Monday, May 26, 2014

Cherie Reich's REBORN: Are You Ready To Challenge Fate?


Are you ready to challenge fate?


To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.

On the day of Yssa’s death and rebirth, the god Apenth chose her as the Phoenix Prophetess.

Sea serpents and gods endanger the young prophetess’s journey and sour the omens. Yssa is cursed instead of blessed, and her duties at the Temple of Apenth prove it. She spends her days reading dusty scrolls, which does nothing to help her forget Tym, the boy back home. But the annoying yet gorgeous ferryman’s son Liam proves to be a distraction she can’t predict, even though he rarely leaves her alone for two sand grains.

Her boring temple life screeches to a halt when visions of her parents’ murders consume her. Yssa races across an ocean to stop the future. If she can’t change Fate, she’ll refuse to be the Phoenix Prophetess any longer. Fate, however, has other plans for her and the kingdom.

Yssa must either accept her destiny or fight to change Fate.





My Review

Cherie Reich's debut novel is wonderfully creative and beautifully written.

REBORN introduces us to Yssa, a seventeen-year-old girl about to take up her duties as the Phoenix Prophetess. We accompany her as she journeys from her ordinary island life across a dangerous sea towards the future she's always known she'll have to face. But surviving a sea serpent attack is only the beginning. Secret plots and terrifying visions await Yssa when she arrives in Amora, and I couldn't wait to get back to my Kindle each night to see where Yssa's adventure would take her next.

I thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in the fantasy world of REBORN. The descriptive prose and colourful metaphors allowed me to visualise the story as if I were really there, and clever worldbuilding introduced new mythology, customs, creatures, and slang in a way that was both intriguing and believable.

The ending brought new revelations while tying up some loose ends. Other mysteries are yet to be solved, though, and I'm eager to discover what comes next!

And for those who are romantics at heart (like me), never fear: the growing (somewhat forbidden) relationship between Yssa and a certain ferryman's son will not leave you disappointed ;-)



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A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror collection Nightmare, a space fantasy novella collection titled Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms. For more information, please visit her website.




Cherie and the rest of the authors of Untethered Realms are giving away over $50 worth of books to one lucky winner. The giveaway is open internationally.

12 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Awesome review for Cherie's book!

Cherie Reich said...

Thank you for the lovely review, Rachel! :)

Cathy Keaton said...

Great review, Rach! I agree with you. ;)

Mary Preston said...

REBORN looks amazing.

cleemckenzie said...

Stopping in to cheer Cherie on! Good job on the review, Rachel.

Bobbi Kinion said...

Thank you for the chance.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats Cherie! I'm glad you enjoyed the book Rachel. I read Forgiven last Saturday and enjoyed it.

Cherie Reich said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

Sheena-kay, Rachel's Forgiven is wonderful! I can't wait to read the rest of the Trouble series. :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Haven't gotten a chance to read Cheri's book, but hoping to get to it this summer, especially after your review.

Cherie Reich said...

Thank you, Natalie! Hope you enjoy the book when you get a chance to read it. :)

Christine Rains said...

Great review! I love this book. :)

Cherie Reich said...

Aww, thank you, Christine!