Saturday, March 3, 2018

Review: Rain (A Stranger in the Woods #1)

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Rain (A Stranger in the Woods #1)
by India R. Adams

What if you knew you had just met the other part of your soul—the one who could take away all the pain and loneliness—but no one believes you because the rugged stranger from the woods is nowhere to be found? Would you search for him? Would you be strong enough to believe he exist somewhere out in the darkness where he found you? And if you were to finally find the stranger from the woods and learn he is like no other tale that has ever been told… would you still have the courage to love him?

Rose has no time for romance because her father has passed away from an illness plaguing her small town, and now her mother has also contracted the illness, leaving Rose’s two younger siblings to be her responsibility. But when her best friend forces her to be young for a night and celebrate her twentieth birthday with a bonfire and friends, Rose meets a stranger from the woods, and Rose soon learns he is no stranger at all. In fact, this magical being is trying to keep her… alive.

Two bloods of one will bring down the shadows, to cast, no more…

*I received a copy from the author through the Facebook group: Happily Ever After ARC Readers. This does not affect my review.*

This is my first time reading one of India R. Adams’ books, but I have to say, I really enjoyed it! The story and world-building was so unlike anything I have read before. While it wasn’t the emotional roller-coaster I’m used to, there were some places that I found myself cheering for the characters, and even a part where I felt the characters’ pain.

Rose is about to turn 20, in a world where sickness is killing those she loves. Her father died of the illness, and her mother is fighting a loosing battle. She is forced to work, and raise her younger brother and sister, with the help of Gunner, her best friend.
On her 20th birthday, Gunner convinces her to go to a party with friends. There she meets a stranger, one who she met in a dream.

I loved the elves in this, and the blood demons. The more we learned of both races, the more I liked the story. The Vikes are my favorite, from the way they talk, to their playful natures. While I’m not big on their relationship arrangements, and was worried that Rose might be in a similar position, I’m happy with how things turned out. I loved the elf village, and their way of life, and am excited to see more of these characters in the next book. I also loved how things ended, and how the first book got it’s name. It’s very fitting.

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