I stumbled upon this book while reading through random blogs. The book review was written well, although sadly I cannot remember where it came from, and the synopsis intrigued me so I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed.
Despite the world of Ourea being similar to other epic fantasy Boyce has definitely created something unique. She has filled her world with creatures both familiar and new which give her world a vast diversity. It was refreshing to see these new creatures because so often I feel fantasy is repetitive. Every book seems to have the same centaurs, griffins, elves that you get bored. As an animal lover I was also quite jealous of the creatures popping from the pages and into Kara's arms.
Kara and Braeden's relationship was also great. It certainly does not bog down the world surrounding them. There are simply hints of a budding romance that make your heart flutter. Overall their characters were well established although at points I felt that Kara could have been a little more accepting of the cultures and people around her. I am sure that it is difficult to be shoved into an entirely different world, but still when in Rome do as the Romans do, right? She may have gotten better reception had she been a bit more conforming.
Finally one word about the writing. Most of it was great but there were points where I felt word choice was a little shaky. I know this is a little nit picky but I have to point it out. I would come across sentences that just did not feel right or a word that seemed wrong. It is a small problem but things like this throw off my inner reader and bring out my annoying inner writer.
That is the only part that I felt was "wrong" with the entire book, though, and I urge you to give it a try if you are looking for some high fantasy to take your mind off your own world. Overall I give this read 4 stars.