Ascension (Facets of Feyrie #2) by Zoe Parker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Ever get a job that sucks?
My name is Iza Black and my life IS the sucky job. I mean yeah, there are perks. Live-in maid service, free food and I get this purple, sparkly aura thing.  But there are way more bad parts. So many people, so much pain. Sleep has divorced me completely and I’m living their nightmares now too. I’m not sure I’m strong enough for this, that I can do what needs to be done. But I have to. Because it’s my job…because someone needs to. These people need violence to meet violence. Hugs don’t always fix things in our world. Then there’s Phobe. Frustrating, Phobe-the-jerk. How does he fit into this, you may ask? Keep reading and you’ll find out. (Amazon, Ascension Kindle Edition
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This book is: not as good as the first book, but almost, and I love it.

The plot is: great. It fills in a lot of gaps that the previous book left readers with and creates a few more for the following book(s) to reveal. Although, this book feels to me like a bridge between the hell readers (that is, the book’s characters) got to encounter in book one, and what the books to follow will be about. Nothing, at the same time as everything, happens in this book, and it just reads like a “bridge/springboard” to the following book(s) to me. Some of you might disagree, and you are welcome to do so.

The beginning is: enjoyable.

The middle is: crazy and great!

The crescendo is:… I have honestly no idéa. I can’t really remember a specific moment that I would truly classify as a crescendo, but, I might just have a terrible memory. If you have read the book, and have a crescendo in mind, please leave a comment and tell me about it!

The finish/ending is: cliff-hanger-ish…? It does not really bother me, but it leaves one hanging.

The characters are: fantastic.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes. Although, readers might find some content triggering (so, do not read if you are under the age of 18).

– Sofia Sundfors

Elusion (Facets of Feyrie, #1) by Zoe Parker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: The First Prophecy
Seed of Death and Dragon’s womb, suffering her fated tomb.
She, our savior, the Fallen’s soul, shall shed her blood to make us whole.
A vengeful Darkness she will arise, her love calls forth the Darkest tide
Yet, if her heart has ceased to beat, the world shall eclipse in Dark complete.

Pretend Ma told me the terrible things done to me were for the greater good. I’m not so sure about that. I am sure about that my time in this world is drawing to a close. I’m okay with that, I even wish for it some days. Then I met HIM. Mr. Glowy Eyes. I know that I’m a monster, and I’m CERTAIN that he’s much worse than that. But he also shows me something important. Very important. Do you want to know what it is?

Are you still waiting? Mr. Glowy Eyes is waiting, too. In the dark… Under the bed… I can’t promise he won’t eat you… But I can promise you won’t mind when he does. (Amazon, Elusion Kindle Edition)

This book is: fantastic! I have never read a book that is even remotely similar to this one, and I love it!

The plot is: unique, and empovering (but at the same time, it is heart-wrenching).

The beginning is: a bit confusing. Learning about the characters, the world, the different races etc. are intriguing, but it was a bit confusing the first time I read this book.

The middle is: amazing, heart-warming, funny, heartbreaking and every other emotion you would like to experience when you are reading a great book.

The crescendo is: … For me, “the crescendo” happened in the beginning/middle of the book, not near the end like it traditionally does. But whether you agree with me or not when/if you are reading this book, you will understand what I mean by saying that “the crescendo”, in the first part of the book, is amazing, just as amazing as the rest of the book.

The finish/ending is: heart-warming. It is also a great foundation for the following book.

The characters are: fresh. They are nothing like I have come across before in all of the other books I have read, and I love it. They have a depth to them, while at the same time, they have room for growth.

The worldbuilding is: enough, to too little. I prefer when there is just a little worldbuilding because it usually bores me to death, but this world intrigues me. I think there is enough worldbuilding in this book, but for someone who wants a lot of descriptive worldbuilding, well… then you might be disappointed.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, absolutely! Although, this book contains abuse, torture, rape, violence, (I cannot remember, but most likely some harsh language as well), all of these things happen to both adults and children, so, do not read if you are under 18 years of age or if content like this is a trigger for you.

– Sofia Sundfors