#1: The inspiring message: The Promise of Rayne is not only a book with entertainment value. It's one that comes with an inspiring message that struck a chord with me from the first few chapters.
Rayne Shelby, our main protagonist, an accomplished young woman...but a lost one.
True, she has the work around her late grandfather's lodge to keep her busy and she's known the members of the Shelby Falls community all her life. But she doesn't fit in. She spends her days donning different roles, different versions of Rayne in order to please her family and those around her. And along the way she's lost sight of who she is.
The Promise of Rayne teaches us to embrace who we are.
It's overall message is one of acceptance and love. No matter your history, your family, your baggage - peace and love are possible if you trust in and stay true to yourself. Rayne transforms from a meek follower of cruel family traditions, to an independent young woman who is secure in her beliefs, her wants, and her place in the world.
Through Rayne's - and Levi's - journey of self-discovery, we as readers are given the chance to reflect a little. As you read The Promise of Rayne you begin to consider your own life and whether or not you know who the true version of who you are.
#2: The nuggets of wisdom: There were so many beautiful quotes to highlight and bookmark! Every Nicole Deese book I've ever read has given me the urge to 'quote hoard'. These quotes aren't just funny, or memorable...they're golden nuggets of wisdom, support, and revelation that are truly beautifully crafted. Beautiful lines like these aren't simply quotes. They're not mementos of a brilliant story or just aesthetically pleasing. They become words to live by, words that can shape a reader's life or bring them peace or support during darker times
#3: The depth and maturity of the romance: If there's one thing I dislike more than anything, it's a rushed or cheesy romance. Don't get me wrong - I am a huge supporter of HEAs and riding blissfully off into the sunset! But I like a well-paced romance, that doesn't adhere to romance genre stereotypes or cliches. One where the two people involved are viewed as equal and treat one another with respect and communicate openly.
The Promise of Rayne's Rayne and Levi are a wish come true.
True, they have issues to work through...but these issues just add to the realism of the novel as a whole. They're two adults with lives that don't just revolve around themselves or their significant other. Rayne has a dream of continuing her late grandfather's legacy, and Levi continues to push himself on the farm to prove his worth to himself and to the people he cares about. And although they're attracted to one another, there is no ignoring the obstacles standing in their way.
But these obstacles don't seem all the daunting. Why? Because Rayne and Levi work so well together. They have their moments of disagreement and frustration. There are times where it doesn't seem possible for them to pursue their dreams and hold on to the love they've found. But they continue to fight for one another.
Also...Levi is totally the sweetest guy on the planet!
I will not take up paragraphs fangirling but let me just say wow! Not only is he charming, hardworking, and kind, but he's also not one to back down or walk away. His obvious love and respect for Rayne are some of the qualities that make him one of the best romance characters I've come across.
#4: People aren't cast in shades of black and white: No one is 'good'. No one is 'bad'. The Promise of Rayne revolves around the idea that labelling and buying into the gossip and badmouthing of others isn't a healthy practice. It leads to nothing but wasted time and opportunities, and heavy hearts.
Everybody has flaws. Everybody has burdens to carry.
People aren't perfect! And Nicole Deese shows us that these flaws and mistakes have made these people who they are, for better or for worse, whether they learn from them or not. Even the protagonist has apologies to give.
There is no lazy writing in this book. Ms Deese hasn't created a distinct 'bad guy' - there's no villain waiting in the wings to pile all of the blame onto. There are simply people - some who have made terrible mistakes and have taken the wrong path in life, but nothing so big as to be completely unforgivable.
Forgiveness is viewed as a gift to oneself as well as to others.
By forgiving those who have caused so much grief and hardship, the protagonists can move on with their lives. After all what use is a HEA if you're still holding hurt, anger, and prejudice close to your heart?! A true HEA is one where the protagonists learn to let go of the past - to learn from it and to start on a better and happier future.
Not a perfect future. But one that is realistic and full of love.
All in all The Promise of Rayne is a tale that wraps itself around you like a warm blanket, bringing you a sense of peace and fulfillment.
Brimming with intriguing characters, raw truths, and heartwarming moments, it's the perfect addition to any romantic's bookshelf!
**Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.**...more
The only word I can use to describe this book is EPIC.
I can't believe that this all started with Air Awakens...back when our main protagonist was bareThe only word I can use to describe this book is EPIC.
I can't believe that this all started with Air Awakens...back when our main protagonist was barely a heroine - simply a young girl with dreams, a girl with the potential for greatness that even the most hardened around her could spot from a mile off.
The Vhalla of Earth's End doesn't just the potential for greatness, she is greatness. She's come into her powers even more fully than in Fire Falling. There's no illusions left now, but simply the knowledge that her powers come with the responsibility to use them for good and to stop them from being taken advantage of by those who wish to destroy the world and everyone in it.
Earth's End has made me even more in love with Vhalla and Elise Kova...if that was even possible! <3 ...more
The perfect sequel to a dynamite first novel, Fire Falling makes you fall back in love with Elise Kova's vivid, cinematic world and her colourful castThe perfect sequel to a dynamite first novel, Fire Falling makes you fall back in love with Elise Kova's vivid, cinematic world and her colourful cast of characters.
I didn't think I could love a book by Elise Kova more than I loved Air Awakens. But the sheer amount of character growth in this book took Kova's writing to new heights and brought many more laughs and tears into my life :)
As many of you will know, I am always on the lookout for YA books with unique concepts. There's nothing better than reading a book and seeing the wayAs many of you will know, I am always on the lookout for YA books with unique concepts. There's nothing better than reading a book and seeing the way an author has twisted and shaped familiar elements into something new and improved.
That type of author is the kind that can turn an ordinary plot into a tale whose every word keeps you on the edge of your seat. Into The Fire is that kind of book.
So get ready for a smoking hot book yes this is start of my use of Into the Fire puns YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Book cover: The cover model's hair is a spot-on recreation of how I imagined Cara's red-streaked hair to look. It also makes me want some badass streaks of my own!
The hood she's wearing is a great accessory too, giving her a sense of mystery. Paired with the dark woods and the gold phoenix in the title, this cover is a fiery opener for Kelly Hashway's latest work.
Thoughts: Before we begin, I think I should make one thing clear.
Warning: THIS BOOK CONTAINS A HEARTBREAKING CLIFFHANGER.
If you're anything like me and you have a mental breakdown at even the THOUGHT of a cliffhanger because cliffhangers are the spawn of Satan and break your bookworm heart into tiny little pieces time and time again and have an aversion to cliffhangers then...I'm sorry but this book will break your heart!
To be fair I did see the heartbreak coming from a mile off. I had a horrible little sneaking suspicion at the back of my mind about what would happen but I refused to believe it and stayed in a constant state of denial as always.
Now that we have that out of the way even though my heart will definitely take a good year to recover...back to the actual plot!
Kelly Hashway stuns with her ability to tap into human emotions and expose them in all their raw beauty through her fictional characters. The sibling relationship, for me, was the most potent in this book - not the romantic one, surprisingly.
Being an older sister myself, I choked up at the thought of my brother forgetting me completely like Cara's did. How do you deal with losing the person you love...even when they're still with you? Cara's conflicted emotions and inner turmoil played an essential in making Into the Fire a memorable reading experience.
All in all Into the Fire is the start of what is sure to be an epic series. It sets fire to the typical paranormal concepts and myth bases, presenting readers with a fresh twist on phoenixes and the powers that lurk within the flames.
'The look on his face, the way he begged me not to go. He loved me, and that means this imprint is going to be the death of me in more ways than one. It’s going to make me fall in love for the first time, and it’s going to make me lose Logan when I’m reborn. I have to break it. Before it breaks me.'...more