Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)

Elise Kova
A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond… The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war. Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she's known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she's always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla's indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

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Reviewed: 2021-05-22
With the whimsy cover and not-too-heroic-to-dismiss plot, it sounded good enough.

And maybe I am too harsh. I have been rejecting and criticizing books left and right. So maybe I should not just try for any generalization and get to specific points, eh?

- main female lead (I am okay with timid things and she had her brave moments but overall felt too much like a doormat which I know will change later but for not...)
- I think I am allergic to conceited assholes - the know-it-all ones that try to make the decisions for others and can be horrendous one scene but so nice the next one (which might have been okay if it was not the main lead that did not stand up to him and made me want to scream at both of them)
- library and being a librarian? great, she was an intellectual, unassuming girl that was happy with her place in the world
- politics were mixed, on one hand, the two princes had enough mystery and draw to them even if they were portrayed as coldblooded cowards to make us doubt who they really are
- her friends were just space-fillers, like something for her to do and introduce some minor drama
- I was generally not that... interested. I can usually say how much I enjoy a book but all the noises and faces I make and by how reluctant I am to interrupt my reading - in both of these, the book quite failed... unfortunately
- the girl was so, so, SO prejudiced against magic but when she changed her attitude, it was like she expected everyone to change as well and she did not take kindly to anyone hating on magic which just felt either inconsistent with her character or really hypocritical
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