September 24, 2015

Review - The Affiliate by KA Linde

The Affiliate 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.

K.A. Linde Bio:

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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I don’t usually read YA or Fantasy books, but Kyla’s books are like crack to me so of course I decided to read Affiliate. When I started I was immediately intrigued and fell in love with the time period. I am a HUGE fan of Western Civilization and while this is obviously fiction it is set in a similar time, so I was hooked.

Our heroine is Cyrene is seventeen and we first meet her on the day of her Presenting. Today is the day that will determine the rest of her life. She will learn if she will be First, Second or Third Class. During her Presenting she captivates King Edric and becomes an Affiliate to the Queen.  

From the moment Cyrene begins her time as Affiliate her life as she knew it completely changes. She has multiple challenges and learning who she is. She has these new abilities and is seeing things differently. This story is really just a tease of what’s to come and learning the class systems and characters. We need to learn of Cyrene’s powers and I am dying to see where things could go with King Edric. I have so many hopes and for this book and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Despite this story being YA and our heroine being seventeen it doesn’t feel like typical YA. The best way I can describe it is to say she isn’t a seventeen in high school. She is an adult according to her culture and making adult decisions that will affect the rest of her life. It’s very grownup YA. That being said, I do highly recommend even if this isn’t your typical genre if you are fan of Kyla’s angst and creativity!

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 

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