Published by CreateSpace on 20 May 2014
Source: Purchased e-book, Won from author giveaway
Thoughts: Jen is one of my favorite bloggers, and I was really excited to hear that she was self-publishing her young adult elemental fantasy novel. We share a lot of the same tastes when it comes to fantasy, so I was pretty confident that I would love her story. I’m excited to say that it is just as awesome as I thought it would be.
First, I love stories of nobodies who become somebodies, with secret pasts and just secrets in general. Jen hits the perfect balance of not keeping me in the dark for too long, but holding back enough to keep me reading. There was one big reveal that I saw coming, but I enjoyed waiting and watching that secret come out. The story is very well plotted, and I could see Jen laying the groundwork for future conflict in the series.
The characters felt familiar in the best way. They are staples of the genre, but came alive on the page. Breena grew up in a tiny town and it is fun to see her try to survive at court. Throughout the book she had a narrow focus on returning to a simple, quiet life, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the events at the end of the book will change her for Book 2. Then there is Prince Caden, charming and good when it would be so easy for him to follow in his father’s corrupt footsteps. I want more kissing in the next book, though. But, most interesting, is Aleeta. She is a princess who has been kidnapped by the King, who plans to wed her to Caden in order to take control of her country. She has good reasons for hating Breena, but they become reluctant allies. Their relationship is complicated and, I expect, will only become more complicated.
Favorite Moment: Breena coming into her power. It wasn’t unexpected, but it was awesome.
WTF Moment: Any scene that involved Lady Katerine. *shudder* This woman takes pleasure in the fact that she is a murdress.
Overall: Fans of Throne of Glass or Shadow and Bone will enjoy Threats of Sky and Sea.