From Blood And Ash Review by Jennifer L Armentrout | Taking Paranormal Aspects To Another Level

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Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Release Date: March 30, 2020
Publisher: Blue Box Press
Get it Here: Amazon

Synopsis:

Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa.

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

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Check out my review on GoodReads over here!

Imagine throwing in the most addictive parts of paranormal romance books and high fantasy… that baby would be this book, FROM BLOOD AND ASH. If you get get through the heavy monologues and repetitive thoughts of the first half of the book (kudos to Poppy’s first person POV), the book proves to be an entertaining read. But borrowing elements of your standard paranormal books out there make the ‘big twists’ underwhelming. Then again, who reads Armentrout when you’re NOT looking for a special snowflake and a broody love interest? (Also, characters noting the beauty of special snowflake and love interest at least more than 5 times in the book.)

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Book Review: Frankie by Shivaun Plozza

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Author: Shivaun Plozza
Release Date: March 23, 2016
Publisher: Penguin
Get it Here: Book Depository

Synopsis:
Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who’s tired of giving second chances…When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie’s half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn’t want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes … and secrets of his own. Frankie’s search for the truth might change her life, or cost her everything.

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A thousand thanks to Jenna from Reading with Jenna for bringing me this OZYA title to share!

The first thing that stood out to me in this story was the narrative’s voice: it’s hilarious, down-to-earth, and relatable on all accounts. Told in first person POV by Frankie, this book first starts off with her meeting her half-brother named Xavier. It’s awkward, but cool at the same time. I mean, who wouldn’t bond over their deadbeat mother right? After that we get a little glimpse of Frankie’s messed-up life. She’s taking a break from school after punching some jerk’s nose for something he said, yet she doesn’t say anything when given the chance to explain to the principal. It’s almost as if she sets herself up for failure because of her background – a mother who leaves her, and a father who overdosed when she was a toddler. Basically, she never really had parental influences and was instead raised with love by her Aunt Vinnie. Frankie definitely shows the more rough side of life while following the escapades of a soulful girl who just wants to find acceptance in the world.

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Book Review: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

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Author: Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #1
Release Date: August 27, 2015
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

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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Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.

… Does that sound familiar to anyone? I’m sure most of us would pick up on the fact that it’s the opening sequence to Avatar: The Last Airbender. This book would’ve been more aptly named as Vhalla: The Last Windwalker. Seriously, we got a heroine here that is such a special snowflake that my tears of frustration started freezing when reading about her. (Get it? Because it’s so cold?) OF COURSE she’s the first Windwalker to have appeared in hundreds of years. OF COURSE the only guys she comes in contact with her age are all vying for her attention. OF COURSE the main love interest is the crown prince. My eyes rolled so hard that they fell out of my head.

Air Awakens is one of those reads that you pick up when you’re extremely bored and have nothing better to do. It’s riddled with cliches and inconsistent characters, but somehow you end up kind of enjoying anyways. Well, at least that was the case for me.

It’s like, among all the chocolate candies out there, you choose to indulge in the cheap chocolate coins. It’s missing the richness of any Cadbury or Godiva out there, but you still eat it because, hey!, it’s chocolate. Who would say no to that kind of stuff? The chocolate coin is right in front of you, probably taken from some lame party that you went to last week, so you eat it. The book was right in front of me, laying in my Kindle for months now after seeing the hype all over Twitter, so I read it.

Like I said in the beginning of the review, there are four different elements that characters can have Affinities for, and the main character Vhalla is the only one with hers: air. Each Affinity stem from certain parts of the continent (North, South, East, and West) and the empire that the book takes place in is fighting with the North. I must confess, I skimmed over the info dump of the religion because it was pretty useless to know about for the story and I didn’t really care. Oops. I’m not too sure about the stance sorcerers have in the world. Apparently they are “feared,” having their own tower called the Tower of Sorcerers (thus being separated from the rest of people), but the crown prince is a sorcerer himself and nobody really cares. I’m not sure what to make of that – are they feared or are people just “meh” about them? The ambiguity and stale world just contributed to my overall apathy with the setting.

Basically take the majority of YA fantasy heroines and insert them into Vhalla, and you get them.

  • “Oh I’m not pretty though” -> gets turned beautiful for a ball.
  • “I’m not anyone special, just a meek library apprentice” -> the only person with a certain Affinity.
  • “Seriously I’m not pretty tehee” -> the only males her age that are her acquaintances take an interest in her.

Also let’s talk about that cover! I’m laughing because Vhalla is described as having brown hair so I’m not sure why she’s blonde on the cover?

Anyway, Vhalla saves the crown’s prince’s life in the first chapter of the book and they find out she has sorcery, so the Minister of Sorcery tries to convince her to join up with them and cast crazy spells everywhere (more like because they need her for some special reason that was never explored in the book but since I don’t know, I’m just filling it in). She gets upset about it all and asks them to wait a month for her decision.

The characters were all quite funny to read about because of their tendency to vacillate towards one personality or the other. One minute the crown prince is sneering and cruel, and the next he’s sooo gentle and misunderstood. In one scene, Vhalla can’t stand to turn her best friend down for a date (thus giving him ideas) and in the next she’s all “I have to stand! up! for myself!” Vhalla’s friends are all pretty one-dimensional: a seemingly best friend that she doesn’t tell anything and a good-looking guy friend that pines after her. Can you understand why I was annoyed at them throughout the book?

Most of you must know about my disdain for love triangles, but in this one I couldn’t even muster enough energy to be upset about it. You obviously know who Vhalla likes and you obviously know that the other guy has no chance. Bah. I’m so sick of love interests that are constantly oscillating between “I love her though, she is my woRLd” and “I have DUTIESSS towards the crown.” That doesn’t mean you have to be hot and cold.

So Vhalla has a month to decide whether she wants to keep her magic and join the sorcerers or not, and she spends most of the time sneaking away with the prince. It turns out they have a Bond that “can never be broken” and “never be replaced” since she saved his life and I think I started snorting when I read that because could you NOT make the book more trite?

Anyways, I love chocolate magic, so I didn’t mind reading it as much as it seems like I did in my review. I’d recommend it for the bored fantasy lover, and to head in with no other expectation other than to waste some reading time.

Also, I’m pretty sure these sentences don’t make sense. I won’t go over how each of them are wrong, but these are just the ones I highlighted after seeing so many of them. I’m not sure about you, but I kind of like having proper grammar in my books.

“Agony, her blood had been poured out and replaced with something cold and painful.”

“Vhalla did not know what she was looking for, she simply walked.”

“White sugar glaze on top, Vhalla coveted the spongy yellow sweet throughout the year.”

The prepositions are crying in agony because they’re being ignored.

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Amy Tintera – Rebel (Reboot #2)

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Wren Connolly thought she’d left her human side behind when she dies five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.

Now that they’ve both escaped, they’re ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.

With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there’s only one option left…

It’s time for Reboots to become rebels.

This book was a great conclusion to the Reboot series! Amy Tintera really packed a solid debut, and I’ll definitely be looking out for her new books soon.

In Reboot, we’re introduced to a world where kids are able to be “Rebooted” with a stronger, faster body. The longer it takes for you to Reboot, the more less human you are (or so it’s said). Our main character Wren stayed dead for 178 minutes before Rebooting, while Callum was only dead for 22 minutes. This may seem like they are totally different, but despite the fact, they end up together and escape the facility that contained them with a bunch of other Reboots. However, at the Reboot reservation center where they end up in, things aren’t what they seem.

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Neal Shusterman – Undivided (Unwind #4)

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Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.

Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.

But more trouble is brewing. Starkey’s group of storked teens is growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they’ll burn the harvest camps to the ground and put every adult in them before a firing squad—which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future.

I haven’t stepped out of the house the whole day.

I’ve been sitting on my ass for a good 13 hours (or laying on my belly) reading the second, third, and last book of this dystology.

I ruthlessly shoved this series into my friend’s head and made her read it, much to her enjoyment.

It’s 2:24 am on Saturday night and I’m still not over the Unwind dystology.

This gif pretty much sums up my emotions
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Where do I start? When you read almost all the books at once, there’s a point where they aren’t separate books anymore but a whole story. So, I’ll try to get around covering only the last book (if I can. There are probably major spoilers right now but why would you be reading this review if you weren’t expecting any.) .

Immediately we’re pulled into the non-stop action of the plot from the POVs of different characters. Now here’s a good one – different point of views. I happen like this type of writing because I get to be in the heads of all the characters, but here’s what usually happens:

I’m reading along and something climactic is happening or I’m just enjoying a certain character’s narrative when suddenly the chapter ends and I look at the next title to see the name of a character I really, really, don’t want to read about.
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And having different POVs mean that we’re almost guaranteed that we’ll be going back to that character.

BUT throughout the whole series, there was not a POV that I did not appreciate. All of them were interesting, and were part of a complex, intricate plot that came together in a satisfying twist.

Speaking of twists, this book series was full of them! It really kept me guessing. (But was I really guessing? Honestly I might have just been too swept up in the action to really consider any possible future events.)

The angst is real when we start this book up.

First we have the dynamic duo, Argent Skinner: disciple of notorious parts pirate, and Jasper T. Nelson: said parts pirate. They may be “dynamic” but they certainly aren’t a “duo,” if Nelson had his way… Being parts pirates, they capture AWOLs and sell them through the black market for their own advantage. Although they both have personal vendettas against our hero Connor Lassiter, one of them turns out not to be as cold-hearted as his situation would have him to be, and his actions towards the end prove it.

Next we are thrown into the antiquities shop owned by Sonia, where an amazing discovery is made – one that would change the course of their society as it is. One of their objectives was to make it useable, which is exactly what Grace does.

Ahh, Grace, one of the jewels in the story. She hopped along with Connor for the ride in the third book, but makes her presence well-known by the end of the last. On first glance, she seems to be quite dim-witted and slow – when in fact her mind is full of strategy and has saved our main characters’ lives more than once. She is definitely an asset in the team, and without her and what she did, unwinding would have been less easy to resist among the general public.

Cam is back in the clutches of the Proactive Citizenry, which is not a philanthropic organization like advertised but in the heart of all the chaos. They’re kinda like a web that starts out from a central core but goes around creating different organizations under different names, funding rebels for their own advantage, and erasing anything that would be a detriment to their version of a democracy. Cam is erased of his memories of Lisa, but he still knows there was a Girl whom he fought for. However, as he plans the downfall of the people who created him, Cam must also decide if he should do it for The Girl or himself.

Lev is still with the Native American ChanceFolk tribe Arápuche, but he’s also doing his fill of the work there too. Yes, the tribe is able to harbor AWOLs, but their decision is unclear, and Lev makes it his job to make them proclaim their side of being against unwinds. I find it adorable that his spirit animal is the kinkajou, but it fits him so well! Look at these eyes!!
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Let’s not forget our Stork Lord, Starkey, and his Stork Brigade which is currently composed of Hayden, Bam, Jeevan, and a multitude of kids he rescued from harvest camps. Even as Starkey forces his violence and aggression on other people, you can’t help but feel sympathy for him. On why he’s become like that, and his desperate need for authority and fame. His character is quite realistic considering the situation that’s currently happening, and I can see someone like Starkey emerging as either a beacon of hope or a reason for loathing in the midst of the unwinding chaos.

Another addition that I really enjoyed in the books were the articles before every “Part” of the book. It’s kinda scary reading these articles, that are real, and seeing how it corresponds to the situations in the book. Check out this super interesting one about human art:

http://www.weburbanist.com/2010/08/23/body-art-creations-made-of-human-flesh-blood-bones/

Shusterman also has propaganda spread throughout the chapters that spiced things up and introduced some bills and quotes that effectively showed what was going on in the background while the characters were trying to fight for justice.

So as you can probably tell, a lot is happening during the book. NOT recommended to read by itself. Why would you do that, anyway? That would be like watching the last 30 minutes of a 2.5 hour thriller. No thank you! Now do yourself a favor and pick up Unwind! (That is, if you’re interested in an action-packed, meaningful, thrilling adventure that leaves you at the edge of your seat. If not, then whatever floats your boat.)

That ending was so satisfying!! If you like good, solid conclusions to your series, then take this one up. In so many young adult novels an author will somehow screw up the last book of an incredible series. No-siree to this one, it leaves no strings unattached and really gives you the feeling of conclusion. It was glorious.

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And can I just say how happy I am that they’re making a movie out of this series??? My life will be complete when it comes out. On the website the producers even say,

“What is critical to us is that we stay as close to the storyline as we can … Rest assured, we will not stop until we collectively feel we can do justice to Neal’s original story.”

Oh yes, it will be a fine day indeed when I see that movie.

Rating: 5/5

Justin Somper – Allies and Assassins

Allies & Assassins (Enemies of the Prince, #1)

Prince Anders, the ruler of Archenfield, has been murdered, leaving his younger brother, Jared, to ascend the throne. Sixteen-year-old Jared feels unprepared to rule the kingdom and its powerful and dangerous court, yet he knows he can rely on the twelve officers of the court to advise him. He also knows he can just as easily be at their mercy-especially when it appears that one of them may be responsible for his brother’s death. Unable to trust anyone, Jared takes it upon himself to hunt down his brother’s killer-but the killer may be hunting him, as well. Murder, betrayal, and intrigue abound in Justin Somper’s thrilling YA series debut. Exploring the political machinations of the medieval court and the lives that hang in the balance, Allies & Assassins is a gripping tale of a teen torn between duty and revenge.

  I had high expectations for this book because the summary sounded a little like The False Prince and the Queen’s Thief, both stellar books that I loved. I was….. disappointed. This book was beyond slow, with many repeated phrases and unnecessary additional plot lines.

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  So basically, the book is over the span of 6 days. It opens with the murder of the Prince of Archenfield (he’s more like a king actually but whatevs). Immediately, his younger brother Jared, is called to take his place. Jared is weak, with basically no idea how to rule and it gets kinda annoying because he congratulates himself on every little thing he does right without his mother’s help. Like why didn’t you just pay attention during councils???? He does basically nothing this whole book. He seems to just agree to stuff his advisers need his royal agreement on and protest when they do something without his agreement but then does nothing about it.

 The book is mostly trying to solve the murder. That’s it. A medieval style murder mystery. That somehow takes up 700+ pages……

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Rachel Caine – Prince of Shadows

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A thrilling retelling of the star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series.


In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.

Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona…

…And will rewrite all their fates, forever.

I’ve never read a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, and I think this was really well done!

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This is from Benvolio’s POV, where he’s the Prince of Shadows and kinda like a Robin Hood for Verona. I’ll admit, this part of his character wasn’t that interesting, although that may have been because it wasn’t touched upon much. The story keeps up with the events of Romeo and Juliet really well and there’s a REALLY COOL TWIST (well, i thought it was cool) that has some supernatural elements to it that was kinda random but fit the story well so all is good.

Like in the play, the story starts out with Romeo complaining about Rosaline and Benvolio telling him to forget about her while Benvolio himself develops an infatuation with her when he retrieves Romeo’s letters.

Now in the play we don’t see Rosaline’s character, and all we know is that she rejected Romeo’s suits and that she’s Juliet’s cousin, but in the book she’s really sensible, rational, and overall a cool character.

We get to see Romeo and Juliet’s romance, albeit bits of it. For example, at the masquerade party, Benvolio sees the couple together but THEY’RE NOT THE MAIN CHARACTERS so they don’t get touched on much. Yay.

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Seriously though, they really pissed me off in the play. Lol anyway, Mercutio (my all time fave character) made me so heartbroken in this retelling! He was probably the most changed in the story from the original. In the beginning he was his jocular self, but after a certain (kinda BIG) event happens everything spirals from there. He gets all dark and brooding and yeah, he was always emotional and volatile even in the play, but he gets REALLY moody after that event. It was so sad, my bae.

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But it was SO GOOD too because it contributed to the plot! And in a really awesome way! I loved how everything fit together!! There was a reason Romeo and Juliet fell in love so quickly, and urghkdja;l;fjks I just thought it went along with the original play so well (until it didn’t, but that was in a good way).

Alright so there was a part toward the end where the main couple (that’s Benvolio and Rosaline. While I admit it’s mostly infatuation, there’s something else at work there and it really explains the insta-attraction well imo but can be a little confusing too) are trying to save themselves that was like “Wot” but it worked out in the end.

Ah the ending was so cute even though Romeo and Juliet died still haha.

Recommended for people who like Shakespeare fanfiction (The author didn’t butcher anything really bad tbh) and maybe people who like Historical Fiction? The thing is, there isn’t much about the book other than it being a cool retelling with twists, so if you’re not that into retellings or if you’re looking for an original book maybe you should look away.

Rating: 5

Anna Banks – Of Poseidon

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Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

Basically when I think of mermaids it’s like
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JK LOL MORE LIKE
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kinda? In the book they’re described as having shark-like fins rather than those scaly goldfish ones.

So anyway, Of Poseidon was another book by an author that came to my school. (yasss i have a signed copy of this too!) It was another really fun, really fast read filled with romance and adventure, as well as some mystery!

Let’s get a look on the characters:

Galen – Mr. Prince merman syrena. (They don’t like to be called merpeople) He’s so adorable!! I’ll admit, he had kind of an insta-crush on our main character Emma and in the beginning pulls off some stalker-ish moves, but it was all really sweet and not super obsessive and dangerous like some other young adult books.

Emma – Half-syrena and Half-human, she has the gift of Poseidon and they spend like the first half of the book figuring out the first part. I really enjoyed how the relationship between her and Rayna, Galen’s twin sister, developed from disdain to female companionship. Emma’s super funny! Her dialogue reminds me a lot of Anna Bank’s wit and sarcasm (omg this woman is so funny i cannot) and she didn’t make me angry/annoyed, like many female leads out there in young adult books.

Rayna – Galen’s twin sister who’s tough and all on the outside, but a total softie on the inside. She’s mated with Toraf, the best “Tracker” in their kingdom, but she doesn’t want it (which starts a kinship with Emma). It’s obvs that she likes the dude, though. She really likes to talk and is kinda annoying (sounds like me lol).

Toraf – So each Syrena has this “Pulse” that lets the others know when they’re close and the like, and the Syrena can track others with this pulse. Toraf is a really incredible Tracker in the kingdom and helps out on land with the rest of the crew.

So the beginning is really awkward imo. I wasn’t like totally cringing but it seriously crossed my mind to stop reading (thank god i didn’t). Basically Emma bumps into Galen, and she’s thinking for like half a page (I hate it when they do that like guRLLLL do somethING or I WILL) and then Galen’s like staring at her the whole time and it’s like lol ok now what. But then things start happening and woww he realizes she has the Gift of Poseidon?? Sweet but at the same time there’s this instant attraction and it’S REALLY CUTE HOW HE DEALS WITH IT OKAY, like getting advice from Toraf and being conflicted but ugh they are just so adorable stop.

Very early in the book, a good friend of Emma’s, Chloe, dies from a shark attack (like the second chapter). I really liked how Emma dealt with her death (omg this sounds so morbid). She mourned for some chapters, but then picked herself up and told herself how Chloe wouldn’t have let her stayed that way. She’s not forgotten about, either. Even in the second book there’s a mention of Chloe’s death that helps Emma solve another situation. I really liked her character development over the first (and second) book!

Despite every time someone does something against “Syrena law,” there’s not a lot of consequences going on lol. (I just noticed that in the first and second book)

Okay so having the Gift of Poseidon shows Emma’s from the kingdom of Poseidon, while the other members of our crew are from the kingdom of Triton, which they were supposed to unite under the marriage of Grom, Galen’s older brother, and the heir of the Poseidon kingdom, Nalia. Unfortunately, Nalia died and her dad got really angry and refused to get more heirs so whoops guess that alliance is a no-go. But since Emma is probably from the kingdom of Poseidon, that means she would have to marry Grom, and Galen’s like “I love her! But my kingdom….” and I really liked that whole kingdom v. love thing! In the end, it all works out fine and dandy (in the second book actually…) But yeah, Galen was really easy to relate to despite being a merman Syrena.

Another problem was figuring out how to heck Emma was a Syrena?? She has the Gift, but she’s still different than other mermaids. Her heart doesn’t beat as fast as humans, but not as slow as Syrena. Her hair is pretty much white, with violet eyes and pale skin. Violet eyes are common for Syrena, but they usually have olive skin and black hair so that really stumped them. She also doesn’t have a fin!!!!11 WHoAaA1!!!! (I thought this was pretty cool) Turns out Emma’s a Half-Breed (which, ofc, is looked down upon under the sea).

So this first book of the Syrena legacy is super cute and fluffy (i read it in the car lol) and deals with characters that discover themselves, as well as a whole new world under the sea. I’m really glad there wasn’t a lot of drama either! The characters’ wit and dialogue really keep the book going, as well as the whole thing behind Syrenas. It was an honor to meet the author, too!

Rating: 4

More cool mermaid pics!!!!11 thEY’RE SO PRETTY
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