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Monday, January 11, 2016

Paperglass by A.R. Ivanovich

Paperglass in the second book in the War of Princes Installment by A.R. Ivanovich. This book is actually a newer, updated edition of her previously self-published novel Dragoon. The story starts where Haven left off, with Katelyn Kestrel, the main character, being safe and sound back in Haven. After dealing with the horrors of the outside world, Katelyn never wants to venture to the outside world again. However, a team of explorers sent to explore the outside never made it back to Haven and they were unfortunately captured by the evil Prince Raserion, the leader of the Western Kingdom. Because Katelyn has the ability to find anything she is looking for, she is chosen to go search for the team by Haven’s leaders, who apparently do know some information about the outside world and how to get there. So, Katelyn finds herself having to face her fears and once again venture into the outside world, where she hopefully will find the lost team, and reconnect with Rune, who was her love interest in the previous book.

All in all, I really did enjoy this novel. Just like the last one, it was intriguing, exciting, and gripping. This novel also thankfully gave more information about Haven’s history and answered some questions that needed to be answered.  I do have to say though, I did think that the previous novel, Haven, was a bit better than Paperglass, but that being said, it was still an excellent follow up.  I was lucky enough to be able to get all four books in this series and I truly cannot wait to read the other two books in the series and see what happens to Katelyn, Rune, and all of her friends.

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

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Haven by A.R. Ivanovich

I have read a lot of books in the last few months, and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. However, Haven is probably one of my favorites that I have read recently. It is written by author A.R. Ivanovich, and is the first book in the War of Princes series. When I picked this book to review, I was intrigued by the description of the book and was pretty excited to read it. Basically, it is the story of a 17 year old girl named Katelyn Kestrel. She lives in the country of Haven, which has remained isolated from the rest of the world for many years. Katelyn has always found life in Haven quiet and boring, and she finds herself wondering what lies outside of the mountains that protects their sanctuary. Katelyn has always had a special “gift” in that she can always find what she is looking for. Because of this, she has no problem finding the hidden doorway to the outside world. Once outside of Haven, she finds a world that is more dangerous than she ever could have imagined.

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book, and I was so glad that I have the rest of the series to read now too. I loved the story and the pictures that the author created with her writing. I am a book nerd, and I really do enjoy fantasy and science fiction. If a book has magic and fantasy aspects to it, I am bound to love it and this book did not disappoint. I liked the main characters, and the romance aspect of it was nice too. Katelyn was a strong female character, but that did not truly come out until later in the book (and in the other 3 books) because she was adjusting to her newfound identity. She spend most of her life sheltered and living a comfortable life, and it took her a little while to find her strong willed side. I do have to say, that when I read the first few pages, I was not into the book and wanted to stop reading, but I advise you to keep reading. It is so worth ii!  All in all, I recommend this book to all lovers of young adult and fantasy.


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