Thursday, January 10, 2013

Review of Five by Christie Rich


Rayla Tate’s life is about to turn vertical…again. As if it wasn’t bad enough her mother disappeared under questionable circumstances leaving Rayla to be raised by her aunt in a horrendously small town. Her overprotective guardian is determined to ruin Rayla’s life. She refuses to let Rayla out of her sight or out of the state. Provincial living might be what her aunt demands of her purposely sheltered niece; but, Rayla has other ideas. In a desperate attempt to follow her dreams she flees the safety of her home and runs away to college with her best friend toward a bright future in the art world.

However, excitement over her newfound freedom turns into terror when she is chased by a mysterious stranger on her way to school. When his motorcycle suddenly morphs into a fire-breathing pegasus, Rayla questions her sanity. Worse, the man riding next to her stirs a burning desire in her soul she has never known or could have ever imagined. Using all the will she owns, she manages to resist the compulsion she feels; yet, as he disappears into the night, she is certain he hasn't gone far.

Rayla quickly dismisses the encounter to her overactive imagination. She is determined to settle into her new life, yet the images and feelings of that night still haunt her. To make matters worse, her aunt seems to be in on the act, insisting that Rayla will soon be hunted by a pack of fae lords for a power over the elements she never knew she possessed—a power that could change the world. Quicker than she ever thought possible, she finds herself surrounded by stunning men that all seem determined to win her heart. Why does she feel drawn to each one of them? More importantly, what dark power do they hold over her? Rayla must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using whatever means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever.


This book starts out with a bang.  I was pulled in from the first few pages.  You start out with one viewpoint in the story and it twists until it has taken on an entirely different direction.  
I thought the story was well plotted and was dying to find out what was going to happen.  The author did a good job creating suspense and mystery.  The REAL story didn't really start until Rayla and Cassie leave home.  Then the book starts to reveal the story in layers.  With each layer, more knowledge is gleamed.  
The romance....
Okay, so I really enjoyed the romance part of the story.  I mean, come on, who wouldn't want fae lords throwing themselves at your feet?  Every girl wants to be adored.  I found myself feeling out the characters, hoping for a happy ending for Rayla.  
At the end, I was dying to figure out who Rayla had picked, when she just didn't.  I was seriously like, ugh, what???  I understand, though I didn't like it.  Book one was mainly setting you up for the rest of the series.
I liked this book a great deal more than I expected to.  I WILL be rushing to read the next two books, Dark Matter and Genesis.  I need closure in the story, and I'm sure I won't be getting that until the very end.  It's a great YA paranormal romance book.  It deserves five glittery stars for a great read and for being superb of course!

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Book 2:


Rayla Tate’s dreams for the future shattered when she discovered she was an Elemental capable of manipulating matter. Thrust, once again, into the magical fae realm of Faeresia, she has an important choice to make. But now that she has Heath to contend with, deciding between Zach and Luke is the least of her concerns. Tall, dark and lethal to her will, her attraction to Heath eclipses all she has experienced with any other lord, but he is using compulsion to wear her down. If only she could trust her feelings?

In a desperate attempt to escape Heath, she accepts the help of a little troll and finally gets what she wants; however, her relief is short lived. Things go terribly wrong when a dark force closes in on her, threatening to steal her burgeoning power before she even has a chance to test her abilities. Now, with Rayla as their captive, the Order will stop at nothing to create a male Elemental, and willing or not, Rayla is the key.

Caught up in the age-old battle for dominance between human and fae, only one question matters to her now—will she be able to save those she loves most without losing herself in the process? Or will she be forever haunted by the choices she alone can make?

Book 3:


Having just escaped the nefarious plans of the Order, Rayla Tate thinks all she has to do now is rescue her family and sort through her feelings, but bonding with five men might just be her undoing. Not only does she have to deal with all of them reading her mind, Rayla must choose a bondmate before she will be allowed to venture into the mortal realm to save those she loves most.

She has three weeks to get to know each lord, but her journey turns into far more than a simple choice of the heart. Rayla comes face to face with the underhanded dealings of the fae political system where good is a matter of taste and evil lurks under beautiful shells. Long held judgments crumble when she discovers the heart beneath the men she has come to count on. Rayla must overcome long held fears, discover the truth behind the creatures of the dark realms, and conquer her greatest weakness before she can take her place as the new queen of the fae.

However, her world crumbles when she discovers following her heart’s desire might just mean the destruction of the world. Will Rayla have the courage to choose the man who has risked everything to win her, or will she succumb to the manipulations of the fae council and those who would use her power for evil?

One choice: five men. The stakes have never been higher, but which one will prevail?


  1. I'm on cloud nine, Andrea! Thank you so much for hosting me today and for the wonderful review! You've made my week!

    Oh, and I hope your readers know that Five is #FREE on all major eretailers. I hope you all will download a copy and enjoy a read on me!

  2. Andrea Awesme review! So excited went to go check it out and it is free! Thank you for sharing a new author for me! P.S. Thanks for stopping by and following. Following you back. Love your blog.

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