Thursday, May 2, 2019

Winter's Captive and Spring's Rising

Winter's Captive

Winter's Captive (The Lochlann Treaty Book 1) by [Mahle, Robin D. , Madison, Elle]

Book Description:

The black X of the Aramach Rebels marks the spot Princess Charlotte’s life was destroyed.

Her fiance taken and her kingdom on the brink of war because of it, Charlie refuses to be the damsel in distress and takes matters into her own hands. She can only trust a handful of people as hints of a conspiracy are uncovered.

Leaving her castle and everything she’s ever known behind, Charlie ventures into a place she only thought she knew -- her own kingdom. In the face of traitors and thieves and ruthless rebels, Charlie won’t be stopped on her mission to set things right and find her prince.

The only question is: Will she find him before it’s too late?

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My Review:

Winter's Captive is an exciting fantasy adventure with a touch of romance. It's a coming of age story, especially for Princess Charlotte. She is on a journey of self-discovery while trying to locate her fiancé who was kidnapped the night before their wedding. Her determination is challenged throughout the story, but she never gives up.

I was expecting more magic (there's almost none), but I think there might be more later on in the series. I could hardly put the book down and the ending has a cliffhanger that left me emotionally stressed! I read this book in KU and this is my honest and voluntary review.

Spring's Rising

Spring's Rising (The Lochlann Treaty Book 2) by [Mahle, Robin D., Madison, Elle]

Book Description:

They say ignorance is bliss.

Charlie used to believe that was a lie, but now she’s not so sure.

As the truth comes to light, everything Charlie thought she knew, everything she thought she wanted is called into question.

Though she manages a daring escape from her captors, the black mark of the Aramach is spreading like wildfire, threatening the fragile peace between Luan and H’Ria. Through it all, Charlie tries to overcome the scars she’s brought back with her to be the leader her people need.

Will she and Oliver be able to unite the kingdoms before it’s too late? Or will she lose what matters most?

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My Review:

Poor Charlie! Life only gets harder for her after her escape from her captors and her connection to Logan gets more complicated. She used to pretend that her future with Oliver would end up like a fairy tale, but grim reality and learning the truth about him only makes her outlook more tormented. She is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, her freedom and happiness, for the safety of the two kingdoms. Will marriage to Oliver be enough, though? And, why are the adults so oblivious to the machinations between a certain royal brother and sister? Even Oliver is clueless, but Charlie is beginning to ask the questions that others aren't. It seems like everything rests on Charlie's shoulders, but she's strong and she won't stop until she knows her people are safe.

This is a heart-wrenching tale and so intense and exciting that I could hardly put it down! I think I have more questions than answers after reading Book 2. I'm glad to see that Charlie is growing into a brave and clever young woman. I'm wondering if she'll discover fae blood running through her veins. I'm also wanting to learn more about the leader of the rebellion, MacKinnon. There's more to him than we know at this stage. As this is a series, the first and second books will leave you hanging.

I received an eARC and this is my honest and voluntary review.

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