I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1) by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #2
Published by Silver Wing Press on August 27th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Format: ARC, print ARC
Source: the author
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A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...
The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.
Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.
This book and I got off on the wrong foot, really. It was probably the
COMPLETELY inconsistent pacing that threw me off. I mean, sometimes things happen way too fast, (like the romance, ugh. More on that later) while others take foreverrrr (like, unfortunately, the rest of the plot).
So, let’s elaborate.
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE
1.) The pacing – Like I said, it was totally inconsistent. Other than what I’ve mentioned earlier, there were a few times when a weeks have gone by in a span of a page, and sometimes a single day takes a chapter. It could’ve worked, but there was just something rough about the transitions.
2.) The convenience and predictability – Let’s face it, this book was kind of one of those formula books where you’re never really shocked about anything since you saw things coming seven chapters away. You’re just so sure that the heroine isn’t in any real danger, and that just takes away most of the excitement.
3.) The love triangle – I just don’t get the point in it. It was senseless, trivial, and just overall really annoying. Did it add to the story? Nope. Did it give me any additional feels? Heck no. Did it serve a greater purpose for the plot development? Ha. No.
4.) The minor characters – They were INCONSISTENT AS HECK. ***minor spoilers for this section***
Exhibit A: Sareem, Vhalla’s close friend and one side of the love triangle. See, at first I was ALL for Team Sareem (hey, that rhymed), but then when he discovered a few of the secrets she kept, he exploded and turned into a complete asshole. AND THEN a few pages later he’s back to being a “good friend.” Kay.
Exhibit B: Roan, another one of Vhalla’s “friends.” She’s totally protective and caring about the first, but when she found out about all the Sareem/Vhalla business, she went on bitch mode, which sucks because, hey, what happened to sisters before misters?
THINGS I LIKED
1.) The character growth – Okay, so, I didn’t LOVE Vhalla at first–she was okay, mostly just your regular Special Snowflake heroine (you know, the kind who were really weak but were still labeled as “The One”), but she turned into a more believable heroine as the story flew by. She wasn’t unbelievably badass or unbelievably petty–she was just your average, relatable heroine, who was smart, open-minded and kind.
2.) The romance… at some point – AT FIRST the romance was a tad too fast paced and had no chemistry, but HOLY CRAP by the last 3/4ths of the book, I was just exploding with feels for a certain ship in this book.
3.) The ending – This book ended so strongly that I had to give this book 2.5 stars despite disliking so many things about it. There was a brilliant twist, intense action and a lot of things going on. It’s the kind of ending that’ll leave you wanting a lot more.
If you’ve read and enjoyed the more popular YA high fantasy novels out there, like Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass, you might find yourself enjoying Air Awakens as well. But if you think you’re not ready to dig into another cookie cutter YA, this might not be the book for you.