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Blog Tour: Review + GIVEAWAY! - Songs of Everealm by J.D. Wright

July 28, 2016



Song of Sovereign (Songs of Everealm #1)

Genre: Adult Fantasy
Release Date: July 2016
Summary from Goodreads:

Princess Sarita has everything. Loving parents, a castle fit for royalty, fine clothes, loyal friends, and an exciting job as a scholar of magic. At eighteen years of age, one might think that she would be content with her position. But one thing has always been missing from her life... full magic, itself.
When a strange old woman gave Sarita a secret spellbook as a child, her entire life was changed. The book contains spells, songs, and stories. But most of all, it provides a path to gaining full magic, the only thing that Sarita still needs to feel complete. And now, she has finally prepared to leave her home in search of the Stones of the Divine, the final ingredient she needs to gain magic.
Gabrielle has been known as the sister of a knight and best friend of the princess for as long as she can remember. Now an experienced healer's assistant, she is desperate to find her place and purpose in Junacave. An adventurous mission to help Sarita locate a mystical stone may be just the change in her life that she is looking for.
King Cassidy is still alone, but not for a lack of trying. His attempts to convince the Princess of Junacave to marry him over the past ten years have been for naught. And being twenty years old, with no heir, he is running out of time. If he can't win the heart of the princess, he may have to face a future without the love of his life.
Adventure, romance, and magic await as we travel through Everealm with royalty, wizards, fairies, and more, in the fantasy-romance Songs of Everealm, a five book series by J.D. Wright, author of the Everealm Series.
Songs of Everealm Series is the second series set in the fantasy-filled Everealm. It begins 8 years after the conclusion of the first series, the Everealm Series. 
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Song of Sparrows (Songs of Everealm #2)
Genre; Adult Fantasy
Release Date: July 2016 
Summary from Goodreads:
The journey across Everealm to find the magical stones has not come without its challenges. After being plagued by unwanted guests, disagreements, and accidents, Princess Sarita is beginning to wonder if her dream of gaining magic is a fantasy that can't come true. 
Along the way, new friends and rekindled sparks between old flames have caused quite a stir within the group. As a new wizard joins the effort and gives the princess a reason to continue, the quest for the next stone ensues...
As the sun rises over the ridge, our story continues into the Song of Sparrows!
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Oh my gosh what did I just read I NEED MORE!!!

After reading the Everealm series, I honestly had very low expectations for this, as of course it couldn't beat Everealm. I was so wrong, because I just had my feet pulled out from under me in one fell swoop by J.D Wright.

This book has a very adventurous plot. Our main character, Sarita, wants magic, and she is willing to travel all over the realm in order to get it. She manages to gather up a very... unlikely yet perfectly convenient group of people along the way to accompany her. The dangerous stunts pulled and the huge tension between some of the characters makes this book a very interesting and laughable read.

Sarita was... different. In Everealm, she was just a little girl with what I imagined as a high-pitched little girl voice. Here, she was mature, determined, stubborn (in a good way), able to stand her ground and braver than I ever imagined. I felt like she was one of the characters who has changed in a great way.

Gabby, frankly, was really annoying. At first, she was incredibly mean to her ex-friend (and possibly more,) Oliver. She took jabs at him for being with a girl who had different opinions, ALTHOUGH SHE HAD HER OWN SIGNIFICANT OTHER, and she even physically hurt him when he was already physically hurt. She couldn't control her unbelievably stupid mind and did all sorts of stupid things. However, I did admire how she took over all the little fairy kids and taught them about healing. She was very rooted to her beliefs and was willing to stand up for herself, her friends and her family. She has also changed a LOT, but she definitely needs to rethink some decisions.

Oliver was AWWWWWW. I mean, I definitely do not agree with his choice of girlfriend, but he is the same quirky, awkward-ish little squire we met in the first series. I found him adorable, and one of the more mature (at times) (okay maybe one or two times max) of the lot. 

Cassidy has not changed a bit. I think the only thing that's changed is that he went through puberty and now looks like a man (DAYUM.) He is still very, very stubborn, cute (in a little kid way,) determined, cute (in other ways,) caring, cute (in all ways,) kind, and protective. I love him so much, especially when he's the only practical and sensible one of the group who doesn't willingly jump into freezing sources of water and jump of stupid mountains. 

Garrison, oh how I wish I could run over him with a horse. I just want to trample his stupid, annoying face which cannot accept anything but perfect manners and perfect speech and perfect civility and UGHHHHHHHH. Yep. I hate him and his snooty, bossy attitude.

Calista, now I can understand her. She was brought up to believe that magic was a bad thing, having bad experiences with a magician abandoning the family. I understand where she's coming from. However, I do not understand her very... squeaky attitude. I found her a bit too childish and immature. She did remind me of Dahlia, one of the main characters from Everealm. She comes in and makes us underestimate her while she is planning her life and everyone else's in silence. I don't know what to make of her just yet.

Emery, the fairy was soooooo cute! She was so oblivious, fluffy , and so openly clueless that I couldn't help but fall for her fairy-ly adorableness. I loved how she was brought into the group and her... relationship with a certain wizard member of the group. 

Every single couple annoyed me during some part of the books. They were all like "Let's just wait for a couple centuries, annoy all the readers, make them scream their throats out and rip their hair out bring frustrated at us and then get together!" And then there's me going "HE'S RIGHT THERE, SHE'S RIGHT THERE, WE ALL KNOW IT'S GONNA HAPPEN EVENTUALLY SO HURRY THE CRAP UP BEFORE I DIE!"Anticipation kills, kids. Wait for all the books to be released if you want to keep your hair/life.

The best part about this book, to me. was the friendship. Gabby and Sarita acted like typical BFFs, and Cassidy, Asher and Oliver added the bromance element that I miss so much from Everealm. They were probably my favourite. I also loved the blossoming romances and other relationships *cough* Ashery *cough* and I am definitely excited to see where this goes.

Overall, a great read with fantastic characters and an adventurous plot. 5 stars from me! Was it better than Everealm? I'm just going to stick with "This is part of Everealm so it's all good." I am so excited to continue on!

  
About the Author

Writing has always been a hobby of mine, beginning as a young child. It was a way to cope with losing my father at seven years of age. I started with poetry and was featured several times on the amazing poetry blog, Autumn Leaves, by Sondra Ball. My love for poetry soon led to writing songs in middle school and beyond, which I still do occasionally. Music has always been an important part of my existence, so writing songs came naturally to me. In high school, I started my own novel, however, life got in the way and I never finished it.
Fast forward many years later and I find myself married with three children, absorbed in my busy life with commitments to my family, work, school, church, and charities, among other things. One day I came across my old binder, with notes from my first novel, and it was with those notes that I conjured up the elusive Everealm.
I write to please readers such as myself, who have a love for fantasy and romance, but like a little danger in their reading. I wrote the book with a mature audience in mind, who can appreciate a hearty imaginary world with magic and the unknown, but want more than fluffy love stories with wizards in them. They want the romance, magic, and danger, all wrapped into one.
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4 comments

  1. Haha! Sorry for making you pull your hair out! Thank you for the review and participating in the tour! :)

    P.S. I love the new layout. Very easy on the eyes!

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    1. Haha, it's okay, it'll grow back eventually. No problem! I loved getting back into Everealm. Thank you! I'm really happy with how it turned out. :)

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  2. This sounds really good! Adding both the original Everrealm series as this one to my TBR :)

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    1. You should definitely read them, they're amazing!

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