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All's Fair in Vanity's War by Elizabeth Marx

Friday, March 9, 2012
Rating: 2 / 5 STARS
Synopsis: Salem’s always held sinister secrets. No one understands this better than a sixteen-year-old girl who dies on Halloween night and is reborn a Seer.

The Seer can’t imagine anything worse than being an invisible teenager with enormous black wings. Until she finds out she’s been sacrificed to watch over Locke’s new flame.

Locke Cavanaugh is a Druid, and part of the Order, a clandestine organization entrusted with keeping its members cloaked in the Ordinary world. Physically scarred from the accident that took his girlfriends life, Locke is searching for the OtherWorldly magic that damaged him, because only those without blemish can rule the Order. And once at the helm of the Order he has every intention of finding those responsible for her death.

On the West Coast, Keleigh Flaherty witnesses her parents’ murder by beasts that should only exist in nightmares. She is whisked off to the safety of Salem, where she learns how potent and dangerous her concealed Vate talents are. Keleigh wants to be Ordinary, but when her mother reaches out from the OtherWorld, and implores her to find a forgotten relic she’ll have to use all her ExtraOrdinary powers to locate it.

As Locke and Keleigh join forces, they unravel the Order’s involvement in the witch hysteria and murmurs of a Celtic prophecy. While Locke’s affection for Keleigh blooms, The Seer is torn between her duty to protect Keleigh, and her desire to stop Locke from making the ultimate sacrifice in order to earn Keleigh’s love . . .

But if they don’t find the witches bottle before the
ShiningOnes do, someone stalking Keleigh from the shadows will take her instead and plunge all worlds into chaos.

Review: All's Fair in Vanity's War by Elizabeth Marx was not what I was expecting after reading the synopsis. It was an interesting read as far as its paranormal aspects and it has a very unique story idea, but the overall execution of the story did not do it for me. The storyline was confusing and I found myself trudging through each chapter. I wanted to love the characters but they were bland and not likeable at all. The overall storyline has potential, but it was slow and although parts grabbed my attention for the most part it did not KEEP my attention. I would have liked a little more attention to the world building aspect of the story. Overall, although All's Fair in Vanity's War was not what I was expecting it did have a lot of room for potential and the book cover is beautiful.

Elizabeth Marx
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