War draws closer, like a tide to the shore. Bree and her friends have escaped the clutches of the Egrian king, but their troubles are far from over. Still reeling from the secrets that drew new breath when her father took his last, Bree sets off for the safety of Nereidium - the kingdom she's just learned is hers. But with the king's ire at its peak and war a certainty, Nereidium is no longer safe. As Prince Caden rallies the Egrian people against his tyrant father, Bree, Princess Aleta, and Tregle race to the Nereid shore to warn them of the incoming danger - and to put the Nereid princess on the throne. The only trouble there: Bree can't bring herself to reveal that the princess is her. It's not a dilemma she can waste time pondering. With a new weapon in his arsenal, the king's strikes are sure to be bolder than ever before. And Bree may not be ready to wear a crown...but she won't let her kingdom down without a fight.
©2015 Jennifer Ellision (P)2016 Jennifer Ellision
I started this audio so many times over the last few months but always ended up putting it aside, to tell the truth, I'm not even sure what it was that didn't grab me this time. I think maybe it was a case of the narrator and the fact that I found Bree to be different than she was in book 1, but I eventually decided that I would finish it no matter what, and I'm glad I did!!
Anyway, the plot, for the most part, was kind of fast paced. By that I mean that Caden's POV was fast paced but Bree just plodded along. Bree is finally free of the evil king, but at a steep price, her father didn't make it and was killed by Kat, not before sharing some vital information with Bree. Bree along with Aleta and Tregle have to make their way to Nereidium and warn them of the King coming. Meanwhile Caden is on his own journey of trying to find an army to go against his father. Can he do it before it's too late?
As I said, I found Bree's story a little boring. I know she was mourning her father and trying to digest the secrets he told her but I found her to be totally different than she was in book 1. In the first one she was kick ass but here she was second guessing herself all the time. I so wanted her to take control and do what she needed to, but she didn't.
Now Caden was as awesome as ever. He really is totally delicious!!! I loved seeing his POV and hope we see more of it in the next installment!
In all, this was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I found it hard to get into at first but about three quarters of the way through, the action really took off and I was engrossed in the end. I will definitely check out the next book in the series to see where the story goes and will still recommend the series to everyone.
Grace Glass took a while to get used to as well. She had a wide variety of accents but I found her female voices to be very similar. But yet, she really brought the book alive. She really understood the story and knew when to add urgency and when to slow down.
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
I just finished book one and then this one. The narrator is a million times better in this book than the last. But with all good things, the more you make the more diluted things become. I wasn't into this book as much as book one. I still enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone!
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast.
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I would recommend this book to a friend. I love the way the book is split into multiple viewpoints. It is nice to climb into Caden's head and see why he is so conflicted about his father. It is nice to know that Caden has so much depth and it makes me like him more. I like knowing that the King was nice at one point in time. I think the author does a good job stepping out of the first person into a multiple person book.
The new characters are interesting and bring a good flow into Breena's struggle with revealing herself to her kingdom. Brenna's struggle to learn and control her elemental gift gives the story a nice twist. The elemental gifts Ellison has created in this world are different from typical fae/elemental books being written at this time.
I highly suggest that the prequel - Breathe In - be read at this point. The short story of Corrine and Duke Ardin is a nice read while waiting for the nex book in this series.
It was a pleasure hearing Grace narrate this book.
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It was a strong continuation of the first book, I liked listening to Bri grow up throughout the book. She struggles with her elemental powers and the process of how she handles it, learning from mistakes as she goes.
Caden also starts coming into his own, hearing his backstory on how he began to support the underground was enlightening and how he truly cares for “his” people. I wanted to know more about what drove the king insane, Caden shares his memories of when his father was a good father, and I think this could be explored more. It’s good that it didn’t focus on the romance between Caden and Breena, because for me it felt slightly forced in the first book; the budding romance between Aleta and Tregle was awesome, I so want those two to be together.
Bottom line, I need book three and I need it yesterday!
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This second book in the series picks up right where ToSaS left off – with Bree and her friends fleeing the king. Bree is burdened with new secrets and finds that her power over water is more unreliable than ever, which makes her escape far more difficult than she had anticipated!
What Fed My Addiction:
No second book syndrome.
I felt like this second book was easily as strong as the first, possibly even slightly stronger, since we’d gotten all of those fantasy tropes out of the way. Even though much of the second installment was spent running , it never got dull – there was plenty of conflict and action along the way!
I loved that we got to see the world through Caden’s eyes in this one! Understanding his conflicted feelings over his father made me care for him even more deeply than I had in the first book. And, even though Caden and Bree were apart for much of the book, I never felt like the story was disconnected in any way. Ellision did a wonderful job of weaving it all together.
There were a few new characters introduced in this book, and I was a fan of them all. I love that Ellision gives her secondary characters depth and weight in the story.
Bree’s struggle with her powers. This was a theme in this second book – Bree struggling to understand and control the element that has claimed her. I loved that her understanding of her powers was sort of wrapped up in her struggle to trust other people and the ghosts of her past that haunt her. She’s new to Elemental powers, but she has trouble confiding in the people who could help her because she feels like she needs to hide things from them – both because she doesn’t want to admit her shortcomings and because she fears some of the answers she might get.
What Left Me Wanting More:
Secrets and lies.
This book had pretty much everything I loved about the first book, so there wasn’t a whole lot that I didn’t like. Bree’s inability to admit her lack of powers or to confide in anyone about the fact that she was actually the princess (or talk about certain other issues which I won’t mention because they’d be spoilery) did go on a bit too long for my taste, but considering that conflict based on characters not talking to each other is a pet peeve of mine, it actually didn’t bother me nearly as much as it normally would have. (This was probably helped by the fact that there were plenty of other conflicts to keep me distracted!)
So, overall, book two in this series definitely lives up to the high standard that Ellision set in the first book. I’m eager to see how she finishes this trilogy off!
It took me just a little bit to get used to a new narrator for this second book, but Grace Glass’s voice was similar enough to Misty Daugherty’s that I might not have even noticed the difference if I hadn’t listened to them back-to-back. I think that Glass did a fantastic job delineating the voices. Since the book was told in both Caden’s and Bree’s POV’s and there were some characters with an accent (a Russian sounding accent), Glass had more to do than the narrator of the first book. Glass also managed to capture Bree’s spirit well – and matched Daugherty’s general narration style, which I appreciated.
I give this book 4/5 stars.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the author via Audiobook Blast! in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
In the beginning, I found Bree's sections a bit slow as we wait for her to leave the city. We learn of a few new pieces, like the Underground. But Caden's sections, that feel shorter, are more enticing as he's in trouble with his father, the king.
Bree does make poor choices in this story. I know she's young and innocent to the way of things, but I had to roll my eyes a time or two. However, the bad decisions bring her learn new things. But did she learn from what she did wrong? I don't know.
We end on a good yet suspenseful note. I am curious as to what comes next. Will Bree, Caden, Aleta, and Tregle along with their new friends get the help they need? Will they fight the Egrian King? Where will everyone fall in the way of stations? I am curious to see this through to the end.
This is my first listen with Grace Glass. I was worried for a moment with the reading of the title. It felt slow and drawn out with pauses between the words and like she was trying to enunciate clearly for the listener. Once we get into the story she slips into different tones and feel for the characters as they speak. There are moments I felt she was trying hard for clear speaking and enunciating the words crisp which slowed the momentum slightly. But as a whole, I enjoyed Grace's impressions of the characters and emotions as they spoke.
This book is part of a series and there is to be more to come. By the ending here, we are needing it.
This book has alternating POV's between Bree and Caden. This gives us the view of what is happening with the King that's maddeningly obsessed with taking Nereidium and Bree along with Aleta and Tregle trying to get away. We also get short sections at the end of each chapter that are sections from a journal or letters sent while the civil war starts.
There are people who die. I was worried about those who do the killing, at such a young age. At first I didn't think the actions affected them, but then we see the struggles they have with the ghosts they face after the actions settle in. I'm glad they struggled with these actions, it makes them feel as they have a heart and conscience.
Bree is full of worries and she needs someone to talk things out with, but there is no one. She compares herself to the regal air of Aleta, and doubts she'll ever have that way about herself. That she will have to keep her secret, if it's even true.
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.
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Narration - Grace Glass - pretty good. Didn't entirely care for the narrator of the first book, so Grace was a huge improvement. Lovely narration voice, decent differentiation between characters, great story teller.
The book? Gah! What a cliffy! I can't bring thoughts about the story to mind right at this moment because I'm still whirling over that ending! And, just like when I finished the first book, I'm looking for the next one RIGHT NOW!
Really enjoyable series with supernatural 'elementals' who can control either fire, earth, water or air, but the evil king wants to exploit their powers and use them to his advantage.
I was hoping for a bit more relationship development for Caden and Bree in this one, but it seems that she's not concerned with making this a romance and I guess that's ok.
Loved it! Book three please!
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I don’t usually read many books from this genre, but I really enjoyed this one. The narration brought the story to life and held my interest throughout. The story was well thought out, complete and will keep you listening. I will be watching for this author in the future.
* I was provided a free copy of this book from AudioBookBlast for an honest review.
Riot of Storm and Smoke is a fantastic follow up to the first book in the Threats of Sky and Sea series by Jennifer Ellision. No sophomore slump here — it's actually much improved! Like I mentioned in my review of the first book, this series is a cross between the Princess Diaries and The Last Airbender due to our heroine growing up not knowing she is of royal blood and because certain people are born with the ability to control the natural elements. At the end of the first book, we discover Bree has the ability to control water, which is a very unique talent and she is the first to grace the boundaries of Egria with such powers in 16 years. Bree and her friends Aleta and Tregle escape the Egrian King, but not without the loss of Bree's father. This book centers around Bree's and her friends's long treacherous journey to the kingdom of Nereidium, whose land and its people are known for their affinity with water (just the opposite of the Egrians). Meanwhile Prince Caden recruits hundreds of supporters to overthrow his evil father who will stop at nothing to capture Bree so he can use her and her power as a weapon against Nereidium. With the help of the underground and some wonderful strong supporting characters, our quartet of heroes finally reach the Nereid shores after a truly horrific and epic battle on the high seas.
There are several things that made this story so much better than the first book in the series: First, better character development of the four main characters; we get glimpses into their childhoods and the circumstances that helped shape them into the outstanding characters that they are. Second, the intensity and sense of danger start from the very first chapter. Bree, Aleta, and Tregle are literally fleeing for their lives; you can't help but feel the pressure and struggles the three friends face. Plus, for the first half of the book Caden is being brutally tortured by his father in the King's attempts to find out where Bree escaped to. Third, I really appreciated the way the couple's relationships were handled with no graphic sex scenes. Fourth, Bree never gave up on her friends, even when she was separated from them and thought her powers abandoned her. Bree never abandoned them and never stopped looking for them until she eventually found them and freed them from impending slavery. And Fifth, the ending was simply sublime! I couldn't have thought it possible to have such a great ending in a second book without it being a cliffhanger. Bravo, Ms. Ellision!
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Grace Glass who did an outstanding job. Grace portrayed Bree as a very likable young lady surrounded by unbelievable events. She had great intonation and pace, keeping the story suspenseful throughout. She had differing voices for male and female characters, and expressed urgency when appropriate. Despite receiving a copy of this book in exchange for a review, I loved it so much I listened to all 9+ hours all in one day. I can't think of any higher praise than saying I just couldn't stop listening to it!
that it was as great as Threat of Sky and Sea
there was a little more romance in this one and that ending wow.
a voice to the characters that you will want to listen to over and over again
This book was just as good as the first one. great characters and a great storyline. Jennifer has knocked another book out of the park with this sequel and made me want more
"Not a Storm"
Having read Jennifer s first book I suppose I expected great things from the second, and some levels it was great and on some it wasn't so, firstly I wasn't enamoured with the change in author, I got used to the previous one and this one didn't really cut the mustard, but what would have saved it was to use a male narrator for the male character as I did get slightly confused between the changing POV and this would have helped with two narrators. But I do want to read more, the author leaves you wanting more, the need to know what happens to her characters hangs with you when you have finished the book - I think I may have to go back and read this one again.
I was provided this book book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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