on Sep. 8, 2011 :
When I first saw the cover I knew I was going to read it and I was actually trying to win it from Librarything, but Parrisha was kind enough to give away 5 free copies to those who asked and so I received one. I'm very happy I did because I really enjoyed it, not to mention the cover is gorgeous! I wish I had a paperback copy just so I could look at it in person.
Anyway, cover love aside let me talk about the actual story. The first thing about the summary that drew me in was the promise of mythology being incorporated, which if you don't know by now I am a fan of. Which it does but in a more obscure way. The world itself isn't terribly fleshed out so I never really knew if they were on Earth or someplace entirely different (I treated it as a different place). There are several races to get a feel for; the Blessed, the Fae, and humans. In all honestly I wasn't quite sure what the Blessed were exactly or what their origins were. They seem like Fae but it is stated they are not, and from their name I also assume they are simply humans who are 'blessed' with abilities. That aside I really liked the abilities that a few of the Blessed showed off. The Fae were really interesting and I liked their culture. The Greek mythology involved is basically untouched save for a few major things that seem like they will be fully explained more in a the next book. The fight scenes leave a little to be desired but they aren't terrible either. The main characters are really enjoyable and very relate-able. Fox is strong but at the same time she's also very much a venerable person, and I found that I could relate to her protective barrier. I was sure how I felt about Falcon most of the time but I knew I felt his frustration and I felt bad for him, and Onyx is extremely likable from the beginning. There is significant character development and the personal stories of each character is very well done. The story overall was wonderful and unpredictable, and the ending definitely has me wanting more. I really like when a book throws me off and I don't feel like I know what's going to happen, and that's exactly what this book does. I was surprised at how things turned out and I'm interested in knowing where they will go.
The writing is fluid and works the plot perfectly, and I don't think I spotted any formatting issues or errors throughout either. This being Martelly's first book I'd definitely have to congratulate her on a job well done. Despite the things I mentioned that sound negative I do believe that this is a book worth reading, and the fact that the plot is a original and enjoyable earns it extra points with me. I do recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels, it's worth the money.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Sep. 4, 2011 :
This book is a exciting start to a new fantasy series by Parrisha Martelly.
I really enjoyed the fact that Martelly took the time to establish Fox's place in the world and her difficult relationships with other people. The reader is provided with a real sense of the world where
The story begins by establishing the lead as both the prophesied
savior of her people and the most feared.
A strong female protagonist (which is very hard to find in fantasy
stories), the story's namesake, Fox leads a trio of heroes as they
seek to rescue Fox's father, Levictious. Levictious is the only one
who knows precisely where the dangerous Pandora's box is locked away.
Within the trio are Fox's best friend Onyx who is practically a brother to her and her Kahyah (soulmate) Falcon. Falcon conceals who he really is throughout most of the journey. However, the magical bond is too strong to withstand forever. The hardships of the journey lead the broody Falcon closer to telling Fox the truth.
After all of the training and the building up of the Fae armies I did
expect that the final battle would be longer. Also, I was hoping that the showdown between Fox and the big bad would be more of a give and take. Still, the author does do a wonderful job of tying up all of the loose ends. So, you are left with a completed story and not a cliffhanger despite the fact that there are clear paths to a sequel.
I hope that in the sequent novels, despite the obvious path to joining Fox and Falcon, that Martelly keeps her female lead strong and independent.
All-in-all this story was an enjoyable way to escape into another world for a few hours and I would certainly recommend it to a friend.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Aug. 27, 2011 :
Fantasy lover? This book is for you...Fox is the very first novel of new Author, Parrisha Martelly. Even though the novel was well written, it was hard for me to get into. I would give Fox 3 3/4 stars, but I'm rounding to 4.
-Parts of the story felt as though they were skimmed through, like when movies go to commercial or chop parts out of the story. Fox is on a mission to save her father, Levictious when he is taken by the Chosen. The Chosen are a group that are trying to get Pandora's Box, which we all know releases destruction. Fox is the heir to a group that are protecting Pandora's Box. At first, Fox is refused permission to go rescue her father because she is the only heir and she is also part of a big prophecy where she has the power to save the world from the Chosen. She just hasn't discovered those powers yet... After some deliberation, Fox is allowed to go on the mission--mainly because she would have done it anyway. Fox is insecure with the way people see her. They fear her and when she notices their fear of her, she steps back and holds her head down. Then, there are times when she can be so strong, like when she refused to back down about her father. This story started out real slow for me. It took a while for me to get into it. I found the best parts were when Fox was interacting with Falcon...who throughout the story realizes that the two share a deep pain and have more in common than he realized. The fight scenes definitely felt as if they were cut out. There would be fighting one minute, and then the story cuts to the next scene. Still, I think this was a great first novel and shows how promising Parrisha and the Vendetta Series will be in the future.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)