Air Awakens

Air Awakens

Book - 2015
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A library apprentice unknowingly saves the life of a member of the magic secret society "Tower of Sorcerers" and discovers her own magical powers. Now, Vhalla Yarl must choose to stay in her quiet, reclusive life of books or join the forces of the sorcery elite.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Silver Wing Press,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781932549935
Branch Call Number: KOV
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 21 cm

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javachix
Aug 31, 2018

As a previous reviewer remarked; there are more adult YA novels and there are those that belong in the more youthful category. This is one that belongs in the more youthful area, perhaps about 12-14 year old age group. Truthfully I only made it through the first quarter of the book before I had to give up, mostly due to simplistic and predictable writing. There are excellent YA books out there, this one is perfect for a young reader, but those who are looking for a bit more, might want to look elsewhere.

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B00ksRcool
May 10, 2018

I really liked this book; it is fresh with solid characters and shows people at their core; fearful, timid, strong... and how to work out who you are by standing for what you believe. I'm ready for the next book in the series; Fire Falling!

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novesky
Sep 02, 2017

Wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did! I really enjoy Vhalla's character as a library apprentice. Can't wait to read the next book!!

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xHalez
Jul 06, 2017

I have an admiration for most authors who are able to publish their works. Elise Kova's writing style is one that speaks to me-- it's more than telling a story. She tells it in a way that is captivating and immersive. I'm not one to give a thorough critique on books and am not very picky, but this is a great story for those who like magic, romance, and adventure.

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Babyteddybear
May 03, 2017

I binge read this series in a matter of days. If you like Avatar and Throne of Glass, you'll love this.

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goddessbeth
May 02, 2016

You know how there's amazing adult-end YA and more shallow, middle-grade-end YA? This is the latter. It's...ok? Mostly it's shallow. The bad guy is slimy with no reason behind his mustache twirling, the brooding prince is brooding, and the best friends are easily chucked aside by a girl who loves books but displays a startling lack of analytical thinking.

It's the usual Chosen One trope, with not a lot explained about the magic because (of course) she's the first Windwalker in over a century. There's a not-too-subtle indication that her powers will be eased for eeeeeevil (read: killing, in a war of empire-building in which her kingdom is the aggressor). There's the predictable backlash of scared ignorant peasant folk when it comes to the use of magic. And there's the girl who captures the prince's heart by being...I'm not sure what. Obnoxious, but curious.

I think reading Uprooted has ruined me for YA Fantasy. I'm sure there's nothing wrong with Air Awakens, it just bored the heck out of me and felt very shallow. Clearly, my bar has been raised. I'd say this is a good read for 14-18 year olds who enjoy fantasy.

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nidofito
Feb 15, 2016

For some reason, the author decides to turn into romancelandia halfway through the book, leaving all that magic, history, world-building in the dust.

WHY?!

I had a peek at the sequel, and it looks neat but the author needs to step it up.

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