Book: Forbidden Forest (The Legacy of Regia)
Author: Tenaya Jayne
Book Synopsis: Born in shame. Cast from society. Shape Shifter/Elf hybrid, Forest must fight for any respect she can get. Targeted in her youth by a vampire noble who placed an illegal slave mark on her, she is forced to obey him, no matter what.
Slipping the grip of her master and abandoning the prejudice of Regia, her native world, Forest takes a job on Earth, guarding the portal, using her skills as a warrior to enforce Regia's laws. Now, called home for a black ops mission, Forest must put aside her own prejudice to transport the vampire prince, Syrus, through enemy territory in a time of war.
Prince Syrus, mage and master of the Blood Kata, wants Forest more than he's ever wanted anything. In spite of their mutual mistrust, their attraction cannot be denied. Through the danger of their mission, and the secrets they both keep, it doesn't matter what they feel. Forest is forbidden.
Book Review: I finished this book at two o’clock in the morning one night, completely and totally upset with the ending. Why, you ask? Cliffhangers. I hate cliffhangers. I love them, because that means there will be more to the story, but I hate having to wait. But that was the only thing I could find that I disliked about the book. Main character Forest is a feisty mix of elf and shifter who’s had to fight all her life to earn the respect she was never given. Her hatred of vampires is so fresh compared to the views of the creatures today and made for a very entertaining read. Even when dealing with a vampire prince, Forest manages to be sassy. Her past manages to weave its way into the story, and learning about why she hates vampires is nearly as much fun as finding out if she and Syrus will survive.
Jayne created a fantastic world here. The idea of having portals between the realms, with guardians, at that, make it unique. You can even see the beauty of Regia through Forest’s eyes. My favorite aspect of the world she created, however, was the fact that each person is given a true mate, like a soul mate, but you find out who your true mate is when your eyes meet. The idea sounds so beautifully simple and magical, all at the same time.
Full of danger, action, backtalk, and a werewolf obsessed with France, Forbidden Forest is a great read that will keep you torn between laughing and crying at all points in time.
Favorite Quotes: “Here are the rules: Don’t go in my room. Don’t touch my weapons, and don’t eat the cookies in the pantry.”
“Just because you’re blind doesn’t mean I am! Change your clothes in your room.”
“No one thought I would pull through. But then, as you said earlier, I’m a narcissist. I love myself too much to let myself die.”
“’Maybe we’ll find ol’ maxi tonight’… ‘I dare you to call him that to his face when we find him’”
“Oh how sweet. The two of you joined forever as sisters in your mutual hatred of vampires”
“’What?’ He demanded. The irony had broken through forest’s tension. “You’re wearing a team Jacob sweatshirt.’”
“Her intellect drew straight, harsh boundary lines, while instinct crept behind, blurring them”
Overall: 5/5 stars. It’s a really fun read, as long as you don’t hate cliffhangers.