Heart of Flames eARC Review

 

 

Heart of Flames (Crown of Feathers, #2)

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GoodReads:
Veronyka, Tristan, and Sev must stop the advancing empire from destroying the Phoenix Riders in this fiery sequel to Crown of Feathers, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake calls “absolutely unforgettable!”
You are a daughter of queens.
The world is balanced on the edge of a knife, and war is almost certain between the empire and the Phoenix Riders.
Like Nefyra before you, your life will be a trial by fire.
Veronyka finally got her wish to join the Riders, but while she’s supposed to be in training, all she really wants to do is fly out to defend the villages of Pyra from the advancing empire. Tristan has been promoted to Master Rider, but he has very different ideas about the best way to protect their people than his father, the commander. Sev has been sent to spy on the empire, but maintaining his cover may force him to fight on the wrong side of the war. And Veronyka’s sister, Val, is determined to regain the empire she lost—even if it means inciting the war herself.
Such is your inheritance. A name. A legacy. An empire in ruin.
As tensions reach a boiling point, the characters all find themselves drawn together into a fight that will shape the course of the empire—and determine the future of the Phoenix Riders. Each must decide how far they’re willing to go—and what they’re willing to lose in the process.
I pray you are able to pass through the flames.

Book Details
Title: Heart of Flames (Book 2 of Crown of Feathers trilogy)
By: Nicki Pau Preto
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 11, 2020

My Review

Before we start, this is book TWO in the Crown of Feathers trilogy, and if you want to learn more about this trilogy, here’s my review for the first book.

Now, onto the review.

I’m not gonna lie, for about an hour I’ve sat here wondering what the hell to even write because this book was so magnificent I don’t think my review could do it justice.

This book picks up from the first, we have seen the consequences of book one, or at least had an inkling on some things and now we follow up fully on what this now means for our characters.

Veronyka, Tristan, and Sev completely capture my heart all over again, and we even have some new character chapters. [I’ll not say what though, because, spoilers, sweetheart]

Newsflash, you know how I was like ‘omg all the characters are all so fleshed-out’ in Crown of Feathers? Well guess what, they continue to be so in Heart of Flames, I am so excited by getting to know some of the side characters more and exploring the workings of our main characters as well.

I adored the interactions between Tristan and Veronyka, I feel they just have such a natural progression and their phoenixes are even more developed. Pau Preto is a gem in giving us such growth in a novel.

Of course though as far as ships go, I still have my OTP for this and again, not going to say anything because of spoilers but AHHH I was so happy on the development on that relationship!!!

I think I may have slightly enjoyed Heart of Flames more than Crown of Feathers, but like one cm more in comparison, they’re both great novels with different focuses.

There’s more Val in this one which I loved, not as much as others who will go unnamed, you know who you are, but, still love Val and I was sooooo happy that we still have Sparrow in the crew. She’s admittedly my favorite character.

I will say we do get more of Elliott as well but will refrain on adding more until you’ve had a chance to read it guys!

Nicki Pau Preto’s world-building continues to be one of my favorite things in existence in the world of books. She astounds without overwhelming the reader, we get to expand out further into her world and see new lands while getting to know previously introduced ones better.

Veronyka, Elliott, and Sev possibly undergo the most character development and it’s brilliant. Especially where Veronyka is concerned, because she’s still coming out of her shell. This makes sense considering all she’s endured as being under Val’s thumb. She’s growing as a person, she’s growing as phoenix rider, and as a friend, and it’s just beautiful to see.

With Sev we see him coming into his own as well, we know he means well, but as Trix once told him you do what you’re good at, and the reader sees Sev embracing his personality traits that some may not always approve of, while also struggling with this desire to be different/do something else.

Val is Val.

That is all I will say about her lol, but, I loved seeing her and holy cow the ending, THE ENDING  IS MAGNIFICENT.

Pros:
– Well developed characters
– Amazing and expansive world building
– A perfect person that you love to hate
– Characters that are not always what they seem
– Great character growth as well, seriously, it’s impressive
– Phoenixes
– More Worldbuilding
– Development of Pheronia
– The past really influencing the future
– Phoenix Riders
– Magic

Cons:
– It’s so hard to not want to scream ‘NO’ while reading
– This will cause you to stay up super late
– You will ship ships so hard you didn’t even know it was possible and it will change your life.
– You may not like how much worldbuilding there is, so I’ll say beware now, but, it’s glorious if you like worldbuilding, I promise.
– This is not a relaxing read, please look to points 1 & 3 again.
– WHAT WAIT IS THIS FOR BOOK 3?!

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC of this in exchange for my honest opinion!

To sum it up: IT WAS EGG-CELLENT. READ IT.

Content Warning: There is death and violence.< Will update this a bit more upon a skim through it!

 

 

Crown of Feathers Book Tag

 

So I’m on this Street Team with massively talented people, and thanks to them, I can do fun stuff like this because they’re awesome and make these things.

This time I’m basking in the glory of Hollibrarybooks and their creation of this tag!

You can find her original post by clicking here

Hey everyone! I’m continuing to branch out with trying new things on the blog, and since Nicki Pau Preto’s Heart of Flames releases in exactly four weeks I wanted to celebrate! And by celebrate, I mean I wanted to do something fun, and different than anything I’ve done before. And so, behold: a Crown of Feathers themed book tag!

Feel free to participate in the tag, whether you’re tagged by someone or not. Everyone is welcome! I’d love to see everyone’s responses, so please link back to my blog in your post. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to do it on Twitter or Instagram. You can use #COFBookTag, or tag me in your posts (I’m @wordsbyholly on Twitter, and @hollibrarybooks on Instagram).

Intrigued by this book Crown of Feathers? Here’s my review of it and expect the review for the impending book 2, Heart of Flames within the next couple of weeks as this sequel releases on February 11!!

Preorder Campaign Info!
If you preorder Heart of Flames you can send in your receipt to Nicki and get some awesome swag. A Woodmark and 2x Character Cards!
Because Nicki is amazing, she’s also done a gift if you’re new to the series and you’ve bought Crown of Feathers paperback or hardback, you can get a double-sided map and art card.

UPDATE: The Purple Woodmarks are ALL GONE [Already?! Holy cow!]

Click this link for all the information and the form link

The Crown of Feathers Book Tag

1. The cover of Crown of Feathers is absolutely stunning. Pick a book whose cover you fell in love with at first sight.

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)

2. In Crown of Feathers, Veronyka bonds with a phoenix named Xephyra. Pick an animal from a book that you would love to have by your side.

Faithful
The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce
Faithful is a mysterious sort of cat—and is there any other kind? He might be a bored immortal, a constellation wandering around in a cat-suit, or a messenger from the Great Mother Goddess on a mission—not that these are mutually exclusive, by any means. Whatever he is, he assists Alanna in her quest to become a warrior. He appears as a black cat with violet eyes, and he’s had two incarnations that we know of. His other incarnation, as Pounce in the Provost’s Dog trilogy, helped Beka track down criminals in her work with the Provost’s Guard.

3. Veronyka and Val are sisters, but they have a rather tenuous relationship. Pick a book where the protagonist has a sibling(s)⁠—regardless of whether or not they get along!

Kingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls, #1)

4. To join the ranks of the Phoenix Riders, Veronyka has to disguise herself as a boy. Pick a book where a character disguises themselves.

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)

5. Phoenixes play a large role in Crown of Feathers. Pick a book that features mythological creatures.

The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)

6. Tristan excels as a Phoenix Rider and warrior, despite his fear of fire. Pick a character you’d like by your side in a battle.

Elisabeth, Nathaniel, or Silas would work lol

Sorcery of Thorns

7. Sev is a soldier, trying to escape the army. Pick a character who, no matter how tough they seem, is actually Soft™.

Ramson
Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)

8. In Crown of Feathers, each chapter begins with an epigraph, and you’ll also find letters and historical documents between chapters, too. Pick a book with expansive world-building and history.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

9. Val can be ruthless and does some particularly cruel things (no spoilers!). Pick a character who’s a bad b*tch—for better or for worse.

Angel Mage

 

Ahhh that was so much fun!

I tag any of my readers who wish to do this, I know that seems a cop-out but I’m okay with that.

Join These Bookstagram Challenges

Hey guys!

So, I’m hosting a bookstagram challenge this month in honour of Harley in the Sky as I’m part of the street team for Akemi Dawn Bowman.

The hashtag for this one is #hitsjanchallenge


The other one is for another street team I’m part of but, I’m just one of the cohosts who did like none of the work, the other brilliant people of this team did that. For this bookstagram challenge use #phoenixridersga so we can see your entries! This is also for a giveaway so, keep those eyes peeled, it’s one prompt a week as is my Harley challenge.

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Posted @withrepost • @magic.within.pages *Giveaway* Happy Fri-yay book elves! A couple of us from the #firstridersstreetteam have gotten together to bring you a fun photo challenge to get you all excited for the release of Heart of Flames next month! So, the details 👇🏽 *. PRIZES: 🔥One winner will receive a copy of Crown of Feathers and Heart of Flames 🔥Another winner will receive a copy of Heart of Flames (this option is for those that already have crown of feathers and still want a chance to win a book!) *. RULES: 🔥Follow Us, @hollibrarybooks @thecaffeinated.reader @love2dazzle @madamepincers @chapter_break @magic.within.pages @stfusara @bookishbrianna (we are all fun people!) 🔥Comment what prize you would want- This only has to be done on one hosting account’s page (no need to comment on all eight) 🔥Post at least one photo following a weekly prompt using #phoenixridersga *. EXTRA ENTRIES: 🔥Post up to two photos that fit the week's prompt, including the hashtag #phoenixridersga (for up to +8 entries total into the giveaway) 🔥Follow @nickipaupreto and let us know you did this in a comment *. FINE PRINT: 🔥Must be 18 yrs or older, or have a parents permission 🔥Must be willing to give our address so we can ship you the prizes 🔥Must be a public account 🔥Open Internationally, as long as Book Depository must ship to your country 🔥This giveaway is not associated with Instagram, Book Depository, or @nickipaupreto 🔥Winners will be selected by random drawing based on entries 🔥Don't follow to unfollow. If you are not following all hosts by time of drawing, you will be disqualified from this giveaway and future ones *. *. *. #giveaway #heartofflames #crownoffeathers #nickipaupreto #bookcommunity #readingisfundamental #fortheloveofbooks #booklover #2019reads #yabookstagram #yafantasy #wereadfantasy #yabooks #youngadultreads #yalover #bookcommunity #bookstagram #bookworm #booknerd #fantasy #bookobsessed #youngadultbooks #youngadultbook #bookstagramfeatures #cozyreads

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Anyway, it’s Saturday and I have Ikea furniture to put together, so, pray for me/cross fingers/sacrifice a goat, whatever it is you do. Actually not that last one, but either way, I’m sure no matter where you are in the world you’ll hear me cursing at the Ikea instructions.

Most Anticipated Reads of 2020

 

 

This list is pretty much me fangirling over all the books I want to read that are being released in the New Year.

 

Sequels

This Vicious Cure [This Mortal Coil 3]

This Vicious Cure (This Mortal Coil, #3)

Heart of Flames [Crown of Feathers 2]

Heart of Flames (Crown of Feathers, #2)

The Electric Heir [Feverwake 2]

The Electric Heir (Feverwake, #2)

Venom [Isles of Storm and Sorrow 2]

Venom (Isles of Storm and Sorrow, #2)

Night of the Dragon [Shadow of the Fox 3]

Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3)

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes [Hunger Games 0]
Yes I know, it’s a prequel, but it’s the only one so it’s going here with the sequels

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)

We Free the Stars [Sands of Arawiya 2]

We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya, #2)

 

Unravel the Dusk [The Blood of Stars 2]

Unravel the Dusk  (The Blood of Stars, #2)

Aurora Burning

Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, #2)

 

New Series

The Relic Spell Book 1 Of The Phyrian War Chronicles

[Technically came out this month, but I’m busy lol]

The Relic Spell (The Phyrian War Chronicles, #1)

A Throne of Swans 1
A Throne of Swans (A Throne of Swans, #1)

The Court Of Miracles [A Court of Miracles Book 1]

The Court of Miracles (Court of Miracles, #1)

Beyond The Ruby Veil [The Walls in the Ruby Sky 1]

Cover to be Revealed

Windborn [Fated Stars 1]

Windborn (Fated Stars, #1)

House of Earth and Blood [Crescent City 1]

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)

All The Stars and Teeth 1

All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth, #1)

Scavenge the Stars 1

Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars, #1)

Standalone

Harley in the Sky

Harley in the Sky

Ghost Squad
Is this a standalone? Idk
Ghost Squad

Spellhacker

Spellhacker

The Deep
So this doesn’t come out till January in the UK
The Deep

 

The Shadows Between Us

The Shadows Between Us

Special Post: Cover Reveal

Hey all!

Some of you may not know but I am on the #FirstRidersStreetTeam For the AH-MAZING Nick Pau Preto, the author of one of my fave 2019 reads, Crown of Feathers, I wasn’t on the team for the first book but I am now and let me tell you, yesterday when I saw the cover drop for Heart of Flames I near about squealed like a One Direction Fangirl back in the good ol’ days of One Direction.

But I digress. [Shocking. I know.]

Anyway the purpose of this post is to share that gorgeous cover with you all.

You saw my chaotic Blog Featured Image but here’s some better close ups of what we’re expecting, and let me tell you, be ready to drool…

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Swooning yet? But wait! There’s more!

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Check out the artist, here.

Check out the article from paste magazine, here.

 

Now go forth, swoon, drool, add to GoodReads, do a little dance, I won’t judge!