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Saturday, 1 June 2013
Sweet Oblivion
Bailey 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 travelling. 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 novel of a series
Book blurb:
 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.

This book is just WOW, it's hard to even put into words how FANTASTIC this book really is. This book is like nothing I have ever read. While I was reading I almost has a sense of the Lord Of The Rings undertone to it, which is purely amazing. I'm very glad I was able to enjoy this magnificent creation. The details and the magnetism that was put into this novel is breathtaking, you truly get a sense of being right there with the characters.

So many different emotions are in play throughout the pages, varying between, sadness, compassion, friendship, love, loyalty and fear. One of the main things I saw in this book is a sense of mystery, you were always kept arms length with some characters, but the authors did it in such an inventive way that it makes you want to keep reading. This book took me a bit longer to read then I had hoped, for the simple fact that I have been uber busy. This book is pure MAGIC, everything about it is wonderful. Her characters really touch your heart. 

Nariella touched my heart the most I think. Everything she went through throughout this book pulled on my heartstrings. I can't count how many times I wanted to go into the book and hug her or try to help her. She's someone I could see my self being friends with if she was real.

Naminé is a mystery, you don't get to learn too much about her. But from what I read of her, I liked. I can't wait to read more about her and her land.

Rydan is one of a kind lol he's mysterious, caring, protective oh and did I mention hot? He can come off as uncaring or a bit stuck up, but when you get to know him more you can't help but love him. He was one of the characters that honestly intrigued me the most. I wanted to know more about it and was happy every time he stepped on to the page. He would definitely be one of those guys I would have fallen for. He's very talented in many areas, I won't tell you in what areas of course ;) you'll have to read the book to find out.

Mycah, oh man where to even begin with him*sigh*. When you first meet him he comes off a bit stalkerish and creepy but as you read on you get to see a different side to him. He's handsome with piercing blue eyes and rock star raven hair. He's very caring, dashing, proper and of course mysterious. There is a sense of danger with him but he's very kind and gentle to those that matter. He will melt your heart and turn it to mush within a few pages. I was smitten with him thanks to Twitter but I'm more in love with him now. He's one of those characters that will keep you guessing throughout the book. He's an odd ball, I think its mostly because he's British ;) of course that makes him ever more alluring and sexy heheh *faints*. He's also very cheeky, it's very entertaining.  More often then not I wanted him to tell Nari the truth.

Zaylie and Desmond, now these two made me laugh. Their bond reminds me so much of my brother and I. They argue like school children and its hilarious, I was very glad that Nari was able to make friends with them. Those are the type of friends that people look for all their lives.

Ray, ugh I couldn't stand that man. All I felt for him was pure rage, so many times I wanted to jump in that book and kill him myself. He's the devil in disguise, Bailey truly captured the essence of bad parenting with him. 

If I could give this book a million stars I would in a heartbeat. It's beautiful, heartbreaking, magical, awe-inspiring. A perfect blend of a fantasy world mixed in with the real one. My favourite part of this story was the intensity, the mystery and the fact that there was two different stories that intertwined. I recommend everyone who love Lord Of The Rings or fantasy to read this. Bailey is a brilliant author and I cannot wait to read the second book!

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(fan art by me)