Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Review: Casted by Sonya Loveday

Title: Casted (The Casted Series #1)
Author: Sonya Loveday
Source: Contest Win
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: July 29, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

“My mind absorbed everything in the spell book I clutched tightly to me. Pages ruffled inside of my head, urging me to remember things and then to forget them. Voices chanted with tempo rising at the breaking points of pain until the book vanished and words to an ancient spell scribed across my arms. Each stroke brought blood to the surface, imprinting words I could not read; words that would forever change who I was.”

Jade had spent the majority of her life running from the Triad. A powerful group, who would stop at nothing to obtain Jade and the missing spell book for leader, Lorenzo’s, nefarious plans. And now that she has absorbed the highly coveted magic contained inside the missing book, there is nowhere left for her to hide.

With the help of her friends, Jade steps out from the shadows and learns how to fight back. But no one is prepared for Elinor-the woman bound inside of the book that’s trapped in Jade’s mind. Now she not only needs to protect herself from the Triad, but from what’s hiding inside her mind as well. 

Jade never expected the answer to it all would revolve around love.

Edge is dark, mysterious, and a sworn member of the Triad. He also hides a secret past that threatens the thin line he walks between good and evil. Lives are at stake when Jade and Edge’s two worlds collide. Can Jade learn to trust him when he says he is her pre-ordained and vows to do everything he can to protect her? But more importantly, can she trust herself and the woman in her mind?

Casted has a very interesting storyline.  Jade has been on the run for years, she's just not sure who it is she's actually running from.  When she finally stumbles on some answers, she finds out they only lead to more questions (which happens a lot).  She's a spell caster and just doesn't know it.  The evil bad guys are after her because - well no one really knows yet.  Her friends' lives are in danger. And she can't use her magic because its been bound.  

Her life is now quite exciting and adventurous as they try to unlock the key to her magic and her memories.  There's a couple of love stories involved, but none of them really stood out as special to me.  That was OK though since they weren't the main topic of the story.  There is another character named Jude that has a few big roles, and with such similar names I kept mixing him up with Jade at first.

The characters were a mixed bag for me.  Jade, Edge and Dagger were very memorable and really stood out.  The others at times blended together into one massive side character.  Jade's to best friends became mixed up with another she met part way through.  Some of the romances came out of nowhere.  It seems like they may have been added just to keep people from getting jealous over other relationships.  Since they weren't the main topic of the story it was easy to overlook most of them all together.

This book could have been a little better.  My copy had some formatting errors and some typos that really threw me off a few times.  As a said earlier, the story was very interesting.  There is much more to come and the characters are fun and easy to relate to.  I wish I had seen a little more about the bad guy, Lorenzo.  He seems to be playing such a huge part in their plans, but our actual time with him is very short and at times it felt like he might not really exist.

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