Book One of The Celedon Circle
by Nicole Storey
Available on Amazon
Blurb: Jordan’s life seems to be going in circles. Orphaned, home-schooled and born into the family business, she doesn’t have a lot of friends, she doesn’t have a lot of choices. Her life is dominated by her uncle, her older brothers and a couple of annoying Angels who expect her to get off her backside and keep Evil in check. All she wants is a few days to herself, to relax, to dream and to listen to her Daughtry cds, but that isn’t happening. Oh, well. Everyone has their demons.
My Review: Jordan has always known she had a destiny. She always expected to die young. When you’re a seeker (or a slayer) in the Celadon Circle, you put the world’s needs ahead of your own and never dare to question the Angels’ orders. But, Jordan does question her fate. She can’t blindly follow orders. And, she can’t understand why her brother continues to blame her for a tragic death so many years ago. When Jordan, her uncle, and her two brothers are sent on a mission to Tennessee, Jordan struggles with her destiny more than ever. Strange visions cause her to doubt everything she ever knew–even her own identity.
Books with kick-butt heroines are a dime a dozen these days, but this book rises far above the rest. And, it’s all due to the flawless writing and the brilliant characterization. Let me start with the characterization in this book… It’s top notch. Jordan is as well-crafted and well-rounded as can be. She can break a guy’s nose one moment, and succumb to tears over her fractured relationship with her brother the next. In so many of the kick-butt-female books out there, the main character tends to be so tough, they’re unlikable and one-dimensional. But, I liked Jordan immensely. She has a tender side and though she’s capable of compartmentalizing her fear when necessary, she’s also able to embrace all her emotions. Her ability to show kindness and compassion toward one of the townspeople in Tennessee is her saving grace. When a new friend is willing to risk her own life to help Jordan, it adds a whole new dimension to this already amazing book.
The supporting characters in this book are just as well-rounded as Jordan herself. The author never uses stereotypes and is constantly reminding us that everyone has hidden depths and strengths that will surprise you.
This book is one of the better-written in it’s genre. The rich description, flawless writing, and knock-your-socks-off ending combine to create a must-read book I couldn’t put down. And, the best part of all? It’s part of a series. I can’t wait to get my hands on book two!
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars