Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Review: Rootbound by Shannon Mayer

Author: Shannon Mayer
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: HiJinks Ink Publishing
Elemental Book #5
ISBN13:  9781987933130
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Author
My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.

My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I am the half-breed bastard child of a king. I was not meant to survive the trials cast my way. Yet, here I stand.

The world has deteriorated in the years I was banished. The Elemental families are rife with deception, violence, and madness more than ever before.

A voice I know all too well calls me to do her bidding. A voice I no longer wish to hear. The mother goddess begs me to save the four families, and stop my nemesis. To do it, I must face each of the Elemental leaders and take from them the power they hold close: the stones I once entrusted to them.

Now, the secrets I unearth as I pursue the stones shatter everything I know about my world, and everything I was taught.

Yet, I am not the naïve girl I once was. If I am to see this through, I must completely embrace the new reality of my life and all its obstacles while forging ahead.

Four stones abused.
Four families broken.
A half-breed princess as their only hope.

Through it all, the one I love waits for me to find him. When I do, will he, like everything else in my world, not be what he once was?

We are back in business with ROOTBOUND. WINDBURN wasn't my favorite book in the Elemental series, so I was really hoping ROOTBOUND would pick up and really rock and it did.

ROOTBOUND made me think that most of the book would stay focused on the rim, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. ROOTBOUND visits every elemental home base and major things happen in all.

On the romance side. We know that Lark has been torn between Cactus and Ash. She loves them both, but she had to choose someone eventually. I can't tell you where her heart leads her, but I will say that I have been waiting and waiting for the situation with Cactus to come to a head and Mayer didn't disappoint with how things played out. I liked a lot about ROOTBOUND, but I have to say this part of the storyline was at the top of my list.

The action is off the wall and Larks enemies continue to come out of the woodwork. I love Peta and I love the relationship between the two. I guesses some things before they happened, but I was still pleasantly surprised on the way they ended up playing out. Larks story isn't over and I look forward to continuing it.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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