March 19, 2012

Review of All’s Fair In Vanity’s War by Elizabeth Marx with Giveaway


Salem’s always held sinister secrets. No one understands this better than a sixteen-year-old girl who dies on Halloween night and is reborn a Seer.

The Seer can’t imagine anything worse than being an invisible teenager with enormous black wings. Until she finds out she’s been sacrificed to watch over Locke’s new flame.

Locke Cavanaugh is a Druid, and part of the Order, a clandestine organization entrusted with keeping its members cloaked in the Ordinary world. Physically scarred from the accident that took his girlfriends life, Locke is searching for the OtherWorldly magic that damaged him, because only those without blemish can rule the Order. And once at the helm of the Order he has every intention of finding those responsible for her death.

On the West Coast, Keleigh Flaherty witnesses her parents’ murder by beasts that should only exist in nightmares. She is whisked off to the safety of Salem, where she learns how potent and dangerous her concealed Vate talents are. Keleigh wants to be Ordinary, but when her mother reaches out from the OtherWorld, and implores her to find a forgotten relic she’ll have to use all her ExtraOrdinary powers to locate it.

As Locke and Keleigh join forces, they unravel the Order’s involvement in the witch hysteria and murmurs of a Celtic prophecy. While Locke’s affection for Keleigh blooms, The Seer is torn between her duty to protect Keleigh, and her desire to stop Locke from making the ultimate sacrifice in order to earn Keleigh’s love . . .

But if they don’t find the witches bottle before the
ShiningOnes do, someone stalking Keleigh from the shadows will take her instead and plunge all worlds into chaos.

 **This book was provided to us by the author and we were in no way paid for our review.
The review was done simply because we support the author and believe in their work**

All’s Fair in Vanity’s War was a novel that was unique from the start.  In fact, I found the opening sentence of the novel so entertaining that I knew the entire novel would be comedic and supernatural at the same time. Besides the description of the novel (which totally drew me in), the main thing that caught my eye was the cover. I mean, come on, who doesn’t notice what a beautiful cover that is? And for those of you who are wondering, the person on the cover, glimpsing at the vanity is not the Seer. It’s *cough cough* Kaleigh *cough cough*.
Covers put aside, I found the novel so unique! I’m pretty sure I’ve said that twice now but it is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Not only does it start off where our narrator suffers in a car crash and dies, then watches her (ex?) boyfriend throw a fireball. Pretty exciting? I think so. As the novel progressed, I did find the way that author Elizabeth Marx chose to write the story very interesting. While it was told from the point of view of the Seer who is examining the entire story as its taking place, I began to forget that I was watching the story through the Seer’s eyes and began to just think of it as written in the third person. Though I will admit that at certain points of time, it would begin to get confusing.
My personal favorite character was Kaleigh.  I found her fun and quirky, not to mention that she had a fiery spirit to match her fiery red hair (hardy-har-har). The most memorable scene that I will never forget with Kaleigh is when she shares a kiss with a certain someone and says that she’s disappointed and was saving her first kiss. I found it adorable and funny at the same time. The rest of the characters weren’t as favorable; I honestly disliked her best friend because her dialogue just seemed very childish and unrealistic.
The “supernatural” portion of the novel was very delightful. I found the novel just packed with different creatures from Banshees to leprechauns to Druids.  The whole ExtraOrdinary and OtherWorldly portion of the novel was different and again unique. Especially when Kaleigh would contact her mother through the mirror. I have no clue why, but the “mirror, mirror on the whole” type scenes would always have me smiling and eager to read on. However, with the big mix of supernatural creatures, I would sometimes get confused (again).
I would recommend this novel to somebody who wants a romance story taking place from the dead ex-girlfriend’s POV (*la smiley face*) or just wants to read a very unique supernatural story. Unique. I feel like I’ve used that word a lot this review.

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  1. Elizabeth Marx

    Thanks for hosting and reviewing my work. Yeah it's not me on the cover, it's Keleigh, I am, as you know at her service, but sooner or later I might have to put myself in the spotlight on a cover. That is if I can get myself to materialize long enough for you to see me. I never thought of that, maybe I can MAKE people see me. Something to consider… The SEER

  2. Andrea @ Cozy Up

    Great review, this sounds like a fun read. And the cover is absolutely gorgeous! Definitely sounds like a unique read.

  3. Rita Webb

    Great review of a good book. My favorite character was the Seer. True, she is more of a witness, but the few times she got to interact with anybody–guardians, spirits, or humans–my attention was gripped even more.

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