Monday, August 26, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: KING HALL by Scarlett Dawn



KING HALL 
BY: Scarlett Dawn

PUBLISHED: August 1, 2013 by Escape Publishing
GENRES: NA • Paranormal Romance • Fantasy • Action • Mystery • Death & Recovery • Supernatural Abilities • Werewolves, Vampires, Shifters, Mages • Political Intrigue • Dystopian
SOURCE: Ebook from Amazon

 (technically 4.3 rounded 4)

OVERVIEW:
A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall…
 
King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies. 
 
Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival.  Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings.  Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life. 
 

Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution. 
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Break out the tissue boxes because you’re going to need them. KING HALL was an incredibly moving book that induced a major bout of sobbing. There were a few elements of concern, but overall this was an incredible novel.


One of my concerns starts out with the first scene of the book, and continues throughout the novel. This being the feeling of going through high school instead of university. The sex education class, the running through the halls to class, the gym meetings . . .  you just don’t have that in college. It was distracting.



I felt the sex class was a hard starting point and lent itself to the whole high school feel. I completely understood what Dawn was trying to accomplish with the scene, but it made for a lackluster and confusing start. As for the setting, if the classes were described as a campus locale instead of one building, it would have made much more sense. I think using an auditorium instead of the gym for major announcements would have greatly improved the overall feel... especially when they were announcing the new rulers. It just seems unrealistic that they would announce the future rulers over live tv in a smelly gymnasium. 

I was blown away by the intense emotional pull to Lily and Dominic’s relationship. We (the readers) were dropped into the middle of it but it felt natural. Their bond grew on me until a major event happens that sent me running for my tissues. My husband stopped what he was doing to watch me… he thought I was choking on food I was sobbing so hard.


The other main characters, those of the new prodigy rulers, were fantastic. I felt Dawn did a marvelous job developing each one. There was a good bit of character development from each of them. Dawn created paplable, corporeal and dynamic relationships between the upcoming rulers. The dynamics were outstanding. I would say one of my concerns was the lack of development from Lily and her weird lack of sadness after an event. Not that I wanted her to sit like a vegtable wearing sack cloth and pouring ashes on her head.



I would have liked to have seen her struggle more, relapse more, express her emotions more. Instead, I felt she bounced right back to her previous self. It was irritating and my eyelid twitched at her "everything is fine" attitude.



Ezra was my favorite character from the book. I felt he had the most depth, the most emotion and mystery. There were hints at relationships that I would love to see played out in a second installment.

There was a great tension between the Mysticals and the regular humans (Coms) that played out nicely. My other concern was the lack of consistency is the mysticals’ responses to several events. If any future leaders are attacked in today's society, they are not going to be allowed ANYWHERE without major guard and they won’t be driving themselves to the garage let alone any other location. The logistical responses seemed nonsensical.



And as for major gatherings… the fact that they did not have metal detectors, screenings and barriers was disappointing. I may not be in the CIA but I would think this common sense to have protective measures.

Dawn incorporated a great deal of subplots that wove together well. It can be hard for an author to properly identify and coordinate all those elements but she did a sensational job.

My nerves are frayed from the super cliffhanger ending. Honestly Scarlett, you are morally required to write a sequel. You can not leave us hanging like this!  I don’t believe you are that sadistic and I am on pins and needles to get answers! :)



Overall a great fast read book that is engaging, engulfing, enthalling and exciting! This is one you must put on your reading list! ENJOY!