- File Size: 2818 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 9198551906
- Publisher: New Wings Press (May 26, 2019)
- Publication Date: May 26, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07S9V9BSV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The course of the story is in no rush to reveal itself, which I was quite content with because each character is so interesting and so fully realized that I was quite happy just spending time with them. Astrid V.J.'s writing is so careful and so educated that one feels as if not a word is wasted. She deftly used her writing skills to create realistic characters that work their way deep into your heart. They are beautiful in their imperfection. Their flaws make them believable. When they interact, you fall in love with them.
What impressed me about the story, apart from the compelling characters, was how well Astrid V.J. understands the world about which she is writing. There is royalty, and class division, and etiquette, and standards of behaviour, and A.V.J. understands all of it and takes all of it into account when considering her characters' motivations. Every action a character takes is well reasoned within their specific context.
With Aspiring, A.V.J. has begun to set up a coherent universe, and I am aching to read her next installment so that I can be a part of it again.
Typical of fairytales, this enchanting story has all the required components, a wicked controller, a fair maiden who sinks to rags and is tormented by the controller, the one who can bring help in the dire hour, and so much more. All the ups and downs that draws us into fairy tales. There are tastes of Cinderella, Rapunzel, The Little Princess, and many more. Truly a delightful read.
What’s more, this part one tale has a satisfying ending much like a tasty dessert that lures us to want more. Vogel de Johnsson is writing the second.
I also felt there were some inconsistencies and at one point "Machiavellian plan" was used which took me out of the world of the novel as I am assuming (because of place names) that it does not take place in our world. How would they know of Machiavelli?
The last thing is definitely a personal preference. I usually don't read books with such young protagonists precisely because there is too much teen angst/drama especially when the protagonist is a girl.
The story didn't grip me, but it didn't make me want to quit reading either. The end of the book gave an excerpt from the next one and those few pages already seemed much better than this one.
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An enjoyable start to the first half of the tale with well developed characters and a sweet, realistic romance. The story takes its time to develop the characters relationships and increase the stakes. I assume most of the action and interaction with the witches will come in the second half.
Occasionally the tenses felt a bit off, with perfect being used instead of pluperfect but once I was used to this it didn't affect the readability or storytelling at all.
Aspiring's premise is extremely intriguing. The moment I read the synopsis I was interested.
Astrid's writing is very crisp, clean and flows smoothly. Making this a pleasant, easy read. The characters are described perfectly, well rounded and with great back stories. The amount of plot vs dialog is distributed perfectly throughout.
All around, well written
Unfortunately the execution of this story fell short for me.
After reading the synopsis which starts with "A coven of witches plots to over throw a kingdom" I was expecting an action pact read, with a splash of romance...which was not the case.
I found this story was almost confused on whether it was meant to be a fantasy story full of evil witches with one to stand in their way, or a full on light romance.
It started off great with Elisabeth finding out she has powers herself, while her mother was fighting for her life on her unfortunate death bed. Elizabeth knowing she is untrained and needs to learn how to use and control her powers. This had me fully invested as a reader! Until the part where she is receiving the proper training is grazed over and the story becomes her and her crush showing and admitting their lover for each other.
I personally was looking for that witchy adventure and excitement that the synopsis promised... not receiving the true thrill until the end of the book.
Now, that being said. I know this is not a stand alone novel. There will be a sequel and I am sure not only the characters but the plot will thicken as it goes. But with such a strong synopsis tied to this first novel I was expecting more from this story. Which could put off any reader from picking up the second books, expecting the lack-luster of action to be carried on to the sequel.
Please keep in mind these are my own opinions. I am not dragging this lovely author by any means. As mentioned, her all around writing was absolutely fantastic.
Where something may not have been what I was expecting, doesn't mean you won't enjoy it yourself.
I don't know how many times I have read or seen a negative book review, still held interested, picked up the book and absolutely adored it.
Aspiring may be your perfect cup of tea!
And of course thank you all for reading.
Your Fellow Book Worm