| ARC Review | Air Awakens by Elise Kova + Giveaway!

Happy Saturday!

So many exciting things happening this weekend guys! First, this review is going up! I'm not going to get into too much detail because I want you to read the review first, but guys, you DEFINITELY need to pick this one up soon! It was such a great read and I can't wait to see what book two has to offer!

I'm also hosting a Twitter chat tomorrow! I'll be getting to talk to authors and other bloggers and readers! It'll be happening at 4PM CST, and it'll be an hour long with questions and prizes! If you want to know more about the chat, click HERE!

 Title: Air Awakens (Book #1)
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: Young Adult, Romance,Fantasy
Release Date: August 27, 2015
Publisher: Silver Wing Press


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.

"This debut novel will captivate readers from the very first page and leave them itching for more!" 

Sometimes us readers are lucky enough to find a good book to keep us company. Sometimes we aren't so lucky in finding a good book. Then there are those magical times where you find not a good book, but an amazing one. A book that captures you from the very beginning and doesn't let go till the very end. I'm really happy to say that this book was the "one" for me.

Diving into the book, we come across Vhalla, a library apprentice. Growing up, she was taught to fear magic, but she soon realizes that fearing it can no longer be an option when she finds out that she saves the Prince Aldrik, one of the most powerful sorcerers, with magic. Now she is left with two choices, to eradicate her magic and continue the life she has known, or embrace it and become the true sorcerer she is destined to be.

For me, I find it really hard to get into fantasy books because sometimes I just can't connect with the world or characters, but this one is now on my favorite fantasy lists because it was absolutely amazing! Not only was the world building vivid and unique, but also the writing style. I loved how the author was descriptive in her writing, but not to the point where it felt forced, or too poetic.

The plot was also another thing I enjoyed about the book. It was fast paced and everything fit perfectly into place. The dialogue between the characters was something I also liked. At times it had me smiling, laughing, or just shaking my head from the craziness. Gah! Do you guys know the feeling where you love a book so much you can't even come up with the right word to describe it? That's me right now!

With our main protagonist Vhalla, I found her to be such a kick ass character! Not only did I love that she was a reader as well, but she was such a unique, relatable character and rarely will you find that in YA books. She was smart, she was witty, she was caring, and she was strong. Kova wonderfully captured the emotions and thoughts of Vhalla and while reading, I felt as if they were all my own. Vhalla was open-minded and loved to further her knowledge of things and that was what I admired about her, and I think others will as well. It was fascinating to watch her go from shy and awkward to a strong, determined character and let's just say, I'm really excited to see how she develops into book two!

With our main hero Prince Aldrik, lord someone needs to turn the AC on because it just got mighty HOT in here! When we first meet him, yes, he is a bit of a self-centered, arrogant jerk. He's also a bit crazy in one particular scene that had me laughing out of shock, but don't worry about that just yet! *winks*

Although he wasn't the nicest person, I couldn't help but fall for this character. I loved his wittiness, and the way he had that bad boy side to him.  I also enjoyed getting to see how much he truly did care for Vhalla and I am super excited to see how he develops in the second book because I just know there's more to him than what the first book holds!

Another character that I enjoyed getting to know was Prince Baldair, the brother of Aldrik. It seriously keeps getting better and better, people! Baldair is exactly the opposite of Aldrik. He is caring, always with a smile on his face and clearly a ladies man. In this book, I didn't see a love triangle because I felt that Vhalla wasn't really interested in him, but I can definitely see something happening in the second book with Baldair feeling something towards Vhalla. Or at least that's what I'm hoping! What, a girl can't dream?!

Overall, Air Awakens was a stunning debut from Elise Kova and I look forward to seeing what book two holds! If you haven't already pre-ordered your copy, I highly recommend you do because this book will leave you in awe!

*GIVEAWAY* If you liked my review and you really want a copy of your own, there is an INT giveaway going on! Click the link HERE to enter!

What do you guys think? Will you be picking this one up soon? What do you think about fantasy books? Let me know in the comments below because I love hearing your thoughts!

Happy reading!


  1. Amazing review!!! Although, you and I have very different thoughts about Baldair. Tehe.

    1. Thank you so much, Dani! Hahaha, I couldn't help but like as well! Especially when he was taking care of Vhalla! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Talina.... I love your review but you better keep away from Baldair. He's mine. I'm watching you.

    Jamie @ Books and Ladders

    1. I couldn't help but fall for him! He is so swoon worthy! Can't we just share? ;)

  3. The book sounds amazing. Put it on my reading list right away :)

    1. It definitely was! If you end up picking it up, let me know because I'd love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for stopping by! :D

  4. Ahh that cover is so amazing & this seems really good! Also, it sounds like there's some swoon-worthy guys, which is totally a plus ;) I hope I win that giveaway *fingers crossed* :) Lovely review!

    ~Cari @ My Addiction: Books

    1. Isn't it?! The cover artist did such an amazing job and I'm excited to see what the second cover will look like! Oh yes, it definitely was. ;) I'll be crossing my fingers for you too! Thank you so much, Carina! :)

  5. I've been seeing this one around lately and I'm totally interested in reading it. Love the concept/premise of the mysterious magic society and the illustrated cover. Fabulous review!

    1. You should definitely pick it up one day! It was such a great read! And I agree, the cover is simply gorgeous! Thank you for stopping by!

  6. I completely loved this review! Ah, I know how it feels when you love a book so much you just can't find the perfect words to describe it, it feels sooo good! So, after reading your review and finding about this book for the first time, I have to admit that now, I am pretty interested and looking forward to it! I totally love fantasy books, and knowing that this one is full of magic and sorcerers, I am dying for it. Can't wait for it to come out!

    Great review!

    ~L. @ Reading Against Time

    1. Right?! I absolutely love that feeling! The worst thing though? Getting a book hangover from it and not being able to pick up another book! I do hope you'll pick this one up because it was such a great read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :D Thank you so much for stopping by!

  7. I am so ready to read this! I may binge read them together, since I have them both now, but girl you have me some excited! I love the fact that the main character is a library apprentice, it's always nice to read about characters who love books like us because them they become relateable. I've been really enjoying the fantasy genre lately, so I'm definitely going to fangirl with you soon :)


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