Saturday, September 26, 2015

Blog Tour Post: The Affiliate by K.A Linde Review

Hello Everyone! Today's special post will be for The Affiliate by K.A. Linde blog tour hosted by InkSlinger PR. I will be doing a honest review. I was also provided with a ebook copy from the publisher, however that does not affect my views on this book. Enjoy and don't forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom. 

~About the Book~

Title: The Affiliate (book #1 in the Ascension Series)
Author: K.A. Linde
Synopsis:  "On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm's lifelong plans come to fruition when she's chosen as an Affiliate to the Queen.
Or so she thinks. When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene's position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have...
King Edric himself.
Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series"
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I give this book a 9 out of 10 stars

This book was quite the start to a sure to be amazing book series. It has all the right kinds of potential. Enough mystery, suspense and romance, along with intriguing characters to make the read worth it. Some highlights for me was the storyline, characters and some forbidden romance.

I liked that the story pulled you in right from the beginning. There was no lagging it just jumped into this brilliant plot. However yes within the first chapters there was a scene involving a certain Crown Prince that indeed made me cringe, but besides that the first half of this novel was amazing. When I hit the halfway mark, I thought the book couldn't get any better, and to my surprise it did.  I thought I was already fully submersed in this world that K.A. Linde created, but it turns out I could only get more addicted. Another thing that I really enjoyed was this forbidden love, at times I honestly did forget that it was forbidden because the two characters just had so much chemistry, it worked so well and it was amazing. 

Now as for the characters, some made it even better, others made me so mad. At the start, I did find the main character Cyrene to be a little hard to connect with. I found her a little rude and I did get annoyed with all the people instantaneously wanting her. Though as the novel progressed, so did my connection and love for her. I ended admiring her braveness as well as her intellect. One character who I absolutely adored from the beginning was Cyrene's best friend, she was just so stunning. I can't exactly pin point the exact thing that made me love her so much, but she's just so brilliant. A character who rather annoyed and frustrated me was the Queen. Okay, in some ways she had some right to be cold, however I still didn't like her character at all. Now for King Edric. At times he made me so mad for wanting to route for him and Cyrene, because again he is the king for one thing and he is married. Though I could never stay mad. He counter balanced all of Cyrene's rather interesting traits and made her better at times in a way. I also always looked forward to scenes with them together. I must applaud the brilliant creation of all the characters in this book, well done K.A. Linde. 

In conclusion, I most certainly cannot wait to get my hands on the second in this series. I also highly recommend this book to those who enjoy YA romances with a twist. I hope everyone gets a chance to read this book and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post. 

~About the Author ~

USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde is the author of The Affiliate, the first book in the Ascension Series.  As a military brat, she traveled the world with her family, imaginary friends, and ever-increasing supply of books.  She has spent much of her life dreaming up new worlds and characters and forcing them into uncomfortable, usually life-threatening scenarios.  After graduating from the University of Georgia with a masters degree in political science, she began spending every waking hour putting those characters onto paper.
When not writing, she spends her time dancing, collecting paperbacks in the hopes of filling a Beauty and the Beast style library one day, traveling to visit her friends who live all over the country, and still reading anything she can get her hands on.  She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and two puppies, Lucy and Riker, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

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