No WIP Wednesday for you guys this week, but I’ll be sure to do one next week. Instead, I’ve GOT to share my thoughts with you guys about Elise Kova‘s Air Awakens. I could. not. put. this. down. Seriously. If you love YA Fantasy novels, get thee to your favorite bookseller and GET IT. You won’t be sorry.
A dazzling trip with Vhalla on her journey toward courageous womanhood!
It has been AGES since I’ve read a full-length book in less than 48 hours. I’m a busy, busy gal with a full-time job, doing my author stuff at night, and just general obligations that demand my daily time. So I want you to understand the full weight of it when I say that I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN. I was literally sneak-reading it during my work breaks and bathroom trips (TMI possibly, but my obsession with this was legit). I usually work a lot during my lunch break each day, but not yesterday and the day before. It ALL went to Air Awakens.
I thoroughly enjoyed Vhalla as a heroine. She was flawed. Conflicted. Insecure. So often, I think many of us are JUST LIKE THIS and somehow, Kova manages to balance her flawed character with an underlying strength, intelligence, and curiosity that keeps her from coming off as annoying or whiny. I truly felt her struggle and it was relieving to connect so well with a character.
Aldrik was just as flawed and fascinating, but in a completely different way from Vhalla and the two of them contrasted well with each other. For a relatively fast-paced story, I found myself highly impressed with the character development. I felt their strong attachment was more complex than mere attraction or friendship and thoroughly look forward to seeing the progression of their relationship and to learning more about their “Bond”.
I find myself utterly fascinated with the world she has created, the conflict between nations, the Mother and Father, and all the other aspects of Vhalla and Aldrik’s existence and cannot WAIT to begin Fire Falling on my first work break today.
Job well done, Elise Kova. You are an inspiration to me as a writer and I can only dream that one day my books experience the same realm of success and love that your series has gleaned from your fans.