BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Elfin by Quinn Loftis
by Quinn Loftis
Elfin Series, Book One
Before tonight Cassie Tate’s biggest concerns were whether she could pass Algebra and how she was going to keep Elora, her best friend, from dressing her in a skimpy fairy costume for Halloween. Her feet were firmly planted in suburban reality and she had no reason to believe her life would be anything but that of a typical teenager. That is until tonight, when Cassie saw something that no human was ever supposed to see; in the blink of an eye she was thrown into the world of the Light and Dark Elves.
He comes from a realm where light and dark have fought for millennia. He is of a race known to humans only in myths and legends. The darkness that lives inside him is a part of both who and what he is and it makes him the most gifted spy and assassin in the history of his time. His life is not his own; he lives in the service of the Dark Elf King. He slays who he must, has mercy on no one, is relentless in his hunt, and never tires of seeing his prey fall. He is Triktapic, assassin, spy, most feared of the Dark Elves.
Now, in the midst of his King’s complicated plans to expand the Dark Elves’ holdings into the mortal realm, for the first time, Trik finds his loyalties divided. For no Elf, Dark or Light, can turn away from their Chosen.
Unbeknownst to the mortal realm, the battle between Light and Dark is being brought to their doorstep. The only one who can keep it at bay holds darkness in his heart like a lover, and the one who can sway that heart must decide if she can look beyond his black past, beyond his evil nature and see the man he is destined to be.
The question must be asked, does love really cover a multitude of sins? Can true love actually conquer all or will his darkness consume those around him until all that stands is an assassin with the blood of the mortal realm on his hands?
MY THOUGHTS: 3.5 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
I am a huge fan of Quinn Loftis’ Gray Wolves series, so I was pretty excited to start something new from her. While this book had a few similarities to her others, I found it to be kind of annoying in several ways.
Triktapic (Trik for short) is the most feared assassin in the realm of the Dark Elves. Ancient and powerful, he does the one thing he never would have imagined and falls in love with a human–Cassie Tate. Cassie is not just any human…she turns out to be Trik’s Chosen, sort of like a soulmate but much more than that. Unfortunately this means Cassie’s life is in danger. Trik has made a lot of enemies over the years, and using Cassie to get to him will be the first thing they do.
I found that this book reminded me at times of a few others: Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout, Wings by Aprilynne Pike, and even the books of Loftis’ own Gray Wolves series. We have the bad boy supernatural main character who falls in love with the girl he’s most definitely not supposed to. And, the relationship between Trik and Cassie had a heavy dose of insta-love, though getting the two together was not without its’ complications.
The other main problem I had with this book is that I hate back and forth when it comes to relationships between characters, and Elfin had a lot of this going on. It even had my hated “I love you so I’m breaking up with you for your own good” component. ARGGGG.
What I liked was that much of the Elven world was very original. I also enjoyed it when I learned the truth about Trik–that was when the book really started rolling along for me. And just like in Gray Wolves, Cassie has a kickass best friend that takes no prisoners and has snark to spare. Elora was always good for a laugh and I look forward to hearing more from her.
I liked this story, I just think its’ potential got weighed down by been there done that writing. I do think that since the book ended in a way I like, the next book in the series will be much better…and I look forward to reading it.
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