Hello Book Lovers!
I know it’s been quite a while since my last book review and blog post. I think I’ve mentioned before that college life has made it difficult for me to post as much as I want to. However, the semester is winding down, so I will hopefully have many more blog posts and reviews coming.
Thank you for your support and patience during this time. I have a review for you below on a book that I’ve just finished called The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis. Thank you Netgalley for giving a free e-book ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I promise not to keep you in suspense, but there are a couple more updates I have. So, I will be getting to that review on Renee Ahdieh‘s The Beautiful. I am hoping to post this review by next month, probably after final exams are finished and I can finally get some much needed leisure time. I was only able to read an excerpt of the first chapter, but I am jumping out of my seat for this one.
Also, I have been doing some thinking about my site in terms of the name and design. I do like the title, but I want something that fits more of my reading style (A more Game of Thrones and A Court of Thorns and Roses vibe). So, heads up that there might be some changes coming.
And, now without further boring you stuff, I give you my review.
A princess longing to be free…
On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.
A bastard aching to belong…
Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.
Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…
Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.
Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey. If you like fierce heroines, brooding heroes, forbidden romance, and action-packed magical adventures with twists you’ll never see coming, don’t miss The Raven and the Dove! (Goodreads.com)
Link to the Goodreads site here: https://bit.ly/32Qqdpf
I knew when I read the description that I would fall in love with this book. The cliche that readers should not judge a book by its cover is becoming it’s own cliche. The cover is gorgeous!
The book starts off right in the action and I couldn’t stop reading from there. The world building is beyond incredible! Davis doesn’t just write like a pro. It’s like she’s actually writing you into the story. That is how descriptive the setting and characters are – like they are right there in front of you
There are dragons in this story! Dragons! What more could a fantasy lover ask for? However, one thing about the dragons that did confuse me was the role they play in this world. Why are these dragons attacking people? Are they the real threat or just natural creatures of this world? I was just a bit confused about the why and how, but it’s okay because (again)…there are dragons!
Davis writes this book in four perspectives. It’s not easy to write from four different perspectives and not confuse your audience. You’d have to be a master writer (not always of course) to be able to pull this off because you are technically telling four different stories. These stories just happen to connect back to the main plot or interact with one another.
Davis did a splendid job keeping readers engaged even when the character perspective changed. It wasn’t done in a sense that it wasn’t logical or unnecessary. Each of these characters had a role to play in how the plot unfolded.
The character development finds its strength in how the characters interact. I looked forward to Lyana’s and Cassi’s interactions a lot because it lightened the mood and it worked so well as a tension breaker.
I also looked forward to the romantic interactions between Lyana and Rafe. The tension was palpable between them. I felt Rafe’s inner struggle to stay away from Lyana in order to protect his brother’s heart. My heart was hurting at the pain Rafe felt because he felt he didn’t belong.
The world building again is great, but the other thing that I wish Davis could have expanded on or explained more in detail is about the types of magic in this world. I got some sense of the different types of magic, but I didn’t understand why magic was forbidden or why Lyana and Rafe had that kind of magic.
But, all in all, I give this a four out of five stars! A truly magical, mind-blowing, and romantic read! The cliffhanger was just…OMG! I NEED TO READ MORE! I don’t know if my heart or my soul can take the suspense, but I guess I’ll just have to wait for the second book.
Thank you for reading and visiting my blog! I will be doing more reviews soon.
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