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Book Review: Shadow Hunt, Arash 1 By Elke Schuster

 

Product Details You may have met one without even noticing. You may have kissed one and been disappointed that he or she never called you. They may have been Arash.
Livia is the black sheep of her family, self-conscious and underachieving. That is, until she meets her new friends: the exuberant Natalie, her brother Rupert, the sculptor, intelligent librarian Will, stunning interior designer Ruth, and arrogant horse breeder Cassius. The group of mismatched friends makes Livia feel as if she may fit in somewhere for the first time in her life. Then she begins to suspect that her so-called friends are not who they claim to be. They hold a secret that could change Livia’s life forever.
Will her great love for one of them survive the challenges of becoming an immortal Arash? Will Livia herself manage to survive?

Publisher:  Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Members’ Titles     Published:  May 16th 2013

Genere:   Romance, Sci Fi & Fantasy            Source: Amazon Kindle Store

Authors Goodreads Page: click here

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MY REVIEW

I purchased this book from amazon after I found Raytara – Judgement of the Stars (Arash 2) and Tasagalt – Cross of the South (Arash 3) on Netgalley. Elke Schuster is a new author to me and in fact this book was her debut novel which is amazing as her writing is so accessible and enjoyable. The book fits well into the romamce, sci-fi and Fantasy classification that it has been placed. So lets look at the book

Plot/Storyline etc.: This book was easy to read which was a good thing because it meant that I read the book quickly and immediately read the next book in the series. The relationship between Livvia and her future Arash Family and especially Cassius progressed at a natural pace for a first book. I also loved the fact that as the reader you weren’t given the back stories of the main characters immediately but rather subtle hints to them were peppered throughout the book because it added to the stories intrigue and depth. The best parts of this books plot was definatly the should I should I element of Livvia’s decision to become an Arash and the development if the love affair between Livvia and Cassius.

Character (s): The way Elke described all the characters in this book enabled me as the reader to connect with each of them on different levels. However the characters that I liked the most were Livvia, Natalie and Cassius because their relationships (especially Livvia’s and Cassius’) were so captivating. I particularly loved Livvia because she was a person who at the beginning of the book had no self confidence and didn’t feel that she belonged but by the end of the book she had become quit a confident person as well as feeing like she finally belonged somewhere.

Summary: I was really surprised how much I loved this book meaning that I devoured it and immediately wanted to read the next book in the series. For me the best parts of this book were the romance and starting to learn about the Arash world that the book/series was about. I just wish I had read the book a lot sooner than I did. All that is left to say is that I will be reading the other books in this series and will keep my eyes open for any more books by Elke,

Books Read from July to the first week of September

Here are all the books I read from july to September

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Read in August                                  Read in September (Finished)        Read in August

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WEEKEND Missions: Aug 28 – 30

This Weekend I intend to:

  • Finish reading The Elite (#2 The Selection) by Kiera Cass
  • Continue to read
    • Tasagalt – Cross of the South (Arash 3) by Elke Schuster
    • Throne of Glass (#1 Throne of Glass) by Sarah J Mass
  •  Start reading Opal (#3 Lux) by Jennifer L Armentrout
  • Do my
    • Monday Missions post on Sunday, Schedule it to post on Monday

Monday Missions: Aug 17

Well here we are again time for another Monday Missions post:

This week I intend to:

Books/Reading

  1. Finish reading On the Edge by Jenny Pitman (Paperback)
  2. Finish reading Onyx, Lux 2 by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Kindle Book)
  3. Continue and possibly finish reading Raytara -Judgement of the Stars, Arash 2 by Elke Schuster (Kindle book from NetGalley
  4. Start re-reading In a Wolf’s Eye, The Saga of the Black Wolf 1 by A. Katie Rose (Paperback from
  5. Start reading The Elite, The Selection 2 by  Kiera Cass (Kindle book)

Blog/ You Tube

  1. Week in Rewind Post
  2. Monday Missions Post
  3. Friday Reads Post
  4. Book Review posts for any books that I finish
  5. Regular Travellers Notebook setup video

Note: It is my intention to do a Monthly Missions video at the beginnning each month, in which I will talk about things I intend to do for the month and any changes I may want to make to my blog/videos; and a Month in Rewind video at the end of each month.

Book Review: Shadow Hunt, Arash 1 by Elke Schuster

BOOK INFORMATION

Shadow Hunt (Arash, #1)
  Book Synopsis: You may have met one without even noticing. You may have kissed one         and been disappointed that he or she never called you. They may   have been Arash. Livia     is the black sheep of her family, self-conscious and underachieving. That is, until she
  meets her new friends: the exuberant Natalie,  her brother Rupert, the sculptor, intelligent   librarian Will, stunning interior   designer Ruth, and arrogant horse breeder Cassius. The     group of mismatched friends makes Livia feel as if she may fit in somewhere for the first       time in her life. Then she begins to suspect that her so-called friends are not who they            claim to be. They hold a secret that could change Livia’s life forever.

Will her great love for one of them survive the challenges of becoming an                  immortal Arash?    Will Livia herself manage to survive?

 

Other Info:

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 786 KB

Print Length: 309 pages

Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

Language: English

ASIN: B00CU7405W

Price: £0.99

Books in Series

Raytara – Judgement of the Stars, Arash 2

Tasgalt – Star of the South, Arash 3

Jhanmar – World Travellers, Arash 4

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REVIEW

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I absolutely loved this book from cover to cover and feel that it was an amazing introduction in to the world of the Arash, which is why I gave it a 4 star rating. I admit I wanted to give the book a full five star rating but I didn’t because I wanted to see how the story will develop in the other books in the series.

The author wrote the book in a way that kept you wondering all the way through what was going to happen next as well allowing the world of the Arash to unfold slowly due to what the main character Livia was learning about them as the story developed. I also loved the way that Elke developed Rhandolf the main Arash who turns out to be Livia’s biological father because you were always wondering what secrets he was hiding. I loved the dynamics between the Arash family: Natalie the kind hearted, gentle, hopeless romantic bright Arash; Ruth the cold hearted, bitchy interior designer dark Arash; Will the kind, gentle, Gay bright Arash & brother to Ruth; Cassius the domineering but loveable horse breeding dark Arash; Rupert the balchy but gentle, sculpture bright Arash and brother to Natalie

The story begins where Livia has broken up with her boyfriend just before Christmas and is feeling lonely and like she doesn’t fit anywhere again, then she meets Natalie. As she gets to know Natalie and her friends she begins to feel like she fits in somewhere at last. I loved the way that the Author wrote the dream sequences in the book as the way she described what was happening really made me as the reader feel like I was experiencing it myself as it was blatantly obvious that the character was feeling like is this a dream or is it really happening like you do sometimes with dreams.

All in all this was a fantastic book which I strongly recommend to any reader who loves books about mythical/ asteral beings. So all that is left to say is that I will be reading the rest of this series, in fact I am currently reading the second book in the series Raytara – Judgement of the Stars.

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About the Author

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   Elke Schuster lives in Austria with her husband, a painter, and their daughters. She studied                  Romance philology and English and American Studies in Salzburg, Venice, and London,                        culminating in her dissertation on ‘Machiavelli under the Perspective of Greek and Latin                     Historiography’. After a career in marketing and the birth of her two daughters she founded a             successful translation business. The Arash books are her first novels.