Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review: The Lioness by Jake Bonsignore

Seventeen-year-old Adria Catarr is a carefree, stubborn girl with an insatiable sweet tooth. When she stumbles into Lando Cardé, the incognito prince, during the annual Midsummer Festival and mistakes his charm for love at first sight, her naïve heart is quickly broken.

Kaidan Sordell, a childhood friend, is there to pick up the pieces and help Adria mend her wounds. His affection for her has gone unnoticed for so long that he’s not sure if he’ll ever have the nerve to tell her how he truly feels.

With the last summer before adulthood upon them, Adria and Kaidan decide to seek out the Temple of the Red Mare. The legendary tales of it revealing a heart’s truest desire is too tempting for lovelorn Adria to pass up.

Will she realize, though, that what she’s looking for has been trekking beside her all along?
Excerpt: The lukewarm, evening wind seemed to whisper sweet nothings to Adria once she arrived at Kaidan’s house. She took a moment of respite to gaze at the magnificent night sky one more time. Each twinkling cluster made her sentimental, especially since the view would not last for much longer. The first slivers of light from the rising sun would come in an hour or so. The idea only made her cherish it more.
      Adria liked to believe that each star represented a romance that had once flourished on the very grounds she now treaded on. Time may have claimed the bodies of the lovers, but it could never eliminate what they shared. Love was magical; true love was celestial. Nothing could ever truly eradicate it.
     To share love with another is the greatest of blessings, she mused. The entire world was brighter since she had met Lando. Her cheeks already ached at the thought of him.
      She prayed that Lando was thinking of her from wherever he was. If only she could be by his side right now! Someday, my bond with Lando will be part of the night sky. We’ll be the most brilliant pair in the universe. Wanderers will rely upon us to guide them back to their homes.

 The author does a great job of showing us what being  seventeen years old feels like though the eye of the characters Adria and Kaidan. Kaidan thinks he knows what he wants for his future but then Adria's actions and her delief in love changes their lives, ultimately for the best. Adria is like most girls when it comes to love. Only after being hurt and sick does she realize what true love is. This is my favorite quote from the book..
"Somebody once told me that when you're meant for each other, you don't fall. You rise. You become a better person and go out of your way to wow your partner. Love always brings you up, not kicks you down."
There were lots of laughing out loud moments and moments that caused my eyes to water. This is the first book of the authors I have read but I will be watching for his next book.
About the Author: Jake Bonsignore is the author of multiple novels, including Empyreal Illusions, Awakening the Fire, and The Lioness. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with magna cum laude honors. Outside of his literary pursuits, he enjoys playing sports and is a fitness enthusiast. He is currently working on his next book.

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