Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Aire by Lena Goldfinch

About the Book
A tale of Legends reborn, royal intrigue, and an unforgettable, heart-melting romance that will sweep you away.
Annalisia is a seer, a princess with a courageous spirit--and a soft spot for Legends.
Jovanni is a Legend, a commoner with no patience for pampered royals.
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.

My Thoughts
I had no idea what to expect as I began this book, it had been so long since I read the synopsis that I honestly had no clue as to what I was reading. That being said I was quite pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I've been in a bit of a reading slump and I anticipated having to force myself to read in order to finish it in time for the tour but instead I found myself devouring it in about 24 hours! This author swept me away with her beautiful words and I lost myself in this fantasy world. It was so well written that I just couldn't stop myself from turning more pages.
Anna and Jovanni were fantastic characters that I fell in love with and I loved their relationship. There were many other great characters as well, like Anna's grandmother and Ilan. One random thing that I absolutely loved was that Jovanni's little sister's name was Abbitha. A friend randomly made up that as a nickname for me years ago and I'd never seen it as a real name before! And it was cool that her nickname was my name, Abbi!
I normally am not a big fantasy reader but despite that I found myself loving it and would highly recommend it!

Meet 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.

Lena's got some sweet treats for a couple of readers! One winner (U.S. & Canada only) will receive a paperback copy of one of Lena's books (winner's choice) plus some candy, and the other winner (can be international) will receive an e-book copy of Lena's latest release, Take a Picture. Both winners will be announced on Saturday, March 15th. You can enter via the Rafflecopter form below: 
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I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi Abbi, Great review and thanks for letting us know. Its always fun to find another good book to read. I've liked Lena Goldfinch's books all along. Thanks again for sharing.

Abbi Hart said...

Sandra-Thank you!

Amber Holcomb said...

Oh, that's always nice when you're in a reading slump and a book exceeds your expectations! So glad you're enjoying Lena's books. :) And that's too fun about the name thing!


Abbi Hart said...

Amber-Yeah I was quite happy about that!

Lena Goldfinch said...

Abbi, what an encouraging review! Thanks for stepping out of your comfort zone for Aire. So glad you liked it! :)

Also, how cool about the name connection with Abbitha. I love that!

Abbi Hart said...

Lena-Thank you! Yeah I loved the name connection too! I think I laughed out loud when I saw it!

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