Title: The Willow
Series: The Magial Sword, book one
Author: Stacey Kennedy
A past of secrets, a life broken by death―awakens to a world of promise and love, but lurking danger threatens to destroy it all.
In Carson City, Nevada, a tragic car accident has claimed the lives of Nexi Jones' adoptive parents. Now, without them, the loss could be overcome, but not for Nexi. Now, without them, her reason to live has vanished and she is determined to end her pain.
The problem with that, it's not heaven she wakes up to, it's the Otherworld. Nexi must reconcile the truth about her past, and her heritage as part guardian/part witch, while she begins to train to join the Council's guard. But it's not the combat training that has her worried, its attempting to keep her cool around the luscious guardian, Kyden that's her biggest concern.
Before long, Nexi's skills are put to the test as she begins to fight against the supernatural who have taken a human life. But nothing can prepare her for the journey ahead. Soon, she will find herself lost in a mystery and fighting to keep all she's gained, as Lazarus, a vampire, threatens to take it all away.
This amazingly witty, action-packed, romance-sizzling, mystery-filled book is like a twister that hits you like a ton of bricks, completely absorbs you into its world, then leaves you completely breathless and mind-blown in the end! This simile pretty much sums up The Willow, the first book of the Magical Swords series.
Nexi has always felt lost and out of place. After her parents die in an accident she decides she much rather join them, but things don't go exactly as planned. Not only does she not die, but she awakens in the Otherworld - a realm which house the Council and their team consisting of a head honcho of each race: a Witch, a Wolf. a Vampire, and a Guardian. Along with the Council are their team of guardians and witches who come together to protect the innocents from the Otherworlders who turn to the dark side. With this life comes the revelation that she was never human, but is part guardian-part witch and must now train in what turns out to be the first day of her new life. Problem is, before she can fall into step with her new life, she must train to battle evil and that's when she battles the scariest thing she's ever had to face: love. In walks Kyden, her completely sexy guardian trainer who oozes sex and badassness. The moment they meet the sparks fly and so do their fists, but behind each ass wiping and back talk is a love that is undeniable.Soon they are inseparable and the world is looking up for Next, but all good things must come to an end. Suddenly she is not only battling to save the lives of other innocents, but of those she loves most. When a vampire with a mysterious tie to her sets his eyes on Nexi, the new life she created and everyone in it is in danger. It is up to her to save not only the world and the ones she loves, but also herself. Time is ticking and the life of her loved ones and herself hangs in the balance. Can she save the ones she loves or will she die in the process? This book is a series of twists, turns, mystery and romance that will have you on the edge of your seat, and racing through the pages. Combine this with a definite "bang" of an ending and you have an amazingly, "un-put-downable" read that will have you reaching for part 2,The Wicked, immediately!
This book is rated 5 fangs:
All I can say is that this book is Amazing! I already re-read it twice, so that in itself is saying something - I'm not usually a re-reader. Nexi is witty and always tells it like it is! I love kick-ass heroines with equally bad-ass heroes that try keep up with them!
Have you read The Willow! What did you think? Who was your favorite character? Let's hear your thoughts! Come back tomorrow for Day 3 of the Stacey Kennedy Takeover with a review of The Wicked, book 2 of the Willow! Also, remember you have a chance to win of one of Stacey Kennedy's books! Click here for details!