ARC Review: How to Love Your Elf (Embraced by Magic #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks

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How to Love Your Elf Book Cover How to Love Your Elf
Embraced by Magic #1
Kerrelyn Sparks
Paranormal Romance
Kensington
February 25, 2020
eBook
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Raised in isolation on the magic-shrouded Isle of the Moon, five girls became five sisters. Now women, they are ready to claim their places in the world—and perhaps change it forever . . .

FLAME AND FORTUNE

Sorcha knew the mission was dangerous. Leaving the safe grounds of her brother’s kingdom and parlaying with the elves across their border . . . well, treachery seemed at least as likely as true peace. But to support her sister, Sorcha would brave far more than the underhanded ways of the elves. Or so she thought, before she was taken hostage.

Of course, her captors didn’t count on her particular abilities—or on the help of the Woodsman, the mysterious thief who made his home in the forest. He saw the battle from the trees, saw the soldier attacking against incredible odds to save a comrade—and then saw the valiant fighter revealed as Princess Sorcha of Norveshka. He can’t tell if he wants to kidnap her or kiss her. But despite Sorcha’s stubbornness, his inconvenient honor, and a rebellion on the cusp of full war, something burns between them that neither can let go . . .

 

How to Love Your Elf is book four in The Embraced series by Kerrelyn Sparks. 

I’m not sure why the author or publisher decided to label this novel as Embraced by Magic series when it’s part of The Embraced series. It’s not a title that can be read as a first in a series. How to Love Your Elf needs to be read after Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon.

I’ve loved the previous titles in The Embraced series, but unfortunately this one feel off the mark.

If you’ve been following the series, Sorcha, is a princess and ‘Embraced’. She was featured throughout the series as a women with a fiery personality, but we soon learning that that’s just a front. She’s scared to love to the point that she makes herself physically ill. I was very disappointed to learn that Sorcha wasn’t the go getter she was portrayed. She lacked confidence in everything she did, even her Embraced gift is next to nothing. She was dull and spent the novel pining and obsessing over the Woodsman.

The Woodsman had a sexy appeal. I liked his confidence and strong personality. He was the only thing I liked about this novel. 

The store progressed at a snails pace. I was not invested in the characters or plot. The main plot focused on the angst caused by the romance between these two. We also don’t spend any time dealing with who the Woodsman is and his history. As for the ending it happens fast and things are put to rest way to easily.

You might be wondering why I read this one. Well I loved the previous novels, I also wanted to get the full picture on the Embraced prophecy; which is the secondary plot featured throughout this series, and to also get those surprise tidbits offered up in the novel.

How to Love Your Elf was not the book for me. It’s my least favorite and I was sadly disappointed. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you. 

Rated: 2 Stars

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Kensington via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

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Jen
Jen
March 13, 2020 6:31 am

Well that’s a big bummer. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it, especially after loving the first ones. And a PS to authors you spinoff “new series” but are really just the next book in the existing series – DON’T DO THAT!! So frustrating.

Tanya @Rantings of a Reading Addict
March 12, 2020 9:29 am

I’m so bummed you weren’t feeling this one. I did ask the author why the change in series name halfway through and she said it was because of a change in publisher.

Tanya @Rantings of a Reading Addict
March 13, 2020 5:30 am
Reply to  Angela

I feel like more should have been done to make people aware that it was NOT the first of the series. I was massively confused when I saw the change and that the book was numbered as 1. I think new comers really need us bloggers to point out that this is definitely not the book to start with.

Anne - Books of My Heart
March 11, 2020 1:15 pm

I’m sorry it wasn’t for you. I liked this one.

Mary Kirkland
March 11, 2020 11:55 am

Yeah I wasn’t sure this one would be for me either so I haven’t read it yet. Sorry you didn’t like it more.

sherry fundin
March 11, 2020 11:54 am

bummer it didn’t work for you because it sounds like a fun one
sherry @ fundinmental

Sophia Rose
March 11, 2020 9:12 am

Oh no, bummer it was such a let down after you were anticipating Sorcha and her gift being tough stuff. Glad the hero was at least someone to take your fancy.

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