Book Review: Phoenix Call by Margo Ryerkerk!

As I’ve done previously, I’m sharing this book review as a courtesy for Margo Ryerkerk, a really great author who so graciously gives me copies of her books in exchange for an honest review! I reviewed this book back in July on Goodreads, so sorry I’m just getting around to posting this now!

Phoenix Call is the fourth book in the Ardere series. Here’s the blurb for it:

A dark artifact.
A run against time.
A deadly demonic power.

Sierra has decimated her uncle’s generals but not his will. Her uncle will go to any lengths to gain power, even if it means the annihilation of the planet.

The Phoenix emblem broke into two pieces three hundred years ago when the dark lord was defeated.

Now, one half of the emblem has surfaced, and Sierra must find a way to destroy it before her uncle steals it.

If she fails and the two emblem parts are united, a great evil will be unleashed and everything she holds dear will be obliterated.

And the cover, which is beautiful as always:

Phoenix Call (The Ardere Series, Book 4)

This was another wonderful, exciting book by the very talented Margo Ryerkerk! I have loved the Ardere series so far and couldn’t wait to read the latest installment. Here are a few of my thoughts on this book- minor spoilers may follow if you are new to the series!

Right off the bat, I thought it was pretty cool that Sierra and Gavin have become so proficient at using the lapis pendant to communicate. It came in handy several times throughout this book, too, as it seems that Sierra has way too many near- death experiences to count. That girl is a beacon for trouble, though I don’t really fault her- she can’t help that she a Fluidus and her insane uncle is out to get her!

Can we talk about how the Elite Ardere just need to go away already? The snobbiness of these people is totally unreal- but not unrealistic, as I assume there are probably people in high society who act this way. Nevertheless, several betrayals occur throughout the book, and it makes me wonder whose side everyone is really on.

Throughout Phoenix Call, Sierra and her friends are trying to find the other half of the Phoenix pendant before her uncle Cormac does. They seem to be just a step behind him the entire time, which is frustrating! Of course, Cormac does manage to get the pieces together, resulting in dire consequences. I cannot even imagine how this series is going to wrap up with the next book. Dark days are ahead for the world, that is for sure!

I give Phoenix Call 5/5 stars, and am anxiously awaiting the final book in the series!

Book Review: Spirit Snatcher by Margo Ryerkerk!

As I’ve done previously, I’m sharing this book review as a courtesy for Margo Ryerkerk, a really great author who so graciously gives me copies of her books in exchange for an honest review! I reviewed this book back in April on Goodreads, so sorry I’m just getting around to posting this now!

Spirit Snatcher is the third book in the Ardere series. Here’s the blurb for it:

She will venture into the enemy’s lair to save the ones she loves.

Sierra is trying to come to terms with the discovery of her family’s dark secrets and master the elements when the Culpatus begins to abduct Guardians from London’s streets.

To find out what the Culpatus has planned and where they’re taking the Guardians, Sierra has to team up with Gavin and confront the reality that her heart still longs for him, even though she’s dating Cooper.

The mission to rescue the Guardians will test Sierra, Gavin, and Cooper like nothing has ever before and take them deep into the lair of the Culpatus.

Will they manage to free their people, or will they end up prisoners themselves?

Filled with plot-twists, secrets, and romance, Spirit Snatcher will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more!

And of course, the gorgeous cover:

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Spirit Snatcher was another excellent entry in the Ardere series! The book was exciting and entertaining right from the beginning. In Spirit Snatcher, we see Sierra continue to become a warrior as she works hard to master the elements. She learns everything so quickly, which I find somewhat surprising considering a few short months ago, she had no idea she was a supernatural! Then again, maybe because she is a Fluidus, everything comes easier to her.

One thing that made me kind of cringe a little was Sierra having to “choose” between Cooper and Gavin. While Cooper seems like the sweeter choice, Gavin seems like her destiny. I can’t fault her for being a little confused- and after all, she is only 18.

By the time the final battle was taking place, I couldn’t put this book down. There is one character in particular that managed to get away, and she is a horrible person that I hope eventually gets what is coming to her! I also felt very sorry for the Umbra, because the fact that the Ardere generally look down on them as a lesser species is unwarranted.

I’d like to mention something else I’ve noticed in this book, as well as the other books in this series: the descriptive language used is so beautiful! For instance: when Sierra was getting dressed up, she had on “titian eye shadow.” Titian means bright, golden auburn (I will admit I had to look it up to see what it meant).

I rate Spirit Snatcher 5 out of 5! Since I’ve read and reviewed this book, I’ve also read and reviewed the 4th book in the series, so I’ll be posting that at some point as well!

Book Review: Mirror Sacrifice by Margo Ryerkerk!

Recently I read a book called Fluidus Rising, which was the first book in the Ardere Series by Margo Ryerkerk. Mrs. Ryerkerk so graciously gave me a copy of her book in exchange for a review, which I did in this entry. She then gave me a copy of the second book in the series, which I am more than happy to review for her! Here’s my short, spoiler-free review.

Mirror Sacrifice by Margo Ryerkerk

Here’s the blurb for Mirror Sacrifice:

After escaping a crazed killer, Sierra Reeves is ready to embrace her supernatural Fluidus heritage. She travels to London, intending to train her telekinetic and elemental conjuring abilities as well as integrate into the Ardere society, but she quickly discovers the snobbish elite are less than excited about her existence. Worse yet, Gavin, the man she believed to be her rock, has become more distant than ever as he teams up with his beautiful ex-girlfriend on a mission.

Determined to prove she’s worthy of the Fluidus title, Sierra trains harder than ever with Cooper, who tasked with protecting her, soon becomes her new confidante and possibly more.

But matters of the heart will have to wait as the Culpatus returns with indestructible weapons and unexpected allies.

A thrilling, contemporary fantasy adventure filled with secrets and romance, Mirror Sacrifice will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more!

Once again, I also have to give props to the talented cover designer.

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So beautiful! As you can tell, Sierra looks like she’s manipulating water, but let me not get ahead of myself here! 😉

Mirror Sacrifice starts just where Fluidus Rising ended- with Sierra traveling to London. Gavin, the Ardere marshal whom she was started to get close to, suddenly becomes a distant jerk and Sierra isn’t sure why. Like I stated in my last review, Sierra is not a typical damsel in distress type character. She doesn’t take shit, not from Gavin or anyone else. She’s not afraid to make tough decisions, even if she knows the outcome is less than desirable.

Anyway, Sierra’s whole reason for traveling to London is to begin training at the Langcombe Academy, because she is a very powerful supernatural who doesn’t really KNOW how to use her powers yet. She learns quickly at the academy and even learns how to conjure and use water, which is featured on the cover of this book.

I feel for Sierra, though, because there certainly are a number of snobby assholes that she has to socialize with! Yes, she is training among London’s elite, but wow… the nerve of some people. The most undesirable characters were definitely the Evans twins, who met Sierra and “gave her a once- over, their noses twitching as if they smelt something rotten.” Sucks to be them though- that’s all I have to say.

As the story goes on, we readers begin to understand why Gavin is acting so strangely, and by the end of the book I was sympathetic towards his plight. The world of the Ardere is so vast and there is so much more than first meets the eye. With that being said, I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

I rate Mirror Sacrifice 5 out of 5!

Book Review: Fluidus Rising by Margo Ryerkerk.

Happy New Year everyone! We made it to 2018. I’m thankful for that, because 2017 wasn’t exactly my favorite year and I was ready to start fresh!

Now, I know I predominately write about video games on this blog, and that’s always going to be my focus. As some of you may or may not know, I love to read as well, and I have a Goodreads account where I list a lot of the books I’ve read as well as a short blurb about why I did or didn’t like the book. Not really a review- I leave that to the experts. 😉

However, I was recently contacted on Goodreads by a super nice lady named Margo Ryerkerk who wanted to know if I would like to receive a copy of her book in exchange for a review! I know this happens to people quite often, but I was honored to be contacted because like I said, I typically don’t put reviews out. I really wanted to help her out, though, so I agreed to review her book and post it on a few sites as well as on my own blog! So here is my (unqualified) review! I’ll keep it short and sweet, and I’ll try not to reveal any spoilers!

Fluidus Rising by Margo Ryerkerk

The blurb for the book is as follows:

Magic. Romance. And a fight to the death.

The Secret Circle meets Sookie Stackhouse in this pulse-pounding, fast-paced YA fantasy read.

Torn away from her high school graduation, Sierra Reeves discovers that everything she thought she knew is a lie.

In a flash, she’s no longer a normal girl preparing for college, but a Fluidus—a rare supernatural with telekinetic powers. Her new abilities attract the attention of both the Ardere regency and the Culpatus, a group that wants to overthrow the supernatural government. Fearful for Sierra’s future, her grandmother decides to leave their home state Vermont and hide out in Savannah, Georgia.

In Savannah, Sierra forms an alliance with the overprotective and handsome Ardere marshal Gavin McLoughlin. With his help, she slowly accepts her new powers and that she’s a part of the supernatural community.

Just when Sierra begins to settle into her new life, her world is rocked again. In addition to the Culpatus discovering her location, a serial killer is on the loose in Savannah.

Fighting to control her developing power, and facing danger on multiple fronts, Sierra will have to use all her resources to stay alive.

This blurb caught my attention right away, because I enjoy reading about supernaturals, and this seemed like a fresh take on typical supernatural beings. The second item that caught my attention was the gorgeous cover:

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Something about this is so beautiful to me! The main character, Sierra, is featured on the cover. As I learned while reading this book, her confident pose and small smirk fit her personality very well- Sierra is definitely a girl who takes no shit!

Fluidus Rising jumps into the action right away. As the reader, you are immediately thrust into the world of Arderes at the same time as Sierra. Sierra grew up thinking she was a normal human girl instead of a powerful supernatural being. She knew nothing about different Ardere factions or what any of them could do. The reader is going on a journey with Sierra, learning as she learns. It’s a unique perspective that I haven’t seen very often in books I’ve read recently.

Pretty quickly into the story, Sierra discovers she is a Fluidus, which is the most rare form of Ardere. Fluidus have powerful telekinetic abilities, among other strengths. One quote about being a Fluidus really stood out to me:

“Most Fluidus don’t survive the awakening. Their bodies are unable to contain the power.”

Of course, such rare powers are highly sought after, so naturally anyone and everyone wants a piece of Sierra! Her grandmother goes to great lengths and makes great sacrifices to keep her safe, but Sierra really has to grow up fast and learn quickly. I almost felt sorry for her at times because so much was thrown at her at once!

Sierra is no weak damsel in distress, though. She has a balls-to-the-walls attitude and isn’t afraid to make decisions. There were a couple times she slightly frustrated me, as I felt that she was jumping in too quickly without fully thinking things through, but then I reminded myself: She is only 18. Her whole life has been turned upside down. She is a powerful supernatural being. She’s learning. 

I really, really loved this book. The writing was fast-paced, the story kept me interested, and (most of) the characters in the book were likable and relatable. Except for Louis, the ruler of the Southeast. Just… ick. In any case, I’m glad this is the first book in a series, because I can’t wait to see what happens to Sierra next!

I rate Fluidus Rising 5 out of 5. Thanks for reading my review!