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Review: The Seventh Blessing by Melissa Buell

Monday, August 8, 2011

 The Seventh Blessing by Melissa Buell
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Series: The Tales of Gymandrols #1
Publisher: TLT Publishing
Release Date: August 15, 2011
Format: eARC
Source: TLT Publishing

Not all fairy blessings are enchanting . . .

Unlike most royal eighteen-year-old girls, Samantha finds it difficult to be a prim and proper princess. When she discovers her seven fairy blessings that were bestowed at her birth are a lie, her entire world is turned upside down. Although she can forgive the feuding fairies who made this large error on her behalf, she must find a way to control her real blessings--which may be more trouble than its worth.

Things start to become complicated when her best friend's brother becomes seriously injured just weeks before the annual knight competition. Samantha realizes the only way to help him and his family is to enter the competition by disguising her true identity. Balancing her mandatory princess lessons while hiding her secret blessings on top of this becomes difficult, but things begin to get challenging when Prince Nolan, a childhood friend, reenters her life. Samantha, bitter about their constant bickering relationship, suddenly begins to see Nolan in a new, and often confusing, light.

But when she finds out her seventh blessing has yet to be decoded from the ancient tongue, Samantha's most dangerous quest of all is discovering the true power her real blessings hold. Now, the fate of herself, her future, and her kingdom lie in her hands.

A head strong princess, a charming prince, and fairy magic. How could it possibly get better?

The Seventh Blessing is very well paced. It starts when Samantha is born and steadies at the age of 18. I was able to see how Samantha grew to be the adult she'd soon become.

While other girls are giggling softly and having long fingernails, Samantha is learning self-defense and becoming a knight. She's not afraid to speak her mind and make sacrifices for others. The person she becomes is actually based off of accidental gifts. Each child is given an amount of fairy blessings based on the month they were born. Samantha was born in July which equals to seven blessings, but the blessings she received weren't meant for a princess. The blessings were meant for a prince who would one day become a king.

When the power of fairies are scattered across different kingdoms there most likely be chances of power abuse. With an unknown evil causing trouble no one is aware of but Nolan and his family.

Once upon a time, Samantha hated Nolan for all the times he got her in trouble and scold at for not acting lady-like. When that little boy grows up he learns a few things about smooth talking, which is somewhat close to his gift. Nolan and Samantha's relationship was rough, really rough. At times I had a hard time figuring out how Samantha felt about Nolan, but I never doubted Nolan. I did find myself liking Nolan's character, but I wanted just a little bit more from him.

The Seventh Blessing was a well paced book that was highly entertaining and can be easily enjoyed.

Overall Rating: 3.75 out of 5

3 comments:

  1. Yay! This is an awesome review. I'm really glad you enjoyed it :)

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  2. Sounds like a my cup of tea! Thanks for the review :)

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  3. This sounds REALLY good. How have I NEVER heard of this one before? Thanks, Vy!!!

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