My Review of the EPIC Exiled by @MRMerrick

Exiled (The Protector #1) by M.R. Merrick
Young Adult Paranormal
Paperback, 288 pgs.
Published August 27th, 2011 by the author
Source: Gift from the amazing Alexa at Pages of Forbidden Love

Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. On his fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to claim his elemental power, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to a hunter through the bloodline, but on Chase’s birthday, the bloodline stopped.

Exiled without the Circle’s protection, Chase has spent two years trying to survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When he has a run in with a frightened and seemingly innocent demon, he learns the Circle’s agenda has changed: the Circle plans to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world. Vowing to stop them, and knowing he can’t do it alone, Chase forms a reluctant alliance with Rayna — a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret.

In their attempt to stop them, Chase and Rayna find themselves in the middle of the Circle’s plan, leaving one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other’s life depending on it.

There were a couple things that concerned me going into Exiled, it is young adult paranormal and it’s self published.  Now I don’t have any problem with either of those things but young adult paranormal has recently started feeling like the same ol’ thing.  I love paranormal, but I need it to have some OOMPH, to really stand out.  Now there’s nothing wrong with self published but I gotta admit that I’ve read a book or two that could use tighter editing, etc.  You just never really know what your going into.  I’ve read some fabulous ones and I’ve read some horrible.  And good reviews help, but when you see those you trust talking about how much they loved a book then it’s enough to get me to try it.  And so I went in with an open mind expecting it to be good but maybe not quite blow me away.  I’ll tell you right now, this book blew me away!  It is absolutely stunning!

It started fine as we got to know Chase as I felt slight irritation at him and his compulsive ways and his idea that he was right and everyone else is wrong.  But Chase began to grow quite quickly because he discovered that he isn’t always right and as a matter of fact everything he thought he knew is in fact quite wrong.  And while it takes him a bit to curb his compulsive ways he’s quite determined that he’s not going to let these ‘people’ destroy the world.   As soon as Rayna and Chase start working together you see a real connection.  Yeah, they snipe at each other, they put each other down, but when it comes down to it, they’ll do whatever it takes to save the other.  

This book really had layers to it.  When I started the book I liked it, but it wasn’t anything mind blowing.  We were introduced little by little by little to the world and the hunters and the powers they wielded.  We met some demons, some good and some bad.  Then there came another layer where they discovered something that is quite huge and very useful and this wasn’t terribly surprising, I felt like it would come at some point.  Then there’s the last bit of the book which I feel is absolutely EPIC which is where they travel to the underworld and this is absolutely fascinating to me.  It is like test after test, defeating one thing after another, doing what has to be done to just survive.  To make it to what has to be done. 

Full of mind blowing action, characters that kick ass and world-building that will rock your world, I highly recommend you pick Exiled up and see for yourself what you’d be missing if you didn’t give it a chance.

5/5 stars!

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  1. Wow. This sounds AWESOME! I so love when a book surprises me with it’s brilliance and is so much more interesting and complex than I ever imagined it would be. I’m a huge YA paranormal fan, so I clearly need to be read this one and see what the epicness is all about:) So excited now, thanks Candace!

  2. I’ve had this book on my TBR since spotting that amazing cover! So glad to know it does not disappoint. I also like the sound of the slow build to a story that only gets better! Looks like I have a lot to look forward to.

  3. Sadly, I’m reluctant to read self-pubs because I’ve had several VERY bad experiences with unreadable mush. But this book sounds great! I love when you connect with the characters and the story sweeps you up and carries you along. Might have to check it out!

  4. I loved Exiled. I never would have guessed that it was self-published, since it is well edited and a high-quality story. I absolutely loved Rayna. And Willy. I just wanted to give Willy a giant hug any time he showed up!

  5. Yeah! I love it when you find a diamond in the rough. So many self pubbed authors get lumped into the don’t read category because we have all ad a bad experience with one. I am happy to see this one shines through. I am going to pop over to Amazon and check it out. Yep we got about an inch or more of snow up here this morning, it was pretty, but it is March!

  6. I love that you thought this was EPIC. I love Matt and he really deserves to have this book thrust into as many reader’s hands as possible because it is great. I loved Shift even more than Exiled so I hope you get a chance to get around to that one very soon.

    Glad you took a chance on this one and ended up loving it. :)

    Thanks for the great review and for calling me amazing! You are the best!

  7. I love love LOVE your review, Candace! <3 This book has been sitting unread on my TBR pile for the longest time, but the way you described it as having layers that you peel back to a whole new level of amazingness only makes me re-arrange my TBR pile to put this one closer to the top! I’ll be sure to go into this book with an open mind too, just in case, but it already sounds like my kind of book! 😉

    Amazing review as always, Candace! This sounds amazing both as a self-published book and a paranormal book, and I’m really excited to pick it up! :)

  8. I love how you describe the layering it sounds really awesome to read. I’ve been meaning to read this for a while but just so swamped. I’ll get to it eventually >.< Great review Candace!

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