Blog Tour: The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1) by Michelle Madow

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1) by Michelle Madow. I’ll share my review of the book and there’s a tour wide giveaway!

MichelleMadow_Elementals_800pxTitle: The Prophecy of Shadows
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
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Blurb:
Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

My Review:
The Prophecy of Shadows is an enchanting blend of magic and mythology that will captivate you from start to finish.

I really enjoyed this book and it was a fast-paced adventure laden story that I flew through in no time. Nicole has been uprooted thanks to her stepdad’s new promotion and we meet her as she is starting her first day in a new school. Very quickly she discovers that she’s a witch, and a descendant of Greek Gods. When a rare comet appears, her and five of her homeroom classmates become ‘The Elementals’ each with control over one of the elements. Then they set out on a journey to discover the prophecy and locate the Book of Shadows.

I adore anything to do with Greek mythology so this book was right up my alley. While this isn’t a completely original story, there were enough new ideas to ensure it was still a compelling read.

Nicole is a very likeable MC and I liked the chemistry between her and Blake. Blake is unavailable when they meet, but he feels a strong draw to Nicole, as she does to him. I thought his actions were deplorable in parts. Even though I hate Danielle, because she is a prize bitch, she still didn’t deserve to be cheated on. Blake was also quite dismissive of Nicole in public because he had to throw Danielle off the scent. He should just have manned up and dumped Danielle. That said, even though I’m contradicting myself, I thought the sneaky kissing in the dark was epic. If you follow my reviews you will know that I love my romance, and I wish we had a little more in this book. I hope the romance aspect develops as the series progresses.

I don’t really get the witch and God connection and I’m wondering if it was necessary at all. Surely they could just have had powers because of their Greek ancestry? At times I felt the plot was a little immature and underdeveloped and it would have benefitted from fleshing out some scenes. However, these are minor complaints, because overall I really enjoyed reading it.

I have a mad case of cover envy because this book cover is STUNNING. It’s really beautiful and the model chosen perfectly fits the description of Nicole.

I’m delighted to see that the second book is available soon as I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

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Cover Reveal: Avalee and the Dragon by Patricia Hamill

Today is the cover reveal for Avalee and the Dragon by Patricia Hamill. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover art is designed by Jack Baker Design. Jack Baker is a fantasy illustrator based in the UK. He has a passion for creating artwork for fantasy books and book covers. Find out more or check out some of Jack’s other artwork at his website Jack Baker Design.

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By Patricia Hamill
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: February 14, 2016

Blurb:
Every ten years, a maiden must be sacrificed to the dragon to ensure the safety of the village for the next ten. This year, Avalee has been selected.

But unlike those before her, she has no intention of submitting to her fate. No, she intends to fight, and not just fight, win. If everything goes as planned, the dragon will never trouble her village again.

Then again, things seldom go as planned. . .

You can find Avalee and the Dragon on Goodreads

Other books by the author:
The Golden Ship
Fearless
The Freeze
Shadows of Valor (Shadows of Valor #1)
Forgotten Valor (Shadows of Valor #2)
Fight for Valor (Shadows of Valor #3)
The Complete Shadows of Valor Trilogy

Patricia HamillAbout the Author:
Patricia lives in the United States of America with her family. Her favorite pastime is reading, especially epic fantasy. She enjoys bringing elements of fantasy, humor, and modern life together in her stories, though she writes in a range of genres.

In addition to her love of literature, she also enjoys knitting and crocheting, practicing Isshinryu Karate, visiting scenic parks, and canoeing. Her insight into military life comes from a six-year enlistment in the United States Navy.

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Review: The Six, and the Gardeners of Ialana (The Ialana Series Book 2) by Katlynn Brooke

The Six, and the Gardeners of IalanaTitle: The Six, and the Gardeners of Ialana
Author: Katlynn Brooke
Series: (The Ialana Series #2)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Fantasy
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Blurb:
In the second of the Ialana series, The Six have escaped the destruction of the Citadel in Rhiannon, but they find themselves caught in a power struggle between the competing rulers of Ialana. Unable to complete their healing mission, to heal those who were genetically altered by crystal manipulation, they flee the Galonese War-Lord, Ortzi, and attempt a dangerous journey back to their homes in northern Ialana.
Trapped by malevolent creatures, hunted by a monster who seeks them for reasons of its own, and on the run from a king and a conniving shape-shifter, there seems to be no place of safety for them.
Will they find the mysterious abode of the Gardeners? Who are the Gardeners, and what is their purpose for the Six? Will The Six be able to find Queen Catrin, who sets off on a quest of her own, or will Catrin run afoul of her husband, King Brenin, before she can find The Six?
In the Gardeners of Ialana, the Six explore the mysteries of healing, elemental command, and through many trials, learn their true purpose in life.

My Review:
This was another great fantasy read from Katlynn Brooke that will appeal to readers who enjoy well written fast-paced adventures on a grand scale.

The gang are dealing with so much in this book including political intrigue, betrayal,suspense and mystery. Everyone wants a piece of them and they need to stay ahead of the game in order to survive. The temptation of corruption and power almost lures some down a different path. The adventure continues with barely time to breath – though it’s in a good way. It never felt rushed or overwhelmed. I love the imagination and creativity in this book and we have so many fantastical elements including monstrous creatures, sea gypsies, leprechauns, shapeshifters, and even a brush with Royalty.

This is a series that is suitable for younger readers upwards and I think it will appeal to fans of Harry Potter and Narnia.

In the beginning, I had a little difficulty in picking up the plot line again and remembering all the characters. A few chapters in and that was no longer an issue.

All in all, this was a superbly written fantastical tale that has wide appeal.

Actual rating 4.5 stars.

Review: Darken the Stars (Kricket #3) by Amy A. Bartol

Darken the StarsTitle: Darken the Stars
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Series: Kricket #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Science Fiction Romance
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Blurb:
Kyon Ensin finally has what he’s always wanted: possession of Kricket Hollowell, the priestess who foresees the future. Together, their combined power will be unrivaled. Kricket, however, doesn’t crave the crown of Ethar—she has an unbreakable desire to live life on her own terms, a life that she desperately wants to share with her love, Trey Allairis.

As conspiracies rage in the war for Ethar, Kricket’s so-called allies want to use her as a spy. Even those held closest cannot be trusted—including Astrid, her sister, and Giffen, a member of a mysterious order with a hidden agenda. But Kricket’s resolve will not allow her to be used as anyone’s pawn, even as the Brotherhood sharpens its plans to cut out her heart.

As the destiny prophesied by her mother approaches, Kricket will backtrack through her fiery future to reshape it. For she knows one thing above all else: the only person she can truly count on is herself.

My Review:
Gosh, that was totes emote. Very unexpected in a lot of ways.

Kricket has been kidnapped by Kyon and taken to his island home. He is his usual controlling, psychotic self from the get-go and Kricket uses every opportunity to plot her escape. However, it becomes clear quite quickly that she’s not getting off that damned island. What also becomes obvious is that Kyon has acted to protect her. She still has considerable enemies who want to take her out of the equation, and Kyon has her back, always. He is a bit of a conundrum of a character. He is everything we have seen of him in the previous two books, but we also see a different side to him here. He secretly loves how she stands up to him and tries to boss him around. It’s easy to see how she’s a true match for him in many ways.

I felt this book started quite slowly and it took me longer to get into it than the first two books. Part of that was because I was missing Trey, Wayra and Jax so much. We hardly see them at all in Darken the Stars and it lacked as a result.

Kricket seemed worn out in this book and I couldn’t really blame her. It must get tiring fighting for your life all the time and having so many different factions gunning for your ass. What I didn’t like is how quickly she gave in to Kyon and how easily she seemed to forget about Trey. It didn’t seem consistent with her character though I could understand how jaded she was of everything.

When the book picked up pace it was action packed and I raced through the second half holding my breath most of the time.

Now onto the ending. Holy Moley. The ending felt very rushed and I don’t feel like I have closure. I’d love a novella showing what happens after the epilogue.

Overall though, this was a brilliant emotionally-charged conclusion to a superb series. Hate that it’s over. I need more.

Review: Firewalker (The Worldwalker Trilogy #2) by Josephine Angelini

Fire walkerTitle: Firewalker
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Fantasy/ Paranormal
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Blurb:
Worlds divide, magic slays, and love lies in the second book of Josephine Angelini’s The Worldwalker Trilogy.

“You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.”

Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape from New Salem, and must hide her magic for the safety of everyone she cares about, but compared to fighting the Woven, the monstrous creatures inhabiting the alternate Salem, life is looking pretty good.

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she will force her to come back by doing away with the ones she loves.

Picking up right where Trial By Fire left off, Firewalker is another sexy, fast-paced, heartbreaking thrill ride from internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini!

My Review:
I need to learn how to breathe again. That ending. Loved the book.

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Lily and Rowan have made it back to modern/normal day Salem. Lily has been badly burned at the pyre and Rowan must weave his mechanic magic to cure her (and grow her new skin)

Lily discovers her mother’s real talent and both her and Juliet feel bad for forcing doctors and medication on her for years. Tristan shows up, demanding to see Lily, and his nose is seriously out of joint when he cops a load of studly Rowan.

Rowan and Lily are both keeping secrets from one another and you just know it’s going to end badly.

When Lily goes back to school, Breakfast and his girlfriend Una, and Tristan gravitate toward her. Rowan convinces her to claim them as he wants her surrounded by a coven she can trust.

Lily has been connecting with Lillian in the mist and gradually she shares her story. For a big part of the book I was convinced that Lillian had found some way to manipulate mindspeak (you can’t lie in mindspeak) but as the plot unravelled and we discover exactly why she did what she did, I realized she was actually telling her the truth. Lily soon realizes that things are not as black and white as they seemed, and Alaric can’t be trusted.What he is planning could destroy the world.

It was at this point that I started screaming at the book – tell Rowan before he finds out. But it was too late and the damage was done.

While I can understand Rowan’s initial reaction to the news, his actions afterward were despicable. Tristan, on the other hand, never doubted Lily and he began to redeem himself in my eyes.

All her coven, bar Rowan, set out on a journey to try to uncover the mystery that is the Woven. Separated from Rowan, and devastated by his betrayal, Lily starts to notice how Tristan has matured and her feelings toward him become muddled.

The ending left me heartbroken.Damn you Josephine Angelini! I hated Tristin with a passion in the first book, but you made me care for him in Firewalker, and then you did that! Aahh. I’m praying it’s not as it seems.

I loved this book every bit as much as the first one. So imaginative. Stunning worldbuilding. Wow. This is an awesome series and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I stayed up all night reading it as I couldn’t put it down. A truly incredible read.

Review: Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1) by Josephine Angelini

Trial by FireTitle: Trial by Fire
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal/ Fantasy
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Blurb:
The exhilaratingly seductive new series from the author of the bestselling Starcrossed series

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted…which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily’s life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem – one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily’s identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

My Review:
This was an amazing read and I loved it from the very first, to the very last, page.

Lily has been in pain her whole life – plagued with allergies and an apparent aversion to the world she inhabits. Tristan is her best friend and he’s been a constant support for as long as she can remember. She has harbored a crush on him for years but he’s a major player. Recently, things have changed between them, and now it looks like he may return those feelings. Instead, he lets her down in the worst way imaginable.

Crushed and heartbroken, she is vulnerable to Lillian’s will.

Lillian is a different version of Lily from an alternate Salem and a very powerful witch. Essentially, she kidnaps Lily and magics her to a different Salem where horrible creatures known as the Woven strike fear into the hearts of the Outlanders. The Outlanders have essentially been banished outside the walls of the 13 cities by the Coven and the Council.

Lily manages to get away from Lillian only to be captured by the terrifying Rowan. Rowan was Lillian’s head mechanic ( a cross between a healer, a doctor, and a life coach) and her former lover. She betrayed him and he has now sided with the Outlanders against her. At first Rowan doesn’t believe Lily when she tells him who she really is, but gradually he sees the truth and they develop a strong relationship and a very close bond.

Rowan helps train Lily and she transforms from someone who was weak in her Salem to a person of considerable strength and power in this Salem. Her life changes beyond all recognition.

I loved everything about this book – imaginative world building, strong character development, fast-paced plot and beautiful prose. I enjoyed the slow burning romance mixed in with plenty of action and life-threatening moments and all the magical elements. I particularly liked how the mindspeak aspect was executed.

I enjoyed Josephine’s Starcrossed series, but I think this has the potential to be even better.

A fantastic read. Highly Recommended.

Review: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Thicker than WaterTitle: Thicker Than Water
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Mystery fantasy
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Blurb:
On his own

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

My Review:
This was a gripping, intense, suspenseful read with an original concept and superb writing that hooked me instantly.

Both Charlotte and Thomas were likable main characters and I enjoyed both their voices and perspectives. Character and plot development were steady and consistently built and I enjoyed the slow-burning romance.

I really felt for Thomas – he was in a crappy situation that kept getting crappier. It’s obvious from the start that there is something that doesn’t quite add up about him, but I still wasn’t expecting the paranormal shift which happened about 60% in. It took me by surprise and I felt the book halted for a chapter or two until I got my head around what was happening. Then the pace picked up perfectly and I enjoyed this new angle.

Charlotte was a strong female lead and I loved how she wasn’t afraid to stand up to her family, and to defend Tom, even though she had some niggling doubts.

The romance was perfect and I felt the chemistry between them.

This is my first Brigid Kemmerer book, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I loved it, and I adored her writing style. Very slick and professional and the words flowed smoothly on the page. I’m not sure if there is going to be a sequel. I think there’s enough meat there for one but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

I would recommend this book if you enjoy contemporary YA romance with a paranormal twist.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Blog Tour: Vanquished by S.E. Green

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Vanquished by S.E. Green. I’ll share my review of this book and there’s a giveaway.

Vanquished-800 Cover reveal and PromotionalTitle: Vanquished
Author: S.E. Green
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Fantasy/ Mystery
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Blurb:
For a price, the world’s most powerful people can explore their darkest desires. On a private island hidden in the ocean they may hunt humans for game, attend gladiator-style fights, participate in elaborate orgies, and freely indulge in all the deadly sins within the cosplay of ancient times.

Abducted from their life in Miami, Valoria and her younger sister wake up in this secret society, wherein Valoria is condemned to the fights and her sister is taken away to become a sex slave.

Now “property” of a sadistic tyrant, Valoria joins other men and women captives who are forced to fight and maim for others’ enjoyment, to run in their hunts, and participate in deviant fantasies. And she’s under the cold, watchful eye of Alexior, a hired trainer with his own agenda for being involved in the twisted decadence.

After surviving several near-death ordeals, a defiant Valoria focuses on her training and against all odds soon becomes a favorite. But she fights for one thing and one thing only—to be reunited with her sister and to be freed.

But promises of freedom are sometimes just manipulative lies . . .

My Review:
Valoria (not her real name) and her sister Lena are kidnapped and taken to a mysterious island where the rich and powerful rule supreme. If you are not one of the elite you are either a slave or a recruit/warrior. Valoria doesn’t know where her sister is so she makes a deal with her captor Dominus and becomes his most prized warrior possession.

I was intrigued when I read the premise and couldn’t resist requesting a review copy, even though I hoped it wouldn’t be too gruesome. The themes are dark and twisted but not too graphic, thank God; I would not have had the disposition to read it otherwise. The elite are disgustingly depraved and most of their actions were totally deplorable. Valoria was a great MC. She had to make some very tough choices, but her sole motivation was her desire to find and rescue her little sister. She tried hard to hold onto her sanity, her conscience, and her humanity. Not an easy task in a world without morality.

At first I struggled to visualize the world and I was a little confused as to what was going on – was it all a fantasy or an actual real place? As the story progressed, it was made clear that it was an actual place, hidden from society at large, where the rich could indulge their sick fantasies. The scary thing is I don’t think this is beyond the realm of plausibility. (Shivering profusely.)

The author keeps us guessing over Alexior and his real agenda – was he a friend or a foe? Initially, I thought Camille had a dual agenda as she told Valoria that Dominus had bought her sister when that wasn’t the case. But it all made sense in the end. Character development is strong and there are some very decent secondary characters.

The first half of the book dragged a little in parts and I found myself skimming but the second half more than made up for that, and I really enjoyed the last few chapters in particular. The very end felt rushed and I would have liked more of a glimpse into the future – I can’t imagine the trauma and stress of having lived through an experience like that and I wonder how the characters adjusted.

The writing was very good and overall this was an enjoyable read.

S.E. GreenAbout the Author:
S. E. Green (aka Shannon Greenland) is the award winning author of the teen thriller, Killer Instinct, a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; the teen spy series, The Specialists, an ALA Popular Paperback and a National Reader’s Choice recipient; and the YA romance, The Summer My Life Began, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award. Her books have been translated into several languages and are currently on numerous state reading lists. Vanquished is her debut novel for adults.

Shannon grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her online everywhere @segreenauthor.

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Blog Tour: The Affiliate (Ascension #1) by K.A. Linde

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Affiliate (Ascension #1) by K.A. Linde. I’ll share my review of the book and there’s a tour wide giveaway!

TA AmazonTitle: The Affiliate
Author: K.A. Linde
Series: Ascension #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Fantasy/ Paranormal
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Blurb:
On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm’s lifelong plans come to fruition when she’s chosen for one of the most prestigious positions in her homeland—an Affiliate to the Queen.

Or so she thinks.

When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene’s position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have…

King Edric himself.

Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.

My Review:
This was a great fantasy read and a promising start to a new series.

We meet Cyrene as she is preparing for her presentation in the Royal Castle. Chosen as the Queen’s affiliate, she immediately captures the eye of both King Edric and his sleazy brother Kael. As she tries to adjust to life in the Castle away from her family and without her childhood bestfriend, she becomes embroiled in mystery and intrigue and eventually sets out on a journey that will lead to a shocking revelation about her true identity.

There are some romantic interludes with the King and a couple of close encounters with Kael, but in the main the romance is light in this book.

I struggled to get into this story at the start – there was a lot of information provided initially and I was a little confused. Once I hit the thirty percent mark, this book really took off, and I became thoroughly engrossed in it.

The plot and worldbuilding are imaginative, the characters are complex, the writing is great. A solid read. I look forward to reading the rest of this series when it’s released.

Thanks to the author, publisher, and Inkslinger PR for providing a review copy in exchange for my honest opionion.

kalinde copyAbout the Author:
USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde is the author of The Affiliate, the first book in the Ascension Series. As a military brat, she traveled the world with her family, imaginary friends, and ever-increasing supply of books. She has spent much of her life dreaming up new worlds and characters and forcing them into uncomfortable, usually life-threatening scenarios. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a masters degree in political science, she began spending every waking hour putting those characters onto paper.
When not writing, she spends her time dancing, collecting paperbacks in the hopes of filling a Beauty and the Beast style library one day, traveling to visit her friends who live all over the country, and still reading anything she can get her hands on. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and two puppies, Lucy and Riker, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

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Review: Awoken (The Lucidites #1) by Sarah Noffke

awokenTitle: Awoken
Author: Sarah Noffke
Series: The Lucidites #1
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Fantasy/ Paranormal
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Blurb:
Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights.

In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.

And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.

Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?

My Review:
I was gifted a copy by the author in exchange for my honest review.

Awoken has a very interesting premise, and that – along with the beautiful cover – is what attracted me to this book. Overall I did enjoy reading it, but I had some issues with the plot and pacing which stopped me from rating it higher.

The whole notion of dream travelling is very intriguing and it was imaginatively thought out and described. It was very creative and I really enjoyed that aspect of this book. I also liked the author’s style of writing; her prose is decent and it is in keeping with other books in the YA genre.

It took me a while to warm to Roya and I blew hot and cold on her a few times. She is thrown into an impossible situation and I can completely understand how challenging it would be to wrap your head around that. However,she was very whiny for far longer than necessary in my view. As the story progressed I liked her more but some of her actions with the love interests irritated me.

I enjoy a strong romance thread and the romance was a little light in this book for me. I’m sure that will appeal to others, though. Aiden was cute from the get-go.

The biggest issue I had with this book was the first and last 15-20%. I was quite confused the first few chapters and it felt like we were just dropped in the middle of a story; there was no build up or gradual weaving into the plot. I honestly hadn’t a clue what was going on at first. I enjoyed the middle section the most and it flowed well. The plot was building up to this epic confrontation with Zhuang (the villain of the piece) and when it arrived it was rather anti-climactic, and also quite confusing.

In summary, this is an interesting concept and the story will appeal to fans of YA fantasy who aren’t keen on strong romance sub-plots. While parts are confusing, it is still an enjoyable read.

I’d like to thank Sarah Noffke for providing me with a complimentary copy, and I wish her every success with her writing.