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Vala: Appointed

16006864by: J.F. Jenkins

Published: September 13th, 2012 by Astraea Press

ASIN: B009A2Q1QG

From  Goodreads: Identical twins Anj and Zes Willam have always been considered odd, even in a world where myth is real. Their magic is powerful and intense, as well as their secrets. None more so than Anj, who has the biggest secret of them all.

He’s a Fate, and he’s not allowed to tell anyone about what he sees or else the consequences will be great. Which is unfortunate, because it’s been causing a rift between him, his girl-friend Jewl, and his brother. Even more unfortunate because the demons some how have learned about his gift and have made him their next target.

 

I’ve been a fan of this series from the beginning, but this one is definitely my favorite! Anj and Zes have always been my favorite characters, so I was thrilled when I realized that this book was their story. This book pumps up the drama just as much as the other two books, but I felt like the writing was smoother. Everything flowed at a great pace, and I found myself unable to put the book down. I felt so bad for these characters. I can’t imagine dealing with even part of what they deal with in high school. I liked that we got to see so much more depth to Jewl and Anj’s relationship. When this series started, I wasn’t a fan of them together, but by the end of this book I was completely won over by the two of them and wanted them to be together more than anything. If you’re a fan of this series, pick this book up, it’s the best one yet! This author is definitely growing into her writing and I’m loving the results. I didn’t feel like the resolution was too rushed, and I loved how much we got to learn about the different story lines that have been hinted at since the beginning. I really enjoyed this installment of the series. 🙂

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Vala: Heritage

13691753by: J.F. Jenkins

Published: May 15th, 2012 by Astraea Press

ASIN: B0083E4UNI

From Goodreads: Jewl Dite has always struggled with her heritage. Being the daughter of the goddess of love, she questions everything about the emotion. Which is a bummer because she’s head over heels for Anj Willam, and thinks the feelings are mutual. It’s hard to be sure though when she has magic that has been known to bewitch men into devoting themselves to her. Somehow they’re able to strike a balance in their dysfunctional on-again, off-again relationship however.

This balance is disrupted however when a strange boy named Teague enters her life and brings along with him a group of demons. Demons who want to make a deal with her in exchange for the safety of everyone she loves.

Now to protect those she holds most dear, Jewl must rely on the magic she’s been trying so desperately to avoid. But at what cost? Will the boy she loves accept this dark secret, or will she lose him forever?

 

I enjoyed this novel, even though I was really hesitant going into it. I didn’t like the character of Jewl at all in the last novel. I thought she was incredibly annoying. I knew this novel would change my mind about her a little bit though and it did to an extent. I did still have some issues with her. I thought she seemed to get very angry and act out when it seemed like a few seconds before she’d only been mildly upset. Beyond that though, I did find her character a lot more relatable. I thought this was a nice continuation of the story and it gave us a better insight into things that were happening in the first one that we might not have completely understood. I didn’t fully understand Jewl’s hesitation to tell Anj about being diving. I know that he claimed to not like them, but he never had any issues with Cheyenne and Jewl should’ve know that Anj loved her completely, regardless of her background. I liked all of the backstory we got for Jewl. It really was an interesting storyline and it made her character a lot deeper for me. I think if you read the first one, this was is worth picking up as well, even if you found Jewl as annoying as I did. 😛 🙂

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Vala: Agendas

13011839by: J.F. Jenkins

Published: October 17th, 2011 by Astraea Press

ASIN: B005WNXJRG

From Goodreads: Cheyenne Loveless was just a boring sixteen-year-old girl. Then Denver Collins bit her and everything changed. Her plants start talking to her, she finds out she’s a Nymph, and a witch and the angel of death show up at her doorstep to take her away to the prestigious Vala School and Seminary. Oh, and she has no choice in the matter.
All she wants to do is blend in and return to being invisible, but the more time that passes, the harder that becomes. Plus she’s a daughter of the Divine, an exclusive secret society which rules the world of myth, and discovers she is a key ingredient to an ancient covenant created before she was born. A covenant that will reshape the order of the world.
Adjusting to a new school is difficult enough, but adding on everyone else’s hidden agendas is the icing on the cake. Cheyenne must learn to see through the lies in order to find her place — and possibly even love — in this new world.

 

I was drawn into this novel from the very beginning. I’ve always liked stories where the main character finds out they never really belonged in the place they have been all their life. I like the idea that they are destined for bigger and better things. I did have some trouble with this novel though. I thought that the fact that she could talk to plants should have been more relevant to the overall plot. I found myself kind of forgetting that was even something she could do. I wanted to know more about what it meant for her to be divine. I also found it kind of annoying that she was so attracted to almost every guy she ran into. I did like Cheyenne as a character though, I liked reading about a sixteen year old that was responsible and while she WAS attracted to all of these guys, she never wanted it to go anywhere inappropriate. I felt like the resolution came and went very quickly. I wanted a little more. I think that this author has created really interesting worlds, but we don’t always get as much information as we would like. I could tell from reading that there definitely was a lot more going on. I’d say if you’re looking for an interesting young adult fantasy novel you should pick this up though, it isn’t at all like any of the mainstream ones I’ve read, which was very refreshing. Also, every single novel that I’ve read from this author has had an absolutely stunning cover, and this is definitely no exception!

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Vala: Agendas

Legend of the Touched

14718453by: J.F. Jenkins

Pages: 355

Published:  May 28th 2012 by Astraea Press

From Goodreads: Darien and Tai Oceina have not been married for long, but already they have one of the most complicated relationships and it hasn’t even been a year yet. He is the leader of a nation and a dragon. She is carrying their first child who is supposed to be “the answer”. As Darien dives further into the politics of his people, a wedge is driven deeper between him and his wife.

Twin brothers Jason and Matthias Inero were always inseparable. For the first time in their lives they are apart from each other. Matt continues to do the will of their father, the corrupted Dragon Lord of the Inero, while Jason has fled with his bride to an island where he can forget about everything. Or try to. Being possessed by a demon makes that hard to achieve, and as the creature fights to control his body, Jason discovers a lot of shocking truths about his lineage and destiny.

The two worlds of fire and water collide as both dragon tribes prepare for war with the other. Matthias is determined to crush Darien’s people. Only an ancient spell will give Darien enough power to fight back and have any hope at winning. The spell is complicated however and requires all four dragon tribes to work together in harmony. Something that is a lot easier said than done.

 

I really liked that this story was the continuation of the other two novels, so we can see both sides of the story and how the two different types of dragon societies interact with each other. I thought it was a really interesting read and I had trouble knowing which side I should be rooting for. I could see the author’s growth as a writer in this novel. I could tell she had really fallen in love with her characters and knew where she wanted them to go. This book is longer than the previous two, but it is a very quick read. I did feel like everything was resolved too quickly and I would have liked a little more considering the investment I’d made as a reader into this series. Overall though, I think this series is great for young adult fantasy fans. Everything was tied up in this novel very nicely and I thought it was a fun and enjoyable read. Can I also just say again how beautiful I think these covers are?  🙂

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Legend of the Inero Dragon

13418142by: J.F. Jenkins

Pages: 180

Published: January 16th 2012 by Astraea Press

ASIN: B006YTWBRQ

From Goodreads: Twin brothers Jason and Matthias Inero are the favorite sons of the great dragon lord of fire. More often than not they get whatever they want. Matt wants to do great things for his people while Jason wants to go off and explore the world. Both can have what they desire, but not until they take a bride and enter into adulthood.

Enter Kat and Gwen, two girls from very different backgrounds. Kat is happy to leave her home when the royal guard comes to bring her to loving arms of her childhood sweetheart, Matt. Gwen on the other hand is livid to be taken from her farm only to be thrust into Jason’s life, and he’s not to thrilled with the idea either. They have one year to find happiness with each other, or else they will be placed at the mercy of the ruthless dragon lord Lynx. Favorite or not, dragon law must be obeyed.

As their nation begins to prepare for war against a neighboring tribe, the brothers find themselves as key components in the battle plans. A dark prophet has had a vision of Inero victory, but at what cost? Both must decide where their loyalties lie and what they’re willing to sacrifice – including each other – to achieve their goals.

 

This is the second in the Dragons Saga. This novel focuses on the Inero dragons, who were the enemies in the previous novel. So naturally, I went into this story wanting to hate them. Of course, as the story progressed I started to understand where they were coming from and why they did the things they did. I love stories that make me see both sides and the line between “good” and “bad” gets blurred. I also really enjoyed that this novel takes place at the same time as the other one. It really is a different view of the same period of time. I have to say, I enjoyed the way this society worked a lot better than the Oceina one. I think that the way they choose their wives is a lot better, even if the majority of those relationships don’t last. I liked that Kat and Matt were sweethearts before all of the drama occurs. I’m always a sucker for young love that’s meant to be. I also liked the way Gwen and Jason’s relationship develops. They learn to love each other even though everything is against them in the beginning.  Overall, I enjoyed this novel even more than the previous one. I think this is a great setup for what’s to come in this series and I’d say that anyone that picks the previous novel and this one up is going to want to keep going. You can’t just stop with this one! Like I said in my previous review, these are dragons like you’ve never seen before! If you’re a fantasy/young adult fan, pick these up and get absorbed into a new kind of fantasy world. 🙂

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Legend of the Oceina Dragon

by: J. F. Jenkins

Pages: 168

Published: February 21st, 2011 by Astraea Press

ASIN: B004OYT9AK

From Goodreads: Darien Oceina is the youngest son of the Great Dragon Lord of the Water. For years he’s loved and cherished Tai Dawson from afar. Tai is a simple, ordinary girl who doesn’t even know Darien exists. On his eighteenth birthday, he chooses her as his wife. But there’s one problem: She thinks his choice means she’s going to be offered as a sacrifice to the Dragon Lord, but instead, she’s forced to move to his home, far away, to give up her life and be his bride.

When she first sees Darien after the ceremony, she doesn’t expect to feel anything but hatred toward him. The two are struggling with the complications of a new marriage when their nation is attacked by a rival dragon species. Together they learn to love one another while they struggle to stay one step ahead in a game where the prize is their survival.

 

Oh man, can I just say how much I LOVE dragons. I couldn’t wait to pick up this series. But let me also say that if you’re looking for the kind of dragons you normally read about, this is NOT the book for you. These dragons are a very different kind and I love it. These dragons spend most of their lives in human form and they have different powers, as well as being able to change into their dragon forms. They also have elemental powers. The dragons this novel focuses on are the ocean ones, which I thought was really cool. I found the relationship between Darien and Tai to be a little strange when I first started reading. Darien felt like a little bit of a stalker, but their relationship grew on me and I found myself really caring about these characters by the end. I did also have a few moments where I felt like Darien and Tai were making decisions and having to deal with things that seemed like it would be way too much for how old their characters felt to me. They felt like they were very young to me. That might have just been because I never had to deal with anything that was even close to this level of difficult when I was that age. But beyond that, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read and I found myself excited to pick up the next one. I would recommend this to young adult fantasy fans. There’s a lot of things happening in this novel and you can tell there’s a lot more to come. I think this is a great introduction to this universe and it gives the reader a great start to get them used to this type of dragon and how everything work. (Also, that cover is gorgeous!) 🙂

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