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The Strength of a Heart (The Stolen Wings) (Volume 2) Paperback – April 2, 2016
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About the Author
Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can’t, she writes about it. After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in Human Instincts, she played with shapeshifters in Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks, she dealt with vampires in The Impaler Legacy series, she designed prosthetics in Broken People, and she helped wingless fairies in The Weight of a Wing before tackling a space opera saga. Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published two Romanian short story collections, Efectul de nautil and Secventa de zbor, and the Romanian edition of Human Instincts. She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013. For more information, please visit http://www.ioanavisan.tk
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Was given this book via author for review.
'The Strength of a Heart' was non-stop action. Full of witches, werewolves, vampires, some very angry sea creatures, Guardians, humans, demons, fairies and a dragon on the rampage. The storyline was great. I had a hard time putting it down. 'The Stolen Wings Series' keeps getting better. Alise is put through hell in this book, more so than the first book, 'The Weight of a Wing'. Rafe, as always, is a hot guardian that has his limits tested in this installment. Cassie is a great character. I love her outlook on the whole 'other worlds' aspect. She pretty much just goes with the flow. Nate and Vale are as bad-ass as ever. I can't wait to read the next book. A great add to your tbr list.
Book 2 picks up exactly where Book 1 left off. Alise was poisoned and is dying while her friends are searching for a cure. I did not like this change in Alise. I get it, she is suffering because of her role in book 1, but her character is reduced to the role of a damsel in distress. I felt that was an injustice. It wasn't until about three quarters of the way through ***spoiler*** that she finally proves just how strong she is ***end spoiler***. I appreciated that, and it made me like her once again.
Cassie was probably my favorite in this book. She seemed the most real. Rafe grated on my nerves with his ego, and Nate seemed to serve as a bit of a comic relief. In fact, there seems to be an overabundance of goofy teenage humor in this installment. I didn't find the first book to be that way. Here the banter is full of dull-witted jibes and one liners that only served to dumb down the story and slow the action. Petty teenage squabbles break out and are quickly resolved. I found them pointless and immature. It's almost like the characters are making fun of themselves and the situation, and the book isn't to be taken seriously. I didn't like that at all. When I read fantasy, I want to be immersed in that world, not have the fantasy broken. If it wasn't for the presence of the evil wizard Fabian, I probably wouldn't have finished the book. But dark sorcerers always manage to draw me in.
There are some beautiful descriptions and fantastic action scenes. During those scenes, I felt like this was an awesome book, but the childish dialogue between characters would make me think the opposite, hence the conflicted three star rating. Removing the goofy interactions between characters in the early part of the book would make this a five star book. The last thirty pages were amazing and really drove the story forward. They were worth muddling through the rest.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I loved book 1 & have been waiting to read book 2
Wow another 5 Star read i really liked this book. It was as great as book 1 I loved everything about it. Great characters & Story Ioana never disappoints me with her great story's.
I have love all Ioana Visan books so far & this is another great one to add to that list