Thursday, July 10, 2014

Five by Caroline Greyling (Maor #1)

A Maor Novel
by Caroline Greyling

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Maor - Book 1
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Smart M communications (PTY) LTD
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 322 pages
Available from: Amazon

'The glass of the airport window is cool against my forehead as I stand in OR Tambo international airport, trying to figure out how my life has gone from ordinary contentment to supernatural chaos in the space of a few days.’

At sixteen, all Shaylee Greene wants is to become a dancer and her biggest problems are her over-protective parents and a strange recurring dream she’s been having most of her life. Then she wakes up on her seventeenth birthday and discovers that she has been marked.
Ripped from her beloved South Africa, home for most of her life, Shaylee is sent, without explanation, to a tiny town in the Forest of Dean, England, to live with her grandmother, whom she has not seen since age seven. Here, Shaylee learns that she is not who she thought she was.
Assigned one protector and promised to another, she must come to terms with her unexpected attraction for both boys, learn about her fantastical heritage, uncover some harsh truths about her past and fight to survive in this new world fraught with dangers she never knew existed. 

Five: A Maor Novel (Maor series)My Review
Five by Caroline Greyling
My Rating:  5 Stars

 Remember those reassurances that “It was JUST a nightmare?” What if that nightmare repeated itself over and over? What if it’s more than “just a nightmare?” and that nightmare could be real enough to kill you? Shaylee Greene has been abruptly uprooted from her home in South Africa and sent to live with her grandmother across an ocean where she discovers her life has been little more than a lie, but no one will tell her what pieces and truths are missing from her past until that lack of knowledge nearly gets her killed.
Could it be possible that Shaylee is a magical being and the fate of her “new” world rests on her shoulders as part of a foretold prophecy? Assigned an elite guard with whom she has a special bond, she learns that just a touch from Kael sends her heart into overdrive, but she has been betrothed to another since she was a baby. With little information and a lot of unanswered questions, Shaylee takes a hardline stand at being controlled until her life and the life of the one she truly loves are in danger. Can she be forced to marry a man she doesn’t love with all her heart? How does her grandmother know this will take the bullseye off her back when other magical beings come hunting for her? How many lies must she dig through to get to the truth? What will knowing the truth do to her life?

Five by Caroline Greyling was a fabulous surprise read for me! I feel like I hit the YA paranormal romance jackpot grand prize! Ms. Greyling gives us an intelligent heroine whose POV is well told and easy to empathize with. Shaylee has a good head on her shoulders and only her lack of understanding and the loss of control in her life seem to move her to do the exact opposite of what she is told. With well-crafted scenes and a magical stroke of her pen, Ms. Greyling has built a world of fantasy that feels real without use of clich├ęs and overdone angst! Am I prepared to continue this series? Oh yes, after this sturdy foundation and start to the Maor series, I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment of this fast-paced, intense and detailed fantasy!

I received this copy from Caroline Greyling in exchange for my honest review!

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