Friday, February 28, 2014

ARC Review: Knight Assassin by Rima Jean

March 4, 2014


Seventeen-year-old Zayn has special powers she cannot control—powers that others fear and covet. Powers that cause the Templar Knights to burn Zayn’s mother at the stake for witchcraft. When a mysterious stranger tempts Zayn to become the first female member of the heretical Assassins, the chance to seek her revenge lures her in. She trains to harness her supernatural strength and agility, and then enters the King of Jerusalem's court in disguise with the assignment to assassinate Guy de Molay, her mother’s condemner. But once there, she discovers Earic Goodwin, the childhood friend who still holds her heart, among the knights—and his ocean-blue eyes don’t miss a thing. Will vengeance be worth the life of the one love she has left?

I went into this book with absolutely no expectations what so ever and I was still a little bit disappointed. I wanted this to be an epic girl-power story with a lovely little side romance and it was…sort of. Ish. I mean the romance was more staccato than anything else with really intense bursts of irrationality. But it wasn’t just that. The glimpses of when they were younger was rather sweet and really added to the whole ‘romance.’ It was oddly placed I give you that, but it was cute, none the less.

Zayn has strange powers and her mother was burned for being not human. When a man comes after she was raped by a high ranking official, he offers her the one thing she craves more than anything: revenge. She wants revenge for her mother and revenge for herself. On her little voyage, she grows into her powers, becomes stronger and gains friends as well as enemies. She also runs into said old acquaintance. Oh and she also learns who her absentee father is.  And she sets a few people and fire. And stabs a guy. But other than that she lives a totally normal life.

There was girl power

There was romance

There was the search for true friends in a nasty world

The story felt squished together. It felt like it tumbled out of the authors mind and found its way onto the pages. It had the meat of a great story but I needed more descriptions and more emotion. I also needed that romance to develop a little more than it did before it got so intense. I mean sheesh. Rushing into things much?

I liked the idea of the story more than the actual story.

Okay people, what do you think about being the only girl in a male dominated society who can kill? I think I would be amazing. Also, I could seriously kick butt. How cool? But to be judged?

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