Sunday, August 30, 2015

Air Awakens { Air Awakens, #1} by Elise Kova

About the Book:

Title: Air Awakens
Author: Elise Kova
Published: August 27th 2015 by Silver Wing Press
Length: Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Genre: YA 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 he
...more"

Air Awakens deserves a 10 out 10 rating and a new top spot on my favourites list.  



I had first heard of this book while reading a post Iris over at IrisjeXx made on one of the quotes from the book she thought to be true, it was about reading something vs experiencing it (Click here if you wish to read the post). After reading that post I needed to look up this book. Once I finished reading the synopsis I knew that this was going to be a book that I would need and love. I ended up being utterly speechless when I did finish Air Awakens. It was so beautifully crafted and the characters were even more amazing than I could have imagined.

I think the story would have to have been my favourite part. Usually for me it's all about the characters, however this novels premise definitely sucked me in.  I hadn't really ever seen or read much books where the main character actually apprentices in a library, let alone reads and gets lost in books as much as I do. I also liked the sorcery aspect to the book as well. See, because the main character Vhalla was new to sorcery, while it was being described for her benefit and she was learning, it also helped the readers understand but not feel as though they were being informed. I also liked that the sorcerers magic all had element aspects to it (Firebearer, Waterrunner, Windwalker, Groundbreaker). The story was also really well put together, because it was the first book in the series there was a lot of information to take in. However never once was I ever confused or lost while reading. It was also a roller-coaster of emotions, one minute you were gushing and then the next you were frustrated. Not to mention about 3/4 of the way through the book it felt as though you randomly ran yourself into a brick wall, but overall it was so stunning.

One thing that made this book also so much better was the female protagonist. Vhalla was absolutely stunning. She was intelligent and kind, but at the same time a little vulnerable because everything was so new to her. Though I think she was strong and handled everything really well. I also felt as though that it was very easy to make a connection with her. It was also nice to see that she was a very avid reader. See she was already such  a great character, but what I think made her even better was the fact that she still has so much more room to learn and grow. I can't wait to see how she handles the struggles in book 2, Fire Falling and how she develops even more with her sorcery.

Now these two characters needed a paragraph just for themselves. The Crown Prince Aldrik and Prince Baldair, these two were both quite stunning and difficult in each their own ways. I think Prince Aldrik is the prefect love interest for Vhalla. He challenges her but at the same time is soft on her. For years he had the reputation that he was cold, mean, and cruel. Yes, he may be some of those things at times, but with Vhalla he's different in a good way, and Yes, he may have some emotional issues, but again there is always room for development and growth. I think another thing that drew me to him was that he was kind of an outcast in a way. Well at least compared to the rest of his family. However, every character like Aldrik does have their flaws. There may have been a couple times when I had to take a breather because he was frustrating me a little, but he always made up for it with his actions and thoughts. Okay and yes, maybe pushing people off roofs isn't the best way to start off as friends and trust each other, but I also think he made up for that as well. Now onto Prince Baldair, I wouldn't want him as a love interest for Vhalla, but I really would like him as a good friend for her. He was charming and some may even say he was overly charming. However, I don't find anything wrong with that. He was friendly with Vhalla from day 1 and never did push her to do anything she didn't want to do. I also liked a certain scene that involved him helping and badging her up. I mean it was so sweet. The only thing that I would be cautious towards is that he maybe a little suspicious, and I am still not quite sure what kind of role he will have in the next books. That's what I am definitely curious about. Now onto talk about these Aldrik and Baldair's relationship status. I wouldn't say that they hate each other, but their relationship seems pretty broken. This I think it added a little bit extra to the story, along with some tension. It was also interesting to see how they interacted with each other. So I am also very curious to see how they act towards each other in book two. Along with seeing how the two of them develop throughout the story.

In conclusion the book was a total wow. It covered everything a prefect book needed to have, from the characters to the story and to the added suspense. Along with having an author who knew how to draw her readers in. I am beyond the point of curiosity to see where Fire Falling takes us; which comes out in November. This book is now holding the top spot on my favourites list. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoy reading about Magic, kingdoms, a little bit of romance and who like reading the YA category. I hope you get a chance to pick this book up, and I can't wait to see more people's reaction to this stunning novel.

4 comments:

Eve said...

I had not heard of this book before but now that I see the beautiful cover and hear how awesome it is I'm thinking I'm going to have to add it to my TBR soon! Great review.

Library Luv said...

Glad I could inform you about this awesome book! I really do hope you get to read this book. Also there is a Goodreads fan club. I can give you the link if you wish to check it out :)

SJ Bouquet said...

I've seen this book bouncing around in the book community, and after reading this review you have me convinced to pick it up!

Bogdana said...

I didn't know anything about this book, but your love for it is infectious. I am definitely adding it to my tbr and my Amazon wishlist. Great review!