Copper Girl by Jennifer Allis Provost

Genre Fantasy Published 25 June 2013  Publisher Spence City Series Copper Legacy book one

Copper GirlSara had always been careful.

She never spoke of magic, never associated with those suspected of handling magic, never thought of magic, and never, ever, let anyone see her mark. After all, the last thing she wanted was to end up missing, like her father and brother.

Then, a silver elf pushed his way into Sara’s dream, and her life became anything but ordinary.

The Urban Book Thief Review

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This book had everything I was looking for in a good fae romance. Buff men with unnatural colour hair, a family dynasty brought to its knees and a personal bathing pool with its very own naked comb-carrying nymph (naughty!).

Sadly, Copper Girl failed to deliver. For what was a fantastically built world with a unique magical system consisting of elves and elementals, the characterization was so bland, a tub of margarine wouldn’t have looked out of place.

I didn’t want to say this but I can’t keep it in any longer. Legolas! Get the hell out of this book NOW! I am tired of reading books with male elf characters who have little to no personality. It is almost as if they were sprung from their mother’s loins wearing a leather jerkin, talking in a softly spoken voice, with a fabulously mysterious air and waist length pale white/blonde/grey hair.

A bad-ass elf in a fantasy romance. Now that is something I wanna read. With a Harley and a fucking gun strapped to his hip – take that MOFOs.

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I digress.

I loved the world and even though this read more of a YA book than not, I would certainly recommend this to those who like an injection of fantasy with their romance readin’.

This story takes place in the future after a violent war between elementals and humans rocked the world. Elementals are people who from birth bear a natural affinity to water, air, fire, earth or metal. They can then use their element to kick-ass or perform more mundane acts such as boiling a kettle. Unfortunately, their kettle boiling skills failed them and they lost the war – badly.

Sara

Sara

In this dystopian 1984-like world we meet Sara, an elemental from an old powerful family who is striving her darned hardest to fit in and act normal. Both her Father and brother were lost to her during the war and her mum’s house is bugged by the government. She has a boring desk job, lives in a tiny apartment and is so very afraid of being taken away by a Peacekeeper and never seeing her mother and younger sister again.

You see, Sara is a metal elemental – the strongest of their race. She bears an affinity to copper and carries a tattoo on her back of a winged copper bird. A fact that people would kill her for if they ever found out.

Very early on, we find out that Sara is a dreamwalker and on one moonlight mission meets mister fancy pants Micah (meaning ‘Who is Like God’ – read what you will into that one…) which results in some very sexy dreams. purrrrr. After the Silver Elf Lord enters the scene, the swooning and insta-love commences, which leads us on to a bit of interdimensional land hopping and the realisation that everything about Sara’s life has been a lie. Everything. From what happened to her brother, down to her friends and the very life that she leads.

Micah is everything you would expect an elf lord to be. Slightly haughty, carries a sword -which unfortunately he does not use and lives in an english manor house surrounded by kindly trees, (Legolas – I thought I told you to f@!$ off).

There is a fair bit of info dumping which the author pulls off in a first person ‘diary-like’ format every couple of so chapters. Lazy writing irks me and I couldn’t understand why the author, who is an excellent writer, would take the easy way out with this story. Meh.

It’s a good start to a new series. But not a great one. The world is interesting and the magic is awesome, but the characters… I do hope that Ms. Provost injects a little ‘omph’ into some of her secondary characters to bring them to life next time. Pretty please!

threeThe Urban Book Thief has awarded Copper Girl a kiss factor rating of three – awaiting book two with trepidation…

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