New Book Review

Hello! It’s been awhile since I’ve hopped on my blog. Life’s been as busy as ever, and I haven’t taken many trips to photograph fun places. But I have been reading quite a lot! This year I increased my reading goal on Goodreads from 12 to 24 books and just completed that goal! I’ve been reading so much this year and thoroughly enjoying finding new books thanks to the book community on Instagram. Back in August, with the encouragement from friends, I created a bookstagram account called booksinparadise. Keeping with my nature brand, I attempt to photograph the books I highlight with plants in them, and then once I have time to venture out into the world again, I plan to bring my books with me out in nature.

Today, I want to talk about the book I just finished:

Vortex Visions (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #1)
by Elise Kova

I held off from starting this series for fear of reading quickly through it like I did with Air Awakens. I was not wrong. I ate up every word of Vortex Visions.

** This review contains minor spoilers **

I want to start with praising the writing and language of Elise Kova. She writes so precisely, yet detailed I never felt confused while reading. Everything she writes serves a purpose. As a reader, I love massive world building, but sometimes it is either too grand or not necessary for the plot. However Vortex Visions captures the world Vi lives in while primarily focusing on character introduction and development, as well as the over arching plot, which is on a massive scale (even greater than Air Awakens). The introduction of a new world map also blew my mind. I hadn’t considered more to the world in Air Awakens even with the brief mention of the Crescent Continent but now knowing it has entirely different name I truly want to learn more about Meru. Why is knowledge of what I know believe to be the true world not shared with everyone on the Dark Isle? What happened between the people and potentially different races? These are the kinds of questions I hope get answered in later books.

Next the magic. Oh my gosh I love elemntal magic, and probably more than the classic witch craft. So as details unraveled of the rare magic Vi weilds, it felt like a whole new magic, yet strangely familiar. The glyphs they use and the descriptions of lightspinning made me think of the magic in Dr. Strange. I am excited to see how Vi’s magic develops as well as the part it will play later in the series.

I don’t have much to say regarding the characters other than they seem well thought out. There is obviously a ton of room for development and change, which I look forward to reading and discovering!

Overall, the book met my expectations. I highly recommend delving into the world that Elise Kova has built. It is full of fantasy and fast paced action, but again nothing seems to be missing. I strongly encourage avid YA readers to pick up Air Awakens as well, before starting Vortex Visions. Air Awakens follows Vhalla, a library apprentice as she learns about the world of magic and discovers who she is. This again is a fast paced series filled with action, a slow burn romance, and grand scale consequences to both the characters and world.

Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts and opinions. Happy reading and stay tuned for my next update!

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