Tuesday, March 11, 2014

{Book Review:} Aire by Lena Goldfinch

17844546My Review:
Another fantastic fantasy novel from Goldfinch!

As I sit here reflecting on Aire, I find myself utterly in awe. Once again, Goldfinch does a superb job hooking me, the reader, into her marvelous world. I loved the way she weaved bits Italian culture into Isalla. In fact, that was probably my favorite part about this fantasy-land. The attention to detail really brought the customs and culture of the three kingdoms right off the page.

Anna is definitely the kind of heroine we look for in fantasies. She's strong, but not physically. She's independent, but she still submits to her Grandmother's authority (most of the time). Best of all, her flaws are not hidden from us. I can't think of anything negative to say about her. :-)

Ilan is the type of character you love then hate and then love again. For the longest time I wasn't sure where he fit in the big picture, but I'm happy with his outcome. I liked Jovanni but at the same time, he annoyed me a little. In regards to his relationship with Anna, I thought he might have been a bit too forward. But this is just my opinion. I confess I did like Ilan a lot at first. Perhaps I'm biased...

In sum, I'm not one to read a lot of fantasies. I enjoy them but they aren't a favorite. I'm happy to say Goldfinch is making me reconsider. The way she weaves God into her stories is amazing and very well done. I will definitely be looking for more fantasy novels from Goldfinch in the future. I recommend this book to readers fourteen and older and especially to ardent fantasy fans.

I received an ebook copy of this novel from Amber Stokes in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!

Back Cover:
A tale of Legends reborn, of royal intrigue, and an unforgettable, heart-melting romance that will sweep you away.

Principessa Annalisia is stunned and conscience-stricken when an unknown enemy mistakenly abducts her maidservant. Determined to find the girl, Annalisia disguises herself as plain Anna and slips away from the palace. She tracks down Jovanni, her maidservant's daring older brother, and they soon begin to search together. As they uncover clues, Anna also discovers a kindred spirit in Jovanni. But would he be so free with her if he knew who she really was? Doubtful. Even so, she reveals her secret gift of visions to him, and in so doing disobeys the orders of her beloved grandmother, the queen.

With Jovanni, Anna can almost imagine she’s like any other seventeen-year-old girl, free to pursue the longings of her heart. When she learns that he also has a secret—he's a sentinel, an ancient shapeshifter who can take the form of a falcon—it seems as if they were destined to be together, as in the legends of il Sentiro. Though Anna is tempted to wish otherwise, she can’t forget that she’s a princess and it's her duty to marry another. Meanwhile, their hunt leads Anna ever closer to danger, for she herself is being hunted.

Learn more on Goodreads and the author's website.

About the Author:
LENA GOLDFINCH writes fantasy and romance for teens and adults. She's a sucker for a good old-fashioned romance, whether it's a novel, novella, or short story, young adult or adult, fantasy or realistic, contemporary or historical. Elements of romance, fantasy, and mystery have a way of creeping into her writing, even when she's writing something light and contemporary. Her latest release is TAKE A PICTURE, a lighthearted contemporary romance for teens and new adults, which includes a bonus short story, CHAIN REACTION, a prequel to HAUNTING JOY. You can learn more about Lena and her books on her website.

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  1. Fabulous review, Rosie. It sure sounds like Aire is a fantastic read - I love how you shared about the characters and mentioned the strong Christian presence in this story. You're making me all the MORE aware I *need* to read Lena's books. Love a good fantasy. ;)

    1. Thanks, Rissi! Haha, I think Aire is my current favorite. :D I hope you find time to dive in soon!

  2. I agree with Rissi - fabulous review, Rosie! I'm so happy you're enjoying Lena's books. :) She's a superb writer, as well as cover designer and friend!


    P.S. Rissi, I do hope you get a chance to check out Lena's books soon! I think you'd find her latest really cute and fun (Take a Picture). It's just in ebook format right now, but it's a super fast read. :) And Songstone is my favorite of hers so far!

  3. By the way, I just have to add you're not alone regarding Ilan. I really liked him a lot, too, and the relationships do inspire conflicting feelings. ;)


    1. I rooted for Ilan for the first half of the book and then it occurred to me... he wasn't the love interest. lol! :-)

    2. You guys are making me laugh! ;) Ilan was dear to me and very real too. So glad you liked him. He threatened to steal more than one scene. ;)

      Thanks for your encouraging review! So glad you enjoyed Aire.

      BTW I'm in the process of producing an audio book version of Aire with Midnight Treehouse Productions (should be out spring/summer). It's been such fun hearing the story come to life in a new way. :)


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