Author: Danielle Lori
Title: A Girl Named Calamity
Genre(s): Romance; Fantasy
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Review: This novel was so much fun to read. I found myself unable to put it down and I ended up finishing it very quickly. The plot contains adventure, coming of age, and stealth romance that hits you when you least expect it. I really enjoyed Calamity's adventure through several different cities that each contained their own unique cultures despite their belonging to one large realm. The cultures were very creative and it was neat to see how they all contributed to Calamity's journey. Although there wasn't a great amount of character development I still enjoyed Calamity and Weston's characters, especially when they played off one another. Calamity is a very strong-headed and stubborn woman who battles with her physical attraction to Weston. Although Weston comes across as a domineering man with a lust for control, he also has a soft side that Calamity becomes witness to on different occasions. The writing stood from Calamity's point of view, which I enjoyed reading, especially during those moments of intense passion. Readers are still able to gain a sense of what Weston feels and thinks because Danielle gave his character an exceptional gift that adds a lot to the storyline and to his character. The editing of this book was very well done as I found only a few typos and none of them were glaringly obvious or distracted from my reading enjoyment.
Recommendation: I recommend this to anyone looking for an adventure filled fantasy with a young female lead that is in the process of learning more about herself and the different areas of womanhood. I also recommend this to anyone who enjoys romance, but is looking for a novel that has so much more to offer!
Book Description: "I was a simple farm girl living in the magical land, Alyria, where men ruled and women only existed. Call me sheltered. Call me naive. I was probably both. I never expected to be the key to Alyria's destruction. The journey I was on wasn't only one to save me. But one where I had a lot of learning to do. With men. With magic. And with myself. But I wasn't alone. I had an escort. One I wasn't so sure about. But one I couldn't afford to lose and one I wasn't so sure I could even leave. I had many hopes. But the most important one was that my name wouldn't become my fate."