Sunday, December 18, 2016

BOOK REVIEW | Bride of Alvar by Silver Reins

Title: Bride of Alvar
Author: Silver Reins
Series: Redemption Book #1
Source: I read the ebook of this via Wattpad!
All her life Lucy's mother has insisted Lucy is promised in marriage to a king from another world. Determined to take control of her life, Lucy gets engaged to her very normal boyfriend. However, before she can make it down the aisle, a darkly handsome and mysterious King Alvar appears and tells her the time has come for her to marry him and become his queen. Now Lucy's idea of reality is thrown upside down as she becomes entwined in determining the fate of both her world and Alvar's.

Earlier this month, I was about to delete Wattpad from my phone. Unfortunately, the past couple of books I've read via wattpad have been disappointing. While I understand that the majority of the stories have not undergone any editing, I still do expect a clear and concise story. That hasn't been the case for most of the books I read through wattpad, but The Bride of Alvar broke the streak!

The Bride of Alvar is the first fantasy novel I have read through wattpad. As a reader who has just been really getting into fantasy this year, I am not too critical. The story was fast paced the whole way through, and I never got confused, which is really saying something! I tend to always mix up or forget characters if they are not fully fleshed out, and I was happy to see that it didn't happen while reading this. What I liked most about The Bride of Alvar is that it was so fast paced. Though the story does have its flaws, the quick pace convinced me to keep going. 

The biggest flaw I had with the book was that the romance. I didn't get the feeling that Lucy and Alvar interacted enough by the time that they had fallen in love with each other. I felt as if the author tried to do a slow burning romance but then got impatient and decided they were in love instead. Though their relationship was compelling near the end, I just couldn't get on board the Lucy/Alvar train for quite a while.

Besides that, I don't really have any criticisms. Bride of Alvar was fun to read, but I don't think it is anything special. When I look at all the fantasy books I have read, it just doesn't stand out. However, it was fun to read and I will be reading the sequel, which is already finished on wattpad. There is nothing pushing me to read it, but there is also nothing holding me back. I have a feeling that I will like the sequel more anyways because I am accustomed to the world. 

With that, I give this book 
3 out of 5 Stars!






Have you read anything from wattpad? What's one of your favorites?

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

14 comments:

  1. Three out of five is not bad! Though I have to admit, just by reading the synopsis, I would avoid this one, because it sounds like it's set up perfectly for a love triangle (and I haaaate those). I do love this type of fantasy though. But meh romance. Pass. You've read The Winter King, right? That one, gaaahhh. <3333

    Wonderful review, Genni!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. It really isn't! I was pleasantly surprised. :) I would say the synopsis is a bit misleading about the love interests. Her fiancee is basically forgotten about. They both only loved each other as friends, so they separated easily. Oh yeah I've read The Winter King! I was comparing it the whole time! That romance...damn. I seriously just want to reread it! <3

      Thanks Alyssa!

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  2. This sounds like an interesting book, though the issues with the couple's romance would bother me as well. Great review!

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

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    1. It was entertaining! Fingers crossed the romance in the sequel is better. :)

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  3. I'm glad this was a fun read for you! You know I have never read anything on Wattpad. I want to try it sometime. Just to see.

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    1. Thanks! I think you should. There are a lot of good ones of there, but it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. Best of luck!

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  4. This looks like such an awesome book! Great review! Sorry you didn't like the romance though :(

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    1. Yeah it was really entertaining! Thanks Amy. :)

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  5. I can't say that I've ever tried wattpad, although I've noticed some wattpad books at the store... It does sound pretty good! :)

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    1. I can definitely see how it's not for everyone. I always go on there when I need a quick read. There are some gems in wattpad, but there's a lot of coals too. ;)

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  6. Thanks for the review! I am working on this story to make it better right now and this detailed feedback is helpful. I agree with you on the romance, it needs more fleshing out. They fall in love quite abruptly lol I may even cut some scenes entirely for my Amazon ebook version and make it more about saving the world than being concentrated on a love-story... idk Anyway, glad you liked it! I personally think the sequels turn things up a notch for the story, but I'll warn you that they are a bit darker. I hope you enjoy them! Bride of Alvar was one of my first books I wrote for wattpad lol I was shocked when people actually liked it

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    1. I'm glad this helps! The romance has a lot of potential, and it set up the sequel quite well. I always love the good old hate to love relationship, so I'm partial to you keeping it it. ;D Then again, it's your choice. Ooh, I'm looking forward to the sequels even more if they are a bit darker. Do you know around when the editing will be done with the second book? No rush or anything, I'm just curious. :)You've seemed to really find your niche in wattpad! Congrats!

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    2. I am done editing the second book for Wattpad now. It is not perfect yet, but none of my wattpad versions are, eventually after the series is done on there I'm going to use all the feedback I'Ve gotten from my readers to get the stories edited for self-publishing as Paperback and ebooks. Thanks for reading and I hope you like the rest in the series. ☺️

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    3. That's great! I'll probably start reading it tonight then! That's a great plan. :) I hope the editing process for self-publishing goes well!

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