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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett

Girl of Myth and Legend  by Gisselle Smilett
346 Pages
(Published by WWS Publishing, Ltd.)
*I was given a DRC (Digital Reader Copy for an honest review

Plot: On her 16th birthday, Leonie Wooville finds out that she is a Chosen, a being from another dimension.   Not only is she a Chosen, she is also a Pulsar.  But, Pulsars have been extinct for over 200 years in the Chosen's world of Duwyn.  Pulsars are the most valued beings in Duwyn because they have the most power.   But, Leonie was never told about her heritage by her parents and she doesn't know how to use her powers.  But Chosen people are not allowed to live in the human realm and so she is forced to travel to Duwyn.

All Chosen are assigned a Kytaen, an immortal being whose sole purpose is to protect the Chosen it is bonded too.  Soon, Leonie is bonded to Korren, a Kytaen who can shape shift into a hideous beast or a beautiful boy. But, Korren has been around for thousands of years and the last time he was forced to protect a Pulsar was 200 years ago.  He hates that Kytaen are considered slaves to the Chosen.  He especially hates the leaders of Duwyn who treat his kind as if they are less than animals.  But, Leonie has a lot to learn about her role as a Pulsar, and desperately needs a friend to help understands her role in Duwyn.  But, Korren is determined to make the Chosen pay for what they have done to his kind for centuries. Yet, he is not prepared for Leonie, the girl from the human realm who treats him like her equal.  A girl who he so passionately wants to hate, but it's not as easy as he thought it would be. And the Kytaen are not the only ones with a reason to hate the Chosen and especially the Pulsar. There is a group of Duwyn rebels that want Leonie too.  The question is: What do they want her for, and how far are they willing to go to get her? 

Review: Girl of Myth and Legend was a very interesting read.  It did start off a little slow, but mainly due to world building. I think Leonie's character was a good portrayal of a teenager from a broken home and no friends. She had a lot of emotional ups and downs, which would make sense due to what she was dealing with. The story was pretty fast paced and action packed once Leonie got to Duwyn.  Korren was a well developed character with his tragic and mysterious past.  Simlett does a good job letting us see the two main characters through their own POVs, which I really enjoy in stories.

I did have trouble remembering the names of the characters and everything in Duwyn, so it was a bit confusing.  There were lots of characters with different roles, and each role had it's own name too.  You don't get to see Leonie's powers at all in this book, which I was hoping for towards the end. So, I'm hoping book 2 will reveal that.  I also wanted to see more of a connection between Leonie and Korren.  It's there, but very subtle.  I'm not sure how Korren really feels about Leonie.  He does fight his emotions a lot when it comes to her. So, although I would have liked to see his heart melt a little more, his past makes it easy to see why he wouldn't take to her for a while.  Very curious to see what happens in book 2! There were a lot of questions left unanswered, but I know it's to set up the next book. Looking forward to it!! Recommend for 13+ and up.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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