Otential for motions and difficult decisions but instead there was none of that and I didn t care about the characters and didn t feel the romance And I am just so sad as I wanted to love this book but couldn tThe characters didn t come alive I feel like I hardly knew Edmund and Arden and the rest of the characters ven less so We learn some basics like Edmund likes to swim Arden likes horse riding We know their magic affinity we know they like to
read and that s it There just wasn t nough to really and that s it There just wasn t March Violets (Bernie Gunther, enough to really an imagine of them I didn t feel any of theirmotions or what they re going through I wanted to feel Edmund s struggle to adjust to life in this new kingdom his struggle to connect with the women he had to marry and his conflict when falling for the prince insteadThen there is the romance Which I think was supposed to feel like a slow burn with them spending time together and becoming friends before falling in love But due to the way the story was told it didn t feel this way at all It s a lot of telling instead of showing We know they spend time together we know they discuss books but we are only told of these ncounters we don t get to discuss books but we are only told of these ncounters we don t get to those scenes play out and Water Music experience them slowly growing closer I know they knowach other well and like Revived each other but I didn t feel orxperience any of that Then things progress to and it just felt off somehow and like it progressed with these weird jum At times I feel like I write so many reviews which ought to contain the words I really wanted to like this book but and A Dance of Water and Air is just another one of those reviews For starters the title itself feels awkward as the Student Research Projects in Calculus elements are just the wrong way round for it to seem natural That is the least of this book s problems from my perspective The basic premise of the book is that we have two neighbouring kingdoms in a universe where people havelemental magic but tend towards having an affinity for one over the rest You can tell it s a fantasy book because Affinity gets a capital A very time it appears Said kingdoms are threatened by another neighbour and a plan is hatched to marry the ldest son of one kingdom Edmund to the ueen of the other with Edmund getting shipped off there a few months before the wedding so he can get to know his prospective brideSince she pretty much ignores him once he arrives Edmund inconveniently falls for the ueen s brother Arden and also Love for Imperfect Things eventually gets accused of an attempt on the ueen s life This forces Arden to make a choice and he chooses to rescue his putative boyfriend who s been thrown into a dungeon After fleeing back to Edmund s kingdom and the ueen reluctantly agreeing the two of them can marry Edmund and Arden are discussing the threat from their neighbours and then the book just stops I think it s meant to be a cliffhanger maybe but instead it left me wondering if there was a problem with the file I liked the overall world building but sadly the characters didn t manage to be as interesting being generally pretty two dimensional There s also a surprise oh by the way I have breasts moment for one of the characters that I really didn t see coming Likewise I found the convenience of the pairing off of Arden and Edmund s respective secretaries just a bit too much like high school and double dating to take seriously But then all of them were very much working on oh he s so handsome that I must fall in love with him levels so I guess it s not a massive surprise I received this book from Netgalley on condition of giving an honest review The demi and trans rep in this was awesome. Feelingsven from themselvesWhen someone tries to assassinate the ueen Edmund is blamed and Arden rescues him before he can be A Heart of Stone executed for a crime he didn’t commit To prevent a war between their kingdoms and protect them from a dangerousnemy Edmund and Arden will have to discover who wants to pit Aither and Thalassa against Taking Instruction (Taboo, each other and mend relations between the two kingdoms as theyvade those searching for them all while finding a way to be together.
Antonia Aquilante Ä 8 SummaryI m a little on the
fence with this one as I m a sucker for good LGBT representation and this iswith this one as I m a sucker for good LGBT representation and this is rep with mm romance and Loved the development of the romance between the characters They re attracted right away but resist since they believe it s not meant to be They re very sweet together Plus I love the magic aspects of the story Really well done 3 starsThings I appreciatedenjoyed 1 LGBT representation demipansexual characters are always a plus Throw in a trans man and you ve got my attention2 One of the main characters is not white still hard to come by in ueer fiction Language and Linguistics even these days3 The magical systemlemental magic is always cool in my book loved the mention of an undine4 I have to circle back to number 1 I LOVED the potential this book had Things I did not Divertimento enjoy1 The lack of literary devices that would have made the story fuller and vibrant2 The pace of their relationshipattraction felt off the kiss in the dungeon was weird no build up at all noxplanation for the attraction not really3 The dialogue did not seem like actual conversation4 The telling not Love Is a Fairy Tale enough showing 5 The lack of tropes I mean I know not all stories are going to have them but I feel like romance as a genre reuires at least some At least one All in all I gave this book a 35 stars rating because I think there s a good basis here but the pacing is off there s little description and I didn t feel anything towards the characters good or bad just meeeeeeeeeh There s a glimpse of somethingvery now and then and if the author could master those glimpses turning them into sweeping surveys instead we d have something to work withNot one of my favorites not one of the worst but definitely nothing I ll revisit any time soon If you are looking for a straight
forward no frills predictable romance this is forno frills predictable romance this is for I have always been a strong proponent of the LGBTIA movement and diverse characters throughout the publishing business so when I discovered A Dance of Water and Air I was instantly drawn to the premise and the promise of such characters featuring heavily here That was one of the features that Auilante completely delivered on and not only that but the characters are relatable believable and have a great dynamic between themThe story
is one that is a fun lighthearted and ntertaining read that holds your interest for the durationone that is a fun lighthearted and ntertaining read that holds your interest for the duration it is chock a block with tropes and as a result lacks originality It is the perfect choice for beach or holiday reading or for passing time on a rainy afternoon however if you re looking for a uniue story you d be wise to look lsewhere The narrative flows well from page to page and is straightforward nough to allow the reader to relax Everything is so vividly imagined from the characters to the worldbuilding this is a decent fantasy novel with Bangkok Wakes to Rain elemental magic at its core Essentially itxplores the bonds of love we make in order to make this The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery earthlyxistence a little pleasurable for ach of usWe need diversity in our fiction and although it is becoming prominent we still reuire the momentum to make these characters from minority backgrounds different sexual persuasions and the disabled a normality They are as ntitled to feature in books as any other we just need to turn that into actionMany thanks to NineStar Press for an ARC I was not reuired to post a review and all thoughts and opinions xpressed are my own I reuested this book from NetGalley around Sept 18th of 2018 but I didn t get a chance to download it after I was accepted by the Publisher to readreview before it was archived by NetGalley So around Edmund is heir to the throne of Thalassa and a wielder of Water magic Devoted to his kingdom and his duty to it Edmund can do nothing but acuiesce to an arranged marriage with the ueen of a neighboring kingdom The marriage and the child it is reuired to produce will seal an alliance between Thalassa and Aither that is vital to Thalassa’s safety and far important than Edmund’s personal misgivingsArden is the younger brother of Aither’s ueen and a wielder Uly of 2019 I contacted the Publisher and asked if they could still send me a read and review copy They did And they also sent Elemental Magicae Book 2 A Harmony of Fire and Earth too But unfortunately it s a digital dition I can only access while staying at the computer for long periods so reading had been hit or miss I didn t say this as I was grateful to read it nonetheless so all my thanks Raevyn McCann at Nine Star Press A Dance of Water and Air s rich political and magical world pulled me in time a This was absolutely lovely as all of Antonia s books are I think this could be my new favourite though The story has such a great flow It s ffortless
which is something I always admire about Antonia s writing along with heris something I always admire about Antonia s writing along with her choices The characters are sweet here too and there s lots of intrigue and magical adventure Definitely recommended A Joyfully Jay review 45 starsThe best part of this book is the part that s supposed to be the twist but it s not much of a twist and I think it s both important nough and well done Scraps Of The Untainted Sky enough that it doesn t need a super secret reveal to give it of an impact Indeed the very lack of drama about the situation is part of what makes it both admirable and normal Arden is a transgender man living in a time when there are no hormones no surgery just chest binding wearing men s clothing and both behaving and being treated like a prince of his kingdom not a princess The very lack of interest anyone shows about it is refreshing Arde When I first stumbled upon this book I knew I had to read it Elemental magic politics and a MM romance sounded like the perfect blend I just knew I wouldnjoy this book with that premise how I could I not Sadly that wasn t the case and the premise was actually one of the few things I did like about this bookThe premise and set up is great prince Edmund has to marry the ueen of the Air kingdom Aither With only his secretary and one guard he goes to live at the palace in Aither Instead of falling for the ueen he falls for her brother prince Arden The blurb does a good job of summing up about 50% of the plot if you re interested in knowing I like the set up and was The Eric Carle Gift Set eager to see how this would play out but the whole story just fell flat to me The story felt uite slow paced and not in a good way there just wasn t a lot of things happening very few bigvents and while I usually am fine with a slower pace there wasn t anything that kept my attention in the breaks between bigger Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century events And when things happened it felt like it happened to the characters with only a few places where they actively influenced what happened or where they took actionI am notven sure why or what caused it but the further I got the I struggled through it I really liked a twist about 50% into the book and I wanted to know who was behind it so I kept reading I started skimming passages about 75% as I was bored the characters were sitting around doing nothing and I wanted the story and Fashion Design Course excitement to continue Then at thend we finally do get the reveal and information I was hoping for but it still lacked something It was kinda weird how they figured things out and it lacked the impact I hoped for I did like the whole politics situation it was my favorite part of the book I just would ve liked to see of it and feel the Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, emotional impact thesevents hadThis book is told from dual point of views from Edmund and Arden Edmund has to go to the air kingdom
and marry themarry the he doesn t want to but he knows his duty and must do what he has to Then he falls in love with Arden This set up had so much F Air magic Raised in the politics of the court to support his sister’s rule he understands the alliance is important to Aither ven as he worries about his sister marrying someone she’s never met When Edmund arrives in Aither to prepare for the wedding Arden is tasked with helping him settle in at court As they spend time together Edmund and Arden develop a close friendship then stronger feelings but with Edmund’s wedding approaching they must hide their.