Review: The Last Gatekeeper (The Chronicles of Fane, #1) by Katy Haye

The Last GatekeeperThe Last Gatekeeper by Katy Haye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Katy Haye in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘The Last Gatekeeper’ is the first novel in ‘The Chronicles of Kane’ series and my THIRD charming novel by Katy Haye. Having accidentally read the sequel in the series first, I can most assuredly say that you can read either novel in this series as standalones. However, I really enjoyed this first novel – much more so than the sequel – and would recommend reading the first before the second as it really would make the second novel that much better.
1. I totally shipped Thanriel and Zanzibar. They made for such a good couple and the chemistry between them was absolutely spectacular. Their love story was poignant and heartfelt. It made me tear up and then wish to tear my heart out because I would get so emotionally involved. Just a warning ahead for slightly younger readers: there are some sexy times in here. 😉
2. The author’s writing was imaginative and used a great deal of imagery which I appreciated a great deal as a reader. It allowed for the setting to come across beautifully and clearly in my mind’s eye.
3. The blurb needs some working on. It didn’t capture the plot as well as it should have and it honestly nearly dissuaded me from picking up the novel. The only reason I decided to read it was because I’ve read Katy Haye’s previous works and enjoyed them a great deal.
4. The adventure and battle scenes were written incredibly well! Writing battle scenes is hard work, and not all authors are able to execute these scenes with solidity and umph. Katy Haye was able to write them with elegance and mastery which I loved. The battles scenes didn’t bore me or had me wrinkling my nose in distaste (like many novels do). Instead, I was often gripped and reading as fast as my eyes could.
5. The pace was well done! I loved that it moved at a steady pace and with enough speed that there was a flow to the plot, yet not fast enough that there was too much happening. It was yet another thing that had me reading till the last page.
6. I enjoyed the plot twists but I felt like some of them happened too soon and at too young an age for Zanzibar. I can’t spoil them for you, but I bet most readers would also agree. There are definite methods for preventing such results and the ignorance of Zanzibar grated in my nerves a little, hence bringing down the rating.
7. Unfortunately there were some parts that had me yawning in boredom and just wishing to finish reading the silly novel. I was left unsatisfied at different points in the novel and that was yet another reason why my rating was brought down. I still can’t pinpoint what it was that had me yawning, but I wish that it could be remedied.
Congratulations to Katy Haye on publishing the FIRST novel in ‘The Chronicles of Fane’ series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: The Last Dreamseer (The Chronicles of Fane, #2) by Katy Haye

The Last DreamseerThe Last Dreamseer by Katy Haye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Katy Haye in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘The Last Dreamseer’ was my second novel – after reading Rising Tides – by Katy Haye, and one which pretty much met all of my expectations. I’d highly recommend reading this novel AFTER reading ‘The Last Gatekeeper’. (I accidentally read ‘The Last Dreamseer’ BEFORE ‘The Last Gatekeeper’. Both novels can be read as standalones, however, as a reader, I got a better and more satisfying reading experience having read both.
1. I felt like the blurb didn’t do the novel justice. I was SOO bored and uninterested in the novel after reading the blurb. It was just dry and didn’t accurately capture all the FASCINATING aspects of the novel. It just could have been worded differently. In a way that would hook the potential reader and keep them gripped. This blurb just didn’t do that.
2. The cover. Just. The cover. It NEEDS a makeover. Please, please, please. It also didn’t accurately capture the awesomeness of the novel.
3. The writing itself was good… It just needed a second set of professional, editorial eyes. One with great experience. Some sentences could use rewording because they made my eyes glaze over sometimes. Others were well written and perfectly executed. I would often swing between gripped and bored. There were also times when the author just bordered on telling rather than showing. It just needs some good editorial work on it.
4. Deena’s story just didn’t hook me as much as the first novel in the series did. I didn’t especially feel connected to her as a character and sometimes it was hard for me to align to her perspective and outlook on the world. I could understand her bitterness but I just couldn’t emotionally CONNECT.
5. Being unable to fully connect with the protagonist, Deena, made the novel just a little bit worse. I felt like the plot took the characters everywhere in a bit of a rush with not strong enough reasons.
6. The world-building is definitely to be praised. I loved the depth and knowledge with which the author wrote her novel. I could feel that the author knew her world and the many numerous characteristics/aspects of it.
7. The novel had atmospheric presence. It was deep and dark and drumming. Every time I opened the book I could feel the heaviness of living in a dystopian world such as Fane.
Congratulations to Katy Haye on publishing a solid four star sequel in ‘The Chronicles of Fane’!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Rising Tides by Katy Haye

Rising TidesRising Tides by Katy Haye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Katy Haye in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Rising Tides’ is a FANTASTIC read for those keen on exploring a dystopian/post-apocalyptic world full of science-fiction that makes you gasp! And make me gasp it did!
I really shouldn’t be comparing this novel to any other out there but it certainly did include some themes and ideas which I thought would resonate quite nicely with readers of Ally Condie’s ‘Atlantia’. Both novels have that deep and quite aura and atmosphere about them. They both explore cities in the ocean, though ‘Atlantia’ focuses on life beneath the ocean whilst ‘Rising Tides’ is about great, big cities afloat.
I also got the feeling that mermaids was yet another subtle similarity between both novels.
In ‘Rising Tides’ the surviving humans after extreme global climate change have managed to survive in City because of the genius invention of Libby Marchmont’s father. He created the Nautilus device which allows humans to breathe underwater and thereby scavenge whatever supplies they can from the remnants of our civilisation. They reminded me a lot of mermaids. (Or mermen if you want to be gender specific because only young men are allowed to undergo the operation and dive the depths.)
‘Atlantia’ focuses on life in glass domes beneath the ocean but I remember vaguely that there was some presence of mermaids. I believe this is what makes these reads so similar and well suited for those who have read either.
The writing was BEYOND spectacular. The author created a marvellous world rich in facts, fiction and emotion that made the reading experience not only wonderful but absolutely NECESSARY! The editor who’s worked on this novel must have also been a great one as I couldn’t sense or see any of the mistakes that indie or self-pubbed that authors make.
I was also in absolute cover lust with this novel. When the book arrived on my doorstep, I did not expect it would be so beautiful! Seriously, people! The front cover might be a bit boring and black but the BACK is just WOW! There’s this ocean on the back which looks absolutely fantastic and I believe it perfectly captures the essence of the novel! Personally, I think the girl hidden in the letters is a bit much, and if the letters filled the entire cover from end to end, it would be much better. More attention drawing, I think.
There was a great plot and story! I especially loved the short story which the author included at the end! It was absolutely amazing and I loved how it revealed what I wanted to know, but in such a way that it made me eager for a potential sequel!
Katy Haye, PLEASE WRITE A SEQUEL!
The world-building was great. There was a place for everything and a depth to the history of the City that made every page a worthwhile time spent. I especially enjoyed the sort of 17th till 18th century etiquette and mannerisms which the characters inhibited.
There wasn’t one typo I could spot in my ARC and I am so grateful! It made reading a pleasure! The font was a bit small for my taste and the width of the novel a bit skinny, but I think that’s just me being picky. (Although a larger font, more space between lines and a wider book would have made me happier.)
Congratulations to Katy Haye in publishing a fantastic read worthy of being published by the best houses out there! Can’t wait for a potential sequel!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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