Thursday, September 26, 2013

SLUMBER by Samantha Young, Book Review

By: Samantha Young
Published by: self
Released on: 5.17.2011
Series: The Fade #1
Source: book from author to review
4 stars: I Enjoyed It!
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Molded by a tragic childhood, nineteen-year-old Rogan finds it extremely difficult to trust people. Now Haydyn, her best friend and the one person she does trust, is dying and only Rogan can save her.

Setting off on a journey to retrieve the plant that will cure Haydyn and subsequently the ills that will befall them all if she dies, Rogan is stuck in close quarters with a protector she distrusts above all others.

Wolfe Stovia.

The son of the man who destroyed Rogan’s family.

At a constant battle of wills with the handsome Captain of the Guard, Rogan just knows this adventure together will be fraught with tension. She never imagined, however, that the quest would be so dangerous… not least of all when she finds herself falling for a man she could have sworn was her no.1 enemy…

(New Adult, Fantasy Romance: recommended for ages 17+ contains mature situations and some strong language).

A fairytale for adults. Slumber puts an unique spin on the beloved classic, and gives it an new adult feel. Filled with sizzling character chemistry, electrifying tension, magic and centered on an epic fantasy journey, Slumber is one addicting romantic-fantasy read I didn't want to end.

I've been a Samantha Young fan since the beginning, and I've yet to read one of her books that I didn't like. Slumber is one I really enjoyed. Sadly, this is a book that has sat on my shelves for more than a year, and I'm embarrassed to admit that. As soon as I picked it up this weekend, I couldn't stop reading it. It's one of those books that just sucked me in. There's romance, plenty of character chemistry that kept me hooked, and so much more. 

This story starts off really strong. It begins with our main character, Rogan, telling readers about the world she lives in, and the magical abilities that some of the people within it have. The story quickly turns heartbreaking when she tells of the fate of her family, and what happens to her. I was hooked from the moment I read all this. One, there's a lot of history given, and it was easy to imagine the vivid world Rogan lives in. Two, I got to see just how incredibly strong Rogan is, even at a young age. She's an incredibly feisty heroine who knows who she is, and won't back down on what she feels is right and wrong, regardless of the consequences. She's also someone who will always help others out. Her fierce determination to do the right thing makes her like the Knight in Shining armor you'd except to read about in Sleeping Beauty. The beginning of the story also introduces us to the main love interest's father, who is the reason why Rogan fights so hard not to love Wolfe.

Don't worry, WOLFE is nothing like his father, and he definitely owns the title "knight in shinning armor". When Rogan's best friend, the Princess and soon to be Queen, falls into a deep slumber, it's up to Rogan to use her magic to find the plant that will wake her. Wolfe, the hunky captain of the guard, volunteers himself and his best men to accompany Rogan, where she wants them to or not. Oh yes, these two have a love hate relationship that screams of sexual tension, and hot bantering. These two get under each other's skin like no one else, as well as make each other weak in the knees. WOLFE is definitely the hot alpha male who knows what he wants, and will stop at nothing till he gets it. Huge props for this guy's patience. Seriously, it took Rogan longer than I had wanted for her to admit her feelings for him. 

Like Rogan, through the course of the story we also learn more about Wolfe and find out his broken past as well. I seriously LOVE Wolfe! He's the reason I kept reading the story. While Rogan started off the strong heroine I love in stories like this, she soon became someone I great frustrated with. Why? Because she constantly doubts her feelings for Wolfe, she starts to see herself of someone who's not beautiful, and how many times can she pull the stunts she does that gets her and Wolfe in a trouble. Okay, I get the first time or two, but after that I lost patience with her. I also went from seeing her as a fierce, strong women, to someone who grew less and less so with her internal "poor me" and "I'm not pretty enough for Wolfe". Sure, I get why she at first thought she wasn't, but for someone like her, I would have excepted her to get over it and realize Wolfe only had eyes for her. She was so blinded by that, that she almost cost losing Wolfe, when yet again, she decides to run off and find the plant herself, alone, unescorted and almost get herself raped and killed. 

Given that every hero/heroine has their strengths and down falls, Rogan does open up more, and realize how stupid she was. Seriously, had WOLFE not been the patient, hot knight in shining armor that he is, I'm not sure I would have ended up liking the story as much as I did. He truly picked up where Rogan fell flat for me. But, over all, even with the few things that Rogan irked me with, SLUMBER was an incredibly addicting read. I loved the fantasy & magical elements Samantha gave her story. Her world building is great, her characters were fun to get to know, including her secondary characters, and her romance is fabulous. I can't wait to dive back into this world with book two in the series. 

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