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Series: Archaic #4
By: Regan Ure
Publication Date: December 2, 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
Cover Design: Mayhem Cover Creations
There is a darkness that lurks inside of me. The evil that runs through my veins is a constant reminder of the ruthless killer I once was.
But somehow I've been changed. I'm not that person anymore. Unlike before, I can feel remorse for my actions even though guilt doesn't erase the past that still haunts me.
I've been given a chance to lead a normal life. A chance to be a son, a brother and maybe more.
My name is Mason. My future is undecided.
I don't know if it will last. All I know for certain is that none of it will even matter if I can't escape my past.
My One Cent
I have not read any of the previous books so I was kind of going blind when I read this. I had to highlight the names of the characters to make sure I kept track and be familiar with them. Though there were terms I did not grasp right away, fortunately, in the succeeding chapters, a lot of light was shed on the things, characters and on the background of the story. So, pretty much, I was able to form what exactly the story was.
So, Mason used to be a Hue. The Hue are a group of killers who do not have emotions. They are very effective assassins since they can kill without feeling any remorse. To them, killing is a way of life and a job. It's as easy as breathing. The Archaic are the enemies of the Hue. The Archaic are the opposite of the Hue. They are good people.
This book is basically about Mason crossing over to the good side.
In as much as I had no background about what the story is, it wasn't that complicated to understand. As the scenes unfolded, I was able to piece together what the plot was and who and what the main characters were. I found that I actually enjoyed reading this story. It was not common. I am not really a paranormal fan. I'm usually hesitant to read this genre. But since, I did not have any idea what this one was, I had no choice. Luckily, this was an interesting story and it kept me until the end. This was also not a very long book so it was just to my liking. Unlike some paranormal books wherein you had to keep track of the characters and what kind of creatures they are even if you have read the previous books, which are often confusing at first, for this one, I found that I didn't have to read again a sentence or two or backtrack to get a grasp of who's who. Also, unlike some paranormal stories wherein a lot of things are going on, for this one, the story was simple enough and without a lot of terms or jargon that you will need to keep a glossary. Even if this was already the fourth installment of the story, it pretty much can pass for a stand alone, except for one or two characters mentioned that had something happen to them in the previous books which was not expounded or mentioned in this one. Unfortunately, this had kept nagging at me and has stroke my curiosity so I might have to read the previous books if I can't stop thinking about them. Other than that, it was a fascinating read. And I really like the ending. It was so cute.
I give the book 4/5 white SUV's. This is an example of good always triumphs versus evil. Though that may sound like a broken record but it still worked in this story. There were also some surprises. Usually, I would try to anticipate what will happen in the next chapters. For this one, I did that after I have fully figured out what the gist of the story is. But still, I did not see the surprises coming near the end. I liked how it was done and I never saw them coming. I liked that I was surprised. Best thing of all, knowing I pretty much had no clue when I started but ended up understanding who the Archaic and Mason is, which means that the author succeeded in relaying the story, especially to an audience like me who had no idea what I got myself into. The story was straightforward enough to be able to clearly get the story across to the reader. That in itself is a point for the author because I was really expecting that I would get lost and would not find my way through the story.
To love someone left you open to the risk of losing them.
- Regan Ure, Mason -
Regan is a South African who is married to an IT specialist. She is also mom to a daughter and son. She discovered the joy of writing at the tender age of twelve. Her first two novels were teen fiction romance. She then got sidetracked into the world of computer programming and traveled extensively visiting twenty-seven countries.
A few years ago after her son’s birth she stayed home and took another trip into the world of writing. After writing nine stories on a free writing website, winning an award and becoming a featured writer the next step was to publish her stories.
If she isn’t writing her next novel you will find her reading soppy romance novels, shopping like an adrenaline junkie or watching too much television.
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