Monday, July 20, 2015

Book Review/Booktalk: Royal Airs By Sharon Shinn

Royal Airs by Sharon Shinn Review

I read through the reviews on Royal Airs after finishing the book and was honestly quite surprised, because most of the reviews were not the in favor of the book, I really enjoyed the book so I was not expecting so many disappointed reviews.


Published by Ace (August 26, 2014)
Pages: 416
Source: Library

Josetta is a princess of one of the Five Families. But she is far from the throne, so she is free to spend her days working in the poorest sections of the city.

Rafe Adova lives the life of a career gambler in those slums. He has no real ambition—until the night he helps a girl named Corene, who looks like she’s stumbled into the wrong bar.

Josetta is fascinated by the man who has helped her sister. Rafe is unlike anyone she’s encountered—someone seemingly devoid of elemental blessings.

Rafe is also drawn to Josetta, but when he is assaulted by foreign mercenaries and they discover the reason behind the attack, Rafe and Josetta realize that the truth could endanger not only their newfound love, but also their very lives…

Rating

★★★★★

Favorite  Quote
“To some extent, it doesn't matter who we are or where we came from—what kind of family brought us into this world,' Josie said softly. 'We become who we were meant to be, and all those other influences fall away.”

Review - Let's dive in, Zoe and Darien are still by far my favorite couple, though Rafe and Josetta's relationship is really cute. I found that this book started rather slowly,and after how fast Troubled Water escalated I was a little more then disappointed. But, truthfully because how well Sharon Shinn had written the first book I had set a pretty high bar for her, and if I hadn't read Troubled Water first I probably wouldn't had found anything wrong with the sequel.

One feature of the book that I appreciated a lot was the fact that Sharon Shinn reintroduced the world a little. You see, I read Troubled Water a little less then a year ago, and I'm not exactly known for my amazing long term memory so I did end up forgetting quite a bit but, Royal Airs quickly filled me in and got me back on track.

This book was not as good as the first but then again sequels are not known for being the best book in the series, so while I was reading Royal Airs I tried my best to not compare it to much to Troubled Waters, I felt in order to give this book a fair review I could not compare it to the first book.

Sharon Shinn cleverly placed everything so I figured out plot twists right before Josetta or Rafe did, I like it when a author does that because that way I don't figure out the big reveal to early on and ruin the mystery, but at the same time not so late that it makes me feel dumb.

There was one thing that bothered me though, there is an aspect which I find rather cliche and while it was a clever twist to the plot I wouldn't mind if it hadn't happened, but then again in a way I kind of expected it. (More on that in the Booktalk I'm doing my best not to spoil this for you)

Even though this book did not match head to head with it's predecessor I still find this book worth the read. If you enjoyed Troubled Water then I definitely recommend reading Royal Airs. It was quite an enjoyable read, and I can't wait to get my hands on Jeweled Fire.

Booktalk - I bet you all are on the edge of your chair filled with suspense, wondering what in the world did I find so cliche. (JK, I sincerely hope my sarcasm made sense to someone *sigh*) So, back to the big "mystery." You guys are probably going to all kill me for this, but I didn't like how Rafe became not only the cousin to the prince of one country but the heir to another????

 I really liked the whole how the Princess falls in love with a normal person. I'm just kind of tired of the royal falls in love with a commoner, and what are the chances, the commoner turns out to be some noble's men son.

However, let me make this extremely clear, I enjoyed this book. Sure, there's a few things I would change but I still found Royal Airs an enjoyable read.I feel that the character who actually grew the most was Corene.

We got to know her a lot better in this this book. While Josetta and Rafe are the main characters Corene was the one who in my opinion developed the most. Er... so the ending. I'm not sure how I feel about the whole organ twisting thing..