Aire

August 15, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

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AireAire by Lena Goldfinch
on 5/13/2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 350
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

A tale of Legends reborn, royal intrigue, and an unforgettable, heart-melting romance that will sweep you away.

Annalisia is a seer, a princess with a courageous spirit—and a soft spot for Legends.

Jovanni is a Legend, a commoner with no patience for pampered royals.

Principessa Annalisia is stunned and conscience-stricken when an unknown enemy mistakenly abducts her maidservant. Determined to find the girl, Annalisia disguises herself as plain Anna and slips away from the palace. She tracks down Jovanni, her maidservant's daring older brother, and they soon begin to search together. As they uncover clues, Anna also discovers a kindred spirit in Jovanni. But would he be so free with her if he knew who she really was? Doubtful. Even so, she reveals her secret gift of visions to him, and in so doing disobeys the orders of her beloved grandmother, the queen.

With Jovanni, Anna can almost imagine she’s like any other seventeen year old girl, free to pursue the longings of her heart. When she learns that he also has a secret—he's a sentinel, an ancient shapeshifter who can take the form of a falcon—it seems as if they were destined to be together, as in the legends of il Sentiro. Though Anna is tempted to wish otherwise, she can’t forget that she’s a princess and it's her duty to marry another. Meanwhile, their hunt leads Anna ever closer to danger, for she herself is being hunted.

A princess and a commoner.

They never should have fallen in love...but they did.

AIRE is a lush, romantic fantasy, inspired by ancient Italy and Turkey

Annalisia is a princess with a special gift for seeing events. Someone tries to kidnap her but ends up getting her servant instead. Annalisia sets out with a few companions to find her servant. and along the way finds some romance.

I really enjoyed this novel and I could really picture the world and characters easily. The novel just flows really well I liked the mysterious gift she Annalisia has, as well as the gift of another character. I hope we get to see more in sequels. There are only a handful of main characters, but they are really well done and the writing was very well done.

The main guy is one-dimensional but I did not find that this detracted from the story, and I don’t think it was overdone. I would have liked to see more about the foreign cultures mentioned, as well as about the character’s gifts. Perhaps in future novels these will be expanded, and I look forward to reading those if the author chooses to write them.

Overall, this is a great fantasy and romance and I am very glad I read it.

four-half-stars

About Lena Goldfinch

Lena lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. She writes fiction for young adults, mostly light fantasy with a healthy dose of “sigh-worthy” romance.

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