Book Review

Echoes of the Gidat – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 / 5 stars)

“Memories make those experiences softer, and knowledge makes the problems you had then seem simpler.”

Etevun has brought darkness as he has risen to power. The Evil One, as he is rightly named, has eliminated the Gidat and forced one of the last ones, known as the Lady, into hiding. She is on a question to find the last of the Gidat, a boy named T’Gan, and deliver him to safety. But to gain his trust, she also must teach him about the first Gidat, Minkos. Through the Telling and through their journey, T’Gan begins to grow and accept the prophecy lain before him.

Echoes of the Gidat is a neolithic fantasy reminiscent of a legend combined with adventure. It goes back and forth between Minkos and T’Gan’s story, paralleling each other’s voyages. Emé Savage has created an amazing world, with echoes of our own world, as well as elements from other stories and her own imagination. You will learn about a world at it’s birth and how those events impact T’Gan’s life today. The amount of details and effort that went into this is unimaginable, and to that I have to give a big kudos.

While the story itself is compelling, it does take a bit to get going. There are many unusual phrases (which made the glossary helpful), and I’d say it took me about 35% of the way through to start to piece together all the details. As well, it also took a bit to start identifying the character’s personalities. Minko’s was the most defined, and with T’Gan as his parallel, I began to see their similarities. But these problems it was an initial hurdle that I had to cross in order to really dive into the story

But, once the pieces fall into place, the story is quite compelling. The second half of my book, as T’Gan and the Lady begin their journey, drew me in, and once Kay joined their party, I couldn’t put the book down. Kay is probably my favorite character, and that is only after her brief appearance, and I am excited to see how her story unfolds.

That being said, the Echoes of the Gidat is creative and unique and I cannot wait to see where the story will go in Tetarul Parallel.

What’s it about?

The Gidat have existed since the First One, who was the Hearer of the Voice and defender of his People. His journey revealed a malevolent entity more powerful than anything that came before.

Thousands of years in the future, the Gidat are all but extinct due to a genocide perpetrated by a King who has acquired unnatural powers. The Lady must find and deliver a boy out of the hands of the King. This boy is the Last Gidat, and the best hope for a ravaged Sadatian people.

Through The Telling, the First Gidat reveals a malevolent entity that can take any form… including a King. Can the echoes of a long-forgotten story help a boy who has lost everything?

Book Review

All A Part of The Chaos – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.75 / 5 stars)

“The secret to selling is to suspend the disbelief of the audience.”

Ryder Blakemore, A.K.A. Thunderbolt Ryder, is a master and suspending disbelief. Raised in a pro wrestling family, he needs to live up to his father’s name while also defining himself within the sport. But, sometimes being Thunderbolt Ryder takes a tole on the real Ryder, and when he goes back home to help his friend with a divorce, he begins to wonder what else there is beyond the art of the sell.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I wasn’t sure what I would think at first; I’m not one to read a lot of sports fiction, but All A Part of the Chaos is beautifully written examination of self-hatred and growth. One could say that Ryder is so talented at suspending disbelief and selling himself on the stage, that he even has himself fooled. He righteously follows his friends, his loyalty worn on his sleeve, that he ignores their toxic behavior. Some days, he puffs out his chest and pretends like he is always that wrestler in the ring.

But deep down, Ryder is struggling. When he forms a friendship with Amira at the local supermarket, it helps him explore the depths behind some of his emotions. Griggs does a fantastic job letting Ryder’s emotions and revelations come organically, and throughout the narrative the reader can see him growing from an expected, stuck up, somewhat sexist wrestler, to a man with a big heart…who is still a wrestler!

I do wish we could have explored Ryder’s relationship with his father more. Amid all the drama with his friend and with Amira, some of the other relationships that were equally important were sidelined. His father was one of them. Perhaps Griggs will be exploring that in another novel though.

My hesitancy for this book also initially due to the trope of boy-meets-girl…but the girl has a boyfriend. Part of me worried we would be spending the novel watching Ryder try to woo Amira. But to my satisfaction, that wasn’t the case.

This book is not just a sports book; this is a book about friendship and romance. Ryder is an endearing character to read, and I enjoyed getting in his head. I cannot wait to see what Bubba Griggs puts out there next.

Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What’s it about?

Everyone thinks that Pro Wrestling is fake, but to Ryder Blakemore, being fake gets him paid.

Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Ryder is ecstatic when he gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at a shot at the FAW Title. As a wrestler, Ryder lives and dies by the sell, the act of making wrestling look believable to the audience. Armed with his wrestling persona of “Thunderbolt Ryder” and his blue tights, he sets out to cement his legacy as the best wrestler in the world. But not if chaos has anything to say about it. Not the wrestler, but the unexpected and unpredictable changes in life.

With the title match fast approaching, Ryder meets and quickly forms a bond with Amira which causes Ryder to become the man that everyone expects him to be. Because being fake doesn’t get you anywhere with love and Ryder soon finds out that even in wrestling, you can’t sell the way of the heart.

Book Review

The Jester – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5/5 Stars)
Audio Book Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5 Stars)
Total Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.25/5 Stars)

It should have been a simple job: follow the map, find the treasure, and get out. But, with a clumsy pig farmer and a conniving candle maker, the job has become anything put simple. Now Royce and Hadrian have to figure out a way out of a riddle-filled trap…before it’s too late.

This is my first introduction into the Riyria Chronicles, and while the story was a great stand alone tale that focuses on the choices between greed, cowardice, and foolishness, I wonder if knowing more about the characters would have helped. The short story starts with a punch: they’re falling to what seemingly might be their deaths. Starting in the middle of the action immediately pulls the reader into the story, and between the constant bickering with their comrades and their own indecisiveness, the story is exciting from start to finish.

But it probably took me a good 40% of the short story to get a grip of what was actually going on. This is no fault of Michael J. Sullivan’s writing; to this, I blame the narrator of the audio book. I picked this up since it was free on audible and it piqued my interest. The narrator does have a way with words, but at least in the beginning my mind began to wander.

Still, often times short stories are written in a way leaving the reader wanting more. In this case, more is available in the Riyria Chronicles, and I have since listening to this book added the first of the Riyria Chronicles to my To-Read List. If the author’s goal was to get me interested, he definitely succeeded. I am also positive those who love the Riyria Chronicles will enjoy this tale as well.

So if you’ve been thinking of dabbling with Riyria, check out this short story. I think it’s a great introduction as well as a fun, quick read. Plus, wouldn’t you be a fool for not checking it out?

What’s it about?

WHO WILL HAVE THE LAST LAUGH?
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens to them is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.

This is a standalone short story of 7,200 words, originally published in the Unfettered anthology. No prior knowledge of The Riyria Revelations or The Riyria Chronicles is required to enjoy it to its fullest, making this a perfect introduction for new readers or a chance for Riyria veterans to spend a little more time with old friends. The Jester is a story of adventure, bonds of friendship, and a recognition that the choices we make dictates the future we find. 

Book Review

Crimson Minds – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 / 5 stars)

After the supposed murder of his father and sister, Daniel Cavanough is thrown back into the fray of the Minds. With three competing gangs, crowned by Kings, and an obscure individual known as “Rose” vying for power, Daniel soon realizes that finding out who murdered his family is going to be much bloodier than he anticipated.

A compelling first book in the trilogy, the reader is taken into the streets of Chicago, where three psychics gangs – Reds, Blues, and Diamonds – vie for power. It is interesting climbing into Daniel’s mind here; he’s a very powerful Mind, the Black Dog if you will, who can combat searchers, breakers, and puppeteers while holding to his convictions. But what also makes him interesting is the fact the novel is written in verse. Each word is chosen with care, meaning something, sometimes literally and sometimes figuratively. In away, writing it like this gives us insight into the maze of Daniel’s mind.

I wasn’t sure at first if I would like a verse thriller. I had never read one before but Patrick Kaiser’s book interested me, so I decided to pick it up. While verse might not work for everything, it definitely worked for this story. I could still picture everything happening and I got a feel for each of the characters, especially Daniel, as the story played out.

The downside, of course, of a story in verse, is sometimes you do not get the same amount of character exploration, description, or world building. Often times, this has to be left to the imagination. While I do wish there was more to give us insight into Daniel, his family, and his relationships, I know that this being a verse novel, some of that had to be sacrificed.

Yet, despite these “holes”, if you can call them that, Kaiser does a fantastic job painting the story in poetry. Whenever I picked it up to read, I could hardly put it down, and I kept thinking in rhymes for hour after I finished. Plus…what an ending! I cannot wait to go and pick up the remaining two books in this series, because I absolutely have to know what Rose will do next and if Daniel can stop further chaos from ensuing.

If you are interested in a different type of thriller novel, written in verse, that is action packed from start to finish, I definitely recommend checking out Crimson Minds! You won’t be disappointed.

Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What’s it about?

It’s said humans use only 10% of our minds. But what if there are some who can use more? In modern day Chicago three gangs of psychic youth vie for power. Led by their Kings, each one seeking to control the city. Unfortunately for them, Daniel Cavanough has no interest in such matters. His only concern is to find the truth of his father and sister’s murder. With The Black Dog sniffing around, and the mysterious Rose throwing her own hat in the ring, it may not be the wind blowing things about.

Is it possible to change Crimson Minds?

Book Review

Stellar Eclipse: Dark Lightning – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)

A year after Selkess threatened to upend their family, Eureka, Baltan, Azzie, and Llewellyn are trying to make the best of their new lives. But, trauma and fear have left the small family shaken, with an unrelenting fear that danger is on the horizon. That fear is justified when Eureka’s brother, Keida, arrives with news that the Easterners have attacked Kwoltan Gera, and now their tribe is missing.

In a leap for duty to his people, Eureka and his family set out on a journey to help Keida, his wife Shaeda, his daughter Naesa, and young warrior Beialk to find Kwoltan Gera. Along the way though, they get wrapped into the dramas of another tribe deep in the forest, that places their own life at risk.

Avalon Roselin paints a wonderful story, creating a unique world filled with inspirations from both our world and her own imagination. The reader is transported immediately back into the lives of Eureka, Baltan, Azzie, and Lleuwellyn, picking up the pieces after the slaughterhouse incident. The plot moves at just the right pace, giving the reader enough time to reconnect with these characters, as well as make new friends.

I initially said in my review for Cloudless Rain, how I was initially unsure about the story, due to its mix of human and non-human creatures. Once again, I am so glad I was wrong. The Azures are the charm of the Stellar Eclipse series; not only do we see more of them in this book, but we are introduced to the Azures of Morit Gera, who have a genetic trait that allows them to fly. These traits play into their culture, and turn the Azures not into just one type of people, but many types, just like humanity.

And like humanity, they have suffered at the hands of greedy individuals: both Azure and Easterner in kind. While the Easterners take land, once again the Azures are faced with conflict within their tribes, all of which they are forced to over come.

While these ideas of colonialism and internal societal struggles are the heart of Dark Lightning, fundamentally, this is Azzie’s story. We once again delve into Azzie’s point-of-view, where we are not just told a coming of age tale that explores Azzie’s first love and his slowly mounting powers, but also one of a teenager working his way through trauma after years of abuse. Roselin does a fantastic job exploring this, creating a character that is not just defined by his abuse, but also has attributes that define him: a hero-complex similar to his father, an innate curiosity, and a rebellious side. .

That being said, Dark Lightning is quite different from Cloudless Rain, but for all the right reasons. While Cloudless Rain introduces itself as a detective novel, Dark Lightning is much more about family and personal growth in face of adversaries. While the books each come to their own conclusion and can be read on their own, I highly recommend picking up Cloudless Rain first to get a feel for the characters. Also, if you enjoyed Cloudless Rain for its investigative side, be aware that Dark Lightning does take a twist. While I think it is for the best, some may not.

It’s not often you can say that a sequel is better than the original, but in this case, I think I can say that I love Dark Lightning more than Cloudless Rain (and I loved that book too)!

So please, go pick up a copy of Cloudless Rain. And while you’re at it, pre-order a copy of Dark Lightning. It is worth it!

Note: I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

What’s it about?

An unexpected journey into the wilderness can test even the strongest bonds…

Nearly a year has passed since the slaughterhouse raid. Eureka should be happy now that he and Baltan are Azzie and Lleuwellyn’s legal guardians, but he can’t shake the feeling that a storm waits on the horizon.

When Eureka’s brother arrives with news that Kwoltan Gera was attacked and asks for help, Eureka knows he can’t turn away–especially after the search for their missing tribe leads them to a reclusive Azure village where trust is hard to come by and war looms overhead.

Old grudges and past failures follow close, and they may have deadly consequences for Eureka’s family.

Book Review

Our Bloody Pearl – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 / 5 stars)

Humanity is often scared of things they do not understand. Sirens are no exception. After Captain Kian captures one for her own collection, her blood lust reigns and she yearns to continue exploiting her newfound talent. That is, until Captain Dejean Gayle claims her ship for his own…and discovers her prize: a pearl-white siren. Through an unlikely friendship and companionship, Dejean and Perle build a deep trust and together agree to take down Kian.

Our Bloody Pearl is a beautiful written tale that takes the reader on a journey of friendship, romance, trust, and understanding. It’s fast pace will keep the reader on their toes the whole time, saying to themselves “just one more chapter” before they are finished.

Probably what makes Our Bloody Pearl so endearing is the characters. Perle is an endearing blood thirsty siren, who grows throughout the narrative, while still retaining a sense of individuality. They call beds “sponges”, elevators “clam shells”, and Dejean, well, “idiot.” Bryn highlights unique aspects with Perle. They communicate with Dejean through sign language and face a unique disability that hinders their ability to swim. They’re set a part from the human characters by their quirks and mannerisms. But, that doesn’t mean the humans aren’t uninteresting. Where Dejean is kind and sympathetic, you have Murielle who is clumsy and outspoken. The cast is diverse and well thought out, which makes the entire story endearing.

That being said, while the cast shines, I personally had a few problems with the plot. The story as a whole is wonderful, but to an extent I needed more. What I mean but that is iffy but I have a few examples. For instance, I would have liked to see more of Kian and her interactions with Perle to obtain a better understanding of that relationship. I also would have liked to see Perle explore coping without the use of their tail and adapting to the mechanism Murielle built for them. These little things would have helped add more depth to the overall plot, at least in my opinion.

I think though the biggest issue I had was Dejean and Perle’s relationship. While I adore them together, the way the relationship formalized seemed a little off to me. I am not a big fan of the trope where someone’s “savior” become their partner, no matter the situation.

That being said though, these small issues did not detract too much from the overall story and Our Bloody Pearl was still an enjoyable read! And I definitely cannot wait to see what Bryn puts out into the world next!

So if you want a story with strong characters with pirates and steampunk elements, definitely check out Our Bloody Pearl! But…make sure you bring some fish for Perle so they don’t try to take a bite out of you.

What’s it about?

The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear.

That is, until the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, creates a device to cancel out their songs.

Perle was the first siren captured, and while all since have either been sold or killed, Kian still keeps them prisoner. Though their song is muted and their tail paralyzed, Perle’s hope for escape rekindles as another pirating vessel seizes Kian’s ship. This new captain seems different, with his brilliant smile and his promises that Kian will never again be Perle’s master. But he’s still a human, and a captor in his own way. The compassion he and his rag-tag human family show can’t be sincere… or can it?

Soon it becomes clear that Kian will hunt Perle relentlessly, taking down any siren in her path. As the tides turn, Perle must decide whether to run from Kian forever, or ride the forming wave into battle, hoping their newfound human companions will fight with them. 

Book Review

Goblinprince – Book Review

Book Rating (Middle Grade Rating): ★★★☆☆ (3 / 5 stars)
Book Rating (YA Rating): ★★☆☆☆ (2 / 5 stars)
Overall Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 / 5 stars)

Heavy is the head who wears the crown.

Alastair certainly knows this, and with his coronation date fast approaching, he is worrying that he may not be able to wake the Veldstone Crown. But does he even want to be king? Wouldn’t someone with a stronger head, such as Brudak, make a better leader? When Alastair is transported to Kentucky via a portal, he ponders never returning, but sometimes the call of duty is too strong.

Goblinprince is the second book in Abbigayle Grace’s Pizza Shop Chronicles. It is a fun book that takes a unique approach on portal fantasy, opening a door to both the real and the fantastical worlds. Alastair represent the conflict any young adult feels between duty and desire, and with multiple kingdoms on his shoulder and an uncertainty over his own abilities, his accidental escape to Kentucky provides a valuable opportunity to avoid his problems.

Like Alastair’s conflict, my review for this book is…conflicted. It teeters on how to classify this story: Middle-Grade or Young Adult. On one hand, the simplistic nature and story-telling elements makes me consider it a Middle-Grade novel, but the age of the characters and some of the death and pain Alastair experiences pushes it more towards Young Adult. For all intents-and-purposes though, I will continue this review assuming it is meant for a younger audience.

The story is quite straight forward, which is not a bad thing, and its writing is simplistic but well written. There are some formatting errors in the eBook version that the author could fix, but that does not deter from the story itself. The idea of a magical portal that leads to a Pizza Shop in Kentucky is a unique twist on the portal fantasy, and I would have loved to touch on this more. I am sure this is in the first book of the series, which I may delve into, Elfboy. Plus, the idea of a half-elf, half-fairy goblin-bitten prince making pizza is a scene that will make anyone laugh in amusement.

That being said, some of the pacing in the book felt odd. I would loved to see Alastair’s development in Kentucky for a longer period of time before going back to the craziness of his life at home. It went from a lull to high speed action that never really seemed to stop. I can see the appeal in this for kids though; constant battles, no long winded conversation usually seen in fantasy, and jammed pack with action. There are a lot of characters though, often with very similar characteristics, and possibly if I had read Elfboy first these characters would be less confusing. Possibly if the book was longer, giving more time to world and relationship building, these characters would have had more chances to shine.

There were a few fantastic characters though: Dragon, the dragon who’s name is Dragon but not actually, is a sarcastic, wise, protective beast of Alastair’s friend Bryssa. Then there’s Marden. I loved Marden. She was spunky and funny, a nice foil to Alastair’s very poised and conflicted nature. Marden gave a nice breath of fresh air, especially towards the end of the novel, where Alastair’s brooding and personal confliction came to the largest front. Without Marden, well, Alastair might have succumbed to the bitterness implanted in him by the goblins, and she was the light he needed to keep moving forward.

Goblinprince is a fast, action-packed read that you can sit down and read in an afternoon. So if you’re looking for something quick, definitely check it out. I know I’ll be taking a look at Elfboy sometime in the near future.

What’s it about?

Wake the crown. Take the throne. Rule the kingdoms.

Alastair’s life seems all planned out. Well, if he can get the first part right. The obnoxious Veldstone Crown has been dormant for the past twelve years and won’t wake up for anything. Except for showing Alastair cryptic goblin visions, of course.

Then the goblins themselves show up and Alastair accidentally opens a portal to Benny’s Pizza shop in the magical world of Kentucky.

Surrounded by new friends and experiences, like attending the homecoming dance of Orangeboro High School as a guest of the legendary principal Snyder, Alastair’s not sure he wants to go back. Besides, wouldn’t the overbearing elf lord Brudak make a better king anyhow?

Book Review

A Grim Affair – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars)

Imagine that for two months that you had the same dream over and over again. It’s a simple dream: a dark man standing in the corner of the room, watching you. Nothing happens, he’s just there. But it turns out these “dreams” aren’t dreams; no, this man is actually there…and you’re able to control him.

By the way, he is also the Grim Reaper.

Sorry. Keeper of Souls.

This is exactly what happens to Emma. After having these dreams for months, fueling her constant anxiety over a potential stalker, she discovers she has the power to summon Blake, the Grim Reaper (err…Keeper of Souls) at will. Her soul is drawn to him, and he is drawn to her. But Blake isn’t familiar with being human. He only just learned what garlic tastes like and how to sit properly on a chair. As their romance buds, both Emma and Blake need to learn how to adapt. Or spend most of their time bickering.

Personally, I am a sucker for any story that focuses on a “Grim Reaper” like being (or Keeper of Souls, Gatekeeper to the Afterlife, Death, or whatever this being wants to be called). Blake is unintentionally hilarious, attempting to adapt to his new “corporeal” abilities while under Emma’s sphere of influence. The concept of the Keeper of Souls in A Grim Affair, coupled with the way Emma and Blake’s souls are bound, makes for a unique story not told before.

That being said, I have never been one for “dream romances/connections” or “literal soulmate” story lines. This is a personal preference, but I felt that using these mechanisms as a cop out allowed for Emma and Blake’s romance to move at a very fast pace. Emma’s own skepticism over Blake didn’t last long, and without much to back it up at first, the fact that he was the Grim Reaper seemed like a second thought. I would have loved to spend more time seeing Emma’s feelings and inner-conflicts about this revelation. The narrative also repeats itself quite often, recanting about events that took place a few chapters earlier. I’d rather spend that time examining more of Emma and Blake’s relationship and possibly building out some of the revelations around their soul connection.

Nevertheless, A Grim Affair is a fun read, and I found myself giggling as Blake learns to navigate the corporeal world. “I am sat” Blake tells Emma with pride as he learns to sit in a chair. It is almost impossible to not find that amusing and adorable!

So if you want a quick fun read, definitely check out A Grim Affair.

What’s it about?

Wait! What? The Grim Reaper’s real?

I most definitely did not believe in the supernatural. Until the Grim Reaper showed up in my bedroom demanding to know why I’ve been controlling him. Which, of course, I haven’t. He also said that I am the only one who’s seen him in around about a thousand years. Which, of course, can’t possibly be true. Something peculiar is most definitely going on…

Emma lives a normal life, so normal that her own mother has been known to accuse her of being boring. But then she sees a mysterious stranger, one that no-one else admits to seeing, and her life changes forever. Emma becomes convinced she is being stalked but the Grim Reaper says it’s not him. And if it isn’t him, who is it?

Unbeknownst to Emma her life is in danger. Can she find the answers she so desperately needs before it is too late?

Book Review

Like Falling Stars – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)

Imagine waking up with no recollection of yourself. This is exactly what happens to Ann. She wakes up in a magic forest, which frankly isn’t the worst place for her to end up, and is sent on her way by an odd woman named Tanya to the house of Nicolas Rasmussen, Prince of the Frost Faeries, Ruler of the Season of Winter, Second Eldest Ruler of the Northern Realm. But you can just call him “Your Highness.” Nicolas would rather be left alone though, and is thrown aback by this sudden curious, loud spoken, and happy young woman arriving on his doorstep.

Like Falling Stars is a lighthearted tale about found-family and self discovery. In a quest to discover who she is, Ann builds friendships between others and herself, finding the softness in a curmudgeon of a faerie, and bringing light to winter once again. Avalon Roselin does a beautiful job creating this fairy tale world, bringing these characters to life with distinct personalities that bounce off pages. Immediately, I was drawn into their personalities, and loved watching their friendship buzz.

As with many stories this length, my biggest complaint is that there wasn’t more. I would have liked to see more of the early stages of Ann and Nicolas’s friendship while she was meandering around his palace as an annoyance rather than a welcome guest. There was also a much heavier focus on Nicolas’s development than Ann’s, and while we do get answers about Ann’s past it comes very late in the game after many other issues have been resolved.

That being said, the ending will make your heart melt. Ann chooses her destiny in the end. She decides where home is, even if it isn’t where she was supposed to end up.

So if you want a lighthearted tale with elements of your favorite fairy tales, like Little Red Riding Hood and Alice in Wonderland, I recommend you check out Like Falling Stars. If you have a bitter heart, perhaps Ann can warm it up for you as well.

What’s it about?

Once Upon a Time, there was an Amnesiac and a Faerie Prince…

All Ann wanted was to go home; all Nicolas wanted was to be left alone. However, when Ann woke up in the woods with no memory of her past, fate brought them together–and friendship soon bound them to each other.

Facing their uncertainties about the future side-by-side, their desires become less clear. There is no guarantee that Ann will like the person she used to be, and Nicolas may never see her again if he lets her go. Even in fairy tales, happy endings are not easy to come by. Ann and Nicolas will have to decide how much their friendship is worth if they want a true Happily Ever After.

Book Review

The Color Plague – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★★★ (4.75/5 stars)

Iria finally has the life she was destined: at last, she is living in the palace with her sister, Helena, and is finally a true princess. But that doesn’t make her happy. She feels alone, misunderstood, and like a stain on the palace culture. On top of that, an impending plague is threatening witches across the kingdom…and her life could be on the line.

In a compelling adventure, Iria sets sail with Princess Oen, Commander Elias of the Guard, and a barrage of others including Vima, Luce, and Kaed, to find the source of this plague. But along the way, the real victory is the confidence Iria builds and the friendships she forms.

Emily Poirier is a master at analyzing these relationships. With Iria, the reader grows; we learn more about each of the characters, grow into each of the relationships, and feel our hearts break over loss. I woke up at 4 AM, and unable to sleep decided to read a couple chapters…only to stay awake and completely finish the book, unable to put it down. By the end, I was crying over the losses Iria went through, but also smiling over her successes. I became connected with this crew, and I was so sad to see their voyage end. I can only hope they’ll go on an adventure again! Although, Iria would need a lot of persuading from Oen for that to happen.

While I loved everything about this book, the only place I thought it fell short was the overall conflict between the cause of the plague and Iria, Oen, and Elias. Poirier does an amazing job touching on the magic elements, something that wasn’t as prominent in the The Color Thief, and developing the key relationships between characters, she neglected focusing on this central conflict that resolved a bit too quickly in my opinion. But, that did not take away from my overall enthusiasm over the story! The world building was absolutely phenomenal, with beautiful descriptions and analysis of color, that in the end the small nature of the “main conflict” did not feel that small at all.

This book is everything I was hoping The Color Thief would be, and more! I cried, I smiled, and I fell in love with the motley crew. Without a doubt, I would recommend that you pick up The Color Thief Duology! You will not be disappointed.

Read my review for The Color Thief here.

What’s it about?

Iria should have been a Princess. Instead, she spent twenty-seven years struggling to survive in the Wasteland beyond her kingdom’s borders. Now, thanks to the love and bravery of her sister, Iria finally has the life she was born to. She never has to worry or struggle again.

So why is she still unhappy?

When her magic finds the source of the plague that has been killing witches, it becomes clear that Iria is the only person with a chance of stopping it. Iria hopes that this quest will allow her to avenge a fallen friend, but doing so would require her to stop grieving and move on, and she’s not sure how to do that yet. She’s not sure how to be part of a team, either, and she’ll be forced onto one that doesn’t know her but fears her anyway, and she’ll have to battle their distrust as well as the plague.