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(Shadowfire #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  136 reviews
A monster does not deserve the intimacy of a name

As if waking up in an unfamiliar world isn’t enough of a surprise, Ember gains a new title to her name. Savior.

Hunted by the Crescent Prince and his lethal shadows, she accepts a young Mage’s help to navigate the land of blood magic and its many illusions. But where Ada sees the good in her power, Ember discovers something e
Kindle Edition, 392 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Boris Kos
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
DNF @ 29%

I am so appreciative of the author sending me an eARC of this for an honest review, but unfortunately, this book and I are just not clicking. It's not an issue of poor writing by any means, I think I'm just the wrong reader for this story. I tend to struggle with fantasy novels that drop you right into the action without much explanation beforehand of what's going on, and I'm not enjoying the narrator very much in the way she interacts with the other characters. That said, I actuall
may ❀
Sep 13, 2018 marked it as on-hold-ill-get-to-it-one-day
Shelves: arcs
i was so graciously provided with an ARC for this through netgalley. all opinions are my own

fricken LOVE the cover, the artist is so talented 😍😍
Rylee Richard
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Not gonna lie, it took a little too long for the plot to get off the ground. It felt weird, wishing the heroine would get abducted just to ramp up the action. But once it got past the stealth and into the meat of it, I was invested till the end.


This book wavered between a 3 and 4 star for about half the book. My investment began at around chapter 20, which is pretty late even for a series starter. But it ended at a solid 5, and I’ve gotta give it credit for such an incredible payoff. The bul
Cindy ✩☽♔
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, arc

"The truth always had many faces."

An utterly romantic tale of darkness and light, of half-truths and deadly consequences. Evenfall is a book that captured my interest right from the start and had me holding on until the bitter end.

A girl thrust into an unknown world, convinced by those who surround her that she is their savior. Destined to help them reunite the worlds and thwart the wickedness of The Crescent Prince. Ember, however, is not nearly as
Faith M ✨
DNF'd at 45%

Who am I kidding? It's taken me over a month to finish this book and I'm not even halfway through. I'm just going to have to try another time or just drop it altogether.

Quoting myself on the day I started reading this (January 4th): This is basically A Darker Court of Shadow and Caraval

I did enjoy it, though, and was intrigued by the world and characters. It was basically what happens when you take the worldbuilding of A Darker Shade of Magic, the Darkling from Shadow and Bone, and J
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
Received an ARC via Netgalley for an honest review.

First of all, I want to thank Netgalley and the author and publisher for the opportunity to get to read Evenfall. I don't get many ARC opportunities, so I really am thankful for the times I do get to read a book in advance. I only wish that I could have managed to finish this sooner before it was published.
Now to try and form all these thoughts about the book in my head into a somewhat coherent reveiew!

This book... MY GOSH! It was quite the stru

I didn’t ask to come here.
I never wanted to be anyone’s savior.
I had no desire to be responsible for their lives.
And I certainly did not want to take them.

This book has the trifecta - a beautiful cover, lovely writing, and a compelling story. Look at that cover, it’s just gorgeous. But I’m sure every reader can relate to an amazing cover and a lacking story. So I was happy to find an engaging plot, unique and developed characters, and detailed world building. Ember is a great main character
Rylee Richard
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For added gifs, you can also check out my review here! =)

Not gonna lie, it took a little too long for the plot to get off the ground. It felt weird, wishing the heroine would get abducted just to ramp up the action. But once it got past the stealth and into the meat of it, I was invested till the end.


This book wavered between a 3 and 4 star for about half the book. My investment began at around chapter 20, which is pretty late even for a series starter. But it ended at a solid 5, and I’ve go
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Why is this even a book.
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

Genre: YA/Fantasy


“The thing I noticed above all else when unconsciousness released me from its talons of darkness, was that for the first time in my life, I found myself gazing at the night sky.

The second, just as enchanting, yet infinitely more unbelievable, was that the world around me was no longer mine.”

Ember wakes to find the various hues of black, blue and velvet of the night sky staring down
Oct 09, 2018 added it
This book would be another book with people traveling through worlds and using magic to defeat a foe if not for this points:
- I love how clueless the main character is when she finds herself in another world. She doesn't take things at face value and even rans from the person that wants to help!
- I also loved how real she was: she even menstruates! No, really... how many books have you found where the main character freely talks about it? Fantasy ones at it.
- the way the book talks about women a
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This piece of fantasy is the work of a craftmaster of words. The writing is erudite and descriptive, painting a vast world of magic and intrigue. The world created by words is complete with a complex plot surrounded by characters of true, three dimensional depth and personality. Another more simple plus, is the stellar editing. I will say that I would have appreciated the mention that I assume this book is a part of a trilogy, and this would have been an advantage to have known on both the cover ...more
Carolina Carriço
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Received this from Netgalley for an honest review.

So I've started asking for books again on netgalley and this time I intend to read them all. Or try. That's what happened with this one. I swear I tried but ended up skimming through most of it. And my biggest problem was as usual with the characters. I love understanding them and to feel like I'm their head. Even if I don't like a character I don't mind reading about them and from their perspective as long as I understand where they come from. A
Katie Bohl
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been racking my brain to figure out the best way to leave a review that would do this book justice, but unfortunately I believe my words will just come up short. But I’ll give it a shot anyway.

“Ancient. Savior. Oddity. A girl who had always been in love with the night, then became it.”

Once I started my ARC of Evenfall by Gaja and Boris Kos, I finished it in under 24 hours and I have no words. Even though this one isn’t being released until the end of October, I already want the next one
Alice 🔮
2.5 stars

eARC kindly provided by Netgalley

review posted here:
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

REVIEW: I actually really really like this book despite my star rating, it reminded me of the grisha trilogy with the complicated dynamics between Ember and the Crescent Prince. I like how easy it was to sympathise with the characters, even the supposed "villainous" ones. I find the world building to be a little complicated to grasp at first but once you get it it's actually very unique, I never quite read anything like it.

"I didn’t ask to come here. I never wanted to be anyone’s savior."

Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*
“Ember, I made my peace with the blood on my hands a long time ago. But I would not wish to see it become a stain on my soul.”

What an absolute magical and visual delight.
The writing is so good. The descriptions so rich and perfect! And the story is filled with interesting twists and turns.
Addictive, riveting, and beautifully written. I couldn't wait to turn the page to find out what will happen next. Can't wait for more!

It had kind of a shaky beginning but, halfway through the book, the story picks off nicely resembling very much the stories of Hades and Persephone and Beauty and the Beast. Also, I actually liked all of the characters and their potential development for the sequel.

best The Darkling fanfic 10/10 would recommend reading it.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!
Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

*eARC received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Evenfall was a unique read, but it was a bit slow for my taste. This is a clear case of it's not you, it's me. It has a gorgeous cover and a tempting synopsis so I couldn't resist requesting it. It was my first Gaja J. Kos book. I loved the concept of this book and the characters were very interesting, but they need more fleshing out.
Erhi Divina
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fast-paced story full of mysteries and magic as we follow Ember’s point of views. The story was so intriguing that I almost could not put the ebook down -even though I have a HUGE exam in just a few days. The characters were described with amazing details not just on their features, but also on their sentiments and feelings, making each character easily distinguishable and unique. The author has nailed in making distinct as well as consistent characters, which I truly appreciate.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was very kindly sent this book to review and talk about! I fell in love with the cover the first time I saw it and then when I read the blurb I couldn't wait to receive it and read all about Ember!
This book is full of magic. From the writing style, the descriptive explanations and the incredible characters. I was blown away by the world that was weaves into my mind. I felt for Ember and the way she has never been able to stick up for herself and has always let people use her for their own pur ...more
•Melanie Elizabeth• {To tea, or not to tea? ☕️}
Evenfall was by far the most unexpected read I’ve had this year. The plotline was not what I expected, and somewhat surprisingly, the characters themselves were unexpectedly put together.

The story takes place when Ember wakes up to find herself in a completely different universe than her own, with no recollection of how she got there.

The capital of Nysa is enchanting, with its enchanting citizens and storybook town. The strange new land is not all as it seems, when people can change their appe
Caryn - iam.caryn
Evenfall had an interesting premise and a fascinating magic system, but I felt it could have befitted from better editing.

The characters were all very enjoyable, and I liked the dialogue a lot. If the rest of the story had been written as well as the dialogue, I feel I would have enjoyed this more.

I found the inner monologue and descriptive paragraphs to be lacking interest. They failed to captivate me.

This might be a book for some people to enjoy, if they want something easy to read. You can ki
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was ok

I tried to get into this one, but ultimately it was just plain boring. If I hadn’t been committed to finishing the book to write an adequate review, I would’ve DNF’d it and been done. The characters contribute most to this issue. Pretty much all the characters are incredibly flat. I couldn’t tell you any personality traits of any of them after reading the whole book. The evil prince is technically not flat, but I found his “redemption” story unconvincing if not nonsensical, so I didn’t really
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
*ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest review*

2.5 stars.

I almost DNFed this at 40%, but pushed through because I had hope and with a cover like that, it has t get better...right? And things got a little better around 65%, but it was a little too late.

Here is a really quick overview: Evenfall starts with our MC, Ember, waking up a world that isn't her own. She has no idea where she is or how she got there. She is quickly discovered by a girl who says they have been waiting for her
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: indie, arcs
"Evenfall breaks a few genre conventions, but can't shake a cliche story"


(2 stars)

Got this book as an ARC off NetGalley for an honest review. Like an odd number of recent reads, I picked this because *kisses fingertips* the cover is fantastic. I am incredibly easy to persuade about a book if I like the cover, and I especially love the illustration on this one. It's fantastic arc and deserves credit, as does the typefacing and font-work!

Anywho, this is a slightly different YA fantasy- that s
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received an arc from the author in exhange for an honest review*

"the truth always had many faces"

5 stars. (stars have never been as accurate as with this book haha)

When Gaja asked for people to read this book I jumped at this opportunity immediatly and I confess that it was the cover that drew me in, it is absolutely stunning. However, once I had read the synopsis I was hooked and knew that this would be right up my alley. The one thing I was scared about was whether it would deli
Manon the Malicious
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ember comes to in a unknown world without knowing how she got there. When a girl comes at her with a knife, she runs before realizing she was coming towards her to protect her. Later, this girl, Ada, tells her she is the savior.
But Ember doesn't know what that means or what she's meant to do or anything really because nobody tells her a damn thing! She only knows she has to be protected from the Crescent Prince, a very cruel di
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Gaja J. Kos is a USA Today bestselling author with a mission to breathe fragments of Slavic lore onto many, many pages of fiction.

Gaja resides in Celje, Slovenia, with her husband (as well as co-author) and two Chinese Crested dogs.

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