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
Rating
GenreFantasy, New Adult, Young Adult, Romance

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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  • 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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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    It’s up for pre-order! Amazon: http://a.co/d/ejvCIPM This book means a lot to me, so I may be a little biased!
  • 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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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Clouded By Envy is ONE OF MY TOP 5 FAVORITE BOOKS!!! Back two years ago, in 2017, I had the privilege of beta reading it when Candace first wrote it. 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 n Clouded By Envy is ONE OF MY TOP 5 FAVORITE BOOKS!!! Back two years ago, in 2017, I had the privilege of beta reading it when Candace first wrote it. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sheila Goicea
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from the author, Candace Robinson, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!What an interesting read with a very unique concept! Rating and review to come!My Blog ¦ Bookstagram ¦ Twitter ¦ Pinterest ¦ Facebook
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Reads & Reels
    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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  • Patricia Thibodeaux
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of my favorite books. Fantasy mixed with romance and a dash of suspense, it will definitely keep you on your toes and make you not want to put the book down. If you are into these types of books, you should read this one.
  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    Very entertaining and a page turner. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Clouded by Envy is a must read for the fantasy lover.
  • Kattie
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so good!!! A unique take on fantasy that doesn't feel like you have already read it a million times before. Candace Robinson is turning out to be one of my favorite authors!!!
  • J.A. Ironside
    January 1, 1970
    ARC copy received from author in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a very unusual story and I can honestly say I hadn't read anything quite like it. There were lots of fun nineties references which were great fun - especially if you were a teen in the nineties. There were mentions of various works of literature which were then reflected in the story itself. It managed to hit the beats for urban fantasy (and some epic fantasy), contemporary new adult drama and a little of the ubiquitous vampi ARC copy received from author in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a very unusual story and I can honestly say I hadn't read anything quite like it. There were lots of fun nineties references which were great fun - especially if you were a teen in the nineties. There were mentions of various works of literature which were then reflected in the story itself. It managed to hit the beats for urban fantasy (and some epic fantasy), contemporary new adult drama and a little of the ubiquitous vampire canon in fiction. At it's heart Clouded by Envy was a fun, bittersweet story about the stresses and strains of family dynamics, grief and the cost of your own choices. There was a very sweet love story as a sub plot, and as a dark mirror to this, a burgeoning love story going wrong. My two tiny niggles are a matter of personal taste more than anything, I think. Firstly, from the prologue I was set up for a midgrade novel - the characters use quite simple language when speaking which seemed to support this - and then a few chapters in I realised it was new adult. (I really don't mind swearing or sexual content in books but the first f-bomb came as a bit of a surprise due to my previously mentioned expectations.) Secondly, I found the dialogue a bit on the nose. Again this is just me. I am really picky about dialogue - probably far more than is ever warranted. It was just a bit jarring for me personally.However none of this detracted from enjoyment of the story. The characters were endearing - especially Bray and Luca, and I even had complicated sympathies for Brenik who gets rather a hard time of it but compounds things by always making the worst and most selfish choice. Definitely a different kind of story. Recommended for fans of family dynamics in an urban fantasy setting, especially if you enjoy a bit of classic literature thrown in for reference.
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  • S.J. Budd
    January 1, 1970
    What drew me in straight away was the cover, look at that! It's gorgeous and macabre all at the same time. I would classify this is a a YA coming of age story but one that adults will love too. There's lots of really cool elements of fairy tales tropes and fantasy which I love. This is a book unlike anything I've ever read before and as a result it was one I couldn't put down.There's some really cool characters in this book which makes it so addictive, I loved the opposing natures of Bray and Br What drew me in straight away was the cover, look at that! It's gorgeous and macabre all at the same time. I would classify this is a a YA coming of age story but one that adults will love too. There's lots of really cool elements of fairy tales tropes and fantasy which I love. This is a book unlike anything I've ever read before and as a result it was one I couldn't put down.There's some really cool characters in this book which makes it so addictive, I loved the opposing natures of Bray and Brenik which the story centres around. They are twins but life is much easier for Bray and her brother finding it harder to adapt after being abandoned by their parents soon becomes clouded by envy. This is a really original tale that whisks you away into another world!
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  • Amanda Hagerty
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars I was given this arc from the author in return for my honest thoughts and my review. I really enjoyed this story. This book is something I have never read. Now going into this story I went in not knowing anything. I didn’t want to know anything. I have read Candace other two books and they are amazing. This story is about twins a girl named Bray and her twin brother Brenik. Now these twins are not your normal twins they are bats. Who mother didn’t want anything to with two little bats. S 5 stars I was given this arc from the author in return for my honest thoughts and my review. I really enjoyed this story. This book is something I have never read. Now going into this story I went in not knowing anything. I didn’t want to know anything. I have read Candace other two books and they are amazing. This story is about twins a girl named Bray and her twin brother Brenik. Now these twins are not your normal twins they are bats. Who mother didn’t want anything to with two little bats. So these two young bats were alone to take care of themselves. Now Bray she was a lot bigger and stronger then her twin brother. And Brenik always felt like he didn’t know where he belonged. These two escape their homeland. And when they did Bray was the only one who received a gift. And from there we learn how jealousy has taken over Brenik. This amazing quick read and the writing didn’t disappoint me. This book is wow book. Never was it predictable for me. Highly recommend this book or anything Candace writes. This book comes out February 2019 preorder it.
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  • Amber R. Duell
    January 1, 1970
    Another fun, unique story from the talented Candace Robinson! The story follows two siblings that are 'bats' which was an exciting new creature, but--without spoilers--there are also some more well-known monsters. The other characters were fleshed out and enjoyable to get to know. It's a dark tale--my soul *loves* dark. And that ending! I had the pleasure of beta reading the sequel, but if I hadn't, I'd be dying right now.
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  • meghann
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a great book. I absolutely loved Bray, Wes and Luca. And I loved to hate Brenik. This had fairies, vampire-like creatures, zombies and a bit of Dorian Gray. The bond between Bray and Luca was so cute, and it was great seeing her build her new family. The ending broke my heart, but the epilogue makes me want this story to continue so much. And all the references to my favorite movies growing up... all the win. ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary ARC of this book.***
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  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    LOOK AT THIS COVER!!!
  • Ann Keeran
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fantastic book that deserves to be the next huge Disney movie! Spectacular characters pull the reader into the story. Candace Robinson weaves a tale of intrigue and leaves you with a yearning for more. Adults and children alike will revel in this tale of family and magic.
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  • R.J. Garcia
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Candace Robinson writing is very imaginative and is YA fiction children and adults can enjoy. Clouded by Envy is an original story with great world building and magical creatures. I was surprised that the characters were bat-like creatures but was swept away in the great storytelling.
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  • P.S. Malcolm
    January 1, 1970
    Oh. My. Goodness.This book was awesome! At first, I wasn't sure if I would like it, but once I got about two chapters in I was hooked. I looooved the characters especially. What I Liked:1.) Okay okay okay okay so first of all, this book gets humor points! I love myself a funny character and that is Wes for sure. Wes is a great part of why I love this book. Not only is Wes funny, but he's the sweetest big brother, which leads me to the next point...2.) I loved Luca's character, and the family dyn Oh. My. Goodness.This book was awesome! At first, I wasn't sure if I would like it, but once I got about two chapters in I was hooked. I looooved the characters especially. What I Liked:1.) Okay okay okay okay so first of all, this book gets humor points! I love myself a funny character and that is Wes for sure. Wes is a great part of why I love this book. Not only is Wes funny, but he's the sweetest big brother, which leads me to the next point...2.) I loved Luca's character, and the family dynamics in this book. It was evident that Bray was just meant to be with these guys, she fit in so well and everything felt so wonderful! 3.) I also loved the magic aspect of Bray's character. There was so much I didn't discover until later in the book and it really caught me off guard! What I Disliked:1. I found the first chapter a little bit confusing--but I think I was also resisting the 'bat' concept a bit. I couldn't figure out what they were, or where they were, exactly--everything felt a bit wonky until chapter two. But that didn't necessarily take away from the story. 2. I had a strong dislike for Brenik's character the whole way through--even at the end when he was changing his mindset. He just seemed very selfish and rude to me and I know that was the point--so it's not a criticism--but he was a hard character to stand reading about. Final Thoughts:This book can be intense, funny and heartwarming, and sad--oh my gosh, I was so sad at the end. It has a great message and the characters are fantastically written. I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it!
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  • Dave Wickenden
    January 1, 1970
    Clouded by Envy by Candace RobinsonPublished by The Parliament HouseMeet Brenik and Bray. These two siblings are refuges from an alternate world where their species, the Bats, have been eradicated. Now these two tiny creatures must find away to live on Earth. Everything comes easy to Bray, where Brenik needs to struggle. This resentment begins to take its toll on the family dynamics and leads to a horrible, warped wish that leads to horror. As the story develops, Bray and her human friends must Clouded by Envy by Candace RobinsonPublished by The Parliament HouseMeet Brenik and Bray. These two siblings are refuges from an alternate world where their species, the Bats, have been eradicated. Now these two tiny creatures must find away to live on Earth. Everything comes easy to Bray, where Brenik needs to struggle. This resentment begins to take its toll on the family dynamics and leads to a horrible, warped wish that leads to horror. As the story develops, Bray and her human friends must find and help Brenik fight the evil within to save him from himself.This is a story of family, hope, loss and sacrifice. The author spins a great tale full of wonder and suspense and is not afraid of playing hardball. I really enjoyed the story and will definitely be on the watch for more from this author.On top of the story, check out the amazing cover art for this novel. The cover invokes the wonder and awe that Ms. Robinson brings to her story.
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  • Beaird Glover
    January 1, 1970
    CLOUDED BY ENVY opens fully emerged in the brutal and fantastic world of Laith. “The Jovkins had only eaten the heads, and the Sarillas’ torn bodies were left to rest in the damp grass.” Sibling bats will surely die if they have to stay, so they are directed to the Stone of Desire, in hopes they may be granted safe passage to Earth. But rivalry is strong between them, and the weaker is warned, “the envy needs to cease, or it will destroy everything.”Life on Earth is a whirlwind of struggles, wit CLOUDED BY ENVY opens fully emerged in the brutal and fantastic world of Laith. “The Jovkins had only eaten the heads, and the Sarillas’ torn bodies were left to rest in the damp grass.” Sibling bats will surely die if they have to stay, so they are directed to the Stone of Desire, in hopes they may be granted safe passage to Earth. But rivalry is strong between them, and the weaker is warned, “the envy needs to cease, or it will destroy everything.”Life on Earth is a whirlwind of struggles, with complicated and sensuous relationships, the search for friends and acceptance—all playing to a fun soundtrack from the ‘90s. CLOUDED BY ENVY is a new and richly imaginative take on the vampire genre, and the craving for human blood remains. “It was all a never-ending necessity that was beyond his control.” THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY holds a strong position, and like it, CLOUDED BY ENVY teases conventional minds with its exploration of life, love, and consequence.
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  • 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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