Five

Rated 4.10/5 based on 46 reviews
Rayla Tate dreams of escaping her ordinary world for a bright future in the art world. Throw in an overbearing aunt who is keeping major secrets, a disgruntled best friend tagging along to college, and a bunch of fae warriors waiting in the wings to claim her the minute she leaves her sleepy little town, and Rayla’s dreams are about to shatter. More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9781466058446
About Christie Rich

Christie Rich resides in Northern Utah with her husband, two children, spastic puppy, and two lazy cats. In addition to writing, she enjoys painting, reading, hiking, playing with her children, and anything that is creative.

Five is the first in many books to come.

Reach me at Authorchristierich@gmail.com

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Reviews

Review by: YOHANA MIJANGOS on Jan. 03, 2014 :
Love this book. Can't wait to read book 2.
(review of free book)

Review by: Carol on May 05, 2013 :
This YA novel about the Fae has good characters, suspense and action. Many things are not as they seem so the development twists and turns along.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books on March 09, 2013 :
I loved this book. I love books about the Fae, and this one was in our world, so it made it really interesting to me. Christie Rich does an amazing job in making her characters emotionally well-developed. She also really does a great job describing the setting, and situation and makes you feel like you are actually there, right next to the characters. I love that. I found myself feeling what she felt, all the emotional ups and downs, they felt like they were my own. I really didn’t want the book to end. I will have to get the next few books soon as I am able, as I really want to see how this story will unfold. I see great things to come, for sure.

Rayla’s life really gets torn upside down, after she leaves the “sanctuary “of her home with her aunt. She finds out she is an Elemental, one who can bond with a fae lord in order to combine their powers and rule. So, these lords can sense Elementals, so because of that, she is quickly being pursued by 5, yes I said 5 hot, god-like fae lords. These 5 fae each have an element specialty (there are five, water, earth, fire, air, and ether, which is spirit) and they bond for 5 of a human’s lifetimes (which I would say is part of the meaning of the books name) So, Rayla has a decision to make, first, does she want to bond, and second, which one of these five to bond to? This is a hard one, as she feels a very strong compulsion to each of them, and then she has to remember, that at anytime, any of them, could easily kidnap her to Faeresia and bond to her against her will.

It sure had me fascinated, and do not want to say much more on what happens, I do not want to spoil anything for you. I think this first book by Christie is well written, and will capture the attention of YA and older alike, (I am in that older category, and I enjoyed it a lot) People who like the paranormal, and fae fantasy types (like the Iron Fey for example) will love this. It’s a unique story, and its suspenseful, and a fast easy interesting read.

I highly recommend giving it a try, heck, the price is right, free for ebook download. Great way to try the new series, and decide from there on the next books.

5 out of 5 stars for me.
Here is a quote that I liked, I really started to like Luke.

I touched his strong jaw, not able to help myself. “I am no savior, Luke.” A look of despair crossed his eyes, but he hid it quickly. He covered my hand. “There is an expression that was popular in your world some time ago. Something about setting a carriage before a steed.” I smiled. This guy was getting to me, and I didn’t like it. “I think it was ‘don’t put your cart before your horse’

Check out the book tour at my blog, you can see a Dream cast of the characters, (5 super hots guys) from the author and myself. We did good if I do say so myself. at Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/01/giveaway-book-tour-five-elemental.html
(review of free book)

Review by: Simone Egerter on Jan. 27, 2013 :
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This is an awesome beginning to a great series! Rayla escapes her over protective aunt to go away to college. She finds out more about herself than she's bargained for as she has drop dead gorgeous men vying for her affections. The story gets even deeper as she realizes she might have to fight her attraction to them in order to prevent being trapped forever. I love a good fae story, and this is certainly one of them. This story was truly unique, one you can easily get absorbed into once you get over the, “I'm attracted to everyone” thing. The book gets far more interesting during the second half which sets up a great stage for further additions to the series.
(review of free book)

Review by: Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books on Jan. 20, 2013 :
I loved this book. I love books about the Fae, and this one was in our world, so it made it really interesting to me. Christie Rich does an amazing job in making her characters emotionally well-developed. She also really does a great job describing the setting, and situation and makes you feel like you are actually there, right next to the characters. I love that. I found myself feeling what she felt, all the emotional ups and downs, they felt like they were my own. I really didn’t want the book to end. I will have to get the next few books soon as I am able, as I really want to see how this story will unfold. I see great things to come, for sure.

Rayla’s life really gets torn upside down, after she leaves the “sanctuary “of her home with her aunt. She finds out she is an Elemental, one who can bond with a fae lord in order to combine their powers and rule. So, these lords can sense Elementals, so because of that, she is quickly being pursued by 5, yes I said 5 hot, god-like fae lords. These 5 fae each have an element specialty (there are five, water, earth, fire, air, and ether, which is spirit) and they bond for 5 of a human’s lifetimes (which I would say is part of the meaning of the books name) So, Rayla has a decision to make, first, does she want to bond, and second, which one of these five to bond to? This is a hard one, as she feels a very strong compulsion to each of them, and then she has to remember, that at anytime, any of them, could easily kidnap her to Faeresia and bond to her against her will.

It sure had me fascinated, and do not want to say much more on what happens, I do not want to spoil anything for you. I think this first book by Christie is well written, and will capture the attention of YA and older alike, (I am in that older category, and I enjoyed it a lot) People who like the paranormal, and fae fantasy types (like the Iron Fey for example) will love this. It’s a unique story, and its suspenseful, and a fast easy interesting read.

I highly recommend giving it a try, heck, the price is right, free for ebook download. Great way to try the new series, and decide from there on the next books.

5 out of 5 stars for me.
Here is a quote that I liked, I really started to like Luke.

I touched his strong jaw, not able to help myself. “I am no savior, Luke.” A look of despair crossed his eyes, but he hid it quickly. He covered my hand. “There is an expression that was popular in your world some time ago. Something about setting a carriage before a steed.” I smiled. This guy was getting to me, and I didn’t like it. “I think it was ‘don’t put your cart before your horse’


Come by my blog for the book tour, have a giveaway for books 2 and 3 and a great Dream Cast.
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/01/giveaway-book-tour-five-elemental.html
(review of free book)

Review by: shyd on Jan. 14, 2013 : (no rating)
Ok I have to say that I have had this book for a while then when I saw there was going to be a blog tour I couldn't put off reading it any longer. I now want to smack myself for waiting so long to read this book because I will sum it up in one word Ah-Mazing. I am totally in love with this book and was glued to it from start to finish. The main character Rayla drew me in. She was so cool on so many levels with her strong personality and confidence. I loved that even when things freaked her out she still pushed through and refused to give up. My first thoughts was that Rayla was just your typical girl going through life and about to embark on a big step of starting college.

I loved that this book was set on a college campus. It is refreshing when the book has characters living more of a college life and more independent and having to depend on themselves more. I loved seeing the evolution of Rayla as she grew and learned more about herself. I have to say that she would have probably been stronger than I would have been when all the fae lords starting coming after her. They were all so delicious in their own ways. I think I would have to say that my favorite out of all of them was Zach though. I loved that he just seemed to like Rayla for more than just the powers she possessed. He had a real interest in her and wanted to know more about her than what was on the surface.

I loved the relationship that Rayla had with Cassie too. She was really a good friend and I loved the back story we learned on Cassie too. It really helped in explaining why she was the way she was and gave way more insight into her. I loved that Rayla was so protective of her too and would do anything to keep her safe. They truly had an awesome relationship. I have to say that when Rayla visits the Fae world oh my the world building was like nothing I have seen in a long time. The author's descriptions were so vivid and realistic I really envisioned the place in my mind. I could see myself seeing it as Rayla did and being just a awed and shocked as she was.

Overall this read is a must read for lovers of fae books. This book is more than just a fae book though because it really shows a girl coming to terms with who she will become and just how strong she may be. I loved all aspects of this book and highly recommend it to others. You will laugh and cry in parts of this book because it takes you on an emotional roller coaster that you won't want to get off of. I was so addicted to this book that downloaded the next book on my Nook the same night. I can't wait to read it and see what ride the author takes me on next.
(review of free book)

Review by: Mary Coolbaugh on Jan. 04, 2013 :
I got hooke don this story after the 1st chapter..Cant wait to read the next one..Hopefully it will bring it all together.
(review of free book)

Review by: Dii on Dec. 13, 2012 :
Five Stars for FIVE!
Five started out with young Rayla just feeling she has taken hold of her life and has found a direction for her future. She starts to 'see' things, including incredibly handsome men who all seem to have eyes only for her! Nope, not a teen love triangle with a couple of mysterious and drop dead gorgeous guys, but FIVE drop dead gorgeous Fae Princes who all want her, but she's clueless as to why. As the story unfolds, Rayla is caught up in the world of the Fae, as she discovers she is a rare and coveted Elemental.

There is a good pace to the story once it gets going, good 'tension' between characters, and quite a few twists heading to a finish that made me want the next book NOW! I actually double-checked that I hadn't missed something! A thoroughly entertaining read! Great start to the series! 4.5 stars!

This copy of Five was given to me by Christie Rich and Making Connection YA @ Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Debby Lush on Oct. 19, 2012 : (no rating)
Five was enjoyable and intriguing enough for me to finish, but I felt there were several areas where it fell short of expectation.
Pace was quite slow. Rayla runs off to college without her aunt's permission. Weird things keep happening, and then she goes on with college life as if nothing has happened.
There is a super-fast section in the middle, and then she is in faeryland and it all slows down again. Quite the opposite of how you expect pacing in a novel.
Characters: Rayla is ok and certainly a readable viewpoint, if a bit annoying. But she is a teenager, after all.
Cassie is irritating, and their relationship just doesn't ring true.
Te hot guys are just that - hot guys. No real character background, although that improves in the second half.
Setting: fairyland was annoyingly cliched, as was Rayla's transformation into beautiful, talented, and 'the special one'.
But most of all I was annoyed by the ending - which never happened! A novel, even in a series, should have a start, a middle and an end, and this doesn't! It sets up a whole heap of stuff and then just stops.
Sorry. That's not a standalone novel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: TwistedAlyce on Oct. 17, 2012 :
I loved this book from the start to the finish, it was none stop action all the way through.

The story

The story centers round Rayla who goe's away to collage with her friend Cassie and discovers she is an elemental who is been hunted by 5 fae lords who each want to bond with her to harness her power. While been chased by these lords Rayla also discovers a secret group that chatches elememtals.

The story line was a good and different on the whole faerie concept.
I thought the characters worked well together and again there was just enough to keep up with as not to get confused.
The story was fast paced and never really slowed down and kept you wanting to read more to find out what was gonna happen next.

characters

Rayla was a strongish character but was a little on the moany side at times and I just wanted to slap her at times.
Cassie was annoying and I found her a hard character to relate to and at times the relationship between Rayla and Cassie just didn't seem to gel.
As for the fae lords why is it that men in books these days turn in to snivling, moaning lumps of gello that start strong but then go soft. It would be nice for these men to stay strong and still be good guys.

The only thing I was disappointed in was that the story wasn't in faerie world more and when it was it seemed as though it was rushed through till Rayla left and went back to her own world.

All in all i loved this book and will be getting the others. I need to know what happens next!!!! :)
(review of free book)

Review by: Rapunzel on Sep. 25, 2012 :
loved the story...
(review of free book)

Review by: Rapunzel on Sep. 25, 2012 : (no rating)
its a beautiful story...i really loved it..!! i was hooked to the story,,,
(review of free book)

Review by: candyconesa on Sep. 21, 2012 :
I am addicted! Completely and absolutely. What a fantastic book
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Johanna on Sep. 02, 2012 :
Rayla goes of to college, an secretly not the one her family thinks she´s going to. By doing this she reveals herself to a world she never knew existed, and to men who she never knew were looking for her..and that is how she finds out she isn´t really what she thinks she is.

This book is one of those you want to keep reading to find out more and more. At the end I felt a little confused for so much was happening, at least that is how I felt. I liked that the characters were a little older than usual. I didn´t really want to stop reading when ever I started, I don´t really know what exactly it was that I liked in it, but I really liked it nevertheless! Sometimes I reading a book even if I feel like I know what is going to happen. This time I liked this book because I really didn´t know what would happen next.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sheri on Aug. 26, 2012 :
Rayla is pursuing her dreams by going away to college rather than staying close to home. Despite her aunt's protests, she sneaks off with her best friend, and that's when the fun begins. The whole story line of Five was different, and I appreciated that very much. The history of the Elementals and the Fae Lords was an interesting one. I really enjoyed the whole fantasy world that was created for this story. The book was action packed and fun to read. I mean really, who wouldn't want five hot Lords fighting over you?

Rayla was a great character. She was funny and sassy. The story follows Rayla as she learns of her heritage and what that means for her. I like that she didn't fall into a heap and cry after learning about the Elementals, but really, with all those yummy guys following her around, what's to cry about?

I loved the twists and turns the story took and am looking forward to where the author is going to take it next. I already have book two queued up on my Kindle and am anxious to get started!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Valerie McQueen on Aug. 26, 2012 :
My Review of Five by Christie Rich

Rating 4****

This book was provided free from the author in exchange for honest literary review.

Rayla had just done the impossible! Not only did she graduate from high school and get accepted into college; she is going AWAY TO COLLEGE!!!! Despite the incessant nagging of a slave driving aunt she was sent away to, she is finally free to start her own life. No more babysitting or answering to her aunts back and call. Rayla has been Aunt Grace's maid ever since her mom vanished years ago. What makes it even better is that her best friend Cassie gets to go with and is her dormmate.
Life at college is not what it turns out to be. Darkness, which has always terrified Rayla, surrounds her at every turn. Also, apparently she is destined to be chased by some not so nice but very steamy Fae Lords wherever she goes. Finding out what they want from her could end up killing her.....

This book is a great new series. Plot is original and keeps you wanting more. I enjoyed watching Rayla get more powerful and confident as the story unravelled. She's definitely not a helpless character looking for someone else to save her. At the end I was really mad! I just didnt want it to be over yet because I have so many more questions. Good thing I have book 2! Great read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Josheka Chauhan on Aug. 24, 2012 :
Five was a magical and engrossing read. Once I started reading it, I really couldn't stop. The story was good, the characters were nice and the way it was executed was truly awesome. The execution of the concept was ah-mazingly done by Ms. Rich.

Even though I really liked the story, I can't say the same for the main female protagonist. I mean, it felt like all she ever did in the book was whine, ruin the situations even further, get attracted to faeries and whine some more. Even if she had done something good, I probably can't remember it because she honestly irritated me A LOT. I can't say I absolutely hate her but I don't like her that much either. Maybe in the next book, she'll be less whiner..?

All the other characters were nice and I might possibly be in love with Luke. There's just something in that name. And the guy himself was amazing. I mean, I really did like Zach but I felt that Luke was much, much better than him. Of course, he could've been even more cooler if he had the awesome Pegasus instead of Zach.

The exact rating for this book would be 3.5 mainly because I didn't find Rayla's POV much interesting. Other than that, I found Ms. Rich's writing style totally flawless and the magical feeling that I always want and expect in faery novels, was well put in this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Denna Holm on Aug. 23, 2012 :
Rayla is an Elemental, but she doesn’t learn this about herself until after she leaves home for college. She also finds out that Elementals are wanted/hunted by fae lords as prospective mates. Elementals are able to bond with a fae lord and it increases the power in both parties. Rayla has four lords who are serious about courting her. Most Elementals can only influence one element. Rayla can manipulate all of them, though she hasn’t learned how to control it yet.

There is not a lot of action in this first novel. We meet Rayla, a few of her friends, and the lords. We spend most of this novel learning about the rules associated with the fae and Elementals, and also with Rayla as she gets to know each of the lords. I’m a hopeless romantic, so this part was great, the sexual tension hot, and descriptions very good. If you’re seeking a lot of action over romance however, it might not be for you.

My number one test for any novel is judged by how fast I read it. If I’m still struggling through after a week or more, not good. I read Five by Christie Rich in two. It would have been one if outside life had kept out of the way. So this gives the novel an automatic top score in stars. But then I have to take into account editing, typos and such. This tripped me up quite a few times, more of a distraction than outright irritation, but I do hope for better when I read the second novel in the series.

I also ran into a few problems where character development and believability are concerned. Rayla and Cassie are supposedly best friends, but I felt through most of the story that they more or less just tolerated each other, which didn’t work for me. I also questioned Rayla’s willingness to accept all this weirdness with hardly a blink. I know how I would’ve reacted if placed in her shoes and this was nowhere close. Her attraction to the fae is believable enough when she is in their presence. I get (and liked) the power they seem to hold over her. What I couldn’t get was why she still thought well of some of them out of their presence. She seemed to fall into and out of love too easily. The aunt who raised her also didn’t come across as loving, or even fearful about the danger Rayla had put herself in. She almost came across more as an afterthought, which I thought was strange. So these are the two greatest faults with this story in my opinion–editing and character development. I’m going to take one star off for each– though probably more a 3.5. It is still a fast, fun read and I have no problems recommending it to my family and friends. I’m looking forward to part two.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tiffany on Aug. 14, 2012 :
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

First, I need to say I have never read anything quite like this before. The plot is so unique and interesting. Christie Rich captures you in her world of the fae.

Rayla is a likable character. She deals as best she can with a world she never knew existed and is forced into.

The story keeps you guessing right until the end. Who do you trust? It ends on a cliffhanger leaving you wanting more.

It does have a love triangle which I thought was very fitting in this case. It could have been a hexagon but it comes down to two lords in the end. Honestly, if I were Rayla I wouldn't know who to pick.

I highly recommend this book! I can't wait to dig into the next book in the series, Dark Matter!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Gloria Rozanne on Aug. 02, 2012 :
I wouldn't say I was engrossed from the start. It was kind of a curiosity thing for me. I started liking the book only when it was at the last 20 pages or so. The book got interesting enough after completing half the book for me. I liked Zach's character but Luke's character was the best. Rayla's character was okay. Conflicted thoughts all the time and depending on Zach for most of the time was a bit annoying. The book is good and intriguing enough for me to continue reading the next part in the series though. I look forward to reading what happens with Rayla, Zach, Luke, Jett.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ally on July 28, 2012 :
I just finished reading this book about 20 seconds ago. I needed to sit down and write my review right away. Suffice to say, I loved this book.

We start Five with an introduction the protagonist, Rayla - a headstrong, independent, and sheltered girl who just needs to escape. Escape her impoverished and stressed lifestyle, her secluded town, her boring future that awaits her if she stays in her tiny town. She's a great main character - average enough to be relatable with her baggage and insecurities, but has that extra something when the need arises. Take charge, uncompromising attitude? Maybe, I'm not quite sure. Of course I've got my suspicions, but those will wait for future books to confirm.

This book takes the love triangle to a whole new level. I know, I know, I hate love triangles. It's not even a love triangle so much as a shape that starts as a triangle, makes its way to a hexagon, and then slowly loses its sides again. It helps the reader (and hurts Rayla, I guess) that these guys are drop dead gorgeous as well. Take all the literary best boyfriends you can muster, set them into a bunch of stereotypes and magnify their looks, and you've got the characters in Five! That's not to say that it gets resolved either, and that's not a spoiler so much as a fact given it's the first book of a series. But I will concede. The love hexagon is a crucial part of the series, and not some plot filler. It sneaks up on you and then makes you feel for Rayla as she's thrust into different situations. Here's the thing - I didn't even roll my eyes once. Points for you, Christie Rich. I sincerely mean that. But only if you write the future books so that Rayla ends up with Zach.

The plot is well written, nicely paced, and full of twist and turns. There's a bunch of foreshadowing, and you'll be able to predict the path it'll take, but that doesn't lessen the enjoyment of the read. It's not encoded with deep messages about life - I'll reserve that for later books though as I guess where the series is going. And if I guess correctly, this series is definitely going places.

Related to plot is the backstory. Even though this book is set in the modern United States, Rich has an entire fae world to build. Most authors these days employ a "see-not-tell" tactic, and have you experience the world and its rules with the main character without much explanation. Luckily, Christie Rich is not one of those authors. We have the clueless (and stubborn) Rayla as a protagonist, who needs all the information that has been concealed from her to be explained. Detailed history lectures. This is super helpful for us, and paints a believable picture to the story. It's also a very interesting history.

The one thing I didn't like very much was the fact that Elementals had to be female. I'm not a huge feminist, but the whole men dominating women and forcing them into bondage (and it comes up in more way than one) irritated me. Not to mention the scorn directed towards the one fae Lady of the courts. She has legitimate concerns and yet is shoved aside like a crazy fae.
The ending of Five was great. It's not so much a suspenseful cliffhanger plot turn but a suspenseful pause right in the middle of the action. I read it and then had to reread the 100% text on my kindle ("No, she wouldn't stop the book here! No! There has to be another chapter or something!"). It's similar to Divergent, in that I'm assuming the next book will pick up right where it left off, right in the middle of the action.

I would say that this book is for older teenagers. It only details kissing (in this book, I won't be surprised if it goes a lot farther in the future ones) but much more is implied.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ally on July 28, 2012 :
I just finished reading this book about 20 seconds ago. I needed to sit down and write my review right away. Suffice to say, I loved this book.

We start Five with an introduction the protagonist, Rayla - a headstrong, independent, and sheltered girl who just needs to escape. Escape her impoverished and stressed lifestyle, her secluded town, her boring future that awaits her if she stays in her tiny town. She's a great main character - average enough to be relatable with her baggage and insecurities, but has that extra something when the need arises. Take charge, uncompromising attitude? Maybe, I'm not quite sure. Of course I've got my suspicions, but those will wait for future books to confirm.

This book takes the love triangle to a whole new level. I know, I know, I hate love triangles. It's not even a love triangle so much as a shape that starts as a triangle, makes its way to a hexagon, and then slowly loses its sides again. It helps the reader (and hurts Rayla, I guess) that these guys are drop dead gorgeous as well. Take all the literary best boyfriends you can muster, set them into a bunch of stereotypes and magnify their looks, and you've got the characters in Five! That's not to say that it gets resolved either, and that's not a spoiler so much as a fact given it's the first book of a series. But I will concede. The love hexagon is a crucial part of the series, and not some plot filler. It sneaks up on you and then makes you feel for Rayla as she's thrust into different situations. Here's the thing - I didn't even roll my eyes once. Points for you, Christie Rich. I sincerely mean that. But only if you write the future books so that Rayla ends up with Zach.

The plot is well written, nicely paced, and full of twist and turns. There's a bunch of foreshadowing, and you'll be able to predict the path it'll take, but that doesn't lessen the enjoyment of the read. It's not encoded with deep messages about life - I'll reserve that for later books though as I guess where the series is going. And if I guess correctly, this series is definitely going places.

Related to plot is the backstory. Even though this book is set in the modern United States, Rich has an entire fae world to build. Most authors these days employ a "see-not-tell" tactic, and have you experience the world and its rules with the main character without much explanation. Luckily, Christie Rich is not one of those authors. We have the clueless (and stubborn) Rayla as a protagonist, who needs all the information that has been concealed from her to be explained. Detailed history lectures. This is super helpful for us, and paints a believable picture to the story. It's also a very interesting history.

The one thing I didn't like very much was the fact that Elementals had to be female. I'm not a huge feminist, but the whole men dominating women and forcing them into bondage (and it comes up in more way than one) irritated me. Not to mention the scorn directed towards the one fae Lady of the courts. She has legitimate concerns and yet is shoved aside like a crazy fae.

The ending of Five was great. It's not so much a suspenseful cliffhanger plot turn but a suspenseful pause right in the middle of the action. I read it and then had to reread the 100% text on my kindle ("No, she wouldn't stop the book here! No! There has to be another chapter or something!"). It's similar to Divergent, in that I'm assuming the next book will pick up right where it left off, right in the middle of the action.

I would say that this book is for older teenagers. It only details kissing (in this book, I won't be surprised if it goes a lot farther in the future ones) but much more is implied.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: DeeDee Griffin on July 26, 2012 :
Five was a nice surprise for me. I hadn't heard anything about it but decided to give it a try based on the description. I really enjoyed it and have already purchased Dark Matter, the next book in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Beth Hoover on July 18, 2012 :
Rayla Tate and her siblings have been raised by her Aunt Grace since she was young. Her mother disappeared and her aunt has taken in her family. Rayla wants to go away to college with her best friend Cassie but her aunt wants her to stay local and is completely adamant that she not leave her home town.

Cassie’s father assists Rayla, giving her the opportunity to go away to college with Cassie. They mislead her aunt and Rayla heads off to school, but almost immediately after leaving her home town strange things start to happen. Rayla’s life is not what she always thought it was, she is special an Elemental. Aunt Grace has been protecting Rayla all along, keeping her safe. Now that she’s left the town she is exposed and all the fae Lords want her power. She meets a wonderful guy named Zach and is being followed by a few more hunky men and she doesn’t know who she can trust.

This is a wonderful young adult fae based story. The characters, sexual attractions and situations are extremely spellbinding and the ending was totally unexpected. Five could be the next new “Fever Series” for young adults. I just have one thing to say, I need to know what happens next!

This copy of Five was given to me by Christie Rich and Making Connection YA @ Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Christine Williamson on July 13, 2012 :
While I enjoyed reading Five enough to finish it relatively quickly, I'm only giving it an average rating. There were times the imagery and plot sparkled with exciting potential, but then there were others when events took a complete 180 or appeared out of nowhere in a jarring fashion that made me stop reading and go, "What the heck? Is this the same story?" (For example, *SPOILER IN THESE PARENTHESES*, in the last quarter of the book, Rayla suddenly acquires a 2nd love interest, one who's previously been portrayed as an enemy without any foreshadowing to soften the change.)

I feel like the author knew what they wanted to happen and raced to hit those points, but in the process didn't take into account the influences of previous events on the reader, or flesh out the transitions connecting them.

On the other hand, when Five was working, it gripped me, and the jarring changes didn't make me want to stop reading. If I could give half stars, I'd give Five a 3.5. When it was working, it was great.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: S.M. Boyce on April 30, 2012 :
THE SHORT VERSION

I fully admit that I stayed up until 6 a.m. reading the last 60% of this book. I tore through it quickly, in only two days, so it’s a fast and light read. Five has humor, spunk, and a thrilling imagination to it. Bits of the story were left unraveled at the end…bits that could have used explaining…but since it’s the first in a series, I’d imagine we find that out later. While our main character’s spunk made me love her, her resolve can be shaky and she occasionally acted in ways I thought were out of character. However, this book is full of sarcasm, quips, sexy men, and a political power play that adds an intriguing twist.


THE DETAILS

I’m honestly not entirely sure where to start with Five. The Story itself is interesting because Rich has woven together two distinct worlds: ours, and the magical, hidden realm of Faeresia. While I’m not personally a huge fan of the name, her descriptions were delightful and imaginative and her creatures were vivid and real.

Our MC, Rayla, is a sassy girl that runs away from home to persue her dreams. She wants to be an artist, and she’s actually really good. Her future is everything to her, and no one is going to take that from her. Well, that is, until several beautiful men start courting her. And by courting, I mean they’re trying to kidnap her in the night because they’re actually magical beings called fae, and she’s the key to making them more powerful. Unstoppable, actually.

Scary. Too bad they’re all drop-dead gorgeous. That’s a little distracting.

So the characters are pretty well done. Though the men were initially a little bit stereotypical (“latin lover” and “jungle warrior”), they are unique and their personalities develop over the course of the book. Rayla and her best friend, Cassie, are a hoot. There’s a ton of snark and humor that kept me glued to their development, and I loved the side stories that played within the book. The villains are, on the whole, also unique. And, damn it, they’re sexy too.

There’s an entire political undertone to Five that makes it more than chick lit and team-whoever reading. We discover why Rayla’s being pursued, and why she’s unique to anyone else that has also had to endure this strange courting process. We learn how some of the men want to use her, and we’re constantly wondering if any of them actually care.

I started to lose a little of my fervor when Rayla actually discovers a bit of the fae world for herself (I don’t consider that a spoiler, because it’s vague and come on, you knew it was going to happen). Point is, things felt like they were unraveling. All this choice she was given throughout the story suddenly doesn’t matter, and as much as she fights everything, no one listens. For someone so powerful, she becomes weak.

The pacing was pretty good, and any editing issues were minor and mostly unnoticeable while reading. The voice itself was strong and vivid on the whole, with just a few dramatic or flowery bits, and I just loved the imagination of the fae world, the trolls, and the magical beings. Styx is probably my favorite creature, and Zach my favorite character.

The ending was slightly off, though, and I’m not wholly sure why. I can’t really discuss it without spoilers, so I reserved those for the toggle below. But in general terms, it left me a tad confused. Granted, this is part of a series, and you can thankfully dive right into the sequel since it’s available now. But in terms of Five as its own book, there could have been more resolution. Rayla, who previously was hell-bent in her conviction, had what I thought was a sudden change of heart that really made no sense to me. I did stay up until 6 a.m. reading it, so I dunno. Maybe I was delusional and sleep deprived, but even as I reflect on it today, I wanted more answers to wrap up the first book before we dive into the new tension introduced at the end to start off book 2.

A few nitpicking details aside, this is a good book. I mean, 4 stars and all. There were some plot developments that confused me, or led me astray in a way that was never explained or corrected. But there were several more moments where I laughed out loud, and the characters Rich builds are fun and very sexy. If you’re a fan of a bit of sexual tension, power plays, self discovery, and a look into the magical, I think you’ll enjoy this.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tamara Fair on April 09, 2012 :
It's very hard to enjoy a book or connect with it if you do not like the main character. I don't like Rayla, and for me that made this just an okay read. However, I believe that this book can be enjoyed by fans of YA or those with an interest in faeries. If you enjoyed The Iron King, you may enjoy Five.
But back to Rayla...I didn't understand Rayla and Cassie's friendship. The two are supposedly best friends but I don't believe it. Then, I don't understand why a girl who has as much going on in her life as Rayla would possibly think that it was a good time to date. I think that if Five had been more about the four fae lords actively pursuing her, it would have been a more interesting story. Speaking of the fae lords, to me they seemed more annoying than anything. I would have liked those parts to be more intense. Also, when everyone was like, "Why aren't you marked Rayla?" I hated that she was never thought of her scar, it was my first thought! In the end, I decided to give it two stars based on my dislike of Rayla and the fact that there seemed to be a little to much going on.
I'm very grateful that I was given the opportunity to review Five, but it just wasn't my cup of tea...
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: nicole passante on March 24, 2012 :
Loved Five! FAB-U-LOUS!

I mean wow what a cast of hunky men! I really enjoy books based on the fae and this one did not disappoint. Rayla was a likable heroine and I loved the twists and turns her love life takes. I do enjoy a good love triangle or square but sometimes they can be over done and annoying. But I really enjoyed this one and it kind of sneaks up on you. I am really looking forward to the next one.

Ms Rich’s debut novel is a winner and I am a fan!To see my review in all it's glory & with pics go to shareAread dot com.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: CS Lune on March 23, 2012 :
I was thrilled with the theme of this book: the elements, and was kind of surprised when in the synopsis the Fae world was going to be included. But never mind that, I was expecting too much for this book, I raised the bar too high and this book just disappointed me. I thought it was going to be a great, action-packed, fast-paced book where the protagonist discovers she can wield the elements and have to fight bad guys and creatures. But nothing like that, this was NOT fast-paced, it took me so long to pass through the first couple of chapters. NOT at all action-packed because this book was so gullible and full of eye-rolling romance and friendship. In short, I expected more of this book.

I will like to start with Rayla, the main protagonist. I didn't connect with her. Her friendship with Cassie was so queer, were they really best friends? They didn't seem like it, they were so cold and distant. Their conversations were stagnant and hard to relate to. It seems like they were mostly talking about inside jokes rather than something expressive of their friendship. Rayla seems too skeptic at first, then a true believer, and then back to skeptic again. Everything happened and changed so fast, I wasn't expecting any of this and there was no growth in the story at all. That is one of the main reasons I didn't trust Rayla to be a good protagonist. She also gave in to Zach very easily, I was expecting her to be stronger than what she seemed. But she was vulnerable, that makes me sick with hatred.

Her conversation with her aunt was paused, at best. I didn't get anything out of it because Rayla seems to make of everything a joke, a really bad taste of humor in my opinion. The aunt didn't sound concern or worry, or angry, she was just plain and simple. She didn't seem to have any human emotion at all! There was poor character development, which is sad. Usually, if the plot of a book is bad, sometimes the character development saves it a bit. For this case, the plot was okay, development was terrible.

Cute guys, Fae lords, in other words. All wanting to bond with Rayla. I must be honest that sometimes the time Rayla spent together with Zach and Luke were moments of sexual innuendos. I didn't like how Zach came too strong on her, proclaiming he loved him, and she reciprocated after just knowing him for a week! Believable? I don't think so. Zach called her "love" since their first meeting. Rayla felt uncomfortable, and you know it, but next thing you know, she is in Zach's arms, and kissing. Totally unexpected and betrayal of her true feelings. Then there is Luke, sweet, whom we know nothing about yet Rayla falls for him when they were alone in the room. Next thing you know, they are kissing. Utterly disgusting, not because of the kissing, but because of the inconsistencies of the characters, especially Rayla. She is naive, but I say she is plain stupid.

There was very few mention of this magical world, I didn't see any magic or elements. Then again, not action-packed. The bonding ritual seem to go on forever, who should she choose to bond? We didn't find out because Rich thought it would be a good cliff-hanger to let the readers guessing. I don't need to guess. It is obvious who she is choosing, at least for me. Zach, the charming guy who won her heart, or Luke, the guy who said it didn't matter whom she chooses because as long as she is happy with a man, or Fae lord she loves, he is happy as well. Your pick.

The other guys were just -fingernails on chalkboard- unbearable. It just made me sick that so many were trying to bond with Rayla, all after her. I cannot imagine how much she must've suffer. I don't know enough about mythological creatures to judge too much of the accuracy and portrayals of the different creatures, but I felt there weren't any information about these creatures. I wished there were more, at least the reader can get a better world-building. I feel Rich didn't do justice to these mythological creatures, and she scarred the faeries. And she didn't give justice to the use of "elemental power" in her book. They were not portrayed like this in "Lords of the Rings", which for me, is the closest to the truth about fantastical creatures (Fantasy).

There were some typos and missing punctuation.
In conclusion, what I disliked the most was that the story did not feel believable and the character development was just not there. I was expecting too much.

I do not consider this book as a Fantasy Fiction. That is all I have to say.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: E.L. Manning on March 13, 2012 :
I absoletly loved this book! Five stars! The plot twists were great and it kept me on the edge of my seat while reading it. The story was different and new and lovely! Rayla is a great character and could definetly make my top five heroins (spelling?)of all times. I loved the Rambo moment, that cracked me up! I had a hard time putting this book down. I can not wait to read the next one and find out what happens. Will definetly recommend this book around!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: fanny lopez on March 08, 2012 : (no rating)
I'll be honest I really liked this book BUT:
-The storyline is very good but I wish it could had a bit more background details.
-Everything was soo fast...that sometimes I wanted the story to be slower to enjoy it better.
That is WHY I had rate it 3/5.

Let me tell you the GOOD EXCELLENT THINGS now :D
-The Plot was pretty good because is something new that vampires have a fate-mate because it is typical for those with a fate-mate are the werewolves.
-I love that has secrets, inexpected turns, humor, and soo much love.
-The love story between Lexie and Torin was so spectacularly romantic, that made me blush, laugh and enjoy their love, as it was me who was living it.
-That was great, feeling that is you who is living the moments. That means the writer did a wonderful job of transmitting the emotions through her writing to readers.
-Was an easy read, no complicated words.
-The character were kind of funny, romantic, sensibles, sexys and Werewolfs or vampires :$.

I really like Lexie because she always think first in the happiness of her mother and sister even when she didn't like the things That saids alot about her, being so patient and gentle. While Torin isn't patient or very expressive, he care about their loved ones, but always felt the rebellion to its fate. Their thing is like the ying-yang, the two complement each other and become one. *.*

I'm anxious to read the next book I'm dying to know what happens with Lexie (her sister and mother) and Torin, Cyan and Brooke, Braden and Liz, and of course Tiegan.

I recommend this book to all those who are fascinated with love stories about vampires, you will not be disappointed!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: LindaLou82252 on March 08, 2012 :
I enjoyed the book, but found it is difficult to get into the characters. I really wanted to get to know them better. The story line was a bit predictable, however, I'm looking forward to reading the next book to see what happens. Thanx for the opportunity to read and review this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sgunnell on March 07, 2012 : (no rating)
I like the spunkyness of Rayla, she never let the fae guys intimidate her (they actually laughed at her spirit)

this book kept me guessing who was good & evil the entire storyline, was it Zach, Luke, Cassie, Jessica, Grace,the troll, etc...lol

a true testimate to teenage love between Rayla & Zach & Rayla & Luke...who will she bond with ???who will she choose ???

Styx made me laugh at the end, he seemed so cuddly & warm to Rayla
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gabriela lombao on March 06, 2012 :
I love this book so much.
los personajes me parecieron muy bien definidos, el desarrollo de la trama es interesante.
Muy bien narrado, descriptivo, emocionante y las ideas hiladas con una intensa genialidad.
I hate the aunt, but but I think that anyone would think
good read, nice and comforting
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cassandra Martino on March 06, 2012 :
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I do feel as though we didn't get enough background and some things seemed pretty out there, and while it didn't make sense at the time.. I guess it DOES get explained later but it bothered me for quite a bit.

I really liked Rayla's character. Her relationship with Cassie bothered me in the beginning because they were always arguing and it was just weird in general for two girls who are best friends. As things progressed, we saw them become close again and that was nice.


The ideas and storyline were fun and interesting.. I just seemed to get a little confused in the middle but like I said, I really enjoyed the book anyway.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michelle Chew on Feb. 28, 2012 :
**I got this book though Read it & reap it at Goodreads.**

This book is enjoyable but a little difficult to get into the story. I'm not sure if it's because the author gave background information on the characters during the first part of the book.

Rayla Tate lives with her Aunt Grace. She defies her aunt and sneaks off to her own choice of college with her best friend Cassie. Along the way, she was frightened by something unknown that's following behind their car but she was immediately drawn to this dark stranger. She later finds out that she's an Elementalist and found herself surrounded by men who turned out to be fae lords who wanted to claim her power.

There's just so many guys pinning for Rayla. I'm a little jealous of her though. But really, she needs to choose one! One thing that do cross my mind about Rayla is that she falls in love too fast. Another is that for best friends, Rayla and Cassie do fight a lot, ignore each other etc. Nevertheless, the author did a great job of introducing fae (I have no idea what it was before reading) and overall it is a pleasant read.

Have to get to the next book to see the end!

3.5 Stars for Five.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Leigh on Feb. 27, 2012 :
Wow! I loved the book!The characters intrigued me. Rayla with her innocence refused to allow circumstances to dictate her life.The fae lords with their stunning looks were a little overwhelming. I liked the twists and turns to this story. The author leaves you wanting to know what is going happen next. Can't wait for the next book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Leanne Goon on Feb. 27, 2012 :
*Received e-book through Read It and Reap program from the Shut Up and Read! Goodreads group from author;
**More like 3.5 stars; also posted on Amazon.com under Leanne

Five is told by the point-of-view of Rayla, a young woman running away from her overbearing aunt to college, who suddenly discovers she is an Elemental – one who can bond with a fae lord in order to combine their powers to rule. Because the lords can sense Elementals, she becomes the object of pursuit of five fae very quickly. These fae each have a specialty in an element of which there are five: water, earth, fire, air, and ether (spirit), and they bond for five of a human’s lifetimes (hence, the three-fold meaning to the book’s title). Rayla must figure out firstly, if she wants to bond and secondly, which one to bond to. This is despite the strong compulsion she feels for each one and that, at any time, they can kidnap her to Faeresia to bond against her will.

Rich opens up with this intriguing premise, but I started getting a little frustrated with the character development. I noticed Rayla was too accepting of the existence of Elementals and fae (ascertained on a phone call from her aunt), and not suspicious enough of the new men in her life, especially Zach. She was unrealistically too trusting of him and did not question his reluctance to tell his entire knowledge of and personal connection to the fae, which are at odds with her vulnerable position. In addition, I felt her relationship to her best friend, Cassie, was disingenuous, and seemed more antagonistic than anything. Lastly, the sudden romances that emerges with certain characters appeared forced and manufactured, almost like convenient filler material.

On the other hand, I did like certain components of Five and it did improve with further chapters. I liked the characters of Adam, Jessica, and Natalie, who were more authentic and compelling, and I hoped for more storyline with them. Likewise, the last few scenes with Luke, a fae lord, seemed quite sincere and captivating – I found myself supporting him to be bonded with Rayla and through these scenes, Rich was able to bring in more background information on fae history and realm. In addition, I especially appreciated Rich’s introduction of a secret human alliance with the fae for the procurement of Elementals and conversely, a secret Elemental group to protect and hide themselves from the fae. I thought this gave the plot a much needed depth to the world-building, and tension to the plot, helping to set up the sequel.

Overall, Five was a fast read and an ambitious attempt by Rich at a first novel in a new series. I think it did have an interesting world concept and enough unanswered questions and plot developments to warrant reading the next book in the series. I would recommend this to young adult readers, who are fans of paranormal/fae romances, but not necessarily older adults.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth Gorski on Feb. 25, 2012 :
Five is a coming-into-her-own/paranormal romance novel written by Christie Rich. As Rayla Tate is just beginning to figure out who she is and what she may want out of life, she also finds that life and the fae may have alternate plans in store for her.

When I first began reading Five, I wasn’t a fan. Christie Rich was incredibly detailed and descriptive when giving the reader as much of the back story as possible, without giving away any plot twists and turns that may be in store later on. While those are typically both good things to have in a novel, they just seemed to make the first few chapters sluggish and slow-moving. However, I later found myself reflecting back on every “sluggish and slow-moving” detail as I read-on.

Once the momentum picked up, it kept up a steady and engaging pace throughout the rest of the book. I found myself hanging on every detail, every description…essentially, everything that had irked me in the beginning now had me hooked. Christie Rich’s characters are very relatable and emotionally well-developed. She also has an ability to describe a setting and make you feel as if you are actually there, right next to the characters. I found myself experiencing the emotional ups and downs right along with Rayla as her life unfolds before her.

In the end, I found that I didn’t want Five to end. In fact, I have to keep stopping myself from going back and checking the end of the book…just to make sure I didn’t miss anything or there wasn’t more to read that I somehow over-looked. Christie Rich has made a fan out of me. And I know where I’ll be, on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next “Christie Rich novel” to be released.

“Love should be the great leveler: The thing that obliterates all other emotions into the insignificant rubble they are.” Rayla Tate, Five, written by Christie Rich, Chapter Sixteen, page 170

(I was given this book to review.)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Deb Novack on Feb. 24, 2012 :
The problem I found with this book was that the characters were not completely thought out. I had a hard time getting into the book at first but it grew on me after a few chapters. Rayla, I think was a little paranoid about the darkness and someone following her from the Other World. Rayla and Cassie were always arguing not at all like the best friends they were supposed to be. Although I found it slow going I do want to read the next book. I do hope Rayla ends up with Luke and learns more about herself and the Fae. I do love the Fae.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jeni Christen on Feb. 24, 2012 :
I loved the book personally, it had everything I wanted and more. I loved the story line and the character Rayla, she's a little insecure but still has a lot of spunk. I wish that there was a little more about the secret order, but I'm hoping to find that out in the next book. I can't wait!! Already started the next book!!! I recommend this book to anyone, it was a fantastic read
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Janxcdlily on Feb. 18, 2012 : (no rating)
Five is a book about a college bound young woman determined to see her dreams come true with the help of her best friend but walks blindly into her new life not knowing who she really is and why everyone is the Realm of Fae wants her. I am at this point at a loss for words...at first I was a little annoyed because although the plot and characters are good, I felt like it was a little all over the place. I felt there was so much to be said and all the thoughts were running a little bit together because there was a lot the author wanted to establish. Then the story began to really come together. I managed to get through the book then I took a deep breath and said, "Wow". All in all I have to say I really enjoyed it and it took me away to that special place we all want to go to sometimes to forget about everything and just be. It's a good read.
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(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: laura thomas on Feb. 18, 2012 :
Upon reading this I was very surprised to discover this was a debut. By paying attention to specific elements of the story and developing genuine characters, Christie Rich has given us a must read. I am pleased to know this is a series and I will read them with great enjoyment.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lanie Malone on Feb. 18, 2012 :
I found it a little slow to start but it was definitely worth delving further into. A pleasure to read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: apoyo on Sep. 13, 2011 :
Undoubtedly the best book I've read this summer. It's a must read. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: L. H. Sain on Aug. 18, 2011 :
I loved this book, it took a little bit for me to get into but once I did I couldn't stop reading!
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