Fire Falling by Elise Kova | Book Review

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fire Falling by Elise Kova | Book ReviewFire Falling by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #2
Published by Silver Wing Press on November 19th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 378
Format: ARC
Source: the Author
Goodreads
five-stars

Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

What I thoughtI am a big BIG mess over Fire Falling. I already loved Air Awakens, but in Fire Falling the stakes are even higher than before. The magic that intrigued and enticed us in book one plays an even bigger role and became even more powerful than before, we get to read more about that smoking forbidden romance that we glimpsed in the first book, and there’ll be twists that you won’t see coming and will BLOW your mind. Fire Falling was every bit the wild ride I expected it to be (and then some more).

Fire Falling pretty much picks up where Air Awakens ended. And it’s intense. This whole book is intense. The story progressed considerably and at a nice consistent speed, which kept me on the edge of my seat (frantically biting my nails). The plot twists were killer. I might have cursed the book a few times, and will not deny crying twice either. These twists came as complete surprises to me and left my heart in a pile of shattered fragments.

We got to read more about Vhalla’s friends in Fire Falling. And I really enjoyed learning more about Larel, Fritz, Daniel, and Craig. They got more depth, and gained some insight as to where they came from, whicht made it so much easier to get (even more) attached to them. They’re just such good friends: supportive and so incredibly brave. I am wholly invested in every single one of them.

You get to see a whole new side to Aldrik. I mean, I liked him after book one (even though I was hesitant about him, I mean he DID push her off a roof, which I am still NOT OKAY with), but we get to see so much more of him. And we get some insight as to how he feels and what he’s been through in life. SO MUCH more depth (and he already was a VERY well fleshed-out character)!

And Vhalla developed so much throughout the story. She’s so devoted to what she believes in and (her own words, not mine) the “queen of bad ideas,” which lands her in a few sticky situations. Her sorcery continues to improve, as expected, but her fighting as well. Her bravery shines through throughout the entire book, even though she was confused by everything she was feeling and was happening to her. She’s such a good character. She’s EVERYTHING and more. I felt for her, I felt everything along with her, and I continue to feel ALL THE FEELS even though I’ve finished the book.

The magic people, THE MAGIC, is AMAZING! There’s a few scenes that got my heart racing, blood pumping, all the feelings flowing. I was on my edge of my seat. Those scenes were THAT badass. I don’t want to spoil anything, you’ll KNOW what I was talking about when you get to those scenes, but honesty Elise takes the magic to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL (sorry for the excessive use of capital letters, but it shows my excitement and puts emphasis on everything I want emphasised, so I guess you’ll just have to deal haha).

That ending though… I honest to god am in a state of denial. Jamie from Books and Ladders told me this is the first stage in facing your grief… but hell no, it just can’t be, because what happened is impossible. I absolutely refuse to believe that cliff-hanger really happened. Or at least, there’s something I’m missing. I KNOW I am missing something. Period. Because as I said before, that ending CAN’T be.

I REFFUSE TO ACCEPT THAT ENDING ELISE!

Final verdict IRISJEXX!Fire Falling was everything I wanted to be and then some (even though some of the things that happened I most definitely DIDN’T want to happen). This book was heartbreak and love all wrapped up together. My heart is broken, and shattered into a million tiny pieces on the floor, but believe me when I say that Fire Falling is worth the heartbreak. Elise Kova is a master with words, and the story she’s spun is too good to pass up on!

Cover Reveal: Air Awakens #2 … Fire Falling!

*deep breath*

So, remember my review of Air Awakens that went live on my blog a few days ago? Remember the discussion post I wrote about it, in which I shared some of my favourite scenes from the book? Yes? Well, I have some more awesomeness to share with you today!

Fire-Falling-Dark

Because today the cover of Fire Falling, Air Awakens #2, is being revealed! And it looks amazing. Absolutely gut wrenching fierce and just plain beautiful. It’s only TWO DAYS until Air Awakens releases, and I am so excited for you to read it, but I am equally excited for you to see the cover to Fire Falling! When I first saw it yesterday there might have been some squealing and hyperventilating involved, because it looks so badass! There’s no words that’ll do it justice.

So are we ready?

Cover Reveal: Air Awakens #2 … Fire Falling!Fire Falling by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #2
Published by Silver Wing Press on 19 November 2015
Goodreads

The synopsis contains spoilers for the first book, so I decided to keep it hidden for those of you who haven't read the first book yet. If you do want to check it out, just go to Goodreads and you'll find it there!

Didn’t I say it was fierce?! The detail is so freaking amazing, and the colours are so vibrant! It’s everything I wanted and more, it’s so beautiful it hurts! The fire, the armour, and just everything! I love it! (okay, sorry for the excessive use of exclamation marks here, but it just Can’t. Be. Helped).

But this isn’t all, I’m just going to give you a taste of the world of Air Awakens here. I’ll share the character bio of one of my favourite characters in the first book with you (and if you head on over to the other blogs of the streetteamers you’ll find more character bio’s!), namely Larel Neires.

Larel Neiress

Air Awakens Age: 23
Height: 173cm (5′ 8″)
Birthday: Spring (Time of the Dawn)
Born in: The West (Qui, Mhashan)
Eye Color: Dark brown, nearly black
Hair Color: Black
Skin Color: Olive tan
Build: Curvy, well-proportioned
Favorite Food: Candied Lemon Peels
Affinity: Firebearer
Personality: Loyal, Private, Kind
Childhood: Larel Neiress came to the Tower of Sorcerers as a young child to study her magic as a Firebearer. She was a close friend to the prince and functions still as a trusted confidant. At first unsure of fellow Sorcerer, Fritz Chareem, Larel opened up to the cheerful Southerner and began to warm up to her place within the Tower on the whole.

Being from the West, the rift between Sorcerers and Commons often confuses her and she works to bridge the gap whenever she sees it. As a Firebearer she focuses primarily on combat study, but has yet to see any real scuffles.

I cannot wait for you to dive into the world Elise Kova created, because I KNOW you’ll fall in love with it as I have. At least, I sincerely hope you will. And last but not least, Elise has another little surprise for you: a giveaway. You can win a signed ARC of Fire Falling, and guys, trust me, you’ll want to get your hands on one! (I know I do).

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Air Awakens by Elise Kova | Book Review

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Air Awakens by Elise Kova | Book ReviewAir Awakens by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #1
Published by Silver Wing Press on August 27th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 377
Format: ARC
Source: the Author
Goodreads
five-stars

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.

What I thought

When I first heard about Air Awakens I was told it would be THE book for people that love the Throne of Glass series. Since Sarah J. Maas is one of my all-time favourite writers I was most definitely intrigued, but also a tad hesitant. If you start a book expecting so much, it is my experience that they end up a disappointment most of the time. Boy am I glad I didn’t let that hold me back, because Air Awakens was a pretty damn epic read.

I’m a pretty big fan of character driven stories, and Air Awakens was just that. The protagonist, Vhalla, was a great character. I loved that I could relate with her. Her obsession with books, a bit of a must if you are a library apprentice, is something I think we can all relate to. Vhalla developed so much throughout the story. She grew into this fierce woman and I really admired her strength and determination to keep going. There was this one point where somebody pointed something out to her View Spoiler », and that EXACT realization is one I had at one point a few years ago as well. It probably was one of my favorite moments in the book. Scratch that, it was my favorite moment in this book (I actually wrote a post about that, so if you’re interested in checking it out just click here)

The world presented is really intriguing. The Solaris Empire and the aspect of elemental magic is so SO good. I loved how I gradually learned more about the empire and its history. Vhalla knew next to nothing about the elemental magic and its history, so I learned more about this world with her and I gradually fell in love with it. I love the magical aspect. I am so anxious and excited to learn more about it!

Then for the romance. The romance plays a pretty big role in the story. And it is a GOOD romance. It gradually builds into something more, there’s struggles along the way, which makes it realistic. Both Vhalla and the love-interest have lots of depth and grow throughout the story, which made the romance so good in my opinion. So many feelings.

Final verdict IRISJEXX!

I am in love with the world Elise Kova created and its characters. I can’t wait to see where the second book will take Vhalla! (Well, I know where she’ll go… but I want to know how she’ll do, if she’ll develop further, and if the budding romance will bloom into something more). Air Awakens made me feel all the feels. My expectations were pretty high (that’s what a comparison to Throne of Glass will do to me), and the story lived up to every single part of it. Air Awakens is a beautiful tale and I can’t wait to see where it’ll go next. If it wasn’t on your wishlist yet, you should add it, because ALL THE FEELS!