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    Good beginning to the series.

    This is the first book in a new series by Bridget E. Baker. I've enjoyed everything she has written so far, and this one ended up being good as well. In the beginning I was a little unsure how much I was going to like it, but it ended up getting better and better as it progressed. Chancery was easy to like and her sister, Judica was easy to hate. However, I was very conflicted about their mother. I was infuriated at her for some of the things she let Judica get away with, and I don't think Chancery's view of her mother is completely accurate. I kept thinking that Chancery would have some real issues with her mother over the things she lets Judica get away with. However after reading the book and seeing how brutal their culture could be, it made a little more sense why things were the way they were. I think the author is really good at showing how her characters feel, and why they feel that way, and there are definitely some layers that need to be peeled away from some of these characters. This being a series, I know it's not all going to happen in this book, so I can be patient. I liked the romance in this book, even though the love triangle was slightly annoying. I think we all know who Chancery will end up with. I think the other guy was just thrown in to add some tension. The high school thing that was added late in the book wasn't one of my favorite parts either, even though I understand it was added to help Chancery figure out if she would want to live a human life. Other than those small things I liked this book very much. I do have to add that there was a lot of blood in this. It wasn't really gory, just a bit descriptive, and it was shocking how brutal these people were. I'm not sure being next to immortal would make me less concerned about the kind of injuries that are inflicted in this book. I mean it still hurts! I would think they wouldn't want to repeat that too often, but clearly they are not like me. I also wondered why they didn't get sick of ruining their clothes and having to clean up all the blood. Practice swords are a thing, maybe they should try using them? 😂 Anyway, it's an interesting world and I plan on reading the sequels.
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    Evians - this is a story not to be missed.

    Wow, as the author states in her intro, the gorgeous young lady on the cover, Alyssa, would launch a thousand ships but sorry to contradict, I think it should be a 1000 books and hope that turns out to be a true statement. Something about the cover drew my attention and I thought this is a great looking book, I am going to read it. Some book covers I look at are very unattractive or include limited artwork on them and make me think yuk so I move on, but this one had the reverse effect. It looks the complete package so well thought out the author and her team for presenting this book like it has been. Having now read this book, I can envisage the young lady on the cover being the predominant main character in the story based on her description from her fellow evians. There is several main characters involved and they are all linked to each other, such is the way the author as cleverly intertwined them all throughout the story. This tale has been based in Hawaii and several of the locations will be familiar to many. An interesting concept along with many other issues the reader will find on the journey through this great inventive creative story. I have not read about evians before so am fascinated how the author came through with them because I find this unique and so interesting from such a creative author. Many stories have had werewolves, vampires and the like but this is my first for evians. Chancery-is one of the main predominant evians, Lark is her best friend through and after school, Chancery exhibits many traits of her different evian personality to remain so with Lark and any of these could result in disastrous effects for one of both of them. One of her sisters, Judica, is really different to Chancery and the author keeps your reading skills honed just to keep up with this sister, she is certainly different and one you would not turn your back to if you knew her personality and make up, makes a fascinating read with her in the mix. There is the mother, Empress Enora Alamecha, many years of age and the most powerful evian of all, but what happens to her during the story? She falls out of friendship with Chancery's best friend Lark but for what reason, it is a great insight into just what the evian culture is and means and how much regard they have for it because maybe the whole world is watching and judging them on their behaviour. In spite of her all powerful appearance and actions she does have another side to her for a very good reason, but what? There is numerous males involved with the all powerful family, but is their safety assured just because they may have captured the eye of one of the family, one in particular is Edam and what a life he has. It is maybe not the full on glamour you are anticipating. The evians are a rare breed of people living in the same time and environment as humans, however, they are very different in most aspects, even longevity of life is amazing and humans do not compete in this zone. Evians also have many other super traits to there beings and one that humans would love to have but alas, not possible, pity. They are a very dangerous and war like race when necessity requires them to be and as fighters, they have none to match them other than another evian. Depending on their generation they are also blessed with super natural recovery powers, frequently needed for survival. Most of the Royal Family are super warriors when necessary and they are trained to be so, however, some do not want to be like the rest and do have a problem because they seem to be under threat often and to rely on someone else all the time can be dangerous. The continuous and changing plots and storylines throughout this book I found superb and I could not read the pages fast enough, there is many interesting scenarios to read through and I kept asking myself where did BB get these ideas and scenes from, I loved them and found the whole story so enjoyable because mainly it was new ground for a story to be based on, with new creative ideas and not old regurgitated ones. I could write much more for this review, but do not want to open up the story to much with my submission by spilling the beans what it is all about. I can only repeat that I loved the story and have not enjoyed a read as much as this one for quite a long while, I read 2-3 books every week. I think BB has done a great story and applaud her creativeness for Displaced. Of course it depends on what type of story you enjoy but hopefully you do enjoy this one as much as I have. I also have read the next in the series and WOW again, you have some great reading ahead. I shall be writing my review on her next book in the near future. I have provided this review completely of my own free will without any inducements or incentives from any person/s or company.
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    Loved it!

    I don't know where to begin. This book is amazing! I always root for the underdog and Chancery had my heart right from the beginning! I love the world created in this book and can't wait to read the next book!! I received and advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
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    Delightfully thought-provoking, deep, and thorough

    Chancery is a daughter of the Empress of the Evians, a superhuman group that runs the world, unbeknownst to most humans. But she never expected to rule. The youngest daughter always inherits the throne, and Chancery's twin is younger by a few minutes. Chancery doesn't mind, though. She'd rather be in the background than the cutthroat society of Evian elite, and even dreams of moving to New York to blend in with humans. But her world changes when she tries on her mother's ring, passed down from ruler to ruler through the generations, and it responds to her. Now Chancery must decide whether to embrace her destiny, possibly at the cost of her life, or to continue her safer life in the shadows. Things I loved about this book: -The world-building was so well done. Without extensive explanations, the reader comes to understand a society of superhuman people with enormous physical and mental ability. They can heal themselves, live nearly a thousand years, and learn any subject with a small amount of study. Their society is a unique take on human tradition: rather than the oldest son inheriting the throne, it's the youngest daughter. Due to the long lives of Evians, sometimes a daughter will be heir to the throne, training and expecting to rule, for over a hundred years before the Empress has yet another daughter and the first is displaced. -The characters were not cliche. Chancery is the more reserved, quiet sister, but shows strength even before she is faced with the prospect of ruling. Judica (seen through Chancery's eyes) is cruel and remorseless, but we see glimpses of her pain and brokenness early on and eventually much more, making the reader empathize with the "villain." Teenage Chancery has a close relationship with her mother, rather than the usual angst, while Judica longs for the same affection but hides it with contemptuous words. -The humor was just enough to lighten the mood without distracting from the tone. Chancery and her friend Lark attempt to blend into a human high school but don't know what to wear and end up dressing like the teachers instead of the students. The Evian bottled water business is owned by the Evians, who gave it the name as a joke, knowing the humans who buy it won't understand the significance. -The ending left some questions unresolved (since it's the first book in a series) but does not end on a cliffhanger. I'm looking forward to finishing the series, but am satisfied with the amount of closure in this volume. All in all, I'm impressed with this book and author. I cheered and mourned and can't wait to see what happens next. How will Chancery's relationships with Edam (Evian who supports her and hopes she will change Evian's societal inequalities) and Noah (human who shows Chancery incredible courage, loyalty, and kindness) turn out? How will things develop with the sister who betrayed Chancery, as well as with the twin who has been her rival all her life? Can the mystery surrounding Chancery's mother be solved? And how will Chancery use her power when/if she rules? I'll find out as soon as I can!
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    Buckle up for Action, Twists, and a little romance

    Buckle up for a fast paced, imginative YA Fantasy. Evians are among us and actually running things. This is a well-crafted story which kept my attention. Bridget Baker has a compelling writing style which blends action and romance as she weaves a tale with complex, believable characters cleverly folding in details of our world today.
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