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Sabeara Aigoviel, princess of Aveladon, wants nothing more than for her heart to glow. The Stone-Hearted power that is received at the age of eighteen is her ultimate wish. With a grim curse looming over the realm and a neighboring kingdoms conspiring plans, contentions arise. Moments of danger summon evil forces, sending Sabeara into a whirlwind of adventure, captivity, a Sabeara Aigoviel, princess of Aveladon, wants nothing more than for her heart to glow. The Stone-Hearted power that is received at the age of eighteen is her ultimate wish. With a grim curse looming over the realm and a neighboring kingdoms conspiring plans, contentions arise. Moments of danger summon evil forces, sending Sabeara into a whirlwind of adventure, captivity, and even love. Rescued by a handsome stranger in a brown cloak, they navigate the kingdoms to bring her safely home. When her rescuer arrives betrothed to her beloved older sister weeks later, it is all she can do to erase their memories. Will Sabeara be able to defeat the curse on the Stone-Hearted race? And will she be able to forget the memories of her epic ventures with her cloaked rescuer?


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Sabeara Aigoviel, princess of Aveladon, wants nothing more than for her heart to glow. The Stone-Hearted power that is received at the age of eighteen is her ultimate wish. With a grim curse looming over the realm and a neighboring kingdoms conspiring plans, contentions arise. Moments of danger summon evil forces, sending Sabeara into a whirlwind of adventure, captivity, a Sabeara Aigoviel, princess of Aveladon, wants nothing more than for her heart to glow. The Stone-Hearted power that is received at the age of eighteen is her ultimate wish. With a grim curse looming over the realm and a neighboring kingdoms conspiring plans, contentions arise. Moments of danger summon evil forces, sending Sabeara into a whirlwind of adventure, captivity, and even love. Rescued by a handsome stranger in a brown cloak, they navigate the kingdoms to bring her safely home. When her rescuer arrives betrothed to her beloved older sister weeks later, it is all she can do to erase their memories. Will Sabeara be able to defeat the curse on the Stone-Hearted race? And will she be able to forget the memories of her epic ventures with her cloaked rescuer?

30 review for Granted (Granted, #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fabi

    let’s talk about the plot, shall we? i loved it!! the whole thing about the curse and all. the amulet? the ambushes? all great. now all that being said, the romance was so unnecessary. i’m not a fan of Mid. i just don’t like him. i wish he wasn’t the love interest. the insta love didn’t work for me. i just didn’t get it. but if you like insta love, then this is the book for you. with Mid in mind, let’s talk about him. needless to say, i don’t like him. from the emerald scarlet eyes to the whole s let’s talk about the plot, shall we? i loved it!! the whole thing about the curse and all. the amulet? the ambushes? all great. now all that being said, the romance was so unnecessary. i’m not a fan of Mid. i just don’t like him. i wish he wasn’t the love interest. the insta love didn’t work for me. i just didn’t get it. but if you like insta love, then this is the book for you. with Mid in mind, let’s talk about him. needless to say, i don’t like him. from the emerald scarlet eyes to the whole sarcasm persona, yeah i’m not a fan of him. however, i do think it’s a me problem. because i really don’t like guys who are betrothed to another person and yet “love” the betrothed’s sister. sorry?? I don’t want to call Sabeara Bear because it sounds weird. so i’ll call her Sab. Sab is ok as a protagonist. she is very generic but still likeable. i kinda wished she was more reckless and more outspoken? i was left wanting for more... Oli, my guys. HES THE MVP!!! He’s perfect. why create a perfect character if he doesn’t end up with the protagonist?? idk, i was just shipping Sab with Oli. Oli is loyal, he’s handsome, he can fight. yeah, he’s my man lol. the villain, obsidian?? he’s not very scary. i’ve read scarier characters. i’ve found myself wanting more from him. more villainy, more treachery. the writing was a bit off for me. it’s too fast paced and too glamorous in a way. and it’s like very show off-ish, in a way? but still very pretty. overall, i think it’s quite good. it has a lot of potential and i think the future books can be better!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    (old.enough.for.fairytales)

    Really really enjoyed this one! First of all, I was sold just from seeing the stunning cover. And the story was so fun! Full of adventure, a swoon-worthy romance, and a courageous heroine, Granted took me on quite the journey! I’m already anxiously anticipating book two because that ending...omg

  3. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Hélène⚜️

    Amazing Debut This book slow at first but picked up fast. I love the passion between Mid and Sabeara but it can’t happen to protect the Kingdom. The end really made me want the second book NOW! I do recommend this book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Thais • tata.lifepages •

    I was immediately drawn by the mesmerizing cover in blue tones containing that glorious long dress. You guys know I am a cover-lover and one of my greatest satisfactions is when a beautiful cover is matched with a beautiful story. Granted follows the story of Sabeara, a Princess of Aveladon who still longs to obtain a stone-hearted power. With conspiracy lurking inside her fathers kingdom, she is taken captive by enemy forces. A mysterious handsome and sassy stranger, Mid, saves her from their g I was immediately drawn by the mesmerizing cover in blue tones containing that glorious long dress. You guys know I am a cover-lover and one of my greatest satisfactions is when a beautiful cover is matched with a beautiful story. Granted follows the story of Sabeara, a Princess of Aveladon who still longs to obtain a stone-hearted power. With conspiracy lurking inside her fathers kingdom, she is taken captive by enemy forces. A mysterious handsome and sassy stranger, Mid, saves her from their grasp and they voyage together in return home, all the while Sabeara hides her identity in fear. The air is sizzling with chemistry between these two characters who will melt your heart with their passion. This novel delivered it all: a spectacular world building which you could easily grasp and feel part of, combined with an amazing character development. You can tell that the author really put effort into planning out this intricately complex plot that plays out masterly with every page. The writing is beautiful, I could visualize every landscape and setting perfectly. I feel like I know all the characters like they are old time friends. The side-characters are amazing and their friendship with Sabeara is tangible, I long for a friendship such as Sabeara's with Oli. The book has some awesome addicting tropes (arranged-marriage, forbidden romance) which combined with the plot development makes the story super intriguing, I couldn't put the book down! I recommend this novel for those looking for a fast paced fairy-tale like fantasy, with arranged marriage, magical powers, forbidden love.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joyly Stevens

    Granted is a blend of fairytales, a look into your past, present, and future that will sweep you off your feet. When first starting 'Granted' by Kendra Thomas, I didn't know what to expect. I only knew that I was excited. The synopsis had me intrigued, so without thinking, I dove into this story. Only to realize that I kept falling and falling down a rabbit hole until the final page. This book, this story, had me by the throat from the very first chapter. I found myself unable to get free from it Granted is a blend of fairytales, a look into your past, present, and future that will sweep you off your feet. When first starting 'Granted' by Kendra Thomas, I didn't know what to expect. I only knew that I was excited. The synopsis had me intrigued, so without thinking, I dove into this story. Only to realize that I kept falling and falling down a rabbit hole until the final page. This book, this story, had me by the throat from the very first chapter. I found myself unable to get free from its pull which resulted in me reading this story practically in one sitting. Even now, I can't put my finger on what exactly it was about this story that made me unable to put it down. I only know that I couldn't turn the page fast enough to keep reading. And to me, that's one of the most important aspects of reading. To start off, the plot was very engaging and fast-paced. I never found my thoughts wandering to other things while reading. I loved the idea of an arranged marriage (it's a trope I love to read about in fantasy). Still, I'd never before read it from this point of view, where the love interest is betrothed to the sister. It intrigued me to the point where I could not predict what was going to happen. I loved the idea of a forbidden romance behind it and how deeply the connection between the main character, Sabaera, and the love interest, Mid, went. I loved reading about their stolen moments, knowing they shouldn't but unable to pull away. The world-building could easily be described in one word: unique. Through beautifully descriptive writing, the world of Aveladon came to life before my eyes. Lush forests and glamorous palaces, shimmering dresses and vibrant cities, this book had it all. I loved the beauty of this world and loved that I could imagine it all so clearly through these descriptive details. Furthermore, the magic surrounding the Stone-Hearted and their powers were fascinating to me. I've never read anything like it, and it excited me to learn about this whole society of gifted Stone-Hearted, their folklores, and beliefs. I'm excited to see this expand in the sequel. This brings us to the last aspect I want to discuss; the characters. The character cast was wonderfully developed. There is a wide range of interesting characters where you can clearly tell that they each have many different sides to them, and though we haven't discovered every side yet, I am confident that this will happen in the sequel. What I loved about the main character, Sabeara, is how real she felt to me. She wasn't a perfect, fearless heroine who had it all together. She was brash, impulsive, witty, and courageous despite her fears. She fought for what she believed was right for her kingdom and wasn't afraid to speak her mind. I admired that about her. She tended to diminish her own strengths, thinking herself weak compared to those around her, unable to see how brightly she really burned. It made her a relatable character. The love interest, Midennen, was attractive from the very beginning. Handsome, witty, honorable, what's not to love? I loved the mysterious allure he had to him in the first half of the book and found myself drawn to him. I loved getting to know little tidbits about him throughout the story. Both of these characters became very dynamic, especially during the second half of the book when things started to become tense. It thrilled me to watch them grow and become more prominent. What's worth mentioning is the villain who surprised me the most. At first glance, he seemed like an ordinary villain, hungry for more power. Turns out looks can be deceiving. The further you read, the more you'll come to realize the mystery surrounding him. A mystery that will make you want to continue reading. It's safe to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had some great and unique aspects that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a thrilling read that somehow managed to take me back in time to when I was a little girl who got lost in fairytales every night before bed. A truly magical read. Get your copy now! http://mybook.to/Grantedkendrathomas

  6. 5 out of 5

    ReadingInPyjamas

    New to me author Kendra Thomas managed to pleasantly surprise me with this well-crafted fantasy novel. The blurb caught my attention immediately and I couldn't pass the opportunity to read this book. The arranged marriage trope is one of my favourites and it worked very well for this story. The forbidden romance that develops throughout the book is also well presented and I found myself turning page after page, needing to see how things we're going to turn out. The worldbuilding and magic system New to me author Kendra Thomas managed to pleasantly surprise me with this well-crafted fantasy novel. The blurb caught my attention immediately and I couldn't pass the opportunity to read this book. The arranged marriage trope is one of my favourites and it worked very well for this story. The forbidden romance that develops throughout the book is also well presented and I found myself turning page after page, needing to see how things we're going to turn out. The worldbuilding and magic system are quite unique, I loved how the world of Aveladon was portrayed. The writing is beautiful with vivid descriptions of the palace and different cities in the kingdom. The story is intense, suspenseful and romantic. The characters are well developed and have substance. The heroine of this story, princess Sabaera, is such a fun character. She's high spirited and sometimes reckless, she desires adventure and something more than being stuck in the palace all the time. This story takes the reader on a wonderful adventure, it's action-packed, with mystery, angsty moments and a villain that surprised me. There is a cliffhanger at the end and I'm really excited for the sequel. *Many thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelsy Flanders

    Granted is not just a book. Granted is a safe haven that I will continue to retreat to when life becomes all too noisy and complicated. These characters have become my friends. They leap off the page due to Kendra Thomas' excellent writing. If you are a lover of romance, adventure and magic then Granted is certainly the book for you! Our story is about a princess, Sabeara, who wants nothing more than to be free of her stuffy life stuck in the castle and to have her powers Granted to her just lik Granted is not just a book. Granted is a safe haven that I will continue to retreat to when life becomes all too noisy and complicated. These characters have become my friends. They leap off the page due to Kendra Thomas' excellent writing. If you are a lover of romance, adventure and magic then Granted is certainly the book for you! Our story is about a princess, Sabeara, who wants nothing more than to be free of her stuffy life stuck in the castle and to have her powers Granted to her just like her sister. Sabeara's life is far from interesting, but in a quick turn of events including kidnappings, a curse, jealousy, and forbidden love, Sabeara is thrown into a life of adventure that she never could have imagined. This book will leave you needing answers and waiting, not-so-patiently, for the sequel!

  8. 4 out of 5

    agus ✨ - booksandstationery

    All Sabeara wants is to be a normal Stone-Hearted girl. Being the youngest daughter of the king of Aveladon and wanting nothing to do with the throne, she allows herself to be reckless, often escaping the castle and hiding in the woods for days. Meanwhile, Jasper, her older sister, is nothing but the perfect future ruler of Aveladon. During Jasper's “granting”, when she finally receives the Stone-Hearted power, things start to take an unexpected turn. Sabeara is kidnapped by a group of Obscurum, All Sabeara wants is to be a normal Stone-Hearted girl. Being the youngest daughter of the king of Aveladon and wanting nothing to do with the throne, she allows herself to be reckless, often escaping the castle and hiding in the woods for days. Meanwhile, Jasper, her older sister, is nothing but the perfect future ruler of Aveladon. During Jasper's “granting”, when she finally receives the Stone-Hearted power, things start to take an unexpected turn. Sabeara is kidnapped by a group of Obscurum, from a neighboring kingdom that wants nothing good, attacking the granting celebration in the castle. Rescued by a handsome stranger in a brown cloak days later, they navigate the lands to bring her safely home. While the shadows of an ancient curse start to close tightly over the five kingdoms, Sabeara will need to find her place in this strange battle. I truly enjoyed this book! As soon as the story starts we are submerged in this incredible magic-fantasy world. The story is quick-paced, and with many things going on, making us want to keep reading to try to understand what is happening. Even though there is a lot going on (kidnapping, rescuing, a journey through the kingdoms, a war, a curse, romance), it all works! The author knows how to present everything, piece by piece so that we grow curious without being overwhelmed. . I’m a sucker for a fantasy novel with magic and kingdoms, so I already knew I would like this book to some extent even before starting to read it, but I was pleasantly surprised by the good magic system and world-building we are presented with. The "Stone-Hearted" magic concept is really unique and made me want to read more about the story behind it and how it all works more deeply. The characters are very well defined, and each one has their own voice so that we can get to know them better and empathize with them. I’m not the biggest fan of romance, so that’s the only thing I didn’t fully like. I felt the relationship was missing a little more development and it happened a bit too fast for me. But I actually started liking it towards the end, so I’m excited to see how it will continue in the next book! The scenery of the story is incredibly beautiful. Kendra’s writing style is beautifully descriptive, making the whole world come to life clearly and easily. I could picture every scene so clearly, and it was beautiful! Granted is a great fantasy novel, filled with adventure, magic, and romance. With a great world-building and great characters, and an ending that will leave you with many questions wanting answers and more of this world and characters! Thank you so much to the author, Kendra Thomas for kindly sending me an ARC of this book, I truly enjoyed it so much and I cannot wait to see how the story continues!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    Absolutely amazing book. The writing is engaging and easy to follow. The characters are well developed and engaging. A beautiful world has been created by an amazing new writer which pulls you in and entrances your mind. I can’t wait to see how things continue in the next book of the Granted series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda (TheBookwormAdventures)

    “I already knew we couldn’t be together. At least, that’s what I told myself on the way back to my room, repeating it over and over again in my mind to make sure my heart understood. You can’t be with him, you can’t be with him. But I don’t know if my heart was even listening.” Sabeara is a princess of Aveladon who feels inferior to her older sister Jasper, who is poised and has a seemingly effortless way of speaking to the people of their kingdom. Jasper has also received the first of being Ston “I already knew we couldn’t be together. At least, that’s what I told myself on the way back to my room, repeating it over and over again in my mind to make sure my heart understood. You can’t be with him, you can’t be with him. But I don’t know if my heart was even listening.” Sabeara is a princess of Aveladon who feels inferior to her older sister Jasper, who is poised and has a seemingly effortless way of speaking to the people of their kingdom. Jasper has also received the first of being Stone Hearted, which is a power that is granted when a person turns 18, and Sabeara wants nothing more than to receive this power as well. But when Sabeara is kidnapped and a curse as well as a neighboring kingdom’s violent plans are revealed, she must fight for everything - and everyone - she loves. Along the way she is rescued by Mid, a handsome stranger with whom she quickly recognizes that she has feelings for. But when he is revealed to be betrothed to Jasper later on, Sabeara battles not only for her kingdom, but for her heart - and that of her sister’s. With a swoon worthy cover, and full of adventure, action, and (sometimes) thwarted love, this debut is perfect for fans of young adult fantasy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Samthefangirl

    Granted by Kendra Thomas was all the things I love: rebellious royalty, kidnapping and rescue, forbidden love, a new world of magic and a pet polar bear (I didn’t know I need this but oh my goodness I did 😂). Sabeara is the younger sister of Jasper, who has come into her Stone-Hearted powers. There is a celebration which results in our heroine being kidnapped and rescued by the mysterious and handsome Mid (who rides a polar bear so we have to love him okay?!). Upon her safe return home Sabeara fin Granted by Kendra Thomas was all the things I love: rebellious royalty, kidnapping and rescue, forbidden love, a new world of magic and a pet polar bear (I didn’t know I need this but oh my goodness I did 😂). Sabeara is the younger sister of Jasper, who has come into her Stone-Hearted powers. There is a celebration which results in our heroine being kidnapped and rescued by the mysterious and handsome Mid (who rides a polar bear so we have to love him okay?!). Upon her safe return home Sabeara finds out the kingdom is going to war and a political marriage by Jasper is needed to secure the alliance... guess who the lucky prince is? The Stone-Hearted magical system is mysterious and the gifted powers vary from mood control to illusions... but what if there was a way to use them all 🤔😉 Granted is the first in a brilliant new series by Kendra Thomas, who kept me glued to the book from the first page to the last. I rate Granted a solid 4.5 stars and if she gives me book two ASAP I’ll consider upgrading that 😂😂😂

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ilenia

    When Kendra asked me if I would have liked to read her book I was thrilled and I said immediately yes!!you know my love of fantasy and Granted reflects perfectly this genre!!! The story is about a princess, Sabeara who wants nothing more than to be a Stone-hearted normal girl. She is the king's youngest daughter who escapes royal duties to hide in the woods. Her sister Jasper is the perfect pincess ready to rule the kingdom. During Jasper's granting, a group of Obscurum kidnap Sabeara and bring h When Kendra asked me if I would have liked to read her book I was thrilled and I said immediately yes!!you know my love of fantasy and Granted reflects perfectly this genre!!! The story is about a princess, Sabeara who wants nothing more than to be a Stone-hearted normal girl. She is the king's youngest daughter who escapes royal duties to hide in the woods. Her sister Jasper is the perfect pincess ready to rule the kingdom. During Jasper's granting, a group of Obscurum kidnap Sabeara and bring her far from her family. A handsome and mysterious stranger rescues her and together travel through lands to get her home.. Of course the story is more than that thanks to the amazing way Kendra describes everything!!! The world she built is amazing and you can easily find yourself inside of it!!! The magic around the Stone Hearted people is special and one of a kind. You know guys that I love romance and Kendra didn't disappoint me!!!!this love story is one of those that keeps you in suspense!!! Granted is a fantastic fantasy book full of magic, friendship, sacrifice, grief and love!! I REALLY RECOMMEND IT and I am sure you will love it like I did!!! Thanks Kendra for the book, I really loved it!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    The Lusty Literarians

    Granted by Kendra Thomas completely blew me away! This book is a prime example as to why I skip reading the book blurb 99% of the time before I read the book. I had NO IDEA what the story was about before I read it. I found this book from Instagram posts and between those and this stunning cover I knew I had to read it. I'm so glad I did and I'm 100% addiction to this series now. OK, so back to my oddball non-blurb reading ways... Having had no idea what this story was about I was completely subm Granted by Kendra Thomas completely blew me away! This book is a prime example as to why I skip reading the book blurb 99% of the time before I read the book. I had NO IDEA what the story was about before I read it. I found this book from Instagram posts and between those and this stunning cover I knew I had to read it. I'm so glad I did and I'm 100% addiction to this series now. OK, so back to my oddball non-blurb reading ways... Having had no idea what this story was about I was completely submerged in Sabeara's story and even cried at one point. Like full on heartbreaking sobs cried. Once I recovered from my shock I was able to finish reading Granted. I loved everything about this story. We have action, grand adventures, a forbidden/taboo romance, mysterious curses, and impending war between kingdoms. I also enjoyed that each person gains a particular power on their 18th birthday and becomes "Stone-Hearted", that was a nice element to the story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kalli

    Kendra Thomas kindly sent me an ARC of her book. Her writing is so descriptive and detailed that I was in awe. I thought the love interest and their connection between Sabeara and her cloaked rescuer came a little too fast for me, I like when books have the anticipation of wanting something to happen between characters but once I hit the middle and end, I loved them! She did great with character building and giving each character a voice. There is action, forbidden love, and beautiful scenery in Kendra Thomas kindly sent me an ARC of her book. Her writing is so descriptive and detailed that I was in awe. I thought the love interest and their connection between Sabeara and her cloaked rescuer came a little too fast for me, I like when books have the anticipation of wanting something to happen between characters but once I hit the middle and end, I loved them! She did great with character building and giving each character a voice. There is action, forbidden love, and beautiful scenery in this book. The story’s world building is very unique and the concept of the Stone-Hearted was so magical to me! I wonder what power I would receive? She left it at a cliffhanger too! I was up reading that book till 2 am, I was so hooked. I will definitely be adding a physical copy to my shelves.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emilee

    In her debut novel, Granted, author Kendra Thomas creates a magical world that seems to be straight out of a fairy tale. With a new story filled with glittering, unique magic, mesmerizing creatures, and beautifully crafted descriptions, it was easy to get lost in the writing. There were some aspects of the book, however, that prevented me from giving it higher than 3 stars, as I have seen many others do. Maybe this is just the perfectionist student and wannabe editor in me, but I saw many proble In her debut novel, Granted, author Kendra Thomas creates a magical world that seems to be straight out of a fairy tale. With a new story filled with glittering, unique magic, mesmerizing creatures, and beautifully crafted descriptions, it was easy to get lost in the writing. There were some aspects of the book, however, that prevented me from giving it higher than 3 stars, as I have seen many others do. Maybe this is just the perfectionist student and wannabe editor in me, but I saw many problems with the copy editing that were difficult to ignore. Misspelling words like “ice sickles,” using the wrong representation of “too” versus “to,” and incorrect comma usage stuck out to me and made it difficult to read at times. The issues with the commas were so prevalent that sometimes I had to read sentences, particularly within the dialogue between the characters, multiple times to understand the intended meaning. However, like I said, this could just be me being a picky reader, and in the whole it was comprehensive writing, even if some parts of it stuck out to me in a less positive manner. In spite of the grammatical errors that I noticed, I found myself loving a lot of the plot and characters. Many of the minor characters such as Embrosine and Liony were easy to fall in love with, and I found myself rooting for the romance between Sabeara and Mid. The damsel-in-distress aspect of the book left me wanting more; I felt that there was an inconsistency in Sabeara being represented as helpless and dependent one moment and strong and rebellious the next. Despite this, I saw development in her character and look forward to seeing how this continues to do so in the future books. The main concepts behind the plot were highly intriguing and followed an action-packed chronology that had me turning the pages. The ending leaves readers with many questions, drawing more attention and anticipation towards the rest of the series. If you are looking for an easy to read, fast, and beautiful YA fantasy, I would definitely recommend Granted. I hope that the rest of the books will be more carefully proofread before publication, and I know it will be satisfactory for any fantasy cravings that a reader may have.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    I honestly thought this was going to be a good book, I was excited to read it. I have a rule for myself to get 25% of a book read before I DNF. The sentences were really choppy. Quite a few times I had to go back and reread, because of a weirdly place comma. The dialogue of this novel is very frosty. It left me wondering if the author has ever listened to people having a conversation. You aren't usually rigid with your best friend and sister. I always love a good book with magic. Just not this b I honestly thought this was going to be a good book, I was excited to read it. I have a rule for myself to get 25% of a book read before I DNF. The sentences were really choppy. Quite a few times I had to go back and reread, because of a weirdly place comma. The dialogue of this novel is very frosty. It left me wondering if the author has ever listened to people having a conversation. You aren't usually rigid with your best friend and sister. I always love a good book with magic. Just not this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lucia

    I’ve received Granted from the author in exchange for a review. Thank you, Kendra, for the ebook. This book is definitely not something I would’ve picked up by myself. It’s not my kind of the book in general. However, as a light read between this and that high fantasy story it was a good, enjoyable and quick read with interesting plot. If you look for a princessy magical YA fantasy story, you might like this one a lot. Besides, I would say that it’s for younger readers as well because it’s more a I’ve received Granted from the author in exchange for a review. Thank you, Kendra, for the ebook. This book is definitely not something I would’ve picked up by myself. It’s not my kind of the book in general. However, as a light read between this and that high fantasy story it was a good, enjoyable and quick read with interesting plot. If you look for a princessy magical YA fantasy story, you might like this one a lot. Besides, I would say that it’s for younger readers as well because it’s more a fairy tale than a story with complicated plot twists - if this makes sense. In short, it’s easy to follow. There are few characters who are important for the story, but the central person is Sabeara, our princess and we see the story from her point of view. She’s a likeable main character. I don’t have any problem with her. Sometimes she’s naive, sometimes she’s rebellious (I would like to see this part of her more often because I think it was forgotten from the middle to the end of the book), sometimes she’s very annoying especially if we’re speaking about one male character…yes Mid, you. On the other hand, I liked her relationship with Oli, her guardian. You already know that I am a huge fan of great friendship so it’s quite obvious that this is always my favourite feature in books. Mid, well…I’m going to mention him below. The villains in this story could be great, but I’ve got the feeling that they were just there, now and then did something awful, but I would like to see more development (their potential can be more developed in the second book). The plot was the most intriguing part for me. I liked it a lot. However, I have to mention this, I turned off the part of my “logic in the story brain” because mind you, this is something between YA and middle-grade book in my eyes so you know, I don’t want to be too critical. But the whole idea about the curse, some fancy items (I don’t want to name them - spoilers) sounded good enough. Besides, I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. Thumps up for this! I think I want to read the second book because I am curious about Sabeara's journey. There were some parts that I enjoyed a lot, then there were some parts where I rolled my eyes and had to laugh. The romance was… I don’t want to say unnecessary because you expect it in the story like this, but it felt icky. I know that some of us women (maybe men too) dream of being pulled into a tight embrace and kissed maybe with a little force from a man, but it’s ok if it happens once, twice but if it happens constantly and with Mid it happened every time there is something wrong with it. He kissed the princess or grabbed her by force or something similar… I don’t think this is the right message for the younger readers, especially girls. So that’s why I didn’t like the romance, the main love interest and his behaviour. Honestly, he is a prick and doesn’t have a problem to play with Sabeara and her sister at the same time. My opinion is probably influenced by my own experiences but I can’t be objective in this case. It just doesn’t sit well with me. But this can be very personal. Some people don’t mind these things in books, but I do. Honestly, I don’t mean it in a bad way, maybe only as a suggestion to write a relationship better. Writing was good. I read some scenes which were truly beautifully written and nicely descriptive but this is the author’s first book so there is always a place for some improvement. Although I had a slight problem with frequent repetitiveness. Again, some people don’t even notice something like this but here I am. I know that Mid has emerald-scarlet eyes and I don’t need to read this same information ten times in one chapter. Some conversations, I dare to say the half of them, started with “are you okay?” or “are you alright?”. I know I am picky, but I notice the repetitive words (e.g. Crescent City), verbs (e.g. to shrug – The Name of the Wind) or scenes (e.g. The Eye of the World) in every book. This is the advice from me as a reader be more careful with the repetitiveness and to use more varied words (expressions, don’t repeat the same information all over again) in the future. Maybe it is just me, but it drives me nuts. Overall, the story has a lot of potential, the second book can be better and full of surprises (I kind of want to read it). Not very significant observation but I liked the names of the characters a lot. The magic system was amazing too, but I would like to know more about it. My rating is somewhere between 2,5 and 3. 

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashton Reed

    This is a funnn read!! If you’re wanting a fast, action-packed read where you can project yourself as the main character, right into all the drama, look no further! Granted is about Sabeara Aigoviel, princess of Aveladon, younger sister of the future queen. The land is under political unrest after just having separated into four different kingdoms, and Sabaera is soon kidnapped by soldiers of an enemy kingdom. Luckily, she is rescued by a handsome stranger named Mid, who promises to return her ho This is a funnn read!! If you’re wanting a fast, action-packed read where you can project yourself as the main character, right into all the drama, look no further! Granted is about Sabeara Aigoviel, princess of Aveladon, younger sister of the future queen. The land is under political unrest after just having separated into four different kingdoms, and Sabaera is soon kidnapped by soldiers of an enemy kingdom. Luckily, she is rescued by a handsome stranger named Mid, who promises to return her home to her family. But they quickly develop a deeper bond, and their inevitable goodbye tears a hole in Sabeara’s heart. But all is not what it seems in Aveladon, and things are about to get wayyy more complicated… Soooo I really enjoyed this book! This is one of those books that grabs a hold of your being and doesn’t let you stop thinking about it until you’ve finished it, and even then you want more. There are tropes, for sure, and the plot twist in the middle is crazy obvious, but it doesn’t matter because the drama is on point!! Kinda like a soap opera 😂😂 I will say, the writing isn’t perfect. There are a few grammatical errors and way too many adjectives, especially towards the beginning, which makes it feel a little more telly than showy (yes, I made those up, but you get the gist). But as the story picks up, you stop noticing because the plot starts to project in your head like a movie and you just have to keep going! I wondered going into this book if there would be the tide-turning insta-love that so many authors fall prey to, but I’m surprising myself to say I didn’t mind in this one. Because it doesn’t feel like insta-love. There is development to it that fits well with the progression of the plot, so it didn’t hurt my testy reader heart. So basically, if you’re looking for a book with perfect grammar and no tropes, this may not be a book for you. However, I rate based on enjoyment, and this book was gripping and intense! Overall, the plot hit all the points for me and I devoured it. I need the next one, stat!!! That cliffhanger was just evil - I have no idea what’s in store for Sabeara and her squad! If you enjoyed this review, you can follow me here on Goodreads and on my Instagram/Twitter @ashton_reads! Love y’all!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    “ Even if it was dangerous, I would still want to be a warrior. “ * I was sent a ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review! Granted was everything I needed this past week! When Kendra messaged me asking me if I would like to read her book and I saw the synopsis, I just KNEW I was going to love it and I’m so happy it did not disappoint! This story had so many aspects that I love in a book: a unique magic system, forbidden romances, glittering gowns, a beautiful world divided into differ “ Even if it was dangerous, I would still want to be a warrior. “ * I was sent a ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review! Granted was everything I needed this past week! When Kendra messaged me asking me if I would like to read her book and I saw the synopsis, I just KNEW I was going to love it and I’m so happy it did not disappoint! This story had so many aspects that I love in a book: a unique magic system, forbidden romances, glittering gowns, a beautiful world divided into different kingdoms and a trusting pet (yes, I’m talking about ghost, the polar bear). There were also a ton of amazing characters, Oli being one of my favorites. He’s just everything you’d want from a male best friend and is just truly loyal and loving and you couldn’t help but love him! I also really enjoyed Mid, even though he’s your typical cocky and hot main male lol he’s still worthy of swooning over and would do anything for our main character, Sabeara. Sabeara herself was really enjoyable as well, she was a typical princess who didn’t want to fill her role and was rebellious at times, but also knew her role in the world and would do what is necessary. To be honest though, I loved almost every character for a different reason, especially the side characters! They were just so easy to love and care about and that’s most important to me for enjoying a book! The world also sounded really beautiful but I wish there was just a bit more description of the land as a whole but I have a pretty good vision of what the two main courts look like! Overall I loved this story and I CAN NOT wait for book two since we were left on a bit of a cliffhanger! For readers who enjoy: romance (of the forbidden kind), magic, adventure, a glittering world and a court system.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Fantasy debut. • Thank you so much to #gingerkingdombuddyread for setting up a group chat with the author for this book. It was my first time chatting with an author in a book discussion and it really was interesting having questions answered, hearing about process and the birth of the story, and getting a few hints about the upcoming books in the series. • This YA fantasy book is the first in a series and Kendra Thomas has created a great world that this takes place in. I read a lot of fantasy, so Fantasy debut. • Thank you so much to #gingerkingdombuddyread for setting up a group chat with the author for this book. It was my first time chatting with an author in a book discussion and it really was interesting having questions answered, hearing about process and the birth of the story, and getting a few hints about the upcoming books in the series. • This YA fantasy book is the first in a series and Kendra Thomas has created a great world that this takes place in. I read a lot of fantasy, so I was able to figure out some plot twists and the story uses many fantasy tropes that are very popular and familiar. Even if some of the plot of predictable, the characters are still interesting enough to keep you involved in the story. I am intrigued by the villain and can’t wait to see more of him in the next book, I need more dashing bad guys in the story. The book does have a strong romance, but I’m kind of hoping in the next books it may be switched up a little. I would love a little hate to love or antihero to show up to shake things up. My major issue with the book is that I didn’t love the hero, who was a little one dimensional until he became a dishonest jerk. I’m hoping he either has a complete character 180 or gets replaced. For a debut I found this very promising and am excited to read more of this series and from Kendra Thomas in the future. • Have you ever had a book discussion with the author? • Clean rating: 🧼🧼🧼1/2 for some kissing. •

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paula Terrado

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 "𝙻𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚐𝚊𝚖𝚎, 𝚎𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚛𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚎𝚕𝚜𝚎." (𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫 - 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎) This. Book. Was. A. Ma. Zing. Sabeara is a princess who did not really want to rule and was considered to be reckless because she often escapes the walls of their castle. She later on met Mid, who had a good skillset in battles and was also Stone-hearted. Their relationship spiraled from their first encounter and things became really complicated after they parted ways. I will be 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 "𝙻𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚐𝚊𝚖𝚎, 𝚎𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚛𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚎𝚕𝚜𝚎." (𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫 - 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎) This. Book. Was. A. Ma. Zing. Sabeara is a princess who did not really want to rule and was considered to be reckless because she often escapes the walls of their castle. She later on met Mid, who had a good skillset in battles and was also Stone-hearted. Their relationship spiraled from their first encounter and things became really complicated after they parted ways. I will be honest by saying that this book made me cry thrice... it was just too painful. 😭 i felt Sabeara and Mid’s pain every time the story focused on them and it really shattered me!!! I know the feeling... though mine wasn’t sibling related, still the feeling was the same!! 😭 About the story, i obviously adored it since i’m very much affected by it. I cannot stop reading when the curse has been brought up.. i just had to know about it. The suspense was real and the more things were being revealed, the more i enjoyed the story. One thing i hate though is that the ending.. IS SUCH A CLIFFHANGER!!!! Please do not make us wait a long time for the next book, i am dying to know what happened to Ethydon and the Spirit tree. My brain has too many questions and I NEED ANSWERS PLS 😭😭 Thank you to the author, Kendra Thomas, for providing a review copy!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carla Richards

    Sabeara Aigoviel is a princess of Avelodon, a once united land now fractured into five kingdoms. All she dreams of is reaching the age at which she can become Stone-Hearted and embrace the power her people are known for. One fateful night a rebel kingdom storms her home and takes her captive but she is quickly rescued by a handsome stranger who tells her about a curse upon the land. She quickly falls in love but must return home as is her duty, but shortly after finds out that her sister and mys Sabeara Aigoviel is a princess of Avelodon, a once united land now fractured into five kingdoms. All she dreams of is reaching the age at which she can become Stone-Hearted and embrace the power her people are known for. One fateful night a rebel kingdom storms her home and takes her captive but she is quickly rescued by a handsome stranger who tells her about a curse upon the land. She quickly falls in love but must return home as is her duty, but shortly after finds out that her sister and mysterious stranger are now betrothed. Now Sabeara embarks on a journey of fighting a star crossed love while trying to save those most important to her. I must be honest, the cover for this book is absolutely stunning and that is what caught my eye. There was a good set up of the magical world building and the plot was entertaining and gripping too! I thoroughly enjoyed Kendra Thomas’ style of writing and I think this is a great start to the series- I was definitely left wanting more! At the same time, I’m still not sure I’ve completely bought into the love interest and their relationship just yet...at times it seemed a bit immature and misplaced. Though to be fair, Sabeara is a young girl. I guess we shall see how things progress in the next book! In the meantime give this a go if you are a fan of Young Adult Fantasy/Romance, it’s a really enjoyable read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Kelly

    Holy Cow! What a whirlwind. I loved this story and fell in love with the characters right away! Picture a ballroom dance, its a waltz and this book is the tune you are dancing to. This book is a fairytale come to life, and it reads like a movie! Phenomenal! I was pulled into the story right away as the storyline gets very interesting as soon as chapter 3. Lots of action. I loved the world building! This is my favorite city, City of Eslecaster: within the walls of the ebony black mountain. Rivers Holy Cow! What a whirlwind. I loved this story and fell in love with the characters right away! Picture a ballroom dance, its a waltz and this book is the tune you are dancing to. This book is a fairytale come to life, and it reads like a movie! Phenomenal! I was pulled into the story right away as the storyline gets very interesting as soon as chapter 3. Lots of action. I loved the world building! This is my favorite city, City of Eslecaster: within the walls of the ebony black mountain. Rivers took the place of streets. Buildings climbed the cliffs, houses stacked atop one another. Opal stone bridges crossed the giant waters. Stone-hearted = very interesting! You are granted powers at 18, the ceremony is called The Granting. There is also a curse that has befallen the kingdom and to stop it, all five tokens must be reunited. This book just left me wanting more and i need to know what happens next. Can't wait for the next book in this series! Mysterious villians, characters with powers, a kingdom in peril, forbidden romance! What more can you need from a novel? Why haven't you picked this up yet? I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves ya fantasy!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Dressler

    This novel is Thomas’s first, and she does a wonderful job of world building. I have read more fantasy novels this summer than ever before, and I am enjoying them! Granted follows Sabeara’s life as a princess without powers for now. She watches her sister be “granted’ powers, and dreams of a life without her royal obligations. She’s endured her father’s deep sadness over the loss of her mother years before. Sabeara quickly encounters some that wish to do her harm, as well as other characters that This novel is Thomas’s first, and she does a wonderful job of world building. I have read more fantasy novels this summer than ever before, and I am enjoying them! Granted follows Sabeara’s life as a princess without powers for now. She watches her sister be “granted’ powers, and dreams of a life without her royal obligations. She’s endured her father’s deep sadness over the loss of her mother years before. Sabeara quickly encounters some that wish to do her harm, as well as other characters that want to help her. Amidst these, she meets Mid. Both Sabeara and Mid have their own reasons to hide their background from each other- instead enjoying the quiet, unpressured time between the two. I really enjoyed the banter between these two characters, and their willingness to dive into life’s experiences! A curse looms on Mid and Sabeara’s world, and they must work together to decipher the curse, all while trying to please their families’ expectations. Sabeara is surrounded by a cast of great characters- Oli, Liony, Jasper, Shar, and even Obsidian [who I want to know so much more about!]- which I love about stories that will continue into a series! Thank you to the author for joining our buddy read! I enjoyed learning so much about characters, the writing back story, as well as hearing where the action in this series is going next- has book 2 published yet, because I am READY TO READ IT!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Okay, I have to be honest, I am notttt a fantasy gal normally, so when Kendra approached me about reviewing her book I was a little unsure, but ultimately decided to break out of my normal genre and give it a go...and WOW, I’m glad I did! - Granted is the first book of its series and follows Sabeara, Princess of Aveladon. In her kingdom, the Stone-Hearted people are those who are granted magical powers at the age of 18 and Sabeara can’t wait for the day she receives hers. However, before that day Okay, I have to be honest, I am notttt a fantasy gal normally, so when Kendra approached me about reviewing her book I was a little unsure, but ultimately decided to break out of my normal genre and give it a go...and WOW, I’m glad I did! - Granted is the first book of its series and follows Sabeara, Princess of Aveladon. In her kingdom, the Stone-Hearted people are those who are granted magical powers at the age of 18 and Sabeara can’t wait for the day she receives hers. However, before that day approaches, danger reaches her and her city. She is taken captive but rescued by a charming man (and we loveeee the budding romance that develops). Still, this is only the beginning of the trouble. With twists and turns, Granted was such a fun book to get lost in and I found myself so eager to keep reading the next chapter. There is romance and heartbreaks, curses and magic, and everything in between. - As someone who never got swept up in fantasy books, I can say this was SUCH a pleasant surprise and one that I completely recommend. This book is out June 1st and I’m already dying to read the next one!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lis Georgia

    Okay THIS BOOK!!! Let me just start off by saying that I cannot wait for her next book, Hearted to come out 😭 Sabeara Aigoviel is a princess from Aveladon. She aches for the day that she will receive her Stone-Hearted power at the age of 18. But before this could occur she finds herself held captive until a handsome man comes to her rescue whom she eventually falls in love with (typical sure, but there’s far more to it than that...you’ll have to read the book!!). Upon being rescued she learns of Okay THIS BOOK!!! Let me just start off by saying that I cannot wait for her next book, Hearted to come out 😭 Sabeara Aigoviel is a princess from Aveladon. She aches for the day that she will receive her Stone-Hearted power at the age of 18. But before this could occur she finds herself held captive until a handsome man comes to her rescue whom she eventually falls in love with (typical sure, but there’s far more to it than that...you’ll have to read the book!!). Upon being rescued she learns of a curse that lurks over the Stone-Hearted race. She wants to know more. Overall, Thomas created amazing characters and a beautiful world that is Greater Aveladon. You will fall in love with it. This is so much more than just a fantasy novel. It’s romantic, funny, and adventurous and it will keep you turning page after page. There were many nights where I found solace in the pages and was truly so sad when it came to an end. With this being said, I think it could have been slightly longer. More depth and explanation could have been helpful in quite a few scenes. I found it to move very quickly and I was onto the next big event before entirely fathoming the last. For that reason, I could not give it a full 5 stars even though I so badly wanted to!! Overall I am IN LOVE with this world that Thomas has created and the characters within the novel. Y’all really need to read this book!! Did I say that yet??

  27. 4 out of 5

    book_delight_

    “Love is a perilous game, especially when the person you desire belongs to someone else”. (Shar, Granted). Let me start by saying thank you! I was in a month long reading slump and Granted dragged me out. After reading the synopsis and being drawn in it was everything I hoped it would be and more. Kendra did not disappoint. The world Kendra built is wonderful, princesses, princes, magic, plots, a curse, stone hearted people with powers, love and much much more. I’m not afraid to admit I cried sev “Love is a perilous game, especially when the person you desire belongs to someone else”. (Shar, Granted). Let me start by saying thank you! I was in a month long reading slump and Granted dragged me out. After reading the synopsis and being drawn in it was everything I hoped it would be and more. Kendra did not disappoint. The world Kendra built is wonderful, princesses, princes, magic, plots, a curse, stone hearted people with powers, love and much much more. I’m not afraid to admit I cried several times, I felt Sabeara & Mid’s love and grief, torn between duty, family and love. Oli and Sabeara’s friendship is one we can only hope for, built on trust, laughter and love. Sabeara and her sister Jasper love each other very much but sometimes have strained relationship. If you want be taken on a roller coaster of emotions and love YA fantasy then this is one for you! I was shocked to find myself and the end before I knew it and what a cliffhanger Kendra left us on! Bring on book 2! I was sent this E-book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    grim_reads

    I didn’t really know what to expect but I was very pleasantly surprised. ⁣ ⁣ I will tell you why. ⁣ I love a good romance , fantasy type book but I’m not a huge fan of teen , young adult books being inappropriate for the age group. I have 4 kids. 3 are teenagers. I would without a doubt have no problems letting my 16 year old daughter read this book.⁣ ⁣ There was a beautiful picture in my mind of a fairytale landscape. It felt very magical.⁣ The main character was a strong princess character , not you I didn’t really know what to expect but I was very pleasantly surprised. ⁣ ⁣ I will tell you why. ⁣ I love a good romance , fantasy type book but I’m not a huge fan of teen , young adult books being inappropriate for the age group. I have 4 kids. 3 are teenagers. I would without a doubt have no problems letting my 16 year old daughter read this book.⁣ ⁣ There was a beautiful picture in my mind of a fairytale landscape. It felt very magical.⁣ The main character was a strong princess character , not your typical girly girl which I loved. Reminds me of my daughter. ⁣ ⁣ Her love interest was perfect and the story line was great and kept me always wanting to read more. Also there was plenty of surprise. I couldn’t put this book down.⁣ ⁣ I would definitely recommend this book. ⁣ So excited to see where this book takes you and can’t wait to read Hearted when it comes out. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mara Nedelcu

    Are you looking for both an adventure and a lovestory? Tears of both laughter and sadness? Something that will wreck both your heart and your nerves? Something to sweep you off your feet and take you to another land? A quick read that you just can't help diving into? Are you looking for the next book to fall in love with? Then Granted by Kendra Thomas, the first book in a new and inovative Fantasy series, is exactly what you are looking for! The world building is breathtaking, with an intriguing Are you looking for both an adventure and a lovestory? Tears of both laughter and sadness? Something that will wreck both your heart and your nerves? Something to sweep you off your feet and take you to another land? A quick read that you just can't help diving into? Are you looking for the next book to fall in love with? Then Granted by Kendra Thomas, the first book in a new and inovative Fantasy series, is exactly what you are looking for! The world building is breathtaking, with an intriguing and new magical concept, the Stone Hearted, and heroes you can't help falling in love with! The bickering and jokes between the characters are to die for, making the dynamics between them more fluid and natural! What starts like just another fairytale, with a heartwarming love story, takes an unexpected turn that flips every part of the tale upside down! Is it for the better? You only have to read to find out! One of the things that impressed me about this book is the main character and her way of managing situations, feelings, stress, everything really. We are surrounded by Fantasy books that tell us the story of another teenager heroine, brave, selfless and ready to save everyone, but there are few books that manage to properly depict the personality and mentality of a 17 year old. What Granted offers is exactly that! Our Sabeara is exactly what everyone would expect from a 17 year old and so much more! Yes she is the heroine we want her to be, but she still thinks and talks and acts like a 17 year old, which is fantastic! The character's credibility is what makes the story even more magical! If you want to fall in love with the next big fantasy series, then pick Granted by Kendra Thomas up now!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Readinwithavegan

    Fantasy is totally hit or miss for me and this one was a hit. While I didn’t always love the writing style, such as the repetition of Mid’s emerald-scarlet eyes as well as the use of some of the more obscure words that I felt was unnecessary, the story line is really what matters. I very much enjoyed the fresh take on fantasy with the tree that grants you your powers. The book had a fairy tale quality with kings and princesses and a curse that needs to be broken but it wasn’t as happily ever aft Fantasy is totally hit or miss for me and this one was a hit. While I didn’t always love the writing style, such as the repetition of Mid’s emerald-scarlet eyes as well as the use of some of the more obscure words that I felt was unnecessary, the story line is really what matters. I very much enjoyed the fresh take on fantasy with the tree that grants you your powers. The book had a fairy tale quality with kings and princesses and a curse that needs to be broken but it wasn’t as happily ever after as a fairy tale (in a good way) and it wasn’t predictable. The characters were likable and relatable and I always felt that the story was moving along and capturing my attention. The book ends on a cliffhanger and I’m excited to dive into book 2 as soon as it’s available.

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