Blog Tour - Reviews: Moribund (#1) and Ouroboros (#2) by Genevieve Iseult Edredge
Today is my day to post as part of the blog tour for Ouroboros by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge. Ouroboros is the second book in the Circuit Fae series, a kickass YA Fantasy series. As part of the blog tour, I was able to read both Moribund, the first book in the series, and Ouroboros and today I get to review them for you. As well as the reviews, I'll also be sharing a pretty awesome giveaway that has been kindly set up by the author.
Well I have a lot to tell you about, so let's go!
Moribund (Circuit Fae #1) by Genevieve Iseult
Synopsis: High school sophomore Syl Skye is an ordinary girl. At least, she’s trying to be. School photographer and all-around geek, she introverts hard and keeps her crush on sexy-hot glam-Goth star Euphoria on the down-low. But when a freak accident Awakens her slumbering power, Syl is forced to accept a destiny she never wanted—as the last sleeper-princess of the fair Fae.
Suddenly hunted by the dark Fae, Syl’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse. Until she discovers her secret crush, Euphoria, is really a dark Circuit Fae able to harness the killing magic in technology. Even worse, she’s been sent to destroy Syl. With mean girls and magic and dark Fae trying to kill her, it’ll take more than just “clap if you believe in fairies” to save Syl’s bacon—not to mention, her heart.
I'll only talk briefly about Moribund, because most of what I would say is the same for Ouroboros, so I'll leave it till then.
Moribund is where the series starts and oh does it start well.
In Moribund, Syl is introduced to this whole new world, which she thought was made up and only in the stories her Grandma used to tell her. She was in a big train accident and was one of the very few who survived. It's the year after and she's back at school and she has no idea what will be happening in just a couple of days.
The book starts off well and I was sucked into the story pretty quickly. From this point onwards, the book just built in intensity and I whizzed straight through it, barely able to put it down at times. There were some many tense bits and twists and turns. I thought I was doing pretty well at guessing where the story would go, but I was wrong at so many points as instead a big twist would come and completely switch the direction of the story. I loved this as you never knew who you could trust or what they would do next.
The action scenes were my favourite bits and they were just so addictive! Once I was reading one of those scenes, I couldn't put the book down until I knew it'd calmed down. The description and the writing in these bits kept the tension building, but also made the scenes so vivid. I could really get a feel for what was going on but also for what the characters were going through.
Overall, I really loved Moribund and ended up jumping straight into Ouroboros because I was desperate to know what would happen next.
Rate - 4.25/5
by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
(Circuit Fae #2)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: March 27th 2018
Genres: LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy, Young AdultSynopsis:
Syl’s a princess of the fair Fae.
Her girlfriend Rouen is a princess of the dark Fae.
Mortal enemies. Girlfriends.
Relationship status: It's Complicated
All introverted geek girl Syl Skye wants is to get close to her girlfriend. But when you can kill with a simple touch, a normal date night’s not really in the cards. As it happens, Syl is also a sleeper-princess of the fair Fae. Last year after a freak accident, her power Awakened, granting her white flame to purify the darkness.
Rouen Rivoche is that darkness—a dark Fae princess whose power to bewitch mortals is as terrifying as the violet lightning she controls. Rouen is Syl’s total opposite. Her mortal enemy.
She’s also Syl’s beloved girlfriend.
And even though they joined forces to defeat the evil Circuit Fae who harnessed the killing magic in technology to take over the school…that was so last year.
Now, Syl’s touch could mean Rouen’s death. Her increasing power is spiraling out of control, threatening to burn down everything she and Rouen have built together.
Their lives, their love, their very world..
I kept my Moribund review short specifically so I could spend more time talking about Ouroboros, because in fairness, the tour is focused on it and I just have a lot to say.
One of the main focuses of the series, among all the different Fae and the fighting and action scenes, is the relationship between Syl and Rouen/Euphoria. Both characters are gay and they sort of have a relationship going, it would be more of one if they didn't have to keep saving the world of Fae every few minutes. I was so glad to see this representation in the series and I loved seeing how this translated into working together and having to put other stuff before their relationship. It showed how tough they were together. In this relationship there was also the aspect that their two worlds don't get along, they hate each other and both worlds would be against their relationship, but they continue to fight. They fight for what they want and it was so empowering that they put themselves first before these rules and what other people would think.
This story is told in two perspectives, Syl's and then Rouen's/Euphoria's. I loved this dual-POV and the switch in the order of the chapters as when they were apart it showed what the other one was doing but even when they were together, it showed the different ways in which they think and act. It added another dimension to the story and allowed me to understand both characters a lot more than it would've done in a single POV.
Moribund introduced the world, but Ouroboros extended and developed it so much more. As the reader you're able to better understand the relationship between the Fae, their two worlds, but you are also introduced to new sorts of people/magical species (?). I'm not sure exactly how to explain it, but for example in Ouroboros, we learn about a Puca and what they area and how they ended up like that. I found it really interesting to learn about and how that that fitted with the storyline.
All of the main characters were so well developed that I even like Fiann and if you know what she's like then that's pretty unexpected. I loved the high school dynamic, but also the greater evil and good fight between Syl, Rouen and Fiann that most of the school knew nothing about.
I enjoyed how both main characters were strong women, but they were more importantly strong, lesbian/gay women. They both stood up for themselves and I loved how strong Syl stood against Aldebaran when he was treating her like an object and his possession. She was having none of it and showed why that wasn't right and I think that whole idea was dealt with well.
One of my favourite characters has to be Syl's mum. I wasn't that impressed with her at first in Moribund, but as this series develops, she's showing how kickass she can be and it shows where Syl got her tough side from.
Overall, I also enjoyed Ouroboros. I only had one minor issue and that was that the dialogue did get a bit repetitive at times and it felt like the same ideas were being mentioned just a bit too often. I am looking forward to seeing where the story will go next. I'd definitely recommend this series if you're looking for a fantasy with strong female characters because trust me, Syl and Rouen definitely bring that.
RATE - 4/5
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Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance--where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.
She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she's clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.
She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.
GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.
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