Review: Reawakening: The Passage of Hellsfire

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Reawakening ebook Cover

 

To undo a mistake made a thousand years in the past, the wizard Hellsfire used his magic to bring down the Great Barrier that once divided the northern and southern lands. In doing so, he nearly brought war to his own homeland, and he afflicted the love of his life, Princess Krystal of Alexandria, with a potent and deadly curse.

Since then, Hellsfire has been working in Tyree with its Elemental Council, to rebuild its war-torn land and find a way to break Krystal’s curse. Now Krystal’s time is running out. As the princess fights for her life, Hellsfire learns that the wizard responsible for the curse—his old enemy Premier—is heading to the Burning Sands to steal the mysterious Jewel of Dakara.

If Hellsfire can capture Premier and learn the secret of the curse, he can save Krystal. But the Jewel of Dakara holds its own deadly secrets, and the hunt will take Hellsfire farther than he ever imagined, and cost him more than he bargained for.

The past is never gone nor buried…

 

I have reviewed the first two books in the series. You can find my reviews here and here.
The series has had a bit of a face lift with BEAUTIFUL covers. I love all the covers but I wish I could have the kindle covers on physical books. They blew my mind.

This is a tough  review to write. I am having a HUGE book hang over combined with a case of the feels.
The only real words coming in my brain right now consists of “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” and “WHYYYYYYY?!”
Everything else is heart ache and a feeling I have yet to decipher.

This series has become a fandom of mine. I am pretty obsessed with it.
I waited a LONG time for this book, but now that I have devoured it,(Twice in as many days) I know that every minute of the wait was worth it.
The series has gotten better with age. (and each book)
Book three was by far the strongest book of the series. The writing is amazing. I feel like the knife never really came out of my heart while reading. It just shifted with each new emotion.

I have grown SO attached to these characters that it kind of took me by surprise.

It’s funny, because in the first book, I remember thinking the main character’s name is going to bug me. Now here we are in book three and I am in pieces over his name. (Yeah, I may of gotten teary that’s how powerful this book gets!)
The second book I was on the fence about Krystal and now I find myself pretty tore up about what she’s going through. That’s some pretty great character development to make that happen.

What I enjoyed most about this series and even more in this book, was the fact that my assumptions on where things would go, was always wrong.  Usually one would expect things to get a bit predictable by the third book. With this series that is definitely not the case.

It’s not predictable, but it is also not rushed. There are so many questions left to be answered but instead of leaving the reader impatient, it’s more of a comfortable feeling because you know it’s coming. The story line also doesn’t get weak enough to give you time to really focus on things you’re waiting for, or to get impatient.

Reading it, kept me hooked and pushing my tired eyes on to find out more. I love books that can surprise me and that book does this and more.

I was surprised by how little of Krystal we have seen at various times through out the series, but it never feels like she has gone. The author has mastered the art of keeping characters in the front of your mind, even when they are not present. (or in some cases, are dead. :( )
I can’t think of an author that has been able to do that in the same way.  But I love it. (Even when it is yanking at my heart strings.)

Re-awakening feels like it just might of been the most intense book of the series. Probably because it is so darn emotional. When you think you can feel no more, it hits you again.
I’ve read it twice and my heart still has not recovered.

Re-awakening has topped my favourite books of the year list, for this year. That’s a no brainer. I have read it twice and I am already considering picking it up a third time as well as debating on re-reading the series again. (Yeah, see obsessed!)

I am having a hard time separating myself from this darn book, I swear we’re lucky I am not sleeping with my Kindle App under my pillow at this point. 😉 There are not many books that we can say that about. In fact I can count the books that we can. So that is a serious achievement.

This is a must read for all who like Fantasy, or who just love a really good book.
If you haven’t started this book, or the series than you are missing out and I feel sorry for you.
This is a must read.
Another 5 star read, from one of my favourite authors.

 

 

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Summer fun and Surviving the heat

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Summer has been a tough one around here. I have done lots of bribing to keep kiddo hydrated. Fresh fruits, water, veggies, ice cream. Whatever it takes.

watermelonIt hasn’t gone too badly. No scary heat issues for us, no dehydration or anything like that.

We also now have a portable AC unit in the living room. Which is where I moved both of our mattresses yesterday.

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Of course, it was new and a novelty so she jumped in to her bed half hour early. Yet took two more full hours before she was finally asleep.
Nap time today, also took two full hours before she finally passed out.

Honestly, I may go insane and put her back in her room to sweat it out if this is the way it is going to keep going.
She did however sleep last night. She woke up in the middle of the night and ended up on my mattress. But the pay off of me sleeping here, she played nicely for a whole hour. Quietly. Until 8am. I only heard a few small sounds from her, which is why I even knew she was up.

I then got to drink my coffee and journal while she read books beside me on her mattress.

If the struggle to get her to sleep would quit and I got mornings like that every morning it wouldn’t be too bad.
But the fact it takes her that long to sleep I am losing almost all my time for me and that is not going to help either of us.

There needs to be some kind of middle ground.

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We made faery land today. Out of old cereal boxes, paint, bits of nature and figurines. It was a quick fun activity to do outside.
Followed by a picnic. While it was cool enough to be out there.

It’s been too hot for her to see her friends, so I am trying to find ways to keep her amused and me sane in the heat.
It’s all about little moments.

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She is turning in to quite the little lady and it has lead to some tension. She is picking up behavior from her little friends that I have been trying to nip in the bud.
On top of words from the neighbors that I don’t want her using.
So it has been interesting.

It takes all I got some days to not just snap.

But on the plus side,  some of it is also growing up.
She has come out with spelling words on her own, knowing the months of the year, the seasons, counting to 29.
Knowing her planets.

It’s not easy but I don’t regret it. I am so proud of her. Even when she sasses like crazy, answers with sarcasm and fights sleep for two hours.

She has been non stop talking about snow and Christmas lately. Especially when practicing her writing. She can’t wait to write Santa and tell him what toys she needs.

I am surprised by how quiet every one has been about my not putting her in Jr Kindergarten. Surprised but pleased.
I am glad I chose to give her another year of just being a kid at home and letting her learn at home at her own pace based on her own interests.

I would much rather her be outside climbing, creating, pretending and in her element than forced to be in a desk all day.

Of course the weather cooperating with that would be nice too. This heat is just too much to bear.
How do you survive the heat waves with wee ones running around. What extra things do you add to your self care to make it through the days?

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