Saturday, 14 January 2017

Fatal Heir


Hello everyone! Today we'll be reviewing Fatal Heir by L.C. Ireland, and we'd like to say thank you for providing us a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Our review was not in any way affected this.  
Series:  None (currently)
Author: L.C. Ireland
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: Ghost Light Publishing


Swift Synopsis:
Donald Baines is an ordinary farmer bestowed with an unusual gift - he can see the dead. Soon enough, he discovers he is Prince Izayik Delaren, the heir to the throne. However, he is considered a traitor to the crown and now journeys to end the Rise of the Deadmen. 

Review:
 
This is a sweet read, there’s no doubt about it. Set in a fantastical world, it follows some common tropes: a protagonist (Don) who discovers he is someone more (Prince Izayik ⚔), a quest to end evil and an assemble of oddities united by a common cause. But despite this, Fatal Heir is delightful.   


We’re especially fond of the humour injected throughout the novel. It’s refreshing to find humour that isn’t risquรฉ or coarse (insert The Fault in Our Stars for 2nd category) like those found in quite a few YA novels. The book is almost nostalgic, in a sense, because some of the humour is like that you’d experience as a kid.

In terms of characterisation, we like the way  the protagonist Don is portrayed. It’s great to see that Don/Izayik (Izzy) - who didn’t live as a prince - doesn’t miraculously possess princely qualities ๐Ÿ‘‘ when discovered. Izzy’s  behaviour can be child-like, which is endearing, and at times, frustrating.
Favourite Quote:

Although Fatal Heir is written for a YA audience, we feel that it’s more suitable for the younger end of this particular audience. The book is very simple, and sometimes we wish there was more intricacy to the writing.

There are many questions we still have regarding the book, especially since there is a revelation at the end, so we believe those are answered in the sequel, which is currently in the works.

One thing that is fantastic to read is that there are powerful female main/supporting characters. Mel, Zarra , Banash and Queen Aerona are all strong female characters, and we love that.

Overall, we do recommend this as a sweet read, especially for the younger audiences!  ๐Ÿ“–

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Do you usually read books targeted at the younger end of the YA audience? Please tell us what you think in the comments below.

20 comments:

  1. Nice review! Sounds like a great book with sort of a throwback plot but if done well that's okay! I think it sounds fun. :) Glad it was good, and I agree- if it's geared for the younger side of YA then it's nice that the humor is appropriate.

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    1. Thanks Greg! Yes, you hit it spot on - the humour is appropriate, but still entertaining, which is a nice change. The book is definitely fun, we liked it. It's nice to read a throwback book every now and again.

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  2. I love LOVE it when an author can bring humour into a story without bringing sex or making it coarse into it.

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    1. Thanks for passing by Verushka! And yes, it's amazing when an author can bring humour without sexual references or making it really rude.

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  3. Nice review ladies and I'm glad this one was enjoyable, even if it is geared toward a younger YA audience. It does sound like it's a fun read!

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    1. It's definitely a fun read. Reading a book targeted toward the younger audience was really refreshing since we haven't read a book like that besides Rick Riordan's. Thanks Di!

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  4. I don't think I've heard of this. It's nice when a book can take common tropes and use them well though! This might be a little too young for me, but it does sound sweet, and oddities united by a common cause usually makes for a fun read :-) Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Yup, you got it right, it's definitely a sweet read. Yes, it's great when authors are able to use common tropes well, especially the ones with quests and so forth.

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  5. I actually read a lot of middle grade and 'between MG and YA' fantasies! I enjoy them a lot actually..They are lighthearted and mostly easy reads :) This book sounds nice and great review guys! Also, just checked this book out on Goodreads and there are no reviews :( I hope you guys add your review to Goodreads later :) I feel sad when books don't have reviews!

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    1. Thanks for telling us. Like we said in our 2017 Bookish Resolutions, we'e trying to use Goodreads more, and we often forget about posting our reviews on Goodreads as well. Thanks Uma! <3

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  6. I haven't heard of this book but great review! I read YA and MG so I like the humor authors bring to the stories. I also like reading YA fantasy since adult fantasy can be too complicating with all the world building details.

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    1. Thanks Kathy! We should definitely try reading more MG, since the only one we really read is Rick Riordan's. Yesss, we know exactly what you mean - for us, it's so hard to remember the world in A Song of Ice and Fire sometimes.

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  7. Great review girls! <3 I have heard nothing about this, but this sounds really cool! I agree with the tropes, but I like when they are done nicely! And use Goodreads more! I am kinda addicted to that site, sheesh. #noshame
    Prabhleen@ Booksarelife987

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    1. Ahhhh, we're improving, at least. It's difficult to remember to update on Goodreads though - especially with a good book, we just need to finish it! No, there is absolutely no shame in being addicted in Goodreads. Thank you Prabhleen!

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  8. You don't come across a lot of fantasy novels that are also quite humorous! So many of them are so serious and gloom-doom-y. Not that there is anything wrong with that. :D I'm glad you enjoyed this novel! Great review, ladies!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. You're right, most fantasy novels can get incredibly gloomy and bleak, and there's nothing wrong with that, but it can be quite refreshing to have a lighter read. We find fantasy novels usually have more low-key humour that's less noticeable. Thanks Alyssa!

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  9. Great review. It sounds like a nice read to pick up on a weekend for a quick read

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    1. Yep, you got it right. It's a nice short read. Thanks Resh!

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  10. Oh wow! I was intrigued by your interview with the author, but now I am super excited to read this one. I love a fantasy novel that has elements of humour. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about this book. :)

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  11. @the Candid Cover. This is definitely a sweet book to pick up. It's as you mentioned, a fantasy novel with humour. Thanks for passing by. :):)

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