by Jennifer Allis Provost
Released: June 1st 2013
Series: Copper Legacy #1
Published by Spence City
“…it’s been a long time since I have read a decent fantasy romance novel; sadly it seems that I must continue to seek one out as this definitely didn’t qualify”
~ Under the Covers
I was so ready to like this book, the idea behind it really intrigued me, sadly it didn’t live up to my expectations. In any way. What if there were magical and non-magical people, and what if they went to war? And even more shockingly, what if the non-magical people won? That is the idea that Copper Girl is based on. Sara is born into a legendary and magic-rich family; however, in the present climate, that brings nothing but danger and trouble, so Sara blends in. That is, until she accidentally summons an elf prince into her bed…
Like I said, I really wanted to like this, it’s been a long time since I have read a decent fantasy romance novel; sadly it seems that I must continue to seek one out as this definitely didn’t qualify. The writing was juvenile, the romance was at best bizarre, at worst the daydreams of a fifteen year old girl who doesn’t quite understand sex and romance yet and the story, although in the blurb sounded good, in the actual book was clumsy and never seemed to quite materialise.
Lets tackle the romance first. We meet Micah, her elven prince almost immediately and their attraction is immediate as well; I am a veteran of fated-to-be-mated kind of books, so that doesn’t bother me. But the chemistry between them is poorly explained and not really explored, you’re just told. Then there’s Sara’s simplistic acceptance of his sudden appearance in her life and it strikes me not as someone succumbing to their deep and overwhelming connection to their mate, but as someone following along as they don’t the intelligence to do anything else.
Now, on to the story telling and the writing, I know this sounds insulting, but this reads like some coursework I did for my English Lit GCSEs when I was 15. The narrative jumps backwards into the past randomly throughout the book (sometimes italicised, sometimes not) the story was simple, with no depth to it; you were either “bad” or “good” with all us muggles (sorry Harry Potter, I’m stealing your nouns) being lumped in with the bad. Ultimately, it was predictable, boring and I really struggled to read it.
It was such a shame, as I liked the premise; however, Jennifer Allis Provost didn’t have the skill to pull it off with any kind of depth of characters or story. I won’t be continuing this series, nor would I ever recommend anyone read this book.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?