A new Young Adult series from Best Selling author Lori Brighton
To say my life has been one dreary event after another would be an understatement. Fact is, I’m no one special, just a girl from a broken home trying to make it through high school so I can leave behind my heavy baggage. And everything is going as planned…until he arrives, spinning stories of mystical lands, magic, and fairy tales.
He says I will save my kingdom…which is unfortunate because to save my kingdom, I’ll have to destroy his. He has to stop me. It’s nothing personal. But the longer we’re together, the more personal it feels, and every day it’s growing harder to ignore my attraction to the arrogant and charming prince. In the end, when he’s forced to decide, will he choose his people or a simple girl from New York?
Published Date: July 3rd, 2019.
My Favourite Quote: *subject to change*
It was only when she was safely on the other side that the tightness in my chest eased, and I realised I hadn’t been so much worried about myself, as I had been worried about her. I focus on her pale, nervous face. She was the beacon that drew me toward shore.
She nodded, urging me on, and I knew she saw something in me the others didn’t. She saw what I tried to ignore, tried to bury. The pain. The worry. She saw my past. A past that neither Gregor nor my sister understood. In that moment, it didn’t matter. In that moment, she and I were the only ones in the realm. As long as we survived, everything else would be well. I took another step toward her. Another. Another.
When I focused on her standing near the ledge, the world faded. My head barely gripped the damp railing, my fingertips skimming the rough hemp as my footsteps quickened. The anxiety I’d felt vanished under her watchful gaze.
Received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When I read the blurb for Warrior, I was utterly and confidently sure what I was getting to. In my defence, the blurb seemed like something that spoke of the usual fantasy, with typical tropes, a famous story-line that has been known to work always.
Except, Warrior wasn’t a typical book. I think the book takes everything that the blurb describes and turns it over its head. At the beginning, I think I faced a lull for a bit, because it didn’t seem very entrancing. But then suddenly, every time I picked the book, I was slowly getting drawn–further and further–into the story line. There are many typical tropes here that even a really good author can seem to sometimes hit and miss. But somehow Lori finds the mark.
The plot line starts off seeming predictable and usual and then spins and spins in directions we can never predict and there was more than once that I was shocked, you can never guess truly what’s going to happen next and what the protagonists are hiding and frankly, the plot twists were never on my list of I-totally-guessed-this, which is a BIG DEAL, because Ahana is basically Notre Dame (self-nominated).
There’s a girl and her destiny. And then, it all unravels and there’s so much more. The writing is magical, pulling us straight into the world that it describes. And it reads like it were written in magic. The mystical world that we enter, the dangers and wonder there, the entrancement and greed, the prince and the princess…
If you are looking for a read about magic, love and a story about characters who, having been ostracised all their lives, find home in their purpose, Warrior is the book for you. Lori, ❤ ❤ ❤