🌿 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having the most wonderful day by the hand of the most incredible readings ❤️ Today I’m more than happy to bring you a double review of two incredible sequels that I’ve read this month, and that I also have the pleasure to say have been ARCs. Before starting I want to thank the author & the publisher with my heart who have contacted me to read their works, it has been a pleasure to do so. I’ll be bringing you this type of shorter reviews this month since, as you know, I’m writing a lot this month (NaNoWriMo) so I don’t have time to elaborate as much as always, even so, don’t get me wrong, I touch on all the important points in these reviews and I haven’t left anything to say, I’m just trying to get more to the point and quickly touch on the points that I clearly liked as well as those that I didn’t and so hopefully you can choose one to add to your TBR. 🥰
This time I have a high fantasy sequel with a dark tone that has surprised me & another sequel about superheroes more focused on the sci-fi side, super light, and fun to read. 👏🏻
So without further ado, I hope you enjoy it, you know that I adore sharing my thoughts with you 😊 & LET’S GET STARTED! 🌿
Title: A Wind From The Rift
By: Bonnie Wynne
Series: The Price of Magic #2
Published: November, 19th 2020
By: Talem Press
Genre: YA – Fantasy – Paranormal
Buy it: Amazon
The sorceress has broken free of her shackles.
Months of imprisonment have forged Gwyn into something new; something dangerous. Eight dead sorceresses whisper in her ear, hungry for blood and vengeance – and after unleashing the red magic to make her escape, she fears she won’t be able to stop.
All Gwyn really wants is to go home. But as she soon discovers, escaping the Clockwork City may prove an impossible task. The wizards of the Syndicate wage a silent, bloody war over her fate, and to survive, she must play their deadly game.
As strange storms ravage the city and wizards start turning up dead, Gwyn finds herself in more danger than ever. With enemies on every side, the immortal Scions massing their armies, and the dark power inside her growing stronger, she must make a choice… To save everything she loves, is she willing to become the monster the Syndicate fears?
A Wind from the Rift is the electrifying second volume in Bonnie Wynne’s spellbinding fantasy series, The Price of Magic.
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I want to thank Talem Press very much for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this sequel, I think the first book has many solid points that were highlighted even more in this one, but at the same time, I think the first could be a little more solid and better built than this one, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it, in fact, I l did! One of the things that I liked the most is, no doubt, the author’s style that’s light even in the moments of greatest tension. The main character, super relatable and realistic & the tone of this fantasy in itself, I like a lot, the weight of playing with the human mind gives it a marked dark atmosphere.
I can’t say much about what the book is about, because spoilers, but I’ll say that in short, we follow Gwyn again, but now she’s in an even more vulnerable state after the events that took place at the end of the first book. Now all she wants is to go home, but there are voices in her head that torture her and take her to dark places, in addition to this, while she wants to escape from Clockwork City, wizards begin to appear dead in the city, and Gwyn realizes that she could be in even greater danger than she thinks, but in order to survive she must make decisions that could change her being forever.
I want to immediately talk a bit about the tone of the book because it’s one of my favorite points. I think the author has found the perfect middle point where she can give us super dark and heavy moments as well as light moments of great dynamism. I love when I read fantasies that have this dark tone, I feel that it differentiates them widely from other books, and also open many doors to infinite possibilities. I loved the author’s style, I really enjoyed reading her first book and in the same way, I enjoyed her style in this book, so I think her work will only get better.
The plot itself is super interesting and the truth is that I never lost interest, but I think the characters are stronger than the construction of the world and the plot itself, which doesn’t bother me, I enjoy it, anyway, but I thought it would be something interesting to mention. Gwyn is just amazing, all of them are, even the villains in this story, but my girl gets all my applause. This time everything was even more difficult for her, and we see her fight a lot against the inside of her. I LOVE that there’s a breaking point in her in this sequel as she has shown that anger that maybe she was trying to hide before, she’s so strong and this time I saw her more determined and confident in many situations, which I loved.
I think the plot feels a bit week in the middle, there are a lot of pages so maybe that’s why I had moments where I felt a bit distracted from what was happening, that’s why my rating isn’t higher, but still, I think it’s more something personal and I don’t think that’s something that affects your enjoyment. In my personal opinion, I feel that perhaps this book didn’t need so many pages to be solid and to be able to reach the final point that the author wanted, but still, I LOVE the ending, and I felt that impact and those emotions that maybe I didn’t feel in the first book.
This is a solid sequel with a great direction, which I think misses the focal point a bit in the middle, but recovers even more strongly to give us a shocking ending with lots of emotions. I love how the author has been able to create a character so credible that you simply want to support her and want to be there for her, I think this book does something unique with the reader, almost including us within the scenes and make you feel very committed, it which is great and only highlights the talent of the author.
It’s a great book, a super interesting fantasy that gives you that feeling of nostalgia since it feels like other urban fantasies that I’ve read, but it’s also unique in its own way, and the author makes that very clear with her creation of characters and addictive and easy to read style. Impossible not to feel connected to what’s happening and although it’s kind of rare in the middle, it has an excellent beginning and ending that will leave you wondering what will happen next! I highly recommend it, if you like fantasy but want to read something with a darker tone with credible characters and a good magic system.
Title: The Shadowverse: Vengeance
By: J.C. Gallo
Series: The Shadowverse #2
Published: November 2020
Genre: YA – Sci-Fi – Paranormal
Buy it: Amazon
The Shadowforce is back, stronger than ever. One year has passed since Titan’s defeat, and balance reigns between the universes. Guided by the ones they lost, Johnny, Ryan, Sam, Jane, and Rose are beyond all the problems of everyday life, leading Earth into a new era.
Yet, this illusion of peace begins to evaporate when a mysterious, relentlessly unstoppable entity hiding in Earth’s cities begins to wreak havoc, destroying everything and everyone in its path and leaving a bloody trail in its wake. Suddenly, nothing is assured and no one is safe, even the heroes themselves.
Their relationships and character tested like never before, The Shadowforce must embark on an epic journey around the world and between realms, uniting once again if there is any chance to overcome this new foe, one that will not stop until everything they once saved is burned. No matter the outcome, nothing will ever be the same.
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I want to thank the author for providing me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.
This sequel was a lot of fun! I came from reading a rather heavy fantasy, and I thought it would be difficult for me to get into this book that’s more on the side of the paranormal and sci-fi (although it also has fantastic elements) but wasn’t hard at all, which is great! I think the author has done a great job with this book, I’m glad to read about the Shadowforce again and embark with them on a new and dangerous adventure. It was easy to read, the pacing of this book is really great, the plot is as solid as it was in the first book, and above all, I’m glad to see a growth in the characters, that was a point that I expected to see.
As this is a sequel, I don’t want to mention too much of the plot. I can mention that again we meet our group of superheroes but this time they have a new challenge that will put them to test more than ever and they must face even darker and more lethal forces, that will take them around the world and between realms.
This book is very dynamic, there are always many things happening, it can be overwhelming at times, but this was what I needed. One of my favorite things about it was the dialogues, having read the first book, obviously, I knew that I would find good and solid dialogues since it was also something that I had already enjoyed, but this time I’m pleased to say that they’re not only good dialogues, but they’re placed at the right times and there are very funny. It gives the whole plot light moments that you can devour very quickly until you almost forget that the characters are in trouble. The author’s style, in general, is very good, and something that I don’t usually say about the books that I read, I can easily say about this one: the action scenes are very well created and thought out. I’m not a big fan of fight scenes, I always find myself kind of bored while reading about them, but this time I confess that I was caught and that makes me very happy!
Another point that I would like to highlight is the characters, I don’t think I feel really emotionally attached to any of them, but I did appreciate a marked growth and I’m glad to see that there are many new things that we can learn about them and understand about their personalities. The fact that the characters are a strong point in this book also adds more weight to what’s happening, which I celebrate. Even so, personally, I’m still more interested in the plot itself and the fun of traveling the world to defeat this villain that seems like nothing can stop him.
I would compare this book with The Fantastic Four or Spiderman, that kind of marvel movies, because it feels like that, it has that tone behind that makes you feel that you’re being part of an action and adventure movie which is the merit of the author who has planned the important events very well and has positioned them in an interesting way that catches the reader’s atention and leaves you wanting to know more.
There are moments of tension and very heavy ones as well happening in the book, but they don’t feel heavy at all, this has a good side, because obviously, it makes them easier to read and easier to process, but on the other hand, there’s a small lack of weight on them that makes it hard to take them so seriously. I’m not talking about the book in its entirety, which I liked a lot, but about some specific scenes that I thought should have lasted a little longer to allow the reader to have more time to fully commit to what was happening.
In short, it’s a great book! I highly recommend his first work, The Shadowverse, especially if you enjoy plots about superheroes and supervillains, also if you like sci-fi and paranormal elements because they’re very well handled. The book in general is very dynamic and highly entertaining, it’s not boring at any time and the author’s light style makes the passing being fast, which is great! The characters were much more thoughtful and better built in this one, as I also saw a better focus on details. It has a very solid ending, so I know you’ll enjoy both books if you give them a chance.