Sunday, April 24, 2016

SST Review: The Island by S. Usher Evans + Giveaway!


The Island (Madion War Series, #1)Title: The Island
Author: S. Usher Evans
Publisher: Sun's Golden Ray Publishing
Release Date: April 26, 2016

Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.

Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country's independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.

When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian's medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo's survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.

Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?

The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath.

The Island is the first in a new series where two countries are at war.  Simple enough, right?  Except when Kylea's favorite prince and a Raven pilot get marooned together on an island, things change.

I'll admit, this was not what I expected.  I hadn't expected Galian to be my favorite.  But he was.  His character grew a lot more than Theo's over the course of the novel.  Mainly because he learned a lot about the atrocities his country committed against Rave.  Things Theo obviously already knew some of.

This novel is short--a nice and quick read.  I finished it easily in one sitting, and was fairly satisfied with the ending.  It's a cliffhanger, but it's not a killer like some other books I know. -eyes Jodi Meadows-

I don't want to say too much.  A lot of what I could say would be spoilery, so I'll keep it nice and short.  Our two main characters are from warring countries, and of course, they end up marooned together on an island.  At first they hate each other, but they depend on each other for survival.  And that soon turns to something else.

The characters are enjoyable and very distinct.  I love seeing the hate turns to love romance thing.  That is a trope I don't think I'll ever get tired of, and I hope to see more of it.

And The Island surprisingly deals with issues such as racism.  There is a huge amount of prejudice against the Ravens from the Kyleans.

An enjoyable quick new adult read.  If you like things in the realm of dystopia and light fantasy, give it a shot!

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Ohh great review Christina I don't like cliffhanger either. This is the first time I hear about this book, and after reading your book I am very intrigued and curious about it. I absolutely love quick new adult books and this one looks and sounds totally fantastic! Thank you for your awesome post Christina.

  2. I'm so happy you enjoyed this one! Thanks for reviewing it <3