I recorded my 3rd episode of Walks & Talks where I give an update on my writing and talk about imposter syndrome.
It’s release day! Into the Storm is officially out! We have a ten episode season one planned for you, all available on Kindle Unlimited.
Odd number episodes follow my MC Jakobe and even number episodes follow Lauren’s MC Lexa.
It’s been a fun experiencing co-authoring for the first time, I hope it’s even more fun for you all to read.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As usual my review will contain spoilers so stop reading if that bothers you.
As I think I mentioned in my review of the second book in this series, I am now hooked. Each book in this series has been better than the last. Kalinda has also gained respect, and power over her abilities in increments over the course of multiple books (not to mention her entire childhood dedicated to training) so at no point do I feel like she suddenly just became powerful for the sake of plot.
What I liked most about this book is the change in circumstance. We are no longer dealing with a tournament but the fate of the entire planet. It is no longer a story of individual survival and has become a full-on battle for the human race. The overwhelming power of the voider’s army, as well as his own power and his connection to the prince and Kalinda keep the tension high at every moment in the story.
What I like most about the author’s writing is she never seems to forget about the minor characters. It’s not to say each character is given substantial screen time (let’s be honest that would be weighty and unnecessary) but they do feel real, they do feel grounded with real motivations brought on by real backstories and the ones who change aren’t rapid changes for the sake of plot but actual development in the characters themselves.
Honestly, my only knock on the story now is that everyone seems to be described as attractive and whenever a woman sees a man (because all the men are attractive) they swoon. I understand this is probably to demonstrate how oppressed women are in this society that they rarely get to see, or freely talk to men so they see men as these mythological creatures of hotness but there was just something about the dynamic that took me out of the story.
Anyway, I really look forward to reading the fourth book!
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This review will contain spoilers, if that bothers you stop reading here.
I liked this book a lot more than the first. The first was all insta-love and angst between Kalinda and Deven, wanting to be together but unable to because of Raja Tarek. The tournament added drama but it felt secondary to their love and fighting tournaments have become such a staple in YA it just wasn’t exciting because it wasn’t anything new.
What made this book better was the love between Deven and Kalinda took a backseat and it was much more about Kalinda fighting for her kingdom and her throne. The tournament itself was a more interesting concept as well, though I thought all the challenges were a little rushed, I didn’t feel much tension build. Each had a moment that Kalinda was on the brink of failure then she of course turned it around and won, however the near defeat and the turnaround all happened pretty quickly.
All in all this was an interesting enough second book to make me continue on to the third, and as long as the fourth is available on KU I will most likely finish this series.