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Air Awakens (Air Awakens Series Book 1) by [Kova, Elise]
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"I could not put this book down. I breezed through chapter after chapter without realizing I was doing so."
- TheFandom.net

"I love Air Awakens! It's Phantom of the Opera meets Cinderella in a wonderfully crafted world created by debut author Elise Kova."
- Michelle Madow, Author of the Elementals Series 

"For me, I find it really hard to get into fantasy books because sometimes I just can't connect with the world or characters, but this one is now on my favorite fantasy lists because it was absolutely amazing! Not only was the world building vivid and unique, but also the writing style. I loved how the author was descriptive in her writing, but not to the point where it felt forced, or too poetic."
- Sassy & Dangerous

"DEAR BOOK GODS, THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THIS MASTERPIECE."
- Rachel E. Carter, Author of the Black Mage Series

About the Author

Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master's in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she s not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).

Product Details

  • File Size: 1780 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Silver Wing Press (August 27, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 27, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00YFCRM6O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I started this book on the strength of its ratings and reviews, and mostly, I say... eh.

While for the most part the writing was tight enough, there are crucial world building aspects that don't make sense and never get explained. Why does everyone hate sorcerers? I get disliking things you can't actually explain, but a lot of characters have an unexplained level of disgust that doesn't quite click, since the Tower seems to be a moderately respected institution. They need to hire a better PR guy.

Also, what's with everyone and their mother kidnapping Vhalla in the beginning and basically strong-arming her and backing her into a corner? A bit of time to adjust one's thinking hardly seems out of place, and while Aldrik was a little nutty, the Tower master should seriously have known better than to start a potential apprentice off on the wrong foot like that. Also the Bond. No!!! screams every fiber of my being. No Bond!

Which segues into Prince Aldrik. He was awful. I know, I know... he's Tall, Dark and Handsome, and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and maybe just a little bit Tsundere, but there was just... nothing likable about him at all. To be honest, I think I started hating him when reading his ridiculous Phantom notes.... all I could think about was "what a childish, arrogant, self-absorbed little ***!!" and it really grated on me how humble Vhalla was being toward him. Vhalla FINALLY calls him out on it in almost exactly the same words, and it won me over toward her, but there was no saving Aldrik in my mind by then.

Lest this review be all negative, I did manage to finish. It really picked up toward the end - the last scene was even stirring. I might read the next one in the series. But I really just wasn't that excited about this book most of the time.
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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 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.

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.
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Air awakens was an alright book, but was lacking in some key areas. The first thing that really bothered me about the novel was the extreme hatred of sorcerers held by Vhalla, the protagonist, in the beginning and then the general populace. I mean, their heir is a sorcerer and there hasn't been any rebellion... It just felt like something was missing from the history that would properly explain people's reactions. Instead, there is this huge delay in action for no (apparent) reason. Vhalla didn't even know that sorcerers caused the Crystal war until she read about it in like chapter 3.

In general, I think the world building was sub-par. If I had to guess, I would say that the author hadn't decided a lot of the history and powers before she began writing. Things were written to fit the plot rather than the story coming organically from the characters and circumstances.

That said, I didn't hate the book.
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I LOVED this one! I practically devoured it in my spare time. Valhalla was an interesting, strong heroine who wasn't perfect, but learned over the course of the story. The developing relationship, although a little predictable, was really sweet, clean and probably my favorite couple this year!

There were also plot twists and turns that had me frantically flipping to the next chapter multiple.....and the cliffhanger....ahhh! Let's just say, I'll definitely be eagerly waiting for the release of "Fire Falling" (book 2) in November 2015!

I won't say anymore so as not to give the story away, but it's definitely a "Must Read" .....especially if you liked "Storm Siren" by Mary Weber (this one's better, in my opinion) and "Threats of Sky and Sea" by Jennifer Ellison.
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