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Blog Tour: Wings of Arian by Devri Walls - Review + Giveaway

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Wings of Arian by Devri Wells

Solus #1
Devri Walls
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink

Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.

With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.

She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.

However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.

And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.
Updated copy provided by author for the blog tour

This reviewer. Has some choice words to say about the editing. So if anyone wants to hear a rant, I made one in July. No cursing's involved... aside from a GIF somewhere. Yeah, I didn't make that. But one cannot simply bypass my criticism with a lot of typos.

Anyways, after reaching the pit bottom of the rating pot for editing (yes, that's possible) and ignoring all of the errors in its entirety – I mean, why bother counting more when it's at the lowest? I hate deleting all of them later. Although I still had this urge to go correct them. -_- – the story wasn't too terrible. In fact, it was actually nice not counting all of those errors by then...

The idea of a Solus when Evil comes around is what first intrigued me to snag Wings of Arian from Amazon. At the very beginning when I looked up the word Solus, I really wanted to see how a heroine without any help at all would play out. Most heroines have assistance, right? I mean, Solus means "alone, or unaccompanied." Basically no one helps you, so I'm really curious what the author really meant by "Solus" because Kiora, the main character, isn't alone. Technically she is alone as there can be only one Solus, but she has a lot of help along her training. In fact, she even has a Protector, who is apparently Prince Emane of Meros. I'll get into the Prince later, but first, Kiora.

Kiora certainly isn't my favorite. It's hard to describe her because she cries. A LOT. If there's ever a list for characters who cry a lot, she tops that list. Which in my humble opinion, crying a lot does not make a strong heroine. It makes a very sensitive one, which can be good and bad. She also moans and groans about being a Solus when she finds out Arian fought Evil for 5 years (not that anyone can blame her because she has to set aside her life for maybe 5 years! Maybe even longer! If she's lucky, it's less. Who wants to set aside life for 5 years?)... which usually a strong heroine doesn't moan and groan. Yet I find at the same time she's weak, she's also strong. She pulls through, even though she doesn't like it. Kiora gets some points for doing that at least.

But her relationship with the Prince? I don't think Kiora and Emane are compatible. It's going to go ugly sometime in the future. Really ugly fall out. Why? They argue. A LOT. It got to the point where it was downright nastiness and hate – NOT bantering. Plus, they yell a lot. If I got a penny for every time they yelled at each other, I might be able to pay my rent. I could actually save up my measly salary!

And speaking of yelling a lot... Prince Emane needs an attitude check. As well as an ego check. But he's no stalker at least, which would be the worst trio ever (bad attitude, major ego and stalks girl he likes?! NOOOOO), so... *hands some points*

On the bright side... there are some funny moments. Some of the training scenes were pretty funny, especially Kiora summoning things. Oh, and there's the theory about how fairies come about! I find that part really interesting since no book I've read so far has done that yet. Fairies are usually just there.

In the long run, great idea and world building, interesting theory about how fairies come about, but the characters need some working on. Especially the amount of arguments in there (most obviously editing). It's like, "Oh hi! My name is –! I hate you, you hate me, everyone hates each other. We can't murder each other without getting in trouble, but let's throw a bunch of nasty verbal poop at each other!" *cues verbal poop*

3 Owls

Author Bio

Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head.

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