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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Anew: The Archers of Avalon #1 by Chelsea Fine

The Archers of Avalon #1
Author: Chelsea Fine
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Publisher: Acacia Publishing, Inc.
(December 7, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-1935089490


Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery...until she met a boy with a familiar voice. 

Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet's determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer. 

Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet's world becomes even more muddled. While she's instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she's impossibly drawn to Tristan--and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past...might just be the death of her.


After author Chelsea Fine introduced me to her first novel titled Sophie & Carter, I was so excited when I was asked to review her first book in The Archers of Avalon series.  This time instead of a contemporary young adult book,  the author went in the direction of paranormal romance for the teen scene.  Since I already knew she could write an amazing story in the contemporary scene, reading a paranormal book by her was going to be even better. I couldn't wait to start reading it!

Not only is that cover gorgeous, but the story inside is just as amazing.  When Scarlet wakes up in the middle of a forest two years ago with absolutely no memory of her past, she is forced to accept it and try to move on with her life after being taken in by a women named Laura.  She has tried to live as normal as possible for the last two years and even has made a best friend at school named Heather.  Heather is a social butterfly who loves her clothes and makeup expertise.  She is not ashamed in calling Scarlet out on her lack of style sense.  Together they made a perfect pair of friends and I found myself laughing several times at their interaction.

When they both attend the Kissing Festival in their town of Avalon, Georgia.  Heather is thrilled about the festival, but Scarlet can barely stand to be around so many people kissing and making a spectacle of themselves.  Then when she is walking around the fair area, she sees a mysterious boy in the distance that seems to try and spark a bit of her lost memory.  When she is approached by another boy named Gabriel, she is sure she has heard his voice somewhere before but can't seem to place it.  Gabriel and Scarlet start dating and they seem to have the perfect relationship even if Heather seems to think he is hiding something.  When Scarlet starts having doubts about his honesty as well, she decides to follow him home.  Inside Gabriel's house though, she runs into his twin brother Tristan.  She is instantly drawn to him and she doesn't understand as to why she feels safe with him. As the brothers admit to knowing her from the past, she doesn't expect them to mean a past life.  She also doesn't expect to have been engaged to Gabriel in that past life and connected to Tristan in a way more than brother-in-law to be.

I was entranced by this story and the revelations that are revealed throughout the pages.  I fell in love with Gabriel and sweetness from the first moment Scarlet meets him.  I then fell hard for Tristan and his bad boy attitude as well when he was introduced.  You can't help but feel torn with your feelings just like Scarlet was when the triangle develops between the three.  The curse and the past lives made this book a paranormal, but this writer made you live in the now for this adventure.  I finished this book in one day and could not put it down.  The ending is left in a cliffhanger ending and makes you want to scream in frustration at how you are left in limbo.  I even had to tell the author that was very cruel of her to do that to the reader!  If this second novel by Chelsea Fine doesn't show how amazing her writing is growing, then you aren't reading the same book as I am.  The authors writing has branched out into another part of the young adult genre and has swept me away into another life of romance, mystery, suspense and intrigue.  I can't wait for more of the Archer brothers and Scarlet!


Outstanding book that will stay on my bookshelf for rereading!

*I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*



Blogger Sandy said...

Great review! Congrats to the author!

January 25, 2012 at 4:10 AM  
Blogger Lovey Dovey Books said...

Awesome review! Makes me want to read Anew right this second :)

Candace @ Lovey Dovey Books

January 25, 2012 at 4:18 AM  
Blogger Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads said...

Wow, the more I read about this book, the more excited I get to read it. Great review.

January 25, 2012 at 4:20 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Anew will be my first Chelsea Fine book; I'm looking forward to reading it!

January 25, 2012 at 5:08 AM  
Blogger Patricia E. Riley said...

Kissing Festival?! Say no more, I'm going to read this one as soon as I can. One of my favorite scenes in a movie ever was the Love Festival in The 10th Kingdom. Haha, the more I hear about it, the more sure I am that I will love ANEW!

PatriciaERiley (at) gmail

January 25, 2012 at 5:47 AM  
Blogger Usagiko said...

I love this book, I'm on my third read thru of it and I can't get enough.


January 25, 2012 at 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love me a bad boy character so it sounds like Tristan is the guy for me! :)

Fantastic review and I can't wait to read this book.

saphsbookblog at gmail dot com

January 25, 2012 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger aztel2000 said...

Great review--I'll definitely be reading this one!
Karen in Breezy Point

January 25, 2012 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger loves to dive said...

Great review, hmmm, I'm from Georgia but we never have any kissing festivals here. Sounds fun.
lvs2dv (at) gmail (dot) com

January 25, 2012 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Can't wait to get this. I'm in an all things purple phase so i also LOVE the cover!

heather .c. self @ gmail

January 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

everyone is giving this book a GREAT review, so I guess I needa get my hands on it too!!

January 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger DBookWhore said...

awesome review!! You guys all seem to be standing by this novel with 5 on the rating scale!!


January 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This book looks great! Thank you!

January 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Eileen said...

Another great review.

eileen at booksrusonline.com

January 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love your review! Can't wait to read it!

January 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Ollie said...

The review on this book got me. Being a big kid at heart, I will defiantly be picking up this book.

Thank you,
Ollie Moss

January 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Brandy B aka Brandlwyne said...

Hi, what a great review. I just want this book more and more!!!

brandyzbooks at yahoo dot com

January 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Heather M White said...

WOW, this book sounds AWESOME! I can not wait to read it! Just got my copy!!! :)

January 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Mish said...

This sounds like a lot of fun.

January 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Denise Z said...

Well the true test of a reviews enjoyment of the story - it will stay on my bookshelf for rereading. High praise indeed. I thank you for your lovely review and my fingers are starting to get the itch to grab onto Anew :)

January 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

This was a great review, it gave a little more insight into the book, but still didn't give away too much. It was also written great, and once again, made me want to read Anew!! And now I definitely know there's a cliffhanger....oooh, darn those writer's and their cliffhangers! :)

January 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Gena Robertson said...

Oh my gosh, this is the best review I've seen yet! I can't wait to read this book - it sounds so fabulous!! I'm thrilled to know that it's part of a series. I ADORE series!

Gena Robertson

January 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger Tishia Mackey said...

I agree, the cover is gorgeous! All the reviews I've read so far make this book sound great, can't wait to read it.

January 25, 2012 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

So glad I found this blog!! I loved the review and can't wait to read Anew! From what I hear, she's an outstanding author!!

January 25, 2012 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Oh boy, I almost stopped reading your review because I thought you were saying more about the story than I really wanted to know just yet, having not read the book, but I finished it!
The review was great and it did in fact make me want to read the book even more. It's just that I once had a story ruined because of a review left on Amazon without any spoiler warnings. But I know there is a lot more to this story than what you've said so I look forward to finding out what that is. :)


January 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Stormy said...

Good boy vs bad boy. I wonder who will win Scarlet's heart. I'm hoping Tristan. :)

Great review.

jjandstormy at yahoo dot com

January 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger MaryC said...

Great review and gorgeous cover!

jtcgc at yahoo dot com

January 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent review!
venturinhawendy (at) gmail (dot) com

January 25, 2012 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Grandma said...

Awesome review! I have read this book & I highly recommend it!Can't wait for The Archers Of Avalon Book2 tina_rintn@yahoo.com

January 25, 2012 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Krysykat said...

Thanks for the review. Just received it in my inbox and I can't wait to read it.


January 25, 2012 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great review! You said very well! I love good love triangles and it seems that I will be torn between the two brothers as well.. oh my, I can't wait to read this book!

April @ Books4Juliet

January 25, 2012 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side said...

With all the rave reviews I'm really excited to read it now! I love this cover...great review!


January 25, 2012 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Teresa K. said...

I can't wait to get my copy from Chelsea. All these reviews are fantastic. She's going to be the next Richeal Mead or the next P.C

Teresa K.

January 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great review!! love the blog!!

January 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Shari said...

Reading all of these great reviews has me really excited to get started reading. Have a great night. myneuroticbookaffair@gmail.com

January 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank for the review i'm gonna by the paperback copy now ^^ bab3z_azn_bab3z@hotmail.com

January 27, 2012 at 4:30 AM  
Blogger Kaira said...

Interesting book
Cant wait to read

January 27, 2012 at 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SO many amazing reviews for Anew! LOVE it!

Great job!

stacey jo

bakinstuff at yahoo

January 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Emily @ Falling For YA said...

Oh my goodness your review was a bit spoilery! I had to stop myself mid-way through so that I didn't learn anything yet about the past lives or the curse. I will just have to wait until I start reading anew.


January 29, 2012 at 3:20 PM  

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