Book Reviews

ARC Review of Failed Future (Vortex Chronicles #3) by Elise Kova

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Publisher: Silver Wing Press

Release Date: July 21st, 2019

 

My Rating:

5 stars

5 Stars

 

**This review WILL contain spoilers for the first two books in the series, please read with caution!**

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

When worlds collide, and things are rarely what they seem, there may be no one Vi can trust.

Having forsaken her crown for a chance to save her family, and the world, Vi Solaris washes up on the shores of Meru. She’s wounded and barely alive. But Vi’s fight for survival is only just beginning.

As a princess in a foreign land, everyone is after her.

The pirate queen Adela wants to sell her to the evil elfin’ra. The Twilight King wants to use her to settle an old score. And, perhaps most dangerous, is the scheming Lord of the Faithful who sees her as an opportunity to further consolidate his power.

The only path for Vi is forward. But she doesn’t yet know if she’s running toward salvation… or a brutal end to everything she loves.

Vi’s journey continues with even more betrayal, romance, magic, and a twist you never saw coming that leaves readers begging for the next book.

Quick Summary:

  • Continued exploration of this whole new world and a new people with a suuuper cool power!!
  • Everything from new friendships to Vi and Taavin’s relationship becomes super suspect and it takes its toll on our heroine. 
  • The most epic of epic fight scenes!!

My Review:

Hands down this book was my favorite of the series…so far that is because I bet the last two books are going to blow us away. I’m not going to write a super long review (even though I could write PAGES about the amazing-ness of this book) because if you’ve read my previous two reviews of this series you know I love it and how much I recommend it.

This book takes place almost immediately after the end of book 2 and boy oh boy did we need to know what happened to Vi after she escaped Adela!! During this book we see a lot more of the Crescent Continent and encounter some new people, including the Twilight Kingdom and Lord of the Faithful. The Twilight Kingdom was one of my favorite parts of this book! Elise does such an incredible job detailing the new city and her imagination seems full of endless possibilities!

I really enjoyed Vi’s character development in this book. She is no longer the Princess we knew in book 1, she has come so far to try and save this world and family she loves so much. And after a certain betrayal in book 2, Vi is hesitant of new relationships and it definitely impacts her in this book a lot. From new friendships to Vi and Taavin’s relationship, everything is suspect and it takes its toll on our heroine.

Hands down my favorite part of this book was an epic fight scene. I won’t go into any more detail about the who and what but just know IT WAS AWESOME!!  I absolutely love the idea of lightspinning and to see it used for fighting…I NEED more ASAP! Elise’s writing style made this scene came alive for me. I honestly felt like I was right in the middle of this battle and I could not stop myself from devouring this scene!

The last 25% of this book is where things really got interesting/complicated. Of course in true Elise fashion we are left with our jaws hanging open and thinking seriously Elise you did this to us AGAIN!! But we all know that we love those endings and Elise! I cannot say enough about this book and series. I have loved every moment of it and cannot believe how close to the end we are getting!!

If you haven’t heard the next book in the series, Sovereign Sacrifice, comes out October 15th! Check out the temporary cover below…I’ve heard the final cover is even more beautiful!

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Book Reviews

Review of Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

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Release date: June 13th, 2017

Publisher: Tor Teen

My Rating:

4.5 stars

4.5 Stars

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.   

 

Quick Summary:

  • Storm magic, Stormlings and Storm hunters…I love the unique concepts involving storms!!
  • Realistic characters that come with their own problems and self-doubts…seriously Aurora is hands down one of my favorite characters
  • Quick read with writing that invokes your imagination…seriously, I got goosebumps from reading about one storm

 

My Review:

I decided since I was able to get my hands on a ARC of Rage I should probably do a re-read of Roar since it has been about 2 years since I read it initially. I also figured this time around I should actually write a review since back when I read Roar I had no idea reviewing books was actually helpful to the author/other readers. So here we go…basically I loved this book even more the second time I read it! 

Roar begins with our main character Aurora Pavan signing her name to a marriage contract of a man she is only just now meeting. Cassius is the Prince of Locke, and Aurora’s betrothed, who may seem charming and handsome on the outside but he is hiding a lot of secrets that make Aurora very distrusting of him. Aurora wouldn’t even be considering getting married to him if not for her own secrets. As Princess she is supposed to be helping her mother, the Queen, protect their city from very powerful magical storms that only Stormlings (aka mostly royals) have the power to control and destroy. But Aurora has none of these powers and with the storm season quickly approaching along with Aurora’s 18th birthday (when she is due to start fighting storms on her own) they need a way to protect the city. When Aurora follows Cassius out of the castle late one night she finds a secret black market that sells storm magic. She also encounters a very handsome man who tells her he is a storm hunter and while he was not born with storm magic he gained it by stealing the heart of a storm. Aurora may have found the solution she has been searching for but can she leave her family and city behind to steal the heart of a storm?

Reading this book again was like coming home. I absolutely love the uniqueness of the storms and stormlings and storm hunters! I would never want to encounter one of these magical storms but thanks to Cora’s writing I felt like I was fighting right along side the storm hunters. I honestly got chills at some points when she would describe the storms, for example when early in the book she was describing a **thunderstorm** I felt like I could see the flashes of light, it was so eerie! I don’t want to give too much away about the storms but everything we learn about them in this book is so fascinating and unique! I cannot wait to hopefully learn more in book 2!! 

Another one of my favorite parts of this book were the quotes we got at the beginning of each chapter. They came from different “historical” texts from this world and always contained some useful bit of information or interesting fact. I actually had a chance to speak with Cora recently and she mentioned how she would use these little quotes to help the reader understand various things from the previous chapter or how they would help clarify something that would occur in that chapter or even to help guide us to make a connection that might not have been as obvious without them. Reading this book a second time and knowing this little tidbit, I feel like I have a different understanding compared to my first reading. I also have some new theories that I cannot wait to see if they are true or not! 

Hands down my favorite part of this book though are the characters. I was immediately drawn to Aurora and felt the same way my second time reading. She starts out as this young women who is confident on the outside while inside she is struggling to find out who she is all while trying to impress her mother and do what is right for her people. When I first read this book I was just starting my job as a NICU nurse where I was constantly trying to appear confident while inside I was struggling to believe in myself and my skills. But like Aurora, I found people to confide in and to help guide me. Now, while I still have moments of self-doubt, I am much more confident. Aurora helped me realize that when you have people who believe in you and care for you, you start to see yourself in the same light. Even after reading multiple books since Roar, I still feel super connected to Aurora and cannot wait to continue her journey! While Aurora was the character I connected to the most there are still some other amazing characters. While I’m still deciding on how I feel about Cassius, Locke is a no brainer I absolutely love him!! He is totally swoon-worthy and caring and sweet and precious…seriously why aren’t men in fantasy worlds real?!?! I know some people aren’t big fans of the instant attraction/love thing but I adore it! But that’s how I first fell in love so maybe I’m a bit biased. Locke and Aurora’s relationship is so much more than instant attraction and I loved discovering every facet of it while reading. I cannot wait to see what happens in book 2!!

If you haven’t gotten the picture by now let me be frank, I 100% recommend this book. I loved every part of it and obviously am dying to start Rage (aka book 2). Now instead of saying I need to see what happens in book 2, I’m just going to start reading and actual find out! Stay tuned for my review of Rage…probably very soon!!

 

Book Reviews

ARC Review of Protect the Prince (A Crown of Shards #2) by Jennifer Estep

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Release date: July 2nd, 2019

Publisher: Harper Voyager

 

My Rating:

4.5 stars

4.5 Stars

**This review WILL contain spoilers for Kill the Queen (book 1), please proceed at your own risk!**

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Everleigh Blair might be the new gladiator queen of Bellona, but her problems are far from over.

First, Evie has to deal with a court full of arrogant, demanding nobles, all of whom want to get their greedy hands on her crown. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an assassin tries to kill Evie in her own throne room.

Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighboring kingdom of Andvari in order to secure a desperately needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre.

But dark forces are at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe. Worse, Evie’s immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes her wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter Queen.

But Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger—so is her heart, thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son and Evie’s . . . well, Evie isn’t quite sure what Sullivan is to her.

Only one thing is certain—protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen…   

 

Quick Summary:

  • Takes place very shortly after the end of book 1
  • Assassinations, verbal sparring, and political intrigue make this book hard to put down
  • More Sully and Evie…seriously do you need a better reason then this?!?

My Review:

Thank you to Harper Voyager for providing me an eARC of this book via Edelweiss! Ever since I finished Kill the Queen last year I have been trying to patiently wait for this book…it did not work out very well! I fell in love with the first book almost immediately and the sequel was no different.

Protect the Prince begins shortly after the end of Kill the Queen. Evie is now the Queen of Bellona but while she may act and look the part of Queen she doesn’t feel like it. With the nobles fighting for power and dominance, Evie has entered a different type of gladiator ring. This one is not fought with swords and shields though but with words and political maneuvering. But Evie was a part of this world long before she was a gladiator and she knows how to play the long game. As the Mortan’s assassination attempts grow more bold, Evie realizes she will need help if she is to remain in power as well as save her kingdom. Convincing a bunch of nobles she is truly a winter queen is one thing, but can she convince the rulers of another kingdom and gain a much needed ally?

While I loved the first book I think I loved this book even more! I really enjoyed how this book started out similarly to the first book, with someone trying to assassinate the Queen. While there was definitely not as much physical action as the first book (but definitely still plenty), I much preferred the type of verbal sparring and political intrigue we encounter in this book. The storyline was just as engaging though and I blew through this book in one sitting! Once I started I just couldn’t stop, I needed to know EVERYTHING! We also get some glimpses into Evie’s past throughout this book. I really enjoyed the way in which the flashbacks were told, almost like a story within a story. The transitions from past to present were seamless and definitely added to the storyline.

Evie continues to be one of my favorite characters. She is a character that I can fully relate to with her fake it till you make it attitude. She starts off plagued by self-doubt and lacking in confidence but as the book progresses she stops doubting herself and just fights for what truly matters to her. Throughout the book Evie continues to learn more about her magic as well as what it truly means to be a Winter Queen. I love that despite being Queen she doesn’t let the power go to her head, she is still the same kind hearted, strong willed and a bit troublesome woman we loved in the first book. And don’t even get me started on Sully! That man is just everything you want in a handsome prince (who even cares that he’s a bastard?!?). I loved watching the tension in their relationship (or lack thereof) finally hit a climax and the fallout from it! Plus adding in some new characters from Sully’s past just made this book all the more intriguing.

Recommend it?

Absolutely! I love this series so much and if you enjoyed the first book you should definitely pick up book 2 when it comes out! I do have to mention that like the first book this book is a ADULT book and not YA. There are definitely some not YA things going on in this book but if anything it made me love it even more!

Protect the Prince comes out July 2nd! Here are some helpful links for pre-ordering:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Book Reviews

Review of Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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Release Date: May 7th, 2019

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

 

My Rating:

5 stars

5 Stars

(but seriously this book deserves EVERY DANG STAR IN THE GALAXY!)

 

Summary (from Goodreads):

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm

A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates

A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder

An alien warrior with anger management issues

A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.    

 

Quick Summary:

  • This book is PACKED with non-stop action…this squad just cannot stay out of trouble
  • So many amazing characters…you will definitely have favorites and not so favorites but you will love them all
  • Jay and Amie are space gods!! Seriously they MUST have had a secret meeting with some aliens because their space building is out of this world!

 

My Review:

Jay and Amie have done it again…seriously these two create book GOLD! I was a little hesitant about this book at first because how could anything top the Illuminae Files? But Aurora Rising has lived up to the hype in my opinion and I am already dying to get my hands on book 2!!

Our journey begins in a galaxy far, far away (get it space friends?) with the golden boy of Aurora Academy (aka Tyler Jones) needing to get away for a few hours before the biggest day of his life (aka the draft which allows a alpha to hand select his squad). Is this a setup for disaster or what? Anyway…Tyler heads off into the fold (aka essentially a place in between time that allows travel between very, very far distances) but while in the fold he encounters a ship that has been missing for centuries and on that ship he finds a single survivor, what choice does a golden boy have except to rescue said survivor? Did I happen to mention that this rescue mission turns into anything but easy when a fold storm (aka really REALLY bad news) begins near the ship and threatens to destroy everyone and everything. But our hero is successful and returns to his home base with a girl from the long ago past and having missed his opportunity to hand pick his squad. So Tyler is left with all the rejects from the draft plus his best friend and his sister…I guess it could have been worse? As Tyler and his squad head out on their first mission, they find out things are not as they seem and Aurora (aka the girl he rescued) may be the key to everything.

I still get chills just thinking about this book!! From the very first chapter you are thrown into a book of non stop, heart racing action. This squad just cannot stay out of trouble, not that I am complaining because it made for an exhilarating book! The storyline was so fluid and there was so much information to process but it never felt overwhelming or like the authors were just info dumping. I absolutely loved the unique way they incorporated some of the information, it was very Illuminae Files esq and worked perfectly in this book!! I also loved the different twists and turns and deceptions that occurred throughout the story. I did get the impression that the authors wanted you to figure out some things while there were others that seriously smacked me in the face because I had absolutely no idea it was coming!

Probably my favorite part of this book though were all the characters. I LOVED that the book was told in alternating POVs. Each character got to tell at least part of the story from their POV and it was incredible how seamless the transitions were between each character. I never felt like the different POVs were overwhelming or confusing. In fact I felt like having each character tell a part of the story made me relate more to each character individually. I got to know each character and learn more about their background stories or different events that happened in their past. I definitely liked some characters more than others but by the end even the character I liked the least made me cry. Jay and Amie have an amazing gift for making characters that jump off the page at you and make you believe are real…even if they are aliens. Seriously, I think Jay and Amie have had secret meetings with an alien race because their details of various alien races in this book are just out of this world.

And then there is the whole world building…or in this case space building that is just incredible. Jay and Amie are straight up masterminds with imaginations that I don’t even think hallucinogens could compete with. Where they come up with these worlds and various parts of the worlds and creatures of the worlds…my words could not do it justice. Honestly you just need to read this book to understand how amazing it is.

Recommend it:

100% YES! I cannot recommend this book (or any of Jay or Amie’s other books for that matter) enough. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have no idea how I am going to wait a year for book two. But I guess if Aurora can survive two centuries I can survive another year.

 

Book Reviews

Review of Heart of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #1) by Helen Scheuerer

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Release date: August 25th, 2017

Publisher: Talem Press

 

My Rating:

3.5 stars

3.5 Stars

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital. But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.

The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.

Heart of Mist is the gripping first book in The Oremere Chronicles, a fantasy series of epic proportions.

 

Quick Summary:

  • Slower pace in the beginning but picks up speed towards the end
  • So much world building and a super creepy mist that I need to know more about
  • I totally want to be a Valia Kindred now…where can I apply?

My Review:

This book had been on my TBR ever since I got Kindle Unlimited earlier this year and with the third book coming out in July I figured why not start it now? To be honest I almost stopped reading this book very early on but I am so so glad I stuck with it! It turned out to be a book that I couldn’t stop thinking about and had a very hard time putting down!

My favorite part of this book was definitely the storyline. Initially it was a little slower paced but when it picked up there was no stopping the action! I constantly had about a million different theories running through my head of what this could mean or maybe this person is this or that. No spoilers but I definitely didn’t see one big thing coming but some other things were a bit easier to pick up on.

I also loved the author’s writing style. Her descriptions were beautiful and I felt like I was right there on the journey with the characters. And her world building was beautiful! We got to see so much of the one continent through the characters journeys and it felt like a real place to me. One of the most unique things about this book was the mist. While we didn’t learn much about it in this first book, I feel like a lot more information is going to come to light in book 2.   

One of the main reasons I almost stopped reading this book was the main character Bleak. I just couldn’t connect with her and honestly still am not her biggest fan, but this is totally a personal preference. In the beginning of the book she is the town drunk and street rat until the King’s men come to take her to the capital. And while she does do some redeeming throughout the book, I just still don’t feel as connected to her as I did other characters. I did LOVE Henri though. She was fierce and strong and has some seriously awesome magic!! There were other characters who were just as awesome as Henri and some that you can’t help but hate.

Recommend it?

I think it is definitely worth reading book one and seeing what your thoughts are on it! Personally, not connecting with the main character makes reading a book a struggle but I am glad I stuck it out with this one! I definitely have some questions that need answering!

 

Book Reviews

ARC Review of DEV1AT3 (LIFEL1K3 #2) by Jay Kristoff

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Release Date: June 25th, 2019

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

My Rating:

4.5 stars

4.5 Stars

 

**Be warned this review/summary has MAJOR spoilers for LIFEL1K3!!! If you have not read book 1 I highly recommend NOT reading any further until you have!!**

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Lemon Fresh has seen better days.

After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herself separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon’s abilities to manipulate electricity mark her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelus Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates—a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past.

Meanwhile, Cricket finds himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana.

And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world.

 

Quick Summary:

  • Takes place almost exactly where LIFEL1K3 left off…thank you Jay!!
  • Expanded world building with more of the Yousay which made for a fun game of guess where the characters are now
  • So many new characters…some I completely fell in love with and others that I wanted to smash in their faces!!

 

My Review:

I want to say a HUGE thank you to Jay for this ARC! Jay mentioned that he would have a couple of these ARCs at a event I was attending and that if anyone wanted one to just go up and punch him. I definitely did not/could not punch Jay for a ARC…more like stood awkwardly around him and babbled a bunch of words but somehow he understood and I ended up with this wonderful book!! So thank you so much for this beautiful, heart destroying book!!

DEV1AT3 starts off almost immediately after the end of LIFEL1K3 and am I ever grateful for it after the ending of book 1!! Jay once again creates an amazing story line with some new characters and places that are just incredible! I love that we got to see more of the Yousay in this book and it was so fun trying to guess, just based on the name given (missing letters and all), where the characters were in today’s USA. I also thought the way this story was told was well done given that our main characters weren’t always together. Jay did a great job of seamlessly switching from one character’s storyline to another. There were definitely times where I wish we could have stayed with one character but alas where would have been the suspense if we knew right away what happened.

One of my favorite parts of this book was the shift in character focus from Evie and Zeke to Lemon and Cricket. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Evie and Zeke…well jury is still out on Evie she has some redeeming to do after the end of book 1. But it is so nice that these characters that were a bit more like sidekicks in the first book really start to take a more prominent role in this book. Plus having more Lemon is really expanding my vocabulary! I have gotten some very strange looks when I say spank my spankables…totally worth it! I do wish we could have seen more of Evie and her siblings in this book. I think that would have just involved a lot of killing so I guess I’m okay with it. But we also got to meet a couple new characters whom I absolutely love! I definitely don’t want to spoil this book for anyone so let me just say I am definitely more fond of certain new characters compared to others.

Recommend it?

ABSOLUTELY!! In true Jay style his books are a bit more graphic and violent than your typical YA books but his writing style and unique world building make any of his books an auto buy for me and this series was no different. I have no idea how I am going to wait a year or more for book three…guess I’ll just have to survive on his other books until then!!

 

Book Reviews

ARC Review of Chosen Champion (Vortex Chronicles #2) by Elise Kova

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Release date: May 1st, 2019

Publisher: Silver Wing Press

My Rating:

4 stars

4 Stars

 

**This review WILL contain spoilers for the first book, Vortex Visions, please read with caution**

 

Summary (from Goodreads):

A princess on the run, with enemies on all sides…

Vi Solaris is on the eve of getting everything she’s ever wanted—her family, her home, her throne—and to save the world she’s going to have to give it all up.

The Empire sees her as their Crown Princess, returning at long last. But Vi only sees visions of fate guiding her to the world’s gruesome end. Across the sea is a man who holds the keys to deciphering her premonitions and thwarting the ancient evil ravaging their world. But to get to him, Vi will have to contend with enemies of the crown, romance she didn’t expect, sorcerer pirates, and a betrayal she never saw coming.

She will learn the hard way that some evils never die… They only bide their time…

Quick Summary:

  • Lightspinning is the coolest magic EVER and I love seeing more of it in book 2
  • A lot more background information and scene setting but still a fast-paced read
  • Elise leaves me breathless with all the plot twists and turns and that betrayal…seriously had to remember to breath at points

My Review:

First I would like to thank Elise for sending me an eARC in exchange for my honest review! I have been anxiously awaiting the second book in Vi’s journey since I finished book one! So let’s get into book two!

Book two starts off basically where book one left us with Vi continuing her training with Taavin and searching for the apexes of fate. Vi’s lightspinning magic (seriously the coolest magic EVER) has come a long way but she still has a lot more to learn. More importantly Vi’s continued search for the apexes has been going slowly and now with her family on their way to take her “home”, to the South, her time is getting shorter. Vi knows that to save her family and the world she must make sacrifices and take some serious risks, but will it be enough?

This book went by all too quickly! I started reading it one morning and in the blink of an eye I was more than halfway through. Compared to the first book, book two has a lot more background information and scene setting but it did not slow down my reading! I’m pretty sure I read this book faster than I did the first. Plus, we get to see some more old characters from the original Air Awakens series! When I read these books I see so much of Vhalla in Vi. I see her same doubts and insecurities but also the same strength and passion that made Vhalla into the strong Empress we see today. Elise’s characters feel so real to me which is why I love them so much! They are not these perfect characters who every once in a while make little mistakes. They have fights with their sibling, they continually have doubts, they never know if they are making the right choice but despite all that they make a choice and try to do what they think is right. Sometimes that works out in their favor and sometimes it goes horribly wrong, you’ll have to read for yourself to find out which!

But seriously Elise did you have to rip out our hearts and stomp on them?! She knows what I’m talking about…well actually there are a lot of things that could relate to. This book was full of twists and turns and a betrayal that left me breathless. I had an idea about it…felt it in the back of my mind but kept thinking no way that would never happen…but it did and it hurt. Elise is truly a mastermind when it comes to storylines and I cannot wait to see more of where this series is heading!

Recommend it?

If you’ve already read the first book and enjoyed it than ABSOLUTELY! If you haven’t read the first book…go read that first and then go read book two! I cannot recommend this series enough, especially to other Air Awakens fans. Elise does such an amazing job with her books and deserve so much more acknowledgement!!

 

Pre-Order Information:

Chosen Champion is out May 1st so HERE is a nice pre-order link to make sure this book is on your kindle the minute it is released! (not an affiliate link)