Saturday, February 1, 2014

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Dagger Heart

"Erica was a good girl -most of the time- and didn't step on anyone's toes -for the most part. But sometimes a girl like her just couldn't help getting into trouble."
- Norway, 704 A.D.

The valiant King Ulfur defeated the evil that swept the seaside village of Nornor into despair; Morgan, the demon witch, has been dead for nearly twenty years. The truce between King Ulfur and the Queen of the Fae has remained intact since the day that Morgan's dark curses vanished. It seemed that peace had finally come to the wounded souls of the village.

But this peace is shaken when three curses that Morgan promised with her dying breath are placed upon the Norwegian village: who among them has cast the spell?

Seventeen-year-old Erica finds herself trapped in the middle of a witch's deadly revenge scheme with no way out but to fight for survival. On top of trying to end the curses devouring her village like a savage beast she finds herself at the center of attention when it comes to Viking King Ulfur's three sons: Kriger, Paul, and Finn.

Three of them will fight alongside her.
Two of them want to marry her.
One of them could be the son of King Ulfur... and Morgan.
- Goodreads

This was a pretty good read because it has my favorite things like royalty, medieval villages, witches and other magical creatures. And I'll admit, I was looking forward to three guys chasing after her. XD However, it could've better because the flow of the story didn't work for me. Yes, I might be a little disappointed that it was more of a 'one love' kind of thing, but that's not the point. The flow of it all came off as one of those, "Yes, do this. Now that. And because that happened, this will now happen, and you will act like this-" You know what I'm talking about? The beginning had a fine hook that lures its readers in without a problem. Erica is a young orphan girl in the forest all alone acting as a lone wolf, when she comes across a young boy; Finn, the prince and son of King Ulfur. They find a kinship in each other that day, and it's then that their wolf pack of two is forever formed and bound.

Years pass, and they're young adults. She's developed feelings for him, but he's made no move to tell her of his own feelings regarding the fiery-haired orphan that no one wants. And no one wants her. They call her a monster and cursed thing for having red hair like the witch that tormented them years ago. She's out-casted for such discrimination, but with Finn always waiting for her out in the forest, it never really mattered to her.

Then Paul, Finn's older brother, comes by and asks her out on a date to this thing that the village has, a day to celebrate the burning of the evil witch Morgan. At first she refuses because she loves Finn, but when he acts like an ass and her caretaker talks to her about 'wanting better for her', she decides to fuck it all and go with him. However, she sees Finn there too, dancing with another girl, and it takes a ridiculous amount of making the other jealous to have her feel embarrassed and run off to hide. That doesn't help, because Finn and the girl barge in unaware of her, making out like there's no tomorrow. I knew that he wasn't really into her, but Erica didn't know that, and he left with the girl before she could see anything else, though she assumed that they'd left to go find a more comfortable place, when in reality he was just trying to get away from the girl.

Zombies attack the village and she gets blamed (always blamed!) for it, but it's Paul who comes to her rescue, not Finn. I mean, it's not really a rescue because he tells her, "Marry me and I can get you out of your prison," but Finn does nothing. Maybe he tried, but he didn't try hard enough. He's supposed to love her, but it's his brother who comes to really defend her? Not cool, Finn.
*shakes finger*

So now there's a triangle, but it never really was that solid, because we all know she belongs with Finn, and Paul's pretty understanding about the whole thing. The plot about the witch and one of the princes being her son was pretty cool, but the "Big Reveal" on who was Morgan's son sorta fell flat for me. When Paul reveals himself, it wasn't very convincing. XD I can't explain it, it just lacked that finesse. So now everyone knows Paul's the bad guy, and he curses Finn to turn into a wolf. But then we later find out that Finn isn't really the king's son, but a fae's child that Erica's ("evil") caretaker stole and replaced. That came out of nowhere. I know it was a way to allow Erica and Finn to be together because it's also revealed that Erica is the real child of the king, but it was still weird- like, have a better explanation for stealing a fae's child in the first place, you know? But anyway... Erica visits the fae and finds out that the only way all of this can end is if the children of the king die. It'll reverse all curses (though maybe not Finn's, because Paul had poor control) so Erica sets out to kill and be killed.

She kills Paul and sends Morgan back to wherever it was she came from after she gets a newly turned human Finn to stab her, but she wakes up later and understands that the fae's food and drink offered to her from her visit had healed her. Finn is still cursed, but is allowed to be human on the Summer and Winter Solstices, since all magic is practically canceled out on those days. It ends with her leaving him for a moment to see her people- people who have named her their new queen -and comes back to her room only to find a note from him, saying he didn't want her last image of him to be spoiled by the curse. She's not mad, as she understands that "it is what it is", and uses her new role as queen to help distract her.

Months later, she and Finn meet up, and the wilderness has changed the boy she once loved, having made him more mature and sharp with a certain wildness in him that wasn't there before. She goes to him as he offers her the wolf skin that had cursed him, and she dons it, before taking his hand and running into the forest with him.

This just made my heart SO SAD because she can't be with him all the time, only two freaking days of the year! There's so many things that could go wrong- he might fuck a wolf and have cubs, she might fall in love with someone else- there's too many things that could happen to ruin the HEA. But at the same time, I'm completely, irrevocably in LOVE with the way the author ended the story. It's so perfect, tragically beautiful and amazing- I just- !!!! There's something about the depressing love story that resonates with me. I can't put my finger on it, but I just know that it's amazing and will forever stick with me. I can't tell if I'm in awe or if it's just permanently scarred me enough so I'll never forget. I'm still working that out.

I recommended it to a friend who's all for YA and she liked it, though it did depress her, and I understand. The only graphic thing in here are the action scenes of zombies and fights. Other than that, I'd say it's pretty tame (as in there's nothing R-rated). It's a pretty good read. The only problem I have with it is the flow in the middle and near-ending, but other than that, I recommend. I got it for FREE on Amazon, and it might still be so if you go and look for yourself.

Happy Reading =^~^=

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