Another very special book by author, Candace Robinson, and would you look at this cover? Just gorgeous!
Clouded by Envy (Expected Publication Date: February 19th, 2019)
Brenik has always been envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.
Living in a tree trunk for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always remains in the back of her mind.
When Bray reunites with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming between Bray and Wes.
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Such a wonderous peek into the lives of magical creatures living amongst us!
At first, I was a little skeptical. I’m not partial to hardcore Fantasy and the first few pages describe what can only be a fantastical land, inhabited by surreal characters. That said, I know Candace’s work well, so I expected more to the story, and of course, she didn’t let me down.
Best described as Urban Fantasy, Bray and Brenik end up in our world and their journey into adulthood is not an easy one. Without divulging too much, they experience a lot of heartache and turmoil, and their relationship in itself is as much tumultuous as it is loving. This results in Brenick doing something rash and dangerous, altering not only his sister’s life, but all the characters’ lives forever.
I enjoyed this book so much. I loved how Candace peppers her story with 80’s and 90’s pop references, adding a touch of nostalgia to my reading experience I definitely wasn’t expecting. Her characters are amazing, and the creatures she imagines would make Burton proud.
This is a 5 star read for sure, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!
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*Thank you Candace and Parliment House for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review