on May 28, 2014 :
This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.
Wonderful story of two different cultures learning about each other.
Cailin is a pixie learning how serious her clan is about keeping secrets. Teague is a young athlete that was injured and is now full of anger. They must now learn to trust each other, and even help each other.
The author has chosen to allow two young adults to be represented much as they really are in real life. The situations they find themselves in force them to learn the realities of different cultures and races, and shows how they can learn to live together. I was pleased that the author did not avoid the fear and anxiety that do play a part when someone does not conform to society's standards.
Whether C.E. Wilson wrote this story to entertain or to allow the reader to believe that different people can live and function together, it worked. I choose to believe that it will help the reader imagine life when everyone is able to accept others even if they do not conform to what the reader was taught is normal.
This is a great story for young adults. It is also very good for those who enjoy fantasy with a bit of magic. I will be reading the next book of this series, as well as other books by this author.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on June 26, 2013 :
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To be honest, I was never really interested with pixies, fairies and little people in general. I don't think I've ever read any YA, NA or Adult books about them either so when the author offered to send me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review I thought, why not? There's a first time for everything. I also really liked the book's blurb. Even if you take out the fact that the heroine is a pixi, I think I would still read it. I had no idea what to expect from this book but the premise of two people lost and afraid of their own version of darkness has a certain mystery for me and I wanted to find out what the characters are afraid of and how they will help each other through it.
I'm glad that this book served as my first taste of the fairy/faery/pixi genre because I found it absolutely delightful! I thank the author for giving me the chance to get to know the characters and the world she created.
Cailin, a misunderstood pixi among her clan, is sent to live with a human family as punishment for wanting and striving to be different. The family in question is Owen, who is a dear friend of Cailin's father, and his son Teague whose perfect life was shattered due to an accident that left him handicapped.
I loved Cailin and Teague. I not only like them together but I like them individually as well. They are beautiful but flawed and they are both dealing with their own issues and insecurities. I'm so used to a "plain jane" female lead dealing with insecurities about herself while the male lead is almost perfect, and unreachable. I like the fact that Teague was far from swoon worthy at the beginning of the book. In fact, he was alcoholic and verbally abusive. They did not fall in love/lust at first sight and for me that is refreshing, if not believable and more realistic. The author's buildup of their relationship was paced really well that by the time they've started falling for each other you would think it's totally natural for a one foot pixi and a giant human to be together.
Cailin is spunky, brave and a bit stubborn. She wants to stand out and be her own person in a society that does not accept individuality. I may not like some of the decisions she made but it is understandable. She would do anything for her family. Teague lived a charmed life until the faithful day of the accident. He became bitter and resentful of what happened and isolated himself from friends and loved ones. He turned to alcohol as a way to escape the darkness that is now his life.
I like how she treated Teague like a normal person and not someone she pitied because he is handicapped. For a person who's already wallowing in self pity, the last thing Teague needed was someone making him feel more pathetic.
In addition to two strong main characters, I found the world of pixies fascinating and intriguing. There's a lot of characters to get to know and not everyone is a good pixi. There's also a lot of mystery surrounding the friendship of Teague's Dad and Cailin's Father.
As much as I love the book, there were a few bumps that kept me from giving it 5 Stars. I had no problems with the narrative and I actually liked the multiple POV but I think the book needs to be edited a bit more as I found a few of typographical and grammatical errors here and there.
The book ends with a cliff hanger and it left me with a few unanswered questions. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and slow paced love stories. This book was an unexpected surprise, it was original and the characters refreshing. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on May 15, 2013 :
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
I’ve never read a book about pixis before, and Oath of Servitude delivered an imaginative world full of these tiny little beings living among humans (who are giants to them).
Cailin is a defiant little pixi who is somewhat of an outcast among her peers. She has a lot of sass, wears heavy makeup, has fiery bright red hair, she’s also twice as tall as everyone else. As punishment for an unknown reason, her father has arranged for Cailin to live with the humans to serve out an oath of servitude, instead of going to the Darkness. She’s mortified of living with the giants but slowly becomes accustomed and even attached to them. She moves in with Teague, a foul-mouthed, alcoholic teenager who has lost his way since losing his sight in a horrible accident. His father Owen agreed to help his pixi friend as a way to hopefully help his son better his ways.
The world building and the setup of the book was really fresh and unique, mainly because of the pixi world. Because it’s a lesser known paranormal, the author really flourished with setting up the world, where pixis who disobey are sent off into the darkness. Cailin’s situation was also interesting too, as she’s a fairytale being living in a house with a blind person who doesn’t know what she is.
There was a degree of mystery set up from the start, such as why Cailin was being punished, why the pixi clan dislikes her family, and who Owen really is and why he knows about her mother. Interchanging Cailin’s learning experience with the drama of the pixi clan was an interesting way to keep us reading, but I was disappointed to get to the end and not get any of the answers that I was looking for. Although the sequel would definitely address this, it just didn’t feel like a satisfying enough read.
I really liked Cailin as a character, although she seemed to have a completely different personality when she was living with the humans. She’s stubborn, sassy and headstrong, but she was scared, fragile and docile when she first moved in with the humans. I didn’t really enjoy the relationship between her and Teague, as Teague is just such an unlikeable character with his arrogance, clinginess, sexism and rude behaviour. Even though he did end up changing his ways, I didn’t really enjoy him as a love interest.
Cailin learning to adjust to a new life kept me captivated, along with the mystery surrounding her family and why they are being punished for their unknown crimes. This kept me reading to find out more, and interchanging the pixi life back home with Cailin’s learning experience kept things moving at a fast pace.
Overall, I really enjoyed the world that the author has built, but it needed more consistency and answers to questions that were set up in the book. The book is also in need of a good editor, as often I would find phrases being repeated in several different ways. If you’re looking for a unique paranormal read, give Oath of Servitude a go, with the warning that you might need to read the sequel to find out more.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This review has also been posted on Happy Indulgence at: http://happyindulgence.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/oath-of-servitude-by-c-e-wilson-review/
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on March 10, 2013 :
A very unusual book. It's very rare to find someone writing about the world of the pixies in such detail with a modern day crisis between the two cultures. I found this fascinating, well written, and dismayed that I will have to wait for the second book to find resolution to the treachery within the pixie hierarchy towards their own kind and the stubborn support and bravery of both Callin's father and his human friend. A pleasant surprise in this day of violent nasty R rated fodder that we are inundated with. 5 Star performance that I unhesitatingly give to teens on up to read !
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on March 9, 2013 :
I got an e-book copy of Oath of Servitude (The Punishment Sequence)by C.E. Wilson for review via a Goodreads.com group. I Loved this book. When I first read the book information I thought it sounded very interesting and had to read it. I will say it was very original and one of the best books I've read in a while. The characters are very well developed and the story is very intriguing.
You first meet Owen, a father who is living with his son, Teague who had an accident playing baseball causing blindness and has recently spent all of his time drinking to "get through life" . Owen wants him to get better, all Teague seems to do is drink and sleep. He would do anything to help, even call in a favor from a Pixi friend.
Cailin is a "rebel" Pixi who has been sent to live with Teague and Owen as a punishment instead of the usual pixi punishment of going to the Darkness. I loved the two main characters Teague & Cailin. They fought and teased eachother, but really behind all that were 2 beings that started to feel things for each other. When Cailin finds out that her sister may be sent to the Darkness, Cailin wants to break her oath to try and help her, which could cause more harm than anything....
Great book, I loved it. I am so getting the next book and cannot wait for it to be out !!!
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Dec. 26, 2012 :
Insanely original. That's what automatically pops into my head when thinking of Oath Of Servitude by C.E Wilson. With so many books using the same old plot it's refreshing to read about something completely different. Something like lets say Pixis.
I absolutely loved Cailin, our main character. She was confident and stood up for herself even though she was only like a foot tall. She had this compelling quality to her that she would do anything for her family, even if it meant putting her own life on the line.
Teague was very hard to warm up to at first, he would whine and act like he was helpless, when in fact, he wasn't. But as the novel progresses and we get more insight on his character I realized that there was so much more behind his actions. Now, I found it a bit strange that a stranger, in other words Cailin, could make him feel better when his father, a person he's known his whole life, could not. Also, at the end, after he had made so much progress, it frustrated me that he jumped right back to his old habits.
The plot was like something I've never read about before. At times, it could get a bit slow and the mystery would make me want to shake the characters and yell "just tell me all your secrets!" But, that's one of the reasons I kept reading so, you can say I have a bit of a love/hate relashionship going on. On several occasions I found myself confused and had to re-read the same pages over and over to try to understand.
Overall, Oath Of Servitude by C.E Wilson is a refreshing, quick and enjoyable novel. Recommended to those looking to take a break from the common YA and ready to dive head-first into an original paranormal read.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)
Sadie S. Forsythe
on Nov. 24, 2012 :
Oath of Servitude makes an interesting contribution to the paranormal genre. I don't think I've ever read a book based on Pixi, or at least not one intended for anyone over five. I was a little afraid it might come across as super cheesy, but I'm happy to say that isn't the case. The subject is handled admirably and makes for an enjoyable experience.
The story is a good one. While it focuses primarily on Cailin's ability to help Teague come to terms with his situation there is a lot more going on in the background. Most of it I think is intended as a set up for the future books, because there is no resolution even attempted here. You are left wanting to know both what happened in the past and will happen in the future. I don't mean this to suggest that you're left wanting in the sense that something is lacking, but that you are left wanting out of interest. There is no doubt goodness to come.
The characters are easy to engage and empathise with, especially Teague. Individually I really liked him and Cailin...together, not so much. I had a hard time reconciling their sizes and never could accept their burgeoning feelings for one another. I honestly think that I would have preferred the story without the romance element, but that is a personal opinion only. I also thought that the whole thing felt rushed, not the writing but the plot. If Teague's situation was so bad that Owen is willing to call in his last resort I find it unlikely that Teague's demeanour would change so dramatically so quickly. Same for Cailin and Teague's friendship. They have to overcome fear, trauma, mental injury, and more. Could they really have done all of that in a few short weeks? The book is relatively short, so it feels like there is room to expand. Again, this is just a personal opinion here. All-in-all it is well worth reading by YA fans. I look forward to seeing more of C.E. Wilson's work.
(reviewed 56 days after purchase)
on Nov. 21, 2012 :
Disclaimer: A copy of the book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This, however, did not influence my review in any way.
Okay, first off - the cover is beautiful. The model is very pretty and it does give me that fairy-ish vibe. I hope the next book will have the same model :)
I always have a soft spot for indie/self-published authors. I've once aspired to become a writer myself since I was in 6th grade, but alas, I've given up on that dream... that doesn't stop me though from supporting those who chase it and have reached it. If I'm not mistaken, this is C.E. Wilson's debut work (at least from what I can see in her Goodreads page), and I do have to say that I am impressed and was pleased to have read it.
I've read a lot of Paranormal books - werewolves, vampires, witches, angels, fairies, etc. - and not too long ago, I've come to the conclusion that it would be hard to find an original story in such a genre. Thankfully, C.E. Wilson has a creative imagination and was able to pull off a pleasurable story of a budding relationship between a rebellious pixie (Cailin) and a teenage boy who has met an untimely and tragic accident (Teague, which I think sounds pixie-like, too. Fufu.)
The novel isn't your ordinary, run-of-the-bill paranormal-girl-meet-boy kind of thing. It has a plot and a direction. From the very start, it already gives you a feeling that something big will happen. Yes, the escalation and chain of events started off slow, but it was steady, and I guess that's what I liked the most about it. The flow of the story didn't seem too fast and didn't feel forced upon the reader, making it an enjoyable ride. Characters were introduced well and had their own colorful personalities. Thankfully, nobody was dull and everyone was likeable (except for the antagonist, of course... although his obsession in... particular people... were quite amusing). In my opinion, the characters were the ones who made the novel delightful, as all their voices were distinct and were portrayed realistically, pixie or not.
There are two reasons why I didn't give this a 5 out of 5:
1.) I was disappointed that there was less exposure on Teague. I think he had the most interesting background out of all of the characters because he pretty much encompasses the fallen hero. He was at the prime of his youth, enjoying his life when one day it went all downhill and shit had hit the fan. I wished there was more narration on what he felt - I would have been interested to read what he was feeling and how he was coping with his handicap. He had the most room for character development, and I hope that we see more of this in the next book.
2.) The narration I felt was a bit scattered. It jumped all over the place. There have been several occasions where it would be talking about what the dad was feeling and reflecting and then would jump to what Cailin was feeling and reflecting. There is nothing bad about this - it is what you would call a style, but I'm someone who wants a more structured narration. If it's going to take about the dad's thoughts, it should stay that way throughout, not jump to another one's. It could talk about the other character's thoughts next in the succeeding part. That is just a detail, though, and not much of a deal.
All in all, it was an enjoyable read, and I thank the author for giving me a chance to read this. :)
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Nov. 5, 2012 :
I won a copy of this book in a contest orchestrated by the author, and I decided to write an honest review of this book.
I was taken the instant I had read the first chapter. I was captivated by the trials that both main characters - the human Teague and the pixi Cailin - had to endure over the course of this novel. The way that the author states the emotions of the characters - both the humans and pixis (yes, that's how they're spelled) - shows how you should never be ashamed of showing off what you truly are inside or out.
I have been a fan of her short stories on deviantART for about a year, and when I heard she turned one of them into a book, I was totally hooked. I must confess (as this is an honest review), I found a few grammar errors in this, but they were few and far between. All in all, I recommend this book to any and all fans of deep emotional stories and those how aren't afraid to show off your true selves.
P.S. I can't wait for the sequel.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on Nov. 2, 2012 :
A spell-binding read about finding solace amidst adversity and love in the most unlikely of places.
I give it a 4.5/5 rating but rounded it up to 5.
I gave this story a nearly perfect rating because it deserves high praises. The storytelling is compelling, the characters have depth, and the story teaches us that admitting weakness and fear is not, in anyway, a sign of cowardice.
Personally, I've read stories about fae and fairies before, but this is the first time that I've ever read a story about pixies, or in the Oath of Servitude - pixi.
Unlike most fantasy stories which are premised on the main character fighting off the bad guys to save the world (and get the girl), Oath of Servitude focuses more on the effects of a past wrong done by the female lead character's mother (which by the way, was left vague throughout the whole book), and of course, on the blooming love between two very unlikely individuals.
For me, the best part of this story are the two main characters - Cailin and Teague. While both characters have their personal flaws, they slowly brought out the good in each other as the story progressed.
For Cailin, I was kind of annoyed with her during the first chapter when she was questioning her father's decision because she sounded like a whiny brat. However, as the story progressed, she grew and became this courageous and spunky woman who was not scared to admit her shortcomings.
As for Teague, well, he suffered mental and emotional anguish because of an unexpected accident, hence, he was introduced as a very scarred and troubled young man during the beginning. I think the author successfully described Teague's state of mental anguish in the story.
As for the reason why this story didn't get a perfect rating, well, I thought that the romance between Cailin and Teague was a little bit rushed. I would have preferred it if it was given more time. Also, I felt weird during the part where Teague decided to get out of his usual drunk state just because a female was staying with them. I personally thought it would take a little bit more coaxing for him to snap out of it, or if not coaxing, maybe a metaphorical kick and some spunky words from Cailin herself.
The things I pointed out which seemed weird to me were simply minor things compared to the totality of the novel taken as a whole. The whole story was a pure delight! I loved it. It made me squeal and smile, and worry for the characters. I highly recommend it for fans of young adult, fantasy novels!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Oct. 16, 2012 :
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Oath of Servitude was a wonderful and enjoyable read. The story was unique and interesting. It has been a long time since I have read anything about pixies so I was really excited to read this. I was not disappointed! The characters are wonderful! Teague had become blind from an accident and is bitter and angry because of it and Cailin,a really spunky pixi wants to be independent and unchained from the expectations of her clan. I loved reading about Teague and Cailin’s growth throughout the story and their growing relationship. I really loved the interaction between the two as their conversations were funny at times but serious at times also. I thought that Teague and Cailin’s relationship was a little bit rushed in the beginning but that is just a little flaw in a great book. The secondary characters also play a big part of the story and all had distinct personalities. I found myself caring greatly for all the characters in this book. The world building was wonderful! I really enjoyed learning about the pixi clan and how the Portune ruled. The writing was really good except for a few spelling errors but nothing that I couldn’t correct with my mind. The story was a really peaceful read without much action but kept me flipping pages, wanting to know what will happen to Teague and Cailin. I highly enjoy Oath of Servitude and I recommend it to anyone who loves stories about pixies and love.
I give Oath of Servitude 4 out of 5 stars
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Oct. 11, 2012 :
I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
After a shaky first two chapters, this book really took off and surpassed my expectations. The character development was wonderful, the plot was well-thought out. The entire story was well-writen and I fell in love with the characters.
The author makes the characters believable and I empathized with them. Teague was a young man with some major problems, but after meeting the spunky little Cailin, he was able to navigate those troubled waters with better resolve. The interaction between the humans and the pixis was well-written with some natural biases on the pixis part.
Overall, the author did a very good job with this book, and I hope to see a good continuation of this world.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Sep. 19, 2012 :
This is the best book I have read for a long time. The plot is serious, funny, and very touching. The characters are vivid, and I feel as if this was reality. C.E. Wilson's description of the settings and the people bring a whole new definition to the word "description". This is definitely worth every cent.
(reviewed the day of purchase)