Book Mail Haul July 2019

I have a few more awesome mail stuffs to share with you this week!  I’m so excited for these amazing books for review and gifts from a friend as a late birthday present!

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Series Sunday: Loom Saga by Elise Kova

I finally finished an Elise Kova series!!  I don’t know what took so long, but I’m happy to say that I loved the Loom Saga and hope the author revisits someday.  But the characters, storyline, world, and pacing were wonderful.  There may be spoilers in the short reviews down below, but I’ll try to avoid them as much as possible.  Check this series out if you like dragons, magic, and/or floating islands.

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Cover Reveal! Chosen Champion by Elise Kova

Coming on May 1, 2019

The sequel to Vortex Visions:

Chosen Champions by Elise Kova

Synopsis:
A princess on the run, with enemies on all sides…
Vi Solaris is on the eve of getting everything she’s ever wanted—her family, her home, her throne—and to save the world she’s going to have to give it all up.
The Empire sees her as their Crown Princess, returning at long last. But Vi only sees visions of fate guiding her to the world’s gruesome end. Across the sea is a man who holds the keys to deciphering her premonitions and thwarting the ancient evil ravaging their world. But to get to him, Vi will have to contend with enemies of the crown, romance she didn’t expect, sorcerer pirates, and a betrayal she never saw coming.
She will learn the hard way that some evils never die… They only bide their time…

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Book Review: Vortex Visions by Elise Kova

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I want to start this review by saying that I have only read Air Awakens of the previous 5 book series, and that was a couple of years ago already.  But I have been following the author on Facebook for years, and recently finished (Finally!) reading the Loom Saga (look for that review very soon), which led me to request a digital ARC of the follow-up sequel series.  And I’m very glad to report that it was excellent!!

I wanted to pick this book up before catching up on the original series so that my review might convince new readers less hesitant to pick it up.  The situation almost reminds me of how I read the Tortall world out of chronological order.  Having started with The Immortals I was ecstatic to discover that there were more stories that covered some “side” characters set in the same world.  I was happy to go back and learn more about them and their adventures!

Anyway, what you need to know about this book:

  • You don’t need to have read any of the Air Awakens series
  • The cover art is gorgeous!
  • There’s at least 3 books planned in this series
  • If you like plucky heroines beating the odds to save the world, you’ll love this one 🙂

 

Vortex Visions (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles, #1)

Summary:

A desperate princess, a magical traveler, and a watch that binds them together with the fate of a dying world.

Vi Solaris is the heir to an Empire she’s barely seen. Her parents sacrificed a life with her to quell a rebellion and secure peace with a political alliance. Now, three years past when her wardship should’ve ended, Vi will do anything to be reunited with her family.

The Empire is faltering beneath the burden of political infighting and a deadly plague. Yet, Vi can’t help but wonder if her inability to control her magic is the true reason her parents haven’t brought her home. Suspicion becomes reality when she unleashes powers she’s not supposed to have.

Powers that might well cost her the throne.

As Vi fights to get her magic under control, a mysterious stranger appears from across the world. He holds the keys to unlocking her full potential, but the knowledge has an unspeakable price — some truths, once seen, cannot be ignored.

All eyes are on her and Vi must make the hardest choice of her life: Play by the rules and claim her throne. Or, break them and save the world.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova

The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga, #2)

Hardcover, 488 pages
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Keymaster Press
I plan on reading the first book during my upcoming vacation, so that when I get back, I’ll be ready to read my pre-order of this one!!  I’m also excited about the pre-order swag/incentives that the author is offering here.  Also, the cover art for both books are absolutely gorgeous!

Summary:

Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

Fangirl Friday: Author Signatures Pt. 7

Back in January, I had the opportunity to meet 2 authors that had quickly made their way to the top of my TBR based on the synopsis and premise of their books/series.  So, even though I hadn’t read more than a chapter or two of either of their books, I drove a little over 2 hours one way on a work night to meet Susan Dennard and Elise Kova.  And I took a friend who had even less knowledge of these two than I did.

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