Hey lovely readers!
Today’s post is a book review of The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday. I’m super bummed, because I picked up this book because of a fellow bloggers review and I can’t remember who it was. If I do remember I’ll update the post! Okay let’s get started.
“Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she’ll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi’s already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.”
This book has me so conflicted! it definitely sucked me in with the fact that it’s a dark, paranormal romance. Like umm yes please! The world building is really amazing. There are so many different characters, so many different fantasy elements. I mean the story has wood nymphs, elves, vampires, fairies, pixies, druids, wolves, humans. Basically everything you could want. I loved that. The story itself is about Annika, a human who finds herself trapped in a different world with all of the magical creatures she never believed existed. Of course there’s love, lust, intrigue, drama, a prophecy, and a dangerous journey in the mix. So what’s my issue exactly?
The book needs a lesson in pacing I think. It was so slow to start, picked up, slowed down, and picked up again. Add to that the fact that it’s descriptive heavy and I had a tough time getting through some chapters. I adored Talvi! But I wasn’t a big fan of how the book portrayed his character. One minute Annika loved him , the next someone was telling her how awful he was. I enjoyed his character more than hers and that annoyed me a bit. Now for some things I did like!
I really loved the language used in the book and the way all the fantasy creatures spoke. It was very old timey, melodic, soft, and intelligent. Even the scenes with sex were written this way and I think it made them so powerful. I loved the story line of a prophecy unfolding, it added a much needed mystery to things. And I really loved the perspective of all the fantasy creatures when it came to how humans lived. The book definitely has some issues, but overall it’s definitely worth a try. Let me know what you think if you do decide to pick it up!
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna
*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads