Copper Girl by Jennifer Allis ProvostCopper Legacy #1
Published on June 25, 2013 Pages: 248
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Sara had always been careful.
She never spoke of magic, never associated with those suspected of handling magic, never thought of magic, and never, ever, let anyone see her mark. After all, the last thing she wanted was to end up missing, like her father and brother.
Then, a silver elf pushed his way into Sara's dream, and her life became anything but ordinary.
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It’s hard to be original anymore in the paranormal romance genre. Time and time again I’ve seen the same basic plot and the same character tropes. And when a book seems to be different from the rest, it’s either great or leaves much to be desired. Copper Girl fell somewhere in the range of the latter and, while holding potential for improvement in future books, didn’t do much for me as the first book in a series.
For the first third of the book, I debated not finishing it (a decision I don’t take lightly). The immediate turn-off was the constant italicized info dumps that described everything that might be foreign to the reader. Half the time I found these sections useless and irrelevant and the other half could have been woven into the story and worked just as well, if not better, than the flat-out telling. Also, though it didn’t start with a dream scene there was one within the first couple pages. Some cliches I don’t mind but that happens to be one that I’m tired of seeing. It wasn’t a good start.
Writing aside, the characters did nothing for me. This is a paranormal romance but the romance is a case of insta-love and the characters had no time to develop any sort of connection. The events of Copper Girl covers about a week’s worth of time and in that, the main character Sara fell head-over-heels for a Metal Elemental elf named Micah (who magically appeared in that dream scene at the beginning). You’re told that they’re mates eventually but from the reader’s perspective, Sara goes from 0 to 60 with this guy in the span of less than a day and suddenly they’re acting like they’ve been together for much longer.
I’m not one of quotes but this one struck me as I was reading:
“He’d call me his consort and seemed to have no problem becoming instantly serious with a woman he hardly knew.”
It was a single moment of logic from Sara that instantly faded away when Micah came on the scene again. I think their romance had a lot to work with and I didn’t dislike it, having seen the insta-love/soulmate scheme before, but I never had the chance to see it develop. The book was too short and the writing told more than showed so I lost all connection with the story and characters. I put this one down several times to read other books for that reason.
Despite a very rocky start, I do see potential in Copper Girl and hope that more time is spent on the characters in the sequel. This seems like an interesting world and I like the take on Elementals and magic, but I never had a chance to see any of that. The explanations given often were paired with aspects of the world that remained irrelevant to the story and did nothing to offer any character development. What I will say is that I wouldn’t recommend reading this book for the romance (despite the genre) but I’ll be continuing to the sequel, Copper Ravens, with the hopes of a better-rounded world and story.