Book Review: Fyre by Katherine Bogle

Dear Bookworms,

This weeks read is an author requested review. I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Fyre is a companion book of short stories to complement the novel Haven by Katherine Bogle (haven't caught that review? Read it here!). This novella is broken up into four short stories, one for each of the Fyre siblings, Haven, Lucian, Marcel, and Astrid. The first story tells the story of a young Haven as the victim of a terrible riding accident which should have killed her (did actually kill her?) after which she learns the shocking truth of her immortality. The second focus' on Lucian, oldest of the Fyre siblings who is sent to guard Helms Keep while the battle rages against Queen Kadia and her troops along the war front, supposedly far from where Lucian has been posted. When the enemy troops unexpectedly breach the front and swarm the Keep, Lucian is put to the test fighting a dangerous foe, one never before seen by the trained fighter. The third story focus' on Marcel as he too rallies against Kadias army at the Keep. A head injury leaves him with a short term case of amnesia in a town not far from the Keep, can Marcel regain his memories in time to prepare for another assault from the Mad Queen? Lastly, Astrid. For her safety, Astrid is sent to an isolated mountain cabin by her sister, soon to be Queen Haven after the bloody battles have killed her brothers and parents. Living a cold life of seclusion is a hard pill to swallow for the pampered princess. After a jaunt in the woods surrounding her cabin goes terribly awry, Astrid must use her wits and bravery to stay alive, and find her way back to safety. 

 

Another stunning cover- y'all know I'm a sucker for a good cover!

Another stunning cover- y'all know I'm a sucker for a good cover!

When Katherine contacted me about this book of short stories I was pumped to jump back into her world, being that I was a big fan of her first novel (thanks Katherine!) These short stories where just what I needed to hold me over until the next novel is released later this year. Being that her first book really mainly dealt with Haven (not that it's any big surprise being that the title is....Haven), it was really neat to be given a more in depth look at some of the other characters only mentioned in passing or referenced. Seeing these people from Havens life come alive actually make Haven herself even more of a real character in my eyes. We see the relationships she cherished and the bond between herself and her siblings, which really cemented that loss for her even more in retrospect. I have to say, I was really taken with her brother, Marcel from the beginning. I was drawn to his carefree personality and the love he had (has) for Haven was very apparent. I was shocked to learn of his fate (way throw me for a loop!) and am excited to see how that will play out in future books. I was also very intrigued by the mysterious Julian character and am wondering what role she will play in the upcoming book as well. Overall, the writing was well done (I would even venture to say better than the first book, which is saying alot!) There is plenty of action which keeps the book exciting and fun to read while also exploring lots of back story which adds a new layer to the series as a whole. My only complaint is that I wanted more Kadia! I enjoy me a good villain, and she is a goodie! (a goodie at being a badie? A really good badie? You know what I mean). 

Hop on over to Amazon and snag your copy of Fyre here.  The second installment of the Chronicles of Warshard, Savages, will be out in April so stayed tuned for it's review sometime soon!

Until next week friends!

XOXO,

Coco

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Book Review: Haven by Katherine Bogle

Dear Bookworms,

This week we have an author requested review. A free copy was provided to us in exchange for an honest review. So here ya go! 

Love the cover art! She kinda reminds me of a Victorian Rory Gilmore. Am I right?!

Love the cover art! She kinda reminds me of a Victorian Rory Gilmore. Am I right?!

War is imminent in this fictional land of Warshard, and young Queen Haven of Rythern is still trying to navigate her new role in the kingdom after the tragic deaths of her parents and brothers. Known at the Immortal Queen, Haven is unable to die. She was born with a gift or rather a curse in her eyes that allows her body to heal from any injury, free from sickness, she will never die. With the help and support of the neighboring kingdoms, including the handsome Prince Corrin, known for his flirtatious nature and womanizing ways, the royals have devised a plan to rid the kingdom of the mad Queen Kadia.

Kadia proves to be a ruthless warrior, aided by the help of never before seen black magic, she quickly invades and takes the kingdoms nearing Havens land. Left with no options, the kingdoms ban together and attempt escape to the land across the sea, Seaburn, known for it's highly trained and efficient army, in a last ditch attempt to elicit aid to take back their lands and dispose of the evil Queen.

During the escape, Haven is kidnapped and tortured, held for weeks on end before escaping and making the treacherous journey to reunite with her people in Seaburn. With renewed strength and resolve, the kingdoms unite to make a last stand against Kadia, freedom or death. Can Haven lead her people to victory against a seemingly impossible foe? Or will Kadia remain victorious once more, taking all that is precious from Haven for good?

What I think I really enjoyed most about this read were the abundance of strong female characters. Not only was Haven pretty bad ass, strong and determined, selfless and heroic, but she was surrounded with equally strong and bad ass female warriors in her personal guard, Lareina, Malka, and Blythe. It was refreshing to read a book where gender roles were not so stereotypical, and some of the lands more talented warriors were women. Kudos for that Katherine! Havens determination and loyalty to her people was something I found endearing and the blooming relationship and love between her and Corrin added another level of drama to the plot. (Corrin reminds me a lot of Finnick Odair in the Hungar Games series, probably why I liked him so much!). Queen Kadia was a perfectly written villain, equal parts insane and evil.

I was left with some questions at the end of the novel and am thinking this may be one of a planned series?! (Please?? Give us more!) Looking forward to reading whatever comes next from Kathrine!

If this book sounds like something you'd like, you can get a copy from Amazon here.

To read more about Katherine Bogle and her upcoming projects, check out her website here.

Until next week my book loving friends!

XOXO,

Coco

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