Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ordained Blog Tour: Review + GIVEAWAY of Ordained (The Immortal Archives #1) by Devon Ashley

 
Kindle Edition, Third Edition
Published March 25th 2012 (first published April 15th 2011)
Source: Author gift for blog tour 
Normally, the school creates the hunters - not the monsters.

Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the foreheads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn’t the best choice for the Order’s experimental training program. Thirteen years of isolation, lack of affection and a bruised and broken body from horrendous training sessions creates more than just an exceptional fighter, it creates an evil within - an evil responsible for several deaths the night she left.

Two hundred years later Abby resurfaces as the very thing the Order trained her to kill: a vampire. A mythical demon has set his sights on the school and only the ordained hunter has the powers to face it. Unbeknownst to the Order, Abby’s their precious ordained one and their only chance for survival. As much as she would love to leave them hanging, she’s not willing to risk the life of Emily, a fellow friend and hunter also fed up with the organization.

But for Abby, locking herself away in a fortress with angry descendents of those she killed causes suspicions and tensions to run high. Abby must learn the demon’s weaknesses for battle before the Order learns hers.

Ordained is a face-paced read that leaves you gleefully in the dark about what truly lurks within the Order. It technically features adults for most of the novel, but the character I enjoyed most was an older teenager. It's definitely not too mature for most YA readers. The writing was great, although the descriptions seemed to go on sometimes. What I enjoyed most was the mystery of who Abby was and who Emily was, as well what she's going to become. But everyone is still keeping secrets, which makes it much more interesting. And not everyone was who they claimed to be. There are so many different myths here! The way she twisted the vampire lore was interesting. I liked how there was a physical hierarchy of vampires: the pure ones and the tainted ones. The tainted ones can be killed any way you would think a vampire can be killed--stake to the heart, holy water, crosses, etc. But the pure ones have to have something in their blood cells change in order to die. Also, when they're regenerating, their hearts and lungs actually come to life in a way to heal them faster. They don't have insane superhuman healing powers, thought they still heal pretty quickly. But Abby is also a witch, with some light and dark magic in her, which doesn't seem to work to her advantage. The dark part of her heritage is taking over, and when it does, she kills anything and everything in her sight. That doesn't bode well for the people she loves.

I have only two complaints: There was a lot of action, but for some reason it didn't quite build up to the final battle. Abby is undoubtedly a kick-butt character, but she seems to fight the same way every time: with a vengeance (which, admittedly, she has every right to have). Emily is more kick-butt than the other hunters, but they didn't really seem to do much. I felt like the author was trying so hard to show how strong Abby was that she forgot to make some of the others shine too. And the other thing is that I felt like having it from so many points of view didn't really let us get to know some of the characters. Even though Abby seems to be the main focus here, I felt like I wanted to know more about Emily. The book starts out with a scene from Abby's POV, but it felt sort of random and there weren't really any clear thoughts. But the next chapter is about Emily and I felt much more connected to her. I'm hoping the next book is more about her and how she's going to grow into this new role.

There wasn't much romance. Abby is already married to Noel, so there was kissing and things that slightly alluded to more, but none of the other characters are romantically interested in one another. I'm hoping Emily finds someone in the second one, and the author has said that there will be more romance in the next book, which comes out next year. Another thing that was strange about this one is that I almost feel like this entire book was a set-up for whatever happens in the next book. I keep harping on this, but I definitely want to read about Emily's story more, and I'm hoping the next one will give us more of how her life was and how it's going to be. And what an ending! So unfair.


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7 comments:

  1. Vampire academy is my favorite because of the action and emotions that were in the entire series.

    Valeria B.

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  2. I just finished The Immortal Rules and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! My new favourite vampire book!

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  3. I haven't read that many Vamp series but I really love the Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon!

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  4. The best vampire series I've read so far is the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost.

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  5. wow that's tough to choose, but i really like the blue bloods series by melissa de la cruz : )

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  6. Well it isn't YA does that matter? But I would have to say J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood.

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