King Hall by Scarlett Dawn
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Format: eARC, 280 pages
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Series: Forever Evermore #1
Description from Goodreads:
A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall…
King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.
Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.
Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution.
You know how so many people are getting into New Adult but are sitting around wondering where the freak the good paranormal NA's are? Well, I JUST FOUND ONE!
Seriously, someone should slap me for waiting so long to read this book. It was so great, I cannot stop smiling about it. This is without a doubt one of my favorite NA books, and one of my favorite books so far this year.
Yeah, I loved it that much.
These characters give me all kinds of happy feelings inside. Lily and Dominic were such an adorable couple. And, wonder of wonders, I actually liked Lily! She was strong and could be independent when the need arose. And she was OPEN. She actually talked about things (for the most part) instead of letting it stew away inside her for us to read and punch walls about. Pearl rocked, and Jack was a sweetheart.
EZRA. Let me tell you about my boy Ezra. I have the biggest mother effing crush on this guy. There are so many book boys that I love, but Ezra I have a 100% serious crush on. I heart his face. I pretty much swooned every time he breathed. I highlighted every time he did anything remotely funny, protective, cute, or sweet. If I didn't like Lily so much, I'd still have read this book anyway just to see what's up with Ezra. He's my favorite character by far. I'm also considering adding him to my top 10 book boys of all time... I'm not SURE yet, but it's a thought, and that means something.
This book starts off on a funny note, which caught my attention and made me want to read more. From there, we're introduced to the world, which I thought was built fairly well. There are still questions, but those are things that I'm sure will be cleared up in the next book (or books? I don't know how long this series is going to be. Then again, if Ezra sticks around the whole time, I think I'd be cool with it never ending). Other than the world building, this book was paced super well--so much stuff happened, I swear I didn't get bored at all. Not one time while reading this book. I'd have to go eat dinner or reply to an email or something and I'd be whining to whoever was sitting next to me about that really great book I was reading that I wanted to read more of RIGHT NOW.
Goodness gracious, I LOVE THIS BOOK. I am making some serious grabby hands for book 2 right now. For real, I can't even.
Overall, King Hall is the most addictive book I've read in a while. Fun, sweet, and badass, I would certainly recommend this paranormal New Adult story to anyone who likes books that pull you in and hold you hostage.
Now, I'm off to write a love letter to Ezra. Oh, sweet baby goodness I heart that boy.