December 2018 Teas

I decided to give you all the teas I have gotten in the recent months, from my tea box subscription that you can be sure I will be continuing (if money permits). I have my tea box subscription through sipsby.com. One of my closest friends bought me the subscription for Christmas, and my life has never been the same again (I have so many teas). January will come later this afternoon at some time.

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December Review Archive

December Review Archive

A complete Archive of all reviews from the month of December (2018):

Total Number of Reviews : 5

          Books : 4

          Novellas : 1

          Series Reviews : 0

           Poetry : 0


The Return of the Elves – Bethany Adams

          Soulbound

          Sundered

          Seared

          Exiled (Novella)

          Abyss

Return of the Elves Series Review

Return of the Elves Series Review

This is my book series review for the Return of the Elves Series.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… Spoilers Ahead




Return of the Elves by Bethany Adams

Reviews

Soulbound

Sundered

Seared

Abyss

Exiled (Novella)


What I Liked:

Ralan; Best character outside of his daughter. I will not fight on this because this is my opinion. I just love reading characters with foresight and his execution was beautiful. There is something about his execution that captured me. Even his book, told from his perspective, was excellent because of his perspective.

Eri; She is the best character for me, outside of her father. She is a child with a powerful gift. She acts like a child. She acts like a child who has the gift of foresight and thinks herself capable because of it. She is innocent, and yet so knowing. I love everything about her and how others react to her.

The other Main characters: I liked them, and their perspectives.

Culture, bonds, etc; I could go into this but I  think I talked about it  enough. The bonds are amazing as a cultural aspect. The different cultures of the Fae are defined and explored in their own ways. The fact that when a Fae of another culture, or even the dragons,  interacts with the  main cast the distinction is clear.

Language; There are distinctions between the languages  of the fae, even if we don’t go into it  all that much.

Side Characters; All of the side characters were charming in their own ways.

Formatting; The shifting perspectives starting from book 1 only aided with the entire story. I tend to be thrown off by the fact that book perspectives switch, but when there are shifting perspectives from the first book, I’m on board.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

Cora; She was just my least favorite female character. I really can’t explain why, I think this has more to do with a personality clash than anything else. Plus I really liked Ralan, so her reaction to him, his backstory, and his power irritated me.

Relationships; In general, while I did like the bonds themselves  I found the timeline for all the relationships to be so fast. The bonds was a great device for the culture but acted as a way to be like: they are perfect for each other, the end. I didn’t really see much development at all for the couples (besides the couple of the last book) that had more than, since the bond exists between us nothing else matters. I would have liked the relationships to have more substance and time.

Why You Should Read:

It is a good series for readers who want romance and fantasy, as well as culture but none of the excessive detail. The plot is pretty quick and linear. The shifting perspectives are easy to follow.

Time Taken To Read

9hrs 21min

Rating: 4/5

Abyss Review

Abyss Review

Final book in the Return of the Elves series. For all see here.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said…




Abyss by Bethany Adams

Synopsis From The Book

A mage out of her element

After five hundred years as a magic teacher, Selia thought she’d seen everything. But nothing prepared her for the chaos of her assignment at Braelyn. Assassings, rogue princes, and a grown half-human student — all had caught her off guard. Now things have settled down, and her life has begun to take on a sense of normalcy. Until her seemingly dead husband reappears astride a dragon with a dire warning about Earth.

adventureer far from home

For seven years, Aris was held captive on  the isle of dragons, hidden so well that only his captor knew of his presence. But when a dragon claims him as her rider and flies him away on an urgent mission, Aris isn’t certain he wants to return home. Tortured and scarred, not even thoughts of his lost family renew his desire for life. Unfortunately, death isn’t on the table — not with danger threatening multiple worlds.

A widening abyss

Life might have settled on Moranaia after Prince Kien’s death, but the rogue prince hasn’t gone to his death as quietly as his people believed. As poison seeps into a crack in Earth’s energy field, a greater catastrophe looms. Now a dragon, a broken adventurer, and an uncertain mage are the only ones who stand in the way of disaster.


Short Synopsis By Me

Synopsis


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

This is the last book of this series, and accidentally I read the Novella out of order. I don’t know what to expect with this book. It makes place from a perspective not touched in the first novels. I still am a bit intrigued. Estimated time is 2 hrs.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

I liked how this book was in many aspects. It was not a bad conclusion but it did leave me with a few questions. In truth my mind is mostly blank after reading it, for good or for bad.

Plot Overview:

Aris is saved by his bonded dragon, Kezari, from the would be soulbound Perim. She saves him to save Earth. They find Lyr and the others at his home. Aris sees his family for the first time. The Earth is confirmed to be having a massive magic leak. Aris’ body and mind are healed, from the seven years  of torture, and they save Earth.

What I Liked:

The dragon are very other. This is to say they don’t act like elves. They don’t act like Fae or Humans. Kezari was perfectly dragon and perfectly other when compared to the others. As is the dragon culture: so other.

Selia and Aris are really cute.

I liked how we got a glimpse at some of the perspectives from past books once more.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

Mental Trauma; In the books Aris has sever mental trauma. He was tortured for seven years and over the course of a few days this trauma is healed by magic mind healing. Now there was already healing, and I knew that this was a possibility. It just rubs me a bit in the wrong way because his trauma was so real and justified but everyone just wanted him to get better — magically better. Personally I just didn’t like how he got better.

Why You Should Read:

You really don’t have to. The series is over with the first three + novella. This is just an added bonus that isn’t completely necessary. It adds a lot in terms of dragons and relationships on Morania, but that’s about it.

Time Taken To Read

1hr 56min

Rating: 3/5

Notable Quotes:

None

Exiled (Novella) Review

Exiled (Novella) Review

I made a mistake! Whoops. This comes between books 2 and 3.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… Spoilers ahead.




Exiled by Bethany Adams

Synopsis From The Book

A willing exile

For a hundred years, Delbin has lived on Earth, voluntarily cut off from his birth land, Moranaia. He’s learned to hide his elven nature and use his mind magic without getting noticed. Until he accidentally wields it on the Moranaian scout sent to check on him.

A hesitant ally

Though Inona has good reason to mistrust exiles, part of her job is to make sure they aren’t causing trouble. She sets out for Earth with one goal—get this annoying mission over with. But from the moment Delbin tries to use his power on her, she can tell he is different. As more of his story unfolds, she learns that some exiles might not be what they seem.

An unexpected enemy

When a rogue Moranaian prince tries to recruit Delbin, Inona’s mission becomes anything but standard. Now Delbin and Inona must work together to hunt down the prince and uncover his latest plot.

Delbin might not be able to return to Moranaia, but he’ll do anything to save it.


Short Synopsis By Me

See Above.


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

Here I am reading book three and  trying to  figure out who these new  characters were. Five pages in I really didn’t care much. I bought it like, maybe I missed them being roughly mentioned in  book 2. I didn’t.  They are the focus of the Novella. Well… Whoops. Time to learn about these characters that I  cared about in book 3.

Also,  if  I feel like commenting on the extra side story in the Novella, I will. It’ll be at its own section at the end if I do.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

Quick, cute, short story on the characters Inona and Delbin. I loved them in book three so figuring out how we got them and the vile of Kein’s blood was nice.

What I Liked:

Short sweet intermission, that would have made the book series that much easier to follow. If I had read it in place.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

More? I like these characters and I would have liked more about them than the 100pgs had to offer.

Why You Should Read:

It is not required for between books two and three but I highly  recommend it because it explains so much to what is going on in book three for the beginning.

Time Taken To Read

20min

Rating: 4/5

For a novella I may need to change rankings, but not for now.

Notable Quotes:

“And forgive my play on  words. I couldn’t resist. Master is the technical term for the person in charge of an apprentice, after all.” –  Ralan to Delbin

Bonus Story Thoughts:

It was a cute but really quick short story, tale of a girl running away from an oppressive marriage  to save magic for her people. It was cute, for what it was. I am interested in more.

Seared Review

Seared Review

Book three of the Return of the Elves. Let’s go! (This is about my favorite character so even more hype)

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said…




Seared by Bethany Adams

Synopsis From The Book

reluctant prince

After more than three hundred years on Earth, Prince Ralan has finally returned to Moranaia. But with his wicked brother Kien on the loose, the homecoming is a short one. A dire vision sends Ralan back to Earth to save his soulbonded  from his dark brother. The problem? Ralan’s Sight grows more erratic by the moment eve as danger closes in on every side.

A woman far from home

Ever since a failed alliance ruined her family, Cora has lived on Earth. Far from discontent, her days are spent running her clothing shop and helping newly arrived fae adapt to mundane life. Then a golden-eyed prince strides into her store, trouble stalking  his heels. Big trouble.

A fate foretold

Ralan’s sight might be broken, but one thing remains clear — stopping Kien will mean Ralan’s death. So how could the Gods choose now to introduce his soulbonded. A Ralan  and Cora  search for Kien, their relationship grows stronger. Unfortunately, so does the threat. Now Ralan must choose between his own life and the fate of all their worlds.


Short Synopsis By Me

See above


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

Book three and its supposed to be about my favorite character thus far? Count me in. I am super excited to have more of a focus on Ralan. Also, he loses his sight this book. What will that make him? I’m not sure but I’m excited to find out. Also, new formatting.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

I liked this book the best thus far and hated it at the same time. I loved it because sassy goddesses, Ralan’s powers, and Eri (perfect cinnamon roll Eri). I hated it because of Cora, which is a shame because Cora is Ralan’s bonded. Whatever though, we win some and we lose some in terms of liking characters.

Plot Brief:

This book takes place immediately after 2. Ralan must go to Earth to find the one thing that can stop his brother: his bonded Cora. When Cora’s friend and half-elf Maddy, gets kidnapped, Ralan and Cora find  themselves trying to find her and drawn to each other. Only, Ralan’s history and Cora’s past come to reveal that they are deeply connected in a way neither new. Ralan rejected to marry Cora three hundred years ago, sending her family into ruin and leading to her having to run from her own kingdom. Her pain was the cause of him, and Kien, Ralan’s brother is the one who reveals it. Ralan must figure out a way to kill Kien, knowing he will surely die himself, all without the use of his powers.

What I Liked:

Goddess of Time her sass; I didn’t think that all caps lock screaming goddesses would make me laugh so much but it did. The Goddess of Time does just that. She’s sassy, and over bearing. I love it.

Eri and Ralan’s relationship; Is there a better parent child relationship? I’m not sure, but I love this one. Eri is perfection and Ralan is a fantastic dad, for what its worth. I will protect them at all costs.

The way the power of sight works; I find it to be the best case, seeing all, but having to follow, only knowing with the Goddess allows for them to see or know. Foresight can always either be bad or good. This time I am resolute  in believing it was good.

Continuation of expanse; The culture is built more, as are identities of the exiled fae and the world surrounding it all.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

Kien’s death to be more dramatic; You’d think after all the time that was spent getting to him and his evil, that his death would be more dramatic. Although, I suppose  it is irony that it was not.

Why You Should Read:

Ralan. Eri. Goddess of Time. Enough said.

Time Taken To Read

2hr 10min

Rating: 4/5

Notable Quotes:

“Finally, Ralan reached out, hoping to connect with the only one who’d been consistently ignoring him — Megelien, Goddess of Time and Seers. She Who Hid and Revealed. She who was blocking the fuck out of the things he needed to See. There was a time he hand’t had to search so hard for the answers he needed.

Hadn’t he atoned enough?

NO.’ ” – Ralan trying to make up with the Goddess of Time and for her to tell him he hasn’t done enough for her forgiveness yet.

“Megelien says I’m feisty.” – Eri to Kai

“But fear and logic were far from friends.” – Ralan’s thoughts about his own inability to use blood magic without becoming his brother. (i.e. evil)