Sunkissed is the adorable third novel in Jenny McLachlan’s Ladybirds series and this time stars Kat, who finds herself on an unexpected adventure of a lifetime in this fun summer read.
Fashion lover Kat can’t believe she’s being sent to spend the summer with her flighty Aunt Frida in Sweden. She’ll be stuck on an island in the middle of nowhere with no electricity and no power. That means no phones, no TV and *gasp* no hair straightener! Kat isn’t sure she’ll survive the summer and foresees a miserable four weeks, but once on the island, Kat is surprised to discover some outdoor fun with the other locals and quickly begins having a better time than she could have ever imagined!
Sunkissed is a really light and fun book to read. If you’ve ever wanted to get away on an island escape, now’s the perfect chance to do so….through Kat. Jenny McLachlan is back with another light-hearted tale perfect for YA readers and creates a sweet, quirky and quaint read. As with all the books in this series, you’ll breeze through this novel with ease.
Those heading into this book can be forgiven for thinking Kat is a flaky, often self-obsessed teenager who over dramatizes things and spends too much time on her phone….because Kat is a flaky, often self-obsessed teenager who over dramatizes things and spends too much time on her phone, but boy is she so much fun. And you know what, she’s fifteen……….and she loves her friends and make-up and boys and fashion. She’s actually a sweet, caring person who loves her friends and family despite everything, and I wouldn’t have Jenny McLachlan write her any other way.
I actually think Sunkissed focuses the least around romance than any of the previous books do in this series. Sure, Kat and Leo have a little thing, and they are sweet, but McLachlan manages to make this novel more about Kat, her friends and her family than anything else. The aura of adventure within Sunkissed is complimented by some quirky Swede characters including Nanna, Otto and Kat’s Aunt Frida. Oh, and Pearl steps up as a true friend to Kat in this novel; beginning to truly win me over for the first time and make me excited about the prospect of her story.
Light-hearted and perfect for a summer afternoon or a light bit of reading fun, Sunkissed was a nice addition to the Ladybirds series and I for one cannot wait for the fourth and final instalment featuring Pearl! ...more
One is Sarah Crossan’s latest release and is a unique and beautiful tale of two sisters and their journey as conjoined twins.
Told in verse, One unfolds through the eyes of Grace, who alongside her sister Tippi make up a set of conjoined twins. At sixteen, both Grace and Tippi have been content with their existence, despite the difficulties they face in their day to day lives. Yet when lack of money sees their family no longer able to afford home-schooling, the girls are forced out of their comfort zone and must venture out into the world. Attending a normal high school opens their eyes and allows them opportunities they never had before; real friends, life experiences and maybe even love……
One really was a powerful, emotional and thought-inflicting, novel. Having read a few books by Sarah Crossan to date, I was excited about reading One, especially considering the concept is quite different and the fact it’s not what I would normally read. The prose within One is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and though I worried heading into the novel if I would struggle, I found it easy to read and found myself flying through the story.
The idea of conjoined twins is something Sarah Crossan explores really well within One. Crossan gives both twins real personality and highlights their natural human flaws. One of the things I really appreciated about in this novel is that both girls really aren’t these meek individuals. They’re strong in the sense they understand their strengths and their weaknesses and know what they’re capable of.
Grace has a very powerful voice. It’s raw and real and doesn’t hold back. The girls are going through something really difficult and as different aspects of their lives crumble you really feel for them. It’s almost like they can’t catch a break, but the fierce way they keep their heads up and keep moving forward only endears them to you more.
Throughout One, it’s impossible not to hope for a happy ending. Grace and Tripp are beautiful teenagers making the most out of their circumstances. You really hope they’re going to make through everything Sarah Crossan throws at them and Crossan delivers a very powerful and emotional ending ...more
Josephine Angelini is back with the second novel in her Worldwalker series, Firewalker, and continues to expand the already intricate world she introduced in Trial by Fire; taking readers on another magical adventure where not everything is as it seems.
After the events of the last novel, newly discovered witch Lily Proctor finds herself back in her own world….only she hasn’t returned alone. Her head mechanic and boyfriend Rowan has returned with her, having refused to let her go whilst she was on the pyre. Though Lily would love to forget everything that happened while she was in the alternate universe, her alter ego Lillian refuses to allow her to do just that; reaching out to Lily and even sending someone after her. With no choice but to return, Lily, Rowan and a new bunch of mechanics journey back, putting in motion events that will change the way Lily, Rowan and the Outlanders will view their world forever…..
Having enjoyed Trial by Fire, I was thrilled to discover that Firewalker more than lived up to its predecessor. Sometimes sequels fail to do so, but this is not the case with this novel, as Josephine Angelini expands on her already detailed world and adds another layer to the characters, mythology and creatures within her series. Loyalties are questioned and the motives of key characters are explored in a different light throughout Firewalker; especially Lillian.
Considering all that she has done, and will continue to do, we finally come to understand the reasons behind Lillian’s harsh actions and inexcusable behavior in Firewalker. And in thrilling fashion, Angelini manages to blur the line between good and evil; making you contemplate just who are the good guys versus the bad guys. Angelini makes you question the importance of doing things for the greater good, something we see her character of Lillian dealing with throughout the story.
Our main character Lily truly has grown throughout Trial by Fire and Firewalker. Towards the end of this second instalment, Lily reads very much like a seasoned woman, as opposed to the unsure teenage girl we first met. I like the growth in her and how Angelini showcases the differences between her and Lillian, while also expressing how very similar they are. This book really shows the power choice and free will can have on a person.
Alongside Rowan, Lily also takes on some new mechanics in Firewalker, including the “other” Tristan from her home world and characters Breakfast and Una. I loved the dynamic between these three together with Lily and Rowan. They really cared deeply about each other and I thought Josephine Angelini did a great job with the romance, friendship and camaraderie's in this novel.
The idea that the Woven are not as simple as they appear is something Angelini highlights in this instalment and if any of the discoveries we’ve made so far and the hints that have been dropped are anything to go by, then there is a lot Angelini has up her sleeve. And I for one am looking forward to discovering what that is.
Exciting and action packed, Firewalker is passionate, but not without its losses and revelations. Leaving readers at a critical moment Josephine Angelini sets us up excellently for the next novel; ensuring that readers like myself will be dying to get their hands on the next books as soon as possible. ...more
Trial by Fire kicks off Josephine Angelini’s new series and introdu**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Trial by Fire kicks off Josephine Angelini’s new series and introduces readers to a new intriguing world that mixes magic and danger together with romance and adventure in a tale that really takes being your own worst enemy to a new level!
Lily Proctor is allergic to the world. Having spent her whole life in and out of hospitals, experiencing seizures and illnesses none of the best doctors can identify, Lily is tired of being an outcast. Yet, when an attempt at being a normal teenager sees Lily heartbroken and seeking any kind of escape, the last think she expects is to be transported to a whole new world; a world featuring different versions of almost everyone Lily knows, a world very different than Lily’s own. Discovering quickly that magic exists and there’s a reason she is the way she is, Lily soon finds herself face to face with her own alter-ego, a very powerful and cruel woman who has her own agendas and isn’t above using Lily for her own gain…..
I’m not quite sure what I expected heading into Trial by Fire, but whatever it was it certainly wasn’t what I ultimately found….and yet I really enjoyed the story Josephine Angelini has created. I admit in the first couple of chapters I found the novel slow, but once I found my footing I discovered I very much enjoyed reading Lily’s tale.
Told in the third person, Trial by Fire primarily follows Lily, but that doesn’t stop Angelini from throwing in a chapter here and there not told through the eyes of our main character. This allows for a more rounded story as there are certain moments that Lily isn’t present for that are detrimental to the evolving storyline. I felt like Angelini’s world building was very well expressed and I like the way she has built this alternate world Lily finds herself in. As we quickly learn, it’s a blend of old and new with simple ways of living mixing with modern technology and magic.
Josephine Angelini’s writing is solid and details a vivid world, inhabited with many interesting individuals. At first I questioned whether I could some to adore Lily, but as the novel progressed she really wore on me. I think she’s one of those characters with real potential and I can see Angelini developing her a lot as the series progresses. At her heart, I think Lily is a kind, strong character and I look forward to seeing her grow.
Trial of Fire wouldn’t be complete if there wasn’t a love interest and a hint of romance to support its action, magic and adventure, something Angelini includes in the form of Rowan Fall. Now, I have no intentions of giving too much away, but there’s a complexity to Rowan and Lily’s relationship that makes for some unique conflict. The attraction is there, and Angelini builds on this with some sweet, tender moments as the two get to know each other during some complicated situations. Personally I loved the relationship between Lily and Roman and found myself hanging out for their next tension filled interaction. What can I say—I love those love-hate relationships, even if this one was more one sided and love seeing them change into something really powerful and fiery.
Overall I was very impressed with Trial by Fire. Perfect for fans of Maria V. Snyder and Sarah J. Mass, the vividly described world within the story has won me over, as have the cast of characters and all the possibilities for this series. I very much look forward to reading more!
Ink and Bone is the latest release by best-selling author Rachel Caine and introduces audiences to a unique and carefully detailed world that is unlike anything I’ve really seen.
Imagine a world where the Great Library of Alexandra was never destroyed. Where knowledge is everything and those who control the Great Library have almost complete control over society. Books are highly valued but strictly controlled, and though freely accessible, anyone caught with private books face the harshest of punishments. For Jess Brightwell, this world is a reality. And as the son of a black-market book smuggler, he knows the dangers that come from owning books better than anyone. Yet in a world on the brink of war, Jess finds himself being sent to the Library to vie for a converted position as a scholar and soon discovers that the Library holds more than vast knowledge; it also holds dangerous secrets that those in power will kill to protect……
In all honesty, Ink and Bone is a difficult book for me to review. Though I found it incredibly detailed, well thought out and clearly very complex, I also struggled heavily with it at times; especially in the beginning. Ink and Bone starts out very slow, but slowly begins to pick up about halfway through. I never found myself completely sucked into the story, but I did plod along and mostly enjoyed the book.
Rachel Caine has created a very unique world within Ink and Bone. Set in an alternate world of 2025, the world within the story is a mix of ancient and futuristic times. Featuring an aura that brings to mind Ancient Egypt and Victorian London on occasion, Ink and Bone takes readers through many different locations. Vividly described, after the initial difficulty I had, I did enjoy learning about this unique world Caine has created.
I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t think I fully comprehend everything Rachel Caine has introduced within Ink and Bone but I understood enough to read the book without too much trouble. The world of the Library is very detailed and complex. There is a range of different positions, terms and devices unlike anything I’ve seen before that give Ink and Bone a real edge. I think you need to persevere with this novel and concentrate to understand; especially in the beginning. However Caine does increase the pace as time goes on.
Maybe I’m coming along as too harsh, because despite the misgivings I had, there were times when I found myself very involved with Ink and Bone. Caine does a solid job writing through the eyes of main character Jess. His voice reads well and I actually really liked him as a character and individual. Those Jess meets during his time at the Library were really intriguing. Those vying for a place as a scholar really appealed to me and even Wolfe (who remind me as Professor Snape if I’m being honest!) began to win me over. Personally I think the characters were the real saving grace for me as I began to struggle with this novel.
Ink and Bone races towards an unexpected, but exciting ending, that actually has me wanting to read more. For all it's faults Ink and Bone steadily progresses to become a novel worth reading and I do look forward to seeing what will happen to Jess and those he knows next!
I Made Lattes for a Love God by Wendy Harmer is a novel that in my opinion is best suited to the younger teenage girl who enjoys gossip, friendship and a whole lot of drama.
I Made Lattes for a Love God sees readers meet Eleanor "Elly" Pickering, a fifteen year old girl who discovers herself in the centre of a media frenzy when her mother lands a job looking after the promotional aspect of a Hollywood movie starring a popular "it" boy and they decide to shoot the film at Elly’s high school. Throw in a bunch of secrets and some paparazzi mayhem and Elly soon finds herself in the deep end without a paddle…..
Wendy Harmer is a well-known Australian comedian. I feel like I’ve grown up seeing her face on tv or hearing her voice on radio, so the chance to read a story by a home-grown talent was really exciting. But in all honesty, I Made Lattes for a Love God probably wasn’t the book for me. I persevered because I can be a stubborn thing and I felt as a review novel I had to finish it, but I didn’t enjoy the story all too much. Was I Made Lattes for a Love God a bad book? Not necessarily, no. It just wasn’t for me. If I’d read it maybe eight or so years ago I may have appreciated it a bit more, but for me at this point in my life, I really struggled.
Heading into I Made Lattes for a Love God I had no idea there was a previous novel called I Lost My Mobile At the Mall featuring Elly. When I realised about three chapters in, I was concerned, but found this didn’t really effect my ability to read and understand what was going on. If anything, I Made Lattes for a Love God is more a companion novel than a strict sequel.
Personally I found the main character Elly to be incredibly difficult to like. I’m not trying to toot my own horn or anything, but I was always mature for my age and as such can’t imagine acting the way Elly acts in this novel. She was immature and childish, and although there was growth in her, it wasn’t enough to redeem her in my eyes.
When a main character is difficult to like, it can really effect the rest of the novel and this was the case for me and I Made Lattes for a Love God. After a new chapters I found myself growing tired of Elly’s friendship and relationship dramas. Everything felt overly dramatic and unnecessary. From interactions with her sister to her reactions to her best friend’s involvement in the movie---I really struggled. Elly seemed vapid and childish and just not someone I enjoyed following.
For me the saving characters were Rosie and Tyler, both of whom I liked but felt we didn’t see enough of. Overall I Made Lattes for a Love God was just a hard book for me to get through and not something I would be quick to recommend.
A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston is based on the classic tale, The Arabian Nights and tells of one girl’s fight for survival against the harsh, unforgiven desert and the man who holds her in his grasp.
King Lo-Melkhiin has had three hundred wives, and each one has died on their wedding night. Going from village to village taking girls to be his bride, none have lasted more than one night. That is until our heroine convinces the powerful ruler to take her instead of her beautiful sister, only to learn that dark forces haunt the palace she soon begins to call home. Haunted by visons of her sister and family back home and frustrated by the dark compulsion she feels towards Lo-Melkhiin and the magic that seeps beneath his skin, she soon sets out to discover Lo-Melkiins secrets and discovers that powerful beings exist within the world.
In all honestly, this novel is a hard one for me to review. Set amongst a desert backdrop, the writing style featured by Johnston really is perfect for the setting of this book and its clear the author has a very good grasp of what she wanted to produce, but for me A Thousand Nights just fell very flat. Was it a bad book? No. Would it appeal to certain people? For sure! Do those people include me? No.
As someone unfamiliar with the original The Arabian Nights, I went into this book with open eyes and an open mind. I can’t fault the author for the vivid setting she creates and the writing style she implores, but overall I didn’t find myself overly captured by A Thousand Nights. For the most part I just plodded along with this book, getting through each page and then the next without too much concern for what was going on and the characters themselves.
Personally I thought the concept was brilliant, but didn’t reach its full potential. I was disappointed by the lack of romance by what was advertised as a great love story and felt the novel lacked connection and dynamic between the characters.
The story was interesting at times, especially towards the end, however I felt we spent too much time getting to this part of the tale. Most of the story seemed unnecessary and redundant and the lack of chemistry or any connection between our main character and the supporting cast failed the story in my eyes.
A Thousand Nights had potential but ultimately fell flat. It wasn’t for me, but if you enjoy powerfully harsh settings and magic, you may want to give this fantasy tale a go. ...more
Crystal Kingdom marks the third and final book in Amanda Hocking’s Kanin Chronicles and is a fast paced, heart-pounding and exciting way to end what has been a sensational series!
After the heartbreaking death of her friend Kasper in Ice Kissed, Bryn Aven is on the run. Having been blamed for his murder alongside the Skojare Prince and branded a traitor, Bryn is facing charges of treason should she return to Doldastam. Teaming up with Konstantin Black in an unexpected alliance, Bryn soon begins digging into her Queen’s past when tragedy strikes the Kanin royal family and Queen Mina takes control of the kingdom. The malicious and deceptive nature of the Queen push Bryn and those she knows to take drastic chances, even if it means going to war against the Kanin people, practically guaranteeing that not everyone Bryn loves will make it out alive…..
Having now read Amanda Hocking’s Trylle series, Kanin Chronicles and half of her Watersong quartet, I can easily say that the Kanin Chronicles is without a doubt my favourite! I fell in love with Bryn and all her friends quite quickly in the first book and over the course of the other two, only came to be more invested in their journey, lives and actions with the turn of every page. Crystal Kingdom is well written, detailed and incredibly fast paced. It sees Bryn make some real discoveries, with the mystery behind Queen Mina’s actions finally revealed. It’s an emotional read with Bryn having to make tough decisions, and not everyone we know and love are guaranteed to make it out alive.
Bryn has been such a great character since the very first novel and I’m glad Amanda Hocking has still managed to grow her as an individual whilst still keeping her in many ways the same headstrong, fighting and brave young woman we first met in Frostfire. Hocking has put Bryn through a lot over the course of this series and while she doesn’t so much as thrive she certainly manages to hold her own. Honestly, Bryn is seriously kick-ass and I love that she’s capable, independent and has plenty of personality. Bryn is the kind of heroine you can easily get behind in these kinds of fantasy novels!
I’ve enjoyed getting to know many of the other characters in the series and am going to miss them. Bryn for obvious reasons, but also Ridley, Konstantin, Ember, Tilda, Linus, Bryn’s parents, Queen Linnea and others…..They’ve been wonderful to follow and I’ve enjoyed seeing their different dynamics and interactions within the story. Konstantin himself actually became one of my favourites despite his rocky history and I was glad to see him redeem himself somewhat in Crystal Kingdom.
There’s so much going on within Crystal Kingdom. I loved stepping out of the Kanin world and exploring some of the other tribes. The Omte and Skojare were very interesting and I would love to read more about Queen Linnea and King Mikko of the Skojare if that was ever possible in the future!
Richly described, set and paced, Crystal Kingdom was a worthy conclusion to what has been a wonderful series. Amanda Hocking brings to all to a thrilling close that sees the story end, not without consequences and loss, but also with endless hope…..
Rebel of the Sands is Alwyn Hamilton’s debut novel and is a rich and vivid mingling of American and Arabian fantasy and is full of magic, mayhem and monsters. Romance blooms, dangers grow and a rebellion is on the rise……
Set in the desert nation of Miraji, sixteen year old Amani is from the dead-end town of Dustwalk. An orphan who is facing the possibility of being married off to her uncle, Amani has plans to escape and venture into the city her late mother spoke of, but first she must earn the money to do so. Entering a shooting contest disguised as a boy, Amani finds herself drawn to a mysterious foreigner named Jin who is wanted for treason and who is hiding a big secret. Relying on Jin is the last thing Amani wants, but when her plans sour, escaping with him is her only option; the start of a journey Amani could never have expected but that will change her world forever……
I was very impressed with Rebel of the Sands. The whole story was well written, the characters strong and the world building spot on; the lands within Rebel of the Sands were lusciously told and described. For a debut novelist, Alwyn Hamilton clearly has a good grasp on her world and mixes plenty of fabulous mythology and monsters with danger, action and romance.
The nation of Miraji is a desert land in the vein of Arabian nights, and even Disney’s Aladdin. Sun, sand and the desert make up the harsh and unforgiving world our heroine lives in where mystical beasts lurk and creatures of legend come to life. Djinn, ghouls and demons mix with more unique creatures known as Nightmares, Skinwalkers, Buraqi (powerful immortal horses made of fire and sand) and Demdji (the children of Djinn and mortal mothers). Nothing is as it seems in this barren land ruled by a Sultan who conspires with the neighbouring lands military and who fights to keep his exiled son from returning to Miraji and taking power.
Told through the eyes of Amani, Rebel of the Sands is a fast paced novel with plenty of entertaining scenes, characters and situations. Amani, who often disguises herself as a boy, is a strong leading character who grows a fair amount in this first novel. A talented shooter, Amani takes risks and dares to want more from life than marrying her uncle. In the beginning of the novel she’s slow to trust and quick to put herself first (mainly due to fear and her survival instincts) but as the story progresses she begins to trust and care for Jin, and to fight for something bigger than herself.
Rebel of the Sands is often an unexpected read, with enough twists and developments to keep you on your toes. Hamilton does a good job setting the stage for the rest of the series with you as the reader left wanting to know what will happen now that certain revelations have come to light.
Fast paced and exciting, Rebel of the Sands is an enjoyable read that will satisfy those who love seeing magic mixed with romance, action and danger. Ending well, but with plenty of options for the sequel, I look forward to seeing what Alwyn Hamilton does with the series next! ...more
Sisters of Blood and Spirit is the first book in best-selling autho**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Sisters of Blood and Spirit is the first book in best-selling author Kady Cross’s new YA series and introduces her readers to a promising paranormal and ghostly new world.
Twin sisters Lark and Wren Noble couldn’t be more different. For starters one is blond, the other a redhead and both have very different personalities. Oh, and Lark is alive, whereas Wren….isn’t. Stillborn at birth, Wren has spent her entire life by her sister’s side, the only person who is able to see and interact with her as though she is a living, breathing human being. As a ghost, Wren is able to travel between the living world and the Shadow Lands, a place where ghosts dwell and exist. Lark has had a difficult life, made more so by the rumours that seem to follow her, branding her as crazy and insane for talking to her “imaginary” sister, but Lark wouldn’t give her sister up for the world. When Lark is approached by a group of teens from her school who have found themselves haunted by the spirit of a long dead serial killer, Wren and Lark must set out to stop the ghost from tormenting and torturing the kids further or risk someone ending up dead……
As someone who adores Cross’s Steampunk Chronicles, Sisters of Blood and Spirit was a novel I knew I had to read the moment I heard about its existence. While I wasn’t blown off my feet, I found Sisters of Blood and Spirit to be a promising and solid read. Cross features two very different sisters, with the novel detailed through their varying POV’s.
Solidly written, Sisters of Blood and Spirit sets up a promising ghostly series and features an overall aura that will appeal to fans of Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series as well as anyone who loves a good ghost busting mystery.
Overall I did like both Wren and Lark. Lark was very guarded and self-protecting, but considering the reactions people had towards her, that really was understandable. Wren on the other side was a little softer, but also has a very dark side to her, courtesy of her ghostly nature. Both sisters are very different, but the thing that stood out most for me was the strong relationship between them. They would clearly do anything for each other and I loved how Cross managed to convey this within the story!
Sisters of Blood and Spirit is a bit of a ghost mystery and ghost busting type read, with Lark unafraid to take ghosts head on and delve into the hauntings happening to her classmates. Though she is reluctant to help in the beginning, Lark quickly becomes determined to bring the responsible ghost to justice; even if it means going ghostbuster on his ass!
The teenagers Lark and Wren help; Mason, Roxi, Ben, Kevin, Sarah and all proved to be potential friends to Lark and Wren with romances between Lark and Ben and Wren and Kevin beginning. Personally I kinda found the romance between Lark and Ben was unnecessary and I didn’t really feel the connection between. Not when there was Mace. Though he is with Sarah, I felt like he and Lark had a real connection and I liked the dynamic between them. Though Lark is interested in Ben, and he her, I’m interested to see what Cross does with Lark and Mace as I feel they have real possibility.
Wren’s relationship with Kevin on the other hand has me scratching my head a bit. Though she is a ghost, Kevin being a medium makes him one of the only people besides Lark who can hear, and occasionally see Wren. They seemed really sweet and I thought they both cared for one another, but something Kevin does at the end of the book has left me feeling disheartened with them. Obviously they have more than their shares of obstacles in their way but surely Kevin didn’t have to do what he did….
Sisters of Blood and Spirit appears to be a great new series and if the first novel is anything to go by Kady Cross has big plans in store for Lark and Wren and I for once can’t wait to find out what they are! ...more
Ice Kissed is the second book in Amanda Hocking’s Kanin Chronicles and is another brilliantly told story full of excitement, mystery and danger. Fast paced, mysterious and with just the perfect hint of romance, Ice Kissed is a wonderful follow-up to the first book in this series!
After the events of the first book, Bryn Aven is struggling to reconcile what she’s always believed with the doubts she’s starting to have. All Bryn has ever wanted was to serve her King and become a part of an elite group of warriors. Now Bryn doesn’t know who her loyalties should lie with and even worse, the Skojare Queen Linnea is still missing, something that upsets Bryn greatly. When Bryn gets an unexpected a lead on Linnea’s whereabouts, she and Ridley set out to find the missing Queen, only to slowly discover that things are even more complicated than they first appeared. Soon it becomes clear that determining who’s good and who’s bad may not be as easy as they first thought and with time running out and the threat from Viktor hanging over the Kanin people, Bryn finds herself right in the middle of everything once more and soon realises that doing the right thing may cost her greatly…..
I honestly really love this series! I think Amanda Hocking has created an even more beguiling world than the one she created in Switched, where Kanin politics, betrayal and deception all weave together. The story is endlessly mysterious and hides a lot of secrets, whilst still managing to be fast paced and exciting. There’s danger around ever turn and I never know what’s going to happen next, nor do I know the motives of many of the characters or where their loyalties lie. Hocking continues to keep me on my toes, even as I become more determined and eager to see Bryn uncover the truth behind all the strange goings on in both the Kanin and Skojare kingdoms.
I really like Bryn as our heroine. Personally I think she’s someone you can really get behind. She’s surer of herself than Wendy was in the previous series, something I’m putting down to age and experience. As a nineteen year old woman, Bryn has seen enough of the world and experienced enough to be able to take care of herself. I love the fight in her, and how much she strives to uncover secrets and get to the very heart of things—Bryn doesn’t let things go easily; something that possibly gets her into more trouble than she needs, but definitely makes for fabulous reading.
I’m adoring all the characters Hocking includes within the Kanin Chronicles to support Bryn so far. Bryn has a great bunch of friends including Ember and Tilda and even the different royals intrigue me in different ways. I really enjoy her romance with Ridley and the dynamic they share. I like the way Hocking has built on their relationship and where she has them heading. Admittedly, they’re relationship won’t be the easiest one considering he is her boss, but I’m personally looking forward to seeing how everything works out for them in the final book.
The cliffhanger ending of Ice Kissed leaves me breathless for the next novel and really excited to see how Amanda Hocking concludes this series. Ice Kissed was fast paced, entertaining and a wonderful read and I have no doubt this series is going to go out with a bang! ...more