Monday, May 30, 2016

Water's Wrath 4th book in the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova

Hello lovely book addicts! I hope all is well! Today I'm going to be talking about Water's Wrath by Elise Kova, the 4th book in the Air Awakens series. And I hope that you all enjoy my review! I love the Air Awakens series so much, each and every novel takes you to a mind-blowing world! The 5th book is coming out very soon, and it's somewhat bittersweet to see it end. But I'm extremely excited to see what else Elise has up her sleeve.

 Here are my thoughts and review.

                                                      Review of Water's Wrath:

Okay, let me just put it our there, I talk about this series a lot... In Water's Wrath we start right off from where we left off in book 3 (Earth's End), which honestly was great because there was an extremely emotional cliffhanger. AND I NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT!!!

In each Air Awakens novel, Elise's story, world building, and character development gets thrown into the next novel. In Waters Wrath most of my questions were answered, so I wasn't left wondering as I was in the other novels. But don't get me wrong, at the end of Water's Wrath I was still left hanging. Just a little bit.. :)

It's evident that all of the characters in Water's Wrath like Fritz, Daniel, Baldair, Jax, Aldrik and Vhalla were so carefully shaped. It was quite a treat seeing some of my favorite characters (and not so favorite), grow, learn, and develop into the ending character they were made to be. And I'm very curious, excited, and overwhelmed to see what the final conclusion will be to each character.

There are many traits that Vhalla and I have in common, and that's one of the many reasons why I love her (but I'd never want to be in her shoes). Ever. Throughout Water's Wrath, Vhalla went through many trials that not only tested her strength, but her entire being. I'm still completely astonished of how strong Vhalla truly is. Her character has been through so much that I'm surprised she still exists at times. From the very beginning of the series, you can tell that Vhalla is such a beautifully strong character, and she's just become so much more throughout Water's Wrath.

Everything to do with Aldrik and Vhalla's relationship is addicting yet undeniably painful. The end of Earth's End was just a stab to the heart for me. When it come to Water's Wrath, it hurt to read at times, with the delicate state that both Aldrik and Vhalla were in. In the end, it makes me really impatient for the final novel (Crystal Crowned) because I need to know how this will end between them. Although with the conclusion of Water's Wrath, I'm actually quite pleased with the way it so far progressed.

Elise never ceases to shock me with her world building, it's absolutely beautiful, and it continued to grow throughout Water's Wrath. Elise peppers her story with so many events and emotions, it makes you wanting more. The political decisions that took place in the 4th book were also quite shocking. I don't want to say much, because I would spoil you all, but there were more than a handful of really important things that took place throughout the novel.

I read Water's Wrath in one sitting and it left a huge emotional impact on me. The pacing for this novel was beautiful, it started off with a slow rise, but the climax is super intense. Elise created a sense of evenness, and although there was so much going on, there still was enough room for everything in the story to pan out.

I cannot contain my excitement for the 5th and final book in the series! I wish July 12th would come sooner. The struggle is real... Anyways, I hope you all enjoyed my review. All of my previous reviews will be linked down below as well as more info about the author of Air Awakens, Elise Kova. Preorder links to Crystal Crowned and a new book that Elise is working on called The Alchemists of Loom, the first book in Elise's new high fantasy adult series called the Loom Saga.

Review of Air Awakens (1st book in the AA series)

Review of Fire Falling (2nd book in the AA series)

Review of Earth's End (3rd novel in the AA series)

Pre-order link to Crystal Crowned (5th novel in the AA series)

The Alchemists of Loom

To learn more about Elise Kova, please click here.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Love... Better Late Than Never by Deepika Behal

Hello Book Lovers! How've you been? Hope all is well!

Today I'm going to be talking about Love...  Better Late Than Never by Deepika Behal, who was kind enough to send me a copy in exchange for review. So thank you Deepika!

Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars

Synopsis in my own words: Aadvi our female protagonist is a hard worker and was taken under her dad's wing to learn about business in India. Everything is going in such a great direction for Aadvi, and many doors are opening up for her. But when her childhood sweetheart, a boy named Akash, comes back into town to visit family, Aavdi's emotions immediately rise, and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. But complications arise in her relationship with Akash, so she decides to spend some time away, and moves to New York for awhile, to immerse herself in work. Then Sean comes along, and reignites the romanic angle of the novel.

I honestly felt that the story was nice, but by the end of the novel, it didn't move me in any way.
The characters seem to be still developing when the story ended, and I felt that there could've been so much more to say. Aadvi's character was super vulnerable throughout almost the entirety of the novel, and that made me sad, because she had so much potential to be stronger. But I can say that towards the end of the story, I did see a change in her character that I liked very much.

I also understand that Aadvi's character grew up in a different region and culture, so she has a different way of thinking. That didn't really sway me on the last detail, however, because it still seems that, even considering cultural difficulties, she wasted a great deal of potential.

And I had some problems with the writing style that Deepika has in "Love... Better Late Than Never". The style wasn't bad at all, it just wasn't my taste. When I started the book I was instantly confused, too many characters were being thrown at me, without any time for introduction or development. After that died down, I was having problems pinpointing where the author was going with the perspectives of the story. Like for instance, the story is about Aadvi's life and love story, so it's told from her. But the author intertwined different points of views from other, not clearly defined characters throughout the novel. And the way the pages and conversations were formatted was very unusual, which added another layer of confusion.

I wanted to see more depth and strength in the female lead character, and although the story itself was lovely, there could have been so much more available.

For Deepika's for novel, I felt that it needs some more working on but she overall did a very good job job, and for the most part, the story was executed sweet and fluffy. I really hope I get the chance to read more of her work and see Deepika's story ideas grow. It's quite evident that potential is growing, and perhaps Aadvi's will begin to do the same.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Earth's End (Book 3 in the Air Awakens series) by Elise Kova

Hello Book Lovers! Today I'm going to be talking about my thoughts and opinions on Earth's End, book #3 in the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova!

Book Synopsis: A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood.

Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire’s conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance.


For me, Earth's End's end of the story was the most brutal of all the cliffhangers that I've read! 

But I really enjoy the development of Vhalla, throughout both Fire Falling and Earth's End. And when it came to her character accepting that she was to march in the war, it's truly amazing to see her become more fierce than I thought she ever could. It was almost like she was more fire than wind. The certain losses that Vhalla had to endure just tugged at my heart so much, I honestly didn't know how to cope when reading this novel! The emotional and political obstacles that both Aldrik and Vhalla face are extremely brutal. But I find that the characters are all so special because you get to see the firsthand rawness of each and every one of them.

Although I'm warning you, if you have a favorite side character, he or she will most likely be dead by the end of the novel. It seems like Elise really does like to kill my favorite characters. But I understand... Elise writes so lovely that, in the end, you feel like you're in the novel, experiencing all of these emotions. Truthfully this is the reason why I love her series so much! 

As for the story.. Omg Elise Kova just keeps the action going!! How does she do it? Every single book in the Air Awakens series is a beautifully finished piece of work! They certainly keep you on the edge of your seat,  and there's twists and turns that are just downright wrong, but perfect at the same time.

And omg... If you haven't read EE yet, you may think I'm overreacting. But you'll understand it when you finish the novel. I wish it was possible to teleport into a story, because then I'd take the liberty of killing the Emperor myself. He is honestly one of the most horrible characters ever! I mean I understand why Elise created him, but I cannot stand him whatsoever. And I may just have to brutally hurt Aldrik after what he did. I mean he's one of the most mysterious and amazing characters to read about, but he deserves to have some sense knocked into him. I'm still sore on the subject even though I'm halfway done with Water's Wrath. Which by the way, IS FANTASTIC!! As Elise's books always are!!

I just can't contain my excitement about the Air Awakens series or even find the right words to express my strong emotions towards Earth's End!

I hope that you enjoyed my review, and I hope some of you feel the same way I do towards Elise's exquisite series! 

Fire Falling #2 in the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova

Hello Book Lovers! How are you? I hope all is well! Here's my review of Fire Falling, book 2 in the Air Awakens series!
Water's Wrath, book 4 is coming out in the next couple of days, and I need to get my thoughts out on book 2,3, and 4. Before it actually comes out!

Fire Falling Synopsis:

Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

Book Review of Fire Falling: 

Rating: 10/5 stars!!!!!! 

OMG WHERE DO I START??? Fire Falling is only the second novel in the Air Awakens series, and SOOOOO much has happened.
It's just hard to believe that it's only the second novel in the series, and I'm already so immersed into the Air Awakens world.

Our main heroine, Vhalla Yarl isn't your average, typical,or cliché heroine who's always predictable and weak. Right from the start of the series, it's pretty evident that she's unique, and strong in numerous ways.
Vhalla Yarl was once a library apprentice for the Solaris Empire. But as several events take ahold of Vhalla's life, she's thrusted into a world full of war, politics, and magic, a world she's only ever heard of through her books.
Although most of all, Vhalla finds a new part of herself she does practically everything to deny. All until a mysterious prince changes her whole point of view. 
All is good for Vhalla, at least for awhile. Working on controlling her powers, and trying to get closer to the crown prince. But it doesn't last for long, as she soon finds herself on the verge of death, having to choose between execution or being property of the crown under the Solaris Empire.
(I guess being property of the crown is somewhat like dying, since your life is controlled at all times.)

Val becomes part of the Black Legion and is forced to march to war. She has to learn to live the life of a solider and slave sorcerer, instead of a librarian.

In Fire Falling, Vhalla Yarl never ceased to amaze me. I was in awe the entire time, of her character and her amazingly beautiful personality.

Also don't get me going on Vhal and Aldrik's relationship! So many emotions! I just love the way they're learning things about one another, and how their becoming closer and closer.

Now as for the Crown Prince by himself, I have to say that I'm somewhat unsure about some of his actions. But I absolutely love how Aldrik's harshness and mysteriousness falls away when he's with Vhalla. It's like is vulnerability just expands and releases tenfold.

(However, in Earth's End, my feelings for his overall existence are on the broad end of the spectrum. You'll know what I mean, when you pick it up and read it)

As for the entire novel itself, I'm beyond pleased with it. It's extremely evident that Elise Kova has spent so much time creating this wonderful series, but it's like she poured all of the heart and soul into it. I cannot muster up any words to explain how much I love Elise's writing style. There's somewhat of a old traditional style to it, that I just adore so much.

All in all, this is becoming one of my all time favorites! Amazing writing, and outstanding character development.