🌸 Hi guys, I hope you’re having a great start to the week!
I don’t usually do this type of double reviews thing, but honestly I will not have the time to write separate reviews this week, because I have several post that will come out and I want to stay organized. Surprisingly my reading rhythm has grown a lot and I’m really happy with it, cause of this I’ve been able to finish these two books very fast !. And obviously I don’t want to delay to tell you everything I think about them, I hope you enjoy the post babes!🌸
Title: The Lost Sentinel (Silent Sea Chronicles #1)
By: Suzanne Rogerson
Published: June 15th 2017
By: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Buy it: Book Depository
The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel. With the Kalayan people turning their back on magic, can Tei help the exiles find their new Sentinel before it’s too late?
Kalaya is controlled by the Assembly – set up to govern but now intent on persecuting those who have magic, many of whom have taken refuge in the Turrak Mountains.
Tei has been raised to hide her magic, until her father is visited by an old friend who tells them to flee to the mountains.
On the journey, an enemy attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He sees her into the care of two exiles, Rike and Garrick, and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession that changes Tei’s life.
Tei must put her trust in these strangers, especially when mysterious Masked Riders seem determined to stop her reaching Turrak.
Struggling with self-doubt, Tei joins the exiles in their search for their lost Sentinel. But the Masked Riders want the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.
Can Tei help the exiles save the island magic and reunite the Kalayan people before their ignorance destroys them all?
This book is really GOOD!. I think it has a great world building and it has kept me entertained from the beginning to the end. I want to remind you of the importance of supporting our inde authors, they really need and appreciate our support
It’s so hard to explain what exactly this book is about, I think I couldn’t do better than the synopsis and I’ll not try it lol.
From the first chapter I knew that I would enjoy this book a lot and I wasn’t wrong about. I’m delighted to having accepted to review it. When you jump into a fantasy new world you know that there will be a lot of information that you’ll have to process, sometimes this can be overwhelming but I didn’t feel that with this book, I think that the way in which the story is told is brilliant, I really like the intrigue that delivery with each chapter, I just needed to know what would happen next, so it’s very difficult to put it down
The world building is incredible, it’s my favorite aspect of the book and I think it’s the best achieved. The descriptions are exceptional, without doubts.
The characters are great, I liked them a lot. I think I would have appreciated that they had developed a little more, especially some secondary characters that seemed very intriguing for me, they have a lot of potential though, and I hope to see that growth in future books.There is something very noble especially in the main characters, and I liked the fact that the plot follows several stories and jumps between different characters constantly
There is a lot of travel in this book, the plot revolves around a search, so the characters travel from one place to another all the time, so I think that if you like this aspect in fantasy, it’s very well achieved. Personally it’s not something that I usually enjoy, when the characters are in constant movements sometimes you lose the main idea of the book, you know?. But even so, I think this is one of the few cases in which that hasn’t bothered me at all, I think there are many things happening all the time so there is no way to get bored
There are in fact a couple of deaths in the book and absolutely unexpected moments that have made me feel so bad! I didn’t see anything coming and I didn’t really expect to feel so touched by it, but I did.
The writing style is very good I like how you can feel what is happening so intensely, you can feel when something is about to happen and that made me feel super hooked with the book. When a book makes you feel that kind of strong emotions is because it has done something right. It’s quite dark, and I think it can work if you want to start that transition between YA-fantasy to Adult-fantasy.
I recommend it a lot if you want to read an addictive fantasy, with a great world building, variety of characters and a unique magic aspect of which I don’t want to talk much cause I think it will be fun for you to discover it on your own.
Title: Freefall Summer
By: Tracy Barrett
Published: April 3rd 2018
By: Charlesbridge Teen
Buy it: Book Depository
Sixteen-year-old Clancy Edwards has always been “the good girl.” Ever since her mother died in a skydiving accident when Clancy was young, Clancy’s father has watched her like a hawk. Between her dad’s rules and her boyfriend’s protectiveness, she’s longing for an escape this summer. Then she meets Denny.
Denny is a new skydiving student and college freshman. Clancy lets Denny think they’re the same age–and that she’s old enough to make decisions for herself. But the lies snowball, relationships are damaged, and suddenly Clancy isn’t the person she wants to be. If only making choices were as simple as taking a leap out of a plane. Before Clancy can make things right, one last act of rebellion threatens her chance to do so–maybe forever.
I liked that this book has been so light and easy to read, sometimes that’s just what I need. On the other hand I feel that the story is kind of weak, especially in the romantic aspects
The book follows Clancy, she’s a 17 year old girl who has always been the good girl in her family. Since her mother died in a skydiving accident her father has become overprotective with Clancy and due to all the rules that her father imposes on her and the protection of her boyfriend, Clancy wishes to break the rules and feel free just for the summer. This is how she meets Danny, (skydiving student and university student), and it’s here when the lies begin. Clancy makes Danny believe that she’s older than she really is, to avoid being treated like a litlle girl. But relationships begin to be damaged and the lies are too big to hold them
I honestly think that Clancy has a very immature attitude in the book, which is funny cause she’s trying to show how mature and independent she can be and how she no longer needs to be permanently cared. And I understand the bad situation that the family has been going through and I also understand that because of that there are many feelings involved and maybe sometimes one can make wrong decisions because of this. But at the same time I don’t feel that what Clancy does with her lies and behavior has a real justification. I think she just wanted to behave in a rebellious way, doing things that she normally wouldn’t do, without reason. I also feel sorry for those people who got hurt without deserving it
When the romance grows based on lies and deceptions it’s very difficult for me to feel that I want to continue following the couple, you know?. I think the big mistake of the book is to focus on an unhealthy romantic relationship
It has a good reading rhythm, even though I’m not satisfied with the plot in general I think it’s very easy to read so I didn’t want to stop highlighting that
Even though the romance was too false and meaningless for me, I liked another aspect of the plot and that is the family dynamics, it’s quite good, I think that dialogs and tension moments between father and daughter can happen in real life, and that seemed pretty well developed to me. In addition, although the father’s behavior may be too much for some of you, I personally understand his motives, the man lost his wife and now he has to raise his daughter on his own, the sadness is so clear, and I think that at the end of all he’s just looking to protect his daughter
Denny is not a bad character, I think his individual life is quite interesting and I think he’s the best character in the book, it’s a pity that he hasn’t developed in a deeper way
The whole Skydiving topic has seemed very interesting to me especially because I’m very interested in the subject and had no previous knowledge about it.
I’m not sure if I would recommend the book, maybe if you’re at that stage when you want to read something light and not so important, then it’s great! Also if you’re in some kind of read-a-thon it can work, it’s a very short book, so I think it’s perfect for it
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I am glad that you were able to read a good book but I am also sad that you read a book you ended up not liking. I know that feeling. Nonetheless at least you read, right? LOL. Anyways, I loved reading your thoughts and opinions on this book and I can’t wait to see what else you have to say. Have a great day 🙂
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