Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Anew - Chelsea Fine

Book: Anew
Author: Chelsea Fine
Series:The Archers of Avalon, #1
Genres: Young Adult, Love Triangle, Romance, Fantasy
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 5th December 2011

My Rating: 🌕🌕
Date Finished: 14th July 2021


Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery...until she met a boy with a familiar voice.

Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet's determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer.

Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet's world becomes even more muddled. While she's instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she's impossibly drawn to Tristan--and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past...might just be the death of her.


I've had this on my Kindle for years - 5 to be exact - so it's about time I read it, don't you agree?

This starts with a prologue. Scarlet wakes up in the middle of a forest with no memory of anything other than her name. Fast forward two years and she now has a best friend, a guardian and a senior year of school to look forward to. She meets Gabriel in the summer before school starts at her towns Kissing Festival and they grow close, but after a while it becomes obvious he's hiding something. Following him home one day she realises it isn't Gabriel but a twin brother he hadn't mentioned and that she feels a deep connection to him straight away which she demands answers about. Does she know him from her past?

I struggled to get into this for the first 35% or so. The Kissing Festival just seemed so weird and then Scarlet is instantly drawn to these two people but she doesn't really question it much. From the 75% mark I was reading to see what would end up happening and it did kind of take me by surprise but at the same time, it didn't. It didn't blow me away by any means.

I'm also not that interested in what happens next. I never really got dragged into their love triangle - though I think moody Tristan would have been my preferred guy for Scarlet - and I can't say much happened in the book. It was a little boring at times, taking too long for things to progress at the start.

I think books have grown a little more intense and exciting in the 10 years since this was released and this is very tame compared to some of the books I've read recently, maybe that's why I wasn't that into it.

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