Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book review: Winged Deliverance by Heather Allen Dencker

I’ve been waiting, not so patiently, for this book for a year and now that I’ve finally gotten the chance to read it, I’m heartbroken because it was over too soon.

Winged Deliverance, just like Winged Descent (the first book in the series), is told in multiple POVs, each chapter is told in first person by one of the three main characters.

In book one I started off by liking Conner, then I hated the way he acted and decided I was team Kendrick; but I have to admit I warmed up to Conner a lot in this one, and I cheered and rooted for him all through the story. My heart broke for him at times, and at some point in the story (I won’t tell you when, otherwise I’d spoil the reading experience for you) I was mad at Heather and I threatened never to speak to her again if things didn’t change… I bet now you’re curious to know why, aren’t you? :)

The story starts a couple of weeks after Kendrick, Norana and all the centaurs who’d come to Earth had been forced to go back to Centaura. We finally get to read Kendrick’s letter to Savannah, which we knew about from book one but Heather kept us on tenterhooks and never told us what was written in it until now - and it was worth the wait, let me tell you. :)

Even though Savannah and Conner try to get back to their normal lives, forgetting anything had ever happened, an unexpected visit makes them change their minds and they realize that their lives will never be the same anymore. Especially since there’s a threat coming from the Lapiths, and Conner and Savannah are the only two people who can inform the centaurs before it’s too late.

I don’t want to tell you too much about the plot, because it’s so much better to discover every twist in the story as it unfolds; what I can say is that this book will keep you on the edge of your seat most of the time, and every now and then it will make you go “aww!”, bringing a smile to your face.

I loved the interaction between Conner and Savannah, and I was glad that, in spite of the events in book one, they went back to being best friends. I missed their banter!

I don’t need to say how much I loved Kendrick, because he’s just as handsome and cute as he was in book one – and now that’s he’s the basileus (the king) of his planet, he’s even hotter. *lol*

I really enjoyed this story but I wish it didn’t end so soon. Even though this is supposed to be the last book in the series, I do hope the author will decide to write another one, because I would really love to read more about the new lives of the two different couples (sorry, but I can’t tell you who the second couple is!).

Maybe I could try coaxing Heather to write another book, and find other fans who’d help me with that (so if you’ve read the Winged Trilogy and just like me you want another book, let’s team up together and start sweet-talking Heather into doing it). :)

Have you read Winged Deliverance already? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Book review: Winged Decision by Heather Allen Dencker

Winged Decision is the second book in the Winged Series by fellow indie author Heather Allen Dencker. I was lucky to be a beta reader for this story, but I've realized I'd totally forgotten to write a review. I told myself I'd wait until the book was out on the shelves and then I got busy writing 3 books in only a few months and it completely slipped my mind. My apologies, both to you, followers, and to the author. :)

If you’ve read my review of book one, Winged Descent, you know how much I loved this story, even though I never considered Fantasy my cup of tea. Well, this proves my point that if you put a sprinkle of romance in whatever genre, you’ve got my attention.

While book one is the story of how Kendrick and Savannah met and eventually fell in love, Winged Decision is a prequel to the whole story and it’s almost entirely told in Kendrick’s POV. It’s the story of Kendrick’s life on Centaura, of how he and Norana fell in love and how they all came to the decision of flying to Earth to look for partners.

I have to admit that Norana wasn’t my favourite character in book one, but seeing how things got to that point helped me warm up to her. She’s a strong and loving character, whose dreams of Happy Ever After were shattered in a matter of minutes. Even so, she loves Kendrick enough to accept his decision and follow his lead, even though she’s not happy with the outcome. Just like every centauran, she’s willing to take a step back and selflessly think of what’s good for the whole community, even though it means she’ll be heartbroken afterwards.

I loved reading the story through Kendrick’s POV; it gave me a better insight into the reasons why he had to take the decision to go to Earth even though he was so in love with Norana. I could feel the burden of responsibilities on his shoulders, his pain and indecision and I liked him even more than I did in book one.
I’m happy we got to meet Kendrick’s family, since in book one we only get to hear about them through Kendrick’s chats with Savannah.

Even though there was a little too much fighting and I’m not a fan of that, (but hey, Kendrick’s the leader of the army, after all!) I enjoyed the other parts, especially the romantic ones (but that goes without saying, right?). I actually loved getting to know more about Kendrick’s planet and people, and I think Heather was great at creating that world and describing everything as if she’d actually seen it all. I liked it so much that at times I found myself wishing Centaura really existed, and that a handsome winged centaur would fly down to Earth and take me with him back to his planet.

Although Winged Descent is still my favourite between the two, I enjoyed reading this prequel and I would recommend it to lovers of fantasy and of romantic stories.

Have you read Winged Decision already? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it.