Recurve My name is Larkspur and I am an Elemental My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies I should be at my father s side as a royal princess But as a half breed bastard ch

  • Title: Recurve
  • Author: Shannon Mayer
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies I should be at my father s side as a royal princess But as a half breed, bastard child, that isn t going to happen I ve been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line I have only two options left to me baMy name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies I should be at my father s side as a royal princess But as a half breed, bastard child, that isn t going to happen.I ve been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line I have only two options left to me banishment, or training to become one of the King s Elite Guards, an Ender.Option one will kill me.Option two is meant to break me, but it s the only way to survive.Did I mention I have no power like the rest of the elementals, and my connection to the earth is worth next to nothing Could things get any worse Of course they can Welcome to being an Elemental

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    1. DNF at 60%Eh I really wanted to like this. There really wasn't anything 'wrong' with it, it just didn't catch my interest. Typical evil queen who is evil just because she's evil and wants power. Heroine doesn't really stand out and has powers she can't seem to surface. Take my rating with a grain of salt though, because of course there's a likelihood that it got better in the last half, but I just stopped caring and I didn't want to invest more time in it. Perhaps I'll return at a later date! My [...]

    2. This one was alright, but the story moved so fast that it felt like nothing was explained well. The characters were inconsistent and confusing was really hard to get behind them and root for them. The MC kept switching between a "doormat" and a "stubborn warrior" type of person. I HATED that she kept going back to her jerk boyfriend (and sleeping with him) because she "felt bad" or "was trying to give him a chance". I mean really!?!? Have some self-respect and dump him already!With that being sa [...]

    3. Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.My desire to one-click Shannon Mayer’s Elementals grew with every RYLEE ADAMSON installment I read until Larkspur’s character was officially introduced in several novellas as well as book 9 which also happened to be the point where I finished playing catch-up on that particular story line, and what ultimately prompted me to take-up RECURVE. This title unfolds thirty some years prior to PRICELESS, so if you were hoping for continuity (like I was), you’ll be bummed a [...]

    4. Larkspur is an elemental with no elemental powers. She's a daughter of the king, but isn't allowed to live with him because she has no magic. That makes her basically useless and she's suffered for it her whole life. She finds herself a place as a member of the guard and she is determiend to earn her keep. There is a deadly plot underway, though, and it will take Larkspur pushing herself further than she ever has to save the day. I quit reading the Rylee Adamson series, but I think this series h [...]

    5. After seeing so many glowing reviews for this series and repeatedly getting it recommended to me, I finally took the plunge and gave this series and author a try.I wish I could say that I loved this read, or even that I liked it, but the truth is, I feel very indifferent about it.For whatever reason, from the very beginning, I had a hard time connecting to the story line and the characters itself.The writing isn't bad nor the story line but yet I just couldn't get into the heart of the story. Th [...]

    6. More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.This is a confusing book because I'm not sure exactly what it was supposed to be and I'm not sure that Mayer knew, either. It definitely falls into the "paranormal" category (I categorize paranormal as fantasy that takes place in the "normal" world, and it may or may not be urban--this is not) but beyond that, it's kind of a mess. The plot follows Lark (short for Larkspur) a bastard princess of the Earth Elementals whoarently live in the [...]

    7. so yea, i think i loved this book.Dear Shannon Mayer, this book was awesome. I read your Rylee Adamson series and while i will say that i read most of it, i wasn't a ginormous fan. This oneis one was amazing!!! Okay let's talk plot. "Madness is a place where I hide from those who would silence me." Larkspur is a royal Princess who is held in disdain. None will acknowledge her as a member of the royal family due to her lack of elemental power.Useless. a shell of an elemental. worthless.Or is she? [...]

    8. 2.5 stars.The middle bit of this was fairly fun in a sort of not very deep, actiony suspense-lite kind of way, but the prologue was heart-breaking and the last 25% turned in to needlessly stupid actionfest (view spoiler)[when you're on a time critical mission don't go to a random place and pick up your dads mistress who you previously sent in to hiding to protect her from the still very-much-at-large villain, especially don't drag the same pregnant mistress through a heavily guarded enemy strong [...]

    9. Good start to a new series! I like that this is a bit different from the usual PNR. For example, the heroine has a hot, sex-based relationship with a guy who definitely won't be her long-term mate/partner.Bravo! And the heroine herself - she is kind of powerful, but not all-powerful.She is rightly doubtful that she will be strong enough to battle the evil queen. The world-building is original as there is a "human world" kind of beyond - so that this is like an alternative universe, but embedd [...]

    10. I read this book bc i was interested in the protagonist Larkspur. That is what kept my interest throughout the first 1/2 of the book. It's pacing was slow & the fact I knew Shannon Mayer's work & was introduced to Lark in a Rylee Adamson novelI made me stubbornly refuse to DNF the book. I would recommend if you're not familiar with SM or the world this story takes place read the original series Priceless (Rylee Adamson, #1) prior to starting the spin off with this book. I continue to fin [...]

    11. The story and idea was interesting, yet there was zero world development and the book lacked character development. Also, the dialogue was childish.

    12. I picked up Recurve by Shannon Mayer because it is a nominee for best fantasy novel 2015. This is not fantasy, this is YA fantasy. Also, if this book wins the award it will imply that 2015 had slim offerings for excellent fantasy.This book wasn't bad. I have most definitely read worse. This book isn't good either. Recurve leaves plenty to be desired.The Good Innovative setting between the real world and the hidden world of fairies and elementals.Fast paced story. If this is the only book that y [...]

    13. Wow! I am in awe of Shannon Mayer and what she has created with this new series. It was incredible, addictive and I honestly couldn’t stop reading once I started. I loved the world building, Lark has to be one of my favourite heroines ever and this story was so intriguing. I don’t read a lot of fantasy stories, but this felt special. It was fast moving and action packed. I often found myself holding my breath and I can’t wait for more. This is most definitely one of my favourite reads for [...]

    14. I wanted to like this one, it had a good beginning but it was too poorly written. I got as far as halfway before giving up.

    15. fun quick read, I will be continuing with this series because it was interesting enough to keep me on the hook and I'm also hoping that Lark and Ash will get together later on in the series I seriously want that to happen. I also really enjoyed Larkspur, she had drive and guts and did what needed to be done and wasn't the typical "special snowflake" that seems to be the go-to when writing books now a days. She was flawed and looked at as useless and never had anyone helping to make her life easi [...]

    16. A bit slow to get to the point, but OK, although there were things that could have gone in a different direction at times that might have lifted the story.To give this story my ultimate rating, I will cough up that I put this down for months before I picked it up again

    17. Completely not what I was expecting. I thought I was getting urban fantasy and this was not. Still a decent read.

    18. NOTE: As I'm an urban fantasy author I no longer rate other Urban Fantasy series. If I've posted them here you can be certain I enjoyed them and recommend giving them a shot!Recently I made a return to urban fantasy, one of my all time favourite genres, after a very long spell submersing myself in decidedly non UF reading. Recurve, by Shannon Mayer, coincidentally ended up on my radar when I also decided to try Kindle Unlimited (out of curiosity) and my other interest in trying more indie author [...]

    19. I liked this far more than I expected. I weren't that excited about reading it (i actually avoided starting it) but it was a more pleasant experience than I had previously thought.I liked the main character. I liked that she wasn't a virgin, which is an annoying theme in most of the other YA books, and that being sexually active as a woman wasn't shamed or strange in any sense. I liked the minor characters - Ash in particular - but also Fern, Raven (loved him although he is mentioned less than 1 [...]

    20. Mildly interesting but rather predictable. Quite a few wtf-moments regarding how some of the magic work. I never felt like I was getting into the story as I was reading, everything was super fast paced. Won't continue the series.

    21. A good start by Ms Mayer to another new series.What I liked: I enjoy story lines based on the Fae. While this is not exactly a Fae book, it is very similar. Basically, Elementals are just as heartless and conniving as the Fae. As a half-bastard, Larkspur was once loved but is now basically excluded from all things royal. The overriding reason for this is her lack of any real power. To survive in her world, you need power.Unknown to Larkspur, she has plenty of power but for some reason she just c [...]

    22. I just flipped to the last page of Recurve, and I'm in awe of Shannon's world-building abilities. Rich details built a mental image piece by piece until I felt as though I were standing in the redwood forest watching Larkspur as she fought to preserve not only her home but those she loves as well. Lark's innate ability to love her family and fight for them, despite their indifference and lack of acceptance, shows in her a capacity for being a hero. Their cruel titles of "Useless" and "Cuckoo" mi [...]

    23. This shit is shallow as a kiddie pool, but it's decently written fun action with a lady protagonist and Fern's role in the latter pages of the book made me feel better about the otherwise atrocious role women play in this book (they're all one dimensional comically evil villains. Except for the pure tragically deceased mother and I suppose the benevolent-yet-unknowable mother goddess, can't forget her. The rest are minor characters who play no real role except, again, Fern.) Seriously evil siste [...]

    24. 3.5 starsWow this was surprising! I bought it out of the blue a couple days ago because it sounded interesting. It is pretty good for the beginning of a series. The characters showed a lot of growth from beginning to end (thankfully because they were annoying at first). I think I will end up liking the next book even more because I see so much potential for this series. I'm still holding out for the romance to kick in!

    25. The first half of this suffered from first book syndrome lol. The last half I couldn't put down. I felt bad for Larke really had it bad. This book kind of had a Snow White vibe going too. We did get a touch of Rylee bleed over too :)All in all a good book and I'll pick up book 2 for sure.

    26. DNF at 55%. This didn't stand out to me one way or the other too much until we find out through Ash's memories that sixteen-year-old Belladonna pretty much raped him. Not cool and borderline gratuitously done.

    27. I love Shannon's Rylee Adamson series and I was worried her new series wouldn't live up to Rylee--boy was I relieved when I not only LOVED RECURVE, but I think I love it even more. (Now I feel disloyal to Rylee.)

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