Saturday, 11 June 2016

Air Awakens by Elise Kova Review

I am not even sure of where to start this review. I mean this book was INCREDIBLE!

So our main character, Vhalla is a library apprentice who was raised to fear magic, and the sorcerer’s who live in the tower. Very early on, she learns that she has magic of her own-a very unique and special affinity to air. Those with magic have an affinity of either air, water, fire, or earth (I believe that is all of them.) What I loved about the beginning of the book, was that Vhalla didn’t want her magic. Elise Kova did an amazing job with projecting real thoughts from Vhalla.
I’ve always noticed in many fantasy novels, when the MC finds out they are the “chosen one” or they have a special power, they kind of jump into it and is like “let’s go save the world!” I don’t know about you, but I always try to place myself in the shoes of the MC, and I am NOT brave. Not brave at all. If I had learned I had magic, and I was brought up to fear those with it, I’d get rid of it. I’d ignore it as long as I could, and that is what Vhalla did. She just wanted to be a normal girl, have a normal life, and continue on as a library apprentice. After she saves the Crown Prince’s life *swoons*, she learns of her magic and after some fighting with herself comes to accept it, and begins learning. Enter Prince Aldrik *swoons again* Let me just say how irritating that man is! BUT I LOVED IT! It worked for him! I enjoyed how Elise wrote him. Did I mention that he is a Fire Lord? I mean he is LITERALLY HOT! Okay, aside from that he really is irritating, and kind of rude, and has a pretty bad rap. I mean no one has anything nice to say about him. But as Vhalla gets to know him, we learn there is a softer side to him. I get why he is the way he is, growing up having something people are afraid of. I don’t want to give too much away on him. The handsome, irritating man always dressed in black.

 I do want to mention Vhalla’s character development. I think this
is very important. She starts off as this little librarian, who’s afraid of what she has, and blossoms into a young woman who stands up for herself, and what she believes in. I loved everything about her, mainly because I could identify with her. I used to be the same way until I realized I can’t just sit back and let people’s thoughts and beliefs become my own.

Elise Kova created an incredible world, though I do have to admit I did become a little confused on the history of the Solaris Empire, and the NSEW bit’s and where each affinity hailed from. A map would have been nice to be honest, but I feel like in the sequels we will learn a little more.

The secondary characters were alright, though I am a little curious about Larel, and what her relationship to Aldrik was. I need more on her. I was not here for Sareem at all. I had a feeling he was a close-minded person, and even after Vhalla revealed her secret he wanted to ignore it, and move on. Like, NO SIR. YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT IT LIKE PRINCE ALDRIK. I feel like we didn’t get too much on Roan, but I think she may become important later. Baldair, you handsome prince you… KEEP IT MOVING SIR.

I want to end off with saying, I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED any and all interaction between Vhalla and Prince Aldrik. I mean the tension was INCREDIBLE! I started reading at a restaurant before I went to work but I couldn’t put my Nook down and my salad got soggy because I was hooked. Elise literally reels you in pretty quickly, and then she doesn’t let go. AT ALL. On my downtime at work, I finished the last 15 pages, and I was SCREAMING! Such an amazing ending. For the next hour and a half, I was searching online for a box set so I can purchase it in a physical copy. Air Awakens was better than I expected it to be. I was super nervous because the covers are pretty awesome, and I didn’t want the book to be the opposite. And it wasn’t. I suggest this to all who love The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and even fans of Sarah J. Maas. Even Avatar: The Last Airbender fans, there is a lot of similarity!This was a beautifully written fantasy novel,  that pulls you in and does not let go. I have a feeling it won’t until you get to the final book Crystal Crowned which releases in July.

I want to thank Elise Kova for sending me a copy of this wonderful book to review! To celebrate the release of the final book in the Air Awakens series, she is hosting the Crystal Crowned Tour! Many bloggers will be reviewing this incredible series, and I am honored we were chosen as one of them! There will also be blog tours, which I can’t wait to check out. In my introduction post I mentioned a giveaway event, I look forward to.
 About The Author

Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she’s not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).

Read the complete Air Awakens series on Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Nook, or in physical formats. Available through most online retailers (links on each individual page):
Air Awakens:
Fire Falling:
Earth's End:
Water's Wrath:
Crystal Crowned:

Friday, 10 June 2016

Life Experiences

I was having a conversation with someone about attending book events, and I started thinking about how I started going out more and becoming more social.

Last February, I won screening tickets to the New York City red carpet premier for the film, Fifty Shades of Grey. (Yes, I had a fifty phase.) At first I was SO EXCITED. I mean, the cast would be there- Jamie Dornan *swoons*, Dakota Johnson, Aaron Johnson (Sam Taylor Johnson’s husband, also Quicksilver in the Avengers) would be there, and so many more! I’d also be able to meet up with a Fifty Shades group I follow on Facebook! But it was in New York City, and I live on Long Island (1 ½ train ride). I moved here from Florida YEARS ago, but I had never gone to the city by myself. How would I know where to go? What subway do I take? Why are there so many letters and numbers? Ultimately, I was too afraid to travel by myself and I didn’t go. The next day the Fifty Shades group posted so many photos of the premiere, photos with the cast, and an awesome dinner afterwards. I was so angry with myself for bailing. I didn’t go because I was afraid.

I swear that was the day I decided I wouldn’t let my fear hold me back. There is difference between feeling fear and letting that fear hold you back.

The next month at Ziegfeld Theatre, The Divergent Series: Insurgent premiere was held, and I learned about it in class a few hours before. I left class early, grabbed my Divergent DVD (I was dorming, and my books were at home) and hopped on the next train to NYC. That night I saw Theo James  *doubly swoon* in person, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller and I ended up getting Veronica Roth’s autograph on my DVD.

(one of the photos I took of VRoth)
     That summer, I met EL James, and went to The Hunger Games Exhibition by myself (on three separate occasions). I met Danielle Paige author of the Dorothy Must Die Series, booktuber Sasha Alsberg, Marie Rutkoski (The Winner's Trilogy), Heather Demetrios, and so many more amazing people. My biggest achievement was staying at a hotel BY MYSELF, in Times Square for Book Riot LIVE, a small booklovers convention held over the weekend! I have even made friends at these events that I keep in contact with still.

     I want to express that I totally understand not everyone has the money to hop on a train and go see an author or celebrity or whoever. For the Insurgent premier, I called my mom, and she deposited a few extra dollars into my account to make sure I had enough. I also understand you may not be old enough to get up and GO. I’ve been independent since I was 16, so I come and go as I please, so I know not everyone is the same. (Actually, I don’t encourage being so independent so young lol). But if you THINK, for one moment you can do something but you’re afraid, TRY. ASK. I say, check out author/ signing events in advance and plan! Maybe talk with your parents and try to work something out. If you are old enough to do these things on your own, please don’t let your fear hold you back. There are so many great life experiences that you’ll miss if you let your fear conquer you. Like I said, plan in advance. Google train routes, and bus schedules, even prices on a taxi or Uber.

    I also want to make it clear that if you have a bad feeling about something, then don’t do it. I’d never tell anyone to ignore their gut instincts.

    This summer I’ve decided to dedicate my time off to going to as many book signings and author events as possible. I don’t want my summer to be just about WORK. I want to have life experiences! I don’t want to go on Twitter and Instagram and see what an amazing time other people had, that I didn’t because I was afraid. My main point for this blog post is: don’t let your fear hold you back from doing something you want to do!

    I really wanted to share this with you all because for some reason, I think it’s very important to get that out there. I wasn’t always so adventurous. Sometimes I’m still afraid to do things by myself. I’m such a nervous nelly, and I always think someone is out to get me but I refuse to let that hold me back! I don't want to look back on something and think "Wow! I should've done that." Anyway, to continue my summer of book touring I will be attending Barnes and Noble National Teen Book Festival BFEST this entire weekend! Can't wait to meet Danielle Paige again, and meet some new readers and make new friends!