Beat the Backlist TBR 2019

Hey Hey Hey!!!

Decided to join the Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge 2019 since I have too many unread books in my list and I keep on getting new books to read as well. This challenge is hosted to help you and me to complete our ever growing TBR list! Here comes my TBR for the “Beat the Backlist TBR 2019

  1. Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
  2. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  4. Me After You by Jojo Moyes
  5. Origin by Dan Brown
  6. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  7. The Spy by Paulo Coelho
  8. City of Bones by Cassandra Claire
  9. City of Ashes by Cassandra Claire
  10. City of Glass by Cassandra Claire
  11. The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth
  12. Like the Flowing River by Paulo Coelho
  13. Grit by Angela Duckworth
  14. Revival by Stephen King
  15. Eldest by Christopher Paolini

These are the books I badly want to read this year which have been waiting in my TBR list for long! Hope I’ll be able to finish reading them!!

Do you have a large TBR pile too??? The best way to overthrow them is to join a reading challenge!

Until next time,

With much love,

Amna xoxo

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Wrap Up 2018

Hello Bookworms!

2018 had been a very great reading year for me. Even though I struggled a bit to reach my “Goodreads Reading Goal”, finally I was able to read 45 books!!! 45 yass!!!! Without bragging, let me tell you what I could I read last year.

  1. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. Revival (Demon Spring #2) by S. Usher Evans
  4. Redemption (Demon Spring #3) by S. Usher Evans
  5. Catching Epics Secrets of the Tally #2) by Halie Fewkes
  6. Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern
  7. Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronika Roth
  8. Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
  9. Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
  10. Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
  11. The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marseden by Emma Trevayne
  12. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  13. Over Raging Tides (Lady Pirates #1) by Jennifer Ellision
  14. Miss Never Pleased by Ayesha Marfani
  15. I am Full Truth, I am Half Truth, I am All Lie by Ayesha Marfani
  16. Chains of Fear by Neymat Raboobe
  17. The Last of the Firedrakes (Avalonia Chronicles #1) by Farah Oomerbhoy
  18. Steve Job’s Life by Design (Lessons from his last lecture) by Geaorge Beahm
  19. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)
  20. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)
  21. The Rise of the Dawnstar (Avalonia Chronicles #2) by Farah Oomerbhoy
  22. The Titans Curse by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)
  23. UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn
  24. Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
  25. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
  26. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)
  27. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5)
  28. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
  29. Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern
  30. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
  31. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan
  32. The Big Crowned Princess by Ayesha Marfani
  33. Allegiant (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
  34. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan
  35. The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner
  36. Four (Divergent #0.1 – #0.4) by Veronica Roth
  37. The Moonstone (Enchantment #1) by Evelyn Contant
  38. Atlantis (Enchantment #2) by Evelyn Contant
  39. The Emerald Tablet (Enchantment #3) by Evelyn Contant
  40. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner
  41. The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner
  42. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  43. Eragon by Christopher Paulini
  44. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  45. The City of Veils by S. Usher Evans

These are the books I read last year and I’m really grateful for all the authors who had sent me arcs to review. The year had been a great year and yes! I’ve already set my reading goal for the year 2019!!! My plan is to read 50 books this year!!!!! Wish me luck guyss!!!

Until next time,

with much love,

Amna xoxo.

The City of Veils (Princess Vigilante #1)

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Author: Usher Evans

Publisher: by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing

Number of Pages:  374 Pages

Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult Fiction

Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:

For the past three years, Brynna has been patrolling the streets of Forcadel as a masked vigilante, protecting the innocent and beating up bad guys. Her current target is Lord Beswick, a slumlord businessman who keeps the townsfolk in a vicious poverty cycle. But one fateful evening, she’s captured by Felix, the captain of the king’s guard, and told a shocking truth: her father and brother are dead, and she needs to hang up her mask and become queen.

Before long, she negotiates a deal with Felix: attend to her royal duties during the day and continue her vigilante mission to take out Lord Beswick at night—at least until her coronation. But the politics of Forcadel are as volatile as the streets, and Brynna isn’t sure whom she can trust in the castle. With two royals dead in less than a month, she must use all her wits to make sure she isn’t the third.

Synopsis:

Brynna, leaves the castle as a kid avoiding an alliance fixed with a prince and fulfills her responsibilities to her country as a masked vigilante, The Veil. Working at a butchery during day and continuing her vigilante activities during night, Brynna will be captured by the captain of the King’s guard, Felix. Learning that her father and her brother had been murdered, she prepares herself to be crowned as the Queen of Forcadel. While she tries to reduce crimes in her kingdom by capturing the business lord Beswick, she’ll have to face an unexpected and unfortunate incident which puts her life at stake.

(I was provided with an e – ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review. All the opinions, thoughts and feelings expressed below are my own)

Starting with the characters, Brynn is a different product of the author. Been read Evan’s books and being a fan of her writing, I always noticed that the main characters of her books always are very responsible ones. Here, our princess is the opposite of that.  I loved the character Brynna. Strong, ambitious and patriotic. I really loved the way she was yearning for freedom. Her will power is another aspect that impressed me throughout the story. She was dedicated and obliged to protect her kingdom and the people. Though she wasn’t willing to take responsibility at the beginning, her character growth was exemplary.

Felix, the Captain of the King’s Guard. Felix being over protective and loving was a beautiful thing. For me, Felix being around Brynna was a bit annoying at the beginning but when they started realizing their thoughts towards each other the story became more interesting. I was pretty upset when Felix decided to leave her. The character Felix added more beauty to the story as it entwined.

Bossy Katherine, Brynna’s Sister in law was such a strong character. I loved the woman for being strong and tolerant. Who can be in such a good mental condition when she’s lost her husband/best friend and being accused as a murderer? I felt as if she and Brynna together portray two facades of a woman. When Brynn plays the role of a mischievous, freedom loving woman, Katherine takes her responsibilities pretty seriously.

Out of all the minor characters from the story, I loved the character of Celia. Though she’s been introduced as a woman who engages in crime, I really loved this woman for playing her game fair and wise. I really do expect Celia to play an important role in the upcoming instalments.

The first instalment of the Princess Vigilante series is extraordinary! I really loved the read! I think it was the best way to finish the year 2018 since it was my last read of 2018. Evans really knows to keep things interesting. I’ve always loved her writing and this is an original fantasy with a touch of Robin Hood. Politics, Romance, sisterhood and Friendship were mainly discussed themes throughout the story.

The city of Forcadel, the setting was absolutely beautiful. I loved the way Evans had described the city. 

The end!!! Holy Guacamole! I never expected this to happen! It was a great shock to me! It wasn’t even predictable. The element of surprise had been used really well. My eyes popped out my head I’d say!

The book was so good, I can’t wait to read the next installment. The more I talk about it I’m tempted to tell you what happens there but NO! Read it for yourself! It’s real Fun!! An epic fantasy it is!

Until next time,

With much love,

Amna xoxo

Wrap Up – October 2018

Hello world!!

I was missing in action for a long time. Yes, life and reality struck me! Last month was a busy month yet I managed to read two books. So this post is going to be a very short and quick one. plus, I’ll be adding a review for one of the books I read last month.

Books read in October: 

The Death Cure by James Dashner  – 4 stars

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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I thought I’ll leave a ‘mini – review’ about the book, “The Handmaid’s Tale” below. This book had been a hot topic recently. So I thought I’d read this book too.

For a person who reads fantasies, this dystopia was a bit disturbing.  The story talks about the nightmare of every single woman on earth. This book describes the importance of women and respecting feminism.

I loved this book. I hated it. I stopped reading it  many times because I found it very frustrating.

Overall the book points out certain issues a female has to face during her life time.

My rating : 4 stars

October Book Haul:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. (This,I received as a gift for the teacher’s day!)

Here ends my October wrap up!

Until next time,

With love,

Amna xoxo

Things I hear as a Bookworm

Hello Bookworms!

I’ve always wanted to write this post where as I know that there are lots and lots of bookworms who use to hear the same things I’m about to write now. May be you hear different things. C’mon let’s talk about everything we use to hear as bookworms!

  • Why do you read so much books?

Um.. It’s my hobby, so what else do you expect me to do? I’m supposed to do what makes me happy. So yes, I do read a lot!

  • Don’t you get enough of reading?

If you really love something, you will never get enough of it. True love!

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  • What’s the use of reading so much?

I repeat! I love reading. I makes me happy. One more thing, fiction or non- fiction everything has some knowledge in it. Do not categorize readers according to the genres. We read all the genres but give priority for certain genres when it comes to our enjoyment.

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  • Why spend so much on books? You could build a house using the money you spend on books!!

This my Grandma’s famous line! She keeps on telling this to every single living being in my house thinking that I’ll stop buying books. Will I ever? You know it! besides, if I could build a house using the money I spend on books, I’d have turned into a millionaire by now.

  • It’s just a book!

I know!! I know that it is a book! and I love everything about it! We don’t like it when a person downplay a book.

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  • Why read when you’ve got movies?

Have you ever read a book ?? If you had, you wouldn’t ask me!

Even worse! They think all good books are adopted into movies!

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  • Read as much as you can before you get married! Guys won’t let you read so much books!

Seriously? How could you even say that!! This is something people use to tell me a lot!

For your information, “If my man doesn’t let me read books, he can’t be my man!”

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  • Can I borrow a book from you?

If I’m to give you a book, I will be doing a research on you.

  1. How many books have you read?
  2. How many books have you damaged/dog eared/destroyed?
  3. Are you a neat worker?
  4. Do you eat while reading?
  5. Do you stain pages?
  6. Are you responsible when it comes to others belongings?
  7. Does the librarian give a perfect certificate about the way you handle books?
  8. Can I trust you with my books?

and many more…

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  • She’s too much in her obsessions.

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So, these are few things I use to hear on a daily basis! Funny but, yeah people can be really judgmental at times. And we, never cared ! 😉

Until next time,

With much love,

Amna xoxo.

Wrap Up – September 2018

HELLO Book nerds!

How are you doing? Hope you liked my yesterdays post.

This month’s wrap up isn’t a great one because I’ve read one less than the last few months. Uh,, yeah.. Responsibilities, work and studies. Being an adult is annoying sometimes.

So, these are the books I read last month!

The Scorch Trial by James Dashner

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Atlantis by Evelyn Contant

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The Emerald Tablet by Evelyn Contant

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September Book Haul

I purchased the following books for a super cheap price at a sale last month. The Literature month is always cool for the book lovers!

  • The City of Bones by Cassandra Claire
  • The City of Ashes by Cassandra Claire
  • The City of Glass by Cassandra Claire
  • Muhammed Ali a Memoir by Michael Parkinson

Hope You have a great week ahead!

HAPPY CHILDREN’S DAY 

Until next time,

withe love,

Amna xoxo 

Why History?

Hello everyone!

Wondering about the post? Yeah, I decided to write something different. Not bookish. It’s mostly about me.

Why do I love History? Why do I love teaching History?

“Why History?”

“What’s the use of studying History?”

“Why do we need to learn about something that isn’t here anymore?”

“World says to work for the future, Why learn ancient facts?”

These are the questions I have to answer on a daily basis!! I even had to answer parents who came up with the same question, “Why History?”

So, I thought of telling you why we need to learn History. What do we get through learning History? This post is my little attempt to wash away your question mark.

History is the study of past as it is described in written documents. The word History is derived from the ancient Greek word “Historia” meaning ‘inquiry’ , ‘knowledge from inquiry’ or ‘judge’. The study of history can be discussed as a part of the Humanities as well as Social Sciences.

 

Let me start with the benefits of learning History.

History is one of the widely accepted subject in the world. Everyone believes that the leaders and the educationists included this subject in school curriculum because they wanted to enlighten students with certain historical factors and differentiate the educated from the uneducated. Which is a complete lie and which will certainly result in a generation who memorize facts to gain a good score.

History should be studied because it benefits the individual and the society. Because it changes the way of thinking. Because it bears beauty.

History helps us understand people and societies.

History provides us tons of information about how people live and their life styles. May it be your own country or another country in the world. History talks fascinating factors about different social systems and their habits. This helps you to develop a good understanding about the other communities. Which directly promotes peace within the humankind. What do you think the main reason for the religious conflicts and terrorist acts in the world in the recent past? Most of us don’t have an idea about what’s really happening in the other communities. You judge them by what you see and call them extremists or terrorists. The more you know about other communities the more peaceful you become!

Past created the present and…  the future

Every time we analyze why something did happen in the past, we tend to look into many related factors and come across too many reasons. A war or a protest, they had many reasons to form and grow then destroy the world. Through History we learn such incidents and we face the future as people who know the consequences of conflicts. In case if the same situation rises in the present, you could definitely avoid it by what you’ve learnt so far. Learning History is never a waste. Trust me!

History gives you an identity.

Learning about the humankind and your own country definitely gives you an identity. I’ve always had been proud to be born in this beautiful island which has a 2500 years old rich history. The fact that we have such a long history with great Kings and Queens had been given me this pride which motivates me. History makes you a loyal citizen towards your country. You will transform into a patriotic person.

History Repeats.

If you had analyzed past events, you’ll identify that there are too many similarities between certain events. History repeats. Among all the reasons, I’d call this as the most important. Would you want to repeat the same mistake again in your life? No one would like to. If you had learnt your lesson in the past you wouldn’t.

History helps us understand and accept change

Change is inevitable. If you are a person who had learnt History, and had analyzed various situations and incidents in the world you’d definitely accept changes and adopt to them quicker than the rest of the world. You are quite strong and immobile. And that’s going to be a great advantage!

This is why you’ve got to learn History. These reasons apply to all people in common.

What are the benefits you get by learning History as a student?

A History Degree is an investment in your future.

A degree in History can be an attractive feature in your CV. Besides, History relates with many subjects. Skill of analysis is invaluable in many jobs so yes, a History degree develops the skill of Analyzing. Students of history by analyzing the events of past and present acquire certain skills such as flexibility, research skills, ability to find and evaluate sources of information and evaluate various interpretations which are important in work stations.

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How did I fall in love with this subject? What did I gain by learning and teaching History?

I fell in love with this subject when I was 16 years old. My History teacher was the inspiration. She taught the subject in such a way where I still do remember the facts she taught me. Since then I started reading subject related articles which increased my interest.

I started my teaching career with History. It was unexpected. The school I joined had a vacancy for a History teacher and I thought of taking it up as a challenge. The first year was tough since I had to learn in order to teach. Once I got used and was thorough with the subject knowledge, it was pretty easy and that’s when I decided that I should read more on this subject. I enrolled in the Social Sciences Degree in a University in Sri Lanka and currently multi-tasking! (Blogging, teaching, reading and studying!) Plus, the diploma which I followed in teaching, which was the place I identified that I should be a History teacher, no one else.

If anyone asks me the question, “What did I gain by learning/ teaching History”?

I was able to find solutions easily. When I was schooling, I used to get angry over the slightest thing. I could develop patience while studying the subject. I turned into a rationale thinker. Studying History gave me the ability to look into different options when it comes to solving problems.

Most important, this subject taught me the importance of peace and harmony. As a kid I had seen what war could do to people. Sri Lanka had been fighting the Eelam war for 30 long years and won it with uncountable losses. We as kids faced the turmoil and we watched people dying every single day. Being experienced this, I definitely started loving my motherland more and more… Learning this subject made the bond stronger I’d say!! 😍

I started to go in search of knowledge. This subject increases the curiosity within a person. It did to me. I wanted to study further. And I’m doing it now. As a subject, History motivated me to become independent. Not just the Kings and the Queens but all the Great Women I learnt about motivate me to become the best version of me.

phew!!! A  long post. Hope you enjoyed it!

“KEEP CALM AND LOVE HISTORY”

 

Until next time, 

With love, 

Amna xoxo

The Emerald Tablet (The Enchantment Series #3)

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Author: Evelyne Contant

Publisher: by Amazon direct publishing

Number of Pages:  492 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis:

Leaving Black behind, Lou goes in search of the Emerald Tablet. Alone. She meets the Black Enchanters and gets trapped under Thanatos’ Spell. The Lord of Black Enchanters. Rescued by her team, she finds what she wants and with that she learns the most terrible truth in her life. Lou had been betrayed.

Blurb:

Please forgive me, I’m so sorry I left you behind my love, I’m so sorry to have abandoned my team. But I can sense it, the Emerald Tablet is close, so very close. There, beyond the canyons and the volcanoes, through the forest and the desert, under the sea and in the sky, that’s where I’ll find it. An endless journey to the ends of the earth and the depths of my soul; it’s there. Follow me into the shadows, where death rubs shoulders with life and where we will walk the thin line between reason and madness. Close your eyes and take a deep breath before darkness swallows what’s left of the light. Follow me, it’s there…the Emerald Tablet.

(I was provided with an e – ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review. All the opinions, thoughts and feelings expressed below are my own)

First of all I’m glad that the series doesn’t end right here!!! I didn’t want this adventure to be ended! Not so soon.

Let me talk about the way their bond have been developed. Black’s and Lou’s relationship got stronger than ever. Lou leaving Black made it much stronger. I found Black’s beahaviour a bit dominative over Lou but it was beautiful in a way.

I loved how Pyros got attracted himself to lo. Being a Moirai, Clo had very less understanding about the world but Pyros being very protective about Clo was so beautiful. Clo discovered a new person within Pyros rather than managing the grumpy enchanter. Flicka and Pax, well I was expecting them to hook up on the second book but they had dragged it up to the third! Well I love their chemistry. Carefree, fun and straight forward!

I fell in love with this series since I read the first book. Everything about this book is just magical! The use of mythology and magical elements was excellent! Flashbacks were amazing too.

  • The World of Enchanters

This book takes you into a totally new enchanted world! Forget Atlantis! These are London and New York cities enchanted worlds!! I wish they really exist. The best part was the city of Pirates. The Bermuda Triangle? Is it even possible? It was pretty cool. The flying boats and their abilities. The whole lots abilities were just extraordinary. I’m totally in love with this enchanting world!

  • The Plot Twist

I didn’t see it coming! Let me avoid spoilers but someone like that?? How can this person be so cruel? I always wondered who Lou’s father could be. But getting to know facts about Lou’s birth, it was an utter shock for me! Why does it has to be Lou always? She suffers enough for the world!

  • New characters

New mythical creatures and the new characters those were introduces throughout the story added more fun to it. Archie was the most interesting new character for me. Thanatos was a very intimidating character. Silas being a hybrid, he was kind and nice for people. Silas’s character was an example for the fact that goodness never fades within people even if you live among bad ones.

Curiosity, this element had been used well throughout the book. A page turner.

The cover is as stunning as the previous two books from the series. I love the fact that the same pattern had been used in all three book.

Fantasy lovers out there, this call is for you!! Get your books and start reading them now!!

My reviews for ;

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30070430-the-rise-of-the-dawnstar

Until next time,

With love,

Amna xoxo.

Cover Reveal: The City of Veils By Usher Evans

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Hello everyone!!

Today I’m super excited to reveal the brand new cover of “The City of Veils” by Usher Evans!!! The City of Veils is the first book in the Princess Vigilante trilogy, an epic YA Fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath. It will be released by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing on April 16, 2019. Being read few of her books already I’m very much honoured to be part of this and can’t wait for it to be released in April!!

So without further furore,

Here is the super cool cover of “The City of Veils”

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The City of Veils by Usher Evans

Series: Princess Vigilante #1

Publisher: Sun’s Golden Ray

Genres: YA Fantasy

Publishing Date: April 16, 2019

Book Summary

For the past three years, Brynna has been patrolling the streets of Forcadel as a masked vigilante, protecting the innocent and beating up bad guys. Her current target is Lord Beswick, a slumlord businessman who keeps the townsfolk in a vicious poverty cycle. But one fateful evening, she’s captured by Felix, the captain of the king’s guard, and told a shocking truth: her father and brother are dead, and she needs to hang up her mask and become queen.

Before long, she negotiates a deal with Felix: attend to her royal duties during the day and continue her vigilante mission to take out Lord Beswick at night – at least until her coronation. But the politics of Forcadel are as volatile as the streets, and Brynna isn’t sure whom she can trust in the castle. With two royals dead in less than a month, she must use all her wits to make sure she isn’t the third.

The City of Veils is the first book in the Princess Vigilante trilogy, an epic YA Fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath.

It will be released by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing on April 16, 2019.

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Isn’t the cover so gorgeous?? I cannot wait to own a copy and sit with my cuppa coffee!!

Don’t forget to add it to your TBR!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30070430-the-rise-of-the-dawnstar


About S. Usher Evans

View More: http://ashleyvictoriaphotography.pass.us/whitneyevans

S. Usher Evans was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. After a decade of fighting bureaucratic battles as an IT consultant in Washington, DC, she suffered a massive quarter-life-crisis. She decided fighting dragons was more fun than writing policy, so she moved back toPensacola to write books full-time. She currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr.Biscuit, and frequently can be found plotting on the beach.

Evans is the author of the Demon Spring Trilogy, the RaziaSeries, the Madion War Trilogy, theLexie Carrigan Chronicles, and Empath.

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Until next time,

with love,

Amna xoxo

Atlantis (Enchanted Series #2)

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Author: Evelyne Contant

Publisher: by Amazon direct publishing

Number of Pages:  474 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis:

Learning that she’s a witch, Lou Mills starts living a different life away from the world. She has to stay away from her soul mate due to what her destiny has laid upon her. Torn between her mother’s death wish and her lover Lou follows her destiny to Atlantis to face the challenges that awaits her.

Blurb:

I dreamed of an imaginary island lost in the middle of the sea. A legendary island where anything is possible, everything except telling him the truth. Black, my destiny is keeping me from revealing my true identity to you; I have to find the Emerald Tablet so we can finally be together. My dream is for enchanters and humans to live together in peace and harmony, or at least to avoid this war that is looming on the horizon. I’ll go to Atlantis with my team to uncover the first clue in our quest. I’m sure my friends will be able to help me accomplish this extraordinary mission! Atlantis! Can you believe it? Will you join me on my adventure?

 

(I was provided with an e – ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review. All the opinions, thoughts and feelings expressed below are my own)

My thoughts:

Okay! What do I say? I love this book! Evelyn has done a great job! Amazing! I enjoyed every bit of the book! I savored the whole book within 2 days!

I love the world she has created for the readers and how she has blended the Greek mythologies and the mythical creatures. It was simply beautiful. To get introduced to this world you have to read the “Moonstone”, the first instalment of this series which is extraordinary.  I have awarded five stars for this beauty because I really love the story line and every single thing about this world!

Atlantis! A different part of this world. It was pictured beautifully into words. All the beauty and extravagance! Incredible!

The challenges they had to face at Atlantis, this part was really interesting where each character’s weakness was reveled and their loyalty towards Lou is well depicted. And the food! I loved the part where they had to taste the best version of their favourite food. The scene was so tempting. The way author had described all types of food were so divine! That was one of my favourite part from the book!!!

You get to see more of the enchanters’ world in this book. The mythical creatures, the way the world is balanced, and the way the white enchanters avoid the enchanters and why they do it. Everything’s clearly explained which makes it easier to understand the story. The changes that occur in the scenes and the atmosphere are beautifully explained. The territory of the white enchanters reminded me of the Elven woods from Lord of the Rings.

The character development was remarkable. The way Lou gains confidence in her and her love was heart captivating. The way Black, Pyros and Eloi changed themselves is stunning! Pyros’ change was unpredictable. The way he started being very responsible. And the way he started reacting towards Clo. I wasn’t expecting that! I think Clo and Pyros would make a good couple. The slight development in Flickas and Paxs’ relationship, changes in Blacks’ character was all very pleasing to read. The team work among the members was mind blowing. They were all duty conscious and their sole motive was to complete their mission. They were totally into solving this mission ahead of them. The determination of the crew was just thrilling!

The scene where Black learns the truth was heart breaking. I actually didn’t expect Black to react so. But yeah, he realized his mistake later on.

Action! It was as if I was watching a super cool action movie!!

The end, just like the first book this book made me read the third book immediately! The element of curiosity has been used well. This book is definitely a page turner! I found some slight grammatical errors in the previous book but this one has been carefully written.

The cover was so beautiful too! If I had spotted it in a store, this book might have been a cover buy for me for sure!

Will I recommend this book to anyone? Yes Yes Yes!!! This book is so underrated, Guys you have to read this beauty! You will be transported into a totally amazing world!

Read my review on ‘The Moonstone (Enchantment #1)”.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30070430-the-rise-of-the-dawnstar

Until next time,

with love,

Amna xoxo