Monday, July 6, 2015

Book Review: Soul Blaze

Title: Soul Blaze
Author: Aprille Legacy
Publisher: Smashwords Edition
Rating: 4

Synopsis (via Goodreads): After a year at the Academy, Rose is sent back to Ar Cena - minus her memory of the past year. As she tries to fit back in to her human life with relative success, her magic returns. An unsuccessful kidnap attempt by rogue mages of the North sends her back to Lotheria, where she is taken prisoner by the Academy Masters. Confused and manipulated, she bargains a way home with the Masters by guaranteeing the only thing they want from her; the death of Phoenix. But the Masters are yet to realise what they've truly unleashed... As Sky's destiny returns to haunt her once again, she realises she can't ignore who she is any longer.

Review: YES, YES, YES! Why did I wait so long to read this book? I mean, for starters, it took me a while to get back into the series because I read Soul Fire a year ago. (That's right, a year ago). Is it sad that I have little to no time to read anymore?

I just love how original this story is. And how I can't predict what's going to happen next. I mean, being surprised at the end of every chapter gets pretty exciting and eventually you end up looking like this:
Sky is such a badass. She does what she wants when she wants even if Phoenix says no (because she's a strong, independent woman who doesn't need a man). I just have a thing for headstrong heroines who are totally against having their significant other define who they are. Even when they are in a relationship, they stick to their guns and stay true to themselves. Isn't that how it should be?

I'm getting off track... Rose isn't home for long before being kidnapped and thrown back into the mystical world where surprise she's actually freakin' queen. (S/O Dad for giving her a heads up on that one). She's reunited with her soulmate, Phoenix, and all seems perfect... but not even the written world can be all sunshine and rainbows. And BAM - that's where Aprille, like any good author, ends the book.

Shockingly, my favorite character in Soul Blaze wasn't Rose/Sky. Remember snobby, rich girl Eleanora who clung to Phoenix for dear life even though they weren't dating anymore? Well, something happened during Rose's missing year and she transformed into the daughter of Black Widow and Hawkeye. I mean, this girl has mad archery skills. She's no longer a girly girl... she's yet another badass heroine. Like Kim Possible. But 100 times cooler. Hands down, my favorite.

Rumor has it, there will be a third installment in this magical series. There better be with that cliff hanger ending that left me like:
P.S. Aprille - keep writing. Please. Just, don't stop.

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