Review: Wyvernhail by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Book Information:

Wyvernhail
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Delacorte Press
Published in 2007
ISBN 9780440240037
183 Pages

Series Information:

Kiesha’Ra Book 05
Last Book in the Kiesha’Ra Series

Review/Rating:

1 out of 5

Hai has always been an outsider, and even in the Wynern’s court, she is considered a mongrel. Few consider her as a friend, even the royal family refuses to acknowledge her bloodline. However, when she starts having visions, they begin to overwhelm her. Though, are they the future or something that her presence awakens? When Oliza, Hai’s cousin, abdicates the throne to Wyvern’s Court because she wants to save it from the vision she saw, Hai sees its destruction. When Salem, heir to the serpiente throne, is poisoned, in order to prevent Oliza from coming back, Hai’s followers plan to usurp the throne. However, as long as Oliza lives, the visions of her child destroying everything can come true. Unable to kill Oliza, due to Nicias’ loyalty towards her, Hai must find a way to awaken Salem — even if that means her giving up something that is precious to her.

Another book review for The Kiesha’Ra series. Oh, yay, I’m finally finished with this series. \o/ Let’s say, I don’t really like the ending. :( Also, there are spoilers, so beware

Like most series, the third book is usually where it gets less interesting or turns toward something you won’t really like. The same thing is kind of true for this series. With the ending of Wyvermhail, it gets a lot less interesting, and not to mention, you wonder why Hai is still in the book. True, the visions helped Oliza’s decision, but without Hai there to interfere, then her followers wouldn’t have tried killed Salem. Then, with Salem alive, she wouldn’t have gotten the vision of Oliza’s child. *shakes head* *SIGHS*

Anyways, Wyvernhail, takes place only moments from the previous book, Falcondance. Now, instead of a likable character narrating, Hai is the one that narrates this story. Although she doesn’t seem as cold as she did in the other books with her in them, it is still hard to actually like her or even accept that she had a real part in the series. The only part I think she was really needed for is to help Oliza abdicate and waking up Salem, other than that, I view her as unnecessary to the series.

Another problem with the book is that her visions and the real life is muddled together, so you have to think about what is real and what is not. Also, the author depended on visions to tell the ending of the series, which I didn’t really like. Why depend on visions, when they can change? I like the idea of visions of the future, but with Hai, I didn’t like it so much. She annoys me whenever she thinks to interfere, I know other books with visions, they interfere, but they, most of the time, interfere at a lower level. Hai, however, interferes at a much higher level in this book than she did in the others.

With that said, I didn’t think that Wyvernhail as well written as the other books, and I really don’t want to say, “Go read it.” Though, if you want to know the ending, as crappy as it is, you have to read it. My advice is just read the last two chapters to avoid the annoying parts with Hai in them. The descriptions are a lot less, but the events are suspenseful and annoying. With this book, I miss Danica and Zane as the main characters, but the spark that it once had, died with this book. The first two books are worth reading, the last three books, err, they really aren’t worth reading, especially this one.

Buying all the books separately isn’t really worth it, but if you really want all the books, get The Shapeshifters. That book has all of the Kiesha’Ra books, Hawksong, Snakecharm, Falcondance, Wolfcry, and Wyvernhail, and it’s cheaper than getting all the books separately. This way, you don’t feel guilty if you wasted your money. Buy it from these places The Shapeshifters Ebook // The Shapeshifters Paperback.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: Wolfcry by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Book Information:

Wolfcry by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Delacorte Press
Published in 2006
ISBN 0385731957
198 Pages

Series Information:

Kiesha’Ra Book 04

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Oliza Shardae Cobriana is the heir to two courts, the avians and serpiente. Although her parents merged the two courts together as Wyvern’s Court and the war ended, the hatred is still noticeable in Wyvern’s Court. However, when Urban, a serpiente dancer, expresses love towards Oliza, the hatred and tension rises. Though when she finds Urban beaten up on the avian side of Wyvern’s Court, she begins to wonder how she can lead her people, when no one really wants to stop their hatred? Before she can find the answer to that question, lion mercenaries, who take her into the wolves’ territory, kidnap her. She meets Betia, a female wolf, and the Obsidian Guild, a group of white viper dancers, there. However, will she be able to find out the answer to her question with them? And will Hai’s and her predictions show her the choice she must choose in order to give peace to her people without leading to another war? Oliza must make a decision before it’s too late, no matter how much pain it causes.

Another book review for The Kiesha’Ra series. I’m only one book away from finishing this series. I can’t wait until I get rid of it since I’m not really starting to like the direction the series is going. :( Oh, there might be some spoilers, so watch out for them. :X

Like most series, the third book is usually where it gets less interesting or turns toward something you won’t really like. For Wolfcry, it’s gets a little more interesting than Falcondance, but it still turns into something that I didn’t like. Don’t get me wrong, I like plot twists, but only when it goes more toward the characters I like the most. Anyways, like Snakecharm, Wolfcry takes place after a couple of months from the previous book, Falcondance.

Like in the second book, Snakecharm and Falcondance, you learn more about how the avians, serpiente, and falcons came to be, and little bit more about the powers Oliza holds. Also, I like the information about the white vipers and the wolves. Though, I really, really don’t like Hai. She seems a lot more snobbish than the other falcons, and it looks like she will cause more trouble than she is really worth. Also, it seems that she wants respect from Oliza, but doesn’t really know how to get it. Though, I can’t blame Oliza for not trusting or liking Hai that much. When you throw in a new relative that you haven’t even heard about, you are bound to have troubles, so I don’t blame Oliza at all. Hai also annoys and confuses me like she does to Oliza. Anyways, I really think the author shouldn’t have included her in the story line at all, but that’s the author’s call, not mine.  :( Something else I like even more now, I like how the author addresses same-sex relationships into the book. It made it a little bit more interesting, and took away, kind of, the annoyance that Hai caused me. :) I like it when authors add in something that society hardly ever talks about. ;)

Despite the few shortcomings, like Hai, Wolfcry was very well written, but I like the first book a lot more than the following books. The descriptions are a little bit less, but the events are suspenseful. Finding shapeshifter books, just on their own, are rare, so that makes this book even more wonderful. I miss Danica and Zane as the main characters, but I hope the original spark will come back. I still think it would have been better just to end it with the first book, and not this one. Though, with this book, at least a little bit of spark came back, but not much. *SPOILER* I read the summary for the next book, and let’s say I don’t really like how Hai and her followers will mess things up. *END SPOILER*

Anyways, go ahead and read the book. Though, like I said before, there are same-sex relationships in this book and in maybe in the next one, too.

P.S. I know I said this, but I REALLY hate Hai. ^^

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: Falcondance by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Book Information:

Falcondance by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Delacorte Press
Published in 2005
ISBN 0385731949
183 Pages

Series Information:

Kiesha’Ra Book 03

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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Nicias, a son of two outlawed falcons, has never felt at home in the Wyern’s Court, but he somehow feels drawn to Ahnmik, where the falcons live. His powers are awakening, so he has no choice but to go to the falcons’ homeland. With warnings from his parents, he goes there, so that he can get back to guarding Oliza Shardae Cobriana, the heir to both thrones. However, should he trust Araceli, or a stranger not of his blood? He has to choose wisely because everything he holds dear is at risk.

Another book review for The Kiesha’Ra series, but I’m almost done with the series – just two more books. I can’t wait until I get rid of it since I’m not really starting to like the direction the series is going. :( Oh, there might be some spoilers, so watch out for them. :X

Like most series, the third book is usually where it gets less interesting or turns toward something you won’t really like. For Falcondance, it’s a little of both less interesting and turning something that I didn’t like. Don’t get me wrong, I like plot twists, but only when it goes more toward the characters I like the most.

Anyways, unlike Snakecharm, which takes place after a couple of months from the previous book, Falcondance takes place about twenty or so years after Snakecharm. That’s my first problem with books like these, you miss the childhood moments for Oliza, Nicias, Salem, Sive, etc, so you kind of miss out on how their personalities got like that. There are some childhood flashbacks, but not that many. I think there is only one in this book.

Now for my second problem in the book, my favorite main characters, Zane and Danica, only have small parts in this book. I like the other characters, but Zane and Danica are my favorites. They have a spark that the other characters don’t really seem to have. Nicias is a good character, and so far, he is my fourth favorite character. My third favorite is Andreious/Sebastian. I might list my favorite characters in this series on the last book review. :X

Like in the second book, Snakecharm, you learn more about how the avians, serpiente, and falcons came to be, like why the avians were created in the first place, and other parts like that. There is this one part where it mentions that the avians and serpiente will never be able to combine without one giving up their culture. They might be able to live in peace, but they wouldn’t never truly get along since the two powers wouldn’t be balanced. That part gave me a headache since it made thought about several things like: how are Danica and Zane are able to live in peace then? To me, it added some plot holes when the author did that. Also, you find out what happened to Zane’s older brother while he was on the falcon lands, which I really don’t like.

Despite the shortcomings, Falcondance was very well written, but I like the first book a lot more than this one and the second one. The descriptions are a little bit less, but the events are suspenseful. Finding shapeshifter books, just on their own, are rare, so that makes this book even more wonderful. I miss Danica and Zane as the main characters, but I hope the original spark will come back. I still think it would have been better just to end it with the first book, and not this one. I just hope the last two books go back to how it was, since at this rate, I really don’t like where it is going.

Anyways, go ahead and read the book, even though it doesn’t have the same spark as the first one.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: Snakecharm by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Book Information:

Snakecharm by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Delacorte Press
Published in 2004
ISBN 9780385734936
167 Pages

Series Information:

Kiesha’Ra Book 02

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Danica and Zane have achieved a lot in their aim of peace between the avains and serpiente. However, when Danica becomes pregnant, will the peace last long? Also, a falcon named Syfka comes and that causes more problems, so is the falcon just there to find their missing falcon? Or, is she there just to stir up trouble amongst their people?

Another supernatural book, however, this time it is about shapeshifters, again. Yay. \o/

As a second book of series, Snakecharm was very well written, but I like the first book a lot more than this one. It’s not as good as the first book, but it is still a good book to read. The plot of the second book is still a little common, but that doesn’t make it any less special. This book has suspense, romance, betrayals, and shapeshifters. Finding shapeshifter books, just on their own, are rare, so that makes this book even more wonderful.

I just love the main character Zane and Danica, but unlike the first book there is hardly any clashing between them. Also, the way all the characters develop in this book is great, but they could have grown a little bit more than what they did. The descriptions and events are also very well done, but a little bit more about how the other characters look like would have made it a little bit better. Also, unlike the first book, the narrator for this one is Zane, not Danica.

Even though the plot is typical — two separate group at war, two people characters marry to stop the war, peace comes, the ruler gets pregnant, but then the heir issue comes up — you should go ahead and read this book/series. Though, like I said before, I didn’t really like this book. I like how the main characters are still Zane and Danica, but not how the focus is not completely on them. To me, it would have been better just to end it with the first book, and not this one. I just hope the other books in this series don’t ruin how I view the series right now.

Anyways, go ahead and read the book, even though it doesn’t have the same spark as the first one.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Book Information:

Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Delacorte Press
Published in 2003
ISBN 9780385734929
243 Pages

Series Information:

Kiesha’Ra Book 01

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

The avains and serpiente have been at war for longer than anyone can remember. However, is peace at hand when Danica Shardae holds her people’s enemy in her arms and sings to him about peace as he dies? When Zane Cobriana hears about this, he moves forward with plans on how they can earn peace. But, when a neutral group mentions merging the two royal families, will they be able to set aside their differences for the peace they both desperately want? Not only that, but when they decide to merge it, will their people believe it is the best thing?

Another supernatural book, however, this time it is about shapeshifters. Yay. \o/

For a first book of a series, Hawksong was very well written. Though, what really counts is if the author keeps up and makes each in this series better than the previous one, which is almost impossible for most of the authors who write series. The plot of the first book is a little common, but that doesn’t make it any less special. This book has suspense, romance, betrayals, and shapeshifters. Finding shapeshifter books, just on their own, are rare, so that makes this book even more wonderful.

I just love the main characters, Zane and Danica, and how the author makes their personalities actually work together, even though they clash at certain points. Also, the way all the characters develop in this book is great, but they could have grown a little bit more than what they did. The descriptions and events are also very well done, but a little bit more about how the other characters look like would have made it a little bit better.

Even though the plot is typical — two separate group at war, two people characters marry to stop the war, peace comes, and then everyone lives happily ever after — you should go ahead and read this book/series. Though, like I said before, I haven’t read all of the books in this series, but that looks like what it going to happen. Though, I hope there will be some interesting twists in order to get to the peace.

Anyways, go read the series. ;)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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