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Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult Romance
Released on October 31, 2013
Experience THE BALLAD OF TAM LIN like you’ve never read it before…
It has been seven years since Jeanette Sauderheim followed her best friend into Carver Hall Park…and came out alone. Jeanette has never gotten over his mysterious disappearance nor has she gone back into the park. While that traumatic night still haunts her, Jeanette distracts herself by balancing her time between trying to pass Spanish, hanging out with her friends, and reading the latest manga.
But, when a promise to a friend drives her back into the park, she’s forced to re-live the memories of that night. Lost and confused, Jeanette crosses paths with Tamrin, whose violent reaction to her provides yet another reason to avoid the park.
Tamrin, a knight of the Summer Court, has been sent to Earth to guard a garden of roses that hold special meaning to the queen of the Summer faeries. When his distraction at meeting Jeanette leads to her picking one of the Summer Queen’s roses, Tamrin vows to right his failure to do his duty.
However, the equivalent of one of the queen’s roses is a human heart and Tamrin’s reluctance to readily exact the sum from Jeanette sets in motion a spiral of love, betrayal, and magic that could mean damnation for them both.
*This is an Upper YA paranormal romance novel with NA and contemporary fantasy appeal.
What I liked about the book
I liked the scene when Jeanette pulled the rose out of the ground. How the author used descriptive words made the scene come alive, how it showed that even in our corrupt society that people can still see the simple beauties. Most authors would over look every other scene, but it felt like in this book the author cared for each word as if it were her own child.
What I did not like
I didn’t like when Tamrin disappeared for three days to find people to help figure out what to do after Jeanette pulls out the Summer Queen’s rose. I think the author could have written on what he did those three days. It almost felt like she just threw that part in and thought I don’t know what else to write and left it in there hoping no one would notice. That is one of my pet-peeves; it makes me feel like I had a lapse in memory.
My favorite character
I would have to say the most interesting, loving character is Emily. She is the predictable friend with a twist. With a odd ball side that with each word that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. She still has her serious moments as a best friend, but keeps the book light and airy through all the too serious moments. You would also suspect that she would freak out when she finds out Jeanette’s secret, but she acts as if she has known it all along and took every step in a leap.
My least favorite character
I don’t exactly dislike this character, but it felt like the character should have been used more. Jeanette’s dad was played up pretty big in the first two chapters. Then all of the sudden it was like any other story. Ether he is the important father that is there throughout the whole book or the sometimes mentioned father. The author could have had him in more scenes and when Tamrin talked to him she could have added those scenes.
Would I recommend this book
With all my heart I would. You have the perfect setting and characters. You have all the ups and downs not always at the right times but she made up with all the descriptive words. At times it felt like she put every piece of her heart into this story. Others it felt like she was just too tired and didn’t feel like really writing. She had amazing heart- wrenching scenes that pulled you in. Then there were other scenes that you just wanted to skip to the next amazing scene.
I would also recommend this book to the Fae loving fans. This story has a new twist on them with a mix of romance, Fay, angle, and humans of course. Also this story has the full package that doesn’t leave out the heroic fights and deaths.