Thursday, October 30, 2014

Enscrolled + In Your Wings

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Title ~ Enscrolled
Author ~ Connie L. Smith
Publisher ~ Connie L. Smith
Published ~ 14 October 2014
Genre ~ YA | Fantasy
Pages ~ 300

My Rating ~ 3 bites and a nibble

The Essenced have weathered their second battle, but not everyone is hunky dory. Several soldiers have been poisoned by demons and if a cure can’t be found they will die. It’s a race against time in more ways than one as Tobias searches for a cure, Broderick and the soldiers search for the Tomes and Nicholai discovers magic is disappearing from the world faster than anticipated. It’ll take a miracle to pull this win off, but hey, they are angels after all.

This book picks up after the end of book 2. They won the battle, but there are casualties and now they really need to hurry to find a cure for the demon poison. In addition, they are still searching for the Tomes. And magic is slowly disappearing. Desperate measures are taken, but will they be enough? The Division needs to be closed. Permanently. Or that’s all she wrote for humankind. The tension builds, but the tale is slowed considerably by the Johnny/McKenna storyline. After awhile I got tired of reading about them. It was all the same stuff over and over as they mooned over each other. Boring.

If that’s not bad enough, the Alphas go on an important mission to kill some demons and they totally act like morons. I know they are teens, but they’ve fought in two battles already and they should have been more professional. Instead it was frustrating to sit there while they bickered amongst themselves and gawked at their surroundings instead of doing what they were sent there to do. And the use of the word ‘smirk’ in its various forms was repetitive. I know teens smirk a lot, but I began to think that was their only expression.

Having got that off my chest, I enjoyed the multiple POVs, the unusual results of the desperate measures I mentioned earlier and the final battle. All-in-all a satisfactory conclusion to a great series.

My reviews for both books can be found HERE.

Bonus Review
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Title ~ In Your Wings
Series ~ The Division Chronicles, #0.5
Author ~ Connie L. Smith
Publisher ~ Connie L. Smith
Published ~ 7 December 2013
Genre ~ Fantasy
Pages ~ 112

My Rating ~ 4 bites

When the Fairy Kingdom of Ariashon is attacked by a large demonic force, Prince Reeko and his warriors of Ryavine, the Dragon Kingdom, came to their aid. If Reeko and his men had not been traveling to the Dwarf Kingdom to trade merchandise they would never have been able to help in time and the Fairy Kingdom would have fallen to the demons. King Andrei of Ryavine and King Branson of Ariashon meet and decide that the land in-between their kingdoms should no longer stand empty as was customary for all kingdoms of the land. With this change in demon activity it was time to change tactics themselves. So they decide that Reeko would marry one of Branson’s four daughters and the couple would rule the in-between kingdom. Merging dragon and fairy peoples? Unheard of! But necessary. Kiara is shocked when Reeko picks her over her older and more settled sisters. Young or not she is to be a Queen, a wife and hopefully a mother. How are these two very different people going to make a go of not only a marriage, but ruling a brand new Kingdom?

After reading books 1-3 of the Division Chronicles I wondered how this look at the past would be. This story tells about Reeko and Kiara and how they were…I  hate to say forced, but basically that’s what happened…into marriage in order to protect both their homelands. Despite not knowing each other before the marriage they managed to suit each other very well.  Their tale is well-written and the world is very easily pictured. The characters are wonderful. Fantasy, romance, humor and peril. What more could a person ask for? The ending before the epilogue was sad, but after reading the Division Chronicles I already knew what the fate of all the Kingdoms would be, so I was prepared. The epilogue brings joy though. All-in-all a wonderful read.

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