Wednesday, February 24, 2016

{Book Tour} Champions: At Fire's End - Charlotte Jain (Review)


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Champions: At Fire's End by Charlotte Jain
Release Date: November 28th 2015
 

Summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old best friends, April and Kyle, are thrown into the final battle of the Titan and Olympian war. Locked into an endless struggle, the Immortals have finally reached a solution - bestow mortal Champions with control over the elements to wage their final campaign. 

Bestowed with control over fire and water, April and Kyle were raised by Immortals with a single purpose - win the war. After finally uncovering the remaining Champions' identities, April and Kyle must launch themselves into their final battle for survival. Winner takes all. But the Immortals are growing restless, and time is running out.




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Review: 
The story follows two Champions April and Kyle who have had the special abilities since they were younger.  They received there special abilities from the Immortals so that they can fight in pairs to determine who will rule the Immortals.   April and Kyle are challenged with not only learning to manage their special abilities, but also finding the other two Champions who they will pair off with.

I was a little confused when I first started reading I was not 100% sure what was going on with the memories.  Once I got into the book I was able to follow a lot easier in between April and Kyle and what was going on.  By the end of the book I was able to fully understand everything that was going on and I feel April cleared up so many questions I had at the very end of the book and also left a nice cliff hanger. 

The character development of April and Kyle is very detailed.  As a reader you get a true feeling of what their friendship is like and what their family life was like.   I also liked the relationship that developed between Themis, Hermes, Kim and Noah.  Having Themis and Hermes being the guides for April and Kyle you got to see the sense of family between all of them.

I remember reviewing Greek mythology in school when I was younger, but  I didn't remember all of the Gods names or what their specialties where.  I think if I had somehow remembered all of this information the book would have been a lot more interesting, some of those parts got confusing to me and I needed to reread who was who of the Immortal world. 

Another section of the book that I loved was how their powers evolved from necessity.  I felt this detail was important from the writer since it was mentioned a few times not only in training, but how April and Kyle got additional powers.   I loved reading on how their powers evolved because life does always through you curve balls and you as a person evolve out of necessity as well.

I suggest reading this as a nighttime book before bed.  Once you get going it is very easy to follow the story along.  This is a book you could put down and pickup at any time, although once the action gets going there are few chapters you will need to read all at once.  The chapters are nicely divided as well for easy breaks in reading.

I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours for an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of the book.

My Rating: 3/5
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Check out this Excerpt:

A shiver ran down my spine as sudden rustling reached my ears from the bushes behind me.
“Keep watching. The girl.”
Laughter broke out over the peaceful silence. A girl with rich tanned skin bounced through her home’s white front door, taking her bag and mobile phone as she went.
And then there it was. It happened so fast that if I’d blinked, I would have missed it. While skipping merrily through the bright morning sunlight across crisp pavement, her friend close at her heels, the girl clipped back her short brown hair. Delicate hairpins twinkled through the air, moving effortlessly to hold her fringe from her eyes. She didn’t glance to the hairpins. But she didn’t touch them, either. A twitch of her finger, that was all. And that was all I needed to see. Finally, we had found our adversary.
“I told you I’d found one of the Champions.” Kyle’s voice caught my thoughts. Compassion from earlier had vanished, replaced with the calculating, logical Kyle that I remembered.
“Looks like we might have it a bit easier than we thought.”
 “I wouldn’t say seventeen years of hunting across the globe was easy,” he replied.
Kyle threw his half-eaten apple over one shoulder into the foliage from which he had appeared. After picking up on my indignant stare, he added with a shrug. “Apple tree.”
I felt a small grin cross my features, turning my focus onto reaching out to Kyle’s mind, ready to try a new trick. “Kyle,” my gaze locked on his. “Pick up the apple core, and plant it in your garden.”
His expression became washed with momentary vacancy. “Yeah, my bad,” he responded, monotone. Robotic, he turned and walked behind the bush, picked up the apple core and stuffed it into his pocket. “I’ll plant it in my garden.”
Clarity returned to his eyes, seemingly unaware of the catalyst for his noble actions, and the half eaten apple now residing in his pocket.
“We can do this,” I pressed. “Our entire lives, all our sacrifices, have led here. And we’re so close.”
“Yeah. Yeah we are…”
“I’m sorry it has to be her.”
A hint of desperation tinted Kyle’s response.
“I really like this girl, April.”
“I understand,” I didn’t, but sincerity masked my shock, unsure that Kyle was capable of caring for anyone but himself. “But it’s us or them. And I won’t let you disappear.”
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About the Author

Charlotte Jain is an Arts graduate from Melbourne and the author of the Champions series. When not scrawling exciting YA tales filled with magic and adventure, Charlotte enjoys traveling the world and snuggling up on the couch watching movies.

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5 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the excerpt.

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  2. I was kind of into Greek mythology when I was in high school and college. This might be an interesting read then. Great review!

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    1. Yes if you liked Greek Mythology this is a great book! Thank you!

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