Staff Pick: Kristi on Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

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One of my goals in 2019 is to try to read more ARCs and be a bit more up on the new releases of the year. My first book for this goal is Crown Of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto, a Canadian YA author!

Veronyka is a war orphen who dreams of nothing more than to become one of the legendary Phoenix Riders, bonding with a Phoenix of her own and being a great warrior and hero. After a stunning act of betrayal by her sister, Val, Veronyka sets off on her own to find the warriors, convinced that they weren’t all destroyed in the Blood War.

She succeeds, but runs into one little snag…they are only accepting male recruits. So Veronyka becomes Nyk and gets a position in the stables while seeking a sponsor for the next round of recruitment. What could go wrong?

Just her sister suddenly showing up ready to destroy the life and friendships Veronyka has started to build. Just an army of Empire soldiers with orders to destroy the Phoenix Riders once and for all.

I will admit that I had some issues getting into this book. I’m not sure if I was finding the story a little slow, or if I just wasn’t in the right head space when I started (it happens). In any case I pushed through, and am so glad I did. In the second half the book really took off and I very much enjoyed where the story went and the twist at the end. I appreciated the fact that, while the story felt properly completed, it also left a lot open for a sequel. I find that this is always a good thing as YA readers tend to enjoy series more than stand-alone books. This one will definitely be going on my recommendation list once it is released in February 2019. Can’t wait to start handselling!

Crown of Feathers is available starting February 12th! Get your copy HERE!

See this, and Kristi’s other reviews, on here blog HERE