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Sapphire

(Asterian Trilogy #1)

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In the kingdom of Asteria, Layla has dreamt of nothing but royal balls and falling in love. On her sixteenth birthday, she receives the invitation to the annual Autumn Ball and it doesn't seem like life could get any better when the Prince falls for her. But the fairy tale is short-lived as Layla soon learns the truth about her murdered parents and is given a sapphire that ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published March 15th 2014 by Soul Fire Press (first published March 7th 2014)
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Courtney Wells
I received this book, compliments of the author, in exchange for an honest review

In many respects SAPPHIRE is a conventional YA novel. We have an unassuming heroine with a mysterious past and mystical talent bringing baddies out of the woodwork to put her down before she can fulfill her rightful destiny of becoming a thorn in somebody’s side.

It’s a generic premise – tried, tired and true – but I do feel Miss Olson managed to do it justice with her enthusiasm and sheer fondness for this brand
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Balbina
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Review coming soon on my blog :)
Tiffany Walikonis
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tiffany by: Sarah Olson
For someone who loves fantasy like I do, I would recommend this book. It moves through Layla's story well. I appreciate how Olson takes a girl who is truly oblivious to the truth of the world around her, through no fault of her own, and has trouble leaving the comfort of that home, and turns her into a ruler. The only things I feel I should mention are that it moves very quickly with a lot more summary than story, and (because of that) the reader doesn't get to get to know a lot of the character ...more
Caitlin L
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5! I really liked it! My review will be up on my blog soon :)
Larissa
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Thank you to the author for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review

This book wasn’t my cup of tea. If done right, High Fantasy YA can be one of my favorite genres. Take Kristin Cashore’s Graceling trilogy, Janice Hardy’s Healing Wars series, or Richard Due’s Moon Coin series, for example, I love those books and hoped Sapphire might fall in a similar vein. The author clearly spent a lot of time figuring out the world of the book, and I appreciated the depth to which she w
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Melanie
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Layla's parents died when she was young and she was raised by Betsy and Robert, who weren't her real aunt and uncle but treated her well. When she was 16, she was excited to attend the Autumn Ball at the palace. She met Prince Richard and they had a whirlwind romance. When secrets were revealed, Layla's life turned upside down and her life would never be the same.

Layla was young, naive and innocent at the beginning and she made some poor choices. There was also key information that w
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Megan
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in the Goodreads First Reads giveaways.]

To be fair, this was more worth 2.5 stars rather than just 2, but I didn't want to give it 3 because the ending kind of ruined it all for me.

I wasn't thrilled that this was written in first person, mostly because Layla came off as a whiny short-sighted teenager. Which she was. And maybe it's because I just don't have a high opinion of teenagers' decision making skills, because history has
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The perfect fairy tale, with a few modernized elements, combined with the coming of age story of a girl, makes Sapphire the perfect summer read!

Before this I begin this, I should tell you that fairy tale fantasies are one of my most favored genres- I love princes and princesses and balls and magic and everything that comes with it! Here we go:

The most exotic and fashionable ball gowns, the most splendid castles, the most beautiful and unimaginable j
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Yi Le
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, waiting
In this book, the main character, Layla, has just turned sixteen and is finally able to attend the royal balls. Living on a farm with her aunt and uncle, all she wants is to go to the ball and fall in love. She meets the prince and is overjoyed that he shows interest toward her and everything seems to be alright. However, she learns that she is the lost princess of the last king and she has to take action.

While I enjoyed this story, it was too similar to other fantasy young adult boo
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Melanie
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book I fell in love with it and almost didn’t want it to end. It has all the elements of a wonderful fairytale that include love, war, and mystery. I loved the detail from the castles to the dresses; I could picture it all as if it were a movie. It also has a sort of modern fairytale twist to it that I could relate to. It was nice to see a young strong heroine facing new challenges and not the typical “girl falls in love with a prince and they live happily ever after” theme that we’ ...more
InD'tale Magazine
This story begins like a fairy tale set in a fantasy kingdom but quickly develops into an emotional journey.

Read full review in the 2014 June/July Double Issue of InD’tale Magazine.
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Sarah Fay Olson began writing her debut novel Sapphire during her senior year in high school. She enjoys reading young and new adult books that are full of adventure and romance. When she is not reading or writing, Sarah enjoys horseback riding, hiking, playing the violin, and watching movies. She currently resides in the beautiful state of Montana.

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