Review: Protector (Night War Saga #1) by Leia Stone and S.T. Bende

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Goodreads Summary:

Love. Honor. Protect.

As an Environmental Studies major, Allie knows the planet is in trouble – a series of natural disasters recently rocked the northern hemisphere, and species across the globe are going extinct. What Allie doesn’t know is that her world’s decline is a casualty of an ancient battle called the Night War – the Norse goddess Nott’s crusade to control the weakest of the light realms. And Allie most definitely doesn’t know that her existence is the only thing stopping Nott from dragging the earth into total darkness.

When four gorgeous guys show up claiming to be Allie’s Asgardian protectors, she thinks they’re delusional. And when they order her to hunt down the pieces of an immortal weapon, she’s convinced they’re insane. But when Allie’s attacked, the guys’ crazy stories of demigods and dark elves begin coming together. And Allie’s not sure what scares her more – losing her life to the Goddess of Night . . . or losing her heart to one of her protectors.

Let the hunt begin.

My Review

S.T. Bende strikes again! I love this girl’s books and Leia Stone added an awesome touch! It’s always nice to delve back into the world of Norse Mythology and I love learning about a new god and goddess each time I open one of Bende’s books!

Protector follows the story of Allie, a freshman in college whose world becomes rocked when she finds a weird necklace that won’t come off of her neck and meets a strange guy claiming to know about her gift of seeing peoples’ energies. Before she knows it, Allie gets thrown into a brand new universe in which the gods from her Norse Mythology class are far from myth. Allie is a part of a prophecy that could mean the end or the saving of earth as she knows it. She is far from alone in her journey though. She has four smoking hot protectors on her side in her quest to save the planet from the destruction.  One of which, Tore, is bound to steal her heart along the way. Not a bad deal, am I right?!

Protector was a lovely start to what is sure to be a wonderful series! The movement was constant and the universe that these two ladies created was epic to say the least. That was probably one of the best parts about the book. The travel between planets and the different settings provided a fantastic backdrop to the events.

The romantic tension was a constant throughout the story, which of course led to romantic frustration, but the ending made it all worth it. I look forward to seeing where things go between Tore and Allie, cause I’m sure it’s bound to be hot! This book was definitely an introduction, I can tell that the best is to come.

If you are looking for an action packed Norse Mythology young adult book, then Protector is the book for you! Buy it on Amazon here!

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Review: A Matter of Fate (Fate #1) by Heather Lyons

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Goodreads Summary:

Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn’t a normal teenage girl. She’s a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she’s a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she’s to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.

That’s nothing compared to the boy trouble she’s gotten herself into. Because a guy she’s literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.

Chloe’s once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.

My Review

I absolutely loved Heather Lyon’s Collectors’ Society series, so I was more than excited to read her Fate books! I have to say I’m a little disappointed. This book took me on such an emotional rollercoaster. Tt wasn’t the good kind of rollercoaster. I didn’t dislike this book by any means, I was just overly frustrated by the characters!

A Matter of Fate focuses on the perspective of Chloe, a Magical with the powers of a Creator. She can make and destroy most anything. Her power is very much so coveted, which puts her and all those she cares about at risk. Before she knows it there are forces after her that she has never heard of as her world becomes rocked to its core. To make matters worse, the boy she’s been visiting in her dreams all her life shows up with his twin in her high school. This boy happens to be the love of her life and she didn’t even know he existed until his appearance. Now her heart is torn as she finds herself equally drawn to not only him but his twin brother as all. Fate is cruel indeed.

Chloe’s emotions were all over the place throughout this entire book, I literally could not get my head around it. She was in love with Jonah, then she was in love Kellan and then Jonah and then Kellan. It was an endless frustrating cycle. I couldn’t understand why she was making the decisions she was making. It killed me inside to see her hurt each guy who clearly loved her so much. The book focused more on the insane love triangle than the plot with the magicals and the impending doom, which was surprising, but I should have expected as much based on the title!

I truly enjoyed the premise behind A Matter of Fate, it was highly unique and different from previous fantasy novels I’ve seen. The world that was created was intriguing and the powers that each person had were amazing to consider. However, I grew very impatient with the ongoing romantic struggle between the characters. The entire last 20% was spent over this insanely ridiculous conflict that could have been so easily resolved if it had not been dragged on so long. I literally rolled my eyes a few times. Don’t get me wrong, the content had me hooked throughout. I couldn’t put it down, but I just felt that the ending events were drawn out past the point of enjoyment. I’m glad that certain things were explained in the end to provide me with some closure at least.

I look forward to seeing what is in store for these characters in the following books. I would still recommend you read A Matter of Fate if you’re looking for an emotionally intense fantasy read.

Buy it on Amazon here!

Review: An Ember in the Ashes (Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir

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Goodreads Summary:

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

My Review

I have heard all the hype on An Ember in the Ashes and have seen it all over bookstagram, but I never really knew what it was about until I picked it up! I actually have had this book checked out for over a month and had to keep renewing it until I was able to finally read it! And wow was it worth the wait!!! I absolutely loved this book!

The story follows the two perspectives of Laia and Elias, it alternates chapters between the two, which got pretty frustrating let me tell you. Almost every chapter ended on a cliff hanger and you had to wait to see the others POV to get back to that, it was great when the two characters began to finally interact with one another because you were able to learn more as you went. Anyway, Laia is a slave and Elias is a soldier, who happens to be the son of the leader of the army. However, things are a lot more complicated then a division of class between these two characters. Laia is forced into becoming a spy for the resistance in order to save her imprisoned brother, and Elias must make the most difficult decision of his life when he is thrown into a series of Trials made to test the very fabric of his soul. Their lives become remarkably intertwined as the stakes rise higher and higher.

The plot twists and developments in this book were non-stop!! I was so completely hooked from the start! The characters were beautifully structured and the story was very fast paced. The relationship between Elias and Laia was so endearing and very differently formed compared to past books. Though this book is not heavily romantic, it added greatly to the meaning of the content. The world that Tahir created is unlike any I’ve encountered. I cannot wait to see what comes next!! I am so eager to get my hands on book three!

If you are looking for the next great adventure, filled with twists, and epic characters, then I would most definitely recommend you read An Ember in the Ashes! Pick it up on Amazon here!

Review: The Affiliate (Ascension #1) by K.A. Line

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Goodreads Summary:

On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm’s lifelong plans come to fruition when she’s chosen for one of the most prestigious positions in her homeland—an Affiliate to the Queen.

Or so she thinks.

When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene’s position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have…

King Edric himself.

Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.

My Review

The Affiliate was a unique fantasy story that puts a twist on the “coming of age” story! When Cyrene turns 17 she is placed into a presenting ceremony in which her future will be decided. She lucks out and is placed into the 1st class position of Affiliate and to the queen no less. However, court life is not all that it seems, and Cyrene soon becomes ensnared in an unexpected relationship, and a string of murders seem to lead back to her as the main target.

Cyrene was an admirable lead, she worked with what she had and took everything in stride. So much gets thrown at her at once but she never falters for a minute. It was hard to remember that she was so young based on how she reacted. I also really liked the diversity of the characters. Each one has their own individual part to play and they all added depth to the story. I’m super conflicted over the romance in this book, because at this point I don’t see how things are going to work out for them

Though I felt that the story itself was unique, I couldn’t help but feel that most of it was just build up. It took until around 85% of the way through before the main point of the plot was revealed! I’m expecting lots of plot movement in this next book titled The Bound of which I am currently reading the ARC. The Affiliate ended with not necessarily a cliffhanger but certainly in the middle of the action. I’m super intrigued to see where this world takes me.

If you’re looking for your next fantasy read, I would recommend checking out The Affiliate.  Buy it on Amazon here!