Title: Clouded By Envy
Author: Candace Robinson
Publisher: The Parliament House
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Page Count: 215
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
Brenik has always been envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.
Living in a tree trunk for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always remains in the back of her mind.
When Bray reunites with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming between Bray and Wes.
Clouded By Envy by Candace Robinson is a fantasy read that to me falls into a bit more new adult than young adult content or for a more mature YA audience. The story is told mainly from the points of view of the two main characters in it, Bray and Brenik, alternating their chapters.
Bray and Brenik are twins that are faerie like creatures that most resemble bats and were born in another world. Bray was the first born and stronger of the twins with Brenik being the weaker and from the moment they were born the twins only had one another as they were abandoned simply for their being the two of them.
Bray and Brenik were also born into a world in which they were prey and always in danger but the pair were able to cross over into our world. In this world Brenik’s envy of his sister continues and while Bray makes friends with some humans Brenik follows a much darker path.
Having read several of Candace Robinson’s previous books I have come to expect to find an extremely engaging and creative story. From the moment you lay eyes upon the cover of this one you can’t help but be intrigued and think what the heck is this?? But believe me as amazingly outstanding the covers to her books are Candace has the content to back them up and they are even more unique and definite page turners. With Clouded By Envy being a fairly short read it was still packed with plenty of action and fully fleshed out characters and plot which made it easy to fly through in one sitting being anxious to see how it would all turn out.
I received an advance copy from the author, many thanks to Candace Robinson for allowing me to once again read early.
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About the author:
Her name is Candace Robinson, obviously. She’s just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. Her days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books. She lives just outside of Houston, Texas with her husband and daughter, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees!
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Author Website: https://authorcandacerobinson.wordpress.com/
Author Blog: https://literarydust.wordpress.com/