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Slumber: The Fade: Book One

by Samantha Young

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Originally reviewed at Witchmag's Boekenplank

I really loved this book. But firs of all I want an applause for Wolfe. I have nothing but praise for him. It must have been so hard to persevere all these years. Especially after he’s finally made some progress, only to return to the starting point. But he still won’t give up! He’s just perfect, if only Rogan could see this…

At times I was less thrilled with Rogan. Although she’s got everything I love in a heroine (sarcasm / sense of humor / go-getter), there are still things where she can improve: stubbornness and the typical YA-heroine problem, not being able to oversee what the consequences of her actions could be. I repeatedly smacked my hand to my head from sheer disbelief. How can someone be this naïve? On the other hand, those two treats of her made the book way more interesting ;)

The world was well-developed. It reminded me off a Medieval society. Only difference was that there’s magic ^^ It almost felt like a utopia, where everyone lived in peace. This is only because the Kral has magic that calms everyone’s nerves. It suppresses aggressive tendencies. Besides the magic of the Kral, there’s a variety of magic one can have, from Seeker magic, such as Rogan has, to fire magic. However what intrigued me the most in this world were the different classes, like the Kral or Grof and the wide variety of places Rogan visits It felt like such a diverse world!

When I compare this book to Samantha Young’s other books (Lunarmorte and Fire Spirits) I’m a bit surprised to see there weren’t any important secondary characters. Not that I’m complaining about too much Wolfe and Rogan, they are pretty good main characters, I just noticed it and at times missed the comedic relieve these characters bring.

The thing I liked the most in this story were the romantic moments. The times that Wolfe and Rogan weren’t bickering ^^ It felt so raw every time, so great. I could actually feel the tension building till I had to look away. It felt that intense^^ And at the same time it was beautiful written, too. I even reread some parts, because they were just… I can’t describe what I really felt, but it was close to perfection…

Conclusion

4 HEARTS. A great book, that I kept reading till I finished near dawn. I just had to know the ending. Wolfe’s stubbornness determination surprised me every time. Rogan’s pigheadedness stubbornness and at times lack of thinking was a different story. The world was beautifully described, with lots of opportunities for new books ^^ The romantic scenes are one of the best I’ve seen and definitely reread worthy. In short: I highly recommend reading this book! ( )
  Iris-Boekenplank | Dec 21, 2013 |
I have some serious issues with this book despite liking the romance so much esp. around the way sexual violence are used as plot devices. ( )
  newskepticx | Dec 18, 2013 |
Um. I didn't hate this, but I didn't love it, either. I think it has a bit of that annoying thing where the world just feels too small. Does that make sense? The love story is fine, and I liked the characters well enough that if I remember to, I'll probably continue with the series (it takes less than a day to read one of these things, you know?), but I'm not gonna pre-order it from Amazon or anything. ( )
  KateBond | Sep 20, 2013 |
Slumber is a book similar to Graceling and Poison Study. The main characters, Rogan and Wolfe are likable enough, although at times I became frustrated with the heroine Rogan. Majority of the trouble she encountered was caused by her own rashness and stupidity. She did redeem herself towards the end of the book by accepting the blame unto herself and she tries to make better choices. The secondary characters are well thought out and memorable. There are many different villains in this book. There is a pretty detailed attempted rape scene. So if that is something you find upsetting, you may want to avoid this book. The world building, although not elaborate, is done well enough for the reader to envision Rogan and Wolfe's surroundings. I look forward to reading the second novel of this series. The second novel will focus on some secondary characters we met in Slumber, including L and Kir, who I look forward to hearing more about. ( )
  paisean13 | Feb 17, 2013 |
This one had potential, but failed to deliver. Most of the action is told not shown. The heroine, Rogan, is bossy, rude and not very smart. At the beginning, that works because her character needs to grow. Yet time after time she gets herself into life threatening situations and yet she continues to think she can handle it on her own. She is constantly being threatened with rape, one of which was pretty graphic. She finally realizes that she has misjudged Wolfe and she still takes off on her own, this time to protect him. Maybe I am being overly harsh, but it’s pet peeve of mine when a character refuses to be realistic about their abilities or refuses help under the guise of protecting someone. In this case Wolfe is the captain of the guard. He is supposed to be significantly better at survival than she is, not that we get to see this because the few times there is action he is taken out pretty quickly. There is a quick rundown in the beginning about what names go with what powers, but it was such an info dump that I had a hard time remembering what name went with what ability. I would skip this one. ( )
  readr | Dec 11, 2012 |
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Slumber - A Romance

Molded by a tragic childhood, nineteen-year-old Rogan finds it extremely difficult to trust people. Now Haydyn, her best friend and the one person she does trust, is dying and only Rogan can save her.

Setting off on a journey to retrieve the plant that will cure Haydyn and subsequently the ills that will befall them all if she dies, Rogan is stuck in close quarters with a protector she distrusts above all others.

Wolfe Stovia.

The son of the man who destroyed Rogan’s family.

At a constant battle of wills with the handsome Captain of the Guard, Rogan just knows this adventure together will be fraught with tension. She never imagined, however, that the quest would be so dangerous… not least of all when she finds herself falling for a man she could have sworn was her no.1 enemy…

Mature YA fantasy romance (for older readers).
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