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The Island

(Madion War Trilogy #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.

Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bo
Paperback, 260 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing
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Fafa's Book Corner
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Sun's Golden Ray Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


I'd heard about this book back in January. Everyone on Twitter was raving about this book. Based on the synopsis I couldn't see the appeal. The author announced on her twitter page that this book was available on Netgalley. Naturally I was requested it to see what the hype was about. Unfortunately this was a case of 'It's not you but
J. Lieutenant of Barad Dur
I loved this book, really enjoyed the story. Great summer read.
5 FULL stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Chasia Lloyd
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fantasy with a huge romance focus where two people who hate each other and have an ugly history between their nations are stuck on an island together? Yes, please!

The fantasy is very, very light. It would read very much like a contemporary if there wasn't all this wonderful political intrigue between imagined nations. The contemporary-feel of the novel made it easy for me to get sucked into the story - never did I have to reread something because I got lost (as I usually do in fantasy).

Our mai
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
Woah! I started this book one day and then the next day it was finished. I didn't want to put it down. It made me sad when I had to take a break from it to eat or sleep or talk to someone.

It was horrible! I wanted/needed to continue. I was so involved with the characters/story and the need to know what was going to happen.

It also didn't hurt that the story just flowed and was easy to read. It was quite fantastic!

The Island is about two individuals, orphan Theo from Rave and Prince Galian from Ky
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Originally seen on
Emily Reads Everything

In an effort of full disclosure, I think I should tell you that I got this book incredibly early. I backed S. Usher Evans’ Kickstarter campaign and she sent me an ebook copy of this before the campaign even funded. Then I had to read it immediately because I’d been looking forward to it. So, I’m writing these words way back in January, since I just read the book and you are reading my post 4 months in the future. Do we have flying cars yet? World peace?
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know when you read a book and sometimes your mind wanders? "Ugh, I still have to pay that bill!" or "What am I going to do about that unsettling situation?" - Well, my bookish friends, I can assure that that won't happen with this gem! I was lucky enough to be a kickstarter backer and get this baby early and OMG! From the first page, I was completely invested in Theo and Galian, the war, and everything in between. When I wasn't able to read this, I was thinking about it and moving my errands ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had fairly high expectations going into this book. Not the highest of expectations but they were pretty far up there. This tends to lead to disappointment but it this case it turned out very well. I hadn't read anything previously written by this author or even any books similar to this so I wasn't sure what to think when starting this book.

I would 100% be BFF's which Theo. I thought she was a great character! My favourite part about her was that she always, always, always fought for what she
Bailey Shrewsbury
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’m not going to lie, when I read the back I was not exactly enthused. I thought this was going to be a book filled with clichés and I would hate the whole thing. Now don’t get me wrong there are some clichés but I found I didn’t mind them as much. There is the royalty falls for lowly citizen and torn apart by a war trope, but I didn’t even really notice it there. It was a unique story. But I’m happy to report there is absolutely no love triangle! Love triangles are what I can’t stand abov
Katie Carroll
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katie by:
Shelves: ya, fantasy
S. Usher Evans's THE ISLAND, book one of the Madion War Trilogy, was a fast-paced read that left me eagerly awaiting the next installment. When a playboy prince and a gritty pilot from opposites sides of a decades-long war end up stranded on an island together, they must rely on each other for survival. Prince Galian and Captain Theo have great chemistry, and both go through a lot of growth while trapped on the island together. It's light on the fantasy elements, though with adequate world-build ...more
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
That was a very unexpected ending.
Kaitlin (Next Page Please!)
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review was also posted on Next Page Please!

I got an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. None of my thoughts are altered by this.

I have only read a few books where the main characters get stranded on some type of deserted island and need to survive. The interesting thing about those kind of books is that they are easily very boring. However, that was certainly not the case for The Island. There were constantly things happening and obstacles being thrown to
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read Sush’s first book back in January and have fallen in love with her writing. So when she announced this one, despite my hesitation for romance, I was so, so excited for her new trilogy. And let me just say, I wasn't disappointed. The Island was everything wanted and more which is why I am rating it with a fabulous 5/5 stars due to amazing characters, compelling twists, and detailed world-building.

This novel starts off with Theo who is a pilot in the midst of a war. She is strong. She must
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Guys, have I mentioned that I love the Blue Lagoon? It's a film that dates back to 1980 and it's about a man and two babies (boy and girl) that get stuck on an Island called Blue Lagoon (I think) and after the guy dies, they both grow up there and learn how to survive on their own away from civilization and such. It's really good.

OH! And have you all seen Cast Away starring Tom Hanks (Wilsoooon *cries*). It's another great movie in which the guy finds himself in an Island after his airplane cras
Eli Isenberg
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book because the author put a couple of chapters out on Wattpad and what can I say? After a few chapters, I was intrigued.

Let me say first of all that I am definitely not a big romance reader. The reason I elected to read this one was because I liked the conceit of the novel: that the two people from warring countries became stranded on the island together, and needed each other's skills in order to survive. More specifically, the prince (Galian) had lived a sheltered, pampered life
Emily Hughes
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to S. Usher Evans and Nori from ReadWriteLove28/The Sunday Street Team for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I finally found it: my second five star book of 2016! I didn’t think that I was going to be able to find another five star book this year after reading Glass Sword. This book was absolutely amazing. From the very first page I was completely invested in this novel and could not put it down.

Usher Evans’ writing is fantastic. She knows exactly what t
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***I received the ARC eBook from the publisher through Sunday Street Team in exchange for an honest review***

Someone told me that this book had everything I could ask for and I now owe them cake big time, because they were right. Within the pages is a love-to-hate slow-burning romance which is the epitome of awesome (give me that kind over insta-love any day), between two enemies forced to work together and set in a fantasy world with warring nations. Now that is what I call my perfect book.

Of c
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, netgalley
*I received an e-arc from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Yes, I loved everything about this book, but what I mostly loved about it was the way things developed and changed around our two main characters Theo and Galian. While their Kingdoms were at war, and after almost killing each other in a deadly encounter, I loved how they managed throughout the story to escape the war, their own lives, and find some peace, even if they were stranded on an island. But be
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actual rating: 4.5/5

Thank you to Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I first read the synopsis, I was immediately interested. A fantasy/romance between two characters from warring nations? Count me in. Fortunately, I was not disappointed by this one.

THE ISLAND follows two characters, Theo and Galian, as they have to struggle to survive on a deserted island after (literal
Kelly Sedinger
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
DISCLOSURE: I was given an advance copy of THE ISLAND by virtue of having contributed to the author's Kickstarter campaign.

What a fun book! The basic set-up is a tried-and-true story: a man and a woman, each from opposing warring countries, are stranded together in a far-off wilderness, and have to learn to trust one another in order to survive. Of course, it gets a bit more complicated when the man is a Prince and the woman is a war hero, but you'll have that. Evans spins this tale in compellin
Meradeth Houston
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Meradeth by:
Okay, before I start this review, look at that cover, would you? I mean, it's epic, isn't it? I love the misty forest and the two little figures at the bottom. It really captures the feel of the novel and made me eager to dive in. The story itself did not disappoint. I have gushed about Evan's novels before, and for good reason: she is an amazing author and knows how to keep a reader glued to the pages. I loved getting to know Galian and Theo, their world, and watching them get to know one anoth ...more
Allen Shepherd
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Evans has done it again! She has made a world that feels lived in that you just want to delve into the history. I didn't know what to think when I heard about this book, at first I thought it was going to be another Romeo and Juliet story but I am glad to report it is not. The two main characters are well written and sometimes so well written that I just want to strangle one of them. And of course she gives us another ending where you are checking for the date of the next book release. ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie
It's a fast-paced adventure-romance with fantastic characters, Theo and Galian. They're star-crossed lovers whose story is anything but a cliché, and I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy when it comes out. The story is told from alternating points of view, both his and hers. The world Evans creates in this novel is her most detailed and compelling yet, and you won't believe the ending!

*I received an advance copy for backing the kickstarter.*
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did! I bought The Island at Comic Con over the weekend because I'm a sucker for anything having to do with islands or survival. I started reading this morning and didn't stop until I finished the whole book. I loved the characters and the story and I felt that everything moved at a pace that just kept me hooked and interested. I will definitely be buying the next book when it comes out. ...more
sil ♡ the book voyagers
What I really enjoyed about this book was the ship. I shipped Theo and Galian since they met and kept swooning over their cute little things and thoughts.

There are a few things I did not enjoy but overall this book is SO ADDICTING, I ended up reading it almost all until hours of the night (when I was supposed to sleep for first day of school!). It reminded me of Blue Lagoon for obvious reasons and I really like that movie so I'm very happy of the outcome.
Diana Pinguicha
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So, I backed this on Kickstarter because I know Whitney, and she's pretty great. And this book is an amazing start to a new series. I'm not going to summarize the plot, because the synopsis does that already, but suffice to say: it's a believable romance that takes its time to develop. The writing was excellent, the plot captivating, and the ending... THE ENDING!

Go read this now.
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- Fun circumstances
- Nice, slow moving romance
- Loved the forbidden / star-crossed lovers romance
- Interesting political situation

Docked a star because it was missing some kind of X factor for me, but it was still super enjoyable. I'm diving right into book two!
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review originally posted on Byers Editing Services Blog & Reviews.

I give The Island 5 stars!

First of all, I have to say that I love the characters in this book. There’s Theo, a kick-ass fighter pilot Captain full of (somewhat blind) pride and patriotism for her country. She’s queen of logically thinking in terms of survival–she’s been doing it her entire life. Then there’s Prince Galian. He’s a good soul, and he wants nothing more than to help people and find peace.

Galian only flies in an a
Meyan Rose Malabanan
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Coming in to this book, I had really high hopes, and perhaps expectations for it since I have been OBSESSED with Double Life (Razia Series Book #1). And this early, I want to tell you, all of you, that I was not disappointed! I could go on and just mumble about how I liked this book, but of course, being the good (ahem) blogger that I am, I will discuss them further and try to be more helpful than my usual self.

What I Liked

Honestly, a lot. I think the world building was on point. Now I may have
Alice (Alice's Book Vault)
A great novel

This novel had me hooked and I couldn't stop reading. Highly recommend to all young adults. Can't wait to start book 2
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Island' begins as a smoothly woven story complete with good pacing and neat transitions between different character perspectives. Rave has been fighting a war for independence with Kylae for over fifty years. Following the Ravens departure from Kylae's control and their prime real estate for gathering a highly toxic, but necessary material, the pair having been fighting air battles ever since. I particularly liked this backdrop. Although you had to ignore the minor plot hole here and there ...more
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S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a "real job" as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for ...more

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