This is my first book to review for the Sunday Street Team. And I am ridiculously hyped up for this? Why? Because it’s The Island by S. Usher Evans, and it is amazing as it sounds. Which is why to be able to join the book’s street team is a great opportunity to reach out to others. To fangirl, to share my thoughts with, and to have a fantastic time reading.
See? I told you I joined the Sunday Street Team. If you guys don’t know what the Sunday Street Team is, I’ll leave the description down below this blog post. Basically, it’s like a combination between a blog tour, book meme, and street team (as Nori puts it).
I was in the mood for something different, and since the book features a male lead, who am I to pass it up?
Title: The Island
Author: S. Usher Evans
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: 26th of April 2016
Series: Madion War Trilogy #1
Publisher: Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing
Source: eARC, provided by the author
Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.
Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country’s independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.
When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian’s medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo’s survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.
Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?
How do you expect me to recover from that? I was lucky enough to read it in my spare time, despite my oh-so busy schedule this April. And I can tell you that it is a great stress reliever. Reading it in my free time was like a reward, after a long of battling the heat. Actually, the heat of the summer sun here in our country helped me relate to what Theo and Galian were experiencing in the first part of the book. But enough about me. Because this book is absolutely gorgeous. Please, may I have some more?
The book was absolutely stunning. It harbored so many feelings of hatred, guilt, and love, that honestly gave it it’s kick. At first, you may think that a reader like me who prefers reading in third person perspective must have had a hard time reading the book. Apparently, having two perspectives on the island was enough for me stick with it until the end.
And the characters could have never been more better. First we have Theo, a headstrong pilot of Rave. Her state of mind came from Rave’s harsh surroundings, which is why at an early age she was already doing a lot of people don’t. She is resourceful and blunt, courageous and selfless. The pages scream her presence every time it switched perspectives. Theo is a great role model to those who speak their mind, yet think twice before uttering it. Her head-strong personality makes up for that, because as a girl while reading the book, I felt her empowering me. It proves that such characteristics of a hero can be found on the perfect heroine. Plus every now and then, there’s a reminder that she is just a girl standing in front of a boy. (Oh wait, that’s from a movie.)
Now Galian is another subject matter. He is similar to most of the brooding YA heroes that we read… at first. But being trapped in the island turned him into a better man. It felt like reading a wonderful character development right in front of me. Not that I am a sucker for guys with great development, but the way the author describes him is like how you want a person to grow. And Galian has definitely stood up in ways that only a person with a strong gut can do.
How the author came up with such an amazing story line and create original voices, I do not know. But it was genius. It was refreshing to read a story where the two perspectives meet to form a voice. And that it is somehow a premonition that the budding romance between the two characters still has room to grow, because of their known differences. It is somehow a “Romeo and Juliet”-esque love story, if you were to put them in an island. And where they don’t fall in love in a span of days. It was a developing romance that needed time, and it was given to us. I cannot wait for the sequel. And this book is definitely a recommended read if you are in the mood for some deep thinking.
I wanted to read this book because of the male character. I was proven wrong by the author because she delivered an equivalently awesome female heroine. Hats off to S. Usher Evans for delivering such a unique story. I cannot wait for the sequel because I obviously am craving for more.
S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.
Evans is the author of the Razia series and Empath, both published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.
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