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Songs of Autumn

(Songs #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  20 reviews
What if your entire life you knew the exact day you were going to die?

​Liz does.

​Magick in the Kingdom of Aegis has almost run out. When that happens, the seasons will stop changing, the tides will cease to turn, and the sun will no longer be able to rise and set. The only way to save the lives of her people is if Liz agrees to be a blood sacrifice in a brutal ceremony th
Published November 21st 2020 by Lauren Sevier
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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This was such a fun and fast book! I quite enjoyed it, and figured I would do a nice breakdown of what I liked (which was a lot!) and what I didn't (which is really just two things, and one of them is pretty minor). Let's get to it!

The Yays:

I felt for Liz immediately. I mean, talk about no good choices! She basically has to die for her people, in a way that she doesn't even really be
Leslie Baker
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Songs of Autumn is the first book in the young adult fantasy series called, Songs by author Lauren Sevier. The premise of this book was super unique and interesting and I really enjoyed both the plot and the characters. I can’t wait to continue on with this series. Songs of Autumn is set in the realm of Aegis, where there is magic but it is not what it once was. The magic in the realm is dying out, and with it nature and the seasons are starting to get a little whacky. I loved how magic was tied ...more
Jenna Rideout
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was provided with a complimentary eARC of Songs of Autumn by the author Lauren Sevier through Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for an honest review as part of my participation in the blog tour for this title. Thank you to Lauren Sevier and Goddess Fish Promotions for the opportunity. This has not swayed my opinion. My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.

Songs of Autumn is a YA Fantasy Romance that begins with a young princess facing her very unwanted destiny as a prophesied sacrific
Kajree Gautom
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book had immense potential to be a solid fantasy with epic characters. I missed that, sadly. While it started out well, there was a lot of messes in the pacing - it was mostly over the place. The main characters were too cringy for my liking, insta love being a trope that doesn't sit well with me. She was also very whiny and her character wasn't concrete - as in, she was very confusing with her emotions. The problem was that these characters were all very one dimensional without much layers ...more
Heather Dewey
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First, I have to say that I have seen the cover art, even though I read the e-book and not the paperback. The cover art, though, is very beautiful and simple. At the time that I saw it, I felt it was a harbinger of mystery, and possibly of death.

The cover artwork—the outline of a thistle, a drop of what looks like blood falling from it, over a brocade-like pattern—leaves quite a bit to the imagination. The cover art immediately drew my attention when I saw it for the first time, my curiosity piq
Madhu MaBookYard -
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"She stood to face it the way she was always meant to. She stood until the snow fell so hard that the world was washed white. Until she realized that this too would be a new beginning."
Songs of Autumn follows our main characters : runaway princess, Liz, whose fate has to rewrite her fate if she has to live and a bastrd born knight, Mat, who has to escape his last name and prove his worth. It's filled with prophecies, terrifying Dragons, fated love, lots of 'It's going to happen, but I d
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Songs of Autumn is a really good debut novel that YA fantasy lovers will easily enjoy. One of the things I liked best about this book was the importance characters placed on choice. Many of them had been bound to circumstance in the past, so they gave each other room to make decisions even if they didn’t approve of them. It was one of the biggest elements of growth you could see in the characters because in certain moments it meant even letting someone choose death. It did feel like there was ...more
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have always been a fan of fantasy based stories of adventure, from the first time I read David Eddings. Of course, this is a slightly different genre, but it has that foundation of a person going on the run to save everyone and herself, by initially saving no one. It is brilliant.

I liked the fast-paced nature of the story, blended with the undertones of finding yourself. It was detailed, and allowed you to really become part of the story as she understood what she wanted, but also ordered alo
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very sweet fantasy novel. It's very contemplative and spends a lot of its time worrying and wondering over how our hero is going to avoid her certain fate. Liz's journey isn't just one of falling in love and finding a way to make it work when the world is collapsing around her, it's one of growing up. The constant angst and sadness is very reminiscent of how it actually feels to be a teenager (as far as I remember anyway) and it raises some interesting questions. What does it mean to be queen ...more
Meagen West
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Sevier is one of the most talented fiction writers I've ever read! Songs of Autumn is beautifully written, immersive and unique. Instead of learning a new world, new characters and all the laws of the land, you live them. It's not a book you's a whole new life that you live vicariously through the amazing, in depth characters Lauren has breathed life into. It's an experience that's hard to have to live it.

Follow along Liz's journey and experience her life as if it
The Litt Librarian
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
It's interesting to learn that the basis of Songs of Autumn derived from real-life experiences from the author Lauren Sevier. I would have never guessed that this story's inspiration came from her newborn son's parenting journey. Sevier stated that her son was born from a frozen 5-day old embryo, which doctors had to thaw out. As a running joke, her son hates the cold, thus creating the wintery theme of her very first book, Songs of Autumn.

The biggest mystery to me was the disconnect throughout
Micah Brown
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all, let me say that I don't read much fantasy these days. It's been literal decades since the last time I read anything that wasn't by Tolkien.

That said, I LOVED this book. I knew that writing would be amazing, but the story was well thought out, and well paced. I fell in love with each of the characters I was supposed to love, and hated the characters I was supposed to hate. While we may have all read the story of the princess who needs to be rescued, we haven't all read the story of
Paige Scott
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first ARC and hopefully not my last from Lauren and the SOA series because I NEED to know what happens next.

Lauren takes you into the fantasy world so effortlessly you can’t help but wonder if she was Liz in another life it comes so freely to her.

This book was a constant page turner and had me on the edge of my seat at various times while making me tear up at others (although I’m a major cryer so that perhaps does not count).

Everyone character is described so elegantly and to a T t
Nov 20, 2020 added it
I’ve been reading more YA Fantasy recently - I think it’s because I want some escape from 2020 and there’s nothing like escaping into a completely fantastical world and carried along on a magical journey.

They description of Songs of Autumn caught my attention immediately:

“What if your entire life you knew the exact day you were going to die? ​Liz does.”

First - wow. So many bucket list items I’d want to check off the list. Second, tell me more!

Liz is the “Red Princess” who the prophecies told wou
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Songs of Autumn is a fast paced, rich YA Fantasy story full of intriguing characters and impending elements of doom. From the onset, we learn the main character has been raised to die at a specific moment in time. Only, she hasn't resigned herself to her fate. The world of Aegis is rich--in colors, in people, and in terrains. The characters of the story are intriguing, especially Gareth, a mysterious soldier who aids Liz in her flight north to escape her prophecized death. This is one book that ...more
Susan Farris
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*spoiler free* Lauren was wonderful and sent me an ARC to review. Songs of Autumn kept me flipping pages until the end. And what a cliffhanger! I loved all the characters and have to declare Matt my favorite. While I did find the constant angst and crying a little grating, on reflection afterwards, I think it works given how melodramatic most teens are and the events of the story. Plus, the plot moves quickly and more than makes up for it with relatable characters and fast action. There are seve ...more
Meaghan Hurn
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Songs of Autumn is full intriguing characters and impending elements of doom. It's even more interesting to learn that the basis of Songs of Autumn derived from real-life experiences from the author Lauren Sevier.

One of the things I liked best about this book was the importance characters placed on choice. Many of them had been bound to circumstance in the past, so they gave each other room to make decisions even if they didn’t approve of them.

Songs of Autumn is a good read for those who really
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sevier’s highly-readable, stunning series opener follows a young princess’s journey to self-discovery.

Hours after Lisbet, princess of Aegis, was born, her fate as a blood sacrifice to the Dragon was sealed. But her own visions tells her a different story. Determined to unravel the truth, Liz escapes the blood moon ceremony and embarks on a journey of self-discovery while trying to save the kingdom.

Intricate storyline, high stakes, and a layered narrative captivate, and the delicious romance an
Lauren Sevier
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This book was born from a the mind of a sleep deprived new mother. That may not be very glamorous, but it's true. After an eight-year battle with infertility and IVF, my husband and I were blessed with my son. During late night feedings I started really thinking about the world he was going to inherit and the example I wanted to set for him. The basis for this series was born out of the desire to leave something worthwhile for him.

My son was frozen as a 5 day old embryo for over six months befo
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