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Gabor, Anna's lover, struggles both with wanting to help aid in the war effort, as well as being a Romani gypsy looked down upon by polite society. He and Anna want to be together, but their cultures and social statuses clash at every turn.
I loved that this book tackled sensitive subjects like war and prejudice, and how both sides of any given conflict can behave in less than ideal ways. For example, we are meant to feel sympathetic towards the praetheria, but they do terrible things like kidnapping and threatening Anna's friends for the sake of their cause. I was impressed by the humanity and realism Eves was able to inject into these characters, despite the fact that this was a work of historical fantasy. I also really enjoyed the friendship between Anna and Noemi, as I think strong female friendships are incredibly important in young adult fiction.
Similarly, I thought the romance between Gabor and Anna was well-developed, and never felt forced or insincere. I liked that there was an element of Romeo and Juliet thrown in, with two people from different cultures and classes falling in love and navigating a less than accepting society. While I can't vouche for the accuracy of the historical information, I trust the apparently extensive research Eves has done to bring it to life on the page.
There also also heavy stakes in this book about war, and not every character is safe and well at the end. I appreciate any author with the guts to kill off or injure beloved characters, as it helps the reader to understand the gravity of the situations the characters find themselves in.
Eves did a great job of making the reader take the realities of war seriously, even with the fantasy elements thrown in. While this series is most definitely not for every reader, I think it's the perfect series for fans of historical fantasy, as well as advanced readers who feel as though they've read everything there is to read.
This is the perfect series to challenge advanced readers, while also potentially teaching them a little bit of history along the way. Though there is nothing overtly foul or sexual in this book, it does contain advanced language and a few instances of graphic violence, making it more appropriate for older high school readers than for a middle school audience. I would steer reluctant or struggling readers away from this book, as its intricate language and large cast of historical characters might make it a frustrating read for the uninitiated.
Despite being slow and hard to follow in some parts, I enjoyed the beautiful language and interesting characters found in this series, and would gladly read other works by this author in the future. I can't anymore. This is the worst series I ever read, and I only came this far out of a sense of morbid curiosity. I don't want to retread old ground too much, so I'll just say a few positive things. Winter War Awakening is better than those that came before it.
It's still shit, but there's a little bit of improvement. Anna realizes that she's made some awful decisions and develops into a somewhat better person. Near the end she even gets a couple of genuinely badass moments fighting the villains. And the climax as a whole is Not great or even that good, but it feels like it was written by someone with some level of skill. I can't recommend this series, it's awful by just about every conceivable metric, but I'll give credit where it's due.
Winter War Awakening had a few parts I liked. Plus…these covers are some of my favorites. Since this is the third and final book, I will do my best to not spoil anything. Noemi is being held hostage and Anna and Matyas are going to do whatever it takes to get her back. Similar to the last book, we get to experience what is happening from two perspectives — Anna and Matyas and it helped tie everything together for me as they end up splitting up. There were times that I felt that the story dragged a bit but as the book progresses, we not only get to learn more about what happens with the characters, but we get to see how they continue to grow and figure out who they are.
As she is held captive, Vasilisa pushes and threatens Anna to get her to learn more about her magic and what she can do.
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Matyas continues to grow over the course of this installment and I love that. He is definitely not the same character he was in book one. Eves did a great job with the secondary characters as well. Noemi, Hunger, Gabor, and Emilijia are all so well developed and kept things moving along which at times was needed.
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Keep that in mind as you read and the only thing I will add to that statement is that I was pleased with how everything wrapped up. While there were a few times I struggled to stay engaged, in the end, the story was a good one. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy in exchange for an honest review. Mar 14, Stephanie Ward rated it it was amazing Shelves: print-arc-wishlist , newer-title-wishlist , for-review , ebook , netgalley , books-in-series-wishlist , wishlist.
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I thought it was a wonderful way to end the series and tied everything up nicely. The story was exciting, full of action and adventure, suspense, and lots of important topics like fighting for what you believe in and accepting yourself for who you are, among others. The writing was once again amazing. The author uses such vivid imagery and detailed descriptions that the world comes to life in front of our eyes and pulls us in from the very beginning. I loved that I could clearly imagine myself alongside the characters as their journeys continued.
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One major plus for me was the author's writing style. But both narrators speak in the first person, which is always my favorite because it allows the reader to really get to know the characters and connect with them on a deeper level than any other point of view. It was a treat to see how much each of them changed throughout the series. This is a fantastic mashup of historical fiction and fantasy, which made it intriguing for me because it's a kind of alternate history.
Add in magic and I'm done for - no matter the book. Overall, this was an awesome trilogy and I highly recommend it to fans of YA, historical fiction, and fantasy. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Mar 13, Elsa Munoz rated it it was amazing. This book had everything a conclusion should have.
There were moments of tension, happy moments, moments of questioning if you have the guts or strength to do a difficult task, and obviously there were many, many heartbreaking moments Especially chapters My favorite character, Hunger, was definitely a very compelling person. I wasn't sure if I should like him, considering the fact that half the time I wasn't sure where his loyalties lied He's one of those examples of "what's a monster but someone we don't understand".
And that right there takes strength. Anna was a character that I honestly didn't really like in book She grows so much and learns to deal with situations a lot better.
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She stops blaming herself for every little thing and comes to terms with who she is and I love that! I really enjoy all the history and magic being mushed together. I think that is my "thing" right now. I especially love the history that isn't focused on Western Europe, because I get to learn about cultures I am less familiar with. Short review time - so basically I was anxious, then sad, then relieved, the surprise-sad, then grateful, then worried, then happy, then sad for real, then bittersweet, then the end.
Does that help? There is joy and sorrow in real life, and this book, excepting the magic, is REAL.
War is dirty and messy and loud and horrible and this book and the story it tells is dirty and messy and loud and horrible, but the relationships not only romantic forged in this fire are for LIFE. Those bonds don't break. I don't want to say much more, because this is the end of a trilogy, and I really don't even like spoiling things from previous books if I can help it.
But if you like history and magic and war and strong female leads, then please check this series out. I promise you won't be disappointed. Hold onto your Chimera self folks because you are in for a very exciting ride! Author Rosalyn Eves pumps up the drama compared to what was in the two previous books and right away the reader is pulled into the action. This book has the duel narrative as seen in the last book and we get an even better insight into the characters.
I love the themes of finding oneself and learning to become more t Hold onto your Chimera self folks because you are in for a very exciting ride! I love the themes of finding oneself and learning to become more than what is expected of you.