Monday, December 23, 2013

Darkest Fear (Birthright #1) by Cate Tiernan ARC review

Vivi’s animal instincts are her legacy—and maybe her downfall—in this start to a romantic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of The Nine Lives of Chloe King.

Vivi has known the truth about her family—and herself—since she was thirteen. But that doesn’t mean she’s accepted it. Being Haguari isn’t something she feels she’ll ever accept. How can she feel like anything but a freak knowing that it’s in her genes to turn into a jaguar?

Now eighteen, Vivi’s ready to break away from the traditions of her heritage. But all of that changes with the shocking, devastating deaths of her parents and the mysteries left behind. Vivi discovers family she never even knew she had, and a life open with possibility. New friends, new loyalties, and even romance all lay ahead—but so do dangers unlike anything Vivi ever could have imagined.


I ADORE Cate Tiernan's books. I'm in love with the Sweep and Balefire series. Her young adult books are well written and epic. I couldn't put the Sweep series down for anything. It drove my husband nuts, but it was just so good...
Anyways, this is a review for Darkest Fear. I liked the book. The writing was just as smooth and the characters blended nicely. It wasn't as good as her others, but it has potential to be. This is a great start to a new series.
Most writers are jumping on the werewolf trend, but Cate wrote about Jaguars instead. It was an intriguing story and I liked how she left home and found family she didn't know. 
I wish there had been more romance in it, though. That was my one complaint. Young adult girls need that angsty romance, especially by the time they are eighteen. It's kind of on most of their minds.
Overall, I loved it and look forward to reading the next book. Darkest Fear gets four stars for it's originality in a trend driven genre.

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