By: Elizabeth Hunter
Irin Chronicles # 1 | 306 pages | Pub. 2013
The Scribe At a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★★★
- Dude: Magical tattoo me next, please?!?
- Heroine: Can you hear me now?
- Steaminess: *fanning ourselves*
- Emotional: My heart will never be the same
Pairs Well With
- 60 ml vodka
- 30 ml rose syrup
- juice of 1 lime wedge
- 200 ml cranberry juice frozen and crushed
- 2 pieces Turkish delight
Beware. Spoilers are coming…
^^ That’s the only way I can adequately describe how I feel right now. A book hasn’t hurt me that soundly in a while. And to be fair, Jess warned me and it still hurt.
“We’re all immortal, Ava, as long as our stories are told.”
The Scribe is set in Turkey and despite its setting in our modern society this book is unique and engaging – I legitimately had to force myself to put it down so I could (pretend) to adult. It takes a normal plot revolving around angels, adds in faction rivalry and war, romance, and a unique society. The book is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time and the characters are 100% intriguing. Even though it hurt me deeply i’d highly recommend it to anyone interested in paranormal romance.
“And that’s why you don’t fuck with someone with pepper spray, asshole!”
The main character, Ava, broke my heart and stitched it back together with her epicness. She’s lived a life isolated and lonely, thinking she was mentally ill because she could hear voices her whole life. Despite this, she’s a badass and witty character who isn’t afraid to take on bad guys and knows how to work a crowbar. I almost died when she lured Malachi into the woods so she could shoot him. Look out big bad wolf, Ava’s coming for your title.
“I think she deserves to find out what all this means for herself without being influenced by what I want.”
I respect Malachi. He’s an alpha male without being overbearing. From the start Malachi respects Ava and gives her space to figure out her life and choose him – despite knowing that they were true mates. The chemistry and steam between Ava and Malachi was amazing. He worships Ava and is selfless enough to die for her. I love(d) Malachi so big that his death made me ugly cry at work. Yeah, he comes back in the end but Hunt makes it seem like he might have amnesia and I cannot live through book 2 if he doesn’t remember Ava.
I’m 100% going to read the next book because I have a lot of questions. Like, why are all the Irina in hiding? Why are there no women on the Irin Council any longer? What’s up with Jaron?!!? How is Ava Irin? I neeeed to know. I also need to read the next book because this one had way too much testerone. I need Ava to find these hidden Irina so I can regain balance.
I may have lost my soul to this book. I couldn’t even begin this review for a solid 24 hours after reading, just so that I could properly process my emotions.
The Scribe hit all of my sweet spots for a book.
- Broody male ✔
- Angels ✔
- Snarky heroine ✔
- Tattoos ✔✔✔✔✔
- Tragic ending✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔!
I’ll start with Ava because I just can’t with Malachi yet. Poor Ava has to hear voices in a language she doesn’t understand. I don’t know how she is holding it together because I would have been locked up long ago.
But, Ava just keeps snapping photos and traveling the world like a boss ass bitch. Plus, she casually pulls out her knife throwing skills that she learned at circus camp… Can you say hero?
“Hey, you burn through a lot of energy when you contain this much awesome.”
Yes, Ava has some trust issues, but who wouldn’t when you can’t even trust what you hear and most people think you are crazy. In the end, she keeps on going even though I would have gone full Girl Interrupted after losing the love of my life.
That dear love Malachi. Oh I adore him. He has some domineering/failure to communicate moments that I wasn’t a fan of, but Ava pretty much whips him into shape. When he went caveman on Rhys for silencing Ava I was cheering so loud. We need him leading a march with a banner that says “Never attempt to silence her again.” I have to get to book two right now because I need him back in my life asap.
Some of the minor characters made me laugh a bunch too. I want a Rhys book so that he can say “fussbudget” to someone. And Evren gave me some serious Mr. Miagi vibes.
The whole concept of the Grigori made me angry. It’s basically a rape cult and I need it eradicated immediately. Angels need to come on back down and handle that shit because NO.
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