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The Exercise of Vital Powers by Ian Gregoire
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This was one of the #SPFBO books I read as part of the awards, and I am very, very pleased to have done so. This book is certainly not something I had heard of before, and I hope that more people will go and buy and read this book after I review it, becuase it's well worth a go. I will quickly mention that this book could do with an editor in some parts because it felt a little rough in places, but really that is a minor quibble and I ended up really loving the story in the end so I could bypass the odd sentence structure at times.

This follows the story of Kayden, a young woman who is in training to unlock her magical potential and join The Order. Kayden is a pretty masterful character right from the start, she's snarky, blunt, a bit full of herself, witty and also a slightly broken and tragic character. She's not afraid of stooping to lows and rising to challenges in order to get to her end goal: revenge...

What I found most exciting about this book was that it just kept me reading. I found Kayden dislikable at times, but I always found her very interesting too and she caused quite a conundrum for me in places too. I ended up coming to feel like I understood her by the end of the story, but I still feel like she's a complex character and one who's difficult to fully unravel (this is a good thing imo).

The magic in this world revolves around drawing on lay-lines. There are three different types of magic in the world, and each one is interesting to learn about and explore. However, Kayden is an incredibly fast learner and she quickly surpasses everyone's expectations, leading her headmistress (a powerful lady called Master Fay) to take a keen interest in her...

Overall, this was a super solid read and one I was glued to. I just found this one very easy to connect to and get excited by, and I think that made it a really enjoyable read. Kayden isn't exactly a character I can relate to, but I think Master Fay is, and the potential of this world and (I hope?!) series is brilliant. I think with the benefit of a strong editor too this could be a fantastic book, and I do very much recommend trying it. I gave it 4.5*s overall.
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Reading Progress

August 14, 2017 – Started Reading
August 14, 2017 – Shelved
August 15, 2017 –
13.0% "So far, I'm intrigued..."
August 15, 2017 –
50.0% "So the edit on this is a little odd in places, and there are one or two kind of questionable character traits, but overall I am actually really interested in where the story is going and hoping to make good progress on it over the coming day or two :D"
August 16, 2017 – Shelved as: spfbo
August 16, 2017 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Ian (new) - added it

Ian Oh, wow! Thank you for the generous review, Kaitlin. You've made my year.


Kaitlin I'm very happy to have done so :) I will be reviewing it in full soon!


message 3: by Mario (new)

Mario Your YouTube review had me rushing to read the blurb here, and now I'm quite giddy over the prospect of soon reading this one. Thank you.


Kaitlin Marius wrote: "Your YouTube review had me rushing to read the blurb here, and now I'm quite giddy over the prospect of soon reading this one. Thank you."

:D Enjoy!!


message 5: by Creative_Mii (new)

Creative_Mii Thanks so much Kaitlin for your wonderfully enthusiastic and informative BookTube review. Just bought the book online and looking forward to a good read in the next week or so. Thanks for doing what you do. You've steered me towards some great SF books in the past. ll be sure to leave a review on this one when I'm done reading. Happy Reading!


message 6: by Saarah (new) - added it

Saarah Sounds interesting watched one of your videos on this like a week ago and will be getting kindle unlimited to read them. This ones on the top of my list


Kaitlin Saarah wrote: "Sounds interesting watched one of your videos on this like a week ago and will be getting kindle unlimited to read them. This ones on the top of my list"

:D Excellent news :D


message 8: by Saarah (new) - added it

Saarah I was under the impression that its a KU books but its not, but I'm still interested enough to eventually get this


message 9: by Ian (new) - added it

Ian Saarah wrote: "I was under the impression that its a KU books but its not, but I'm still interested enough to eventually get this"

I'm sorry about the inconvenience Saarah. I probably won't put the book back on Kindle Unlimited before December.


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