Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel


Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel

Published: September 26th 2016 by Evolved Publishing

The Lord of Thunder’s sudden death leaves his daughter, Evelyn Stormbourne, unprepared to rule Inselgrau in his place. Weeks before Evie’s ascension to the throne, revolutionaries attack and destroy her home. She conceals her identity and escapes under the protection of her father’s young horse master, Gideon Faust. Together they flee Inselgrau and set sail for the Continent, but they’re separated when a brutal storm washes Evie overboard.

In her efforts to reunite with her protector and reach allies on the Continent, Evie befriends a band of nomads who roam the world in airships fueled by lightning. She also confronts a cabal of dark Magicians plotting to use her powers to create a new divine being, and she clashes with an ancient family who insists her birthright belongs to them.

If she’s to prevail and defeat her enemies, Evie must claim her heritage, embrace her dominion over the sky, and define what it means to be Heir of Thunder.

Note: I received a review copy of this from the author. This in no way influences my opinion.

I am going to be honest, I had never even heard of this book until the author decided to approach me with an email requesting me to review it. I definitely believe in giving all books a chance an decided to go for it. Whilst the blurb sounded quite interesting, and I had high hope for this book, I actually ended up DNFing it about 10% of the way in.

For me, I feel the book started off way too soon. From the beginning of the book we are immediately thrown into this situation in the middle of the night, where an attack is taking place on a house and the occupants are trying to evacuate – mostly the MC, who I assume to be an important person in society. I feel like we needed a chance to get to know the characters just a little bit before being thrown into a situation like this because, at this point, as a reader, I don’t have rapport with the MC, so I don’t really care what happens to her.

I think, because of the fact that the book has started and I have no real relationship with the MC, I struggled to carry on reading thoughout her travels with Gideon. I found myself reading passages more than once and actually putting the book down to do something else because I just lacked interest in what they were doing.

I also felt like the writing style just wasn’t for me. It felt a little dry and lacked something that would keep me hooked in the book. I felt like the MC complained a lot, and didn’t ask any of the things that she wanted to.

Despite the fact that I personally didn’t enjoy this book, it is still a book that YOU might enjoy, so please do consider giving it a shot if the blurb sounds interesting to you! I think that the main issue with this book was that it started off too fast and that relationship that was needed between reader and character just wasn’t there. Without that relationship, there is just nothing to keep me reading the book because I feel no empathy toward the characters or what they are going through. This book is 1 star.

Thank you to the author for approaching me and providing me with a review copy!

January Wrap – Up

Hey guys!! I feel like January went really slowly… almost like it didn’t want to end AT ALL!!! Or is that just me? I have been ill for the most part of it, which is probably why it went so slowly for me! Anyway, because I was ill for the beginning of January (like couldn’t get out of bed ill), and I fell ill again, and my son was ill and my husband fell ill (with the man flu), I didn’t have such a great month reading. However, I did get through some books, and here they are…


The Accident Season by Moira Fowley – Doyle – 3/5 stars – This was my first read of 2017 and I was pretty disappointed…

Wanted by Betsy Schow – ARC , 5/5 Stars– This is by far one of my favourite series out there so far! This is the second book and I LOVED it

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – 4/5 stars – This was my first time reading Clare and I had a ball!!

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – 4/5 stars – Again, I had a great time reading this!

The Lost Girl by Candy Atkins – 5/5 Stars – I was sent a signed copy of both the first book in the series and this one as well… and ironically enough it got lost in the post. They had to send it again!!

Last Stand by Rachel. E. Carter, ARC – 5/5 stars – This was the final instalment in the series… and it was everything I wanted and so much more!!

Books Started:

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – I did start this book, and then I stopped about 1/4 of the way through to beta read something. When I came back to it, I found I was no longer in the right mood for it. I didn’t want to force myself to read through it when I was enjoying it because I know I won’t like it if I do! I will come back to this when the mood takes me 😀

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess – I am currently reading this and, whilst I am enjoying myself, it hasn’t blown me away.

Book Haul:

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – Illustrated Edition

The Lost Knight by Candy Atkins

The Lost Girl by Candy Atkins

Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel – The author actually approached me with a review request for this one 🙂

Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Special Blog Posts:

Roseblood by A. G. Howard – Release Day Blitz

The Black Mage Series by Rachel E. Carter – Cover Reveals

Goodreads Monday:

This is a weekly meme that I host on my blog, so I am going to add this section to my monthly wrap up!

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – January 2nd

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – January 9th

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – January 16th

Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach – January 23rd

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – January 30th

*phew* finally got to the end of this post!! Unfortunately I didn’t have a great reading month, but I am hoping the February will be better!!

How was January for you guys? Let me know in the comments!