Friday, June 20, 2014

Blog Tour (Review): Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision



Book Details:

Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision
(Threats of Sky and Sea #1)
Publication date: May 20th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail—along with the secrets from his last mission as the King’s assassin. Secrets that could help the King win a war. Secrets he refuses to share.

Desperate to escape before the King’s capricious whims prove her and her father’s downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It’s a good trade. And she has faith she’ll get them both out of the King’s grasp with time.

But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for in his war.

Now, time is running out. To save her father’s life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life– and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She lives in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.

Threats of Sky and Sea, a young adult fantasy, is her first novel.

You can find Jennifer online at www.jenniferellision.com, or on twitter @JenEllision.

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My review follows:

NOTE: I received the book via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

Seeing the book cover and reading the blurb had me hooked on Threats of Sky and Sea. I was sure that Breena's story will be something worth reading and I was glad to not be disappointed.

Writing style:
It's obvious that Ellision did her job well. Not only is the book written eloquently, it's also edited and proofread. I can't stress enough how important that is for a reader. I am forever grateful to those authors who invest in editors/proofreaders.

Story line:
Let me tell you straight away: Threats of Sky and Sea is not a book that focuses on love. It's a book where magic comes alive in a fantasy world with kingdoms and elemental forces. It's a book where family, friendship and nature come together. Sure, there is romance, and I'm glad for it because books with no love are just not worth reading, but it's most definitely not the center point.

Themes:
- Power - how it changes people, how it's never sated and how people are willing to overlook the cost of it.
- Family - real or not - is important in building one's character. Those ties to the people closest to you shape your moral views.
- It is important to have friends. Even one is enough, as long as they are someone special.
- Love can be found in the strangest of places.

Characters:
They were all well developed. They had depth, encountered ups and downs and grew in the span of those pages.

Breena, a simple girl from a far away, king-forsaken place, stumbles upon a scene that will change her life forever. She never wanted to be anything more than who she'd been her entire life - the daughter of an inn keeper. Yet, she has no idea how far from that scene her roots lie.
When she's whisked away from her life, it's upon death threats and a probable sentence at the king's feet. As the chapters go, Breena is exposed to truths about her father, about herself, that she never thought possible. Truths that would change her life forever. Truths she cannot share with anyone. Breena has a lot to learn in the pages between the covers, things that will break the inn keeper's daughter and birth someone much more powerful instead. Where will that lead her? Will it change her heart?

Breena's father keeps a secret that is the key to his and Breena's survival. Yet, he is relentless to share it because the whispers of the wind carry all sorts of trouble. Being an air elemental, he knows how easy it is for those like him to learn things they shouldn't know.

Caden, the prince who could care less about his father's power mania, has his own agenda. Having no elemental powers of his own, he has assembled a circle to help ruin the king's plans to conquer a far away, island nation. He is also quite charming when he wants to be (especially if Breena is somewhere near him).

Aleta, the princess who lived as a ward/hostage her entire life, has now a death threat upon her head. Will her fire be enough to save her and her people? Will she have to endure a life of guilt, anger and futile attempts of escape?

The King was a ruthless man. He cared not about anything but how much power he would gain if this or that. So what if he ordained his own son to live unhappily? So what if he doomed entire nations to servitude? He didn't give a rat's hat about anyone else, and he wasn't afraid to punish those who dared disobey him.

In conclusion:
Threats of Sky and Sea has the potential to become an epic trilogy. I'm glad I had the chance to read it.

My rating is:



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