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{January 30, 2012}   {Review} Anew by Chelsea Fine (Archers of Avalon #1)

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.


Fine is a fabulous author weaving together a story so intricate and intriguing that I was unable to put it down.  The storyline alone was enough to draw me in, but the characters… the characters are what sold me on this novel.  Gabriel Archer is to die for, and I’m absolutely smitten with him.  But I’m also smitten with Tristan, Gabriel’s equally beautiful twin.  Yet, their personalities couldn’t be more different, making it impossible for me to pick just one to love, putting me in the same boat as Scarlet.  From the moment we meet Gabriel, it is impossible not to like him; he’s charming, kind, caring, and head over heels in love with Scarlet.  Tristan is harder to like in the beginning.  He’s the brooding type, a murderer even, set on breaking the curse that binds Scarlet, but it is unclear if he’s doing it for her, or for himself, that is… until the end.  This novel is full of mystery, but the truths come to the forefront as Scarlet begins to remember her past, and I found myself really enjoying this aspect of the novel as Fine gives the reader just enough information to tie him/her over until the next mystery is unveiled.

While not all questions are answered in this novel and I felt like there were some holes in the storyline as I read, it’s such a great novel that it was easy to overlook these small discrepancies and see the novel, as a whole, as a wonderful story.  I am eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!  Five stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Update: The second and third novels in this fabulous series, Awry and Avow,  are now available.


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