Monday, November 19, 2012

Book Review: Anew by Chelsea Fine + Giveaway!

Book Review: Anew by Chelsea Fine + Giveaway!

Author: Chelsea Fine
Author Online: Twitter Goodreads Website
Publisher: Acacia Publishing, Inc
Release Date: First edition December 7, 2011
Format: paperback, 400 pages
My Rating: 5/5 
Series: The Archers of Avalon, Book One
Buy It: Amazon Barnes and Noble Book Depository 
How I got it: I received this book from the publisher free of cost in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
Summary: (Taken from Goodreads) 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.

One word to describe Anew, in the words of Scarlet’s best friend, Heather: O.M.G.

Anew had all the elements of any good YA paranormal romance: a love story that goes back centuries in time, a teenage girl that falls for a beautiful, mysterious boy full of secrets and charm, another gorgeous boy that’s full of secrets, and then, of course, the boys just so happen to be brothers! Gasp! Throw in a case of amnesia, and you’ve got yourself one crazy-fun time.

The characters in Anew were fresh and exciting—there wasn’t one character that I disliked or cared about less than the others. My favorite, hands down, would have to be Heather, Scarlet’s best friend. She was fun, hilarious, daring, and let’s not forget: Boy-crazy! Whenever Heather showed up, you just knew the scene was going to be a good time. She also cared about Scarlet very much, and their relationship warmed my heart. Let’s just say I would very much love a Heather spinoff series somewhere down the line! *wink wink*

Scarlet, our heroine, was also very enjoyable. She was sweet, smart, and utterly confused. Chelsea Fine did a wonderful job with Scarlet. I can’t imagine it being easy to write a character who suffers from amnesia; but Scarlet develops beautifully over the course of this book.
She had those moments of “who am I?” and “Why did this happen to me?” but she never let it get the best of her, and I found myself cheering for her every page. She was never clueless in that overplayed kind of way, and she always had something to say, which I really liked about her.

Now, to get to the part that we’ve all been waiting for… the hot, mysterious boys that seem to be thrown into Scarlet’s as-normal-as-can-be-expected life overnight.

Gabriel, Scarlet’s love-interest, was cute, sweet, funny and the perfect hero for our lovely heroine. While their relationship seemed to form very quickly, nothing in terms of feelings or acts were rushed, and I was thankful for this. They were very sweet together, but I just didn’t feel a ‘spark’ with them; no feelings of burning passion, of butterflies in your stomach... but Tristan on the other hand…

Tristan, Gabriel’s twin brother and fellow admirer of Scarlet, was just perfect. Dark, brooding (but not in the usual depressive way), dangerous, quick-witted and borderline flawless—I guess it’s safe to say I’m team Tristan, if there is any team to be on for this series!

From the first moment Scarlet and Tristan meet, you’re hit with an undeniable sense of chemistry and need; a hunger and longing these two characters share that only they can supply for the other. It’s very obvious that Tristan and Scarlet care for each other, but the thing that really set Anew a part from any other YA novel out there, is that Chelsea Fine never forces her characters to act on impulse, and make such foolish decisions that people in the real world would never make. I can’t tell you how good it was to finally read a story where there isn’t a 'full out' love triangle between the main characters. Just a lot of really enjoyable tension!

While Scarlet and Tristan have a connection that is undeniable, Scarlet is very loyal to Gabriel, and would never do anything to hurt him. As the story continues, you learn more about Gabriel and Tristan, and why Scarlet has such a strong connection to both brothers; emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Each chapter leaves you begging for more, and this is not a book that you can easily put down. I don’t recommend picking Anew up late at night—you’ll never get any sleep!

Chelsea Fine’s writing is fun and exciting—easy to read and always keeping you at the edge of your seat. She spins an exciting tale of love, mystery, adventure and finding out exactly who you are and where you belong in this world. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of the next installment in this exciting series! 

                                 Add Anew to your 'To be read' list on Goodreads!

How about that giveaway?! I have one (1) paperback copy of Anew up for grabs for all you wonderful book lovers out there! I would like to take a moment to thank Acacia Publishing  for providing this copy of Anew for a giveaway. Thank you again! :)

Giveaway rules/details:
To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. All winners will be chosen randomly.
The first place winner will win one (1) paperback copy of Anew by Chelsea Fine and one (1) Anew bookmark.
Second place will win one (1) Anew bookmark. 
Third place will also win one (1) Anew bookmark.
This giveaway is open internationally! Come one, come all! Good luck! :)
Must be 13 years of age or older to enter.
MUST be a follower of 909 Reviews.
MUST follow Chelsea's Twitter (here) If you do not have twitter, please at least follow her blog or email her to say 'thank you' if you win this giveaway. :)
The winner will have 48 hours to reply to the email that I will send them, letting them know they have won or else a new winner will be chosen.
You can enter so long as you follow 909 Reviews, letting that be your main entry, or you can fill out the form and follow the instructions to earn extra entries. 
Giveaway ends December 20th at 12:00 AM. :)
Thank you! All entries will be verified to make sure you are following the rules. Please don’t leave out any information if the form asks for it: it’s there for a reason. :)
Thanks, and good luck!
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  1. Wow, this book looks awesome! :D
    I'm glad you liked it. ^.^ Thanks for this giveaway. ^.^

    Tiffa @ The British Book Nerd

  2. I love this series, it's fantastic. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. :)

  3. Great post and giveaway. I can't wait to start this series. :)

  4. Tiffa: It's an amazing book! Thanks for entering! :)

    Katie: I can't wait to read the second book! Have you read it yet?

    Veronica: Thanks! I really enjoyed it! :)

  5. Your review had me giggling. It is so cute! I can't wait to read this series it is on my tbr list.

  6. Sounds interesting, cant wait to check it out