Feb 6, 2013

Wings of Tavea Blog Tour: Reviews & Giveaway

Devri Walls
Pages: 462
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink
Age Group: Young Adult
Wings of Arian (The Solus Series, #1 )Release Date: April 24, 2012

Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.
With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.
She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.
However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.
And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.

This book was pretty cute. A little overly cute for a book about battling evil, but cute nonetheless. It captured some really great elements of fantasy that I hadn’t realized I was missing (I’ve really only been reading paranormal recently) and it was a nice change. The romance is sweet, and the characters are pretty good.

Kiora is so innocent and she cries all the dang time. (I couldn't stop thinking about this Mean Girls scene every time she cried)

Despite that, I did warm up to her eventually. She hated hurting people, and she was just full of good- which is what she was supposed to be. So, Devri Walls did a really good job of creating a character that fits exactly what she’s supposed to be, which is sometimes missed I must say. I may have had a soft spot for Kiora because she’s got dark hair, and I’m always a little biased toward our dark haired heroines (I can’t help it, I can just relate). I liked the fact that she can do magic, and she had a really hard life and now she has a purpose as the Solus.

Emane was a little too emotional for my tastes, but he and Kiora made a good pair. I enjoyed their blossoming romance. I do also like a guy who can sword-fight (may be reminiscent of my 11-year-old crush on Percy Jackson...). He was cute, and protective and nice and was a not-nice-word in the beginning but began to change and showed his inner cute, niceness as outer cute, niceness. (I sound mean, I really didn’t mind the guy).

I did have a little bit of an issue with the way the book started. There was this intro with the king and Aleric talking about finding the Solus, and then the first chapter jumps to Kiora already being the Solus and knowing all these people (people meaning Eleana, Aleric, the Guardians, Emane, etc.) and I would have really liked to see her actually build relationships with those people.

Other than that and the fact that everyone was nice and perfect except Dralazar, who is made of evil, it was a good story and I’m giving it 3 staches.

Wings of Tavea (The Solus Trilogy #2)
Devri Walls
Pages: 450
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink
Age Group: Young Adult
Wings of Tavea (The Solus Series, #2)Release Date: December 11, 2012

Kiora is rapidly learning that evil and lies come in shades of black and white and swirling greys, but nothing could have prepared her for the shock of leaving Meros.Kiora and her protector Emane step through the pass into a world they never knew existed but were always meant to save, only to find it far worse than they could have ever imagined. Good has been forced into hiding for its own survival, while the rest of the land bows to the Shadow, a force that pushes any remaining thoughts of Dralazar from Kiora’s mind. This land is full of new creatures, each more dangerous than the last. Her visions have taken on a deadly twist, and magic, or what comes of it, was never so real. And then there is Alcander: a Tavean, their guide, and an entirely different kind of trouble.

This next book picks up right after the first one left off. Emane is still easily irritated and Drustan is irritating him, the three of them are traveling out of Meros to Drustan’s homeland. Unfortunately, they find that all is not well there, and the land has been taken over by evil (surprise, surprise).

The creatures in this one are so much weirder than in the first, and it was kind of awesome. Like, Emane has to deal with an annoying puffball thing in the beginning and there are things called Aktoowas and it’s all strange. Again, though, this fantasy thing feels like a really nice breath of fresh air after all this paranormal that is everywhere. I like the descriptions and the world and all that good stuff.

Kiora is still the same emotional, good, pure girl as she was before, but she does step up to the plate and handle new challenges well. She deals with her ornery boyfriend better than I would, and I give her props for that. She brings out a good side of Emane that we had yet to witness in the first book. Emane does show more (and better) character than in the first book. They both stick to their ideals and don’t give up on them ever throughout the book, and I liked that.

I liked they way the series is progressing, since there wasn’t any awkward start point in this one. Other than the stereotypical characters, it was good, and I’m giving it 4 staches. 

You gotta admit, though, both books have really, really pretty covers! I love the dress in the second one!!

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About the Author:

Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head. Her first novel, Wings of Arian, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Apple. The second book in the Solus trilogy, Wings of Tavea is scheduled for release Nov 2012.
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