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Damselfly by: S.L. Naeole

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When I first got my Kindle, one of the first Indie authors I discovered was S.L. Naeole. I fell in love with her writing immediately. Her latest book is titled Damselfly, and is the second in her Faeble series.

Here is the Goodreads description:

Damselfly by: S.L. Naeole

She used to be known as the Blithe Baby. Now she’s something more, and that’s not a good thing. 

Seeing the world through new eyes, Sophia Blithe has found love, found hope, and found a life that she never new she would have with Declan Sterling, a Sidhe boy with indigo eyes and magic in his touch. But, she should know by now that life never plays out how you want it to. 

When the new world she knows, and the old world she remembers begins to crumble around her, Sophia will lose almost everything that’s ever mattered to her, and will be forced to make a decision that will forever change the course of not just her life, but also the lives of those she loves the most.

I have rather mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, the story line is unique and extremely suspenseful. It is really not like anything else I have read. On the other hand, I kind of have a hard time cheering for the “happy ending.” I seriously do not see how this series can end well. It is hard to cheer for the main characters when their goal is to save the murderous fairies. So yeah, I have some definite mixed feelings about this book/series.

This book was well-written, if a little long. Ms. Naeole has some serious talent for writing unique stories. I have read most of her stuff and really enjoy her writing. That being said, the Faeble series is not necessarily my favorite. She does not pull any punches in this series, and to me, it gets a little hard to read at points. It can get kind of gruesome and I feel the need to take a step back and disconnect for a while. I would categorize this as Upper YA, and I do not recommend it for younger readers.

I like Dex, though the revelations at the end of the book were heartbreaking. I am seriously anxious for the next book to find out what is going to happen between him and Fee.

I flip-flop on whether I like Fee or not. She definitely has her moments, both good and bad. She has had a rough life and it just seems to keep getting harder. I keep waiting for her to catch some kind of a break, but every time she seems to, the rug gets pulled out from under her feet and the stuff hits the fan even worse than before.

This book left a lot of questions open at the end, and I am looking forward to getting some answers in the next book.

3 Stars

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Enchanted by: Alethea Kontis

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I hate when I am eager to read a book and it doesn’t live up to my expectations. That definitely happened to me with Enchanted by: Alethea Kontis.

Enchanted by Alethea KontisHere is the description from Goodreads:

It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past – and hers?

*Le Sigh* I really need to stop getting pulled in by pretty covers. The pretty cover and the promise of fairy tales drew me. Too bad the inside wasn’t as enchanting as the outside.

For starters, the writing style of this book did absolutely nothing for me. It read like a 14-year-old wrote it for a creative writing project. Maybe I’m just to old at 20, but I read a lot of YA, and this was not up to par. I think this book should be marketed for 12-year-olds not teenagers.

Next, there was way to much going on. I think the author must have taken a book of fairy tales and made it her goal to see how many of them she could fit in this book. I wish I had counted. It was absolutely ridiculous. Mixing a few is fine, but not all of them.

At the same time, I felt like chapters would go by where nothing happened! There was so much focus on trying to get every fairy tale possible in the story that the story itself was forgotten. A lot of story and no plot is a bad combination.

I had no emotional connection to this story either. The characters were in love after the first chapter. There was no buildup, not background to understand the world, no anything. It was awkward.

On top of that, stuff kept happening that made no sense. There was no worldbuilding at all, so random things kept happening. One of the toughest parts of writing fantasy is that the world must have limits to be believable. This world had no limits. Anything could happen when convenient. There was no structure and it made everything unbelievable. Yes, I am aware that this is a fairytale world and none of it could happen anyway, but there is no willing suspension of disbelief without structure and rules.

So yeah. This book did not do it for me. Like I said, maybe 12-year-olds would like it but not really anyone else.

2/5 stars

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The Whispering by: L. Filloon

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I am a big fan of L. Filloon‘s Velesi trilogy. I found The Drifting among the indie book on Amazon, and it was definitely a gem. When the last book in the trilogy, The Whispering, was released, I had to one-click it immediately.

The Whispering by L FilloonHere is the description from Goodreads:

Tharin and Lily find themselves back in Pathen in search of Julia and the key to Eirrell, but old foes and new ones are in close pursuit. Adding to their plight, all doorways to Velesi have been closed.

Forced to discover a way back to their realm, the group finds help from new friends and those who once stood against them are now allies. To make matters worse, a betrayal causes the door to the UnderRealm to open, allowing demons and monsters once imprisoned to roam the realm freely.

Time is of the essence as there are only two Ancients left while Ka grows weaker, struggling to hold the realm together. It is up to Tharin and Lily to find the doorway to Eirrell, call the Unnamed Sidhe and save Velesi.

Journey back to Velesi and join Tharin, Lily, Tolan, Julia, Alorn, Mellis, Ziri and Cessa to save the realm and maybe have a wedding…or two, but then again, it is Velesi, so…maybe not

This was a good end to the Velesi trilogy. However, I think some things could have been improved upon, and some things confused me.

This book did a good job of catching me back up with the story. It has been quite a while since I read the Drifting, but this book caught me back to what was going on fairly quickly. That being said, some of the names were still really confusing to me. So many people had close names, that I felt like I needed to keep a list going just to keep them all straight. I got confused at times especially since, like I said, it has been a long time since I read the last book, and I have read lots of other things since then.

I really liked Lily in this book. She has totally come into herself and is finding her voice and her place among the Sidhe. I thought it was strange how she just kind of went along with the idea that she needed to go to a faerie realm and marry a prince, but now we get to see her actually standing up for herself and doing what she sees as best not just what she is told.

I liked that Tharin was learning to not always be 100% in control of everything. Lily brings out a side of him that he didn’t know existed, and it makes him much more relatable and likable.

I was sad about Alorn. I won’t say what about, but he definitely needs a chance at a HEA. And Mellis too. I am looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble those two get in together.

The thing with Dorlan confused me. I never really understood what the story was there. I think it could have been more clearly explained. It was kind of lost in the shuffle with everything else going on. Same with Kallis. I just got really confused with all of the shifting loyalties and trying to figure out who was actually loyal to whom and what was going on some of the time.

I was also confused by the “Dragon Seed” and what exactly that means. Then again, I think the Lily and Tharin were confused about it, too. I am hoping there will be future books following that storyline because I think it could become something exciting.

Overall, I thought this was a good end to Lily and Tharin’s story, but I wish the ending had been stretched out a little more. The final battle and events that followed it were over almost before they started. The whole book was building up to the final conflict that barely lasted any time. That was kind of a disappointment, and I would have liked a little more after it, too. Though that is not as big of a thing since there are plans for more books set in this world. I am definitely looking forward to them.

4 Stars

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The Lost Prince by: Julie Kagawa

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I just got finished with The Lost Prince by: Julie Kagawa. You know those books that you slow down reading toward the end because you don’t want them to end? Well this was one of those for me. I did not want to finish this book, but I had to know how it ended.

The Lost Prince by Julie KagawaHere is the Goodreads description:

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

This was yet another great Iron Fey book. The Iron Fey series is by far my favorite faery series. I loved Ash and Meghan’s story (even if I never could completely take the name Meghan seriously.) I was super excited when I saw that there would be more books set in this world.

The new Iron Fey books tell Ethan’s story. He is grown up now and is the same age Meghan was in her books.

At first, I had a hard time reconciling the broody, jaded Ethan in this book with the shy, sweet Ethan of before. However, as the story progressed, I could completely understand how Ethan became who he is.

It was also weird to see Ethan’s take on what happened with Meghan. We all swooned and sighed over Ash and Meghan’s story, but Ethan felt abandoned and hates Ash for taking his sister away. It makes perfect sense, but this was not something I ever even considered. It was interesting seeing that totally different perspective.

Because this was Ethan’s story, it was told completely from his POV. I have nothing against single POV books, but I thought this would have benefited from having the occasional POV switch. There were times when I would have been much more interested in Kenzie’s view or Kierran’s. Seeing everything from Ethan’s overly brooding eyes did get a little old after a while. We knew his opinions and I wanted to know what the others thought, especially Kenzie. She was new to all of this and seeing a fresh take on the Fey world would have been refreshing.

Overall, this was another addicting Iron Fey book and I definitely recommend it for fans of the series.

5/5 Stars

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