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Danica Shardae is an avian shapeshifter, and the golden hawk’s form in which she takes to the sky is as natural to her as the human one that graces her on land. The only thing more familiar to her is war: It has raged between her people and the serpiente for so long, no one can remember how the fighting began. As heir to the avian throne, she’ll do anything in her power to stop this war—even accept Zane Cobriana, the terrifying leader of her kind’s greatest enemy, as her pair bond and make the two royal families one.

Trust. It is all Zane asks of Danica—and all they ask of their people—but it may be more than she can give.

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Kiesha'ra fandom, help me!

So you know how when falcons force-change another shapeshifter they can take on their form? Well if a falcon force-changed someone of the opposite gender would they take on that form or stay their own gender? Thinking about it now magic has no problem changing a person’s entire biology to a completely different species, a simple gender swap would be nbd huh. Thoughts?

Wyvernhail by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Wyvernhail is the continuation of Kiesha'ra series that began with Hawksong. With each progressing volume in the series, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes introduced and immersed us, to varying degrees, to the world of the avians, serpientes, falcons, wolves, wyverns, and crosses in between. As this is the fifth book in the series, it is assumed that the reader has been following the story from Hawksong (or at least knows the gist of what is going on).

Atwater-Rhodes has a rich imagination and it is most obvious in this book than any of her previous works. Wyvernhail is narrated by Hai, the daughter of the cobra Anjay Cobriana and the falcon Darien. Hai is tormented by visions of the future with different monarchs’ reigns and their fates. The story unfolds as the reader experiences with Hai her personal conflicts as she attempts to work toward a peaceful future. Also in this book, the reader is given much more historical background of the falcons and the ancestors of the avians and serpiente.

As in her previous books, Atwater-Rhodes’ writing has continued to mature, and her choice of narrating through Hai is a good one; Atwater-Rhodes tends to narrate better through a female character. This book reads like the end after years of conflict, and if it is, it was quite a satisfying close.

27/50 books 2012

5/5 stars 

Top 5 Wednesday: Books read so far in 2014

5. The Fault In Our Stars | by: John Green

4. Wyvernhail | by: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

3. Stardust | by: Neil Gaiman

2. Divergent | by: Veronica Roth

1. Eleanor & Park | by: Rainbow Rowell


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I was tagged by buckynats and I’m tagging: stupidsexymustang shepardsassassins murdcock and whoever else wants to do it!

name: Sarah
nickname: old mibba people call me Scratch 
birthday: February 3rd~
star sign: Aquarius
gender:   female
height:   5′9″
sexual orientation: CA:TWS
romantic orientation: CA:TWS
favorite color: purples and reds
time and date at current moment: May 27, 2015, 11:18pm
average hours of sleep:  4 or 5
last thing I googled:  ‘broken collarbone’
what I last said to a family member: ‘you know that shark show and i said the shark was a great white? guess what? it was a great white’
last book i read:  Wyvernhail by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
first word that comes to mind: mind
most used phrases: “I meaaaaaan”
one place that makes me happy: NYC
how many blankets I sleep under:  1 or 2
favorite fictional character(s):  Bucky Barnes, Natasha Romanoff, Steve Rogers, Joel Miller, Ellie Williams, Edward Kenway, Elise de la Serre 
favorite famous person:  Sebastian Stan~
celebrity crush: Sebastian Stan, Troy Baker, Natalie Dormer, etc etc
favorite game: The Last of Us
favorite food: Italian
favorite beverage: pop smh
favorite books:  the Kiesha’ra series, Harry Potter, Speak, Impulse, Lexicon
favorite anime:  NOPE (digimon??)
favorite movies: CA:TWS, SLC Punk!, The Goodfellas
favorite musicians/bands: Avenged Sevenfold, MCR, Fall Out Boy, In This Moment, Elton John
favorite tv show:  Parks and Rec, Brooklyn 99, Dexter, Scrubs
last movie I saw in theaters: A:AoU
dream pet: a wolf dog
dream holiday: I’d like to go to Italy
dream wedding: meh
dream job: Author
what are you wearing right now: Captain Marvel t-shirt and pajama pants

52 Books In 52 Weeks

Book 24: Wyvernhail | by: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

HAI HAS ALWAYS been an outsider. With a falcon mother and a deceased cobra father, she is considered a mongrel by most, an ally by some, and a friend by few. Hai’s broken falcon wings are a painful reminder of the life she once led on the island of Ahnmik. And here in Wyvern’s Court, the avian and serpiente royal family keep their distance, refusing to acknowledge her cobra bloodline. They know that Hai’s magic is so volatile, she can barely control it, and images of the past and future threaten to overwhelm her.

When Hai’s cousin, Oliza Shardae Cobriana, abdicates the throne of Wyvern’s Court, Hai has visions only of destruction: the serpiente king Salem, dying in her arms; the dutiful guard, Nicias, unable to save a generation of children; and Wyvern’s Court engulfed in flames.

Now Hai will do anything to protect her new home - even if it means betraying the very people who need her most

I’d never read this book. I thought I had. I bought it when it was released but then I suppose it got forgotten when my husband and I moved into our first apartment together. I actually got excited when I started reading it and realized this, looking forward to finally experiencing the end of this series for the first time.

It didn’t disappoint. 

This one follows the POV of Hai, the half falcon, half cobra that Nicias had saved during his adventures in the third book. It starts moment after the end of the previous book and Wyvern’s Court is reeling from Oliza’s sudden abdication of the throne.

This book also has a lot more of Nicias, which made me happy since he was my favorite, but I also found that I really liked Hai as well. She was little more than background noise in the previous two books and it was hard to get a real sense of her character.

She is constantly tormented by her magic, slipping into visions of the future at every turn. She fights to change the futures that she is shown, only to come to the realization that everything she was doing was only perpetuating those very futures. 

The story started getting a little ridiculous near the end, but at this point of the story it’s sort of expected. I still enjoyed it, almost as much as the first book. It’s not anything like how I expected anything to go when I first picked up Hawksong, but it was an amazing ride. 

If you haven’t read The Kiesha’ra series then I definitely implore you to do so.