Friday 16 September 2022

BOOK REVIEW: Meara by Anya Wylde

Series: Legacy of Love
Author: Anya Wylde
Genre: YA Fantasy / Romance
Publication Date: 31st May 2022

Book Description:
A whisper of someone like her being born has been discussed for aeons by the gods. The question is, who is she, and where is she?

Meara lives an ordinary life with her eccentric grandmother and three siblings in a small Georgian house in Dublin. On her eighteenth birthday, her little sister is kidnapped by an incredibly powerful man, and her entire world turns upside down.

Long hidden family secrets tumble out, and supernatural beings suddenly surround her. However, she thinks she is a side character, the hero's friend, and the heroine's sister. After all, her nature is more girl-next-door than a tortured soul with ninja fighting skills.

Her only desire is to get her sister back and keep her safe but to do so; she must battle dangerous beings and reign in her treacherous heart which has begun to beat for her family's sworn enemy, a gorgeous demigod.

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Three years ago, Meara's parents said they were going away for three months and left her and her siblings with their grandmother. They haven't been back to see them since. When Meara's little sister, Bree, gets kidnapped by a powerful demigod, family secrets start to rise to the surface, revealing dangers of a supernatural reality Meara knew nothing about but is very well a part of. With two families fighting for supremacy, Meara finds herself at the enemy's mercy. Trusting him is out of the question. Falling in love with him, well ... that's out of her hands. Meara soon learns that her greatest obstacle may not be her enemy but rather her own heart.


All the mythology and insight into the supernatural reality was the most enthralling aspect of the book. I loved exploring the magical world that Meara was introduced to. It ignited a childlike excitement, which made me want to unveil every bit of its history.

I enjoyed the banter between Kamraan and Meara, which to me for the most part was an expression of sexual frustration. Their romantic relationship was definitely a gradual development, which I preferred as opposed to them expressing their attraction from the get-go. They are enemies, after all, and there are many conflicts and obstacles standing in their way. The hints of attraction and potential romance between Meara and Kamraan were so subtle that you might miss it if you blinked. It would appear as if there was nothing romantic between these two characters, but, in this instance, action spoke louder than words. Kamraan has saved Meara countless times. He basically broke rules just to protect Meara and keep her safe. His actions towards Meara, though seeming somewhat cold and distant, displayed moments of vulnerability, insecurities, denial and fear of admitting his true feelings for his enemy. It took some time for romance to actually kick off, but the chemistry and emotional connection was there from the start of their interaction.

A lot happens in this book. Meara's life was not without its danger and excitement. There was always something happening. Even if a scene presented didn't propel the plot forward, it was still enjoyable just to see the characters interacting with one another. I also liked the fact that the characters had unique voices and personalities, which made them memorable.


I think the book went on for too long. There are moments where things felt repetitive and not necessarily significant for plot development. I know it was probably for the purpose of Meara and Kamraan bonding or getting to know each other, but it made me want to skip forward at times to get to the relevant parts that would see the story pushing forward and getting to the point. I think it's this issue that made it take me some time to really get into the story. It was quite some chapters before I actually started to really like the book as it was taking long to get to the point, with everyone keeping secrets from Meara and coming up with ways of avoiding the topic. It went around in circles sometimes.

I liked Meara and Kamraan. I just didn't love them. They were likeable characters who were portrayed well. I just didn't care for them as individuals the way I wanted to.

The elements for an exciting read are all here, but somehow, it didn't always blend together to incite a level of excitement that made me eager for more.


An enjoyable read full of mythology and fantasy. I would have liked to have loved the characters, but they were likeable enough to encourage me to finish the book.


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