My rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
How I Got It: eBook Purchase
Publication Date: May 2014
Publisher: Jennifer Ellision
Point of View: 3rd Person
Genre: YA Fantasy Adventure
So yeah . . . I got caught in a pretty bad reading slump for a month or two there. Started to feel like I wasn't going to find something to REALLY love. And then, on a whim, I picked up this book that had been sitting in my Kindle for a while. And I absolutely LOVED it!
A little about the story--Bree believes herself to be an average sixteen-year-old, working as a barmaid at her father’s tavern. But there’s more to her Da than meets the eye, and when his past creeps up on him, it takes their little family by surprise. Her father in prison, Bree is thrown into a complicated new life full of politics and intrigue . . . not to mention burgeoning elemental powers. Bree is going to have to unravel more than one mystery if she wants to save herself . . . and an entire nation.
This was exactly what I was looking for. I've seen some folks call it "standard" YA fare, and it is, true. But it's done with so much flare, with such great characters, it perfectly hit the spot for this YA reader! There was danger, drama, a touch of romance, and plenty of intriguing magic. The characters really pull you in, especially Bree herself. I love how she fights for herself throughout the story, never turning passive or complicit. Prince Caden makes for a welcome romantic foil, and his drama—torn between family-ties and his own honor—makes for suspenseful reading.
With some great twists at the end, the reader is left eager to pick up Riot of Storm and Smoke right away . . . which is exactly what I did! If you like a strong heroine leading the way in a thrilling adventure, this is definitely the series for you.
I binge-read this series back-to-back, so I'll be reviewing the next two books soon. And don't miss out on the giveaway coming up at the end of the month! My giveaways are for my Reader Group only, so if you haven't signed up, do so now. You definitely want a chance to win this amazing series!