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review 2017-07-11 14:35
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days - Kerrelyn Sparks

A pleasant surprise. I don't know what I expected but fantasy wasn't exactly it. And, an interesting fantasy. I liked that the world building occurred in the setting of the stage, and that new character introductions were kept to a minimum after a certain point - some authors scatter both throughout the story, causing disruption of the storyline.

 

Characters: the h, hidden twin, is pressed into service to fill in for her recently deceased sister. She sees dead people. Occasionally she sees the future...like once. Mostly she sees dead people. And converses with them, which makes everyone wonder about her. She doesn't even make an attempt to hide this, which is kinda dumb given that her country has laws about "gifts". Some of her oddities - and the other special snowflakes she grew up with - lead the H to figure out that something was off, and suspect what it was.

 

H, also gifted but in a way that makes him exceedingly dangerous and hard to kill, is nephew to the king. He's at some point, relieved he can actually touch her and well, that in and of itself means he's going to be exceedingly protective.

 

Various others - Brody, gifted shifter. Not sure whether he's just a shifter or another chameleon. He's not saying.
Nevis, friend. Not sure that he has any gifts
Nevis' dad. Practically raised H
Heroine's dad. hid h away because twins are outlawed too.
An assortment of ghosts including the h's twin, their mother, a kid... they acted to some extent as spies for the h

 

Villain - officially the H's uncle who coveted the h's family land and wanted an excuse to steal it *and* possibly get rid of the H in the process. Unofficially, turned out to be a non-issue as he, and his mostly harmless son, were done in by a chameleon who, though zapped by the H a couple of times, still got away.

 

Nits - that chameleon appearing out of nowhere, conveniently making the H king.
The H's choice of explicatives - holy shit - seemed incongruous in the context of the story. His first encounter with the h, he said several times "I like that". Made me think of Angel in Maverick. Found it distracting.

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review 2017-06-27 02:07
Great Book With Great Characters
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days - Kerrelyn Sparks

Luciana has grown up an orphan on the Isle of the Moon with her orphan sisters. They have figured out that they are all Embraced as they each have their own special power. When Luciana’s father shows up one day, Luciana decides to go back with him and marry the famed Beast to save her father from certain death by the king. Leofric of Benwick, Leo, is also Embraced. However, his power to harness lightning makes him a frightful and dangerous person. When he sees his betrothed from afar, he begins to wish she is the one person he is able to touch.

This was a really good book. I hadn’t read anything from this author in years so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was set basically in a fantasy world, making me a little weary. Luckily I gave it a chance. The more I read, the more the story and the many great characters drew me in. There were a couple of things that bugged me a little, hence four stars instead of five, but nothing that ruined the story. I really enjoyed it and I look forward to reading the next book. I highly recommend.

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text 2017-06-23 16:21
Reading progress update: I've read 69%.
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days - Kerrelyn Sparks

 

I was a little unsure at the beginning with world, but the more I read the more I feel. Their are several wonderful characters and several laugh out loud moments, plus a little intrigue and romance. I'm actually liking this book more then I thought I would. 

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review 2017-03-07 14:04
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days - Kerrelyn Sparks

'How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days' by Kerrelyn Sparks is book One in the "The Embraced" series.  This is the story of Luciana and Leo.  I must say this book hooked me in pretty fast and I could not put it down...I had to read it until I was done.  What a great book to start what appears to be a great Series by Ms. Sparks!
Luciana grew up on  Isle of Moon along with a few other girls with special powers.  They are all close and feel like sister but each one is starting to have their own adventure and to deal with their unknown past.  
Luciana father comes for her a man she never met or knew that he was alive.  But her father needs her now to save him, his land and his people.  Luciana finds that she is the key to a marriage that will save her father and all that he holds dear. But Luciana learns she must pretend to be her sister who is now dead.  Can Luciana pretend to be her sister who other than looks... has no similar trait?
Leo is known as the Beast because he is rumored to have killed his mother and nanny along with others.   The King wants him to marry.  But Leo knows there is a reason behind it,  as the King is evil. Leo fears that he would hurt his future wife if he touches her but he finds her so attractive that he is having a hard time dealing with his fear. Luciana too finds Leo attractive and worries that her secrets will become an issue.
Leo was a strong, hurt yet loving with an Alpha Male attitude toward Luciana.  I loved watching these too come together.
I so loved the secondary characters and hope to see their story next!!
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review 2017-02-18 01:01
How to a tame a Beast in Seven Days
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days - Kerrelyn Sparks

I loved Kerrilyn Sparks' other series, Love at Stake. I was very sad to see it end, actually still sad. I saw this and was so hopeful, but sadly for me it is not as good. I do see that there is a possibility for awesomeness with the series though and hope the author nails the next installment.

 

This didn't have the slow building romance I expect from Sparks. Her characters usually spend a lot of time together before the big L comes into the story. Not in this one. There is a lot of looking at each other, a lot of thinking about each other, but not a lot of them actually together. 

 

There is a large amount of world building going on, this is the first book in a new series so it was expected. I do like this world and it's characters. I hope to see Pirate's book next. 

 

In this we have people who are "embraced." They have have gifts like being able to see ghosts (the main female character), able to harness lightening (our male), turn into an animal (another character, etc. They are feared by others and are often hidden at birth in order to protect them. 

 

Review copy provided through Netgalley. 

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