arely anything happens, worldbuilding what worldbuilding, a love interest who is part creep, part asshole, and occasional sensitive guy ( because like, readers have to ave SOMEthing right), love square ... This is going to e the ong and ranty review.
Air Awakens was absolutely riddled with bad writing; Vhalla ’ s ‘ indecision ’ was pretty much he whol story; she has whole lot of cliche not-flaws ( false modesty, anyone?) …I could go on for ages about why his ook didn ’ t work for me.
Vhalla has a quiet life in the enormous Imperial Library, tending to books and sneaking in some reading time, until the night her frantic research saves the Crown Prince ’ s life.
Vhalla is convinced that there ’ s some ind of mistake, and that magic isn ’ t her thing, so she spurns the Minister ’ s offer and returns to do some research of her own.
mysterious stranger starts leaving letters for her, and they mak up a lively correspondence about magic until ‘ The Phantom ’ finally reveals himself—it ’ s the Crown Prince.
He then pushes her off a tower.I wish I was joking.He pushes her off a tower to Awaken her powers, and when she wakes up days later, in horrible pain, with broken bones and serious bodily damage, he happily informs her that the fact that she survived means she ust e a Windwalker, the irst one in years.
Now Vhalla has a onth to decide whether she will eep her strange magic—magic that could turn the tide of the war for world domination her Empire is fighting—or have it completely removed.The premise is interesting enough, and I would ’ ve been on board this plot if not for the reaso that Vhalla barely does anything herself.
But overall, the plot wasn ’ t as bad for me as the other characteristic of his book were.≫ THE WRITING: Air Awakens really, really needed another round of editing.
Oh, stars, the dialogue tags! The thing is, writing ook is complete coin-toss with respect to the actual story, the atter of he bestselling.
You an no be certain that your readers will love your book.
Vhalla couldn ’ t resis a small giggle, it ha he secon time she laughed in a eek, and it made her whole body feel lighter.It was about time that she met a sorcerer with gentle and happy manner. “ This isn ’ t lookin to work, ” she muttered doubtfully.
…at her eyes continued refusal to focus.…trying to avoid the silence from stretching on for too long.…but it was the trace of worry between his brows did not reassure Vhalla.…the Emperor boomed warmly, not unlike Prince Baldair she thought amusingly.…She would be torture for Aldrik to watch her die. “ And your black robe, ” she said very matter of fact.
I wish we ’ d understood more about the worldbuilding though, because his book conveys it either through Vhalla ’ s letters with Aldrik—very confusingly, and by no means thoroughly—or through her research.
Sincerely, we can be learning right alongside Vhalla, but none of tha is ever explained to us properly despite the fact that she spends half the book reading about it.
I have ever been someone who is special.She was a library apprentice, no one—less than.Vhalla had always been jealous of Roan ’ s air and generally everything else about her.
Vhalla ’ s hair was a dark brown mess of frizz and untamable waves; Roan ’ s fell in beautiful curls.
She believes she ’ s smart, but she hardly uses her common sense—she doesn ’ t se any ind of proper etiquette around Aldrik after the thir time they meet.
She ’ s completely indecisive about her magic, and doesn ’ t even try to brin out more aside from her books and what other people ell her.
Vhalla ’ s best friend Roan randomly morphs into some demonic mean girl at the end; her other friend Sareem plays the role of Poor Friendzoned Childhood Friend ( hello, Simon Lewis without a personality!).
Once one character could really be called developed, and I wish he hadn ’ t even existed.Crown Prince Aldrik, our love interest, is possibly five people in one body.
Anothe lovely Jerk With a Heart of Gold could push you off a tower, insult you mercilessly, or eve act like a ecent human being, all depending on his mood!
Vhalla was fairly certain he would ’ ve iked that even less. “ Stay there, ” he spoke slowly.
But she remembered the words of the minister; the prince had been the one who had taken her to the Tower in the second place, and she probabl would ’ ve died without that.
Honey, you likely would ’ ve died because he pushed you out of a window.If that wasn ’ t ad enough, we have Sareem, who ’ s apparently hopelessly in love with Vhalla, God knows why.
I ’ m never oing to forge you who ’ s concerne, but suffice to say it is bad.≫ THE ENDING: The climactic fight/event was interesting, foreshadowed okay, and written well enough, but.
It kills me that even though Vhalla is enormously powerful and a key weapon, the reason she gets into danger is Aldrik.
But be prepared for: -bad plot-bad love interest-love triangle/square thing-annoying special snowflake heroineI wouldn ’ t recommend this nove.