I love the strong-willed main character in this book. Hazel has doubts and sometimes struggles with doing the right thing, but in the end she faces her fears to help others. There’s a bit of romance, but I found it realistic and not too cheesy, and it doesn’t overshadow the main plot at all. It’s an easy read- fast-paced & full of action. I do wish the other characters were developed a bit (like Tavi!) but maybe they will be in later books in the series.
Jae Hwa is a Korean-American teenage girl who just moved back to Seoul, South Korea with her father after her mother’s death. She learns that her family has been targeted by a Korean god for generations, and that she’s next. Trained in traditional Korean archery and Tae Kwon Do, she’s determined to fight back against the gods and her fate. Jae is an awesome female character and this is a great story that weaves Korean mythology with modern-day fantasy!
This novel is about twenty-two year old Kelsey Porter who has dedicated her life to avenging the death of her parents, murdered in their quest to find the mystical land of Xanadu. Before she can locate the murderers, she has to discover their motives for the brutal crime and finds herself at the epicenter of a Buddhist mystery as old as time. With the help of her companion, Detective Desmond Gisborne, she hunts the killers across the globe and discovers a darkness in her spiritual past that tests the very limits of her soul. Soon she realizes that it is not she who is doing the hunting, but the one being hunted. Kelsey must find a way to survive, while ancient demons attempt to destroy her.
SM Reine is great about writing well-rounded female characters. The main character, Elise, defies pretty much every stereotype about women. She’s a super-strong warrior who kicks ass but really lacks in emotional maturity (for good reason considering the way she was raised). There are lots of other well-written female characters, including Stephanie, a witch and doctor. I also love how diverse the characters are. There are people from all over the world in these books.