Book Review: The Flame and the Arrow (Annika Brisby #1) by Emigh Cannaday

Welcome to my review post for The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday!
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"Don't do it, Annika," he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful?

Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it's repaired, she's rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she'll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi's already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there's a mountain of secrets that he's not telling her, and Annika can't help wondering who's really in danger.

* Previously titled Balkan Magic, The Misadventures of Annika Brisby

About the Author:

After bouncing around from Paris to Portland, Emigh Cannaday now lives in Wisconsin with her husband and a pack of Welsh Corgis. She grew up drawing, painting, and writing down her elaborate daydreams that focus on nature, intuition, and a bit of magic. She spends her free time testing out new recipes in the kitchen and playing with houseplants and horses.

She also co-hosts the Wine Wars podcast, a show dedicated to all things wine and Star Wars. Find her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or simply visit to get the latest author updates and connect with other fans.
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My Review:
I feel like the first chapter should be reworked. It kept jumping from scene to scene in Annika's, the main characters, mundane life. Once she gets to her uncle the story changes and really picks up. I felt like the story should have started there with a little internal monologue or quick texts with her friend James, who's in America, about why she escaped her life and maybe fiance. After that point the story is good and I was hooked to Annika and Talvi. Their chemistry guided the story and turned it into an appreciable romance. The paranormal aspects in this book were good too and I loved the mysterious world Emigh created. I would recommend to all who love magic, sparks, and good characters in a book! Pick up a copy and let the story evolve around you!

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