eARC Review: Guardian of the Auras, by Victoria Moschou

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Fantasy, New Adult

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I have received this book through the author in exchange for an honest review.

Victoria Moshou from Victorious Pages was kind enough to send me her debut, the first book in the Auras’ Chest series!

In the world of Aurora, emotion has been banned, substituted by logic and sensibility. Raised by the Priestess of Air, Aurora has a lot of expectations upon herself to pledge herself to one of the four elements and dominate it. For that, she needs to go through a test – a test that will take her through a journey to find her element. When the test goes awry and Aurora accidentally sets free all five Auras, a mysterious and gorgeous Oracle takes her in to help her and guide her.

The book’s pacing is slow, with poetic, introspective writing which reminded me a bit of The Mists of Avalon. Also the world and general vibe of the story made me think of the classic a lot! With the theme of emotions being so present, the whole story feels a bit like a fantasy take on an unconscious mind, exploring emotions, memory and growth. On that sense, it was such an interesting read!

I wasn’t too fond of the way the story jumped into the world, I wished there was a bit more exposure to it instead of going into it head first. It was such a lush world and I would’ve liked to have been introduced to it. I think this also made it more difficult for me to relate to the characters.

I did enjoy the feminist take, and how the story flows quickly despite being around 450 pages long. I flew by the pages. And I did not see the plot twist coming at all! All in all, I enjoyed this book more at some times than others, and recommend it to those looking for a New Adult fantasy with poetic prose, priestesses, elemental power and emotion.

Nobody had said that hearts were wild creatures. They only used to say
our ribs were cages.

 

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