Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 1st 2016
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.
Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.
As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.
This book had long been on my want to review/pre-order list. I loved the description and was right up my alley of things i love to read. it didn’t disappoint!
It’s not often I sit and read a book all in one sitting. It’s actually quite rare. this but this book…..! It’s all consuming, just like Sonya’s AuraSeer abilities. It sucks you in and does not let you go. you fall in love with the characters, you hate them, you cheer for them. It’s one of those rare type of books that you JUST CANNOT PUT DOWN AND DO NOT WANT TO.
I loved the idea of an Auraseer! as a reader, you go on Sonya’s emotional rollercoaster right along with her all the way through the book. from the beginning, when she starts the fire at the convent, right to the ending, you ride the waves of emotion with Sonya! it kept me very engaged in the book, kept right in my seat!
The brothers Anton and Valko both are alluring and dangerous; the way Sonya interacts with them throughout the book is addictive. The three of them form a perfect triumvirate of main characters, with both Anton and Valko being swoon-worthy in their own ways. (though personally, I’m Team Anton!)
One of my absolute favourite things about this book was that the world was built on many different types of cultures. I could sense Russian, Chinese, French, and even Slavic tones, which was great. It’s not often you see a world so diverse, but this is no ordinary book. The diversity was a great addition to this consuming world.
All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read, loves to be stunned, and loves books like RED QUEEN and THE GRISHA TRILOGY. A definite favorite on my shelves!
I never post spoilers in my reviews because I want people to form their own opinions of the story. But GO READ THIS BOOK. you will love it!!