Welcome to my stop in the Five tour.
Rayla Tate’s life is about to turn vertical…again. As if it wasn’t bad enough her mother disappeared under questionable circumstances leaving Rayla to be raised by her aunt in a horrendously small town. Her overprotective guardian is determined to ruin Rayla’s life. She refuses to let Rayla out of her sight or out of the state. Provincial living might be what her aunt demands of her purposely sheltered niece; but, Rayla has other ideas. In a desperate attempt to follow her dreams she flees the safety of her home and runs away to college with her best friend toward a bright future in the art world.
However, excitement over her newfound freedom turns into terror when she is chased by a mysterious stranger on her way to school. When his motorcycle suddenly morphs into a fire-breathing Pegasus, Rayla questions her sanity. Worse, the man riding next to her stirs a burning desire in her soul she has never known or could have ever imagined. Using all the will she owns, she manages to resist the compulsion she feels; yet, as he disappears into the night, she is certain he hasn't gone far.
Rayla quickly dismisses the encounter to her overactive imagination. She is determined to settle into her new life, yet the images and feelings of that night still haunt her. To make matters worse, her aunt seems to be in on the act, insisting that Rayla will soon be hunted by a pack of fae lords for a power over the elements she never knew she possessed—a power that could change the world. Quicker than she ever thought possible, she finds herself surrounded by stunning men that all seem determined to win her heart. Why does she feel drawn to each one of them? More importantly, what dark power do they hold over her? Rayla must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using whatever means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever.
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Christie Rich really knows how to do storytelling. Why? Well, in all honesty if the author wasn't as good as she is with that part of writing, this would have been one of those books I would have been ranting about to my other bookish friends.
First, the book has insta-love... Yeah, you all should know how I feel about that by now. But since the way it was written at first seemed more like what it was, lust at first sight *wiggles eyebrows*, it didn't really bother me when it turned into insta-love. Second, there was a triangle in the second half of Five. I don't like those either. It felt forced and it sort of surprised me. She had spent fighting off the fae lords, and her hormones, for most of the book and suddenly she just falls for two of the guys. Did they add something to her food? I would have wanted to see her fight them off a little longer.
I also thought Rayla was too trusting, especially with Zach at the beginning. And I knew... Why couldn't she? I wanted to shake her a few times. Don't get me wrong Rayla is not my favorite female character, but I didn't dislike her.
However, even if the book had insta-love and love triangles, I really enjoyed it. So much, I was glued to it. I know, I know. I'm just a walking contradiction. But the book has an interesting plot and a take on fae I don't remember reading about before. It was fun to read and the descriptions were good. Also, the book, although not action packed, reads fast for most of it. I do want to read the next one since this one ended with a cliffhanger after a new development rushes Rayla and her fae lords to another adventure. And that's why I rated the book 3 out of 5.
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The playlist has some songs I really love.
1. Uprising by Muse
2. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield
3. E.t. by Katy Perry
4. Over My Head (cable Car) by The Fray
5. Undisclosed Desires by Muse
6. Set Fire To The Rain Adele 4:01
7. It's Raining Men (The Allstars Cover Geri Halliwell)
8. I Put A Spell On You by John Fogerty
9. Lights by Ellie Goulding
10. Another First Kiss by They Might Be Giants
11. Bad Moon Rising by CCR
12. Wide Awake by Katy Perry
13. Mad World by Gary Jules
14. Love Song by The Cure
15. Breathe by Taylor Swift
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