Clouded by Envy
Brenik has always been envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.Living in a tree trunk for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always remains in the back of her mind.When Bray reunites with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming between Bray and Wes.

Clouded by Envy Details

TitleClouded by Envy
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 19th, 2019
PublisherThe Parliament House
ISBN-139781796516678
Rating
GenreFantasy, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

Clouded by Envy Review

  • James
    January 1, 1970
    In my quest to become a more well-read and genre-diverse connoisseur of great literature, I often pick up a book that I think will be one thing yet turns out to be something quite different in a wonderfully shocking and engaging way. I've read several novels written or co-written by Candace Robinson in the past, but when the opportunity to read her upcoming release, Clouded by Envy, arose, I had to jump on it -- initially from the cover alone. What is that!?! I bet you want to know... it's gorge In my quest to become a more well-read and genre-diverse connoisseur of great literature, I often pick up a book that I think will be one thing yet turns out to be something quite different in a wonderfully shocking and engaging way. I've read several novels written or co-written by Candace Robinson in the past, but when the opportunity to read her upcoming release, Clouded by Envy, arose, I had to jump on it -- initially from the cover alone. What is that!?! I bet you want to know... it's gorgeous and captivating and peculiar and oddly sensual, don't you think? Throw in the always-intriguing concept and deadly sin of envy (I'm Roman Catholic, so my repression requires me to love it) and you've got all the makings of a fine book. Guess what? It totally lives up to that hype! I'd classify it as science-fiction, fantasy, young adult, re-appropriation of a few fairy tales, and life advice. There are two worlds. There are twins who were abandoned by their parents. When they're magically transported to a human environment, and they only look human at certain points in their lives, there's bound to be a plethora of page-turning scenes, intense thrills, heart-stopping emotions, and a few eye squints -- at least for me because I kept finding myself trying to guess how it could possibly end given the different themes encircling this complex story.Robinson excels at capturing the young adult voice of someone yearning to escape and find whatever's missing in their heart or mind. She draws you in based on the sadness of what's happening to a seemingly kind and lovable character, then tosses you to the wolves with a scene so crazy or shocking, you no longer know what to believe. After being tossed around a bit, you develop your own sense of connection and wait for the next shoe to drop. In this case, the characters often forget to wear shoes, so it's kinda fun to see how that eventually plays out (just including a little side humor so after you read the book, you'll get what I am saying here)!If you like something different, or something you know well but that's been turned upside and written from the perspective of a non-human creature, you'll enjoy this novel. It's on the shorter side in page count which makes it easy to get through in a few hours one afternoon or evening. It's also something you can put down and pick up again without feeling lost. The story is told in alternating perspectives from the twin protagonists, but there's a few other character POV's sprinkled from time to time so you see what's happening in totality. What a ride! I look forward to seeing everyone's thoughts and reactions when it's officially released in early 2019. I got lucky and received an ARC (thank you) which made me quite happy... this is the 4th or 5th book I've read by the author... always leaves me thirsting for the next one.
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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    Clouded by Envy is officially out in the world! I can’t wait for you to meet Brenik and Bray!
  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Clouded By Envy by Candace Robinson is a fantasy read that to me falls into a bit more new adult than young adult content or for a more mature YA audience. The story is told mainly from the points of view of the two main characters in it, Bray and Brenik, alternating their chapters.Bray and Brenik are twins that are faerie like creatures that most resemble bats and were born in another world. Bray was the first born and stronger of the twins with Brenik being the weaker and from the moment they Clouded By Envy by Candace Robinson is a fantasy read that to me falls into a bit more new adult than young adult content or for a more mature YA audience. The story is told mainly from the points of view of the two main characters in it, Bray and Brenik, alternating their chapters.Bray and Brenik are twins that are faerie like creatures that most resemble bats and were born in another world. Bray was the first born and stronger of the twins with Brenik being the weaker and from the moment they were born the twins only had one another as they were abandoned simply for their being the two of them.Bray and Brenik were also born into a world in which they were prey and always in danger but the pair were able to cross over into our world. In this world Brenik’s envy of his sister continues and while Bray makes friends with some humans Brenik follows a much darker path.Having read several of Candace Robinson’s previous books I have come to expect to find an extremely engaging and creative story. From the moment you lay eyes upon the cover of this one you can’t help but be intrigued and think what the heck is this?? But believe me as amazingly outstanding the covers to her books are Candace has the content to back them up and they are even more unique and definite page turners. With Clouded By Envy being a fairly short read it was still packed with plenty of action and fully fleshed out characters and plot which made it easy to fly through in one sitting being anxious to see how it would all turn out.I received an advance copy from the author, many thanks to Candace Robinson for allowing me to once again read early.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Dannii Elle
    January 1, 1970
    If Holly Black and Sarah J. Maas had a book baby it wouldn't be far from this.Clouded by Envy follows the split perspective of twins, Brenik and Bray. They were forced to flee from their own world and enter the human sphere when hunters sought to consume them. Their bat-like features and winged bodies made them an anomaly here, but they learnt that humans can hold inside of them an extraordinary kindness, even for beings so other than themselves.As well as traversing a new world together, the tw If Holly Black and Sarah J. Maas had a book baby it wouldn't be far from this.Clouded by Envy follows the split perspective of twins, Brenik and Bray. They were forced to flee from their own world and enter the human sphere when hunters sought to consume them. Their bat-like features and winged bodies made them an anomaly here, but they learnt that humans can hold inside of them an extraordinary kindness, even for beings so other than themselves.As well as traversing a new world together, the twins also have each others differences to contend with, for they might be born of the same womb but definitely do not inhabit the same mindset. Brenik, ever jealous of his sister's natural advancements in life, seeks to make a deal that only the devil himself would deem fair and the potential for disaster proves imminent.What begun as a light yet intriguing tale soon turned to the darkly Gothic, as classic literature influences infiltrated the text. Just as in Robinson's other novels, the Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault duology, the influence of other novels is heavily felt yet this never felt like anything less than completely its own story.Urban fantasy and romance are not two elements I ever look for in my literature, and yet this book, that contained both of them, managed to win me over immediately. The whimsical combined with reality and a plethora of lovable characters litter the text, leaving this to be a one-sitting read I tore through in one angst and drama-filled morning.
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    My Rating: 4.5 Stars!Envy can turn us all into monsters if we never learn to accept the good in our own lives. Things just came easier for Brenik’s twin sister, Bray and as much as he loved her and needed her, it was envy that nearly destroyed them both. Being fairy-like creatures in the human world only made things worse and Brenik’s envy and discontent with his lot in life causes him to make a foolish and deadly bargain with the Stone of Desire. CLOUDED BY ENVY by Candace Robinson is filled wi My Rating: 4.5 Stars!Envy can turn us all into monsters if we never learn to accept the good in our own lives. Things just came easier for Brenik’s twin sister, Bray and as much as he loved her and needed her, it was envy that nearly destroyed them both. Being fairy-like creatures in the human world only made things worse and Brenik’s envy and discontent with his lot in life causes him to make a foolish and deadly bargain with the Stone of Desire. CLOUDED BY ENVY by Candace Robinson is filled with the love two siblings have that is tarnished by the jealousy one twin has for his sister. While sometimes reading like a young adult tale, it becomes apparent that it is the essence of the youthful characters that give it that feel as darkness fills Brenik and creates a deadly situation he cannot control. When his “bargain” turns into a nightmare, Bray may be the only person able to help him, but can he accept help from the one person he envies the most or is it too late to atone for his sins?A wonderful fantasy that comes alive with as much sunshine as darkness with characters covered in layer upon layer of facets and flaws with a fresh twist on family and fairytale creatures.I received a complimentary ARC edition from Candace Robinson!Expected Publication Date: February 19, 2019 by Parliament House
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  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    When the author offered me a review copy of her new release, I expected a fairly standard YA fae story, but what I got was an incredibly unique new adult urban fantasy read! There are a lot of moving pieces to this plot, but they all work well together, whether we're exploring life with a couple of human brothers with Bray (who I loved — she's just a fun, likable little thing), or watching Brenik struggle through a lot of very traumatic, odd changes in his life.The story changes perspectives bet When the author offered me a review copy of her new release, I expected a fairly standard YA fae story, but what I got was an incredibly unique new adult urban fantasy read! There are a lot of moving pieces to this plot, but they all work well together, whether we're exploring life with a couple of human brothers with Bray (who I loved — she's just a fun, likable little thing), or watching Brenik struggle through a lot of very traumatic, odd changes in his life.The story changes perspectives between the siblings, and while I had a lot of fun with Bray's chapters, Brenik's were more conflicting. The plot was more intriguing to me on his side of the story, but his character and I didn't mesh well, so I found myself growing frustrated with his poor decisions (which was probably intentional on the author's part!).Finally, my favorite thing about this book was honestly its mid-90s setting and the media references and jokes. I grew up a 90s kid, and I laughed out loud at how sudden and fitting some of the references were (like the secondhand embarrassment thrown in by Wes' outcry of "Ru-fi-ooooo!" in the dollar store — I'm smiling just typing that). I don't think I'd ever seen so many 90s nods in a new adult read and now, it makes me realize how much I wish more authors would use them!Thank you so much to Candace for offering me the chance to read an advance copy of this fun little urban fantasy story in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Yesha
    January 1, 1970
    You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and ReviewsClouded by Envy was a NA fantasy paranormal romance; a bittersweet story of siblings, envy, deepest desire turning out to be disaster, selfishness, dark vs light within self, choices and its consequences.characters-Brayora (Bray) and Brenik were twin sister and brother. They looked like small fairies, bats with human face. Bray was pure-hearted, amiable, smart and was quite mature. She formed relations with humans on earth easily. She You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and ReviewsClouded by Envy was a NA fantasy paranormal romance; a bittersweet story of siblings, envy, deepest desire turning out to be disaster, selfishness, dark vs light within self, choices and its consequences.characters-Brayora (Bray) and Brenik were twin sister and brother. They looked like small fairies, bats with human face. Bray was pure-hearted, amiable, smart and was quite mature. She formed relations with humans on earth easily. She was developed character and I loved the way she cared for Brenik but I did not appreciate she staying back in life because of Brenik’s selfish nature. I fell in love with her pure heart and jolly nature.Brenik was envious, self-centered and blamed Bray for being weak at core of his nature. He loved her and hated her at the same time. There was lot of things bad about him but he also cared for Bray which he realized too late in the book. His negative role as a brother and the way he tried to repay the wrong he did at the end was exceptional.Wes was amazing brother and Luca was most adorable kid. I loved everything about these two. They gave the book new turn and life.what i liked-This was the best book I read by Candace Robinson. I liked it even more than Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault . Writing was mesmerizing, characters were creative and the world was unique.The book was third person narrative written in two timeline- 10 years before 1995 set in a fictional world, Laith and the present time (1995) on earth- from Bray and Brenik’s POV, alternatively. It began a decade before 1995 which told the story of Brenik’s feeling towards Bray and how the seed of jealousy was sprouted in Brenik’s heart, how they escaped Laith and arrived on earth. Most of the book was in present time Bray and Brenik’s life on earth, how they survived on earth being the creatures from the other world and how it changed their life.First few chapters outlined Bray and Brenik’s nature and more colors were filled to their character as the story progressed. I loved reading Brenik’s POV because of his two sides good and bad always at war with each other. I hated him for being selfish while on the other hand I liked that his conscience was not totally destroyed. Bray’s growing friendship with Wes and Luca was charming.I was curious to know where Brenik flew to, why he left Bray and when he will return, whether he will find a way to lessen his venomous feeling for his sister or do something unspeakable. Book held my attention even more when Brenik stuck a bargain with the stone of desire and series of tragic events take place that lead to disaster.Emotions in the book felt true. Family dynamic was realistic. It was fascinating to read complicated relationships. Vampire, Picture of Dorian Gray and Captain Hook made it even more unique. Concoction of fairy tale and classic created an intoxicating cocktail.Climax was gripping, the end was heartbreaking, and Epilogue was wonderful.Overall, it was fast paced, imaginative, fabulous NA fantasy that I highly recommend.*** Note: I received e-ARC from the author, in exchange for an honest review. ***
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    February 19, 2019 Clouded By Envy is out in the world!!! 🦇🦇 I can’t wait for you to meet Brenik & Bray!!!!Clouded By Envy is ONE OF MY TOP 5 FAVORITE BOOKS!!! Back two years ago, I had the privilege of reading it when it was first written. I fell in love with the story of Brenik and Bray!!! To see this book getting published brings tears to my eyes! This is truly the most unique fantasy story, and it is full of heart. Brenik and Bray...twin brother and sister, they have a rough start in life February 19, 2019 Clouded By Envy is out in the world!!! 🦇🦇 I can’t wait for you to meet Brenik & Bray!!!!Clouded By Envy is ONE OF MY TOP 5 FAVORITE BOOKS!!! Back two years ago, I had the privilege of reading it when it was first written. I fell in love with the story of Brenik and Bray!!! To see this book getting published brings tears to my eyes! This is truly the most unique fantasy story, and it is full of heart. Brenik and Bray...twin brother and sister, they have a rough start in life from the moment they are born.They flee from Laith to Earth. Brenik goes his way...which is not the easy way. Let’s say he does not choose wisely. Sometimes I was so frustrated with Brenik, but overall my heart went out to him. Bray, the protective and caring sister. How could you not love Bray? She has the most beautiful heart. She shares it with Wes and his little brother, Luca. The characters are so real, so believable. You see the growth in the two main characters, both in different ways. The dialogue is so beautifully written that you become engrossed in these characters. All of them. The plot moves along so that you want to keep reading, you need to find out what happens next. A cool part too is the 90s references! And of course the Dorian Gray comparison!Don’t miss out on this one!! It is a one of a kind, absolutely enchanting Fantasy that you are going to want to be sure to read!!! I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!! It deserves ALL THE STARS IN THE SKIES FROM EARTH TO LAITH!!!
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  • Sheila Goicea
    January 1, 1970
    See my full review of this book on my blog along with others at: foalsfictionandfiligree.com.I received an ARC of this book from the author, Candace Robinson, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!Content Warning: Death, Murder, Explicit Sex Scenes ”But the cravings will darken your soul--your heart--more than the envy already has. It will all be insatiable--do you accept this?” BLURB: A green feeling. A bargain. A massive price to pay. Dracula meets The Picture of Dorian Grey in t See my full review of this book on my blog along with others at: foalsfictionandfiligree.com.I received an ARC of this book from the author, Candace Robinson, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!Content Warning: Death, Murder, Explicit Sex Scenes ”But the cravings will darken your soul--your heart--more than the envy already has. It will all be insatiable--do you accept this?” BLURB: A green feeling. A bargain. A massive price to pay. Dracula meets The Picture of Dorian Grey in this creative and insatiable tale of two otherworldly creatures that find themselves in a world of humans and pavement.I’ll say this right away, I don’t typically read New Adult books. I’ve read a few, here and there, but tend to not care so much for their content because they focus a lot on relational...aspects...between characters. Clouded By Envy also includes this aspect. However, I prepared myself going into this read that it would be there. While reading, I simply passed over those parts. They just aren’t my thing. I was elated that this aspect ended up being far from the main focus! Clouded By Envy took me totally by surprise. This book was so inventive. I’ve read several books by this author now, and I must say, I’m amazed each time at how versatile her writing is! Not only does she create new fantasy beings and creatures, she paints a new world, AND brings forth characters with so much of depth!The story focuses around two peculiar characters. Siblings, Bray and Brenik are creatures known as bats. But they are not like the bats that come to mind--they are fae. Originating from a world known as Laith, the siblings narrowly escape a harrowing existence in their world, and are transported by the Stone of Desire to Earth. The stone grants their wish to pass, along with Bray to have the ability to shift into human form, unlike her brother, who is stuck in his bat-form. After living in secrecy for years, Brenik becomes tired of being “second” to his sister. A deep jealousy that has existed since their youth drives Brenik to seek the Stone of Desire again, so that he may for the ability to also change into a human. ”Brenik, there is a darkness and jealousy in you which has to stop now. I know you love your sister, but the envy needs to cease, or it will destroy everything that is a part of you.” When Brenik persuades the stone to grant his wish, the stone does, but it calls for a sacrifice. Brenik will forevermore lust after human blood in order to remain in his eternally youthful human form. And lust, he does.The overall theme of envy and jealousy makes this book such a powerful read! Jealousy snowballs into envy which snowballs into lust which only ends up badly. It shows how envy and coveting only lead to destruction of oneself and to those around. I could babble about this book all day and still have things to talk about! If you look for books with loads of meaning, here’s one for you!Vulgarity: Some.Sexual content: Quite a bit, including explicit scenes. (This is the only reason why this book wasn't a full five stars for me.)Violence: Moderate. My Rating ★★★★My Blog ¦ Bookstagram ¦ Twitter ¦ Pinterest ¦ Facebook
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  • Alexa Whitewolf
    January 1, 1970
    It’s hard these days to find a fantasy book that’s different OR that has a good mix of explaining a new world yet keeping the characters relatable. Clouded by Envy does that and soooo much more! It's an EPIC adult fantasy that will really keep you reading :)Brenik and Bray are the epitome of yin and yang. Such opposites, such love and hate, and pull and tug. My heart both bled and got angry at Brenik, and Bray - SUCH a ray of light. I connected on more than just a reader level with these charact It’s hard these days to find a fantasy book that’s different OR that has a good mix of explaining a new world yet keeping the characters relatable. Clouded by Envy does that and soooo much more! It's an EPIC adult fantasy that will really keep you reading :)Brenik and Bray are the epitome of yin and yang. Such opposites, such love and hate, and pull and tug. My heart both bled and got angry at Brenik, and Bray - SUCH a ray of light. I connected on more than just a reader level with these characters and if you have family that’s ever made you doubt the meaning of the word, you will too. Beautifully written, a plot that makes you keep on reading even when your eyes are ready to quit! An engaging, heart-filled story with an ending that left me staggered. Loved. Loved. Loved it and recommend it!!!
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  • Gerardo Delgadillo
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of CLOUDED BY ENVY in exchange for an honest review. What a ride! Let’s start the review with Brenik. Man, he’s one of my favorite characters because he has multiple layers–the good, the bad, the ugly, and the very-very bad! After escaping his world, he struggles to discover his own identity and finds it difficult to belong. In his journey and as time ticks by, he turns dark and bitter.Now, enter Bray. For her, life is sunshine with a cherry on top. But when I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of CLOUDED BY ENVY in exchange for an honest review. What a ride! Let’s start the review with Brenik. Man, he’s one of my favorite characters because he has multiple layers–the good, the bad, the ugly, and the very-very bad! After escaping his world, he struggles to discover his own identity and finds it difficult to belong. In his journey and as time ticks by, he turns dark and bitter.Now, enter Bray. For her, life is sunshine with a cherry on top. But when her brother, Brenik, finds her, her world crumbles down, affecting her beloved human friend Wes. When she finds out Brenik isn’t the brother she knew, she desperately tries to help him fight the demons that are torturing him.Overall, this is a great novel with a twisty, compelling story, and multi-dimensional characters that feel real.More on my blog: https://gerardowrites.wordpress.com/2...
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  • Jamie McColgan
    January 1, 1970
    ** I received a copy of Clouded By Envy from Candace Robinson for an Honest review **First i want to say the cover is breathtakingly beautiful and interesting. Upon reading you immediately get sucked into the incredible story of Brenik and Brayora. Whom are the two main characters in the story, they are twins. Brayora being the stronger of the two making Brenik envious of his sister. "Brenik there is a darkness and jealousy in you which has to stop now, Brenik loves his sister Brayora. But, the ** I received a copy of Clouded By Envy from Candace Robinson for an Honest review **First i want to say the cover is breathtakingly beautiful and interesting. Upon reading you immediately get sucked into the incredible story of Brenik and Brayora. Whom are the two main characters in the story, they are twins. Brayora being the stronger of the two making Brenik envious of his sister. "Brenik there is a darkness and jealousy in you which has to stop now, Brenik loves his sister Brayora. But, the Envy needs to cease, or it will destroy everything that is a part of you"A quote that speaks so much. Brenik and Brayora had to Flee there home in Laith, to avoid the Jovkins from finding them and "ripping off their heads"Clouded by envy is a very creative fantasy and well written out from beginning to end, it captures you. Leaving you wanting more. This is definitely one book i can re-read over and over and continue to love it each time. I loved this book, I was consistently amused by Brayora humor and fell in LOVE with "Bray and Wes" and craved for them to become a couple. The humor in this book is most definitely my favorite, and the story of Brenik and Brayora can bring out every emotion inside of you. What an amazing read, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to be swept off your feet and feel like your right along side the characters in this book. Clouded by envy has become one of my favorite books. And i am thankful for the opportunity to have been able to read it.
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  • Siobhan
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve happily jumped into every Candace Robinson book to date, but I don’t think I was ever as excited for any of the prior books as I was for Clouded by Envy. From the moment I heard about this one, I wanted it. It promised so many of the things I love, it had an intriguing blurb, and I fell in love with the cover. Thus, I was more than willing to dive in.As there was quite a bit of time between finding out about this one and getting my hands on it, I created quite a few expectations in my mind. I’ve happily jumped into every Candace Robinson book to date, but I don’t think I was ever as excited for any of the prior books as I was for Clouded by Envy. From the moment I heard about this one, I wanted it. It promised so many of the things I love, it had an intriguing blurb, and I fell in love with the cover. Thus, I was more than willing to dive in.As there was quite a bit of time between finding out about this one and getting my hands on it, I created quite a few expectations in my mind. In fact, I had countless ideas of the kind of story I would be receiving. Therefore, I went in with all kinds of expectations. All of which turned out to be completely off the mark. Clouded by Envy was nothing at all like I’d imagined it would be, making it a wonderful surprise.There are so many elements to Clouded by Envy, nods to so many different things. I want to list them all – all the references, all the comparisons you will make, all the odes – and yet to do so would be to ruin the surprise. There is plenty in store throughout this story, and the tiniest of detail could spoil it for you. Just know, this is one of those books that will appeal to numerous people for various reasons. What one person will love will not be the same thing that causes another person to love the book, and I love a book that can appeal to so many different people on so many levels. It really makes for a special read, something that will hook many and create so many views about the story.Without a doubt, it was a unique quick read. Once I was sucked in I found myself unable to put the book down, happily completing it in a single sitting. I confess there was a bit of uncertainty at first – I felt as though I didn’t quite understand things as well as I could have – but once I was part way through, I was obsessed in numerous ways. Not to mention, the way certain things played out really surprised me, ensuring I was speeding through the story.I’m also super eager for the companion novel. There are two things I want to see, and I feel as though the companion novel is liable to go with the latter (especially with how it’s labelled a spin-off). The first, and what I consider to be the less likely, is a prequel story. I want to better understand the fantasy world, I want to understand the fantasy creatures and the history better. The second, and what I believe to be more likely, is a continuation. I want to know what happened next, I want to see how a certain story played out. No matter which it is – or if it is something completely different – I will happily give it a read.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    I found Clouded By Envy refreshing, unlike anything I've read before. I thought Bray was so sweet and cute! I also really liked Luca and Wes. There were moments where I almost felt sorry for Brenik, and I was always curious to see what he would do next. A fast fun addictive read. I'm so glad I bought the paperback version so I can admire it on my bookshelf. It wouldn't hurt my feelings any if Candace Robinson wanted to continue the story. :)
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  • Angelina
    January 1, 1970
    Candace Robinson has done it again! She's created a story that uses fact and fiction to weave a spell over the reader and leave them wanting more. When it comes to a book by this very talented author, I know I'm going to take a journey with memorable characters who will surprise me along the way. She combines horror with the paranormal and uses books or films we know so well to give her readers stories that shine and remain with them for days after. There's just something about this author's wor Candace Robinson has done it again! She's created a story that uses fact and fiction to weave a spell over the reader and leave them wanting more. When it comes to a book by this very talented author, I know I'm going to take a journey with memorable characters who will surprise me along the way. She combines horror with the paranormal and uses books or films we know so well to give her readers stories that shine and remain with them for days after. There's just something about this author's work that stands out and has me excited for the next book despite this genre being one I don't read much of. Candace Robinson’s books definitely aren't to be missed, and the words best to describe them are - twisted magic! ‘She felt lit up, brighter than the moon and all the stars combined.’ - BrayThis 5 star story introduces us to Brayora and Brenik who, despite being twins, appear to be very different. Brayora is lightness, and Brenik is darkness. Brenik has always felt like he lives in his sister's shadow, and over time the envy and hatred he feels grows and leads to him making a deal that even the devil would be proud of. It's not until he loses something that matters to him that he realises how low he has sunk and he makes the ultimate sacrifice, which I feel redeems him. Whilst Brenik's life takes a dark turn, Bray's appears to take a different direction and she finally finds what she's always denied herself. However, this leads to a surprising twist in the story that had me gasping and re-reading to ensure it had actually happened. This is something I've come to expect from this author, and it's something she does so well. Even though there's an epilogue for Clouded By Envy, I can't help but suspect the story isn't yet over for Bray, Wes and especially Luca.*I voluntarily reviewed an advance complimentary copy of this book
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  • Conny
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. I've read this book for a review, but I do only short reviews, so I hope this is good enough. It was a strange story, did not see this coming. And that's a good thing. If you love Fairytales but a little strange, than you should read this, it's just wonderful. Thanks for the read.
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  • Naomi
    January 1, 1970
    What made me pick this book up, was the beautiful cover. I was not disappointed by this story. This book is a breath of fresh air. I loved what the author wrote down. It's so different than what I usually read. This story is told from two perspectives. Brenik and Bray. I loved reading from Brenik's POV. The author descibed the desire Brenik had to be better than his sister in way that made me sympathise with him. I loved the development of the chacater's.
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  • Anna (RattleTheShelves)
    January 1, 1970
    *An e-ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review*Ah, that's a hard one. First of all, I went into this book completely blindly. I was momentarilly drawn in by the fairy-tale, middle grade vibes... and then things escalated into an adult territory within a scene and remained strictly there.The story has a lot of potential and I'm sorry to rank it so low but it reads more like a first draft. I was really thrown-off by the super-confusing achronological begining. Also, the ending was p *An e-ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review*Ah, that's a hard one. First of all, I went into this book completely blindly. I was momentarilly drawn in by the fairy-tale, middle grade vibes... and then things escalated into an adult territory within a scene and remained strictly there.The story has a lot of potential and I'm sorry to rank it so low but it reads more like a first draft. I was really thrown-off by the super-confusing achronological begining. Also, the ending was properly creepy/weird and I mean it in a negative way. That was disappointing because I was leaning more towards 3 stars but that's not going to happen now.The worldbuilding is promising but also confusing and quite shallow. I really enjoyed both Brey and Brenik, and the Dorian Gray vibes were really strong which was a positive surprise, I cannot say that I've ever encountered this idea anywhere else.Overall, I think that promising-and-original-but-reads-more-like-a-first-draft is the best description.
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  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    True Rating 3.5 stars!Clouded by Envy was a creative tale that follows the life of a set of twins from childhood to early adulthood with all the good and bad in between. From the start of this story it is very clear that Brenik, the younger brother, cares for his sister but he also harbors much jealousy towards her. Envy is in his every thought and it colors his judgment in almost every situation. His sister, Brayora, on the other hand, was an amazing big sister (even if only by a few minutes 😊) True Rating 3.5 stars!Clouded by Envy was a creative tale that follows the life of a set of twins from childhood to early adulthood with all the good and bad in between. From the start of this story it is very clear that Brenik, the younger brother, cares for his sister but he also harbors much jealousy towards her. Envy is in his every thought and it colors his judgment in almost every situation. His sister, Brayora, on the other hand, was an amazing big sister (even if only by a few minutes 😊) with a beautiful inner brightness. She loves her brother very much and only wants to keep him happy and protected.From the start there is a clear juxtaposition between these two characters and the differences only deepen as they grow up on Earth after escaping from their home world of Laith. Brenik’s envy and desire to be more than what he was created to be drove him to make terrible choices that put him on a path of destruction. A path that took him away from his sister. Bray was concerned for her brother but she too was on her own path of discovery and it wasn’t until they were reunited that she realized just how far he had strayed from the brother she had known. Despite the darkness she saw in him, she never gave up on Brenik but in the end would it be enough to save him from himself?This story is a very creative fantasy that has its moments of rightness and wickedness. I was torn on my feelings about Brenik’s character. His dark desires and lust to be better than everyone else was incredibly damaging but there was this seed of goodness in him that was like a silver lining. I kept hoping for more from him and for him but he just didn’t grow on me. Bray was everything that Brenik could have been and the differences between the two made this story bittersweet. Overall, there was a great mashup of pop culture references from the nineties, nods to The Picture of Dorian Gray, and inventive fantasy elements that would make Clouded by Envy a book that would appeal to a variety of readers.This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Candace Robinson. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Find this review and more at The Genre Minx Book Reviews
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  • C. Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of CLOUDED BY ENVY in exchange for an honest review. What can I say… IT WAS AN ORIGIN STORY!!!! I don’t care what anyone says, that is exactly what it was. And to avoid spoilers, I can’t tell you what creatures’ origin story. You are going to have to read the book! Brenik is a very dark character and fit the title of the book, COMPLETELY. I was so rooting for him to get his act together. Especially since…sorry, spoiler. I fell in love with Braya and her self I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of CLOUDED BY ENVY in exchange for an honest review. What can I say… IT WAS AN ORIGIN STORY!!!! I don’t care what anyone says, that is exactly what it was. And to avoid spoilers, I can’t tell you what creatures’ origin story. You are going to have to read the book!  Brenik is a very dark character and fit the title of the book, COMPLETELY. I was so rooting for him to get his act together. Especially since…sorry, spoiler. I fell in love with Braya and her self-sacrifice and kind spirit. She really helped shine a light on some of the darkness. And trust me, THERE IS DARKNESS! Her relationship with Luca was so adorable. I really hope Candace decides to continue his story. And Braya and Wes…swoon worthy indeed. My only issue was the length. And yes, I told her this. I wanted to spend more time in this story world especially because of my love of origin stories. You need that room to really explore. Well, I need that room to explore. I am not opposed to a book being 500 pages long! I honestly recommend you pick up this book. You will not be disappointed. 
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  • Amber Hodges
    January 1, 1970
    Holy smokes this book! I was sucked in from the very beginning and couldn't stop until the last page. Even then I have found myself thinking of the book and wanting to go re-read it to get into the story all over again.From the beginning I felt an intense draw to both Brenik and Bray. I loved that the book is split into the POV of them both so you get to understand what is going on while they are apart. The sibling combo will pull out all sorts of emotions in you, including fear, suspense, love, Holy smokes this book! I was sucked in from the very beginning and couldn't stop until the last page. Even then I have found myself thinking of the book and wanting to go re-read it to get into the story all over again.From the beginning I felt an intense draw to both Brenik and Bray. I loved that the book is split into the POV of them both so you get to understand what is going on while they are apart. The sibling combo will pull out all sorts of emotions in you, including fear, suspense, love, negativity, hope, romance, and more.If you are looking for a book that will pull out the best and worst of your feelings (in a good way, I promise) this book is for you. The plot is amazing and makes you not able to stop reading. There is so much that goes on that you can't help but turn each page to find out what is going to happen next. There are some crazy twists put into the story that makes you gasp out loud and try to rein in yourself from the storm that is brewing in your soul. This book will be put into my favorites and I will be rereading this for the rest of my life!
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  • Shanannigans
    January 1, 1970
    Such a wonderous peek into the lives of magical creatures living amongst us!At first, I was a little skeptical. I’m not partial to hardcore Fantasy and the first few pages describe what can only be a fantastical land, inhabited by surreal characters. That said, I know Candace’s work well, so I expected more to the story, and of course, she didn’t let me down.Best described as Urban Fantasy, Bray and Brenik end up in our world and their journey into adulthood is not an easy one. Without divulging Such a wonderous peek into the lives of magical creatures living amongst us!At first, I was a little skeptical. I’m not partial to hardcore Fantasy and the first few pages describe what can only be a fantastical land, inhabited by surreal characters. That said, I know Candace’s work well, so I expected more to the story, and of course, she didn’t let me down.Best described as Urban Fantasy, Bray and Brenik end up in our world and their journey into adulthood is not an easy one. Without divulging too much, they experience a lot of heartache and turmoil, and their relationship in itself is as much tumultuous as it is loving. This results in Brenick doing something rash and dangerous, altering not only his sister’s life, but all the characters’ lives forever.I enjoyed this book so much. I loved how Candace peppers her story with 80’s and 90’s pop references, adding a touch of nostalgia to my reading experience I definitely wasn’t expecting. Her characters are amazing, and the creatures she imagines would make Burton proud.This is a 5 star read for sure, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!Rating… A+Coming to Amazon Soon!Candace Robinson*Thank you Candace and Parliment House for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review
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  • Katya Becerra
    January 1, 1970
    This new adult offering by Candace Robinson is The Secret World of Arrietty meets The Picture of Dorian Gray - so weird and strange and totally unexpected! Clouded by Envy explores sibling rivalry in supernatural settings, mixing two narratives together in a thrilling story of envy, luck, bad decisions and atonement.
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  • Sarah Lampkin
    January 1, 1970
    A strange fairytale that will take you through so many twists and turns with a unique plot! I would recommend this book!
  • Jessica Julien
    January 1, 1970
    Clouded Envy is a great example of genre mash ups and emotional roller coasters. The characters are unique and relatable and the fantasy aspect of it is intertwined with reality in a very fluid way.The story itself was presented well and provided enough history of characters and worlds to make the reader feel satisfied and the ending concluded well but also left it open to the next piece. (*ending spoilers alert***)The ending was a little odd to me but I did like it. Just the thought of reincarn Clouded Envy is a great example of genre mash ups and emotional roller coasters. The characters are unique and relatable and the fantasy aspect of it is intertwined with reality in a very fluid way.The story itself was presented well and provided enough history of characters and worlds to make the reader feel satisfied and the ending concluded well but also left it open to the next piece. (*ending spoilers alert***)The ending was a little odd to me but I did like it. Just the thought of reincarnating your brother through your baby is a personally a little disturbing haha but I like the idea of splitting his soul between the two people loved him most. I can't wait to read more and see how the mythical realm is changed and saved!!
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  • Mallory McCartney
    January 1, 1970
    Candace has quickly become one of my favourite authors, and Clouded by Envy is a beautifully written book. Readers that love fantasy, for SURE pick this up. Candace has not only created a unique world but memorable characters with a plot that will make you devour every page, and longing for more once you are done. I highly recommend Clouded by Envy!!!
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  • Didi Oviatt
    January 1, 1970
    Fantasy is somewhat hit and miss for me. It takes a writing style that feels real, and a story line that's truly kissed with emotions in order for me to love a fantasy book. I'm SO thrilled to say that Clouded by Enyy did not disappoint! In fact, it really set the bar high! This is the first book that I've read by Candace Robinson, and it most certainly wont be the last.Bray and Brenik are siblings of a different sort. They're fairy(ish) creatures who came to Earth by way of escape from their ow Fantasy is somewhat hit and miss for me. It takes a writing style that feels real, and a story line that's truly kissed with emotions in order for me to love a fantasy book. I'm SO thrilled to say that Clouded by Enyy did not disappoint! In fact, it really set the bar high! This is the first book that I've read by Candace Robinson, and it most certainly wont be the last.Bray and Brenik are siblings of a different sort. They're fairy(ish) creatures who came to Earth by way of escape from their own falling world. They couldn't be any more opposite. Bray has dedicated her entire life to protecting Brenik. They're twins, yet she's the older of the two, and has always been much stronger in every way... physically, magically, mentally and more. Although, Brenik practically owes his sister for his entire existance, as he never would have survived without her, he's still full of spite and jealousy.In crossing from one world to the next Bray is given a gift, as the gatekeeper type creature, called the Stone of Desires (I love this creature BTW, he's like a rock and comes to life, and described to perfection!) The stone creature can sense her pure of heart and the love she has for her brother despite his own plague of hate and loathing. Bray is given the gift of transformation from fairy to human. As their new lives on earth is a confusing one, they luck out and meet a human who helps them imensly. When she passes and a couple of human brothers wind up moving into the old woman's house things continue to progress.Brenik continues to grow more spiteful. He knows that he could never survive without Bray, yet he hates her for it almost as much as he hates himself. He realizes that it's wrong what he feels, and although he tries countless times to put his emotions in check he struggles with it. Eventually, as he too acquires the gift of human transformation, it comes with a cost. He has a thirst for blood, along side a Dorian Grey type clause. Clearly he spirals epically.At first Bray doesn't know where her brother has disappeared to, and she's very worried. She winds up growing close to the human sibling brothers living in the house by the fruit tree they've lived in since coming to Earth. They're good people and Candace develops their characters and relationships well. Bray has a connection with the older brother, and I love the build up and practical aspects of their growing friendship.Eventually Bray and Brenik are re-connected, but what becomes of each of them was completely unexpected. The ending wasn't at all what I expected to happen. I loved the suprizes, but I've got to say it's a very bitter sweet ending. SAD!! There are so many twists in this tale. Nothing goes the direction you'd expect, so the entire story stays fresh which I loved!
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    CLOUDED BY ENVY••• ⭐: 3,7/5••💬: I received a complimentary copy of the book and that a positive review is not required. I dove in this book and really liked the whole experience. The story focus on two points of view, one being Brenik’s and the other Bray’s, twin siblings that even though love each other, they have jealousy tainting their relationship. Brenik was always difficult, always envious of all the attention Bray received and even with loving his sister he never got rid of those dark fee CLOUDED BY ENVY••• ⭐️: 3,7/5••💬: I received a complimentary copy of the book and that a positive review is not required. I dove in this book and really liked the whole experience. The story focus on two points of view, one being Brenik’s and the other Bray’s, twin siblings that even though love each other, they have jealousy tainting their relationship. Brenik was always difficult, always envious of all the attention Bray received and even with loving his sister he never got rid of those dark feelings towards her. When they are both forced to leave their world, Laith, and get adapted to the human world...they meet Ruth. A sweet old lady that treated them like they were her kids, her kids that could transform to bat but still her kids.After her death, and both of them reaching their twenties, they need to discover what to do with their lives. Brenik goes away with the intention of being alone for a while and unfortunately makes mistakes that start to make him lose his humanity and later on seek help from his sister. While Bray befriends with the new family that moves into Ruth’s old house. Wes and Bray start to develop feelings for each other while Wes younger brother became somehow their kid, at least that’s the feeling I got it. They were happy for a short time...until Brenik comes back and things get complicated.The book reaches its end and that got me UAU. I really loved the journey that Brenick goes through, he is really a complex character that deserves a break from all of the loathing feelings he feels towards himself. And Bray, his twin sister, always being there for him just melts my heart.The only downside of this book is that it could be a little slower, some of the events happening felt rushed, and I would love to have more pages regarding the aftermaths of lots of things.Nevertheless, a great story and amazing siblings feelings.
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  • Hayley
    January 1, 1970
    Another awesome book by Candace Robinson!Clouded by envy follows the lives of twins, Bray and Brenik. I'm glad it was told from both their points of view as I would have been a lot angrier with Brenik if I didn't know how he was feeling.It's set in the 90's and I loved the nostalgia it gave me with all the references to things I loved from back then... take me back! ❤I had a particular soft spot for Luca and Wes, they are both the most lovable characters.The entire book is a page Turner from sta Another awesome book by Candace Robinson!Clouded by envy follows the lives of twins, Bray and Brenik. I'm glad it was told from both their points of view as I would have been a lot angrier with Brenik if I didn't know how he was feeling.It's set in the 90's and I loved the nostalgia it gave me with all the references to things I loved from back then... take me back! ❤I had a particular soft spot for Luca and Wes, they are both the most lovable characters.The entire book is a page Turner from start to heart-breaking finish and i can't wait to have this gorgeous book on my shelves!
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  • Aislinn Honeycutt
    January 1, 1970
    I was all for Brenik at the start of the book but then he lost me when he turned into a huge dick.This story was nothing like what I imagined it to be but it was so good. SO GOOD.The only thing I would want more of from this story is a more in depth lore about the bats and the Stone of Desire. But I'm sure some answers will come later down the line.
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