Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sweet Redemption by Bailey Ardisone {Review}

*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

...That which starts bitter ends sweet.
  What do you do when those you love are about to be executed? You raise Hell.
Nariella Woodlinn has managed to escape death more times than she can count. Frequently saved by the Night Elf she loves and her protective best friend, it's her turn to return the favor. Those she holds most dear to her heart are set to be executed by the most vile creature in all of Luïnil - their uncle. Armed with determination and a not-so-confident plan, Nari must wage a war that goes against her very genetics in the hopes of stopping their impending doom.
  But that seemed like the least of her problems when she is ordered to make Mycah fall out of love with her. Forced to let go of the one person she had ever fully given her heart to, she sets off on her own to mend, until unexpected visitors shock them all.
  With their home threatened, Nari's heart broken, and Ohtar set on the loose - how can any of them ever hope to obtain Redemption?
  -Final installment of the Sweet Series-

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My Review~

*sigh* It's the end. Oh. My. Gosh. It's the end! It's the end. It. Is. The. End. *sigh*

It doesn't matter how many times I say it or read it, the sound of it still hurts. I can't believe it is actually the end. I mean I know I read it and I know that the end actually happened, but my mind is having a really hard time grasping the fact that I have to say goodbye to Mycah, Rydan, and Nari. The best elves that I have met since Legolas in Lord of the Rings.

And I'm not just saying that either. Sweet Redemption was an end to end all ends. (Sounded better in my head). It was everything. Really. The story of Sweet Redemption had my heart in a vice from the second I opened my kindle and kept tight reigns on it throughout the entire story. It was a story of truth, endurance, and everlasting love. 

Every character traveled a path of resistance, one that tested them in every capacity. As a reader this hurt to read. Bailey Ardisone pushed these characters so hard that I thought my heart would break. Okay, let me restate that... she pushed them so hard my heart broke. A. LOT! I swear by the end of the book my heart was held together with scotch tape and super glue. I can only imagine what the hearts of the characters looked like by the end. 

The story of Sweet Redemption is one that rivaled the story of Lord of the Rings. It kept me on the edge of my seat, tears in my eyes, and my heart in my throat. Everything about it broke me. But everything about it put me back together. The series title is Sweet and trust me when I say that this story is so sweet it's beautiful. Bailey Ardisone has an amazing ability to capture the mind and imagination. To take her readers to far away magical places. Sweet Redemption was a beautifully, enchanting story that gives elves another way to shine. Everything about it was mesmerizing, magical, and Sweet. I'm not sure the words I have written here can even begin to convey my feelings for this book, or this series. Just know that my heart soared and feelings flowed. 

"Nariella. Even if being with you meant I was fated to destruction for it, you would be worth it. You're worth fighting for, you're worth dying for, and I won't stop loving you just because someone tells me to." ~(kindle, loc. 2936).

There are so many magical moments in this story, it is hard to choose just one, but this is just one moment that brings me to my knees.

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