Title: Sweet Oblivion
Series: Sweet Series #1
By: Bailey Ardisone
Published: March 24th, 2013 by Bailey Ardisone
When two worlds collide, nightmares become reality. And some secrets...are best kept in Oblivion.
...Until there is hope.
Have you ever wanted to forget? Nariella Woodlinn has. Many times. Especially when her already frustrating life gets turned upside down by a mysterious boy who randomly shows up in her small town. And she can't seem to understand anything about him, despite how much she tries.
Nari hates everything about her life, except for her best friend Rydan, but now that they've been separated during their senior year of high school, she has to learn to make new friends without him. When strange, unexplainable phenomena start becoming an every day part of her life, Nari struggles to come to grips with reality. And with love.
Naminé has responsibilities. Duties. It is her obligation to fulfill all that is asked of her by their King. But when a glimmer of hope is introduced to her by a prisoner she tends to, it means life or death for her and her people. She does all that she can to turn that hope into reality, and finally end the vicious war that has been ensuing since she was born. Even if that means keeping it secret from her King. Even if it means carrying out the biggest betrayal against the King ever seen during her time.
She has hope. She will fulfill her duty. She will not let her people down.
My Review: Hope is such an amazing word and it is what Nari clings to as she has nothing else her only friend is Rydan. Together they form a bond that nothing could break. Rydan is Nari's hope. Sweet Oblivion is an amazing story. I was so moved by the beauty of it all. Each chapter was played out with such depth and emotion that it sent me reeling in a state of oblivion. For Nari her life is so messed up yet she is able to find that one glimmer of hope she gets from Rydan and she holds on for all she has in her.
Namine is a beautiful character with turmoil of her own. If she betrays the king she may loose everything but, if she let's go of her hope all will be lost to her anyway. Does she do what is right or does she let go and abandon all that could be?
I found myself so deep into this book that I was truly sad when it ended my only hope was that there would be more of this story to follow.
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Title: Sweet Escape
Series: Sweet Series #2
By: Bailey Ardisone
Published: July 25th, 2013 by Bailey Ardisone
Sometimes the hardest war to fight is the one raging within yourself…
Life will never be the same for Nariella Woodlinn. Just when she thought she had it all figured out, her world comes crumbling down around her-yet again. With no idea who she is or even where she came from, how can she save herself?
She once thought her biggest problems were the ones brought on by the mysterious man she refused to fall in love with—Mycah. But she quickly discovers none of that compares to what she is about to encounter next.
This time, it isn’t because of who Mycah is.
This time, it’s because of who she is.
Naminé risked everything to save her people. Her goal was to bring their only hope back to their Kingdom. As the war rages on around her, Naminé gets thrown into the lion’s den—the false King’s chambers. Can she fool a King who can’t be deceived on his playing field? Forced to do his bidding, can she prevent the downfall of the only hope she worked so hard to bring home? Will she be able to escape with her life and mind intact?
With everyone’s world falling apart and deceit around every corner…can any of them truly Escape?
My Review: My hope restored I joyfully entered into Sweet Escape desperately needing to know how this story would play out. Nari's world gets a lot more complicated when Mycah shows up in it. He was the most beautiful man Nari had ever seen. She felt a connection to him that she desperately tried to fight. Not understanding the mystery behind his gorgeous blue eyes. Mycah will turn Nari's world upside down if she's not careful. Rydan on the other hand doesn't trust Mycah and has no problem letting Nari nor Mycah know this. This plot just continues to thicken and just when I thought I had it all figured out Namine steps in to show me and everyone else in this story how wrong I was. She lets out a force that she herself wasnot sure she had in her. She goes up against an evil force that is determined to strip all hope away leaving nothing but a path of destruction in it's wake. Can she keep hope alive? Will Nari discover who she really is and accept it? These were the questions I had to have answers for. Sweet Escape like it's predecessor is a beautifully written book that draws you in from the very beginning and take you on a journey that will blow you away. I am hoping that there is a third book as I long to know more.
About The Author-
Bailey Ardisone is a collaboration by two sisters born and raised outside Chicago, Illinois. They took the last names of their two grandmothers and combined them together to form their pen name. They both married the love of their lives and spend their days submerged in books, movies, music, or art and love traveling. Fantasy books and movies have been a huge part of their lives and are obsessed with Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Sweet Oblivion is their first novel and is the first installment of a series.
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