Innovera Yakov is a story about a bunch of teens in a distant world. They live together, learn together, and are tested together. Innovera Yakov is a...moreInnovera Yakov is a story about a bunch of teens in a distant world. They live together, learn together, and are tested together. Innovera Yakov is a bright and happy place. People can fly, they can develop special powers like healing, fire damage, and more. And to be even happier and more powerful, they can merge with the one person they feel connected to most.
Ayana, Blu Tara, Gamma, and Shay are four of the girls who live in this world and the story mostly centers around them. My favourite of the characters was Ayana, the girl who heals. All four of them also feel connected to the boys - Skylar and Krave are both high on the list as important characters. Some of them are even considering merging with their chosen one.
But some of them are also purposefully, and accidentily drawing the attention of Ice, a man from the dark side of the world who is more like a spirit, consuming the lives of others to stay alive. This brings on a pivotal event in the novel, the changing, which brings the Innoverans together as they come into even more powers and start their journey to another world.
I thought this was a very creative and unique tale. I don't know what it was about the story but it felt like there was some kind of very spiritual message in there. I don't know if the author did this on purpose or maybe I was reading too much into it. There was something very beautiful about Ayana and her faith in this unseen power who is guiding her along the way.
I also loved the world. There was so much creativity in it. I don't even know where to begin. First of all, this isn't some alternative world. Earth still exists. This is a different place in the same world as ours but it also works very differently. Like I said above, everyone can fly, and people have powers. Then there is this merging thing going on. I also loved the dark world aspect to it. It was like each world on this planet were two different sides of a coin. There is also some really cool technology going on. It's subtle, but it's there too.
However, I do have two problems with this book. The first is that even though the book started out great, I got really confused around the middle part. There were so many different characters, the world was completely different than anything I've read before, and I couldn't remember which of the characters were together, who were friends, and who were enemies. Then there was their backstory to read about as well. It took a while to figure it all out, so I have to say I didn't enjoy the story as much as I could have. I didn't really feel like it was an info-dump, but maybe there was too much going on for me to handle all at once.
Secondly, I couldn't stand the arguing between Blu Tara and Gamma. Once or twice is fine and can add a lot of drama to the story but I don't think they had even one scene together where they were getting along. They were supposed to be twins and it would have been nice to see that connection Blu Tara is trying so desperately to hold on to.
Overall I enjoyed the story and would read a second book in this series. The ending was incredible and makes me want to read more. However, I did have those two problems with it and so I have to give it a lower rating than I originally anticipated. It's one to check out, in any case.
I picked this book up because I really liked the idea of reading about a girl being chased by assassins. The fact is was set in a fantasy world was al...moreI picked this book up because I really liked the idea of reading about a girl being chased by assassins. The fact is was set in a fantasy world was also a bonus. I'm really glad I did because it was so entertaining and nothing like I've ever read before.
Annanna is a pirate but she's stuck on land. Having run away from the boy her parents wanted her to marry, into the desert, Annanna has a very grim outlook on where she is and what's in store for her. She doesn't believe the assassin's exist so when her future-husband tells her their family will send one after her she doesn't think twice about leaving. I love that mystery element to the story. Even though everyone has heard of the assassin's, nobody actually believes they exist until they come into contact with one. Annanna complicates things further by saving Naji and getting herself caught up in his own curse - he must stay by her side and protect her from now on. They go on a quest to lift the curse but it's more complicated than either of them imagined.
This is really an adventure book and there are so many things about the fantasy world that we find out along the way. I think my favourite part of the story was the pirate ship because it really let Annanna's personality and background shine through. The fact that Naji was so out of place there was very entertaining as well.
This book has a lot to offer and was for me a very fast paced and quick read. I liked that much of the story is yet to happen. It gives me something to look forward to in the sequels. Although there wasn't a cliffhanger, there is still much left in the story to happen. Also, I was pleasantly surprised that the romance element was pushed way back into the background and is developing at a normal, realistic pace. I didn't think it was too important to the story so I'm happy with where it went in this book.
A great book. It was well written and entertaining. A solid good book to read.
I fell in love with The False Prince, and I fell hard! After finishing this book I wanted to take it to the altar and marry it, that's how much I love...more I fell in love with The False Prince, and I fell hard! After finishing this book I wanted to take it to the altar and marry it, that's how much I loved it. So I will have a hard time writing this without gushing over it, but I will give it a try.
From the first page I got sucked in. I mean, how could the line "I've never attempted roast thievery before, and I was already regretting it." not make me want to read on and find out a) who this character is and b) what was going to happen next. And then it was pretty much like that for the entire book. Every page I read made me want to read more and there was no natural place to stop reading because I felt like I would miss something if I did.
The characters were awesome. Between Sage, the other two orphans Roden and Tobias, Conner, Mott, Cregan, and...everyone else...I just wanted to sit down with every single one of them and hear their stories. The fact that the author gave me just that (without actually going into fictionland) made me all tingly, like a good comfort food feast.
Jennifer A. Nielsen was brilliant. She gave me everything I desired from this book. Every. Single. Thing. I finished it days ago and my head is still spinning from all the things that happened, the characters, and the world created. Highly, highly, highly recommended! Probably my favourite book this year.