My rating: 💗💗💗💗💗 of 5!
Published: the 14th of July 2018
Written by: Yumoyori Wilson
Series: Familiar Blessed Chronicles (a spin off from Unicorn Blessed Chronicles)
Length: 284 pages
Source: Free copy generously provided by the author.
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review. However, please note that all opinions and views are my own.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be the familiar of a badass unicorn shifter? FEAR NOT! Your prayers have been answered.
My life wasn’t always centered around my one-of-a-kind mistress, Celestia Rainbow. I was born into a world that wasn’t so fond of a phoenix-harpy hybrid like myself.
Regardless of the hate my own kind bestowed upon me, my family did their best to love me, no matter how different I was. But being different comes with challenges and heartbreak as my loving family is slaughtered and I’m left with nowhere to call home.
Thanks to a little girl who didn’t judge me by my cover, my new life begins, a life where I’m loved for the little creature I am within. Fifteen years later, I’m now by my mistress’ side, ready to watch her prove her worth.
I didn’t know I, too, would get my chance to shine, but you never know what the future has in store-especially when the future delivers me six men of my own.
My name is Arielle Rainbow and this is my story of how love came knocking on my door…quite literally.
Oh my… what an emotional roller coaster!
After finishing the second book in Yumo’s Unicorn Blessed Chronicles series, I was ready for bed. But I just had to have a little peak into this spin off about Arielle. I knew that the feisty phoenix-harpy hybrid familiar had a tough start to life, but nothing, I mean nothing, could prepare me for the emotional journey I was about to embark on. For some reason, I just kind of thought Arielle had experienced a bit of hardship, maybe some bullying like her mistress. But wow. Yumo had a world of pain and sadness in store for me, at least for the first 20% of the book. I actually had to sneak out of bed, without waking my boyfriend, go downstairs and sad there silently reading while tears flowed down my cheeks. Yumo’s writing is out of this world! It’s intense, raw and just fantastic. Yes, Arielle was bullied by the other familiars, who didn’t want a filthy hybrid in their nest. But what’s more important is, that Arielle had a loving family. She wasn’t alone. She lived with her father, mother and two brothers – who all adored and loved her. She and her brothers loved nothing more, than to go hunting for shiny buttons. As an avid internet shopper I can relate, I love buying shiny things. So I already felt like I could relate.
One day while Arielle and her brothers are on their way back, after having found a particularly shiny and pretty button, they’re attacked which leads to the entire nest being slaughtered. Arielle is too young to properly understand the concept of death, so she believes her family to be resting. In an attempt to save them, she starts moving toward the hybrid nest, and finds help on her way. Unfortunately, her new hybrid friend cannot heal those who are already dead, so instead she helps Arielle lay them to rest. As they leave to go to the hybrid nest together, they’re attacked and only Arielle survives. As she’s heartbroken, injured and alone she’s attacked by a wolf. Enter Celestia Rainbow, who saves Arielle and brings her back home with her. That’s the beginning of not only an awesome Mistress/familiar bond, but a bond that goes way beyond. It’s like they’re each others soul mates and Arielle finally dares to believe she belongs.
Getting to read some of the scenes, that readers have previously read from Celestia’s point of view, from Arielle’s perspective was really interesting. The sceptic within me was afraid it would just be repetition, but those negative thoughts were quickly dispersed. Because even though the situations are the same, it’s so refreshing to see and feel them from Arielle. For me I cannot get enough of this phoenix/harpy hybrid! As she gets to experience the world as human, she’s so endearing, funny and just downright loveable, that I don’t want the book to end. Though, she’s bonded with Celestia it quickly becomes clear, that she doesn’t always share her Mistress’ view on things, and their squabbles had me laughing so hard. Especially when Arielle fights to come to grasp with what it truly means to be human.
If you’ve read Unicorn Blessed Chronicles you’ll quickly realise that the harem recipe is almost the same one. Arielle gets her own harem of 6 familiars, which could have a bit “been there, done that” – but once again Yumo manages to make it different. What I wasn’t prepared for, is that I now actually like Arielle and her guys a lot more than I do Celestia and hers. I can’t pinpoint exactly why, but the fact that everything is new to Arielle, is really refreshing. And I especially like that she’s so fiercely loyal to those she loves – and she doesn’t have a selfish bone within her!
Important note: This should be read after Unicorn Blessed Chronicles 2, but before book 3 in order to avoid confusion!
Have you read this book? Or any of Yumo’s books? What’s your take on hybrid shifters? Let’s talk in the comments!
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