Monday 10 March 2014

Review: Thrall by Jennifer Quintenz

Bookish Details:
Series: Daughters of Lilith #1
Pages: 218 (Kindle Edition)
Publisher: Secret Tree Press
Release Date: May 16th 2012
Buy it From: Amazon - Amazon UK


Braedyn is a normal girl just trying to survive high school with her two devoted friends, Royal and Cassie. Together they’re doing a pretty good job of shrugging off the slings and arrows cast their way by the popular crowd when a new boy, Lucas, moves into the house next door. Suddenly Braedyn finds herself falling in love for the first time.

But as her sixteenth birthday approaches, Braedyn discovers humankind is at war with the Lilitu, an ancient race of enticing demons that prey on human souls. Her father is a member of the Guard fighting against the Lilitu - and so are the new neighbors, including her crush, Lucas.

As her world starts to unravel at the seams, Braedyn learns the right answers aren’t always clear or easy. And as for “good” and “evil” – it all depends on how we choose to act.

Inspired by the ancient Mesopotamian myths of Lilith and her offspring, Thrall explores first love, strong friendships, and taking on adult responsibilities against the backdrop of powerful supernatural forces and life-and-death stakes.

My Review:
Thrall follows the story of fifteen year old Braedyn as she discovers that she’s not the normal human girl she once thought she was. Her whole world is thrown upside down when she discovers secrets that her father has been keeping from her throughout her life. As Braedyn turns sixteen, the full realisation of what her life is to become slowly begins to present itself.

I’ll admit, when I started to read Thrall, I expected it to be cliché. I expect it of most YA fantasy stories. But I was left completely surprised by how fresh Thrall was.

The Lilitu provided a fascinating and unique enemy for the story. I’m really excited to find out more about their history as the series continues. I think they’re shrouded in mystery in the first book, making you eager to read more about them.

The characters are a huge part of why I enjoyed Thrall so much. I prefer Braedyn in the second half of the story when she starts becoming stronger and more determined. I think she has the potential to become a really great YA heroine. Lucas is a brilliant match for her and I loved the progression of their relationship.

But it was also the not-so-important characters that I really loved in this book. Braedyn’s best friends, Cassie and Royal, are great additions to the story. I especially loved Royal. Everybody needs a best friend like him and I adore how willing he was to be there for Braedyn no matter what, even when she was sounding completely crazy to him. I hope we get to see more of Royal and Cassie within the series.

I think the Guard are really interesting and I’m excited to read more about them, also. Hale, Gretchen and Murphy are great characters and they bring a lot to the overall story.

The writing in Thrall is fabulous. Quintenz has a way of describing the scenes that easily allows you to see it clearly. The action scenes are really well done and keep you hooked on every sentence.

The ending of Thrall definitely left me wanting more. I have to say I was quite surprised by which of the characters created the cliff-hanger to the story. It’s a character that I didn’t really think much about throughout the story, but the ending makes me think that they will become a major part of the next book.

Thrall is a strong start to what I hope continues to be a fantastic series and I’m eager to read more. Anyone looking for a new twist in fantasy needs to pick this story up, you won’t regret it. 

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