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  • Greatly enjoyed Sorcha's story.

    Until people are put to the test, you never know how much courage they have. So happy to read how she found her strength and confidence within. She is a wonderful heroine. Loved the Woodsman and can totally get the multiple reasons for his secrets. Side story of Aleksi was humorous and sweet. The villainess is evil to the core and cringe-worthy every scene she is in. Love how we get to read her perspective. The Chameleon and Lord Morris continue to be their deeply vile selves. Sorcha's interaction with the women of the village, especially with Tara, Hallie and Morghen was very well done and an integral part of Sorcha's personality. Love how Sorcha's opinion of elves has a journey and there is an explanation of why. How to Love Your Elf was an adventure with twists, surprise, betrayal, loyalty, curiosity, sorrow, joy, cowardice, bravery, puzzles, success, love conquering all, answers that were revealed and more questions for the future book. Maeve is next and I am excited to read the final adventure. Fabulous that it will be in my hands by the end of August.

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  • Great continuation of the Embraced series!

    Although How to Love Your Elf is the start of a new series, Embraced by Magic, by Kerrelyn Sparks, it’s a continuation of characters from her Embraced Series, so if you loved that series, you’ll want to continue it with How to Love Your Elf and book two, The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea, coming out August 25, 2020. This is the first book I’ve read with any of these characters and Sparks incorporates enough information from past books that I didn’t feel confused when the characters referenced things that had happened previously. Sparks also gives enough character development to the side characters from previous books that they feel very fleshed out. And she does a fantastic job developing the main characters in How to Love Your Elf. There is a lot of romance that takes place in this fantasy world, which is good to know in case you were looking for more of an epic fantasy. There is quite a lot of the main characters not thinking they should be with the other person for their own personal reasons that they thought were insurmountable, but as always in fantasy romance, love can conquer all. If The Woodsman and Sorcha would have taken five minutes to talk with each other then they could have gotten onto the sex part much, much faster. ;) As with most fantasy books there are some great fight scenes and some secrets about lineage. While each book follows a similar formula, it’s the getting to know the characters where How to Love Your Elf really shines.

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  • Sorcha bothered me a little in this book

    I am a fan of this author from way back. I love when a new book comes out, and I dived right into this one. I remember Sorcha from another series (this is sort of a book in that series), and I liked her in that series. I’m still on the fence about how I feel about her in this one (more on that in a minute). This book still has the great writing I’ve come to expect from this author, and I loved the plot. The characters were all good too, but for some reason, Sorcha just annoyed me in parts of this book. She would at times seem independent, but then be obsessed over the Woodsman and ruin that. However, this didn’t detract too much from the book, and I still enjoyed it. I would read the other books in the series to get a better feel, though, for this one. Recommend.

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  • Lots of wonderful layers!

    I’ve loved each story so far of the girls who grew to be sisters, each of them embraced with special abilities. This was a great addition to the previous books! (But the beginning of a new series? I can get behind that!) Sorcha is captured when a plan to meet Gwen’s mother fails. Even as she sets out to rescue herself, a stranger interferes. Soon she’s taken captive again, this time by the Woodsman. But the further they travel and the more she learns about him, she begins to question if she’s his captive or if he’s rescuing her. The Woodsman was a great hero. Not over the top about the heroine, but irresistibly drawn to her. I loved that she confused him and his emotions and often times had him talking to himself. She sent him on quite a bit of a chase. ’She was definitely a sneaky one. Unpredictable. Surprising. A challenge. His mouth tilted up. He’d always enjoyed a challenge.’ While Sorcha was tough enough when needed, she suffered from anxiety when anyone she cared for was in danger. To me, that just seemed like what any normal person would do, but for some reason it was a negative characteristic, at least for her. However, I loved her innocence (gotta read about the community picnic) and her ability to keep the Woodsman guessing. ’”The Woodsman will have a plan.” Liz smirked. “The Woodsman always has a plan.” The crowd gave the Woodsman an expectant, hopeful look as he came to a stop in front of them. “So?” Father Kit turned toward him. “What’s the plan?” [Heck] if I know.’ This has a lot of humor interspersed within the drama and action. With some political intrigue as well as threats from a force that wants to rule the world, this story had plenty of layers to keep me engaged. There is a lot of romance here but very little steam. Normally, that would be okay but there was also a lack of chemistry between the hero and heroine, so even when I did get to what should have been the steamy parts, I just kinda skimmed through them. However, that did not take away from my overall enjoyment of this book.

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  • The Woodsman and Sorcha are great!

    I had a great time with this book! I am a big fan of the Embraced series by Kerrelyn Sparks. It has been a while since a new book was released due to a change in publisher. The series also has a new name, Embraced by Magic, but it is a continuation of the previous series and I am sure that the name change has everything to do with having a new publisher. I couldn't wait to dive back into this world and follow the path of one of the sisters. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. This book tells Sorcha's story and occurs shortly after the events of the previous book. It has been two years since I read that book so I didn't remember a lot of details about the previous books but everything is explained within this story so I had no trouble settling in. I do believe that this book could work as a stand-alone for readers new to the series. Sorcha's brother, Silas, and his wife, Gwennore, take a group to meet with her mother but it turns out to be a trap. Most escape back to their kingdom but Sorcha and Alexsi are left behind and taken captive. Alexsi is injured so Sorcha decides to break them out but receives unexpected help from the Woodsman. The Woodsman and his crew go to great lengths to keep Sorcha and Alexsi safe even though things are dangerous at times. I loved these characters. The Woodsman's abilities were incredibly interesting. I loved how he seemed capable of handling any situation without any trouble. He was such a kind man that really tried to do good wherever he could. Sorcha was equally amazing. She is tough and looks out for others. She is willing to risk everything for those that she cares about. I really enjoyed the secondary characters in this book as well. Alexsi plays an important role and it was fun to watch him grow over the course of the story. I liked the Woodsman and Sorcha together. I thought that they had great chemistry from the start which seemed to grow over the course of the story. I liked that they were honest with each other. I thought that the scenes with Alexsi and Sorcha together were very well done and I had a great time watching them fall in love. I would recommend this book to others. It was a fun romance that featured great characters and a wonderful fantasy world. I cannot wait to read more from this talented author. I received a digital review copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley.

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