I am so pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Spring by Lele Iturrioz. This is the second installment in the young adult fantasy series Seasons Within and this series is such a fresh take on the genre. You can follow the rest of the tour via Xpresso Book Tours.
If you missed my review of Book One, you can catch it here. Season Within is also 99p for the duration of this tour, so it’s a great time to get started on this series.
Gaia finally knows who she is and what she’s meant to do. It’s only been a few weeks since the earth element woke in her. Now that she’s embracing her role as Mother Nature, she must journey with her group of power-wielding friends in a race against time to get back home before Azazel reaches them.
With the awakening of a brand new element, her true past with Edan, a dangerous decision that could change the very essence of who she is, and a traitor among her group, the broken road back to Terra will be a test of strength.
After all, even if Gaia doesn’t know it, war is closer than she thinks.
I re-read Seasons Within right before picking Spring up, this isn’t something I usually do but I am so glad I did as Lele Iturrioz has created such a vivid and vibrant world by reading both books back to back I was able to become fully immersed and remember all of the details from the first book before discovering what was to come in the second.
Now that Gaia knows who she truly is, and what her destiny is she works with the six to accomplish it. As they make their way to gates that will take them back to Terra, facing the beasts that Azazel sends in their past she realises her true strength.
I will admit to being surprised at how calmly and easily Gaia accepts her fate. She’s 18 and she takes it on with little more than a shrug. I’m not saying this wouldn’t happen but I expected a little more resistance. I’m in my thirties, and that kind of responsibility would send me into a tailspin!
This book despite having some absolutely epic fight scenes which I was completely invested in, was very much about the relationships. Helping us learn more about the people, getting to know them and learn to love them.
Gaia and Edan grow closer, finally, and learn how to navigate between being a couple and their responsibilities within the team and to each other. There are some hilarious moments between them as well as some truly beautiful moments.
Priyam is an epic character, how she fits into this cast of characters is wonderful. Her friendship with the Australian weapon’s expert Floyd is the best thing in this book and I’m rooting for a relationship to blossom between these two.
Pratt is a character I want to know more about, I have no idea if he is trustworthy, but I like him, a lot. I like the way he talks and acts, I find him funny and mysterious and I want to see more of him and I would love to see him interacting with the group, especially given the big fall out with Edan.
There is a lot of focus on nature in this book, but there is a lot when you look between the lines about human nature in this book, about how people treat each other.
My only gripe was that it ended very suddenly, I know it’s part of a series and the story will continue soon, but it just felt like there was no closure on this book.
Many thanks to Lele Iturrioz and xPresso Book Tours for the eARC to review this novel, these were my honest opinions.
About Lele Iturrioz
Major geek by day, hermit writer by night! Love books, sugar gliders and everything that comes in a delicious taco.
I’m the author of the YA fantasy series, Seasons Within
I spend my time writing, planning on writing, reading, drinking coffee like there was no tomorrow, MMA and chilling with my friends and loved ones.
Book & Buy Links
Series: Seasons Within #2
Author: Lele Iturrioz
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: 1 September 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US