Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Sweet Oblivion by Bailey Ardisone Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

Sweet Oblivion (The Sweet Series #1) by Bailey Ardisone

Sweet Oblivion (The Sweet Series #1)Title: Sweet Oblivion

Series: The Sweet Series #1

Bailey Ardisone

Published: 24th March 2013 by Bailey Ardisone (first published 30th December 2012)

Source: E-copy from the author for an honest review


sweet adjective ˈswēt a : pleasing to the mind or feelings
​obliv·i·on noun ə-ˈbli-vē-ən, ō-, ä- 1: the fact or condition of forgetting or having forgotten

Have you ever wanted to forget? Nariella Woodlinn has. Many times. Especially when her already frustrating life gets turned upside down by a mysterious boy who randomly shows up in her small town and she can’t seem to understand anything about him, despite how much she tries.
​Nari hates everything about her life except for her best friend Rydan, but now that they’ve been separated during their senior year of high school, she has to learn to make new friends without him. When strange unexplainable phenomena start becoming an every day part of her life, Nari struggles to come to grips with reality. And with love.

Naminé has responsibilities. Duties. It is her obligation to fulfill all that is asked of her by their King. But when a glimmer of hope is introduced to her by a prisoner she tends to and it means life or death for her and her people, she does all that she can to turn that hope into reality and finally end the vicious war that has been ensuing since she was born. Even if that means keeping it secret from her King. Even if it means carrying out the biggest betrayal against the King ever seen during her time.

She has hope. She will fulfill her duty. She will not let her people down.
Some secrets are best kept in Oblivion.

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My Review

Sweet Oblivion was told in two voices, that of Nari and that of Naminé. Both voices were unique and both told different stories, and it was thoroughly enjoying to read.

The different narrators each told a story and at first it was confusing because they didn't seem to relate at all, but eventually it came together and made sense. I liked that we had two different stories intersecting, but it was more Nari's story than Naminé's and I would've enjoyed seeing/understanding a bit more of her side.

There were a lot of characters introduced into this book and though I liked them all some seemed a little too prominent for what they actually contributed to the story. Let me clarify here. The Australians were introduced into the book near the beginning and though they were nice and such, they didn't really contribute to the continuation of the plot, they were kind of like filler characters, though no filling was needed, and while I enjoyed scenes between Nari and them, they didn't really feel necessary.

The only thing that really riled me about this book was the Australians. Yes, I'm Australian, and no, there was nothing at all offensive in this book, but the Australians just got to me. Some of the expressions they used were strange to me and from the way they spoke I couldn't really conjure any sexy images. I think I just wanted the new foreigners, with sexy accents to be, for me, sexy foreigners, though this has nothing to do with the characters it's just that I happen to reside in the same place as they did. It wasn' really that big of an issue though.

The idea for this book was fantastic. The plot was just the right speed and the story was a great romantic, suspenseful, funny, action-filled ride. This book leaves you needing more and I'm looking forward to the next in the series!

3.5/5 Whales

Author Bio - Bailey Ardisone

Bailey ArdisoneBailey Ardisone is a collaboration by two sisters born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. They took the last names of their two grandmothers and combined them together to form their pen name. They both married the love of their lives and spend their days submerged in books, movies, music, or art and love traveling. Fantasy books and movies have been a huge part of their lives and are obsessed with Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Sweet Oblivion is the first book they have written together and is the first installment of a series.

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

1 signed (by the characters, Nariella, Naminé, Rydan, Mycah) paperback of Sweet Oblivion by Bailey Ardisone
3 e-copies of Sweet Oblivion
3 swag sets (bookmark + button)

-Ends 30th June 2013

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your review and participation in our blog tour!! We appreciate it greatly! <3