Book Beginnings: April 28, 2017

Another Friday is here. Hooray!!! I love weekends, and this one is no exception. I can’t wait to relax and maybe enjoy a book. What do you plan on reading this weekend?

For those who haven’t seen it yet, I’m running a giveaway where you can win three ebooks that I adore! The entrants are currently low, so here’s a great chance to win some excellent reads.

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Now, on to Book Beginnings! I think this is such a fun meme with a chance to find cool new reads.

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. Every Friday share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.


“The day my life changed forever began as any other. Mother and I argued. But this time it was different. Our disagreement wasn’t about my slouching or lack of refined speech; it wasn’t even about my penchant for running across our fields with wild abandon.

We fought over a box of silver that had appeared–seemingly out of nowhere–on our kitchen table. We were nearly starving, and Mother was hoarding silver.”

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And this week’s book is:

First Light by Michelle Paige Holmes

Description:

Seventeen-year-old Adrielle doesn’t believe in magic; she merely possesses it, though no one has ever mentioned that her unusual gifts—exceptional speed, a flair for fire, and an intimate knowledge of flora—aren’t things she was born with. When Adrielle starts a fire that burns down the family home, she must deal with both her grief and her siblings’ hurtful rejection.

While journeying to far away Tallinyne, in search of her older, estranged sister—the only relative who might take her in—Adrielle is separated from her escort when the carriage is beset by thieves. Alone, she is thrust into a dangerous and unfamiliar world where she encounters fairies and gypsies, a wild boar, a drunk cook, and an evil queen whose curse is sweeping death across the land. Adrielle also finds love, falling hard for a kind, funny, handsome—and completely unavailable prince.

From the glowing pearls tucked beneath her mattress and keeping her awake at night, to Queen Nadamaris’s curse that seems to thwart Adrielle’s every effort, Adrielle struggles to navigate a world of magic she never imagined, where people she knows and loves are not always what they appear to be. With the glowing pearls—and her fondest desire—within her grasp, she is forced to make a choice no girl should ever have to—satisfying her own heart or saving the kingdom.


I love the opening to this book. I think it’s intriguing. It made me want to know more about the book. I’ve actually already read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it!

What do you think of the beginning of this book? Would you read it?

Review: Fablehaven Series

Fablehaven

The Complete Series

by Brandon Mull

5 out of 5 stars

Source: Hardback from the Library

Description:

Series includes Fablehaven, Rise of the Evening Star, Grip of the Shadow Plague, Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, and Keys to the Demon Prison.

Review:

It’s taken a while to get through this entire series, mostly because I read it out loud to my kids. I don’t usually take to MG books, but these are one of the few exceptions. I thoroughly enjoyed joining on the adventures with Kendra and Seth.

“Being butchered by monkeys is pretty low on my list of ways to go.”

What I liked:

  • Kendra. She’s a good main character. I like how she’s uncertain about things and nervous to try scary things, but does them anyway. She’s brave in a very real way.
  • The action. Once it gets going, it’s a ride that takes you on a great journey that I always found myself wanting more of.
  • Brandon Mull does a great job with details. There’s things in earlier books that tie into later books perfectly. I love how they all come together.
  • The characters have depth, not just the main characters, Kendra and Seth, but the other characters too. There’s a lot to them, sometimes more than you would guess.
  • The magical creatures are awesome! A lot of them are familiar in some way or another, but they’re made perfectly for this series.
  • The fourth and fifth books are my favorite! They are incredibly good! Even though the fifth book is gigantic, it’s hard to put down. My kids were always asking for “one more chapter.”
  • After the first book, it’s a fast moving series. You’re constantly jumping from one adventure to the next in a very real, good way.

What I didn’t like:

  • The first book is a little slow, but worth plowing through to get to the other books.
  • Seth’s stupidity drove me nuts! I was always groaning over his choices. Of course, without some of his choices, the plot wouldn’t be what it is. Despite that, I hope in the new Fablehaven Adventure series he’s a little less rash.
  • That it ended. lol! Really though, I’m so excited that he decided to write a follow up series because I enjoyed this one so much. Just wish I didn’t have to wait so long between releases of them all.

“Was life like that? You could look ahead to the future or back at the past, but the present moved too quickly to absorb.”

I really enjoyed this series, and my kids did as well. It was one we could easily enjoy together. I highly recommend this book to people who love fantasy. Whether or not you’re a middle grade reader or not, I think you’ll find something to enjoy about this series.

Have you read any books in this series? What did you think? Do you plan to read any books in the series? Do you usually like MG novels?

Interview & Giveaway: Emma Savant

Interview

I’m thrilled to be doing my first interview with the incredible Emma Savant. She is the author of the Glimmers series. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly suggest it. You can read my review of the first book HERE, second book HERE, and third book HERE. This is one of my favorite series! I hope you enjoy the interview, and look below for a giveaway.

1. For someone who hasn’t read any of your Glimmers books, can you describe what they’re like?

The Glimmers series follows a teenage faerie godmother, Olivia, through her internship at Portland’s premier faerie godparenting agency. When her supervisor ends up on the hospital after a flying pumpkin accident, Olivia ends up taking on a new client: Elle, a feisty Cinderella archetype who wants nothing to do with the enchanted prom and Prince Charming that have been assigned to her.

Readers have described the Glimmers books as “witty,” “fresh,” and “realistic.” That last adjective delights me, as the Glimmers books are elbows-deep in magic wands, backfiring spells, hidden palaces, and other accoutrements of enchantment. I’m thrilled people find the characters and stories relatable, even with all the magic!

I can attest that it’s definitely relatable, even though there’s magic. I loved the world that you’ve created.

2. Where did you get the idea for the Glimmers series?

My husband and I moved to Oregon a few years ago. One day, we were driving over one of the many bridges that spans the Willamette River in Portland—Marquam Bridge, I think it was—and I looked over the water and had the distinct thought, “There are mermaids in that water.” I looked out at the skyscrapers that make up the Portland skyline, glittering dull silver in the filtered sunshine, and instantly, I knew there was a secret world of faeries and magicians hidden in rooms and glamoured buildings all throughout the city.

I’d been playing with this modern fairy tale idea for a long time and had started many iterations of stories that combined magical tropes with modern elements, but this was the first time the world I was trying to create crystallized. I got home and started writing, and the first Glimmers novel was finished within a year.

That’s awesome. I love how you created the story from real life. If only there really were mermaids in that water!

3. There are currently three novels and a novella in the Glimmers series, are you planning on writing more books? If so, can you give us a hint what they’re about and when they’ll be released?

The next book in the Glimmers series is set to release sometime this summer, assuming the characters behave themselves and don’t go off on the kind of adventures that require lots of editing. It’s an adult novel that follows a new protagonist: Dior Miller, a Glimmering pop star whose new manager promises to spin her dreams of stardom into gold—for a price. It’s a loose retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, and the villain has been utterly creepy to write.

Oooh, that sounds delectable. I love creepy villains! Can’t wait for it. I’ll cross my fingers the characters behave themselves.

4. What did you edit out of your any of your Glimmers series?

I plot tightly, so there wasn’t a lot to take out. Glimmers of Scales, the second book in the series, ended up requiring more editing than I expected, but that mostly involved rearranging scenes and adding words to be sure character motivations were as clear as I needed them to be. The supporting character Imogen’s journey in that novel is particularly complex and takes place mostly offstage, so clarifying that as much as I could within the constraints of the story was important. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my editor for helping me find and patch all the gaps in Imogen’s character development, because it made for a much stronger book.

That makes a lot of sense after having read the books. Thank goodness for editor’s!

5. If you could tell your younger writer self anything, what would it be?

Write. It’s the advice I think most writers would tell their younger selves—“Write every day!”—but it really is the best I’ve ever come across. A lot of beginning writers, myself included, are full of junk: melodramatic scenes, one-liners that aren’t as clever as they seem, plots that seem original at first but turn out to be horrible cliches. Once you get all that out of your way, which can take thousands upon thousands of words, you’re ready to really start writing—and after all that practice, you have the tools and judgment you need to turn those melodramatic scenes into great ones, and those cliche plots into stories that will keep your readers turning the page.

Of course, I’m still a work in progress as a writer, and my stories don’t always come out exactly as I hope. That’s where a good editor comes in!

That’s such great advice, and I think is so true. Future writers, take note!

6. How many unpublished and half-finished novels do you have?

Dozens. I finished something like six novels before I published the first Glimmers book, and have at least that many half-finished books that got abandoned when I wrote myself into a corner. Out of all of those, there are three stories I’d like to eventually rewrite and publish.

Fascinating! It’s crazy to think of how much work went on behind the scenes before you even got to this series. I hope you are able to rewrite and publish those three stories someday.

7. What is your favorite childhood book?

I was obsessed with Little Women as a child; something about the way Alcott described that domestic world of hard work and womanhood resonated deeply with kid me. Went back and re-read it in adulthood and found myself not nearly as entranced as I’d been at age nine, but that’s probably true about most things I liked at age nine. I also was (and am) crazy about the Harry Potter books; I read the first one thirty-five times before I stopped counting, and I can still recite the first page or two from memory. Rowling’s ability to create an environment in my head that feels more real than the physical world amazes me.

Oh, yes, Little Women is such a classic. It’s funny how things aren’t the same as when when were were kids. Except Harry Potter. Those books are transcendent I think. I can’t believe you read the first one so many times though. That is excellent!

8. What would you like to tell your readers?

I think it is so freaking cool that you’re reading my books, and it’s such an honor that you’ve chosen to spend your time in the Glimmering world. If you want to be the first to hear about any new books that come out, subscribe to my newsletter. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them!

Thank you so much for being here to share your love of books with us!

Giveaway Time!!!

One winner will receive an ecopy of the whole Glimmers trilogy!

A huge thanks to Emma Savant for being willing to provide these books!

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Top Ten Tuesday: April 25, 2017

It’s another Top Ten Tuesday! It’s hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find questions on their blog if you want to follow along.

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

This is a hard one for me. There’s a lot that makes me want to read a book, but thinking of things that turn me off is a little bit harder. I like to give books a chance but there are a few things that just don’t do it for me.

Insta-love

Just ugh! I need build up. Time for the characters to fall in love.  Time to get to know each other. The exception is if there’s a reason for their insta-love like being werewolf mates. Even then though, I still want their insta-love to be tempered by friendship.

Ugly Cover

I’m not going to post covers here I don’t like, because I don’t want to hurt any feelings, but it’s true that an ugly cover makes it very, very hard for me to pick up a book.

Steamy Scenes

I know a lot of people like when things get hot and heavy, but I’m not one of them. This is one I can’t even look past. If I know it’s there I won’t even pick it up.

Hard Sci-fi

My husband loves this genre. I do not. Sad to say it, but when they start talking and every other word is going over my head, I just can’t do it.

Fairies/Fae

I don’t know what it is about the Fae, but it’s hard for me to like them. When I find out a book has Fae in it, it’s really difficult for me to pick it up.

Angels

Like Fae, I just can’t do angels. If someone highly recommends a book to me, I’ll try it, but only grudgingly. This is just one thing that isn’t for me. Oddly enough, demons don’t bother me, but usually are connected to angels so, no go.

What instantly turns you off to a book?

Mailbox Monday: April 24, 2017

Welcome to Mailbox Monday created over at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page which has found a permanent home at its own blog. To check out what everyone has received over the last week, visit the blog, check out the links, and link back to your post.


So, it’s been two weeks since I last gave an update. Mostly it’s because I have been trying to get through my TBR pile. It got kind of big and so I was trying to pace myself. Also, I’m lazy 😛

The book I won I actually got a while ago, but wanted to include it since I haven’t had a chance before this. The rest I got this past week. I feel like I’ve plowed through a lot of books lately, but have been going through my backlist. Yay for getting books read!

Things have been going great lately. The spring weather is beautiful. A wonderful mix of sunshine and rain. I love it! Plus, I’ve had a lot of good reads lately (look for reviews to come). How has your week been? Up to anything new?

Books I acquired:

Won:

I won this book from the fabulous Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. So glad I did! It was a good and different retelling of Beauty and the Beast. You can read my review here.

Bought:

I read the first book in this series, and I had to pick up the second on right away because it was so good! I’ve already read this one (review next week) and enjoyed it as well. I can’t wait for the third book to come out this November. Wish I didn’t have to wait that long.

This has to do with the last book. The True Reign series follow the parents of Allyssa, the main character of the Reign of Secrets series. Now, I’ve seen this book around before and thought I didn’t want to read it because I didn’t like the cover (sorry! I’m shallow like that). But after reading the first two books in the Reign of Secrets, I really wanted to get my hands on Allyssa’s parent’s story. So I did.

Picked up from the Library:

Seers is one I’ve been wanting to read for a while. I met the author back in January and she was really nice. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to dive into this one.

The Silent Songbird is one I picked at random because the blurb sounded interesting. I didn’t realize it was the 7th in a series until just now. Ah well, hopefully it can be read as a standalone as well. I hate when it’s not clear that something is in a series/where it stands in that series. Despite that, I hope it’s a good read.

What did you pick up this last week?

Leave a comment or a link to your blog post, and I’ll check it out.

Book Beginnings: April 21, 2017

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. Every Friday share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.


“Running along the edge of the rooftop, Allyssa kept an eye on the man below.”

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This week’s book is:

Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis

Description:

Sixteen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion–she’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as the royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona–that of a vigilante–to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand.

Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their kingdom and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move.

Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, the unlikely pair will have to work together to stop an enemy that everyone thought was long gone, one with the power to destroy her family and the people of Emperion. Now the cage Allyssa so longed to break free from might just be the one thing she has to fight to keep intact. In order to save her kingdom, she will have to sacrifice her freedom, her heart, and maybe even her life.


My Thoughts:

I liked this first sentence so much that when I went looking for one for this meme, I found myself reading on. What on earth is she doing on the roof trailing a guy? I want to find out more! Now I have a new currently reading book.

What do you think of this first line? Would you read on?

Review: Hunted

Hunted

by Meagan Spooner

Stars: 4 out of 5

Source: Won from Shanah from Bionic Book Worm

She has an awesome blog! If you haven’t already checked it out, you definitely should.

Description:

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

Review:

In this beauty and the beast retelling, I felt like it was almost more philosophic than romantic as I’m used to it. I still enjoyed reading the story though. The writing was well done and Yeva’s story kept me engaged.

“I will call you Beauty, for that is what you are.”

What I liked:

  • Asenka, Yeva’s sister. There’s something about her that really drew me. I wouldn’t mind reading her story even though it’s pretty much wrapped up in this book. She was an interesting character that left me wanting to get in her head.
  • There are little notes from the beast in between certain chapters, and I really enjoyed reading these. The insights into his thought process was engaging.
  • Yeva is tough and has great skills with the bow and arrow that grow through the book. I didn’t felt like her character changed much through the book though, just her skill set.
  • Yeva’s father. I really liked him and the thoughts Yeva has of him. The quotes she thinks of are always good ones and help tie the story together nicely.
  • The setting was well done, what with all the winter surroundings. The snow and crisp winter air were well described. Made me want to go crunch some snow underfoot. Luckily, it’s spring so it’s actually nice and warm after I got done reading parts of this chilling read.

What I didn’t like:

  • The romance was minimal. It’s the biggest reason I knocked off a star. The book was much more about Yeva and her journey than her falling in love. With a description that it has, it shouldn’t be a surprise, but it still had me wanting more from the love department.
  • The pacing was mostly good, but there were a few spots I found myself able to put the book down and not have a pressing need to come back to it. That’s never a good sign, but despite this, I still really enjoyed the read.
  • I thought there would be more to the end. Once it gets there, everything is rushed through. If it was a problem of the book being too long, there were some other spots I felt like could have been cut or shortened from the book to be able to lengthen the end.

“She moves like beauty, she whispers to us of wind and forest—and she tells us stories, such stories that we wake in the night, dreaming dreams of a life long past. she reminds us of what we used to be.

She reminds us of what we could be.”

All in all an enjoyable read. Also, I forgot to mention, I liked the cover, then I received the book in person and it’s even prettier. All shinny and what not. Fits well with the setting inside the book. Anyway, I would recommend this for someone who wants a different take on Beauty and the Beast without a lot of romance.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Do you want to read this book? Why?

Review: Heir of Illaria

Heir of Illaria

The Illaria Series #1

by Dyan Chick

Source: Bought ebook

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Description:

In Illaria, there is a fate worse than death.

As long as I can remember, I’ve been taught to fear the Necromancer King. He controls the kingdom of Illaria with dark sorcery and the constant threat of his undead army. I never thought I’d have reason to cross his path. Everything changed the day his guards tried to kill me. That’s when I found out my whole life has been a lie. By joining a resistance group called the White Ravens, I’ve claimed new roles. Princess of Illaria, sorceress in training, and threat to the Necromancer King.

Review:

Doesn’t that first line of the blurb just grab you? It totally did me. I found this book from Teacher of YA. She has some great reviews, so if you’re not already following her, you should be!

I really enjoyed this book! Was it perfect? No, but then no book is. With how much I enjoyed the book, I was easily able to overlook any minor problems I had with it.

What I liked:

  • The cover is gorgeous! I totally love it!
  • Wilona’s character growth is great. At the beginning of the book she bugged me a little, but it totally fit her personality and where she was coming from. Then as the book progressed, so did she. It was fun watching her grow.
  • The action scenes were fun to read!
  • I love the world Dyan Chick created. It was a creepy world, one I wouldn’t want to spend any time in until it got fixed up, but perfect to read about.
  • I enjoyed Wilona’s love interest. He was there without being too much or too little.
  • The magic was interesting to read about. I wanted a little more explanation about it, but I’m sure that will come in later books. I liked seeing the growth of magic throughout the book.
  • Saffron. Can I just say she kicks butt? But there’s more to her than just being a tough chick. I really enjoyed her character.

What I didn’t like:

  • My biggest complaint is that the book moved too fast. That’s why I knocked off a star. I wanted more time with everything, but it rushed by so swiftly, I had a hard time keeping up with it. It does make for a quick read though. More details would have really made it.
  • The ending. *Spoiler Warning* I wanted to know why the villain thought his plan would work. Why did he think Wilona would agree to marry him? Totally didn’t get that, and I wanted a clearer explanation of what was going through his mind.  I know that he had her grandmother brought back from the dead, but that didn’t seem like enough of a reason for me. *End of Spoiler Warning*

Overall, this was a great book. An excellent debut novel! I highly recommend it to any YA Fantasy lover that wants a quick read.

Have you read the book? What did you think? Do you have plans to read the book? What interests you about it?

Top Ten Tuesday: April 18, 2017

This week I’m participation in a new meme. Yay! It’s a hard one because you have to think of ten things to go with a topic, but I’m up to the challenge. I can come up with at least five anyway.  I’ve seen this meme around before and thought it looked like a lot of fun to participate in.

If you’re wondering why I didn’t post Mailbox Monday, it’s because I was trying to cut back the amount of books I got last week. Good thing too because I only read one book. Eek! I did get one book, which was one I read, but I’ll add it to next weeks list.

Without further ado, Top Ten Tuesday. Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They have questions posted on their website in advance if you want to participate.

This week’s top ten: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

  1. Romance. I am a sucker for all things love. Now, it does need to be a sweet/clean romance, but as long as you have that, I will read ASAP!
  2. Fantasy of some sort. I’m crazy about all things magical and different. Our world is fine, but I live it every day. I’d like to be in a world where new and extraordinary things happen.
  3. Fairy Tale Retelling. What can I say? I’m still young at heart. I wouldn’t have it any other way though. I just love a good retelling. Bring it on!
  4. Non Western Settings. Don’t get me wrong, I like the traditional western setting. But it’s so common. Base a fantasy off of Russia, Egypt, India, or some other more unique world and I am there!
  5. Princesses. Or queens. Or any royalty. I’m not picky. But give me someone with power or the chance at power (with romance in their future, see note #1) and I’m all over it.

Whew! Good thing I was only aiming for five and not the full ten. The first couple were easy to come up with, but then I really had to think, haha.

What things make a book an instant read for you?

Review: Endure

Endure

Defy #3

by Sara B. Larson

BEWARE! Even the description is a spoiler!

Description:

At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.

When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?

Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson has woven a stunning, romantic, and evocative finale to the Defy trilogy that is sure to leave readers breathless until the very last page.

Review:

I so wanted to like this book, but it wasn’t meant to be. After the last book, I had high hopes for this one, but they weren’t realized. I had a problem with one decision that spiraled into the plot for the entire book, ruining it for me. Someone else that wasn’t upset with the decision may have enjoyed the book better than I.

“Above us, the sky was an endless expanse of velvety black, with millions of stars spreading like glittering diamonds spilled across the dark canvas.”

What I liked about this book:

  • The epilogue. I really like what the author did with the end. It turned out good for me.
  • If I hadn’t had a problem with the decision, the middle would have been very intense, full of all sorts of angst and worry. I think it was very well done.
  • Some of the writing was just pretty

 

What I didn’t like about the book:

  • That decision I mentioned earlier, yeah, it was thoughtless and stupid. Alexa didn’t really think things through, she just jumped in not realizing it that it would have been a bad idea not matter how you looked at it. The problem is, this ended up being the basis for the entire plot. Frowny face. I think the author could have taken it in a direction that I would have liked better, but still stayed true to the story.
  • There wasn’t enough romance. Damian just wasn’t in the book as much as I wanted and it was kind of a bummer.
  • The cover. I know, superficial of me, but I liked the other covers. Something about this one seemed off. Like it was almost cartoonish. I know others like it, but it just didn’t do it for me.
  • There was something never explained about why the villain wanted Alexa. I mean, they gave a reason, but we never found out if that reason was true or not. I would have liked to know and not just guessed at it.
  • The end. Sigh. Spoiler Warning: Alexa only sorta ended the battle with the King. I mean, she killed him, yay her! But the real fight with all the black sorcerers and everything with the King being killed was able to happen because of the Unseen power giving it to them. I just wanted to see more of the people overcoming this and not have it magically taken care of. Also, why we have to spoiler warning here, why didn’t Alexa ever tell Damina Rafe had power over her. It was just silly that she didn’t. No reason for it. *Spoiler over* -Note: if you want to read the spoiler, just highlight the section of text.

“I am Damian, the king of Antion, and no one will ever take someone I love from me again and live.”

I hate not giving more positive things about this book, but it just wasn’t there for me. Honestly, after reading the last book, I would not recommend this series. On the other hand, lots of people didn’t seem to have the same problems as me reading it. There’s some great reviews out there of it. So if you’re a fan of YA fantasy, this may just be the series for you.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Library