The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis

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Princess Lyana Aethionus should be focused on winning a mate but her thoughts wander to the open sky and the edge of her floating kingdom. Adventure calls and when she heeds it she finds a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon. A match that may just change the course of her future.

Rafe is reviled among his people but he will do anything for his half-brother including posing as him in the courtship trials. When they are attacked by a dragon he sacrifices himself to protect his brother. However, after a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a dove who possesses the same forbidden magic.

In the world below a king fights a forgotten war and with help from a favored spy hidden in the dove royal house, he sets into motion a plan that will change the world. I received this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own. The Raven and the Dove will be released on March 9, 2020.

I am left with a tumult of emotions after finishing this book. My emotions vary from anger to sadness to excitement. I cannot wait for the next book in the series which will sadly not be coming out for a while. This book took me on a phenomenal journey that will have a lasting imprint for months to come.

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The characters were wonderful. Lyana, the main character was a princess fighting to leap outside the constraints of royalty. She longed for adventure and new places in a world that was set on placing her in a cage. Her character was relatable and I enjoyed how she fought to do something good with her magic despite the chance of discovery and death.

The other characters were just as excellently written. They made a diverse cast of characters with painful pasts. However, the love triangle was slightly annoying because it was in a partial state of existence and I was so angry and annoyed with Cassi. Cassi was Lyana’s best friend who spoiler alert, turned out to be a spy and willing to do anything for a savage king who wanted nothing but to fulfill a prophecy that I guarantee you has nothing to do with him. I am so angry with her because of what she did to Rafe. Also, has anyone noticed that Rafe is a popular prince name in ya novels?

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The world-building was stunning. The author created a world where islands filled with flying people lived in the sky while war and chaos raged below an impenetrable mist. Dragons soaked the sky with the fires of their rage and magic that could heal and destroy swirled around the author’s creation. I loved it despite the lack of explanation of the magic and how everything fits together. I assume with time the author will build that up and eventually everything will fit together. I loved the world-building and find that it is unique.

I would recommend reading this book. The rest of the series is planned and comes out in 2020 through 2021 and I could not be more excited. I need to know what happens to the characters and how it all shakes out. And if you love ya fantasy this book is for you.

Enchantee by Gita Trelease

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Camille Durbonne lives in Paris in 1789, a city of labyrinthine streets and upheaval where magic manifests but hides its face. When Camille’s parents die she must rely on magic to keep her sister healthy and fed. However, when her painstaking coins turn back to the metal they originally were and Camille’s brother runs off will their savings she must find a new way to make a better life.

What better way to do this than to enter the glittering court of Louis XVI? Camille uses forbidden blood magic and enters the court to gamble as a Baroness. She moves into a world of poisonous splendor and as she spends each night gambling to create a new life she begins to lose herself. As Paris starts to burn for freedom Camille loses control of her secrets and the game she has been playing turns deadly. She must choose before her world comes crashing down – love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic. I received this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own. Enchantee was published February 5, 2019.

I have heard a lot of excellent things about this book and it did live up to many of my expectations. It was a wonderful read but I was frustrated at how hard it was for me to get into this book. The magic of Versailles and Aeronautics drew me in but the book lacked the ability to keep me up reading it. It is one of the first books in a while that has taken me more than a day to read simply because I kept putting it down since Enchantee could not keep me interested for long periods of time. This was disappointing but I still found the story interesting with its take on a girl navigating the two worlds of France during Louis XVI’s reign.

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The characters were fascinating and Camille Durbonne, the main character was filled with determination, grit, and caring for her sister. Her sorrow was deeply felt and I admired her willingness to do anything to move above the circumstances she was born with including using draining blood magic. She straddled the worlds of nobility and the common people showing the good and the bad of each. She had flaws and it was intriguing to see her choices and how this charted the path her life would take. Her ability to not be cowed by all the things life threw at her was phenomenal and I loved her character.

The side characters were intriguing. I hated Camille’s sister though. She was too naive for the world she lived in. I understood her need to be appreciated and assist her sister but I felt that both Camille and her sister neglected the other leading to easily avoided situations. Otherwise, I loved Camille’s colorful friends and her love interest was wonderful. The villain was intriguing but I hated his reason for being the evil in this tale. It was thrown together and I did not appreciate that all his plots surrounded such arbitrary reasoning. Despite this, the characters that filled Enchantee were vivacious and wonderful

I loved the setting of the book. The times before and during the French Revolution are fascinating and I enjoyed a look at both the commoners and the aristocrat’s point of view for they were bloody times and no one was completely innocent. I enjoyed how the author wrote about the beauty of Versailles yet overlayed that with how insufficient it was to cover the wrongdoings of the royalty. It was interesting to read about the two sides of the times with the splendor and lavishness of the upper classes and the struggles of the lower classes. The author quite neatly conveyed the times and the struggles between people that led to the French Revolution.

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Overall, this book was an interesting read but I cannot count it among my absolute favorites. It was less exciting and more boring than expected. However, I will read the second book in the series when it comes out and I hope it can draw me in better than Enchantee did.

The Red Labyrinth by Meredith Tate

Image result for red labyrinthThe labyrinth was built to protect but living in its shadow Zadie Kalver feels anything but safe. The maze is enchanted and filled with deathtraps, illusions, and magic. A killer called Dex stalks its corridors and Zadie stays far from it.

But when Zadie’s best friend vanishes into the labyrinth-and everyone mysteriously forgets he exists- completing the maze becomes her only hope of saving him. She brides Dex, to guide her through the maze on a terrifying journey that will change everything she thought she knew about her world.

Navigating a deadly garden, a lethal blood-filled hourglass, and other traps-with an untrustworthy murderer for her guide-Zadie’s one wrong step from certain death. But with time running out before her friend (and secret crush) is lost forever, Zadie must reach the exit and find him. If Dex and the labyrinth don’t kill her first.  I recieved this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and all opinions are my own.  This book was published June 4, 2019. 

Image result for i loved the idea gifAs soon as I read the synopsis for The Red labyrinth I knew I had to read it and this book went well above and beyond my expectations. I was intrigued by the short overview of the book and it sounded similar to the Maze Runner series so I decided to read it. And it was worth staying up late up for even if I had to force my eyes to stay open. The idea behind the tale was fascinating and the characters were gritty and real, while the author stunned me with her ability to grow her characters in such a heartfelt way.

The world-building was so unique. I loved the idea of a slightly advanced civilization with people whose skills ranged into the abnormal. Add to that a deadly maze with a killer loose in it and you have a stunning tale on your hands. I particularly adored the maze and the challenges the author placed within that maze. Some of them were heart-wrenching and most of the obstacles sounded like horrible ways to die. Not to mention they were individually unique and I have rarely read trials similar to the ones placed in this book. It added a remarkable background for the masterpiece of characters.

Image result for marvelous gifThe characters were marvelous. At first, I honestly hated the main character, Zadie who was constantly complaining about being normal. She drove me up the wall with her inability to rescue or defend herself. However, as the book went on I fell for her character. She began to see that to be brave or strong she need only rely on herself. That she can conquer the past to find a future and that she doesn’t need special abilities for she is already special individually.

It was a stunning masterpiece of young adult literature and I would recommend it to all lovers of action-packed and unique stories.