Helm Abomination

Gryffyn Phoenix
Helm Abomination
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Publisher
Avalerion Books
Release Date
June 2017
ISBN
9780983411918
Series
Book 2 of Haven Awakening
Genre
Fantasy Romance, Young Adult Romance

SUMMARY
Some things are better left unseen.

Some hearts are better left unmet.

Living in Helm is a new experience for Verity; she's the only female in a world of boys. Most of them embrace her as a potential friend, others could care less, and one ... well, one she can't seem to pin down.

Her new possible boyfriend neglected to tell Verity there's an ancient prophecy that foretells the end of Helm's leader at the hands of the mortal veil-seer. A few of the boys fighting beside her feel the best way to keep Haydn alive is to make sure the veil-seer dies.

Verity barely survived her sixteenth birthday. Now she may not live to see her seventeenth.

Helm Abomination shows that finding the love of your life can come at too high a cost.

Book Review by vera (reviewer)
May 03, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
82 people found the following review helpful
Helm: a world so different from the human world. Handsome hunky male fairies and the new Veil-Seer is female in this all male world. What more could a girl want! Get ready for a look into author Gryffyn Phoenix's world of Helm; full of secrets, mysteries, evil, riddles, and half-truths.

STORY LINE:

Verity is the new veil-seer and has new responsibilities and a ripening desire for Haydn; Haydn is the Leader of Helm. Teenage hormones are raging as Verity and Haydn fight against the attraction and Verity learns to battle in this strange world as the veil-seer.

Verity finds Helm shrouded in mystery; everyone seems to know something about the veil-seer prophesy and Haydn, everyone except Verity. What is the secret and why does everyone speak in riddles and half-truths?

Come along as Verity discovers the mysteries and secrets.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

Author Gryffyn Phoenix skillfully developed Verity's character in this book. I loved Verity's snarky nature along with the characteristics of being all girly, but with the ability to hold her own in this male-dominated world. Verity's quips and snarks are priceless. Ms. Phoenix lets Verity be a normal teenager with all the hormones, drama, and first love which that age experience; however Verity is fighting for the life of Helm and has great responsibility and perhaps great sorrow.

Ms. Phoenix's creation of Helm and Haven, the politics and history, was very intriguing. The prophesy and the secrets of Helm are revealed to Verity a little at a time. I found the revelation of the secrets well done as Ms. Phoenix kept the intrigue and suspense at high-peak. I found myself engrossed and full of questions in this world.

Haydn's character is hunky and sigh worthy. He is a teenager with the world on his shoulders, carrying secrets and mysteries beyond his years. Ms. Phoenix masterfully developed Haydn character to a mature young man who understands his place in the prophesy.

The world Ms. Phoenix created is fascinating; it is full of witches, dwarfs, fairies, monsters, and many other wonderful creatures and a very different nature world. Her descriptions are vivid and detailed and the mingling of these complex characters into the human world was skillfully done and interesting. Of course, all good stories, must have a worthy villain and Cass fills the bill admirably. She is one of those characters you love to hate; I found myself wanting to shake her like a baby rattle.

Ms. Phoenix had many threads to bring together in this story and she wove them together masterfully. You will laugh and cry in this story as Ms. Phoenix infused this book with a lot of emotion as Verity and Haydn try to sustain the world of Helm and Haven and come to terms with their feelings for each other. Are they destined to be together or is fate and the prophesy working against them? Sorry, you will have to read the book to find out all answers to the secrets, mysteries, and outcome of all.

The pacing in this story is steady from beginning to end and does not lag. It will keep your interest to the last page. Although this is book 2 in the series, it is a standalone. I do suggest you read book 1, to order to submerge yourself in the world of complex world of Haven and Helm and the continuing characters which appear in each book.

RECOMMENDATION: 4 STARS

Although fantasy/sci-fi books are not my usual reads, I found I liked this book. I plan to read book 1 and look forward to more from Ms. Phoenix in this series. I recommend this book to anyone that likes a solid well-written story-line by a talented author.
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