13 November 2014

Book Review: A Taste of Winter (Lakeside, #2) by Laila Blake

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Lilt Literary 
Published: 28th October 2014
Pages: n/a
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance,
Main Characters: Moira, Owain, 
Date Read: 3rd November - 10th November 2014
Rating Given:
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Picking up where BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON left off, A TASTE OF WINTER is the second book in a romantic paranormal fantasy trilogy, set in alternate history medieval times. It follows the life of young Moira, a half fae noblewoman who fell in love with her shape-shifter guard and ran away from her ancestral home. 
Traveling the country, searching for a safe place to stay, the two of them soon realize that life is not as kind to them as they might have hoped. They feel the sting of prejudice and bigotry in each town they visit, and the reality of poverty and winter begin to erode Moira and Owain’s blossoming love. 
In the castle they left behind, darker plans are afoot. The fae spy Brody is slowly taking over, and he has no love for humans. He needs to be stopped before he can seize power and trigger another war between the races. But Moira and Owain are long gone, and Brody always seems two steps ahead.

I was asked by the author if I wanted to review the first and second book in her Lakeside series which I said yes to, however, after reading the first one and feeling so-so about it I was a bit worried that I wouldn't like this book but I actually liked it a little bit more...

I do like the covers in this series and the way in which they both tie in with each other but also they are different which makes sense as they are different books. I do prefer the first one to this one though as this one you can really tell they are hand drawn unlike the first one.

 When I first started this book I wasn't sure I was going to like this second book but I kept going hoping that it would get better and I'm really glad it did it just took a little longer than I would've liked. I seemed to be able to get through this one a lot quicker than the first one which is always a plus in my eyes. I loved that we got to see more of Laila and Owain together but there was times when I just didn't believe in their connection. I was able to stay with the story with the change of point on view throughout the book which I think is because I was able to get used to it in the first book and then I read this book straight after which I don't usually do. There was a scene that happened that came out of nowhere and then seemed to have not happened in the next moment which did confuse me a bit. With this book I felt like it was a bit to predictable as I could tell how it was going to end before I even read the last page. The end of the book did leave me wanting to know how everything is going to get resolved.

I felt that most of the characters grew up a lot in this book especially Moira, I just didn't like it sounded like even though she said she didn't blame Owain for what was happening she wouldn't have kept thinking about it but really it wasn't his fault as it was all to protect her. I felt sorry for Owain throughout this book as he really did feel like everything was his fault and then with everything happening to hurt his pride more and more I'm surprised he was able to even get up in the morning.

Overall this one was a bit better than the first book and I am looking forward to see how this series is going to end.