Monday, September 2, 2013

LEANN'S REVIEW: Balefire (Cate Tiernan) Balefire #1-4

Title: Balefire

Author: Cate Tiernan

Format: Paperback

Series: Balefire

Published: December 16th 2010 by Speak

Source of Copy: Bought at Hastings


The whole Balefire series by Cate Tiernan is now in one edition.
After seventeen-year-old Thais Allard loses her widowed father in a tragic car accident, she is forced to leave the only home she's ever known to live with a total stranger in New Orleans. New Orleans greets Thais with many secrets and mysteries, but none as unbelievable as the moment she comes face to face with the impossible — an identical twin, Clio.

Thais soon learns that she and the twin she never knew come from a family of witches, that she possesses astonishing powers, and that she, along with Clio, has a key role in Balefire, the coven she was born into.
Fiery Clio is less than thrilled to have to share the spotlight, but the twins must learn to combine their powers in order to complete a rite that will transform their lives and the coven forever.

(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)


Ok I strictly read this book because it was about twins. I had no idea what to expect when I picked it up. However this book maybe one of those stories that truly spoke to me. First of all I am by no means a crier (that's my sister), but this book had tears running down my face. Yes it was at only one part and I was forced to stop reading and call my sister just so we could chat about it. Then force her to read the book when I was done. And now even thinking about this book brings tears to the brim of my eyes. I honestly don't think I have ever related to a book the way I did this one.

Now to the serious side of the review. Did I like the book other than the fact it was about twins and could relate to it? Would I recommend this book to other readers besides my sister?

... YES!

I really enjoyed that all four books were in one convenient package. It provided  a reprieve from that dreaded wait between books. I also liked the cover. Again what I liked most was the twins. I think the author did brilliantly describing how different the sisters were, but at the same time how alike they are. Being a twin I understand the hard balance between describing each other as being completely different people but yet so similar it is hard to tell the differences between the two. So well done. Really enjoyed the story line as well as the characters.


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