Book – Four Pieces for Power (The Vendicatori #1)
Author – Marc Estes
Star rating –★★★★★
Plot – nicely planned, well paced and intriguing
Characters – lots of variety, good exploration
Movie Potential –★★★★★
Ease of reading – very easy to read
Suitable Title – ✔
Would I read it again – ✔
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **
First off, let me say that I LOVE the cover, the idea, the plot and the title. If it wasn’t for the author finding me first, I would definitely have picked up this book at any time, any place, all from the blurb, title and cover. First impressions mean a lot and this one ticks all the boxes for me. All prove to be extremely relevant and appropriate for the story.
I enjoyed the start of the story. It was interesting, with good mood and atmosphere and a nice blend of description and story. We were instantly introduced to the story with intrigue and a history that instantly sucked me into the story. I was able to connect with Andrew, our MC really quickly. He’s such a likable character, but in no way perfect. He has his flaws and a history that we gradually find out about, but there’s also a lot that is hinted at that we may find out about in future books.
I’m a major archaeological/mystery fan and for me, this book had it all. A mysterious letter, good characters, lots of suspenseful moments and cliffhangers, romance, crime, murder, and of course a good archaeological search, complete with riddles that were solvable for the reader, as well as the characters. I think that is VERY important. If the reader can make sense of the riddle, it makes it more believable that a random Joe off the street, with no prior knowledge of the ‘secret society’ can solve it too.
I must admit that I found chapter 2 extremely emotional, but it wasn’t until later that I had the complete emotional breakdown that had me in tears. It was sad, sweet and hit me where it hurt.
I find the characters were interesting; Monica and John are intriguing and I can’t wait to see where their story will go. I also really like that Monica is a romance mystery writer and that we get to see parts of her life, which seems separate to the story with Andrew. I hope, and think, the two will interlink later in the series. That would be great. I love Brad and Andrew. They are by far the best characters in the book, in my opinion. They have depth, character, a dark history and lots of potential for growth.
Robert is really interesting, as well. For being a bad guy, I’m really intrigued by his story and how it will develop in the next book. He’s been through a lot and he’s done a lot, but I’m not sure this is the last we’ve seen of him yet. With this series, anything is possible. He’s incredibly cocky, self-assured and convinced of his own invincibility and that’s probably going to keep him coming back again and again. At least, I hope so.
I really, really don’t like Jenna. I’m not sure it’s the character, I think it’s just me. I don’t like girls who insist that someone will be theirs without even talking to, consulting or appreciating the wishes and feelings of that person. Jenna is so singularly focused on Andrew being her future husband that she sees nothing and acts very selfishly, more like she’s infatuated than in love. Maybe it’s because she’s had to wait for him to see her, but maybe it’s just because she’s needy, desperate and obsessed. Unfortunately, it only gets worse as the book goes on. However, the very fact that I have this intense dislike towards Jenna just means that I really connected with the book and the characters. So this is a big thumbs up.
Ramos and Dominic are such interesting people. I know, I use that word a lot, but it’s true. And Brad completely breaks my heart, many, many times. Brad + Virgo (the cat) = tears. End of.
I think the fact that we get little snippets of the story at a time, and sometimes have to wait for the next revelation, is brilliant. It keeps the story interesting and builds suspense throughout the whole book, right to the last page.
There are a lot of shocking twists and turns in this book. I read it, able to see many ways for Andrew to win the contest at the end of the book, possibly with Robert getting away to fight another day. I could also see Robert winning, since it’s book one and there are more in the series, with Andrew coming back to beat him later. There were so many possibilities for how the book would end and who would triumph. That, to me, is a great writer, because it was neither predictable nor too complex. The story had a good flow, a great ending and so many possibilities for the next book. Personally, I would love to see Jenna become a bad guy, since I don’t want her getting together with Andrew, but hey, that’s me.
My suggestion – buy this book! You won’t regret it.
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