Arc Review: A Fire Endless (Elements of Cadence #2) by Rebecca Ross

Title: A Fire Endless (Elements of Cadence #2)
Author: Rebecca Ross
Genre: Adult Fantasy / Romance
Publication Date: December 6th, 2022
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Arc Review: A River Enchanted (Elements of Cadence #1) by Rebecca Ross

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.

“East and West. Humans and Spirits. Breccans and Tamerlaines. The Isle of Cadence has always held itself and its residents in a tenuous balance. But now Bane, the spirit of the North Wind, has pushed everyone and everything in his path off-kilter in a bid to claim dominion over all.
In the West, Adaira struggles to adjust to the more brutal, bitter ways of life among the Breccans. Striving to find her place in the clan, she swiftly realizes that it just might be the last role she desires to hold. And while magic blooms effortlessly for the Breccans in the west, the spirits continue to suffer beneath Bane’s harsh power, felt in every gust of wind.
In the East, Jack is adrift without Adaira until he sings to the ember-weak fire spirits, acquiring a dangerous mission he never expected. One that is destined to lead him westward. Likewise, Torin and Sidra are consumed by a new mystery as sickness spreads first amongst the crops, and then to the people of the Tamerlaine clan. While Sidra desperately searches for a cure, Torin dares to strike a bargain with the spirits—a precarious folly anytime, but especially now as the days grow darker.
With the island falling further out of balance, humans and spirits alike will need to join together to face Bane, and Jack’s gift with the harp will be called upon once more. Yet no one can challenge the North Wind without paying a terrible price, and the sacrifice required this time may be more than Jack, Adaira, Torin, and Sidra can bear to pay.”

This was everything I wanted and more! This is my favorite duology to date and I will talk about it forever.

The book is told from multiple point-of-views just like in the first book. All of the characters are back and a few new ones also make their entrance and it was nice to get to know more about the spirits and their realm.

If you asked me who my favorite couple in this duology is I wouldn’t be able to tell you. Each pairing brings a different struggle to the table and a different sort of love. Each one melts your heart and also breaks it at the same time. It’s not even the romantic relationships either. The sibling bonds and parental ones are just as important. I cried tears of happiness and sadness, sometimes at the same time haha. It’s just so easy to get wrapped up and feel some sort of way towards what is happening to the characters. There is great character development!

I will say that, and maybe this is me picking haha, but I could see my personal relationship in Torin and Sidra’s. Through their struggles and not always seeing eye-to-eye and speaking out in anger. It made them very relatable and maybe that is why it hit so hard.

After the last book and the way that it ended I knew what one of the plot lines would be but I wasn’t expecting everything else that came with it. There were some wild moments and I was in utter disbelief at what I was reading! This is one of those books that you get anxious about and you have to continuously read because you have to know what will happen! My poor heart couldn’t take the suspense.

It’s really hard to put into words how this book made me feel. Usually five star reads are an easy review but this book was just so beautifully written and wonderful that it makes me at a loss for words.

Overall, this book was just amazing! No complaints at all. If you haven’t read this duology yet then get to it! You won’t be disappointed.

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Arc Review: A River Enchanted (Elements of Cadence #1) by Rebecca Ross

Title: A River Enchanted (Elements of Cadence #1)
Author: Rebecca Ross
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: February 15th, 2022
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to review! All opinions are my own.

“Jack Tamerlaine hasn’t stepped foot on Cadence in ten long years, content to study music at the mainland university. But when young girls start disappearing from the isle, Jack is summoned home to help find them. Enchantments run deep on Cadence: gossip is carried by the wind, plaid shawls can be as strong as armor, and the smallest cut of a knife can instill fathomless fear. The capricious spirits that rule the isle by fire, water, earth, and wind find mirth in the lives of the humans who call the land home. Adaira, heiress of the east and Jack’s childhood enemy, knows the spirits only answer to a bard’s music, and she hopes Jack can draw them forth by song, enticing them to return the missing girls.

As Jack and Adaira reluctantly work together, they find they make better allies than rivals as their partnership turns into something more. But with each passing song, it becomes apparent the trouble with the spirits is far more sinister than they first expected, and an older, darker secret about Cadence lurks beneath the surface, threatening to undo them all.” (Goodreads)

I don’t even know where to begin with this review because this book had so many elements (no pun intended 😉) that were just perfect in every way and also broke me into tears. It’s a book I know I will remember and one that I need the sequel ASAP!

The book starts out with a young man named Jack being summoned home back to an isle off of the mainland. He has been studying as a bard and is well on his way to being a professor at the university one day. There has been young girls going missing and since the isle is divided between two clans that have a long ongoing feud, Jack is swept back into it all by his childhood rival. Although the book starts off with his point-of-view, the book is told through the eyes of many.

The point-of-views are not separated by chapters but it was easy to understand the switch as there was a break in the text. Life on the isle is different for everyone, including those that remain on the same side and in the same clan. I liked learning more about Sidra, Torin, Adaira, and even the worries of young Frae. Each of these characters, including Jack, are going through something deeper than what is at surface level for those around them to see as well. It brought layers and depth to them which in tern brought their characters to life and made them feel human.

I wouldn’t be able to pick a favorite as each one spoke to me in a different way but Jacks or Sidra definitely take the lead in some ways. The book introduces other characters as well and some we don’t get as much time with as they are introduced later in the book. Since this is going to have a sequel, I am sure I will learn more about the ones I am interested to know more about. After certain plot twists/reveals it’s hard not to want to know more about a select few!

The plot is filled with secrets, marriage, faith, elemental spirits, feuds, and wanting to belong. There is so much packed into this book that it’s hard not to find more than one thing to love about it. It can be a bit slow paced but I enjoyed the journey and learning about their way of life as well as the lore behind the folk.

When it comes to romance, there is an older couple who is learning more about their relationship and the love they have never openly spoken about and a newer couple who is learning what it truly means to love. They both wrecked me and just writing this makes me sad all over again. The newer couple is a fantastic slow burn and I couldn’t help but hold out hope for them.

Overall, this is a beautifully written book and one that I truly adored. I feel like even though I wrote a longer review, there isn’t enough words to describe this book and it’s just one I’m going to shout about forever. So, do yourself a favor and add this to your tbr!

Book Review: Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross

Title: Dreams Lie Beneath
Author: Rebecca Ross
Genre: YA Fantasy / Romance
Publication Date: November 2nd, 2021
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“A curse plagues the realm of Azenor—during each new moon, magic flows from the nearby mountain and brings nightmares to life. Only magicians, who serve as territory wardens, stand between people and their worst dreams.

Clementine Madigan is ready to take over as the warden of her small town, but when two magicians challenge her, she is unwittingly drawn into a century-old conflict. She seeks revenge, but as she secretly gets closer to Phelan, one of the handsome young magicians, secrets begin to rise. Clementine must unite with her rival to fight the realm’s curse, which seems to be haunting her every turn.” (Goodreads)

I recently read another book by this author that was an arc and really enjoyed it. Her covers are always great and the blurbs always make me curious for the story within. This book did exactly that as well. How can you say no to this cover? Magicians dueling and nightmares? Sign me up! I’m glad I was finally able to dive into this book and the unique plot it had to offer.

The book is told from one perspective and it comes from Clementine. She is an apprentice/partner to her father who is the warden of a small town. A warden’s job is to ensure that all nightmares are written down and every new moon they face one of those nightmares. I have never read any other book with this type of job and I enjoyed learning what the job entailed through Clementine and her father, as well as those they would consider their enemies.

Besides her job, Clementine is a wonderful artist. Although this talent wasn’t a large part of the book, it does play into her choices. I liked seeing Clementine be very human with her feelings, especially when it came to revenge. I think we can all relate to her because of that. We all want the final word and she comes up with a wonderful plan to do so. One that had me intrigued from the beginning and all the way until the end. It made the book very hard to put down.

The plot is not just filled with magicians dueling, nightmares, and revenge. There is romance (enemies-to-lovers if I might add!) and a mystery to solve which will hopefully break the curse that plagues them. Even though there is a lot going on, the plot is still easy to follow and it all comes together nicely. I will say that the romance lacked just a tad bit for me but not in a way that made me dislike or anything. I just wasn’t fully enamored by it. If that makes sense.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read! I liked learning about Clementine and what she would do for revenge. The other characters were fascinating, especially towards the end. The plot is unique and had me reading way past my bedtime. If you haven’t tried this one yet, I’d definitely recommend doing so. It’s also a standalone so you don’t have to commit!

Blog Tour: Sisters of Sword and Songs by Rebecca Ross

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52038346Title: Sisters of Sword and Songs
Author: Rebecca Ross
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2020
Publisher: HarperTeen

Thanks to the publisher for the free e-copy! (I received a copy for reviewing. All opinions are my own.)

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From the author of The Queen’s Rising comes a thrilling YA stand-alone fantasy about the unbreakable bond between sisters. Perfect for fans of Ember in the Ashes, Sky in the Deep, and Court of Fives.

After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.

Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.” (Goodreads)

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Rebecca Ross grew up in Georgia, where she continues to reside with her husband, lively dog and endless piles of books. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from UGA. In the past she has worked at a Colorado dude ranch, as a school librarian, and as a live-time captionist for a college

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Sisters of Sword and Song PDF

reviewheaderThe cover for this book automatically caught my eye. All of the details are just beautiful! I haven’t read anything else by this author yet but I am glad that I was able to read this book and experience her writing.

This book follows two sisters, each one having their own point-of-view. Evadne and Halcyon are quite the opposites as one is more strong and the other a bit magical. Hence the title of the book. If you have read previous book reviews from me you would already know that I love reading books with sister bonds. These two sisters were no exception. Even though this is a standalone you could feel the bond they shared from the beginning.

The plot is quite unique because the author weaves mythology in and creates deities and relics that add a bit of wonder to the pages. There is adventure and a dash of romance which is always nice to see.

Standalones can sometimes be hard because sometimes you just need more, whether it’s from the characters or setting, but I think the author did a nice job of making both come to life. I wasn’t left wanting more from either and it was satisfying to read.

Overall, this was a book worth reading. If you like mythology or sister bonds, I’d recommend picking this one up!

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“She saw the stars in his eyes, a slow awakening of joy in his face.”

“Failure is never final unless you choose it to be.”

“Where there is life, hope can be found.”

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