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  • Posted August 13, 2012

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    This is the sequel to Wilde’s Fire. As Kate comes to term

    This is the sequel to Wilde’s Fire. As Kate comes to terms with who she is, she realizes she must have courage, not only to follow through with her prophesied destiny, but also to save her world from the darkness that consumes them. This is a brilliantly written tale of good versus evil. It keeps your attention as it has action, adventure, and romance. It had a few heartbreaking moments, so you may want to have some Kleenex handy. All in all a spectacular series, I’m a new fan of Krystal Wade!

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

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    This review might not be spoilerish for Wilde’s Army but

    This review might not be spoilerish for Wilde’s Army but might be for Wilde’s Fire.

    There is a lot going on in Wilde’s Army. Kate finds herself alone at the end of Wilde’s Fire. The turn of events experienced in the last few pages leads her to face reality real quick. In Wilde’s Army you meet a new and refined Kate. This chick is strong, determined, confident and very much worthy of the immense responsibility of having to save a dying world and its people.

    The writing once again was impressive as was this world created by Kyrstal Wade. In fact I think everything was much better as a whole in Wilde’s Army than in Wilde’s Fire. The storyline came together nicely and I think the author set out to manipulate my feelings at times and did exactly that with much success. I was held in suspense at all times trying and dying to find out what came next.

    I felt that the middle in Army was very much like Fire in that it was kind of slow. Although the details found in the middle of the book were necessary, it could’ve been summarized/edited a bit better to keep the momentum going while maintaining the integrity of the story and still gaining the knowledge revealed in those pages. Brit, Kate’s sister, had some minor inconsistencies which I thought should have been nixed. I can’t mention specifics because it’s a spoiler but let’s just say she has a “nah nah nah nah nah, I get to touch Arland and you don’t” kind of moment moments after revealing how hurt she felt in a similar situation.

    There is an underlying theme in this series and a lesson to be learned. I’m not sure if this is the author’s real intent but this is what really stood out for me. These were the things that made me say hmm…

    1. This is a battle between good and evil; Darkness and Light.
    2. Power and wealth is evil.
    3. The people of Encardia need to start believing in gods again by praying to them and using old magic.
    4. Darkness has become stronger because of the loss of prayers, belief in the gods and old magic.
    5. Kate is a female messiah.

    So yeah… hmm. I don’t have a problem with it just… Things that make you say hmm.

    On another note, I think it is important to mention that in this series love is huge. It’s all about love. The fate of this world is determined by the strength of Kate and Arland’s love. Consider yourself warned that love is in your face at all times. I don’t mind it. In fact I think this is the first book I've read where the love and happiness is up front and center AND you can’t get around it. It’s all or nothing. There’s a lot more to this book but the romance is something you can’t ignore.

    With that said… I can’t wait for book 3, Wilde’s (insert here)!

    I'm wishing the author much success because this is a very nice series indeed.

    ARC provided by Curiosity Quills Press via NetGalley

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

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    What can I say? What can I say? I am DEFINITELY LOVING this seri

    What can I say? What can I say?
    I am DEFINITELY LOVING this series!

    Remember my review about Wilde's Fire having substance? Yeah? Well, there's more! This book doesn't just have substance, but values as well! I should say, this book is very decent! I seriously recommended it to all ages! Trust me, it won't give you an eerie feeling when reading that part (you'll know what I mean when you get there :P).<

    Wilde's Army picks up where Wilde's Fire ended. Everyone is gone, even Arland. They've all been taken away by the daemons, but Kate is left in Watcher's Hall, unharmed and protected. Someone hid her from the daemons, but who? Then Perth, the Ground Dweller whom Kate is forced to marry, sees her. She isn't alone after all. Kate doesn't love Perth, in fact, she doesn't trust him at all. Everybody in Encardia doesn't trust the Ground Dwellers because they are evil. They use their magic against nature. But Perth offers to help Kate save everybody else. How come Perth wasn't taken by the daemons? Can Kate trust him? Or does Perth have any hidden motives for his actions?

    The tension rises when everybody gets to Willow Falls. Their stay there can make or break the future of Encardia. While Arland and Kate are destined to be Bound (a.k.a. married), Perth's father, Dufaigh, will do everything in his power to stop it. Dufaigh thirsts for power that only Kate can give. And Kate's marriage to Perth is what he needs to prevent Arland from being the High Leader and to secure the position to Perth. So once they reach Willow Falls, Dufaigh will rush everybody for Kate and Perth's marriage. Aaaah! And the problem doesn't even end there. Once Dufaigh learns that Kate is in love with Arland and not with this son, he won't let a second pass without Arland's cold body in his hand. *creepy*

    Ookay. They still have another burden to carry. Kate has to unite everybody: the Light Lovers, Sea Dwellers, and Ground Dwellers. Given the fact that the Light Lovers and the Sea Dwellers are in war for centuries, uniting them is close to impossible. Will Kate be able to unite Dufaigh (the man who wants to use her for power), High Leade Maher (Arland's father who keeps something from them), and Murchadha (the Leader of Sea Dweller who lies to Arland).

    Krystal Wade amazes me once again in Wilde's Army! :) Brace yourself for a creepier, more exciting, and more heart pounding paranormal romance! :) I can't believe Wilde's Meadow won't be out 'til Novembeeer! O.O I can't wait! @.@

    Enjoy reading! :) God bless you! :)

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

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    Great followup to Wilde's Fire. Lots of excitement. A Must read!

    I received this complimentary digital review copy from Netgalley for my honest review.

    I was pleasantly surprised with Wilde’s Army, as you know, some books in a series, that are the 2nd books, do not always hold up to the first. Well, this one did, there was so much excitement. It seemed that there was some trouble of one sort or another around every corner. I was always wondering what would be next. It makes you wonder who you can trust after all this madness goes down. Poor Kate is really only left trusting the one who seems the most un-trustworthy. Plus she is terrified of what may have happened to Arland and all of her friends and family as well. What I loved is the action starts right from the start and never really stops. This book is full of fear, lying, pretending, and running from daemons. It sure will keep you reading right till the end.

    I was glad to see Kate grow so much in this book. In Wilde’s Fire, she was unsure of herself, and her magic reflected that. She has more confidence in this book, but does have her insecure moments, but you can’t blame her for that. She has a lot riding on her young shoulders, that’s are for sure She was a strong leader who inspired people to fight. Obviously in this book she is trying to build an army to help her fight Darkness. It’s not that easy either. The people of Encardia are tired of fighting, and who can blame them. Getting them motivated isn’t exactly a walk in the park. I will let you find out for yourself how she handles that problem. But I will say, its awe-inspiring for sure.

    I do not want to give away any spoilery, so will leave you at that, go read it! But read Wilde’s Fire first, this is the 2nd book.
    I was very pleased with this 2nd book, and highly recommend it. I really am now looking forward to Encardia.

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    I started reading this book with no pre-knowledge of it - I wasn

    I started reading this book with no pre-knowledge of it - I wasn't aware that it was the second in a series, I wasn't aware of what age-group it was aimed at. I realised very quickly that not only was it a sequel but it was written for younger people. That's fine - I enjoy reading any book, from alphabet books for pre-schoolers, through children's books, early teens, older teens, and anything from churn-them-out bestsellers with lots of action and sex through to the often-quite-difficult literary novel. And that's just the fiction. And while I don't expect much from the churn-them-out novels, I do expect plenty from books written for the younger market. I expect that any book written for a younger person should also be interesting to an adult.

    Some years ago, children's movies were made to appeal to the child alone. The adult would suffer in silence, knowing that their child was enjoying them. Well, there's been a revolution in movies, and children's movies are now created to be equally as enjoyable for the adults (at least, the good ones are). After all, children and teens and adults aren't separate species. So, what I'm saying is that although I'm long past the age-group this series is written for, I do have an appreciation of the genre and I do have expectations.

    I found the writing style a little simplistic, especially at the beginning (and I'm comparing it with other teen fantasy I've read recently). Oh the other hand, the author brought in information from the first in the series (Wilde's Fire) really well, so I didn't feel there were huge gaps in what I needed to know for this book to make sense. I didn't warm to any of the characters - Katriona is very childish, and though the other characters show different facets to themselves they are still lacking in subtlety.

    What I did like is the way the author uses magic. The idea of an Old Magic that has almost been lost, and then is 'found' by special newcomers, isn't new, but that's fine - it's a good concept. And the gathering of sprites etc to answer the magic-wielder's call/needs is well done here. Bringing in different types of magic is also good, and I look forward to more of that (if I read the 3rd in this series).

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