November 28, 2014 by mmileti
Publication date: January 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Thea, all-mighty Mother Earth, only had one rule to follow above all else, one promise to keep to her brother: never take a human form. She would’ve kept that promise if it weren’t for Brice. He’s handsome and confident, but above all he’s merciless.
He’s also a hunter who has tormented Thea for years. She believes if she could teach Brice compassion, she might finally be able to save her creations and herself from his savage ways. Then she meets Chamber: another hunter.
She soon finds herself fascinated by−and torn between−the two boys: Brice and Chamber. Lost within a torrent of human emotions, Thea starts to lose who she is as she falls in love with the one thing that she’s always hated: a hunter… a human.
Transformed has an incredibly unique take on the paranormal romance genre. The plot is part creation story and part love triangle, with themes that explore human instinct and the strangeness of many of our cultural norms when looked at through the eyes of a being who embodies nature itself. Fairfall gives the reader a novel that is far from the typical paranormal romance in its scope and many of its story elements, and that is sure to be refreshing to fans of a genre that is often filled with the same old tropes. For those of you who may be thinking this story is too ambitious and unfamiliar for your liking, it still contains enough of the familiar to ease any reader into the novel’s more weighty themes. Fairfall mixes her unique story elements with what is arguably the most common theme in the genre: the love triangle. This juxtaposition of these disparate story elements was a bit shocking to me at first, but Fairfall does a fine job of weaving them together into the plot line. However, I personally am a bit tired of the love triangle cliché, and there were plenty of other aspects to the story that would have made a wonderful book without that particular element. This, of course, is a matter of personal taste, and I am sure that many readers will be pleased to find this well-used but much loved trope.
It took my a little while to get fully engaged with the story, but what eventually caught my full attention were the creation story and the in-depth study of human nature. The creation story is especially captivating, as it is told in tantalizing snippets (some throughout the plot, and some in small fragments at the beginning of each chapter) and succeeds in immersing the reader in the story and keeping her turning the pages until late at night. Fairfall’s unique outside view of what it means to be human also fascinated me and gave a lot of depth to Thea’s character. I definitely found her struggle to be human and her unexplainable need to become human more and more often to be the most interesting and endearing aspects of her character.
Overall Transformed is a well-written story with some lovely prose interspersed throughout the novel. I was more drawn to the story’s unique and ambitious themes than I was to the genre clichés, but I still found myself engaged in the story and its characters. I would recommend this novel to fans of paranormal romance who are looking to read a novel that is different and thought-provoking, and I would also recommend it to anyone who loves a good creation myth turned into fiction.
My Rating: 7/10
I received a copy of this novel from Xpresso Book Tours and the author in return for an honest review.
I love to write just as much as I love to read. I try to read a book per week, which doesn’t always work out, but it’s the thought that counts. Aside from all that I am a huge animal person.
Transformed is my first novel, but it isn’t my first publication; I’ve had several short stories published over the last two years. My main goal as a writer is to explore humanity and to give people something fun to read.
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