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Rua A Girl With An Unknown DestinyA Boy From A Hidden WorldWhen Celeste Starts At A New School In A Small, Kansas Town, She Hears Whispering Voices, Has Vivid Nightmares, And Swarms Of Blackbirds Follow Her Every Move She Is Oddly Drawn To Aloof Rylan, The Other New Student Who Has His Own Secrets The Exact Moment She Turns Seventeen, She Wakes To A Bedroom Full Of Strange Creatures, Purple Light Emanating From Her Hands, And Rylan Breaking In Through Her Bedroom Window He Knows What She Is Intriguing And Deeply Romantic, RUA Is Page Turning YA Novel With A Supernatural Twist


10 thoughts on “Rua

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    Review originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase on September 18, 2012.Celeste has always felt like an outsider moved around by her loving adoptive parents to new towns and schools frequently This latest move is different though as she approaches her seventeenth birthday, Celeste begins having nightmares and hearing voices in the night, and why does the gorgeous boy Rylan keep staring at her like that On her birthday, it is finally revealed that Celeste is one of the Tuatha de Danaan, gatekee Review originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase on September 18, 2012.Celeste has always felt like an outsider moved around by her loving adoptive parents to new towns and schools frequently This latest move is different though as she approaches her seventeenth birthday, Celeste begins having nightmares and hearing voices in the night, and why does the gorgeous boy Rylan keep staring at her like that On her birthday, it is finally revealed that Celeste is one of the Tuatha de Danaan, gatekeepers between the worlds and controllers of the Sidhe Things only getstrange as she discoversabout who she is and what she is capable of.Rua is quite different to other stories of the Fae that I ve read I think it was the American small town setting rather than a Celtic inspired fantasy world that felt so different The characters were quite detailed and had realistic reactions to the supernatural events I especially loved Celeste s new bestie, Tink What s not to love about a gay witch with a big heart The supernatural elements were introduced fairly gradually which created some fantastic suspense throughout the story The romance between Celeste and Rylan was very swoony but moved a little fast for me I felt it was bordering on insta love which is a bit of a shame considering how much I loved the rest of the story We also never really find out the extent of Rylan s powers or hear much of his back story.The only major problem I had with Rua was that it was too short I really hope Miranda Kevi intends to expandon this world this promising debut has laid a great foundation fortales of the Tuatha de Danaan and the other supernatural beings mentioned I d recommend Rua to anyone who enjoys YA paranormal romances, and I ll be looking out for Miranda Kavi s future work with great interest


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    I received this book in exchange for an honest review and should admit the cover drew me inthan the summary did It s gorgeous and, surprisingly, perfectly matches the heroine and her power.Orphaned at birth and constantly moving around with her adoptive parents, Celeste Shreeve has never settled roots or known them She doesn t mind, though She has never been found wanting her adoptive parents love her like their own, she likewise feels the same, and she s mature enough to understand why I received this book in exchange for an honest review and should admit the cover drew me inthan the summary did It s gorgeous and, surprisingly, perfectly matches the heroine and her power.Orphaned at birth and constantly moving around with her adoptive parents, Celeste Shreeve has never settled roots or known them She doesn t mind, though She has never been found wanting her adoptive parents love her like their own, she likewise feels the same, and she s mature enough to understand why they need to move for her father s job But when she meets the gorgeous, mysterious Rylan at her new school and he asks her if she s one of them, Celeste must learn who and what she is, along with where she came from not exactly a new concept within the YA Paranormal genre, but Rua did offer a different twist on the Celtic mythology of the Tuatha D Danann and Sidhe that I liked.I also enjoyed the relationships in the story There s no doubt of the love between her and her parents, the loyalty of her new and gay best friend Tink, or the draw she has to the hot Rylan though the latter was a bit too fast and typical, in my opinion While the make out sessions were great, I didn t know how I felt about him He wasn t as well developed a character as Tink to really form an opinion He has black hair, brilliant green eyes, etc etc as Celeste kept noting , but there wasn t much revealed about him, his past, or anything He kind of felt like a prop or an errand boy He was also a bit too perfect in his reactions that he begun to feel like a Gary Stu The editing needed a littlework, as well, but I ve definitely read seen worse, and though the length was much too short, I do appreciate how the author used every event and character nothing was included for mere filler Still, I m hoping forworld building in the next book I m intrigued enough by Miranda Kavi s version of the Fae that I do intend to read it


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    Review also appears on my blogThis book was so different that I didn t know what to expect I thought this would be your everage Sidhe book Well boo hoo for me because it totally wasn t what I thought it would be However, it was great Celeste was a pretty average heroine but she was easy to relate to I loved her relationship with her parents It was really refreshing to see a heroine that has a close relationship with her parents and isn t somehow scarred by terrible parents or a lack of one Review also appears on my blogThis book was so different that I didn t know what to expect I thought this would be your everage Sidhe book Well boo hoo for me because it totally wasn t what I thought it would be However, it was great Celeste was a pretty average heroine but she was easy to relate to I loved her relationship with her parents It was really refreshing to see a heroine that has a close relationship with her parents and isn t somehow scarred by terrible parents or a lack of one I thought she might be weak because she wouldn t really handle things head on at the beginning but I was wrong halfway through the novel she really stepped it up Tink okay so he is not the love interest but he was so amazing that he deserves his own paragraph He was the perfect friends and well this guy was hilarious In short Tink is like one of my favorite characters Rylan, oh Rylan I liked you then I hated you but kind of still wanted you but then I loved you, so its all okay He was really sweet towards Celeste and I loved how he wasn t willing to really trust anyone It was a totally good move on his part since it saved Celeste s life in the long run I want to know if there is some sort of a deeper explanation for their attraction It wasn t insta love or anything but I just have that feeling that there might be something paranormal to their love I did not expect what happened in the plot Actually I guessed totally opposite of what happened That kind of surprised me because usually I m pretty correct so yes the plot is amazing


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    I wasn t sure what the heck was going on at first Celeste has been having nightmares The closer to her seventeenth birthday theweird things happen and she thinks shes loosing her mind She hears voices and there are swarms of black birds following her around, blinding headaches when the new boy Rylan looks at her.Of course it all comes out as to who and what she is It was all described and seemed very cool.This was really easy to get into and I flew through it I loved Celeste, she didn I wasn t sure what the heck was going on at first Celeste has been having nightmares The closer to her seventeenth birthday theweird things happen and she thinks shes loosing her mind She hears voices and there are swarms of black birds following her around, blinding headaches when the new boy Rylan looks at her.Of course it all comes out as to who and what she is It was all described and seemed very cool.This was really easy to get into and I flew through it I loved Celeste, she didn t come off as an annoying character at all Then there is the mysterious Rylan and frankly he is still a mystery Yes you know who and what he is but he just has this mysterious air about him But I adored Tink Tink is Celeste best friend He is so funny and sweet There better beof him in the next book Overall this was a good read, has some action some romance and a little bit of world building Even the ending with baddie who really isn t all bad just desperate was easy to see right away but it didn t take away from the story for me I look forward toadventures with Celeste, Rylan and Tink


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    Didn t finish I can only handle so many stereotypes at a time The whole bad boy interested in you, then randomly flirt with mean girl and it hurts you angle The instant best friend who happens to be gay, but wait, a super stereotypical gay guy who also is a Wicca just when you need one and has no other friends Really Not a single other friend What is this, the 80 s Oh oh, and she is adopted and dangerous and probably some royalty or some shit i dont know cause i couldnt read any furth Didn t finish I can only handle so many stereotypes at a time The whole bad boy interested in you, then randomly flirt with mean girl and it hurts you angle The instant best friend who happens to be gay, but wait, a super stereotypical gay guy who also is a Wicca just when you need one and has no other friends Really Not a single other friend What is this, the 80 s Oh oh, and she is adopted and dangerous and probably some royalty or some shit i dont know cause i couldnt read any further Seriously And she has purple eyes cause isnt that cool and unique no actually it isnt that eye color angle is played in several other ya novels already Barf And it is only 200 some pages long for 2.99 my kindle has seriously let me down today


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    Three Stars A paranormal read with something new and different.Celeste grabs her backpack and heads out the door with her parents good wishes She is starting her first day at a new high school At sixteen she is used to moving around and she is always the new girl Things go better than than planned when she immediately and unexpectedly makes a new friend, Tink, amiable, outgoing and gay.Then she catches the eye of a handsome new boy, Rylan Yep, it was a great first day, but soon the euphoria Three Stars A paranormal read with something new and different.Celeste grabs her backpack and heads out the door with her parents good wishes She is starting her first day at a new high school At sixteen she is used to moving around and she is always the new girl Things go better than than planned when she immediately and unexpectedly makes a new friend, Tink, amiable, outgoing and gay.Then she catches the eye of a handsome new boy, Rylan Yep, it was a great first day, but soon the euphoria fades because as her seventeenth birthday draws near, she begins experiencing terrifying nightmares Then the school parking lot is assaulted by a flock of birds that line the streets and lead straight to her home The moment she turns seventeen, strange events occur and she learns that she has a strange and unique heritage Can she figure out just what she is and fulfill her role What I Liked I enjoyed that Ms Kavi brought me a paranormal read with a unique flavor I won t go into details, but the supernatural touch here is unexpected and different from anything I have encountered I liked that she brought me something original This book features a character that absolutely wriggled right in and stole my heart Tink jumps right in during the first chapters and easily wins over not only Celeste but the reader He is gay, and completely open about it He is fun, charming, an awesome best friend and there isn t anything about him not to like I thoroughly enjoyed his character He manages to always steal the scene Not to mention he has a few tricks up his sleeve I appreciated that this book features a set of parents who are very involved in their daughter Celeste s life Not only are they caring, protective and engaged, but they are Celeste s adoptive parents and they are African American while Celeste is of Irish descent with red hair and fair skin It isn t often in the YA genre that you find parents that are an active participant in the story line, and to have the added uniqueness of different heritage and adoptive makes them eveninteresting I liked that this book was a quick easy read and the story moves along It is one you could easily pick up and read in one sitting It also has a lot of surprises and action The cover is absolutely stunning I love it This is a bargain as an ecopy can be purchased onfor 2.99.And The Not So Much The biggest complaint I had with this one is the lack of detail While the brisk pace is nice, it moves so quickly at times that it tends to skip or gloss over important details This book would benefit by a slower pace and taking time to expand and explain important aspects Rylan is a problem for me in that he is there to immediately explain everything and lead Celeste down the path to discover her destiny, but I had so many questions regarding him First, he is a halfling, half human, half paranormal, but there is little detail on the how and why he came to be He says he came from an unholy union , but what does that mean Where are his parents He seems to live on his own I just did not get a full appreciation of his character There is a bit of mean girl flair in this one, which I am not a fan of, but thankfully it seems to be resolved by the end, and it doesn t get too over the top nasty.Rua is a quick read full of different and unexpected paranormal entities This book introduces us to a new world of possibilities and paves the way for expansion into a series It also introduces us to some memorable characters and thought provoking ideas.Favorite Quotations The thing glanced up at the sound of his voice She twisted her face into a sick copy of a smile She crouched down and held out a shadowy hand, complete with long, black fingernails She put her palm up and bent her fingers forward twice in rapid succession An invitation Tink snickered It s okay, Mrs Shreeve My room is a hot mess, and it irritates my mom because she thinks gay boys are supposed to be extra clean I received a copy of this book as part of a tour and I was not compensated for my review Posted Rainy Day Ramblings


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    Okay, I admit it was the cover that caught my attention Add in the great synopsis and I was totally pining to read this I was pretty confused for a little while, but the characters were so awesome that it didn t really bother me I knew that things would start to make sense This was a very interesting story and I really enjoyed it I know the whole new girl at school thing seems totally overdone, but putting that aside, this book was really great.Lets start with Celeste I really liked her S Okay, I admit it was the cover that caught my attention Add in the great synopsis and I was totally pining to read this I was pretty confused for a little while, but the characters were so awesome that it didn t really bother me I knew that things would start to make sense This was a very interesting story and I really enjoyed it I know the whole new girl at school thing seems totally overdone, but putting that aside, this book was really great.Lets start with Celeste I really liked her She is adopted by a loving awesome family bonus, the parents are actually a part of the story, not just forgotten somewhere in the background and unfortunately moves around a lot Starting a new school is nothing new to her I liked that she wasn t whiny or pouty about it Her first day she meets and becomes BFF s with Tink Tony is his real name and he is fabulous She really bonds with him and I loved their friendship As things get really weird with her, like hearing voices, having massive amounts of birds following her, and seeing weird things, she opens up to him and being the awesomesauce person he is, he is there for her and doesn t think she is crazy at all What I loved the most about her is her sense of self She wasn t worried about impressing anyone except maybe Rylan and she never really thought about who her real parents were because it never mattered Even when it becomes important, she doesn t really want to know Rylan is something else He obviously is the super hot charming boy who she can t help but drool over He also happens to be a bit anti social and apparently a new kid too He has been there for a few weeks, but hasn t talked to anyone until Celeste shows up Now this boy has got some secrets too He knows about Celeste s secrets even before she does He is really cryptic with her at first, but he really wants to help herthan that, he wants to protect her and be with her He will do anything he can to make sure she is safe The other characters were great too As you already know, I loved Tink He is the perfect friend even before he and Celeste know each other well It s like right when they meet, they just click and it s like they have always been friends Then her parents are really great too I liked that they were very present in the story They don t play a major role in anything really, but they are there and I enjoyed that Then of course there is always the mean girl that you totally hate Yup, Jennifer was that girl I couldn t stand her She hated Celeste from the first second for no reason at all and that just bothered me I get that she is the pretty popular girl, but the fact that she calls Celeste a loser and treats her bad before she even knows her is a bit much This book was great It moves at a pretty steady pace for the most part At first it had me a bit confused, then there was a bit of an info dump, but the rest of the book flowed nicely We pretty much discover things as Celeste does since we are in her head I really enjoyed the plot, and how everything unfolded The relationships between Tink and Celeste and the one between Rylan and Celeste were great I liked that the relationship that formed between her and Rylan developed slowly It wasn t just like oh, let s get together There was plenty of frustration and build up I loved the elements of the story too Besides the magic, the action, and the romance, I thought that the friendships and family relationship were fantastic too I really hope that this is a series because after reading this I want


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    This review was originally posted at Pages of Forbidden Love From the moment the book started I knew I was going to like this book because I could already tell I would love the characters Celeste is a bit different than every other female lead in a YA book, she likes the night and seems to be alright with being alone since she moves so many times every year to a new state She was sort of a loner that didn t conform to the rest of the teen phases Plus she gets to meet Tink early on and I absol This review was originally posted at Pages of Forbidden Love From the moment the book started I knew I was going to like this book because I could already tell I would love the characters Celeste is a bit different than every other female lead in a YA book, she likes the night and seems to be alright with being alone since she moves so many times every year to a new state She was sort of a loner that didn t conform to the rest of the teen phases Plus she gets to meet Tink early on and I absolutely loved his character I love when authors add in a gay guy to be the best friend, or new best friend as the case is with this book Tink knows that he is different too in this teenage world they both live in and I loved watching their friendship grow over the course of the book Lets just say the book would not have been the same had there not been a Tink Oh and how could I forget the leading man Rylan I did like Rylan but I feel as if his character was hidden a bit in this book It seemed like we could never really learn enough about him.One thing that did bother me was the fact that Celeste fell for Rylan a bit too fast Within the first few chapters she was already wanting to be all over him and thinking that he belonged to her when he was dating a different girl on campus I m not a fan of instant love in teen books and I felt that the instant love weakened the book and Celeste in my mind, she could have held strong and slowly fallen for Rylan like an adult, since she practically is one at 17 Plus the romance felt at times gooey and overly lovey dovey like the romance between 15 year olds and at other times it wasgrown up since Rylan and Celeste do have some intense make out scenes where they act like they are in amature relationshipWhile the characters were great to read about there obviously is a plot line to go along with them The plot line was something interesting, it started out a little darker with dark spirits and birds following Celeste no matter where she went and she was having nightmares about what those things could be doing to her She knows that something is going to happen in a week on her 17th birthday, she just has no idea what that could be Once she gets her powers the storyline really picks up because Celeste has to figure out what on earth she is suppose to do now that she is not a normal teenager any I felt at times the book went from the darker storyline to a lighter plot without any warning I guess I would have liked the plot to stay a little darker, to be just a bitmysterious It was still a good plot but it could have used a bitdetail to round it out a little better Overall, I have to say I really enjoyed this book I do wish there was a littleto the storyline but I guess that is what book two will be for, and I for one will be sticking around to see what happens next I need to knowabout Celeste s powers and how the whole gang is going to move forward after what happened at the end of this book.4 Hearts


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    Since the summary doesn t say too much about it I m going to do a quick walktrough without spoilers so don t worry.First we have Celeste, our main character that, due to her dad s job is used to move from city to city a lot Meaning no friends to bond with and no real place to call home But her adoptive parents are amazingly cool and loving so she doesn t care that much.Gladly for her she became friend with Tink, a sweet and caring guy that sadly for her was also very gay.And in her very firstd Since the summary doesn t say too much about it I m going to do a quick walktrough without spoilers so don t worry.First we have Celeste, our main character that, due to her dad s job is used to move from city to city a lot Meaning no friends to bond with and no real place to call home But her adoptive parents are amazingly cool and loving so she doesn t care that much.Gladly for her she became friend with Tink, a sweet and caring guy that sadly for her was also very gay.And in her very firstday of school she met Rylan A sexy, misterious guy that was also new But the most intriguing part is what he says to her when they first talk You are one of them, right And trust me, Celeste was as puzzled as you are right now.And right there something becomes very clear During her 17th birthday Celeste is going to change somehow And the creepy dark figures that she spots around her, the black birds following her around and her misterious headaches whenever she is close to Rylan have a reason.Who is she and what is happening to her Why is it that Rylan is always in her thoughts Why is he with Jennifer, the prettiest girl in school, when he is always looking at Celeste And what is Tink s real name Personal opinion First, I have to point out the obvious That cover is freaking beautiful I love everything about it, from the colors to the design and so very thought full, cause, just in case you wonder, the cover fits perfectly the plot As always Phatpuppy Art did an amazing job Rua was, no doubt, a very interesting, quick and cool read Actually, I finished it in a couple of hours without stop And that can also mean I liked it a lot.The characters felt very real and were very diverse which I appreciated a lot The fact that I had to move a lot when I was younger for my dad s job helped me connect with Celeste muchand I understood her way better.My favorite character was of course Tink I mean, a guy with a nickname like that can only be awesome, right He is, I m telling you Friendly, funny, caring and loyal, what else would you need And then we have Rylan, the swoon worthy guy With him I m not sure what I feel And don t get me wrong, once we get to know him the guy seems perfect Sexy, protective, with a few secrets of his own and willing to help Celeste no matter what.But there is something, you know Something that makes me nervous and for the live of me I can t wait to read the sequel cause, there has to be a sequel, right I sure hope so


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    I had to add this book to my Favorites shelf it was enchanting First things first I received this book for free from the author through my Goodreads book club, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review All thoughts and conclusions are my own.The tale begins with Celeste, who is a soon to be seventeen year old girl living with her adoptive parents Due to her dad s job, her family has had to move a lot, and Celeste has become used to being the new kid Right before her 17th birthday, sh I had to add this book to my Favorites shelf it was enchanting First things first I received this book for free from the author through my Goodreads book club, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review All thoughts and conclusions are my own.The tale begins with Celeste, who is a soon to be seventeen year old girl living with her adoptive parents Due to her dad s job, her family has had to move a lot, and Celeste has become used to being the new kid Right before her 17th birthday, she and her family move to a small town in Kansas where she begins again in a new high school She is immediately befriended by a young man called Tink , who has a flamboyant personality and a penchant for cute boys Tink notices something different about Celeste right away, and no matter what kind of crazy things get thrown at him he stays right by Celeste s side Celeste becomes enad of a hottie named Rylan, who is dark, mysterious and SOOOOO dreamy.Leading up to her 17th birthday strange things start to happen, and Celeste knows that something BIG is getting ready to go down and apparently Rylan knows what it is, because he is giving her cryptic answers and furtive glances Flocks of ravens line the trees around Celeste s house, and seem to follow her wherever she goes Strange shadow shapes show up in her bedroom, and she hears disembodied voices pleading for her to open the door, Rua Is she losing her mind, or is she a part of something magical I can honestly say that I don t have any complaints about this story I thought it was very well written, the characters were believable, and the adventure was nail bitingly close I absolutely love the character Tink so often in YA novels you see the obligatory gay character, and they are portrayed as so over the top that it just seems completely unrealistic However Tink is written as a strong male lead, and one who is unfailingly faithful to his new friend Celeste Rylan is exciting and dark, and completely delicious Celeste is a very dynamic female with the ordinary flaws and insecurities of any normal 17 year old girl, but one who also knows that she has an inner strength that will see her through whatever comes I would love to readabout the world that author Miranda Kavi has created, and I hope that she continues to narrate Celeste s new journey


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