Series: Air Awakens #1
Published by Silver Wing Press on August 27th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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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.
I wanted to like this so much, but honestly it just fell flat. I stumbled upon this author when looking through books in my “recommended” page on Goodreads. Her next release, The Alchemists of Loom, instantly stopped my heart and flew to my To Read list. Upon further research, I discovered her older works from there, and here we are! The synopsis of this novel had me sold from the first sentence, and when it arrived and I cracked that spine, I was so excited!! Yet, it fell flat. The main character Valla’s internal narration felt stiff and lack luster. The cadence of events was strange, for example, large gaps of time would elapse in pages then a single day would take up chapters. I couldn’t figure out how long things took by about halfway – and that coupled with the super obvious classic they-cant-stand-eachother-sexy-try-hard-chemistry-romance, I was sorely disappointed. The magic system itself was confusing as well, it was explained in length at the beginning then not used again until it popped up randomly in the middle. I felt like the premise of the girl in the library was lost from page one, since most of the events take Valla outside of her librarian life – which I so longed to see more of. On Goodreads, this series is rated 4.0 across the board! I wanted to love it so dearly, and I left feeling like I missed the point hidden in there somewhere. I might give book two a try, though it may take a later reread of book one to get me interested again. Let me know what you think! Should I give this a re-read? Am I just missing something? Let me know down below!