My Friday reading tips this week is the magical and heart-wrenching fantasy novel A Twisted Belief by Pearl Khatri, a book that will draw you in to a world of beauty and emotions, of love and hate, of betrayal and friendship and that will keep you on the edge until the very last page.
This book has it all: strong bad-ass females, Greek mythology creatures, witches, vampires, Kings and glorious Princes, transforming Empyreans, epic adventures, battles for life and death, Goddess Prophecies and destiny calling moments.
The plot was so exciting! I can’t say too much since I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but it is so well done and truly original, imaginative and gripping. And with so many twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through! There is not a dull moment ever in this book, it starts off with a flurry of actions and turns into a rollercoaster ride at the second half.
Please be aware though that this book contains mature content, both sexual and language-wise and that it is a NA, not a YA, novel. That said though, OMG the hotness in some of the scenes and talk in this book. Some scenes seriously make you blush! Not that I’m complaining. Not at all actually… The sex scenes are very well written, and even though they are very explicit, they are never even close to being cringy or cheesy. And just let me say that riding a centaur can get your imagination spinning…
And, the characters! The characters are the most interesting aspects of the story! The main character, Erabella is so strong and fierce, and yet insecure at the same time. I really like that she is not to the perfect princess-type, but that she has “chubby cheeks” and is “plumpy as a plum” and so bad-ass! The way she tells all the men around her off and how she never backs down from a fight, is just outstanding. And she showed such an amazing transformation throughout the story, dealing with all the bad and life-changing things that happened to her.
But there are so many other characters in this book that I immediately took to my heart too. The strong and honorable Aaron, with so much more than meet the eye, Prince turning King Vallian who stands up for Erabella in a time of need, Prince Johan who is so gloriously gay, sweet and wonderful, the protective minotaur Orion who is such a sweetheart, Elafil who reminds me of sweet Dolby in HP and Wance, the sexy powerful warlock. But of course, most of all the magnificent Ryan. He’s like Rhysand from the ACOTAR-series turned into a centurion and a vampire. Bad-ass and dangerous, hot, hot, hot and gorgeous, with a heart of gold. I just want more!
And the dialogues. The writing is engaging, captivating, and exciting. As I mentioned, the language is a bit crude, with plenty of use of the four-letter word and other cuss words, but it makes the dialogues snarky and hilarious and insanely enjoyable!
All in all, A Twisted Belief is a fast paced, hard hitting, epic ride that will take you on exciting twists and turns! I love the diversity, the intriguing story, and the imaginative characters and world. I can’t wait for the sequel to find out what happens after that excruciating cliffhanger ending!
I just have to mention one of the relationships in the end. Can’t explain too much, since it would spoil a lot of the plot twist in the book, but this m/m couple made me so warm at heart and solved a situation magnificently. I so want to read more about this gorgeous couple!
Find out more about the book and the author here: Pearl Khatri
Hi! I'm Annie, a Swedish bookworm, YA addict and coffee lover, who writes romantic YA books in English. I'm the author of the Angelheart Saga series (First Came Forever and Forever Disguised).
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