Air Awakens by Elise Kova

“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.”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! Meaghan here again (finally…)! Sorry for my random disappearance, I fell into a bit of reading slump 😦 But I’m back now, and with another review of a book I absolutely loved! This is the first book in a fantasy series by Elise Kova, and I actually picked up the whole series (and got them signed) at a comic con this summer!

“They wanted to kill her, so this Vhalla would die, she resolved, and a new Vhalla would be born from her ashes.”

Stars (Out of 10): 9/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: I absolutely loved this book!! I’ve been in a terrible slump these past two months, and this book has basically reignited my need to read again. I loved the plot, the characters, the world, everything! I am super super curious as to how the series will continue too, as there are so many ways for it to go now as well!

The Good: I really loved most parts of this book. I loved the characters we were introduced to, and how we already got to see them grow in this book alone. In addition, I’m really interested in how the plot will continue, since what we’ve seen so far has opened so many ways for the book to go as well. The plot also had quite a few twists, and I have the feeling that there’s much more of that in store in the series!

The Bad: The beginning was a bit rough, since it didn’t seem to paint a true picture of Vhalla’s life before finding out about her powers, and jumped rather quickly into the action. Not necessarily the worst thing in the world, but it was a tad harder to connect with Vhalla because of this, since we didn’t really know who she was before magic.

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

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What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

“Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices know that Magnus Bane is banned from Peru—and now they can find out why. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

There are good reasons Peru is off-limits to Magnus Bane. Follow Magnus’s Peruvian escapades as he drags his fellow warlocks Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss into trouble, learns several instruments (which he plays shockingly), dances (which he does shockingly), and disgraces his host nation by doing something unspeakable to the Nazca Lines.

This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles, What Really Happened in Peru, is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare.”

-Goodreads Synopsis

Hello guys! Allison here. To begin the Shadowhunters reread, we have What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.

Stars: 6/10

It was really interesting to see who Magnus is outside of his relationship with Alec, despite them being a favorite ship of mine from years past. He’s a very different person than the person he is in The Mortal Instruments. We get to see what Magnus is like when he is not the one with the most power or the eldest. Instead, he is among equals who see him as more of an annoying younger sibling who possesses danger-prone magic than an all-powerful warlock who just happens to wear a lot of glitter.

Despite getting to see how different his character was, I still felt wishy-washy about the adventures Magnus was having. While they were interesting in their own ways, having the story split between 4 parts when it’s only a 47 something page book was probably not a good idea.

Shadowhunter Chronicles Reread

Hi guys! Allison here. In the next few weeks, Meaghan and I will be rereading the Shadowhunters Chronicles in chronological order. We will be trying to write our reviews objectively, but since these series were a large part of our childhood that may be challenging. Nevertheless, we are ready to tackle this challenge head on. We are also interested to see how the world unfolds in chronological order.

Below the cut is the complete list of the books we’re reading and the order of them. Feel free to join along with us. There are no specific dates.

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