Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review: House of Enchanted: The Revelations of Oriceran (Soul Stone Mage #1) by Sarah Noffke & Martha R. Carr

Book Blurb:

The Kingdom of Virgo has lived in peace for thousands of years…until now.

The humans from Terran have always been real assholes to the witches of Virgo. Now a silent war is brewing, and the timing couldn’t be worse.

Princess Azure will soon be crowned queen of the Kingdom of Virgo.

In the Dark Forest a powerful potion-maker has been murdered.

Charmsgood was the only wizard who could stop a deadly virus plaguing Virgo. He also knew about the devastation the people from Terran had done to the forest.

Azure must protect her people. Mend the Dark Forest. Create alliances with savage beasts. No biggie, right?

But on coronation day everything changes. Princess Azure isn’t who she thought she was and that’s a big freaking problem.

Welcome to The Revelations of Oriceran.

A magical world tied to Earth, and nothing like it.

Find out more about the book on Goodreads and pick up a copy from Amazon

My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Faeries, Hysterical, Mystery, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Teen, Witches--

In a world where magic is the way of life, Princess Azure is not ready to be Queen of the Kingdom of Virgo​. But when her mother tells her that she is sick, as are many of their people, Azure has no choice but to step up to become Queen. But when Azure finally gets her stone of power during her coronation ceremony, she learns an important truth about herself, one that leads her and her best friend Monet on a quest to save their people.

I have been wanting to read a book by Sarah Noffke for years so when the opportunity to listen to the first book in her fantasy series arose, I was super excited. Also, when I saw that is was the real of Virgo I will admit to being exciting to see my horoscope sign pop up in a book so I was sold regardless of the rest of the content. I found the book to be very quick read, only 4.5 hours listening time, which is basically a day listen compared to so many other longer books- a perfect quick read.

The world was very different, kind of like a Harry Potter wizarding world-esqe place with magic, witches and wizards, wands and cloaks mixed with a dystopian world, where mankind has split and evolved, and there are cheetos (you know, important things that have been smuggled in). It was a really fun place, with all kinds of magical creatures such as growling poppy plant and gnomes, sharp tooth mermaids and magic crawling all over the place. It was like a funny/random version of the Shannara Chronicles, where magic runs rampant after the world as we know it crumbles. I loved Azure exploring the human world and totally bumbling all human interactions, really the story was hysterical.

If this was a movie, it would be rated R due to the number of F bombs dropped all over the place, which was a little surprising to me considering I thought this was a YA fantasy. Otherwise, the content is perfect for anyone or age looking for a fantastical adventure. The banter between Money and Azure was hysterical if at times inappropriate, but totally worth it. The random cast of characters that Azure and Monet collected along their journey were interesting and quirky, making the adventure that much more fun. Oh mg Geez, the journey to Universal Studios and explaining Harry Potter to Azure was awesome and ridiculous. But now I know that to be human you need to wear uncomfortable clothes and you can get a fake ID from the wizarding world of Harry Potter!

Overall this was a fun, very different fast read and I highly recommend it as an audio book since the narrator created personalities and tone for everyone. I look forward to more adventure to come. Definitely read (listen?) to the authors notes at the end of the book, they are interesting and entertaining. What happens when a wizard, witch, gnome and elf go on a journey? Well, read the book and find out!

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