Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Review: Anew by Chelsea Fine

(The Archers of Avalon # 1)
By: Chelsea Fine
Pub. Date: December 7, 2011
Publisher: Acacia Publishing
Pages: 385
Source: Own ebook
Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery...until she met a boy with a familiar voice.

Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet's determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer.

Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet's world becomes even more muddled. While she's instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she's impossibly drawn to Tristan--and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past...might just be the death of her. 
I fell in love with Chelsea Fine's writing after I read Sophie & Carter, which ended up being one of my favorite books of 2011. When I found out she was writing a new series, I was super excited! I don't know what made we wait to long to read Anew. It was amazing and I can not wait for Awry, the second book in the series.

The story starts with Scarlet waking up alone in a forest with no memories of her life. The one thing that she does know is her name and her age. Flash forward two years, and Scarlet is now living in Avalon, Georgia. She has a guardian named Laura, who treats her like a daughter and a best friend, Heather. She still has no idea where she came from, but she makes due with what she has. Every year her town throws a Kissing Festival, and it is there that she meets Gabriel, who she is instantly attracted too. The two of them begin dating, and this is when her life begins to change. When she meets Gabriel's twin brother, Tristan, who she was never supposed to meet, her life becomes even more complicated!

There isn't much to say about Anew except that it is amazing! Ms. Fine is truly a talented writer. First she completely ripped my heart out in Sophie & Carter, then she blows my mind with Anew. The writing flowed nicely, and sometimes I think authors find it difficult to write multiple point of views, but Fine was able to write Scarlet's, Gabriel's and Tristan's view points perfect, sucking me into the story even more! The plot was fast paced and I was not able to put it down. I read it on a flight from Texas to New York. Best flight of my life!!

The characters were absolutely terrific and you couldn't help but fall in love with every single one of them. Scarlet's been through a lot and I felt for her. I couldn't imagine how difficult it must have been for her to not know anything about her past. I really enjoyed her character. She wasn't annoying and took everything that she learned about herself in stride. Her best friend Heather had to have been my favorite character. She was hilarious! You could tell that she really cared about Scarlet, which was nice.

Then there are the Archer brothers! Holy crap, the Archer brothers! These guys were fantastic. Cute, funny, caring, I seriously fell in love with both of them, Tristan especially. Despite coming off as an ass, he was anything but, and I really liked that. I loved the banter between the two brothers. They were so funny and quick witted. Gabriel and Tristan each have distinct personalities, but where it counted they were exactly the same. The cared so deeply for Scarlet and were willing to do anything for her.

Anew is the kind of book that you need to read over and over again. What's not to love, it has everything, including an amazing cover! I seriously can not wait for the second book to come out in the Summer. 

Check out the trailer for Anew!


  1. Great review! I loved this one so much too and really can't wait for the sequel to come out. Thank you for sharing! :)

  2. This sounds like it's right up my alley! I'm definitely going to add this to my list!

  3. I love love LOVE the cover for this! It's so pretty and purple and gorgeous! <3 And I love your review too! I could tell how much you loved this book just by reading your review, and it only makes me even more excited to get my hands on a copy, added to my initial cover lust! ;)

    Awesome review, Kristina! :)

  4. I also enjoyed Sophie and Carter. I really want to check out more of Chelsea's work, and I'm glad to see you liked this one as well. Wonderful review, Kristina!

  5. Yay so glad you loved this book too! Im so damn obsessed with this series! dying for the second book! Great review girl.x


  6. I really loved this book. I'm glad that it didn't involve werewolves, vampires, fairies, mermaids, or any of the currently popular fictional beings. This book also had an interesting take on the love triangle. I'm really happy about Scarlet and how realistic she is.


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