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Sora Fallcrest always dreamed of adventure, but as a member of the nobility, she learned the ways of a Lady instead. Now seventeen, she is expected to choose a husband and marry. She plots to run away, but just as she is stepping out the door, she runs into a mysterious man--and is kidnapped.

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Paperback, Second Edition, 250 pages
Published April 18th 2012 by Runaway Pen
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Kate It is extremely well paced within the series, the first book offering subtle, sweet moments that are realistic and understandable. However, keep…moreIt is extremely well paced within the series, the first book offering subtle, sweet moments that are realistic and understandable. However, keep reading and trust me when I say, you will keel over from the adorable-ness (is that a word? :D) that books 2,3,4 offer ;)(less)
Lise Well, it has been some time since I read it but I can tell you that there is no "sex" scene or anything, kisses okey but it isn't that that will…moreWell, it has been some time since I read it but I can tell you that there is no "sex" scene or anything, kisses okey but it isn't that that will prevent anyone from reading this book. However, there can be some scenes of violence with blood and all... The plot isn't really complicated so I don't think that it should be a problem..
So I would say that it would be for around 15/+ ;)

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Rachel Carter
Jan 20, 2015 Rachel Carter rated it really liked it
Yes, this book is free. So do yourself a favor and download it for your kindle. Because really what can you lose?
I was a bit leery to read a YA fantasy with a noble lady as the protagonist... I mean, it’s been done. Many, many times. But I read the first couple pages… and no surprise: Sora was beautiful and rich and kind to the servants and of course all she wanted to do was live her own life… But then I kept reading.

And reading...

And you know what? Sora grew on me.

By the time I had
Norah Una Sumner
3.5 stars

Meh. Everything about this book was a serious meh. But hey, it's free on Amazon so I'm not going to bitch about it! But my biggest problem was that the only character I got attached to was Dorian. I know, I know, that didn't turn out quite as I was hoping to. Crash and Sora were both really decent. I wasn't annoyed with them but they didn't make me feel anything. I just didn't care for them. Burn, on the other hand, is a really great character and I liked him a lot as well. I got really

FREE on Amazon!

I've been having a little trouble lately finding books that manage to keep me entertained throughout. I wouldn't exactly call it a book slump, but I've definitely been easier to please.
Which is why I've been doing some re-reads of books I really enjoyed in the past, one of which is Sora's Quest by T.L. Shreffler, and I feel like I should finally do a review of it.

I really am not into High Fantasy. Stories of that genre have the tendency to be too abstract for my simple little mind
T. Smith
Aug 19, 2012 T. Smith rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying, Cover LOVE! The story did not disappoint, I was jerked in from the first page and, before I knew it, I was screaming at my Kindle because I’d come to the end. The writing and the story are completely original and, although you’re just reading the story, it will seem as though you’ve been swept away and dropped into the middle of Sora’s world; Shreffler is just that good a writer. Her characters embody realism, depth and courage.

Crash (AKA Viper) stole the book for me thou
Ornella (Nyx)
Jun 08, 2014 Ornella (Nyx) rated it it was ok
I guess you could say I had high expectations for this series. It's a fantasy, there is an assassin involved. I was sold from the get-go. The raving reviews just solidified my resolve to read this. I was expecting it to be awesome. It wasn't.

It wasn't bad, but I wanted better. Let me break it down so I can make it easier.

World-building (3.5/5): It wasn't as lush and detailed as it could be/wanted it to be, but it was more than decent enough. We get told of different races, the War of the Races,
3.5-4 STARS

PLOT - 4

I LOVED IT. The main female character was a bit annoying at times especially in the beginning, but it's bearable. I immensely enjoyed the adventure (oh, how I missed reading books like this!) and totally had a hard time putting the book down. I also loved the non-existent slash barely-there romance (I'm a sucker for anything subtle but powerful). No offense, but I think the cover/covers didn't do this series
Mar 21, 2016 Stacy rated it it was amazing
Here is the book that got me obsessed with reading again! I've gone awhile without finding a series that I could really love. This is going on my favorite books ever shelf. I read all 4 books in 5 days because it was so danged good.

This book has a fantasy/paranormal feel to it. The main character (Sora) is a noble that wants to run away from her terrible father. Sora's father is murdered on the same night that she planned to run away. She ends up being kidnapped by the same person that murdered
Oh, this book... What did I just read?? It was over way too fast!!

(Ok, Tracy, take a deep breath...)

I don't even know where to begin. How about... what an adventure!! Holy-non-stop-tension-danger-humor with a mash-up of cold banter and blooming tolerance. These four characters made for an entertaining read. I enjoyed tagging along with Sora and watching her slowly develop into a fighter. And Crash! There are no words for what this guy experienced and how he changed throughout the book. I hope I
Feb 02, 2015 Kel rated it liked it
Shelves: pub-indie
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My experiences with self-published works vary from good to bad to ugly. Luckily, this is one of the "good." I downloaded it to my Nook on a whim, read it during a crazy reading mood, and was pleased to find a good old fashioned fantasy adventure with danger, magic and killer cat people.

What I Liked:
I want more information on the world and the magic system, but I'm pretty happy with the little I've seen.

The characters gr
Apr 26, 2012 Gianne rated it really liked it
Sora's Quest was such a fun read! During the whole time I was reading this, I felt like I was whisked away to a brand new world with endless possibilities of adventures and wonders.

I really liked the world building, especially the mythology and all the different races. I also loved the way how magic was perceived in this book, how it was mysterious and powerful and even dangerous. The only problem for me was that I wish there was more world building! I wanted to actually experience the different
Intisar Khanani
Apr 18, 2013 Intisar Khanani rated it it was amazing
**This is a review of the newly revised edition, released March 2013

About to be put on display to attract a suitor (i.e. the highest bidder), Sora decides to run away directly after her dance performance. Unfortunately for her, she's not the only one planning something: an assassin crashes the performance and kills her father. Fleeing in the ensuing chaos, Sora manages to escape the chaos, only to run into (quite literally) the assassin. Since he can't afford for her to blow his cover, he takes
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Sep 13, 2013 Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm) rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, review
This and my other reviews can be found at

Sora is not happy that her father is marrying her to a stranger, so she plans to run away. However before she can, her father is murdered and she is kidnaped by the assassin and a thief of a thought long extinct magical race called wolfies. However Sora is wearing a Cat’s Eye, a necklace that can protect her, which might help her complete her quest.

This is a YA fantasy book which is usually my favourite type of boo
Apr 10, 2016 Daphne rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

I'm just too irritated by the main character.
The story has so much potential. I think it would have been prefect if Sarah J. Maas or Julie Kagawa had written it.
Eli Hinze

I have a weird relationship with this book. My affection for it is split along a very clear divide. There’s the first 80% of the book, which I’ll review in one chunk, and then the remaining 20%, which I will also review in its own separate chunk.

So, let’s take a look at the first 80%.

For the first 80% of the book I really wasn’t feeling it. It read more like a middle grade book to me. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with middle grade, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I didn’t feel a hug
Emmeline (The Book Herald)

This is such an amazing book! The essence of Fantasy done right!

When I started the book, I had a stomach flop moment where i was like "Oh dear, rich girl hating her privileged life...great" but Shreffler made me eat my words and for the first time I didn't mind whatsoever!

Sora is an amazing character! She is not an amazingly strong girl, but she has spunk! The right amount of spunk that made you love her as the book progressed.

Shreffler made me adore ALL the characters, t
Kalla [A Bookish Nerd]
I actually liked this.

I'll admit that I didn't have high expectations going into this book despite the raving reviews. I didn't like the cover despite the gorgeous girl. I didn't like the blurb, either, despite the fact that it wasn't horrendous. I don't know what my problem was. I just didn't think I would like it.

I was wrong.

The characters each had their own personalities that made them unique. The plot was easy enough to follow, but it was also very intricate. The time era in this book was
OMG - I’m literally in love with this book. This becomes one of my ultimate favourite book series ever!! AND THE COVER :O !!! JUST LOVE IT!!!

And Crash really stole my heart the more you are with him in the book. There is plenty of action going on, and I liked the way the different races where described and can’t wait to read more of Crash background in Viper Creed!

Sora she’s young and unsure of herself but she’s quite clever and she learns fast. Without her noticing at first, she exactly becomes
Michelle Book Briefs
Oct 21, 2012 Michelle Book Briefs rated it really liked it
I have to be honest, after reading the first few chapters of the book, I didn't think I was going to like it too much. Now thinking about it, that was way too early for me to even be thinking about writing off any book, let alone a review book. So I kept on reading, and from the moment Sora left the castle, I was riveted! I ended up enjoying Sora's Quest so much. It just had a bit of a slow start to me and then it really took off. The part I didn't enjoy at the beginning seems like only one spec ...more
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I admit in the beginning Sora was really annoying. She seemed like a little girl running away from home and her responsibilities. Making rash decisions etc. I was also shocked when she didn't have much of a reaction when her father was attacked. Like, I know you hate him, but he's your father? She just thought of herself and took that chance to run away. Anyways, after a few days spending with the assassin and the Wolfies, she seemed to become more mature and less irritating. By t
Kendall Berg
I put off reading this book FOREVER (despite coming up on all kinds of recommended lists) basically because the cover art was super childish.

But I was feeling a new read yesterday - and I got HOOKED!


So we follow Sora - who admittedly is a bit annoying in this book (hang in there she gets WAY better in book two) as she is thrust into a world of magic with Crash - her father's assassin, Burn - the hulking Wolfy mercenary, and Dorain - the honest theif and Wolfy.

As they run from the law, and furthe
Pallabi Dutta {Devourer of Books and Tea}
4 stars.
So this book is permanently free on amazon, so I thought why not? I downloaded it on kindle. It was everything I was hoping for.
Sora, the protagonist of the story wants to lead a life of adventure, to live freely but her Lord Father and society expects her to marry on her seventeen birthday, when a blooming ceremony is held and suitors come forward but Sora has other plans. She plots to run away after the ceremony ends, to search for her mother but things don't go as planned. Abruptly s
Oh my…. wow.

This book was just…amazing. Wonderful. I can't even begin to describe how much I love this book. It's going on my Ultimate Favorites of 2012 shelf. That's how much I love this book.

I'll write a real review later because I'm already buying and starting the second one! :D

Update: read again on 11/25/13, and I swear I'm weeping.
Jul 07, 2015 Megan rated it liked it
Overall I found this book entertaining to read. The plot moved at a steady pace and most of the characters kept my interest, including the lead character Sora. I found her likable, determined, and able to stand up for herself. On the flip side, I did have a huge problem with the character of Crash who was supposedly hired to kill Sora's father. If I ever met someone that murdered one of my family members I don't think I'd react in the same taciturn way Sora did. Crash barely speaks the whole nov ...more
May 18, 2012 Danyelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-books
Hot bubble bath, Candles, backgroud music, and a good book. Great combination
Jodi Perkins
Feb 19, 2016 Jodi Perkins rated it really liked it
Fun little fantasy read, though in some ways I'm still trying to make up my mind on this one. On the one hand, I appreciate the fact that the author refuses to cave into YA cliches. You will not find insta-love in this novel. In fact, you won't find any romance in this novel. For 90% of the book, there is almost no chemistry between Sora and the would-be love interest, Crash. This is such a refreshing change from the YA norm, in which their storylines often can't survive without the romantic ele ...more
Nov 17, 2015 QUEEN rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Yo, QUEEN again, and this time with an epic book to tantalize you with! So, let me tell you how epic this book really is.... Point #1, I was almost bored with the beginning. I figured "Yep, typical book with a girl who hates noble life, is different from everyone else, and has a servant friend, boring. Yay." But then I decided to just keep reading cause you know, QUEEN just doesn't call it quits. And here's the best part of this review: I ENJOYED IT SO MUCH!! What, that wasn't good enough for yo ...more
Sep 14, 2014 Léna rated it it was amazing
I have no words. My emotions. It's four in the morning, I feel so empty after this journey, I can't stop crying and smiling at the same time. I'm frustrated, sad, happy, too many emotions right now. I will never be able to sleep now. I feel like Sora, It's like I found a family and they left me to keep living their adventure without me. I just want to cry and say them don't live me, take me with you because you're my family. That's what she should have said.

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Jul 22, 2013 Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, for-review
I love alternating POVs and this book has just that! It’s always so amazing to see what the other characters are actually thinking about when their POV is written because most books just have one POV and that’s usually the heroine or the hero, so you only get to see into their mind, no one else’s. I enjoyed the various POVs in this book and the villain’s POV is even written as well! I highly enjoy books like these, where there is a whole new world to be discovered, especially the different type ...more
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Oct 05, 2012 Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota* rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-buy-printed
Though i was not big fan of the covers, the summary had a pretty decent sound and really hooked me so i couldn't say no. There was just something that made me really want to read it.

And god, i'm so happy i did. The writing is fast and clean. Easy to read, with not much but enough to create every single in your mind perfectly. I totally fell in love with the descriptions of places and people. The story is really intriguing too. Especially when you start reading. There is a mystery around the char
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T. L. Shreffler lives in Los Angeles, CA. She loves diversity, fantasy, romance, iced tea, long walks, philosophy, and thrift store shopping. She recently graduated with a BA in Badass (Creative Writing) and her poetry has been published consecutively in Eclipse: A Literary Journal and The Northridge Review. She is author of The Cat's Eye Chronicles (YA/Epic Fantasy) and The Wolves of Black River ...more
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“Only the future matters, Sora. Guilt is an illusion, a way of lingering on the past. You can't change what happened." He held her eyes , carving himself into her mind. "You are alive. That is what you should worry about. Your thoughts can torture you— but not the dead. They've moved on.” 8 likes
“I'm not fooled, assassin. You may think you are removed from us—that you have come to terms with your own mortality—but I still had to drag Sora out of your arms.” 8 likes
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