For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Avas soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing revenge upon the barbarian queen of Pirenti, Ava's plan is interrupted when she is ...more
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This book centers very much on difficult topics such as abuse, mental disorders, and gender equality. So much, in fact, that it overtook the plot. But that wasn't where my problem came from. I can handle those topics fine if they are written with care. ...more
In that moment, he was young and wild and alive. He was laughing and howling, immersed equally in pleasure and pain.
And watching him, I smiled. I smiled. A girl who had been stripped of the ability. An impossible smile. A real smile, the first in years.
This book was beautiful. Romantic. Real. Heart-wrenching and happy and tear-your-heart-out-madness and then just lovely.
"You want to hate me. You desperately wish you could, but you don't."
This is the story of a girl who lost her soulmate ...more
"We have no say in this life, on how hard things will be. What we can control is how hard we fight. How long we endure. How strongly we love."
Some say it's a curse, others say that it's a gift.The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does too and it has been so since the beginning of time.
But it didn't work for Ava. When her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered by the barbarian queen,and Avas soul has been torn in two, she is ...more
You joined souls once in this life, and once only.
Leave, I told her through the bond.
Please. I need you to leave.
Not without you, she whispered into me. Never without you.
This book wrecked me you guys. Gah and I already am going to just go ahead and say sorry for all of the quotes Im about to put into this review. I just cant pick some and not include others.
Basically, I found this book randomly some months ago on another friends to-read list. The beautiful cover intrigued me, as ...more
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Avery has it all: dark magic, villains, heroes, flying horses, a dramatic plot with turns and twists, characters that you adore and villains to hate and last but not least a hauntingly beautiful romance. Its a magical and dangerous world where Kayans and Pirenti look with prejudiced hatred on each other and wage a centuries old war. The story is told from 4 different ...more
The people of Kaya die in pairs. So it is and will always be.
I just love this book so much, it is definitely one of my all time favourites. The concept is so captivating and intriguing to me, I was so interested in it even though this is my second time reading it. The characters are so three-dimensional, charming and completely loveable. Each and every one of the main characters hold a special place in my heart and I adored them. In my first read I loved Ava and ...more
The writing and characters were fantastic. The world was promising but the world building didnt do enough for it to work. The actions of the characters were at times stupid and unbelievable and the plot itself had many issues like pacing. It felt like this was a solid first draft that needed a strong developmental ...more
WOW!!! It has been a really long time that Ive enjoyed a fantasy book this much!
Its strange. Its refreshingly new! Its romantic in a painful way. Its violent. Its its its GREAT!!!
"The people of Kaya die in pairs.
With the forging of the soul magic, so is forged an unbreakable bond between those in love. When one dies, so shall the other, and forever will it remain so..."
Such a romantic premise But the beginning of the book is very violent ...more
I wasn't sure how I would like this book. I am so glad I had chance to read this! Fantasy is not my usual genre. But hey if it has romance I will try it. I found myself instantly absorbed into the magical world Charlotte McConaghy created.
While reading this story I couldn't help myself from thinking about:
Seriously though, this story was awesome!
"The people of Kaya die in pairs.
With the forging of the soul
magic, so is forged an
unbreakable bond between
those in love. When one ...more
Avery, the first book in Charlotte McConaghy's romantic fantasy adventure trilogy, The Chronicles of Kaya, introduces a nation divided by war. For centuries the people of Kaya and Pirenti have fought bloody battles for dominance. The Pirenti, ruled by the sadistic Barbarian Queen, have the advantage of size and strength, the Kyan rely on the magic of the Warders and the bravery of their people to fight the tyranny.
During a mission to assassinate the queen in her castle, Avery is caught and ...more
I loved Avery, the romance in this was EPIC. My two favourite genres, fantasy and romance, have been blended to make this heart stopping, swoon worthy tale.
Ava is seeking revenge on the blood thirsty queen of Pirenti who killed her bondmate. She dresses as a boy and sneaks into Pirenti only to be captured by Ambrose, a Pirenti prince. She is sentenced to a remote island prison, and the prince is to escort her ...more
The people of Kaya die in pairs. With the forging of the soul magic, so is forged an unbreakable bond between those in love. When one dies, so shall the other, and forever will it remain so
extract from the words of Agathon of Sancia
First Warder of Kaya
Forged in iron are men.
Bound for the earth are women.
extract from The Song of Pirenti
Love. Passion. Revenge. Hate.
Avery is first installment in ...more
This book has got to be one of my all time favourites though I feel that this is extremely underrated and people should start picking this book up! If you're a Sarah J Maas fan or simply a YA fantasy and romance fan, then this book is for you! I finished this novel only a few days ago and I still could not get over how painstakingly beautiful it was. I think the reason why I absolutely loved this book was because I could see a lot of similarities with A Court of Thorns and Roses which I ...more
4.5 astounded stars
How is this book still under the radar??
I adored it.
Where to even begin?
Strength wasn't in someone's perception of you - it was in your actions.
We have two kingdoms at war - the Kayans and the absolute barbaric Pirenti. And by barbaric, I am being quite literal. It is a kingdom where men challenge one another when they want what the other has, in a fight to the death. Everything they do is about strength, looking weak is not allowed. ...more
I loved you when you were a man, and I love you as a woman. I see you as you are, Ave broken into pieces and suffocating and I love all the pieces of you, no matter how small ...more
From those intriguing and spine-chilling first words, I was hooked by this beautiful fantasy novel which not only delivers surprises, suspense, a magical but dark world and great action, but also a moving and powerful exploration of love,loss and second chances. Avery and Ava are lovers who are bonded together, as all Kaya lovers are; and ...more
You dont deserve his cruelty, Ava told me gently. She reached out and ran a finger over the fading purple bruises around my neck. Dont you understand that?
I shook my head. What would you have me do?
You dont leave the people you love, I told her simply.
She stopped, considering this. But when they hurt you, Rose? No one is allowed to hurt you. Not ever.
I didnt know how to make her ...more
My Review :
***** 5 STARS *****
My first glimpse of this book was in one of my fellow bloggers Goodreads 'currently reading' update feed. She had written something along the lines of not knowing if she was emotionally ready for this book. I was beyond intrigued and immediately read the synopsis and decided that I needed this book in my life, although I absolutely couldn't fathom why she wouldn't be ready for this book.
.... And then, I began to read....
And no, I most certainly was not emotionally ...more
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Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
The people of Kaya die in pairs, it's been so for thousands of years until Ava's bondmate is murdered by the barbarian queen of Pirenti and she doesn't follow. Banished for her unnaturalness, Ava disguises as her bondmate, Avery, and spends two years training to enact her revenge on the queen. Before she's able to act, she's captured by the second prince of Pirenti and is sent to the horrendous prison isle to be tortured and starved. Along the way, their boat...more
I loved and hated this book all at once. It was a torturous read full of hope and pain and gruesome details. I swear I've never read a book where the characters get so.....mutilated. Not what I was expecting. I loved the beginning, but the further into the book I read, the less I enjoyed it. But nevertheless it was a powerful read.
Ava was a strong character, but sometimes I wanted to bash her ...more
Let's make this quick. Avery was off to a great start, but it became a chore to read.
- the bond between Kayans
- the characterization
- the WRITING STYLE
- it was easy to connect to Ava's grief and blind revenge. Wouldn't your first instinct be to hurt the person who destroyed someone you loved? Who destroyed you?
- lacking world-building. The only place I can picture perfectly is the throne room.
- the four perspectives: Ava, Ambrose, Throne, and Rosaline. The ...more
There were bits that I thought could have been better; mainly the she hates him, he hates her tug of war they had going on which tends to annoy me. Oh and randomly a third of the way through they start referring to the main antagonist by her first name as opposed to the ...more
|YA Buddy Readers'...: Avery (The Chronicles of Kaya #1) by Charlotte McConaghy - Starting September 1st 2020||3||154||Aug 23, 2020 06:33PM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. YA Fantasy: people bound together as soulmates. Heroine loses soulmate early in book, ends up in the other half of that place. Hero is a berserker, falls in love with heroine disguised as boy. [s]||4||33||Sep 20, 2018 02:44PM|
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He leant forward, lacing his hands together. "How do you think I'd like to die?"
"In a blaze of ice and fury." He was from Pirenti, after all.
The corner of his mouth hitched up at that, but it was a humourless expression, one filled with chipped edges and painted regrets. "And you?" he asked. " How would you like to die, Avery of Kaya?"
I picked up the oars and started to row.
"I'm already dead, Ambrose.”
It was that simple, that complicated.”