Review #1 | Air Awakens by Elise Kova

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“Reading the books, I’ve always loved reading. It was easier than talking. Like a child playing games.”

Air Awakens was one of those books that I was extremely excited to read, it found its way onto my shelf, and then it stayed there for a about a year. Not to be touched until now. I’m glad I waited, remembering how hyped I was about this book, I know I would’ve been disappointed. Now that I waited and read it when I did, I can say it’s your mostly average and a little cliche, containing a few tropes that you would expect, first novel diving into a fantasy series, that I have no doubt will grow to be amazing as it continues.

As for this novel, I found the world building to be lacking. I’m sure the second installment will make up for this, seeing how the book ended. So I have no worries. Yet, I would’ve liked to see more setting and more of the magic system than I ended up getting. I also would’ve loved to see more magic in action, considering this story is all about sorcerers, (SORCERERS!) I personally don’t think we were given enough. I can say the first half of the book, while a little slow, did deliver some history on the magic system, I would love to learn more as the story progresses, and small character developments that made you want to keep reading.

“I want a place you hardly dare to even whisper. I want the bravery to not only read, but to do. I want a man, not a library boy. A man who is tall and witty and knows more about the world than you would ever dare dream.”

Now on to the good stuff. I fell in love with our main character Vhalla, she worked in a library. Need I say more?? She’s an amazing character, with amazing magic, and I can’t wait to see where her story goes. I’m pretty positive it’s going to be a badass one, especially with the characters that will be at her side. Speaking of those characters… I can say with confidence that my favorite part about this book was the slow burning romance and the relationship development that Kova blessed us with. I’m usually not one for romance and it’s been awhile since I’ve actually cared for a fictional relationship but something about these two killed me. In the best way.

While this might not be the best YA fantasy out there, it definitely isn’t, I do recommend giving it a chance. I have high hopes that the series will continue to improve, as most fantasy series do.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Read March 22 – 24, 2017

Additional Information

Goodreads | Amazon | Elise Kova 

Publisher: Silver Wing Press, 2015

Pages: 377

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Synopsis:

A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

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