Series: The Elfin #1
So Goodreads recommended this one to me. It had stellar reviews and and the premise sounded intriguing. Once again I mostly read this one during the layover in Memphis...the airport was less than desirable. And because I'm super behind The Setting paragraph is from the publisher. Forgive me for I am lazy once again...
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?
What I LIKED about this book
Not a whole lot. Originally I enjoyed the catty and witty characters Loftis created. Though even that in the ending wasn't enough for me.
What I DISLIKED about this book
A whole lot of insta-love and not a lot of action, and when I say action I mean fighting, rescuing or obstacles. Mostly I felt this was a book about "magic" love and the problems Cassie faces when the person she loves is a trained assassin, although Trik's character really didn't portray a maniacal killing machine. I really needed more suspense and less make-out scenes.
Like I mentioned above, the characters really suffered from a loss of identity. We were supposed to believe that the dark elves were really evil when their actions and what was written about them really wasn't "bad-guy" material.
Overall I'm going to give Elfin 2 out of 5 stars. The reason it's not getting 1 star is because somehow I finished the book. This was not the book for me. I like romance in my novels but I was drowning in cheesy love scenes with Elfin. Read this of you want a romance novel with a slight fantasy edge to it, very slight however. How did this get gushing reviews on Goodreads? It hasn't disappointed me this much ever!