20 April 2012

Title: Anew (The Archers of Avalon, #1)
Author: Chelsea Fine
Publisher: Acacia Publishing, 385 Pages (December 7th, 2011)
From: the Publisher
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery...until she met a boy with a familiar voice.

Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet's determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer.

Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet's world becomes even more muddled. While she's instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she's impossibly drawn to Tristan--and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past...might just be the death of her.


Review: 4 Stars - Anew, the first book in The Archers of Avalon series from author Chelsea Fine is a mysteriously brilliant start to a stunning new series.

When Scarlet our main female lead wakes up alone in the woods, she doesn’t remember anything from her past. Her past is one huge frustrating mystery to the teen girl who’d love nothing more than to know who she is and where she’s come from and why she’s alone in the middle of the woods. She has a best friend who’s supportive and bubbly, helping to keep Scarlet from being down along with her adoptive mother, who is also someone Scarlet can lean on. Having support is great, but she wants nothing more than to know her past.

Scarlet is a pretty normal teen girl. I liked that she wasn’t perfect, wasn’t over the top and was pretty grounded for not knowing anything of the past that eludes her. She cares for her best friend and adoptive mother greatly, which is another thing that I loved about this character. Scarlet has a lot going on as it and her life is about to undertake a HUGE change when the new guy in town enters the picture.

There’s something about Gabriel Archer that Scarlet feels she knows from her past. The mysterious guy is kind and more than sweet. He’s one of those guys every girl can swoon over, and they do. One of the mysteries surrounding this guy is that he has a twin brother, Tristan. The two brothers have a huge connection to Scarlet that plays out over the course of the book, so don’t worry – so spoilers here!

I didn’t know what the mystery surrounding Scarlet’s past was, nor did I even guess the ties these two had or… well anything! I love when a book holds something back from the reader and doesn’t just give away hints or clues to make allow the reader a chance to make guess to what might be looming right around the corner for the characters.

Anew is a mysterious book with a huge history. It has its fair share of action packed moments, answers to many questions, yet will leave you asking more. And talk about a massive “What the heck!” ending? Serious Chelsea, what are you doing to us and your characters?? That was brutal!!!

All in all, I was excited to read Anew. I Was more than thrilled with the characters and the mysteriousness of the story and history of, well, things. I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just say this. Read the book for something different and exciting. Something that’ll leave you begging for more, that’ll have you unraveling all the clues of Scarlet’s past right along with her.

Do I recommend this title? I do! Chelsea has a knack for telling a great story and the writing and characters to make this a new favorite series to any readers’ book shelves. Enjoy!

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