Stolen Songbird: Review

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I read this books ages ago but forgot to write a review it. So, I had to go back and skim through it to refresh my memory.

The book is all-in-all a good read (but not a great one) For starters, it felt quite a drag.
The world building was done very well. And the introduction to the whole set up and the troll themselves were the parts I liked. Also, troll-related myths were debunked as the plot moved forward. However, the writing felt simplistic.

Cécile is strong willed girl who gets kidnapped and taken to the hidden underground city of Trollus where she is destined to fulfill a prophecy. I liked her take-no-nonsense attitude and her overall development. Tristan is the handsome-but-salty prince of Trollus, but as we get to know more about him, he is living a life which he didn’t choose for himself, and perhaps Cécile might be able to help them both.

The MC’s (Cécile and Tristan) were well developed and were complete opposites to each other. They love story had a decent progress and story progresses which didn’t make it seem rushed or forced. The side characters were also interesting, and I would like to read more about them.

The story is a bit slow-paced, but when the plot twists came, I was taken by surprise and flew by the last 1/3 of the book.

Overall 3.5 out of 5.

(I remained thoroughly claustrophobic the whole time we were in Trollus)

A Court of Frost and Starlight: Review

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Waste of time.

I had pre-ordered this book but now I’m re-considering to even order the remaining books in this series.

ACOFAS starts off after some time has passed from the events of ACOWAR. Ferye, Rhys, and the inner circle are learning to accept themselves after what they’ve lost during the war and preparing for the festivities of the Winter Solstice.

This book lacked the SJM fast-paced writing and several paragraphs felt repeated sometimes with the exact same words. The plot itself didn’t progress much further. In just 229 pages, it actually felt that it was quite a useless read.

There were several chapters that were either a flashback sequence or just the characters remembering

the past events. In my opinion, those chapters were simply there to add to the word count because honestly someone reading this novella is more likely to have read the previous 3 books.

Moreover, having read more POC books of POC Authors/POC Characters in the duration from ACOWAR to ACOFAS, this book felt utterly ‘white’.

1.5 out of 5 stars.

Living Underground: Review

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Living underground is short story.

It’s the thoughts of a woman who frequently takes the London metro. She thinks about her past love, to her current observations of her surroundings, to what she plans to do once she reaches home.

Josie Jaffrey managed to write an intriguing story in under 15 pages, that was both mysterious and had a sense of both lover’s regret and compassion.

Overall 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Vortex Visions: Review

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A Must Read!

Vortex Vision is a sequel to the Air Awakens Series with a time leap of 20 or so years. While you don’t need to read the first 5 books of the original series, I felt that it gave an extra depth and background to the characters and how the story unfolds having read the series not so long ago.

Vi Solaris, Daughter of Aldrik Solaris and Vhalla Yarl and heir to the Solaris Empire, is shown to be a steadfast strong young lady much like her mother, Vhalla. While she is having trouble to control her magic, she soon discovers that it might be entirely something else and she discovers that she might very well be the key to save her world. 

The story is very well-paced and Elise Kova’s writing has involved considerably from her world-building to creating suspense and heartbreaking romance. The action sequences and plot points are well thought out and make this book a page-turner. The romance has its own pace and doesn’t seem over the top at any moment and it feels tangible. The characters; Andru, Taavin, Jayme, Ellene, Jax, and the rest are well developed. I can’t wait to read more of them. 

This will definitely be one of favorite books from Elise Kova. Recommended for all YA Fantasy Fans (totally recommended if you’ve read the original series because this book is so much better). 

5 out of 5 Stars. 

(This review is based on an e-ARC provided by the Author)

International Book Fairs 2019

its a new year, which means new Book Fairs to go to! I’ve come across a comprehensive list of international book fairs. Yes, the list includes book fairs from ALL over the world!

The fairs are arranged in chronological order but can be filtered by region as well. It’s one of the best collective book fair calendars I’ve stumbled upon.

Without further a-do, here’s the link to the page: https://www.kotobee.com/blog/international-book-fairs-2019/

Credits: Kotobee Blog https://www.kotobee.com/blog/

FTK 🙂