Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Clouded by Envy - Book Breakdown

Brenik has always been envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.

Living in a tree trunk for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always remains in the back of her mind.

When Bray reunites with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming between Bray and Wes.

Book Breakdown 

*I was given this title in exchange for an honest review*

Brenik and Bray are twins from a world not quite like ours. They're not human either, related closely to bats. They are forced to leave their home and when Bray gets a gift from the Stone of Desire, it only makes Brenik even more jealous of his older twin sister. Deciding he can't take it anymore, he strikes a deal with the stone but it's not quite what he hoped it to be, he ends up murdering people. Can Bray save him or is he beyond the point of no return? 

VAMPIRES!!!!! I said it, vampires. This book has vampires! Which thrilled my little vampire obsessed heart so much. That alone was enough to make me love this, well not really but it gets serious bonus points! The writing is great, fast-paced, not a single dull moment, every scene drives the plot forward quickly. It just hooks you so you don't want to put down the book. You have to keep going to the very end. 

I don't think I've ever voiced this before but I'm not the biggest fan of reading about children because most of the time they fall flat to me... I don't know really how to describe it. BUT I loved Luca! He was so adorable. Honestly, all the characters were very well written, even the few that we only see for a few scenes. My favorite was Luca though, not gonna lie. There's even romance in this book and it's explicit, I mean the book is NA so... 

Side note: I had no idea this was set in the '90s! It was so nice to step back into a time before cell phones controlled the masses and social media became the God everyone worshiped. I want to see more books set in this time frame. 

My only complaint, I wanted more. This was on the shorter side and I found myself sitting it down because I didn't want it to end. Though that ending! I mean, can I get the sequel now... please? Bottom line, a great fast-paced novel that will suck you in and leave you wanting more.