From Breath and Ruin (Elements of Five #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan
In her YA debut, New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan dives into a world with magic and sacrifice with the Elements of Five.
Five hundred years ago, the Maison Realm was shattered, divided into warring kingdoms of elemental Wielders with fate and truth shadowed and uncertain. Now, factions of both the light and dark venture into the human realm in search of the prophesied Spirit Priestess who is said to Wield the Elements of Five to bring the two fractured kingdoms together.
Lyric has no idea that there’s a realm outside the human one she lives in. When fate and circumstances are pulled from her hands after an accident, she finds out that nothing is as it seems.
War is raging around her, and when Lyric realizes that they are searching for her, she must rely on those she once trusted as she trains: a boy who isn’t who she thought, and a new realm of warriors who have come to protect her.
For the darkness is coming, and the Queen of Obscurité wants to ensure that the King of Lumière can’t get his hands on Lyric. And the only way to ensure that is if Lyric herself is no more…no matter the cost to prophecy.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’ll start by saying that I don’t read YA books. I’ve not read Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings (Gasp!). It’s just never been my thing. But when one of my favorite contemporary/paranormal romance authors decides to branch out, although I was hesitant, I decided I had to give it a try. I’m so glad that I did, because I thoroughly enjoyed it!
This book starts with normal day to day thoughts of Lyric, a new high school graduate. She is just an average teenager, trying to figure out what direction her life is going to take from here. In the midst of her “life crisis”, she meets a boy, and his sister, who aren’t what they seem. They introduce her to a new world, a new life, with new adventures, and new dangers. Lyric finds that sometimes, what you think your life will be is totally different from what is really going to happen. And sometimes, your hopes lead you to even bigger things.
This book was extremely well written, which is no less than what I expect from this author. Even though this book takes place in a totally different world, I felt like I was there, like I could actually picture what was going on, as it happened. The emotions and feelings of the characters were so real, I could not help but get chills as I was reading. This book was an amazing beginning to this series, and I will definitely be reading the next book when it comes out!