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    This is amazing

    Let’s start by saying that this book was amazing. I gave it a 4/5 stars. I read the entire book in practically four sittings. It is only a 260 page paperback but lately I haven’t read that much. After reading this amazing book all I want to do is read now. S. Usher Evan’s writing style agreed with me. The Island had a dual point of view (pov) with Theo, a Raven captain and Galian, a Kylaen prince. I saw inside the minds of both Theo and Galian which was really cool because they were fighting and you could see their true thoughts. The world that they live in seems to be very complex. There’s Kylae, the country that’s big and powerful. There’s also Rave, an old colony of Kylae that declared independence 50 years ago. Since Rave declared independence they have been at constant war with Kylae. Galian and Theo are stuck on an island somewhere in The Madion Sea, the sea that separates all these countries. The politics surrounding the two countries is so interesting. You can see Kylae with it’s dictator like king (and dad) and then there is Rave who has only had two presidents in the 50 years it has been independent. If you can’t see some corruptness just in that you must be blind. I can’t wait for the next book where I will be able to explore this world even further and see how each country’s governing officials stay in power. Theo and Galian are OTP material. They are so cute together but the fact that they were alone on the island makes me think that they only loved each other because they had nothing else to love. Now I doubt that ends up being true because I’ve seen ad about the third book on Twitter… Anyways I ship it and I hope it works out. I loved hearing about how Theo grew up. She was an orphan who was conscripted at the age of 12 and somehow has not died in the seven years she’s been in the military. Hearing about Rave’s orphans is fascinating yet also very sad that anyone would have to live though that. Galian grew up as the son his father, the king hated. As acts of rebellion Gallian went out and became a playboy but once he became a doctor he realized what he wanted to do with his life. (I think that reading this book has kind of made me consider becoming a doctor in the future but I’m like “nope” because I’d fail.) My only problem with the book was that Galian saves Theo a bunch of times. Now there is nothing wrong with that except that it follows the “prince saves helpless girl” trope. He saves her from like four different type of dangers throughout the novel multiple times. The only time Theo really needs to save Galian she freaks out. I love this book so much that it may possibly be one of my favorites and that is the one thing I didn’t like.
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    4 stars

    I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Theo and Prince Galian are from countries that are at war with each other, and they are on the front lines, believing whole-heartedly that their country is in the right. That is, until Theo and Galian end up stranded on a island together, and all of their beliefs are put to the test. I have a really hard time connecting with most female main characters. I don’t know what it is, but it’s really hard for me to find a female lead that I like. I really liked Theo, though! She was tough and strong-willed and I loved her. I also loved everything about Galian. The romance was not overbearing at all, and it was balanced perfectly with some action and suspense. Watching their relationship develop was just wonderful, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here. The only slight negative I have about this book (if you can even call it that) is that I would love to learn even more about the world that Theo and Galian live in. I know the majority of this book took place on an island, so that limited the world-building quite a bit, but I would still like to know more about the history of their world and how these two countries ended up fighting one another. I am really looking forward to reading the next book to hopefully learn some more about their world. PS- I've already read the rest of this series, and trust me, you need to read it!
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    A Great Start to a Cool New Series

    I had fairly high expectations going into this book. Not the highest of expectations but they were pretty far up there. This tends to lead to disappointment but it this case it turned out very well. I hadn't read anything previously written by this author or even any books similar to this so I wasn't sure what to think when starting this book. I would 100% be BFF's which Theo. I thought she was a great character! My favourite part about her was that she always, always, always fought for what she thought was right. She could never just sit by while something horrible was happening. I also think she's going to be a great character in the later books. She just has so much potential right now and a great sense of right and wrong. I fell in love with Galian easily during this book. He's just an easy character to like. It was nice seeing that a prince, who you would think to have a great life, actually have a really hard time growing up. It pushes the fact that it doesn't matter who you are, everyone grows up differently and experiences life in different ways. I loved that the characters sympathized with each other's situations and didn't compare as to who's was worse. My only complaint with the writing style was that some parts could be a little rushed. It wasn't bad though because the plot kept me interested the whole way through and I wasn't concerned about small technical details. There's some books where you can put down and pick up no problem and this was one of those books. The only thing was that I didn't want to put it down, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I think the only reason this book got 4 instead of 5 stars was because it didn't have that one special thing to really push me over that edge. I thought the plot was great and the characters were well done but I wish there was just a little bit more to this book. If I gave out half rating then this would get the 4.5 stars. If you've read the summary of this book and thought "oh that's interesting" then you're probably right because this was an interesting book. It was fun while being serious at the same time which I think is hard to do. I'm extremely glad I picked this book up and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one. I highly recommend this book to more mature young adults (and older!) that love fantasy with some romance mixed in. This was a great start to a hopefully incredible series.
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