially loved Cailin’s and Teague’s wits when they’re around each other. Their conversations had a mix of humor and seriousness rolled with awesomous. I also enjoyed the drama within the pixi clans outside of Cailin’s bubble of punishment. The Portune reminds me of another book with a faction, in this case clan, that are “greedy” for power, although I would like them better if you compare the two. Though they’re a bit greedy for power and have a zillion threats if you break a rule, all they want is to keep the pixi’s in line and not expose their existence to humans. It’s all about safety for the pixi’s. ^_^ It does makes sense though. I wouldn’t want to be exposed to giant-like beings if I were them.
What really kept me from giving it full a perfect score were the grammatical and spelling errors, but there were none that really distracted me from the smooth and steady flow of the words throughout the story. I also felt there was a bit of a rush in the romance between Teague and Cailin. :/ Though not your typical YA Paranormal Romance story, I recommend the book to those who enjoy reading about faeries and looking for something that’s not typical.
And as I may sometimes say about the endings of stories….
Ohhhh, the AGONY of the Cliff-Hanger(s)!
(I’m not kidding. I wonder how cliffs I’m really hanging on to now in total of all books. No doubt: MANY)