Monday, May 05, 2014

Reviews: The Sweet Series by Bailey Ardisone

This is a series I've been meaning to start reading for a while, but I kept scheduling everything else in front of it. So after speaking to Bailey Ardisone on Facebook I agreed a date for the review of the series so far. Now it has been written on my schedule there was nothing being pushed aside by something else!!

I'm SO glad I have begun reading this series. So onto the books and my reviews...

Sweet Oblivion (The Sweet Series Book 1):

*Cover and Synopsis from Goodreads
Synopsis-

When two worlds collide, nightmares become reality. And some secrets...are best kept in Oblivion.
...Until there is hope.

Have you ever wanted to forget? Nariella Woodlinn has. Many times. Especially when her already frustrating life gets turned upside down by a mysterious boy who randomly shows up in her small town. And she can't seem to understand anything about him, despite how much she tries.
​Nari hates everything about her life, except for her best friend Rydan, but now that they've been separated during their senior year of high school, she has to learn to make new friends without him. When strange, unexplainable phenomena start becoming an every day part of her life, Nari struggles to come to grips with reality. And with love.

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Naminé has responsibilities. Duties. It is her obligation to fulfill all that is asked of her by their King. But when a glimmer of hope is introduced to her by a prisoner she tends to, it means life or death for her and her people. She does all that she can to turn that hope into reality, and finally end the vicious war that has been ensuing since she was born. Even if that means keeping it secret from her King. Even if it means carrying out the biggest betrayal against the King ever seen during her time.


She has hope. She will fulfill her duty. She will not let her people down.

Book Links-

Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N

My 5* Review-

Disclaimer: I have downloaded this for free from Amazon UK, the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own and I have not received any compensation for this review.

In Sweet Oblivion there are two stories being told alongside each other. These two stories are in different realms that seem worlds apart but in fact are so close. The stories file the lives of two very different girls. 

We met Nariella (Nari) who has had a pretty crap life so far. Her mother died when she was young and her father had hated her ever since blaming Nari for the death of his wife, he has subjected Nari to a childhood of physical and emotional abuse in one form or another. She has had one friend who is her rock; Ryden, he's always been there for her and they are best friends. But now Nari is facing her last year of school alone as Ryden is being sent to a different school; she expects that this year will be her worst year yet! So when newcomers Zaylie and her twin brother Desmond befriend her suddenly this year doesn't look as daunting. However, Nari is life is turned upside down shortly after the arrival of Mycah! He brings chaos by the bucket, and hotness!! ;)

We also meet Namine. Namine is a dream weaver and she lives in a dying kingdom. She fears for her family's survival and the survival of the kingdom. Namine lives in hope that she can bring home their only chance of survival. Namine had kept her abilities hidden from everyone including her family, but when she is found out and ordered to dream weave for the King, she continues to try and contact and bring home the one she hopes will be their saviour. Can Namine deceive the King and break through to the one she needs?

I've had Sweet Oblivion on my TBR list for some time now, but i kept signing up for tours and putting more and more books in front of it. But after chatting with Bailey of Facebook I picked a date to review this on, so now i finally get to read the series so far. My first thought…

Why did i not read this sooner??!!

Sweet Oblivion is a great start to what promises to be a fantastic series. (Yes I do have books 2 and 3 lined up ready to continue with)!
The stories of these two girls run alongside each other perfectly, there was never any confusion as to whose story I was reading. They are both paced perfectly, each giving enough to keeping you wanting more but pulling you further and further into the story so there's no way of walking away.

There are twists and turns throughout the plot leaving you guessing just what's coming up next. Bailey has done a really good job of keeping secrets, she has created a well crafted trail of breadcrumbs, giving just enough to pique the curiosity levels. But it's not just Bailey who has secrets the characters too have them by the bucket; especially Mycah. *sigh* (Bailey has certainly made me want my own Mycah)!

Mycah's appearance seems to cause the most disruption for Nari. Not only because of the dangerous secrets that Mycah has; which in turn puts Nari in danger, but Mycah is causing problems between her and her best friend Rydan too. After meeting Mycah Nari also finds herself re-thinking one of her most important life rules; boys are bad!

Sweet Oblivion is full of intrigue, suspense, action and romance. The two stories are written extremely well and when they do meet right near the end the merge so easily. The characters are easy to love. Nari; whose life sucks, Rydan; her sexy best friend and rock, Zaylie and Desmond; her new friends who bring some humor to the mix, and Mycah (Oh, Mycah; wipes away the drool); the sexy, mysterious, dangerous stranger who calls to her! Namine; the other realm servant who wants to restore peace and save both her family and the kingdom in which they live.

Sweet Oblivion has left me with some that I hope Sweet Escape will be answering for me. On to Sweet Escape...


Sweet Escape (The Sweet Series Book 2):

*Cover and Synopsis from Goodreads
Synopsis-

Sometimes the hardest war to fight is the one raging within yourself…

Life will never be the same for Nariella Woodlinn. Just when she thought she had it all figured out, her world comes crumbling down around her-yet again. With no idea who she is or even where she came from, how can she save herself?
She once thought her biggest problems were the ones brought on by the mysterious man she refused to fall in love with—Mycah. But she quickly discovers none of that compares to what she is about to encounter next.

This time, it isn’t because of who Mycah is.
This time, it’s because of who she is.

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Naminé risked everything to save her people. Her goal was to bring their only hope back to their Kingdom. As the war rages on around her, Naminé gets thrown into the lion’s den—the false King’s chambers. Can she fool a King who can’t be deceived on his playing field? Forced to do his bidding, can she prevent the downfall of the only hope she worked so hard to bring home? Will she be able to escape with her life and mind intact?


With everyone’s world falling apart and deceit around every corner…can any of them truly Escape?

Book Links-

Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N

My 5* Review-

Disclaimer: I have purchased and downloaded this book from Amazon UK, the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own and I have not received any compensation for this review.

Once more I was hurled head first into Bailey's magical worlds to rejoin both Nari and Namine, Rydan and Mycah. A magical world where the truth is hidden and distorted, and there is a war between two Kingdoms of Elves!

Nari's life has been changed forever, ever since Mycah walked into it. Nari and Rydan have lost their one safe place; the weeping willow. This one tree that was their peace and tranquility, for Nari now serves as nothing more than a reminder as to what she no longer has and to just how much things have changed; for all of them. Nari is unsure of who to trust and needs to learn to let her heart and instincts take control as she enters a world that she never knew existed.

Namine is desperately trying to bring home her kingdom's Savior before its too late. However when her dreamweaving abilities are discovered, she is ordered to work for the King and only dreamweave with who he tells her to. Namine continues her own personal quest and goes against the King's orders. Can she succeed without being caught?

Bailey continues with the two POV's throughout, and again it works seamlessly. The end of Sweet Oblivion saw Bailey reveal the secret behind Mycah's and Rydan's past, which in turn caused a whole load more heartache and anguish for Nari. She was left despairing over Rydan. Now Mycah has gone her anguish and despair have gone to a whole other level. Nari closes off from her friends and seems to temporarily shut down. 

Namine too suffers some despair as the Kingdoms savior returns only for Bailey to turn him! Bailey make the savior become nothing more than a pawn for the wrongful King, He now stands against everything that he was once fighting for.

Bailey has seduced me into the magical and amazing world that she has created, I felt as though I was there alongside each and everyone of them and apart of their adventures. Bailey has a serious knack for making me believe everything that she has written even when its lies!! This enabled her to drop some pretty big twists on me that I wasn't expecting!!

It was fantastic to learn more about all of the characters and to see how each one has grown and progressed. They are all still loveable and I'm still seriously crushing of Mycah!! 

This book is once more filled with magic, romance, action, suspense and emotion. There were times when I held my breath, I wanted to cry out in either warning or in anguish, there were also times when I wanted to cry.

Sweet Escape has answered many many questions that Sweet Oblivion raised, it has also raised more questions that I hope Sweet Requiem will be answering!!

So onto Sweet Requiem...

Sweet Requiem (The Sweet Series Book 3):

***This is categorized as a New Adult novel, with some mild adult content*** 

*Cover and Synopsis from Goodreads
Synopsis-

Returning to Kennebunkport, Maine, isn't all that it's cracked up to be for Nari and Rydan. Barely escaping one evil by the skin of their teeth, running head first into the next was the last thing they were expecting. With Nari's best friend Zaylie held hostage by the leader of the Black Eagles, Nari's number one priority is getting Zaylie, along with everyone else she cares about, out of Nikolai's clutches safe and sound. Only, the worst thing that could possibly happen has happened- Death. 

Before Nari can even comprehend her worst nightmare coming true, she is pulled back into the very place she had thought she escaped. But the nightmare doesn't end there. Just as she sees a silver-lining to her otherwise gloomy cloud, she discovers heart-wrenching news and has to yet again escape an untimely death. 

With the hope of undoing what would normally be permanent, Nari, with the help of the two brothers she loves most in the world, sets her mind on a mission that will ultimately mean her downfall. Is the end result worth the sacrifice? 



Naminé is left in the Earthly realm to tend to an injured Ender and Fëa. She must learn to cope with the new human elements thrown her way, but in the process, discovers something may be terribly wrong with her family back home - the one place she can no longer get to. 


Continue the journey that started it all. Mycah, Rydan, Nari, and Naminé are determined to take back the throne. Except, that which starts sweet, ends bitter...


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My * Review-

Disclaimer: I was gifted a copy of this book by the author for nothing more than an honest review (and to aid my drooling of the Smexy Mycah)! ;) All opinions, thoughts and drool patches contained within this review are entirely my own!

So Nari thought things had been tough so far, well guess what? That's right they are about to get a whole lot tougher!! 

Nari and Rydan, along with Namine, Ender and two Fëa have come back to Maine, this was in an attempt to flee from the evils of one realm only to find another evil from this realm awaiting them; Nikolai. After fighting their way free of Nikolai upon their return; and suffering injury and loss as a result. Nari is suddenly pulled back into the willow tree, and Rydan takes off to find her leaving Namine; with an injured Ender and two Fëa; with instructions on how to get help from Rydan's parents.

They all face a huge battle, a battle bigger than all of them put together. The questions remain will their combined strengths be enough? Can they survive what fate has in store for them?

This book was an emotional rollercoaster and once I was on there was no escaping, until the very end. So needless to say I was hooked from the very start. Sweet Requiem is laced with action, suspense, lies, secrets, truths, heartbreak and emotion. I think by the time I finished the last page my nerves were shot, and my heart in pieces by my feet!!

Sweet Requiem shows more of Mycah's life. Mycah has always seemed like an absolute rock, he always there when Nari has needed him to pick up the pieces or talk sense to her, but his back story kind of shatters that and shows that Mycah too is a little broken. His hurt and pain are very real and I could feel it. This is the main reason for my heart being left in pieces!

All of the characters continue to go from strength to strength, as well as showing some of their weaknesses. Rydan and Nari become stronger once they accept the truth of where they really belong and embrace it. Mycah has always been Loyal and fierce, but Sweet Reqiuem shows just how loyal, and that he truly is a force to be reckoned with.

The story is an intricately woven web of details, some truths and some lies. Its action packed from the start and will take a firm hold of your heart, slowly squeezing it more and more with each page!

My questions from Sweet Escape have been answered and again I have more from Sweet Requiem. I'm now (im)patiently awaiting the release of book 4 (and Mycah) so that I can have those questions answered too.

This series so far has been absolutely fantastic, I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every page of each book. I honestly don't know why I didn't read it sooner!! So now for the painstaking wait for book 4 and the return of Mycah!!

If you haven't read this series and love romance, suspense, action packed books complete with some seriously hot Elves then I suggest giving this series a shot.

Now for a little about this extremely talented web weaving author...

About The Author-

I am a brand new just-out-of-the-wrapping Indie writer. I never once thought of myself as a writer growing up, although I must admit I always loved the idea of it. I just never thought I could. I have always been a dreamer and had an overactive imagination though, and instead of playing with my typical toys that my parents bought me from the store, I had the most fun pretending their belts/bracelets were dinosaurs or a box of bandaids I'd find in the bathroom were my new pet snakes. Once I grew out of toys, I was more interested in drawing, watching Japanese Anime, and reading Manga. I still to this day do those things of course, but now that I have discovered my love of writing I've realized how much I want to keep doing it. It all started with my love of diving into a book and going on an adventure with the many characters I met on the way. I mean really, who doesn't love a good book? With the help of my husband of 7 years, who kept pushing me to try writing, I decided I wanted to take some of the ideas that had been floating around my head and put them on paper. And voila! After many discussions with my sister, not to mention many all-nighters writing, we finally created something of our own. I also love animals and could not live without music. My outlook on life is to be yourself and those around you can either take it or leave it. Just a few other things I am forever obsessed with are - traveling, different cultures, giant rocky mountains and castles, anything in miniature form, my home city of Chicago, sour skittles, and sleeping/naps is my vice.

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