Review by Poo Penny
May Contain Spoilers
I picked this book out to read because I liked the cover. Probably. I read a lot of books, and spend a lot of time looking at books, sometimes I get them confused.
Sonya is a auraseer, which means she feels what others around her are feeling. It also seems to mean that she acts on those feelings, she is extremely impulsive, and has no sense of self. She doesn’t know how to control her auraseer-nees, and she ends up in a bad position. Well, for her. She ends up as the emperor’s auraseer, his protector. Then, this becomes one huuuuuuge love triangle, in which Sonya cannot discern her own feelings from the feelings she is feeling around her. Complicated? Yup. Does it get boring? A little. I don’t understand how both brothers fall in love with her when one of them has only been around her for a few moments, and the other one has but they don’t even know each other. Most of the time when Valko and Sonya are together, Valko is yelling at Sonya, granted they do spend plenty of time kissing, so I guess there is that.
And, HOW, at the end did she convince him to do that thing? That made no sense to me. I am pretty sure I won’t be continuing this series because, well, it honestly was just another book. Nothing stood out to me, I only finished it because I made it more than half way before I realized I wasn’t enjoying this book.
Grade: 2 stars
Review copy borrowed from our local library
About the book:
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel, both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. But when a tragic accident pushes her into the spotlight, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.
Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher where other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.
As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Prince Anton. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.