Author: Rhiannon PailleTitle: Surrender: The Ferryman and the FlamePublisher: Createspace/Coscom EntertainmentFull Disclosure: Thank you Netgalley!description:How far would you go to save everything you ever loved? Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn’t listen, and because of what she is— a Flame— one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.My Review:The entire idea behind the story was imaginative and extremely creative. However, it took a long while before things started flowing in an even tempo. The beginning was a little hard to read, it was slow and confusing BUT what happens later was totally worth the wait. The way Kaliel was described and how she had her start in the book actually reminded me of Sister Light, Sister Dark, but it was executed in a way that was much more accessible to the reader. I might be giving this book a lot of slack for the first 1/4 of the story because SLSD was so much harder to read, but I don’t think so.  The parables that Paille develops is really cool. You spend your time trying to figure out exactly what it means for out two main characters Kaliel and Krishani. They both receive two different parables because everyone in this world receives their own parable from The Great Oak tree. Like I said, the beginning was confusing.  You are dropped in a different world and you’re trying to grasp everything but you have to do a lot of guess work. There really wasn’t much explanation and you just had to go along and open up your mind and actually think, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it actually worked here eventually, it just took a while to about 50 or so pages in to get a bearing for everything. Because I’m into Greek Mythology (lol could you tell?) The idea of the Ferryman being in Opposition to an Apocalyptic Flame wasn’t a stretch I thought that was really cool.Other than the somewhat fuzzy beginning and slow pacing the story was pretty great. Moving onto the characters. I thought the relationships between MOST (not all)  of the characters were fleshed out. Pux who is Kaliel’s kin/friend reminds me a peter pan he’s a little belligerent and a spoiled brat who refuses to grow up. Pux especially gets mad at Wendy—-I mean Kaliel when she begins to develop romantic feelings, (which seems exceptionally rare, for flames and elves and ferrymen) and when she’s chosen to move away from their home. Luenelle, ugh. I don’t want to spoil too much and I deliberately try not to but I cannot stand her. I really love Kaliel’s original mentor Desaunius, and her backstory is by far one of the most interesting. I can’t wait to read book 2, The Flame of Justice so I can see her and Tor in action. I feel kinda of bad for Krishani as The Ferryman he felt like he wasn’t as much in the spotlight although I suppose that was on purpose. Kaliel is pretty cool I like that she’s the one in control of her impulses and Krishani’s the one who’s more of a slave to them. This is one of those stories where I get why they fall for each other instantly, and I don’t say that lightly. They’re isolated from normal society and they share a deep connection, through their parables, their upbringing, how they were found and how lonely, confused and genuinely conflicted with their paths.  So like I said I get it on some level, not my favorite relationship set up, but it really worked here. The ending was brilliant. Loved it. Also Netgalley gave us the Alternative ending which was interesting and dark but I think the author wrote and picked the better ending. I can’t believe I thought I was going to hate this book wow… Cool Read. This actually seems more like an Adult Fantasy Novel rather than YA to me. It was fantastic.beginning: 4/7Middle: 5.5/7Ending: 6.5/7Overall: 6/7 Warnings: dark/disturbing (cool) imagery, (the nightmares,) violence, death, some explicit sexual content. 

 Author: Rhiannon Paille

Title: Surrender: The Ferryman and the Flame

Publisher: Createspace/Coscom Entertainment

Full Disclosure: Thank you Netgalley!

description:

How far would you go to save everything you ever loved? 

Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn’t listen, and because of what she is— a Flame— one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Review:

The entire idea behind the story was imaginative and extremely creative. However, it took a long while before things started flowing in an even tempo. The beginning was a little hard to read, it was slow and confusing BUT what happens later was totally worth the wait. The way Kaliel was described and how she had her start in the book actually reminded me of Sister Light, Sister Dark, but it was executed in a way that was much more accessible to the reader. I might be giving this book a lot of slack for the first 1/4 of the story because SLSD was so much harder to read, but I don’t think so.  

The parables that Paille develops is really cool. You spend your time trying to figure out exactly what it means for out two main characters Kaliel and Krishani. They both receive two different parables because everyone in this world receives their own parable from The Great Oak tree. 

Like I said, the beginning was confusing.  You are dropped in a different world and you’re trying to grasp everything but you have to do a lot of guess work. There really wasn’t much explanation and you just had to go along and open up your mind and actually think, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it actually worked here eventually, it just took a while to about 50 or so pages in to get a bearing for everything. Because I’m into Greek Mythology (lol could you tell?) The idea of the Ferryman being in Opposition to an Apocalyptic Flame wasn’t a stretch I thought that was really cool.

Other than the somewhat fuzzy beginning and slow pacing the story was pretty great. Moving onto the characters. I thought the relationships between MOST (not all)  of the characters were fleshed out. Pux who is Kaliel’s kin/friend reminds me a peter pan he’s a little belligerent and a spoiled brat who refuses to grow up. Pux especially gets mad at Wendy—-I mean Kaliel when she begins to develop romantic feelings, (which seems exceptionally rare, for flames and elves and ferrymen) and when she’s chosen to move away from their home. Luenelle, ugh. I don’t want to spoil too much and I deliberately try not to but I cannot stand her. I really love Kaliel’s original mentor Desaunius, and her backstory is by far one of the most interesting. I can’t wait to read book 2, The Flame of Justice so I can see her and Tor in action. I feel kinda of bad for Krishani as The Ferryman he felt like he wasn’t as much in the spotlight although I suppose that was on purpose. Kaliel is pretty cool I like that she’s the one in control of her impulses and Krishani’s the one who’s more of a slave to them. This is one of those stories where I get why they fall for each other instantly, and I don’t say that lightly. They’re isolated from normal society and they share a deep connection, through their parables, their upbringing, how they were found and how lonely, confused and genuinely conflicted with their paths.  So like I said I get it on some level, not my favorite relationship set up, but it really worked here. 

The ending was brilliant. Loved it. Also Netgalley gave us the Alternative ending which was interesting and dark but I think the author wrote and picked the better ending. I can’t believe I thought I was going to hate this book wow… Cool Read. This actually seems more like an Adult Fantasy Novel rather than YA to me. It was fantastic.

beginning: 4/7

Middle: 5.5/7

Ending: 6.5/7

Overall: 6/7 

Warnings: dark/disturbing (cool) imagery, (the nightmares,) violence, death, some explicit sexual content. 

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 Author: Rhiannon PailleTitle: Surrender: The Ferryman and the FlamePublisher: Createspace/Coscom EntertainmentFull

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Title: The Nightmare Garden<br />Author: Caitlin Kittredge<br />Publisher: Delacorte Books<br />Status: Available now<br />*full disclosure: Free thanks to my friend Toni who let me borrow hers<br />Description:<br />(by goodreads.com)<br />Everything Aoife thought she knew about the world was a lie. There is no Necrovirus. And Aoife isn’t going to succumb to madness because of a latent strain—she will lose her faculties because she is allergic to iron. Aoife isn’t human. She is a changeling—half human and half from the land of Thorn. And time is running out for her.When Aoife destroyed the Lovecraft engine she released the monsters from the Thorn Lands into the Iron Lands and now she must find a way to seal the gates and reverse the destruction she’s ravaged on the world that’s about to poison her.<br />My Review:<br />This is the Sequel to the Iron Thorn Book #2 in the Iron Codex. I liked it. The Ending was the real hero in this. It was slower than the first but I did enjoy it. Although, I hated the moments with Aoife and her father. Especially when they try to be sweet to each other, why? Unrealistic. Plain and Simple. How do I know this? Because my own relationship with my father is hell  but that’s neither here nor there. It just didn’t feel right, when they hit bumps it felt perfectly in sync but when they tried to get along it was WAY to saccharine. <br />Ok so that was the negative. The positive is that this book is just as intricate as the last. You learn so much more about Aoife’s world and her part in it. There are so many opposing forces, not just two generic black and white good and evil. There is Aoife and her small group (which is just her most of the time) against the world and they’re desperately trying to survive while saving it. By the end of the novel nothing is resolved perfectly but it’s satisfying. I want to read the next one and I believe it’s the last in the series I hope it ties up everything well. <br />Overall Rating: 5/7

Title: The Nightmare Garden

Author: Caitlin Kittredge

Publisher: Delacorte Books

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: Free thanks to my friend Toni who let me borrow hers

Description:

(by goodreads.com)

Everything Aoife thought she knew about the world was a lie. There is no Necrovirus. And Aoife isn’t going to succumb to madness because of a latent strain—she will lose her faculties because she is allergic to iron. Aoife isn’t human. She is a changeling—half human and half from the land of Thorn. And time is running out for her.
When Aoife destroyed the Lovecraft engine she released the monsters from the Thorn Lands into the Iron Lands and now she must find a way to seal the gates and reverse the destruction she’s ravaged on the world that’s about to poison her.

My Review:

This is the Sequel to the Iron Thorn Book #2 in the Iron Codex. I liked it. The Ending was the real hero in this. It was slower than the first but I did enjoy it. Although, I hated the moments with Aoife and her father. Especially when they try to be sweet to each other, why? Unrealistic. Plain and Simple. How do I know this?Because my own relationship with my father is hell  but that’s neither here nor there. It just didn’t feel right, when they hit bumps it felt perfectly in sync but when they tried to get along it was WAY to saccharine.

Ok so that was the negative. The positive is that this book is just as intricate as the last. You learn so much more about Aoife’s world and her part in it. There are so many opposing forces, not just two generic black and white good and evil. There is Aoife and her small group (which is just her most of the time) against the world and they’re desperately trying to survive while saving it. By the end of the novel nothing is resolved perfectly but it’s satisfying. I want to read the next one and I believe it’s the last in the series I hope it ties up everything well.

Overall Rating: 5/7

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Title: The Nightmare Garden Author: Caitlin Kittredge Publisher: Delacorte