Friday, December 18, 2015

Book Review: Sachael Desires (The Mine Series #2) by Melody Winter (18+) + Book Trailer + Giveaway

Sachael Desires by Melody Winter

During her ordeal with the Sect, Estelle Bailey dreamt of escaping back into the arms of the sea—and Azariah. But freedom came at a price, and though she’s back with the Sachael who’s stolen her heart, she’s also land-bound until the next full moon. And with the threat of Orontes looming ever larger behind them, Azariah, Estelle, and Michael—her once-captor turned rescuer and friend—are on the run.

Following Michael's lead, they seek sanctuary amidst the natural beauty of the Orkney and Shetland Islands until Estelle can complete her next submergence ritual and Azariah can whisk her away to the safety of Saicean.
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Secrets, betrayals, and old enemies await them, though, and as events spiral out of control, Azariah makes a decision that puts all their lives at risk, forcing Estelle to face a journey she never wanted to take. With time running out and tempers running high, her only hope to save the man she loves lies in a reconciliation between two kingdoms who despise each other.

Book Two in the Mine Series, Sachael Desires further expands on the intricate underwater world of the Sachaels, and the hostility and isolation of not belonging.​

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(18 and older recommended)


We pick up right where we left off in the previous book. You can check out my review of Sachael Dreams here which, spoiler, I enjoyed immensely!

Estelle, Azariah, and Michael are back right where we left them in the previous book. I love the surprises we learn along they way during this story. It did take me a chapter or two to get familiar with the characters again and to remember what happened in the previous book since it's been awhile since I've read it, but once I got in the rhythm it was easy for me to get back in the flow of the story.

I had no issues envisioning the landscapes or locations of where the characters traveled as they seemed to take place in the UK, which I've never been but would love to visit. What was most exciting for me is that we get to see what Saicean looks like, the land the Sachael are from and you won't be disappointed. ;)

I love how the characters deal with the problems. They didn't dwell on the problems too much, just took some time to absorb it then reacted pragmatically in their decisions. That's something I admire and love in characters. Well most of them. Azariah did have his random outbursts but I assumed that's just part of his personality. I still can't help but love his gentlemanly charm whenever he's chivalrous to Estelle. It always melts my heart and I love him for it.

I enjoyed Estelle and was glad to see her fiery personality and how she did not easily give in to the man's world. Though there was a phase that I thought she had but it had been glossed over nicely which is understandable in her situation. I did feel the relationship she had with another Sachael was a bit unbelievable at first but ultimately am glad for that relationship because I do feel like she needed an ally. I had been previously confused with Estelle's feelings towards Orontes in the previous book but I understood her opinion of him in this book better which is the opinion I preferred.

There were a few moments where Estelle had few close calls with some despicable men that had me on the edge of my seat in anticipation. I had been afraid for Estelle and what they would do to her! You'll just have to read to see what I mean! Like in the previous book, the author isn't afraid to put Estelle in dangerous situations and I love every second of it.

Azariah and Michael are fun to see together. I enjoy their interactions. I did miss Michael in the later half of the book but hope to see him again soon in the sequel. We also meet new characters who I appreciate in the story. I feel all the characters were well placed although meeting some of the new characters also raised new questions which I hope will be answered in the sequel. Oh, just so you know there are some steamy love making scenes in the book. Not too many that would distract from the story but I savored them.

Overall, the tension and pace felt good. I didn't find myself skipping too much. Although, I did notice a subtle difference in pacing in the beginning and middle which felt gradual, to the last few chapters which accelerated to the climax. Not bad, because the author skipped the boring planning part, but it was noticeable for me and I did get confused as to what was the plan at the end.

The conclusion, I found felt satisfying. With a bit of a time skip, I feel this was a good way to end the story. Without spoilers, I liked how the book concluded but had been a bit confused as to how it came to be as there were no explanations how a certain character had ascended to power. Seemed unorthodox to me. Still, it gives you a glimpse as to what will happen in the next book and I'm looking forward to what our heroes will do. Highly recommend if you enjoy fantasy underwater settings, romance, and adventure.

3.7 out of 5 rating for me!

(A copy was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

About Melody Winter:

Growing up, Melody Winter showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write far too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but eventually ended up working in Finance. Melody is convinced the methodical time she spends working with numbers fuels her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.

Melody Winter lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the beach. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures. In fact, if she wasn’t such a terrible swimmer, she’d say she was a mermaid.

Sachael Desires is her second book in the New Adult Romantic Fantasy series - the 'Mine Series'

Learn more about Melody Winter on her website, twitter or facebook.

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