I received this book via the author, M.A. Wilder. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Series: The Té-Trad Tale #1
Published by Self Publish on March 14, 2013
Length: 276 pages
Reviewing eARC Rating:
When seventeen-year-old Beckit Wright joins Aaron, a mesmerizing and mysterious knight, on a dangerous adventure to a world that she is destined to save, things get complicated when her safety and heart wind up in jeopardy. As the two struggle to keep their professional relationship from turning personal, Beckit and Aaron begin to wonder how long will they be able to fight both their enemies and their fierce attraction for one another before one of them ends up hurt or worse.
WARNING: This book contains some adult language, violence, and sexual content. Reader and parental discretion is advised.
The story starts with our heroine Beckit Wright. She is a seventeen year old on the verge of high school graduation, captain of the swim team, and–through her own description–not a girl to turn heads. She’s an orphan and remembers nothing from her childhood or about her birth parents. After a series of FML events, Beckit learns about Traterra, a planet filled with banshees, werewolves, dooms, mermaids, vampires (just to name a few) and that she is a part of some supernatural te-trad. As the Earth te-trad she has been called to Traterra to protect it from a yet unnamed foe. Beckit is a character I found easy to relate to. Wilder’s use of everyday slang and references to popular pop culture keep our heroine tied to the readers in an Earthling type way.
Then there’s Aaron……
He felt safe. Which was funny since safe wouldn’t be a word one would use to describe the stalker.
Turns out Aaron is not a stalker but an erone from the planet of Traterra. His job is to protect the te-trad at all costs. And does he ever have his work cut out for him. Aaron struggles not only with his job but with his feelings for Beckit, making a very hot romance!
Every time he spoke, it was like someone was pouring melted chocolate down Beckit’s spine. And those eyes.
Besides our two main characters, we have Tameka (Beckit’s besty and only other main character who is human), Ran (a werewolf), Linnie (the witch), and Frost (the vampire). This ragtag group become not only close friends but family to Beckit as she is not only away from her home but learning about a future that is uncertain.
The only reason I could not give this book five stars is the narration at the beginning. Through out the first several chapters we are in a third-person limited POV and get a taste of what is going on from all of the characters. I found this very hard to follow and several times caught myself having to reread certain sections just to figure out whose head I was in. Overall though the book is outstanding! I laughed out loud, cried with Beckit and found the whole romance endearing. By far this is one of the best sci-fi books I’ve read in a long LONG time!