Tuesday, March 15, 2016

{Blog Tour} Winter Queen - Amber Argyle (Review & Giveaway)

YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: Winter Queen
by Amber Argyle. This tour will run from March 14th to 18th.
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Winter Queen
by Amber Argyle

Release Date: June 19th 2013

Summary from Goodreads:


~Becoming a winter queen will make Ilyenna as cold and cruel and deadly as winter itself, but it might be the only way to save her people from a war they have no hope of winning.~

Mortally wounded during a raid, seventeen-year-old Ilyenna is healed by winter fairies who present her with a seductive offer: become one of them and share their power over winter. But that power comes with a price. If she accepts, she will become a force of nature, lose her humanity, and abandon her family.

Unwilling to pay such a high price, Ilyenna is enslaved by one of the invaders, Darrien. While in captivity, she learns the attack wasn’t just a simple raid but part of a larger plot to overthrow her entire nation. 

With the enemy stealing over the mountains and Darrien coming to take her to his bed, Ilyenna must decide whether to resurrect the power the fairies left behind. Doing so will allow her to defeat Darrien and the other invaders, but if she embraces winter, she will lose herself to that destroying power—forever. 


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Review

Sometimes I sit down to write a review and just don’t know where to start. I enjoyed reading this book and the story was very interesting to read.  I can't put my finger on it, but I just didn’t love this book. So I feel the review might be a little jumbled.

Things I enjoyed the pace of the story was excellent. Events kept happening in Ilyenna life that made the story move along. 100% I had no clue what was going to happen next.  It starts out with her clan learning of an attack and going to help.  The fairies eventually find Ilyenna half dead and transform her into the Winter Queen.   Ilyenna then finds herself trading her life for her father’s and brother’s life.  As a reader we get to see that Ilyenna is all for her family and clan.  She is also a healer by nature so she doesn’t want anyone to get hurt.  Ilyenna’s personality does stay consistent through the entire book.

I also enjoyed the banter between Ilyenna and Rone it reminded me of a more immature relationship starting to bloom.  As a reader you could tell that Rone did really like Ilyenna, but she just couldn’t piece it all together.  I enjoyed their chemistry as characters and I think with the going back and forth we got to learn a lot about both of them.  Rone would always protect Ilyenna even if she only saw it as a brother sister relationship.

My first set of confusion while reading was when she stopped following the fairies to become the Winter Queen, why didn’t they leave her for dead then, why was she allowed to come back unchanged?  Maybe I missed this while reading, but I guess this was the point where I didn’t understand why the fairies took her early on and didn’t come back to collect her to towards the end.  It seems like she would have been transformed right away and be able to heal herself. 

Reaction GIF: what?, confused, Zooey Deschanel, Yes Man

Due to the fast pace I don’t feel like the story dragged on at any points.  I felt like the action kept coming, which kept me reading.  I don’t feel like there were many descriptors used, which might have lead me to have iffy feelings. As a reader I like to be able to visualize the characters and scenes where they are.  I don’t feel like I had that information so I needed to guess more on where they were and what everyone looked like.  I think more details on the scenery would have helped me as a reader.

The story ends and everything seems resolved so I am not sure how the series would continue with the same characters.

I would suggest this as a nighttime read.  It is an easy book to pick up and put down and maintain pace.  

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

My Rating 3/5 
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About the Author
Amber Argyle is the number-one bestselling author of the Witch Song Series and the Fairy Queen Series. Her books have been nominated for and won awards in addition to being translated into French and Indonesian.

Amber graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and physical education, a husband, and a two-year old. Since then, she and her husband have added two more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less crazy larger people.

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