BOOK REVIEW: Five by Christie Rich



Rayla Tate was just a child when her mother disappeared from her life forever. Raised by her aunt Grace in a small town, she has lived an extremely sheltered life. Unknown to her, she was hidden from the fae who live secretly among us. Descended from an ancient blood-line of Elementals, only she has the power to crown the first fae high-king.

Sick of provincial living and the dictates of her aunt, Rayla flees the safety of her home and runs away to college with her best friend. Unfortunately, excitement over her newfound freedom is short-lived when she finds herself being chased by a mysterious stranger on her way to school. She is drawn to him immediately; however, she somehow manages to resist the compulsion she feels. As he disappears into the night, she is certain he hasn’t gone far.

Rayla struggles to deal with the encounter while adapting to her new environment. To make matters worse, Aunt Grace reveals that Rayla will be hunted by a pack of fae lords, each hoping to claim her power for his own. She soon finds herself surrounded by stunning men. Could they be fae, or is this just normal college life? More importantly, why does she feel drawn to each one of them? What dark power do they hold over her? She must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using whatever means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever.


The Short Version

Buy. This. Book. This is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.

What I Liked

I loved that there was a Pegasus in this story. If I was a teen, I think this would have been my favorite book on the planet, ever. Even as an adult, it still makes my list of favorites! I really loved all the hooks, mystery, and suspense in this story. It was packed with these things and I couldn’t put this book down. This was a fast-paced read that I would recommend to everyone and their sister.

This is by far one of the most original stories I have read in years. I absolutely adored Rayla’s adventure, from the men she encountered, to her troubles with friends and family, to all the paranormal occurrences, and the other-world creatures, and all the creature rules to the world-building. (To the elements, how they bond, what their world is like and how it affects the senses, the food they eat, you name it!). I just really, really, really loved this story. It brought me back to my youth.

I highly recommend this to any teen or adult who loves an amazing fairytale.

What I Didn’t Like

It’s worth mentioning that a newer edition of this novel has been released since I purchased my copy, so chances are a lot of these things have been cleared up.

One more round of edits could improve the technical writing, though there weren’t enough errors to detract from my enjoyment. Sometimes the plot led the story more than the character, which led to some things feeling leading or unnatural. Other times, things were explained that didn’t need to be.

I would have liked more of a sense of where Rayla stood on things, and the world building was hard to follow. Often the explanations didn’t help me understand what was going on (they just raised more questions). Rayla didn’t seem to share my confusion. I thought by time I reached the end my confusion would be cleared, but it wasn’t. That said, although there are some things I wished had been clearer, it didn’t dampen my enjoyment of the novel. This was truly an amazing read!


This is a strong debut AND a strong start to what promises to be an amazing new series. Without a doubt, I’ll be reading more by Christie Rich.

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