Thursday 10 November 2016

BOOK REVIEW: My Fair Assassin by C.J. Anaya

My Fair Assassin
Author: C.J. Anaya
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
It's not everyday a teenage girl is singled out for assassination.

Crysta has come to accept the fact that she is freakishly different. Her shocking white hair, creepy powers, and weird eating habits have prevented her from fitting in with her various foster families. Now that she is fully emancipated and providing for herself, she hopes that life will settle down and become something halfway normal.

Her hopes are shattered when a dangerous man with lethal intent breaks into her apartment, but this enticing stranger isn't what he seems. Is he here to kill her or protect her from others who will?

My Fair Assassin is a romantic love story with elements of paranormal and urban fantasy woven in for an entertaining read. Adults and teens alike will enjoy getting lost in the pages of Crysta's story as she finally comes to accept who she is...or rather what she is.

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This was definitely a fun story to read. It was fast paced, had a simple plot and had enough chemistry between the main protagonists to keep me reading. Crysta Jensen has had a rough life having been moved from one foster home to another after the tragic death of her parents, but nothing can prepare her for the revelation that befalls her when an intruder attacks her in her home, claiming to be from a race known to Crysta as nothing more than fictitious. Crysta and the assassin, named Jareth, who was sent to kill her form an unlikely bond that sets forth a conflict in Jareth's world that is bound to make Crysta's life even more challenging.

It took me some time to fully connect with the story and its characters as the first few chapters were rather repetitive and lacking in plot development. The story lagged slightly during the first few chapters as Crysta and Jareth bantered back and forth as he tried to convince her that she wasn't human. That was the major basis of the first few chapters and for a story that was rather short, I felt each scene should have been utilised more effectively with events that drove the story forward. I wasn't much of a fan of Jareth or any other characters apart from Crysta as I knew nothing much about them. Jareth's world was the topic of much debate but as we never get to see his world, it made it hard to visualise it. The characters were two dimensional, so I couldn't form a bond with them. I liked that Crysta was so fierce and brave. There was a recurrent theme throughout about the importance of accepting yourself and not changing your appearance or the nature of your character for anyone, which I liked very much. This was expressed mostly through Crysta's outlook on life and the changes she had implemented, from having surgery to dying her hair, in a bid to fit in and be accepted. The portrayal of Crysta's disatisfaction with her abnormalities was a little excessive but I liked the message all the same. It's something a lot of people will be able to relate to.

I found Crysta's first encounter with Jareth to be somewhat strange. Crysta pretty much disclosed her whole life to this stranger, which would have been understandable if she came across as being fearful of the guy but a lot of her focus was on his physical appearance and how attractive he was. It didn't feel natural. The love at first sight concept is one I'm not a fan of but due to the inevitable connection (what Jareth refers to as the mark) between these two characters, it works in this story. The reasoning behind why Jareth and Crysta couldn't be together needed to be fleshed out a little more. If there is a follow up to this story, I hope there's more substance to the characters and the plot.

My Fair Assassin is a modern day fairytale. It reminded me of the calssic fairytale Cinderella. It was a little too short for my liking but it was packed with a lot of excitement and romance to make the experience an enjoyable one. This book can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.



Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Source: Review copy via author

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