I have to thank my fellow Book Nerd Mary for hosting this blog tour and Bailey Ardisone for sending me a copy of the Sweet Oblivion ebook. It really is a fascinating and entertaining story with lovable characters any YA fan will enjoy.
I must admit, I was VERY confused by the alternate story that is mixed into the main story. Every other chapter there are a couple of pages about Namine, a young girl working for a King who is holding several prisoners she must serve meals to each day. I couldn't figure out how this story had anything to do with Nari who is the protagonist in the main story. This eventually comes full circle, but it took a LONG time for me to appreciate these chapters.
We learn early on that Nari was adopted and both she and her "father" Ray hold her responsible for the death of her "mother." She was very close to her mother, but her relationship with Ray is AWFUL. He is a drunk and is physically and mentally abusive. She eventually finds a spot in the woods where a boy named Rydan is hanging out under a willow tree. They become best friends and enjoy spending time together every day after school.
One day Nari meets a very handsome boy named Mycah, who has unusual abilities. She doesn't know if she should give into her feelings for him or if she should fear him. After he saves her life a couple of times, she decides she can trust him. I'm not a fan of the name Mycah for a hot English boy, but I couldn't help but love his character. He was very well spoken, charming, and did everything he could for Nari. Of course, this didn't sit well with her longtime friend Ryden.
The story was action packed and contained a lot of sci-fi elements that I think will appeal to guys as well as the ladies. Most of the books I read are definitely chick lit and I wouldn't dream of recommending them to my brother. This one, however, is right up his alley.
The ending was a bit abrupt and left us hanging, so I immediately jumped on Amazon to confirm that this is not a stand alone book. It is in fact a series!! I'm not sure when the next book is scheduled to be released, but I can't wait to see what will happen next for Nari, Mycah, and Ryden.
About the Authors:
Bailey Ardisone is a collaboration between two sisters who were born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. They combined their creative forces to write the first book in their series, called Sweet Oblivion. Though the name Bailey Ardisone applies to both of them, for the sake of answering questions they will each take on one of the names to make things easier.
The younger sister of the two in Bailey Ardisone, has always held a strong love for anything art related. Whether it be drawing, music, or constantly day-dreaming, her mind never stops imagining wonderful stories and possibilities. She finally got to put some of those ideas to use with her new found love of writing novels. Some other things she is forever obsessed with are Japanese Anime and Manga, animals, traveling, her home city of Chicago and anything in miniature form. One thing she can never get enough of is sleeping/taking naps and sour skittles.
The older sister of the two in Bailey Ardisone, has always loved getting lost in books, movies, music, and art. Fantasy is her favorite genre. She gets her love of words from their grandmother who together used to write poems, short stories and even greeting cards. Her biggest goal would be to travel and explore the world. She loves going to the beach, enjoys football sundays, and spending time with friends and family.