Monday, October 27, 2014

Luathara by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

By Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
The Otherworld Series 3
Ebook: 331 pages
Publication Date: December 30, 2012
Publisher: Independant
4.3 out of 5 Stars
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Related Reviews: Faelorehn; Dolmarehn
Category: YA, Urban Fantasy, Faerie


Suddenly, my pain and anger honed themselves into a sharp point, one aimed directly at the goddess's heart. She had been controlling Cade’s life, my life, for far too long. And then, in a powerful wave of realization strong enough to sweep the frantic tornado in my mind off course and force the air from my lungs, I understood what I needed to do . . .

Meghan Elam knows that she belongs in the Otherworld, but she doesn't know if she's quite ready to take that leap. With Cade on the mend and her mortal family aware of their daughter's true identity, everything seems lined up for her to make a smooth transition into her new life. Unfortunately, Meghan has a mortal enemy, an angry goddess who has not yet given up on her chance for revenge.

As Meghan struggles to find her place in Eile, secrets from a past she knows nothing about well up and threaten to tip the scales even further. And when the Morrigan vows to bring a war down upon the Otherworld, she finds herself stuck in the middle of an epic battle, one that promises to destroy all that she holds dear. In order to save the ones she loves the most, Meghan must be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice and hope that she will be strong enough to vanquish her enemy once and for all.

After the slow start of the first book, Faelorehn, I really had no intentions on finishing this series. Thankfully, my obsession of all things Fae took over my brain, and I continued reading this wonderful series. The second book, Dolmarehn and Luathara made up for the slow start ten times over! Wow, I was definitely not expecting the turn of events that this book took, and I'm still collecting my thoughts after the craziness that happened.

Meghan's character grows in leaps and bounds in this final book, and her maturity and selflessness amazed me. Her love for Cade and her willingness to sacrifice herself for his happiness was heartbreaking. Meghan is the daughter of the high queen, and Cade is the son of her enemy, The Morrighan. Queen Danua insists that Cade is not good enough for Meghan, but she doesn't let her mother control her. She knows that she is in love with Cade, and that's all that matters. She doesn't care what other people say about him, and she doesn't let Cade believe what they say either. I somehow fell in love with Cade even more in this book. He is an amazingly written male character- the ultimate book boyfriend! The world building was amazing, and the descriptions of the creatures and the world itself is phenomenal! I felt like I was there in the Otherworld, and the descriptions were written across my mind. I enjoyed the powers that Meghan continued to find, and the twists and turns in the plot line were unexpected and incredible. All in all, this series turned out to be wonderful, and I am more than happy I continued reading!

""There's an elf on the porch!" I almost choked. Oh crap! Several things happened at once. First, Mom's attention got divertetd from me. Okay, good. Then, all of my other brothers promptly stopped what they were doing to run to the window and peek through the blinds like Bradley. Third, my father stood up and set the newspaper down on the coffee table with a slap. And finally, Mom said, "What on Earth are you talking about?" By this time, everyone had migrated to the window. I could only bury my face in my hands, my cheeks turning bright red in mortification. Eventually, I said, "That's not an elf, that's Cade. And he's come to stay with us for a while. If that's okay." Good. I'd said it. But now everyone nwas staring at me as if I'd sprouted feathers. Ugh. This was not how I wanted this to go.... "Your boyfriend's an elf?" Logan asked."

"Cade emerged from the hall ten minutes later with a water gun in his hand. I arched a brow and paused in my current task of setting the table. He had a huge grin on his face and his eyes glinted. "Bradley and Logan have challenged me to a battle," he proclaimed. I heaved a great sigh and placed my hands on my hips. "You know you don't have to cater to their childish demands, right?" I told him. The look he gave me was one of pure disbelief. "What? Forfeit and lose my honor? he asked, placing a hand over his heart. I couldn't help it, I laughed, and then my two younger brothers emerged from the hallway with their own weapons."

"I meant what I said the last time I saw you in Eile, before I fought the Morrighan's hounds. All uncertainty was gone from his eyes. The entire week he'd kept his distance, being careful not to touch me too often or let his gaze linger too long. Now he looked as if he saw nothing else in the world but me; as if he had given himself a pep talk after my rude departure earlier that night and was ready for the challenge ahead of him. This was the Cade who had held me close before taking on the Morrighan's monsters; he was holding nothing back. My toes and fingertips started to tingle, and I bit my lip, not allowing myself to breathe. I am in love with you, Meghan Elam, and you mean more to me than you can possibly know. The proclamation was so soft, so sincere, his words in my head so pale blue they were almost white. Tears began to form in my eyes and a cloud of butterflies took flight in my stomach. I love you, he sent again, his thumb continuing its soothing caress, but I don't want you to think that you own me anything for what I did for you. I don't want you to feel that you need to love me ba- I cut off his thought process by leaning forward and pressing a kiss against his mouth. I don't know what possessed me to be so bold. It was as if my mind had stopped working and my heart had taken control."

Related Reviews
Faelorehn - Otherworld 1; Dolmarehn - Otherworld 2

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  1. I've honestly never heard of this book before. Even though I've only read one book with faey, I certainly have an interest in them now, too! I love books with great world building and plot twists that keep the reader interested in the story. I'm definitely going to check this book out!
    - Cambrie @ and so the book begins

    1. Awesome Cambrie! I hope that you do. This book is part of a trilogy and is the final one. Faelorehn is the first, followed by Dolmarehn. The fae world has always been something that I have been drawn to. My grandparents were Celtic Pagans, and raised me to believe in the world of the Fae from a young age. Reading well researched Fae books always takes me back to my childhood, and the stories my gramps told me for bedtime (:
      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  2. Wow, I am glad you were able to keep reading and enjoy the series! I still don't know if I want to struggle my way through the first book to get to all this greatness. We should be very thankful for you love of all things fae to keep you reading this :D And after reading all three reviews, this does sound like a good series. I will consider it :)