Fae by Emily White

Auri, Book 2

Synopsis: Not all fae’ri tales come with a happy ending.

Ella thought taking care of the ego-bloated Mamood god would be a sure way to bring peace to the galaxy and satisfy her taste for revenge.

But she was wrong.

Despite the fact their god is gone, the Mamood refuse to abandon their attack on the planet Soltak and Ella’s own so-called friends start to turn against her. And with Soltak dying–its oceans drying up and its plants withering in the ground–Ella and Cailen suspect there’s a new enemy at work. As more people die and more water is leached from the planet, they both prepare for something straight from a nightmare.

The fae are coming.

Review: After a good time with the first volume, I was curious to read this one and find out how Ella was able to manage her own destiny.

So we find our heroine with Cailen in a secure place where war is brewing slowly. Yet even there their lives are far from simple because everyone seems to hate Ella as they think they’re responsible for everything that is happening. In addition, the planet where they live becomes increasingly arid, people die but Ella don’t manage to do a thing against all this evil. Plus, she doubts about everything and everyone and the voice speaking constantly in her head does not help about that. Our heroine has to quickly make some important choices to determine what her next action will be.

The most positive thing about this play is the writing of the author as it’s very smoothly and allows us to finish the novel very quickly. She takes us into her story and we are interested from beginning to the end to find out what the next events will be. But while I really appreciate the first volume, I found this one a little confusing… It’s a shame because there are a lot of ideas anyway. However, not much really happens and I admit that Ella annoyed me a lot during the story. While she knows nothing of her past despite some bits she begins to recall, she deducts truths without seeking what really happened. While she is angry with Cailen, she acts in haste without thinking about the consequences and realizing later that it was not perhaps the best. It was very frustrating to see her against the people who have helped her so far and becoming a person that we do not appreciate in the final. I do not even know how the characters can forgive her for such actions. She really is a spoiled young girl who only goes to those who put her at the center of their world.

We do not really see Meir here, but the story focuses mainly on Cailen and Ella. Both must manage many things but Ella does only care about her little person and when no one comes to her aid, she always thinks that people have abandoned her even after what they did to her. So yes, Ella is unbearable and I really hope she will change in the future. In any case I am very curious to read on to discover what the author has in mind, but I hope with all my heart that the girl will evolve and become more mature. I also hope that the story will be a little more structured like in the first volume.

This novel was interesting but I expected maybe a little more. In any case I can not wait to read the next book.



Elemental by Emily White

Auri, Book 1

Synopsis: Night has fallen across the galaxy and Fire rages, uncontrolled.

An army marches, killing in the name of their god.

A forgotten girl sits alone in a dark cell aboard an interstellar prison ship, traveling through space, never stopping. Until one day.

Now the Destructor roams and a prophecy is fulfilled. But the one thing no one expected was that their longed-for savior just might be their own undoing.

Review: Here’s a novel and an author that I did not know about at all before discovering this first volume. This is the first time that I try a book released by ADA (Quebec editor) and I was wondering how would the French be and I confess that I did not see big differences. When you see the synopsis elsewhere in this release, we can see it is very different from the English one, which prepares us to have a science fiction novel. I confess that I have been quite surprised by starting the story and discovering that the environment presented was happening on different planets and spaceships.

We discover at the beginning of the novel, a girl, Ella escaping from a vessel in which she was held prisoner for a long time. Not knowing exactly who she really is, she hopes to find a better life abroad. However, she does not expect to be saved by someone she could easily see as an enemy, a man who will do anything to keep her safe as possible. But when they manage to escape, Ella will quickly discover the reason for her imprisonment, she is regarded in fact as an enemy to their god, someone who was supposed to be sacrificed, and they won’t give up for recovering her. During her flight, we will discover that our young heroine is not an ordinary human, but she is much more than that. Through the chapters, we follow her evolution and awakening to what she really is, but we also discover her true identity and origin with the help of the characters she meets like Ranen or Cailen. However, whatever she does, the danger is approaching more and more, putting her and her friends in constant danger.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters and the author does a great job handling our feelings for each of them so that we do not really reach whether we can trust them or not. First we have Meir, the man who saved Ella from the beginning of the novel and seems willing to do anything to save her, even if it means putting his life in danger more than once. We then have Malik … Ah this character… It is very difficult to decide about his fate, we hate him, we appreciate him and hate him again but it was not until the end of the novel that we really understand who he really is. Then there is Cailen … it’s also hard to really understand what he wants from Ella, especially when we understand that he hides many secrets and while some have been revealed throughout the story, they have not been given with gaiety of heart. And of course Ella. Poor Ella who does not know who she is, what she is and who dreams only to be released and loved but this sounds much more complicated than expected, especially when we know that her destiny is far more complex than it would seem. I quickly wondered how she was going to get out of the situation and I was curious to see her next moves for she tries to do the best for people who worry about her (even if her actions sometimes are not the most clever).

In any case, I had a good time with this novel and it was nice to discover this new world even if it is true that I hope we’ll have more details later because many things are all still quite unclear. In any case I enjoyed reading about each character and I am curious to read the second book to see where the author will take us.