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My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father's side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn't going to happen. I've been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line. I have only two options left to me: baMy name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father's side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn't going to happen.I've been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line. I have only two options left to me: banishment, or training to become one of the King's Elite Guards, an Ender.Option one will kill me.Option two is meant to break me, but it's the only way to survive.Did I mention I have no power like the rest of the elementals, and my connection to the earth is worth next to nothing?Could things get any worse? Of course they can. Welcome to being an Elemental...

Title : Recurve
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ISBN : 9780993910579
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Number of Pages : 276 Pages
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Recurve Reviews

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    2019-01-30 18:43

    DNF at 60%Eh I really wanted to like this. There really wasn't anything 'wrong' with it, it just didn't catch my interest. Typical evil queen who is evil just because she's evil and wants power. Heroine doesn't really stand out and has powers she can't seem to surface. Take my rating with a grain of salt though, because of course there's a likelihood that it got better in the last half, but I just stopped caring and I didn't want to invest more time in it. Perhaps I'll return at a later date! My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy

  • MaryKate
    2019-02-23 16:35

    This one was alright, but the story moved so fast that it felt like nothing was explained well. The characters were inconsistent and was really hard to get behind them and root for them. The MC kept switching between a "doormat" and a "stubborn warrior" type of person. I HATED that she kept going back to her jerk boyfriend (and sleeping with him) because she "felt bad" or "was trying to give him a chance". I mean really!?!? Have some self-respect and dump him already!With that being said, the story itself actually had an interesting premise, but it could have been written better.

  • Carmel (Rabid Reads)
    2019-01-26 19:39

    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.My desire to one-click Shannon Mayer’s Elementals grew with every RYLEE ADAMSON installment I read until Larkspur’s character was officially introduced in several novellas as well as book 9 which also happened to be the point where I finished playing catch-up on that particular story line, and what ultimately prompted me to take-up RECURVE. This title unfolds thirty some years prior to PRICELESS, so if you were hoping for continuity (like I was), you’ll be bummed at first, but happily that feeling will be short lived.There are a couple of treasured series about Elementals that already call my shelves home therefore I had a few minor concerns about world-building overlap. Mayer quickly demonstrated why this was her rodeo though by adding a fifth power type to the customary four, channeling certain aspects Fae royalty, and having one of her RYLEE ADAMSON secondaries throw his lot in with Lark’s. There was also a slight variation to her half-breeds that helped to further differentiate her style, and a handful of unique concepts which were one-of-a-kind.Larkspur didn’t immediately emanate “Urban Fantasy heroine” like this author’s previous female lead did, but in a lot of ways this was a more robust book 1 due to a number of reasons. The flashbacks were vital in setting the tone and in establishing the Big Bad, and the Enders training played an important role in expediting Lark’s evolution from Seeder to Princess. By the wrap-up, the protagonist had already made great strides, most of which were accomplished with minimal to no powers, so now that the magical block is toast, things should heat up significantly.No characters have felt the weight of Mayer’s axe yet, other than the usual collateral damage; however, picking who to ship for wasn’t exactly straightforward. Allies transformed into foes, and villains into friends at every turn, so identifying who’ll survive this author’s machinations is anyone’s guess. I liked Ash quite a bit, and Granite was pretty copacetic too… until he wasn’t. Cassava’s still at large, and we’ve only examined Earth in any amount of detail which means that THE ELEMENTAL SERIES is just getting started.Shannon Mayer has me even further in her thrall now thanks to RECURVE.

  • Wanderlust
    2019-02-20 19:43

  • Natalie
    2019-02-18 20:36

    Larkspur is an elemental with no elemental powers. She's a daughter of the king, but isn't allowed to live with him because she has no magic. That makes her basically useless and she's suffered for it her whole life. She finds herself a place as a member of the guard and she is determiend to earn her keep. There is a deadly plot underway, though, and it will take Larkspur pushing herself further than she ever has to save the day. I quit reading the Rylee Adamson series, but I think this series has more potential. I like Larkspur more than Rylee and the plot is more interesting. The problems I had were as follows:1. Plot Holes The very first scene in the book is a "dream" that Larkspur has which we were all told pretty soon is not a dream. As a child Lark had powers. Why does no one remember that? How did every person conveniently forget that she used to be powerful? There was nothing in the story that led us to believe it was possible for the enemy to make the whole village forget. 2. Ash His side of the story didn't seem to make any sense to me. I get that he (view spoiler)[was in the Queen's thrall, but he wasn't all the time. Why wouldn't he try to be kind to Lark? He was the only one that knew what had really happened. That seemed silly to me. (hide spoiler)]3. Lark's sudden fighter skills. For reals? She's a planter and then within two months she's some top notch fighter? That seemed exceedingly unrealistic to me and I found it rather annoying. All complaining aside, I still had fun reading it and I'll continue on with the series.

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2019-02-12 22:03

    After seeing so many glowing reviews for this series and repeatedly getting it recommended to me, I finally took the plunge and gave this series and author a try.I wish I could say that I loved this read, or even that I liked it, but the truth is, I feel very indifferent about it.For whatever reason, from the very beginning, I had a hard time connecting to the story line and the characters itself.The writing isn't bad nor the story line but yet I just couldn't get into the heart of the story. The urban fantasy lover in me was screaming to like it and excited in the beginning to maybe find a new series to devour and love but it sadly, just didn't happen for me. I won't, however, give up on this author because like I mentioned, the writing wasn't bad this maybe just wasn't the series for me.

  • Chelsea
    2019-01-30 16:42

    More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.This is a confusing book because I'm not sure exactly what it was supposed to be and I'm not sure that Mayer knew, either. It definitely falls into the "paranormal" category (I categorize paranormal as fantasy that takes place in the "normal" world, and it may or may not be urban--this is not) but beyond that, it's kind of a mess. The plot follows Lark (short for Larkspur) a bastard princess of the Earth Elementals who...apparently live in the redwoods in California during the 1970s/1980s. I'm not exactly sure why the time period was so significant; Mayer makes a point of telling us the period, but it doesn't play into the plot at all. Anyway, Lark's a bastard and, when she's ten, sees her mother and her baby brother murdered by her father's wife, Queen Cassava. (Side bar: All of the elementals have weird names that I guess are supposed to correspond to their element. Why an elemental queen who lives and has apparently always lived in California would be named after a tuber native to South America, I am not sure.) Lark's memories are then wiped and her significant earth powers bound, leaving her as a weakling for the rest of her life up until the story.Obviously, the plot follows Lark as she struggles to regain her powers and her memories (the memories happens quickly; the powers does not) and stop Cassava from wreaking further havoc. Along the way we get to meet Coal, Lark's on-again, off-again boyfriend; Granite, the head of the Enders, which are kind of like the bodyguards/black ops of the elemental world; Ash, an Ender specifically in the employ of Cassava; and Griffin, a weird shapeshifter/something that lives on the edge of Elemental territory. There's also a prophecy involved. Of course.Okay, so here are the confusing bits. The humans of the world and the elementals don't seem to have much to do with each other, but do work together? This isn't really ever explained, just mentioned in passing. So do humans actually know about the elementals or not? And the elementals seem like they're just humans with super powers? Are they or aren't they? The difference is never explained. Lark and the other elementals talk like they're modern-day teenagers, which they're not. The entire plot of the book is pretty much laid out in the first few pages with the flashback, so what's the point of all the mystery later on, all the to-ing and fro-ing? What, exactly, is Ash's role? Originally it seems like he might develop into a love interest (because Coal clearly isn't a long-term love interest for the series) especially a little later into the book, but that never happens. How does Griffin fit in to everything? He's an outcast, not an elemental, but he can shapeshift--which is something that only the strongest elementals can do. Lark can only access her powers in life-or-death situations, except when she can access parts of them all the time, and can't access them at all in life-or-death situations.The story jumps from one point to another without much in-between, and it really feels like Mayer didn't think out her plot beforehand--she just went with it, and never went back to see if it needed adjustments in plot or pacing, which it does. As soon as something happens, it's completely discarded, never to come back and affect the rest of the plot. It's full of contradictions and things that could have easily been better fleshed out, but weren't. The time period and setting appear to be deliberately chosen but have absolutely no impact on the plot other than to confuse things further. I think this had a strong core to it, but it's way too much of a hot mess to be a great work over all.2.5 stars; a good premise, because what's not to like about a princess fighting for her place and becoming a total badass in the process, but it needed way more work than it got before being published.

  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
    2019-02-06 14:49

    Rate: 4/3 stars.

  • Emmeline (The Book Herald)
    2019-02-10 15:56

    so yea, i think i loved this book.Dear Shannon Mayer, this book was awesome. I read your Rylee Adamson series and while i will say that i read most of it, i wasn't a ginormous fan. This one...this one was amazing!!! Okay let's talk plot. "Madness is a place where I hide from those who would silence me." Larkspur is a royal Princess who is held in disdain. None will acknowledge her as a member of the royal family due to her lack of elemental power.Useless. a shell of an elemental. worthless.Or is she? The Queen of the Elemental seeks for power at all cost, more is never enough...any who stand in her way will die. Larkspur being accused of trying to assassinate the Queen, now faces banishment, when another thing is proposed.Make her an Ender they say. Make her a protector and defender of the family who is trying to kill her. Larkspur's life was in danger before, but now, she faces more arduous odds.Can she survive the training or will she die under the heavy yoke of secrets she discovers?"Maybe not today, but today is not tomorrow, and tomorrow may prove to be the day your world changes."side note- When this book started, i had a bit of a double take thinking 'oh this is a new adult book' that's because there was some language and sexual situations. However, after those first couple of pages, the book deviates back into the realm of young adult...and that's when everything goes epic. I think the author did this to appeal to two different groups. Well played Mayer, well played. I loved this book, i feel obsessed with knowing what the heck is going to happen to Larkspur. The suspense. the villain. the hero. the world-building. the fantasy! Now you guys know I'm a fantasy nut, and this one made me a happy munchkin for sure. this story is all about the integrity of the oppressed, the bravery of one who is hated. The epitome of the unsung hero. I happen to love that. Larkspur is not the best at everything, she struggles, but she never, ever gives up. Especially when it comes to her family, even though that family has spurned her love all her life. She's the kind of heroine i like reading about. Okay, now I know what the next question is. Love interest anyone? Now, it starts off with one, but this story is all about a romance. I actually really enjoyed that. There is the possibility of one, and it might happen. But this story is all about epic fights against evil, the beautiful but frightening world of the elemental, the characters are way too busy to focus solely on falling in love. That being said, we do get a swoon-worthy, slightly dark and brooding male character who could become the love interest. I guess we'll just have to tune in and keep reading this series! I certainly will!like I said...well played Mayer, well played. I think you should read this.It really was such a pleasure to read. Mayer's writing is almost addictive, not even kidding. Remember how I said i wasn't a ginormous fan of the Rylee Adamson series but i read most of it anyway? It's because that woman knows how to suck you into her world and haunt you with her characters until you have no choice but to keep reading! seriously! anyway, Stay wonderful my lovelies! -The Book Heraldtweet me @thebookherald

  • Wyrdness
    2019-01-24 21:55

    2.5 stars.The middle bit of this was fairly fun in a sort of not very deep, actiony suspense-lite kind of way, but the prologue was heart-breaking and the last 25% turned in to needlessly stupid actionfest (view spoiler)[when you're on a time critical mission don't go to a random place and pick up your dads mistress who you previously sent in to hiding to protect her from the still very-much-at-large villain, especially don't drag the same pregnant mistress through a heavily guarded enemy stronghold because "it's quicker". Also that was a weirdly specific "you have 5 minutes exactly to save everyone (from the gruesome deaths they've been fending off for 3 days already)!" warning from Griffin. (hide spoiler)]Then the ending was a complete let down because despite saving the day nothing much really changes for poor Larkspur (view spoiler)[nearly everyone still treats her like a loathsome outcast to spit at and try and stone at every available opportunity. Yet before the Queen sealed her magic at the age of 10 everyone knew she had at least some powers, so why don't they remember that later on? Even worse was the king, her father, coming up to her in private and basically saying "I love you really and I could fix all of this, but instead I'm still going to belittle and demean you in public for... Reasons. Important, mysterious, reasons. Okay? Cool. Well, I've gotta get back to the party you aren't invited to! Bye!"(hide spoiler)]Despite everything I kind of liked the character of Lark, or at least felt sympathetic to her, but she didn't make it easy by being a major doormat throughout the whole story. I was exceedingly unimpressed when she goes back to a lukewarm-at-best relationship with a guy who puts her down at every chance because she feels guilty (view spoiler)[about cutting his hand off in a life or death struggle whilst he was under the influence of evil and not telling him afterwards that she was the one who maimed him (hide spoiler)]. Guilt is a poor foundation for a relationship, especially when the guy is a bit of a wanker. Plus I'd think she'd have bigger issues to deal with what with a world full of evil and her being one of only a handful of remaining, semi-trained, guardians for their entire realm.Overall I'd say this had some cool ideas and I may be persuaded to pick up a sequel, but in the end there wasn't really anything about this story that stuck in my mind and would make me want to re-read it again. Also though these are marketed as adult books there seems to be a strange YA like vibe to the writing that I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe that's just because everything moves so fast and doesn't linger on anything, especially emotions, particularly deeply though.

  • Tami (synchro from BL)
    2019-02-13 17:42

    Good start to a new series! I like that this is a bit different from the usual PNR. For example, the heroine has a hot, sex-based relationship with a guy who definitely won't be her long-term mate/partner.Bravo! And the heroine herself - she is kind of powerful, but not all-powerful.She is rightly doubtful that she will be strong enough to battle the evil queen. The world-building is original as there is a "human world" kind of beyond - so that this is like an alternative universe, but embedded in this world.Kind of hard to explain. But it was good :-) So far I really like this.

  • Jeanny
    2019-02-21 13:47

    I read this book bc i was interested in the protagonist Larkspur. That is what kept my interest throughout the first 1/2 of the book. It's pacing was slow & the fact I knew Shannon Mayer's work & was introduced to Lark in a Rylee Adamson novelI made me stubbornly refuse to DNF the book. I would recommend if you're not familiar with SM or the world this story takes place read the original series Priceless (Rylee Adamson, #1) prior to starting the spin off with this book. I continue to find Lark an interesting protagonist & the first book in a series is always tricky. I'll give Shannon Mayer a reprieve & hold out hope book two in the elemental series is more entertaining. This book contains no romance & has a cliffhanger ending.I rate this book 3 stars

  • Tamara
    2019-01-31 16:52

    The story and idea was interesting, yet there was zero world development and the book lacked character development. Also, the dialogue was childish.

  • Dale Pearl
    2019-01-23 19:52

    I picked up Recurve by Shannon Mayer because it is a Goodreads nominee for best fantasy novel 2015. This is not fantasy, this is YA fantasy. Also, if this book wins the award it will imply that 2015 had slim offerings for excellent fantasy.This book wasn't bad. I have most definitely read worse. This book isn't good either. Recurve leaves plenty to be desired.The Good Innovative setting between the real world and the hidden world of fairies and elementals.Fast paced story. If this is the only book that you are reading then you will easily finish this in a single setting.Good action scenes. The Bad The protagonist is self loathing.Gratuitous use of sex, makes the main character appear even weaker.The antagonist comes off as something pasted in from a Disney cartoon.The plot is very predictable and reads out like every other YA novel on the market.Not enough character development. Quite possibly the biggest issue with this book.Disappointed with the world building as this is an excellent concept, unfortunately, the world reads out lacking in any details to give much substance to the reader.I would be iffy on reading any further books in this series. Life is to short and I have to many books that I believe will provide greater entertainment.

  • Jessica Frances
    2019-02-15 15:36

    Wow! I am in awe of Shannon Mayer and what she has created with this new series. It was incredible, addictive and I honestly couldn’t stop reading once I started. I loved the world building, Lark has to be one of my favourite heroines ever and this story was so intriguing. I don’t read a lot of fantasy stories, but this felt special. It was fast moving and action packed. I often found myself holding my breath and I can’t wait for more. This is most definitely one of my favourite reads for the year so far and no doubt will remain right at the top of that list for the remainder of the year. A must read for fantasy fans and if you love the Rylee Adamson series by Mayer, then you will definitely love this one too.

  • Kristy
    2019-02-11 15:43

    I wanted to like this one, it had a good beginning... but it was too poorly written. I got as far as halfway before giving up.

  • Cali Teer
    2019-02-12 14:45

    fun quick read, I will be continuing with this series because it was interesting enough to keep me on the hook and I'm also hoping that Lark and Ash will get together later on in the series.. I seriously want that to happen. I also really enjoyed Larkspur, she had drive and guts and did what needed to be done and wasn't the typical "special snowflake" that seems to be the go-to when writing books now a days. She was flawed and looked at as useless and never had anyone helping to make her life easier but that only pushed her to succeed and prove everyone wrong.

  • Runningrabbit
    2019-02-11 17:34

    A bit slow to get to the point, but OK, although there were things that could have gone in a different direction at times that might have lifted the story.To give this story my ultimate rating, I will cough up that I put this down for months before I picked it up again...

  • RuthAnn
    2019-02-18 14:43

    Completely not what I was expecting. I thought I was getting urban fantasy and this was not. Still a decent read.

  • Sophie
    2019-02-12 18:50

    Fast paced entertaining read in the elemental realm.

  • Kristi
    2019-02-08 14:49

    NOTE: As I'm an urban fantasy author I no longer rate other Urban Fantasy series. If I've posted them here you can be certain I enjoyed them and recommend giving them a shot!Recently I made a return to urban fantasy, one of my all time favourite genres, after a very long spell submersing myself in decidedly non UF reading. Recurve, by Shannon Mayer, coincidentally ended up on my radar when I also decided to try Kindle Unlimited (out of curiosity) and my other interest in trying more indie authors (also out of curiosity). So how did it go? By the end of the weekend I'd made it to book four. Shannon's series is typical urban fantasy fare - a woman, named Larkspur, is a unwary chosen one for her species of magically gifted elementals (similar to elves or fairies) even though she is shunned by the very people she is asked to save. It's the kind of starting point that a hundred other urban fantasy series have started from and the plot follows a similarly predictable urban fantasy format: chosen one does battle with dark forces and we are introduced to a world of supernatural politics and a handful of potential love interests.But man is it ever done well - and readable! Despite having a good idea where the plot is going I couldn't put these down. The world is imaginative and the characters interesting despite following a UF formula. Shannon's writing is so engaging I couldn't put it down. Who is this for?: Love urban fantasy and don't mind some light romance? then give the samples a try.Pass?: There is no way around it- this series is formulaic. That's not a bad thing. A lot of readers want urban fantasy, which this series popularity and Shannon's sales show. Another author and I likely would have put this down, but Shannon is such an incredibly engaging author I found myself unable to put this down. From Amazon: “My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.”My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father's side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn't going to happen.I've been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line. I have only two options left to me: banishment, or training to become one of the King's Elite Guards, an Ender.Option one will kill me. Option two is meant to break me but is the only way to survive. Did I mention I have no power like the rest of the elementals, and my connection to the earth is worth next to nothing?Could things get any worse? Of course they can. Welcome to being an Elemental.

  • Elin
    2019-02-09 19:37

    I liked this far more than I expected. I weren't that excited about reading it (i actually avoided starting it) but it was a more pleasant experience than I had previously thought.I liked the main character. I liked that she wasn't a virgin, which is an annoying theme in most of the other YA books, and that being sexually active as a woman wasn't shamed or strange in any sense. I liked the minor characters - Ash in particular - but also Fern, Raven (loved him although he is mentioned less than 10 times), Griffin, Blossom and a bunch of others. Sadly also Mal who, accordingly with my curse of liking minor characters that die, died. But of course, I had some issues as well;- The using of "bitch" and "whore" used frequently to adress the "bad" women in this book. Yes they were not good, and they certainly deserved all hate and other bad things that came of their actions, but to have the main character call other women degrading words (used against women) made me kind of pissed off. Especially the scene were Lark is attending dinner with her father and says that Belladonna "looks like a human's painted whore" for wearing a dress that is tight and "left nothing to the imagination". STOP THE SLUTSHAMING, especially between women, we get that enough from men as it is, thanks. - The fact that Lark went back to Coal in the end. Okay I get that she is guilty about chopping his hand of, but he was (is) an ass and honestly, he didn't let her go save their people. Drastic situations calls for drastic measures. I don't think it will last long but I guess she will have great sex in the meantime.- Granite being a "bad" guy. Honestly?- The unrealistic way Fern managed to survive and adapt in the human world. They talked about that as if no one could ever live there and also Lark had difficulties even eating human food? And yet Fern, who was described as not the brightest in the bunch, managed to get an apartment, go to the grocery store, cook, pay bills and a lot of other stuff that even humans have difficulties doing. - Larks friendship with Cactus. Or Cactus the character overall. They hadn't seen each other for 15 years and yet they acted as if they hadn't parted at all? He was a strange character as well, I can't put my finger on it, put something was certainly off. i don't know if it was because he couldn't be trusted or that he was just plain stupid but the way he interacted with Lark and Ash in the Pit was bugging me a lot. - I have very strong issues with main characters being super special or "chosen" etc and that all they do is perfect and all they say is just the right thing and they practically shit rainbows. I thought that was going to be the case with Lark as well, and well, she is a chosen one, but not in a way that obviously annoyed me. She made mistakes, everyone didn't like what she said, she didn't solve everything herself or perfect and it was at least somewhat realistic. The few things that did bugg me about her being the chosen was that 1) she was at once (without any previous training except lifting rocks and digging soil) perfect as an Ender. All her training went super well and she had very good stamina etc etc 2) she was of course her father's favorite child. Honestly that isn't a good thing, neither for her character or her father's, and why wouldn't he love his other kids? Raven for example (who isn't his child though) is a perfectly normal person with perfectly normal values, why is Lark so much more special? Favoritism of kids (a kid who is always the main character) will always bugg me a lot for it is very unrealistic. 3) only she could stand up to Cassava and, after a month of training, managed to defeat two Enders (who had been Enders for a very long time). There is a lot of other reasons and senses I got from reading but as they are hard to put down in words this will suffice.- That Lark could use mind-control once or twice but, in times of need, didn't. She did it and kind of knew she could and then she suddenly stopped using it? Why even have the power, or not bothering to explain why she can/can't use it at different times?- Larks on/off relationship with Ash. This isn't anything romantic, but more how she one second describes him as the only one she can rely on and the next she barely considers him a friend. I can see why she didn't trust him, he was a tool of Cassava after all, but the dismissal at the end, when he is no longer under Cassavas influence, has helped her gain power and get the fire, and has saved her life multiple times (and seen his memories of when her mother and brother died) and has gotten somewhat close, she leaves him (after almost dying) in Griffins care. "Ash and I may not be friends, but he'd helped me as much as he could while still being under Cassava's power, and i didn't want him to die". I'm not sure why she is explaining all this, it seems almost as she is convincing the reader (herself?) as to why she saved him, but with all the things he has done for her I thought it out of place. Also that they are not friends? I would think him very much a friend after going through that together, especially without Cassava's power being over him anymore. Also when Lark was training to be an Ender, one second her and Ash were fighting and the next she was showing him how she could see what power the elementals were going to use? She didn't even tell Granite about it but someone she constantly fight and obviously dislikes she do?That got a bit longer than expected but all in all, I liked it enough to be looking forward to reading the second installment.

  • Spax
    2019-02-23 13:37

    Mildly interesting but rather predictable. Quite a few wtf-moments regarding how some of the magic work. I never felt like I was getting into the story as I was reading, everything was super fast paced. Won't continue the series.

  • Dolly
    2019-02-06 13:49

    A good start by Ms Mayer to another new series.What I liked: I enjoy story lines based on the Fae. While this is not exactly a Fae book, it is very similar. Basically, Elementals are just as heartless and conniving as the Fae. As a half-bastard, Larkspur was once loved but is now basically excluded from all things royal. The overriding reason for this is her lack of any real power. To survive in her world, you need power.Unknown to Larkspur, she has plenty of power but for some reason she just can't use it without excruciating pain. Thank goodness, Ms Mayer explains the reasons for this in the beginning of Recurve, or else it would have driven me crazy. Lark is a sympathetic character and I thought at first she came across as almost too weak but she hardens up as the story progresses. I enjoyed how Ms Mayer plotted the story and worked the personal relationships into the whole of the book. This is more Urban Fantasy than anything but the Elemental politics and deviousness of the bad guys is fantastic. Everything isn't instantly solved for Lark, she still has a long road to follow and I have a feeling it going to long and fraught with any number of problems.The writing is very good and the story and the characters are moving forward and growing. They are also not all that they seem. Some of the bad guys took me very much by surprise, which I enjoy in the books I read.What I didn't like: Recurve has the dreaded cliff hanger ending. I really see no other way Ms Mayer could have found a good stopping point.Overall, I would recommend Recurve to UF fans. I highly enjoyed it!!

  • Jamie Davis
    2019-02-13 17:44

    I just flipped to the last page of Recurve, and I'm in awe of Shannon's world-building abilities. Rich details built a mental image piece by piece until I felt as though I were standing in the redwood forest watching Larkspur as she fought to preserve not only her home but those she loves as well. Lark's innate ability to love her family and fight for them, despite their indifference and lack of acceptance, shows in her a capacity for being a hero. Their cruel titles of "Useless" and "Cuckoo" might be painful, but she rises to the challenge when others might've walked away or taken the easier path. Lark must dig deep to find the powers Cassava blocked from her long ago before it's too late, and without the support of a family, she must find her own confidence and learn to fight and defend not only herself but those who shun her.From the moment I read the first chapter, I was completely hooked and wanted to fly through each page until the end. This series is worth rereading, and I'm so excited to move onto the next.

  • Rainbow Unicorn
    2019-01-26 13:44

    This shit is shallow as a kiddie pool, but it's decently written fun action with a lady protagonist and Fern's role in the latter pages of the book made me feel better about the otherwise atrocious role women play in this book (they're all one dimensional comically evil villains. Except for the pure tragically deceased mother and I suppose the benevolent-yet-unknowable mother goddess, can't forget her. The rest are minor characters who play no real role except, again, Fern.) Seriously evil sister, evil stepmother, the men who do bad things are all excused because they were controlled by or otherwise in the thrall of the previously mentioned evil women, and I don't know. Left a bad taste in my mouth by the end. Also seriously, why does Coal keep cropping up, just when I think the protagonist smartened up suddenly he's back, like three times. Kill me. Anyway 2 stars, it was definitely ok. And I'm getting the sequel so I clearly didn't hate it.

  • Rachel
    2019-02-07 20:52

    3.5 starsWow this was surprising! I bought it out of the blue a couple days ago because it sounded interesting. It is pretty good for the beginning of a series. The characters showed a lot of growth from beginning to end (thankfully because they were annoying at first). I think I will end up liking the next book even more because I see so much potential for this series. I'm still holding out for the romance to kick in!

  • Jenne
    2019-01-24 15:44

    The first half of this suffered from first book syndrome lol. The last half I couldn't put down. I felt bad for Lark...she really had it bad. This book kind of had a Snow White vibe going too. We did get a touch of Rylee bleed over too :)All in all a good book and I'll pick up book 2 for sure.

  • Minni Mouse
    2019-02-11 14:37

    DNF at 55%. This didn't stand out to me one way or the other too much until we find out through Ash's memories that sixteen-year-old Belladonna pretty much raped him. Not cool and borderline gratuitously done.

  • Denise Grover Swank
    2019-02-13 16:58

    I love Shannon's Rylee Adamson series and I was worried her new series wouldn't live up to Rylee--boy was I relieved when I not only LOVED RECURVE, but I think I love it even more. (Now I feel disloyal to Rylee.)