Review: Island of Exiles

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SUMMARY

In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.

On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.

But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya’s home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she’s never seen.

To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run―a betrayal and a death sentence.

Length: 400 Pages

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: February 14, 2017

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

erica-cameron

After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and began pursuing a career as an author.

Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, asexual, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.

Her debut novel, Sing Sweet Nightingale, released March 2014 and it was the first volume of The Dream War Saga. In May 2015, Erica and her co-author Lani Woodland launched the Laguna Tides series with Taken by Chance. Riptide’s new YA imprint Triton Books will release both books in the Assassins series, Discord and Nemesis, in 2016. The Ryogan Chronicles, a fantasy trilogy set to launch through Entangled Teen, will launch in 2017 with Island of Exiles.

Visit Erica online at byericacameron.com

An author interview is available HERE

 

REVIEW

It is rare for me to know I am going to love a book just from the first page. This was one of those books. Erica Cameron’s writing is breathtaking and I couldn’t put Island of Exiles down.

I’ll admit there were times I got hung up by unfamiliar words, and because the setting is in a tribal-like village, there were a lot of them. Also, from what I could tell, there were three genders in the tribe, instead of two. This wasn’t explained and since Erica was using a third set of unfamiliar pronouns, it took me a bit to realize it wasn’t a type-o. And then I still stumbled over them.

To be fair, Erica provides a comprehensive glossary of all of the terms used. But it is in the back of the book and I didn’t discover this until after finishing the novel.

All that being said though, I LOVED this book. I read it before going to bed, and then as soon as I woke up. If you are worried that it is another ‘government conspiracy, the people have to fight back’ kind  of book, then let me ease your mind. It is different than anything I’ve read and you’d be crazy not to pick it up. Erica’s world-building is perfect, and she has a way of making you care about every one of the characters from the beginning.

I definitely have to give Island of Exiles 5 out of 5 Stars.

CONTENT

Language: No vulgar language

Sexual: Some passionate kissing and references to sex

Violence: Fantastical violence, nothing graphic

AVAILABILITY

Island of Exiles is available both digitally and in paperback. Pre-order now for an awesome valentine’s day gift for someone you love, or for yourself! Click on the image below for more info.

Happy Reading!!!

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