“Air Awakens” by Elise Kova

air-awakensI thought this would be a fun fantasy series to get hooked on but, unfortunately, I didn’t like it.

Goodreads overview:

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.  Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)

My thoughts:

It was the cover that caught my eye and made me want to read this book. I was excited when I started and quickly got hooked on the story because the protagonist is a bookworm and there is some suspense at the beginning, but after her “awakening” the story lost me. By then, I was annoyed by the protagonist and deeply disliked the Prince, who’s a total ass.

Disliking the characters wouldn’t matter much if I was enthralled by the fantasy world or the writing, but the bit I read didn’t include enough world building to interest me and the writing was lackluster. It didn’t stand out. Because I started reading everything except this book, I decided to give up on it and make it as DNF.

It’s possible that the story gets better and the characters improve later since there are many rave reviews of the book on Goodreads, but I won’t find out. I didn’t like this one.

Overall: ★☆☆☆☆

I didn’t complete it, but I’ll still rate my reading experience and because I did not like it, I gave 1 star.


7 thoughts on ““Air Awakens” by Elise Kova

  1. The cover of this one caught my eye as well and I heard a decent review of it so I considered it, however the review was by someone I know is notorious for loving basically every book every written so I have to take the reviews with a grain of salt. The only reason I keep watching is they are such a good source of more indy reads and authors, which is a mixed bag itself….

    Thanks for your honest review! I now feel better able to determine that this book might not be right for me at this time when there are so many other books I want to read that will likely be more worth my time.

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    1. You’re welcome. There are a lot of very high-rated reviews for it, which made me want to read it. But when I read low reviews of it, what those readers said matched my reaction to the book.

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