Daughter of the Red Dawn

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A lost princess, they call her, the catalyst for a war involving a world that Selena was taken from as a child. An evil queen obsessed with her own beauty with a plan to enslave the human race.…the notion seems so silly, yet Selena knows in her heart that it is true. More
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Published by Anchor Group
Published: Jan. 03, 2013
Words: 71,990
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301961634
Tags: fairy fae

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Review by: Andrea Coventry on June 01, 2013 : star star star star
I admit that when I started reading the first chapter, I was wondering if I had read this book before. It was eerily similar to another paranormal YA book that I had just read within the lats few months. I couldn't remember which book, though, and then quickly it became its own story. I still can't remember exactly of which other book I was thinking, because of how it changed.

I'm not typically a fan of stories involving fae. Perhaps I should say that I don't usually seek them out on my own, but will read them on occasion. This one was highly recommended, plus it comes from the Anchor Group. I am usually willing to give their books a chance. And I did enjoy this one. In fact, I read the first half while eating my lunch and then in a doctor's waiting room.

It's the first book in a series, so it has to spend a lot of time setting up Selena's past, her mistaken identity, her undiscovered powers, and the prophecy she is expected to fulfill. Of course there is the smoking hot werewolf who is determined to make her his mate. She has a long lost family. And the evil queen who is determined to do away with her. It's somewhat formulaic, but still an interesting story to read with enough of its own unique plot points and twists. Alicia Michaels has woven an intricate world, filled with plenty of descriptions to help you visualize it, without detracting from the narrative.

The story could easily stand on its own, as it comes to a satisfying conclusion, but you can tell that there are more stories of Fallada to come. In fact, book 2 is due out this summer!

Fans of the fae are going to love this book, I think. If you like other books published by the Anchor Group, you are going to like this book.

This review can also be found at Andi's Young Adult Books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dara Brown on May 31, 2013 : (no rating)
First of all, let me say I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I must say I was spellbound by the book, and unable to put it down. The transition from the "ordinary world" to Fallada was akin to Dorothy's journey to Oz, and enough to keep you turning pages. I've always been a fan of the Brother's Grimm, so their presence in this story drew me further and further into the plot. Selena's character goes through many internal conflicts, but she is able to focus on the task she has been chosen for, and follow her destiny, all while falling in love. I am waiting on pins and needles for the next book in this series to come out!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: m Williams on May 30, 2013 : star star star star
I read Daughter of the Red Dawn by Alicia Michaels. I recommend this book. I loved the beginning, middle and end! It begins with a 17 year old girl, Selena, living in Texas with her grandmother. She has an extraordinary power. Also introduced are the Grimm brothers who are the only humans still allowed into Fallada. This is a realm that Fae, Werewolves, Centaurs, Elves and more creatures humans do not think exist live. This realm is beautiful and did live in harmony with Earth at one time. There are queens and kings there and now one queen, Eranna, became evil and wants to take over all of Fallada. She gathered all seven of Fallada's princesses and casted them into the human world so they would not inherit their thrones. The Grimm brothers are sent to find the princesses and bring them back and fulfill a prophecy of the Red Dawn. Eranna sends Titus to kill Selena because she is one of the lost princesses, but he can't... Titus and Selena are drawn together. There is so much beautiful description in this book that it comes alive. This new world that is created is wonderful! This is a great read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: m Williams on May 30, 2013 : star star star star
I read Daughter of the Red Dawn by Alicia Michaels. I recommend this book. I loved the beginning, middle and end! It begins with a 17 year old girl, Selena, living in Texas with her grandmother. She has an extraordinary power. Also introduced are the Grimm brothers who are the only humans still allowed into Fallada. This is a realm that Fae, Werewolves, Centaurs, Elves and more creatures humans do not think exist live. This realm is beautiful and did live in harmony with Earth at one time. There are queens and kings there and now one queen, Eranna, became evil and wants to take over all of Fallada. She gathered all seven of Fallada's princesses and casted them into the human world so they would not inherit their thrones. The Grimm brothers are sent to find the princesses and bring them back and fulfill a prophecy of the Red Dawn. Eranna sends Titus to kill Selena because she is one of the lost princesses, but he can't... Titus and Selena are drawn together. There is so much beautiful description in this book that it comes alive. This new world that is created is wonderful! This is a great read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Katherine Eccleston on May 27, 2013 : star star star star star
Daughter of the Red Dawn begins by telling the reader about Fallada - a land of magical creatures that is cut off from mankind by a magical wall. The reader also learns that the seven princesses of Fallada were kidnapped and sent to the world of man. Now the Brothers Grimm, are searching for them in hopes of saving Fallada from the evil queen.
Selena is a seventeen year old living in Texas who just doesn't fit in. Unbeknownst to her, the reason she doesn't fit in is that she is one of the missing princesses of Fallada. Her world is suddenly turned upside down when Titus and then the Brothers Grimm find her. Soon she is back in Fallada and she has some important choices to make.
I loved this story and how well-written and descriptive it was. The characters were well-developed and had a lot of personality. The storyline flowed smoothly and had action, adventure, romance, good vs evil, and family & friendship.
I cannot wait to read the rest of this series and get to know the rest of the lost princesses of Fallada.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ann wilson on May 19, 2013 : star star star star star
I love YA and Fantasy books. Yes, I am an adult, but it is one of my guilty little pleasures in life. I especially love it when authors take the traditional fairy tales we grew up knowing, and tweak them and add some twists (and hot werewolves!). Yes, I have a thing for werewolves too.

Selena is a 17 year old girl that lives in Texas with her grandmother who has raised her. She has no idea who her birth parents are, but hopes to find them one day. She has always felt like an outcast, and has made a promise to herself that the day after graduation, she would load up her car with whatever possessions she has, and get as far away from Twin Oaks, Tx as possible. She just never realized how soon that would happen.

Selena has always had a thing for running, and loved to run in the fields to release stress, and to just run free. Something about that feeling eases her. Until one afternoon, when she meets a handsome stranger, Titus. Little did she know how much this one cutie would change her entire world.

Titus was sent to kill her by an evil Queen, or else his entire family would be killed. He is also a werewolf (did I mention how much I love werewolves?). He soon realizes he does not want to kill Selena, far from it, but how else could he save his family who is being held captive by said Queen?

Enter the Grimm Brothers. They are there to save her from Titus, the evil Queen, and anyone else that would be sent to harm her. The only way to ensure her safety, as well as the safety of her grandmother and her best friend, Zoe, is to travel to Fallada, where she belongs, where she will resume her role as the Princess of Damu.

Is Selena ready to accept this fate? To meet her family? To become a Princess, and leave behind the only world she has ever known for 17 years? Does she really have it in her to save Fallada?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: S Cu'Anam Policar on May 10, 2013 : star star star star star
I absolutely loved how this book begins. It's like the reawakening of a favorite fairy tale! The incorporation of everyone's favorite paranormal brothers is simply wonderful, especially when the reader finds out where they have been all this time!
Basically the Queen of Northern corner of Fallada is writing to the reader. She tells how the princesses, mainly the heirs to the three corners are kidnapped by the evil Queen of the West corner and sent into our world. Jacob and Willhelm are given the task to find them and bring them home. That will be hard since they are all teenagers or young adults now, they were infants when they were stolen. Time is different on each side of the wall, that's explained in vivid detailed. I won't ruin this review with any spoilers.
The further into this story you fall, the more you feel it all around you. Once you enter Fallada, it's as though every fairytale you ever heard comes alive in all new and interesting ways. I have just ONE problem with a part in the story. When the party existed the ship, they were two days journey from the Fae Kingdom. They put on the tailismens which were supposed to block out the mirrors, and yet Eranna used her mirror and easily located them a day later. After speaking with the author, there IS a small part missing that was overlooked during beta and editing that explained that Eranna was able to use the mirror despite the talismans due to how much stronger she'd grown in the dark arts. Mystery solved there and hopefully if the book comes out with a second edition that part will be added.
Adrah's abilities are simply mystifying and it's a wonder she's the queen of all the Fae. With her abilities and her heart I'm sure she could win anyone over and warm the coldest heart... Well maybe not the coldest, I doubt anyone can get through that hollow black void Eranna calls a heart.
Selena and Titus' interactions will bring the reader a whole range of emotion, most of the time a smile or a soft chuckle. They are definitely the light in the dark times they ae engulfed in.
I think the thing I enjoyed most were the desciptions of the different kingdoms. Goldun and Damu are such a contrast to each other in sight, sound, and smell, as well as the beings that are citizens are each. The descriptions are just detailed enough for you to form your own image of them, and hints of the things Selena smells waft to you from your imagination, but thankfully they aren't over done like you find in some books where the author just tries too hard. Alicia Michaels has hit the nail on the hammer with her style, it's sure to please every reader younger and old.
I have to admit, Selena's speech did bring tears to my eyes. It was very well "spoken" and had I been there I would have been the first to stand with her for the coming of the Red Dawn. I was sorry to see her story end and I hope she makes a return, if nothing more than a cameo appearance in the story of Eranna's daughter which I'm sure is the next in this series.
There's a couple of editing errors that are easily missed to the untrained eye, but nothing too drastic to turn the reader off.
I give this story 5 of 5 paws

Reviewed by
S.Cu'Anam Policar
Freaky Fiction Writing Author
Fae Books Tour Host
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(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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