Friday, October 23, 2015

Winter Wolf by Rachel Raithby

When I received the book Winter Wolf to review I was very excited to read it based just on the cover and description. It is the first novel in the New Dawn series written by Rachel Raithby, and I thought it had a very intriguing plot. I have not read any other of her books, but after reading this series I know that I need to because I really enjoyed her writing style in Winter Wolf. This novel follows the story of Katalina Winters, whose entire world changed on her 18th birthday. After a tragic car crash takes the lives of her beloved adopted parents, Katalina finds herself plunged into an unknown world of shifters and wolves, where she has to change who and what she is. Then, in the midst of war and a controlling Alpha father, she meets Bass Evernight, who is from the pact they are at war with: Dark Shadow.

I absolutely loved this book. I loved that it was easy to read, and I was hooked from the very beginning, and finished it in a few hours. For me, this was one of those books where I have to put the entire life on hold until it is finished, yet did not want it to end. I finished this book with a smile on my face, and unlike other books where the ending is very unhappy and leaves you feeling extremely dissatisfied, I felt content with where the book ended. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, and cannot wait to read the next installment and other books written by Rachel Raithby.
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from NetGalley. 

The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomberbhoy

I really enjoyed reading The Last of the Firedrakes. This book is the first book in the series entitled the Avalonia Chronicles, and is written by Farah Oomberbhoy. I received this book as an advanced reader's copy through NetGalley, and I have to say I was not disappointed. The Last of the Firedrakes is a story about orphaned 16 year old Aurora. She has a tough time fitting in and school and is mistreated by her adopted family. One evening, she finds herself kidnapped, and dragged through a painting into a magic but dangerous world called Avalonia which is filled with fairies, mages, and evil queens.  While there, Aurora learns the truth about her parents, and must fight for her future and the future of all Avalonia.

Overall, I thought this novel was great. I thought that Farah did a good job creating the characters and developing their stories throughout the book. The main character, Aurora, was such a strong protagonist. She showed incredible bravery and power, yet she also had moments of weakness and self-doubt. I was hooked from the beginning, and to be honest, I could not put this book down until I was finished with it. It was intriguing and I just had to know what would happen. Plus, there was a bit of romance mixed in that was filled with mystery and secrets, which makes the reader want to know what is going to happen as well. I simply cannot wait to read the next installment. I give this book 8.5 out of 10, and would definitely recommend this book to lovers of young adult fantasy and magical stories.

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from NetGalley. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Illuminate by Tracy Clark

Illuminate by Tracy Clark was overall an entertaining and very worthwhile read. However, it is the third and final installment in the Light Keys Trilogy, and I have not had the opportunity to read the first two books in the series, so in the beginning I was a bit lost because it picks up basically where the second book ends. This being said, I still greatly enjoyed the book. The story line and plot was fascinating. I also greatly enjoyed the fact that the novel combined history, religion, and magic in a enchanting and beautiful way.

           While this book seems to be geared towards a young adult audience, it is very different from the young adult books that are popular today. Cora, the main protagonist and the one who is searching for the ancient clues, is in love with two men. One of them is a Scintilla like her, while the other is an Arazzi, the mortal enemy of the Scintilla. She knows she must choose between them, and this is where the book differs from others I have read recently because her choosing between them is not the main focus of the story. Her trying to do the right thing, save the world and save the people she loves is.  As I mentioned above, I have not read the other two in the series, but from just reading this one, I can tell that the series is a fantastic battle between light and dark, and I cannot wait to read the other two in the series. I enthusiastically recommend this series for all. 

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from Net Galley.