Melody’s Key: Featured Review

It is not so frequent that I relate to characters, but Melody’s Key was one of those gems. While I thought I was getting into a typical romance, it turned out to be a refreshing story which I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

The writing is easy to follow, and it gives the story its simple nature, with easy plot progression. Dallas’s strong point is character development. I absolutely loved Tegan’s character and how she evolved throughout the story.

Melody’s Key takes place in a countryside in England, where we are introduced to Tegan and her family. Soon, afterwards, we are introduced to the Tegan’s love interest, Mason. Throughout the rollercoaster of Tegan’s emotions, and what she been through, we -as the readers, develop a connection with all the characters and care for them equally (except for Cale, though).

The story progresses at a natural pace, without making any scene rushed or not needed. My other favorite piece were the letters from the past, although they don’t necessarily add to the main plot, they definitely pulled at my heartstrings.

I fully recommend Melody’s Key to anyone who is looking for a quick summer read. I am also looking forward to reading what Dallas might be writing in the future!!

Overall 4 out of 5 stars.

**I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review**

The Dragons of Nova: Review

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I was finally able to read this, been looking forward to it since the moment I finished TAoL. And It. Did. Not. Disappoint. (So far, it the best of Elise Kova’s works).

Elise managed to add everything that I felt was missing from book 1, and she did it wonderfully.

This is a direct continuation from the point where book 1 had ended. It is mostly set in the world of the Dragons, Nova, while we do have interludes of Loom in between.
Tensions rise up as Loom prepares for the rebellion, while Ari manages to stay in Nova (without causing too much trouble). We get a ton of characterization to Florence, as she steps-up from being just Ari’s shadow in book 1, to this hardcore woman in this book. We also see a other territories on Loom and new characters are introduced, who give light to the ‘other’ side of Dragon Rule.
As the inner workings of Dragons are introduced, we understand Cvareh a bit more, and so does Ari. Their romance has a gradual build-up and they stay true to their character. We also find out a bit about Ari’s past, but still majority of it is kept undercover.

This book maintains interest throughout, by its fast-paced and entertaining premise. Plot points are partly answered that were left open from book 1, and new twists are introduced. The new characters also have varying personalities that are dived upon enough to make the reader have certain regard towards to them. While the climax of book 1 had dissatisfied me, this book’s climax kept me on the edge until the last page, where is ends in a nasty cliffhanger (why, Elise!!).

I’m looking forward to the final book in the Loom Saga, meanwhile I’ll go re-read this book.

Overall 5 out of 5 Stars.

I Danced with Sorrow: Featured Review

I Danced with Sorrow handles topic that are barely whispered in today’s societies and kept behind closed doors. Alicia portrays it beautifully in this collection of her poems.

The collection completes a journey of girl who was suffering and then finds retribution through writing.

While I flew through the book, the feeling still lingered.

Overall 4 out of 5 stars.

**I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review**

The Alchemists of Loom: Review

31549513After reading all of Air Awakens series in less than two weeks, I just had to read this. Elise incorporated Dragons, Alchemy, and Steampunk in one gorgeous book, how could I ever not read this!

The writing was different than what Elise had done before, and it fit nicely into the setting of the book. It was POV chapters in third-person narrative. The story mainly revolved around Cvareh, a Dragon, who is on a mission; and Arianna known as the White Wraith – the enemy of all Dragons.

My favorite POV would have to be Petra with all her sass, she is a smart character, and I want to read more of her. Next would be Cvareh, in the course of this book, he grew the most in my opinion, from not caring about almost anything, to going lengths to accomplish something for someone else. Florence, was simply a joy to read.
Arianna, on the other hand, turned a bit annoying from time to time. Her background (and source of her vengeance) was not fully revealed, which I would have preferred. Leona, or more aptly named by Petra as the ‘King’s Bitch’ was a handful in the short chapters of her POV. It successfully also gave a glimpse of how ruthless Dragons can be and why Arianna might despise them.

The world building was amazing. It gave the steampunk vibe, which I absolutely loved, and incorporated elements of Alchemy and Magic seamlessly. That all being said, this is book one in The Loom Saga. There wasn’t a ton of action or romance, that I was hoping for. I also felt their ‘adventure’ to reach The Alchemists Guild was a bit anticlimactic.

Having read Air Awakens, I can positively say that climax-building, plot-twists and cliffhangers are Elise’s strong points, but they weren’t fully present in this book, and that leaves me on the edge of what to expect from the other books in this series.
I’ll be craving for more steampunk action, more angst romance, and a ton of world building from the second book, The Dragons of Nova *Now to wait until I get my hands on it*

Overall 3.5 out of 5 stars.

The Kiss of Deception: Review

16429619Run-away Princess, Kingdoms at a brink of an upcoming war, A Prince and An Assassin at her trail.

In short, the synopsis is slightly cliché with a hint of love-triangle. Not something I would read, however, I’m a sucker for Fantasy stories involving badass princess on the run.

While picking up the book, I thought that is resembled quite a bit with Carson’s The Girl of Fire and Thorns. (we all know how that went – my review for that can be read here). Fortunately, The Kiss of Deception has been everything I had hoped from the former book and I flew through its pages.

The book directly dives into POVs of our main three characters; The princess with a ‘gift’, The Prince, and The Assassin. Throughout the story, we get interludes of the Assassin’s and the Prince’s POV and their inner dilemma while the book continues on the development of the plot and the characters.

Kaden and Rafe, both, soon develop an interest in Princess Lia, however readers are kept in dark as to who is the assassin and who is the prince until past half of the book. The remaining half is where the story picks up and the bigger plot is revealed with an unraveling of a prophecy.

Mary Pearson excels at world building and still maintaining interest in the finer details of the differences in kingdoms, the languages spoken, and their cultures. The story was paced adequately, without being dragged and you start to care for all characters soon enough.

Overall I gave this a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Looking forward to reading the sequels.