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When Seventeen Year Old Beckit Wright Joins Aaron, A Mesmerizing And Mysterious Knight, On A Dangerous Adventure To A World That She Is Destined To Save, Things Get Complicated When Her Safety And Heart Wind Up In Jeopardy As The Two Struggle To Keep Their Professional Relationship From Turning Personal, Beckit And Aaron Begin To Wonder How Long Will They Be Able To Fight Both Their Enemies And Their Fierce Attraction For One Another Before One Of Them Ends Up Hurt Or WorseWARNING This Book Contains Some Adult Language, Violence, And Sexual Content Reader And Parental Discretion Is Advised I read the first 70% of this book in less than 24 hours It took me four days to finish the rest Here is why.I can t stand romance So, I must be a glutton for punishment right Because I have made this proclamation in other reviews before and I did go into this book with full knowledge that there was romance ahead, and yet I read it What s the deal I ll tell you.Let me start with the pluses Ard is a well imagined story that is a brave mash up of many myths and legends I was most attracted to this tale due to a review i read about the book How often do we get a fantasy tale featuring a clearly black not the ambiguous she could maybe sorta kinda be black female protagonist who DOES NOT fit the usual stereotypes She s not petite and blond with waist length flowing locks, frail, confused, in need of stroking, a crybaby, scaredy cat, nor is she unable or willing to stand up for herself ie Bella Swan and her ilk don t live here Uhm I know there are some books out there like that, I just can t think of any off the top of my head And that s not all The entire cast is diverse in every conceivable way, making Ard a fantasy novel realistic than most For this element of extreme diversity and the bravery to take a hand mixer to this tale, I d give it a five.I love the friendship between the protag and her bff That was truly sweet and a bright point Good to see the bff doesn t bite the dust in the shadow of the love interest That was awesome This tale is also raucously funny I mean I actually giggled out loud a couple of times The bff is a source of endless laughter.But it doesn t end there.Ard is in desperate need of an editor as, besides the spelling flubs, which are few, the switches in POV and tense are frequent and off putting The pacing is a little too quick and shallow for my taste, but I suspect that this is likely typical of YA, which I don t often read, that it needs to move quickly to keep the reader s attention.The romance I can tolerate romance when it is subtly woven into a story, when its tasteful, when I m spared the dirty details and when the characters fess up and just get it over with The push pull, emotional roller coastering of this romance, eventually became than I could possibly bear It annoyed me Why can t people just be honest about their feelings and move on This romantic element was enough to make me put the book down for a few days It just put me off this tale.The ending left a good deal of intrigue which makes me glad the second is available, its just that based on my fellow Goodreader s review, I m not sure I ll be able to stand reading it I bow out for now. M.A Wilder has a fabulous Giveaway going on Click on the banner to Enter Full review also posted here on TotalTeenFictionDisclosure I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewI was sent this copy by the author to review and thought the premise sounded interesting Ad follows Beckit who discovers the mystery guy who has appeared throughout her life is actually a knight assigned to protect her who then sweeps her off to his homeland.I ll start of by warning you that I didn t like this book, which is going to be reflected in this review I m always sad to say that, but this just wasn t an enjoyable read for me Firstly, there seems to be an awful lot going on The book is set in a world with knights from another planet, vampires, banshees, werewolves, magic and fairy dust I never quite settled into that world and it seemed like there was just too much to get my head around Secondly, I was never quite sure why things were happening, and Beckit just seemed happy enough to go along with it all I just didn t get that sense of purpose to really let me get invested in the story I thought Beckit had some potential as a character She doesn t feel like she fits in because of her shape and size, and has a great realtionship with her best friend Meka with the two of them obsessing over their favourite werewolf TV show I thought that was something a lot of people would relate to I make TV show references with my friends all the time But even those little references weren t enough to win me round in the end.One of the main things that let the story down for me was Aaron He s introduced as this sort of stalker figure who constantly pops up in Beckit s life, and yet this doesn t seem to put her off in any way which was just weird It would totally creep me out having a weird guy show up everywhere I went, and the fact she didn t seem in the slightest bit unnerved put me off Then there was the fact that throughout the book I felt I knew absolutely nothing about him, other than the fact he was assigned to protect Beckit If I was going to form any kind of connection with him as a character, I needed to actually get to know him and I didn t.Then there s the romance element Ad which didn t win me over at all Like I said, I felt nothing for Aaron and then there was the fact that I felt zero chemistry between him and Beckit Yet Beckit has this major crush on him and then they start snogging each other s faces off when they barely know each other It was all just a bit strange to me Only it got worse when we got to the sex scene I don t want to spoil it but I always mention if there s explicit content anyway and there was in this book And it was so, so awkward to read It felt like a public service announcement for teenage sex quote from the book Is sex really this amazing Of course it is, her brain whispered When it s with the right person.That moves me on to the writing which was probably one of the things that made it difficult to get through this book It was just a bit clunky for me and I would find myself having to skim over bits that didn t fit or correct them in my head In the story Aaron is an erone and Beckit is his poh iverstant which lead to sentences such as The poh iverstant and the erone hurried to their next destination I just found it so frustrating when they were referred to with these titles instead of their names If they were characters we hadn t yet been introduced to then I would maybe understand that formality, but when you knew who they were it was just off putting It felt very strange seeing Beckit constantly referred to as the human as well Ad is written in third person and occasionally the perspective would switch around a bit I much preferred it when it was written from Beckit s POV.There were also cases of strange phrasing being used, for example when H2O was used in place of the word water I think I actually groaned at that one, considering the context was somebody having a shower My final problem was the youth speak and pop culture references that were crammed in OMG was used far too often for my liking and I couldn t help but cringe at homegirl and FML being used.I always try and explain why I didn t like a book because it can be a very personal thing, and the things that bothered me may not bother other people at all In the end I just found it very difficult to get through I think if I was the kind of person who could just stop and not finish a book then this would ve been one I would have moved on from, because I knew about halfway through that it just wasn t for me But I have to finish things And so I ploughed on to the end and sadly it didn t get any better.Find books like this at TotalTeenFiction stars Wellllll beep I mean seriously I am a big ball of torn I don t even know what that means, good start Lenore.So here s the thing There were two things about the way this book was written that just bugged the crap out of me I mean SERIOUSLY drove me batty And I will get into them And then there were a handful of things that kind of annoyed me, but not horrendously And then there were things I loved I spent the first half pretty sure that I would just finish the book, give it an OK rating, and move on with my life But the problem is that the good things have me compelled I want to know where the story goes And it ended on a pretty big cliffhangersort ofI never know the definition of cliffhangers, but it wasn t all neat and tidy So I m going to read the next one Even though GAH JUST GAH OK, so let s get the really bad out of the way and work our way to good Bad thing 1 this book was written in what I believe is 3rd person omniscient, and I do NOT read 3rd person omniscient, so I m not sure exactly, but I don t think it was done very well MOST of the time, and for a good chunk of the beginning it was in 3rd person limited Beckit s head , and I was enjoying that And then all of a sudden we definitely weren t in Beckit s head And it confused the crap out of me First because I wasn t entirely sure whose head we were in, or if we were in any headand it happened sporadically for the rest of the book We d be going along as Beckit, and then whamsomething else Sometimes I could figure out it was probably Aaron, but other times I just couldn t tell And because it was so sporadic, it was really jarring and I honestly feel like the book would have been better served to stick to Beckit onlyI don t think the switches really added much given how confusing they were.Bad thing 2 Sort of related, because sometimes when the POV was switching, it would almost be sort of like a narrator, and so the author would continuously switch out Beckit s name with the human or the poh iverstant It really didn t fit I don t understand the point of doing that It felt like when someone is given the advice to change things up to provide variety, but it just again made me confused about the perspective.OK, so those were the bads that drove me batty Onto the meh things 1 The pacing was a bit off for me I felt like things moved really rapidly at the beginning, but without much explanation, and so I wasn t invested I tried to explain the book to my husband and he laughed because I sounded like a run on sentence and then they got to the planet, and then they were attacked, and then they ran to a village And I didn t like that the chapters would end with a sort of cliffhanger, but then would not immediately resolve in the next chapter Like and this is not an actual example, b c I don t have one handy , she would turn around and scream, but then the next chapter would start off with her lounging hanging with her BFF, and eventually they would explain what made her scream It felt like contrived tension.2 The love triangle was unnecessary in my opinion I mean, yes, it s no secret I don t like love triangles, but this one really didn t serve a purpose, or at the very least it should have served a short purpose and been resolved it kind of felt like we were getting into the trope of everyone falls in love with the heroine who thinks she s an ugly duckling, and that s just not my faveespecially because I kind of liked that Beckit was not a usual size shape.3 Aaron He was inconsistent as all heck He would have a few swoony moments, but I really didn t know enough about him to really understand why he was drawn to Beckit, or what he was thinking, or heck, what he was like which given that the perspective jumped, we could have had moments in his head to enlighten us And then he would become childishly possessive For a thousand year old Knight, he behaved like a child with a temper tantrum too often for me to swoon And I just didn t get the pull that Beckit felt for him It felt like a crush and lust, I don t think I got enough interaction to get where it turned into Heck I don t understand if they re even friends.4 The sex scene didn t fit the tone of the book I m a proud reader of all levels of steam, from squeaky clean to erotica, but the sex scene was hella explicit for a book that felt YA than NA And for characters that were goofier But maybe that was just me and at least there is a warning in the blurb.5 Beckit and Tameka but mostly Beckit were way too accepting of things And for Beckit it was based on some feelings If those feelings were then explained to be some magic pull between an erone and his poh iverstant, then I would accept it But just because you acknowledge to the reader that she should be wary skeptical, but just isn t, doesn t really satisfy me And what are Tameka s parents thinking And does she not care about them worrying about her Damn this review is getting long Sorry guys THE GOOD 1 THE WORLD Colour me intrigued I kind of love that there s this planet that contains all these supernatural creatures, and that s just the way it is and everyone just lives together It amuses me, I enjoy it And I ADORED the way the Knights were added, and how they re kind of shifter like with their armor being a part of who they are as creatures or something Like seriously cool.2 When the writing was on, I really felt for Beckit and the things she was going through, and she got me in the feels It wasn t consistent, but when it was there it was amazing.3 The bits of sassy humour Seriously, the characters had me grinning in a number of places And I know this is a downside for some readers, but I enjoyed the youthful slang that Tameka and Beckit used It just fit their personalities and brought out their teenagerness And the games night It was a great moment of levity that was sorely needed.4 Beckit was smart I ADORED the scene in the council meeting I wanted to high five her all over the place 5 While I wasn t the biggest fan of the romance, and it was inconsistent, when the chemistry was there I really felt it.6 The motley crew of friends Tameka was sassy and pretty funny though she would probably get on my nerves after a while in real life Linnie was an interesting addition, and I hope we see of her in the future I really hope Frost has a lot secrets to tell, b c while he s interesting, he will be even interesting if there is something to the little hints we see every now and again Royce is even intriguing, he s a nice foil for Meka And RAN Ran is my total favourite Love that guy I can t even.7 Even the smaller secondary characters were intriguing Denzin, Dozen, Xoe, Hakeen, Gwon 8 Particularly Atlas I love me a father son dynamic, and he really added to the story.9 And I can t stress this enough, DIVERSITY A black heroine A hispanic BFF A gay werewolf A bi vampire And even secondary characters were a colourful array of ethnicities.And this can go in the bad and good the overarching plot It s intriguing, but it was really shuffled to the background a lot I mean, I still don t understand what the Te Trad even is, or what they re going to do, or much about where the whole conflict is going to go But nevertheless I m intrigued I want to know So there you have it Next book has been purchased, about to be started We ll see if I can tolerate the bad enough to enjoy the good for the rest of the series. This book is REALLY good I really enjoyed the romance between Beckit and Aaron I love Aaron Ran and Meka are hilarious I can t wait to read the second book First let me say Wow This book hooked me from the first lines and I could not sit it down I immediately picked up with book two and finished them both in three days Ard tells a tale about a girl coming of age and finding out that all of our Earth myths are not only true but in fact alien.The story starts with our heroine Beckit Wright She is a seventeen year old on the verge of high school graduation, captain of the swim team, and through her own description not a girl to turn heads She s an orphan and remembers nothing from her childhood or about her birth parents After a series of FML events, Beckit learns about Traterra, a planet filled with banshees, werewolves, dooms, mermaids, vampires just to name a few and that she is a part of some supernatural te trad As the Earth te trad she has been called to Traterra to protect it from a yet unnamed foe Beckit is a character I found easy to relate to Wilder s use of everyday slang and references to popular pop culture keep our heroine tied to the readers in an Earthling type way.Then there s Aaronoh my he makes me swoonHe felt safe Which was funny since safe wouldn t be a word one would use to describe the stalkerTurns out Aaron is not a stalker but an erone from the planet of Traterra His job is to protect the te trad at all costs And does he ever have his work cut out for him Aaron struggles not only with his job but with his feelings for Beckit, making a very hot romanceEvery time he spoke, it was like someone was pouring melted chocolate down Beckit s spine And those eyesBesides our two main characters, we have Tameka Beckit s besty and only other main character who is human , Ran a werewolf , Linnie the witch , and Frost the vampire This ragtag group become not only close friends but family to Beckit as she is not only away from her home but learning about a future that is uncertain.The only reason I could not give this book five stars is the narration at the beginning Through out the first several chapters we are in a third person limited POV and get a taste of what is going on from all of the characters I found this very hard to follow and several times caught myself having to reread certain sections just to figure out whose head I was in Overall though the book is outstanding I laughed out loud, cried with Beckit and found the whole romance endearing By far this is one of the best sci fi books I ve read in a long LONG time I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. So, I have had this book for a few months, but didn t really do much than put it on my to read list Yeah, that was a giant mistake This book is a non stop thrill ride Beckit is not only a really human heroine made all the important by the fact that she is one of the few humans in the book , but she s an honest to goodness teenager I get sick of the YA NA book characters that act like five year olds and speak like middle aged sailors Becks and her best friend Tameka feel so spot on in their reactions to the changes in their circumstances and environments I loved that Beckit was an athlete and even that she was bright Though she made me wonder about her brain a few times on the journey to the palace but I am digressing Ard is full of action and intrigue while some questions are answered what does Becks have to do with all of this Many are raised and left for the next book books And for all of the political drama, Becks has quite the personal drama going on with Aaron.OMG, a few words on Aaron The literal knight in shining armor He was stoic and staid while being bada s and hot like fire I loved the dynamic between Aaron and Becks and Aaron and Atlas, but again, digression Having typed all that I really wanted her to take a can opener to his ard a s there at the end The supporting cast is necessary not always true in these paranormal series and I loved how the author explained how so many supernaturals can coexist on one planet Frost was is a decent foil for Aaron and Ran just made my day Atlas was my favorite and I hope Linnie gets to do a bit in the next book Speaking of, when is the next book coming I cannot wait to read it From my account Review Coming SoonBeckit I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I am not normally a fan of YA, but made an exception because this was an interracial romance This was fast paced and very different If you are looking for paranormal romance Urban Fantasy with a multicultural cast, this series is worth a look.