Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Review ~ The Prophecy of Arcadia (Arcadian Wars #1) by M.H. Soars

The Prophecy of Arcadia (Arcadian Wars, #1)ebook received via the author in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: January 17th 2014

Would you sacrifice friendship and love in order to save your planet?
Being a teenager is tough, especially when you have to pretend to be something you’re not, and you’re in love with someone you shouldn’t. 115 years ago, a small planet called Arcadia was invaded by a vicious alien race and nearly destroyed. Cut off from their resources, the Arcadians turned to Earth for help. A group of Arcadian explorers discovered a Prophecy that claimed their salvation lay in the hands of two children from Earth. To ensure their safety, the Arcadian Council sent their most gifted youngsters to Earth to act as protectors. Samantha is one of them.

To succeed in her mission she must learn to control her Arcadian powers and keep her true identity from her best friend, and the girl she swore to protect, Alexia. But Samantha will soon realize that nothing is as it seems. Someone is trying to prevent the Prophecy from taking place and the prophecy boy hasn't been found yet. There is also a new drug circulating at school that is turning students into freakishly strong menaces.

To make matters worse, distractions keep getting in her way. Such as her love/hate relationship with her “cousin” Matthew. Or her confused feelings toward popular and mysterious Julian. She wants nothing more than to be free to live her life. But the survival of Arcadia depends on her and her friends. Free will is not an option.

*Note from the author: Due to strong language and mature content this book is recommended to readers 17+. This is a Paranormal Romance novel.

My Opinion

I've had this book for awhile. I even started it once, but when I got 5% into it I stopped because I wasn't in the right frame of mind to read it. I think it was the sci-fi element that put me of initially. As most of you know I love paranormal but I'm very selective when it comes sci-fi. However, this book surprised and I'm glad I finally found the time to read it.

Having read the prequel to this novel, I was a lot more aware of what to expect in terms of the science fiction element. I felt I could go into the book with some previous knowledge. What I didn't expect was for this book to be less sci-fi and more of a romance.

I found myself hooked by The Prophecy of Arcadia and ending up reading it in two sittings. It's written in three POV, which gives a good overview of the story from different perspectives and it also allowed the author to set up a lot of situations without other characters knowing while the reader did.

What I liked most about The Prophecy of Arcadia was that it wasn't overly complicated. The author kept new terms, powers, and Arcadian subjects to a minimum and gradually introduced them. It allowed you to engage with the story and get to know the characters without becoming overwhelmed. It also created mystery and tension that increased with the narrative. I am hoping powers and such are developed more in book 2, but there are some interesting concepts created here.

As for the romance, although it was instant, I liked it. It did feel a bit high school-y at times, but the characters were enough for me to push that to one side. I liked Ethan, and Alexia had a fiery personality that made her interesting to follow. When we first met Ethan I was unsure as to how everything was going to develop (you'll have to read it to know why) because I know this is a series. However, that quickly became clear and I was surprised by how much day-to-day activity was included on Earth.

Overall, I'm glad I gave this book a second chance when I was in a better mood. It surprised me with how much I enjoyed it and for those looking for sci-fi on the mild side I'd recommend it.


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