Evenfall (Shadowfire, #1) By Gaja J. Kos, Boris Kos [Review]

Evenfall (Shadowfire, #1)RELEASE DATE: October 30th, 2018
Gaja J. Kos, Boris Kos
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Magic.
  Boris Kos

A monster does not deserve the intimacy of a name

As if waking up in an unfamiliar world isn’t enough of a surprise, Ember gains a new title to her name. Savior.

Hunted by the Crescent Prince and his lethal shadows, she accepts a young Mage’s help to navigate the land of blood magic and its many illusions. But where Ada sees the good in her power, Ember discovers something else.

An icy darkness, designed to take lives, not save them.

The only thing worse than not being able to rely on her senses—or the reality she had once believed to be true—is knowing that she cannot trust her heart. Especially as it seems to draw her to the one person in whose hands she can never fall…



MY REV (Copy)*eARC received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Evenfall was a unique read, but it was a bit slow for my taste. This is a clear case of it’s not you, it’s me. It has a gorgeous cover and a tempting synopsis so I couldn’t resist requesting it. It was my first Gaja J. Kos book. I loved the concept of this book and the characters were very interesting, but they need more fleshing out. The heroine Ember isn’t my favorite protagonist, but I really loved the Crescent Prince Mordecai. He was totally swoon worthy. The romance seemed too insta-lovey. I wish it was a slow burn romance. The writing was beautiful and very much detailed. The world building and the magical aspect was great. They’re the best parts I loved about this book.   

The characters weren’t bad but I couldn’t emotionally connect with them which is one of the major Issue I had with this book besides the slow pace. Ember was an okay-ish character but sometimes she was very annoying. I really want to admire her, but her constant attraction to the prince seemed totally cliched. I don’t blame her either because he was a dark charming prince, but I wish she had some self control. Well, coming to Mordecai, he was my favorite character in this book. He’s a complex person and boy, he was hiding so many secrets. People believes him to be evil because of his cruel actions. He kinda reminded of darkling with his swirling shadows and all.  The romance wasn’t my favorite. I really thought that I would enjoy it but insta-love is one of my book turn-off’s. Nevertheless, I’m still rooting for this couple. The secondary character seemed very interesting like Ada, Eriyan, Zaphine, Dantos, and also Ivarr.  They weren’t fleshed out well enough and also they were kinda left-out in most of the second half which was a bit disappointing. I really hope we get to know more about them in the next book.

The plot was interesting and unpredictable. There’s not much action in this book. If you like slow paced books then you’ll definitely enjoy it more than I did. I really liked the sci-fi and magical elements in it. The writing was captivating but some parts seemed overly descriptive. The book was written in Ember’s first person POV. I like both singular and multiple POV’s, but I think this book should’ve been great if it was written in multiple POV’s. The world building was interesting. It’s not too complex, but I wish there’s a map to get clear picture of this divided world. The concept of using blood magic to create illusions seemed very fascinating like altering your appearance, deceiving, and creating illusion of Sunlit sky or Starry Sky etc. I would really love to discover more of this magical world.

Despite my issues,  I still think it was a good start to a series and I’ll definitely look forward to the next book. I actually wanted to give this a three star, but because of Mordecai, I added another half star to it.

Recommend it?
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I recommend this book to the readers who’re looking for a unique YA fantasy read filled with magic, intrigue, mystery, adventure, and a light romance.

[3.5/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
Please feel free to comment below!

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17 thoughts on “Evenfall (Shadowfire, #1) By Gaja J. Kos, Boris Kos [Review]

  1. The Candid Cover September 20, 2018 / 4:42 am

    I do agree with you that the cover is absolutely stunning for this book! I am not sure that the slow pace is something that I could get past. The concept does sound interesting, though. 🙂

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  2. devouringbooks2017 September 20, 2018 / 6:42 am

    I read a book by Gaia Kos before. Pretty sure it was called Shadow Moon. I am looking for good Indies so I might go back to her work

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions September 23, 2018 / 3:15 am

      I haven’t read her other books but I hope you enjoy this book if you decide to give it a shot. Happy reading! 😊


  3. Jen September 21, 2018 / 12:50 am

    I don’t mind insta-love as long as I absolutely adore both of the characters, so this book sounds like it has a lot of potential! Fabulous review and here’s hoping you enjoy the next book even more. 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions September 23, 2018 / 3:17 am

      Yeah, it does have a lot of potential! If you don’t mind insta-love and slow pacing then you’ll definitely love this book. Thank you, Jen! ♥️😊


  4. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer September 21, 2018 / 11:01 am

    The magic in this book sounds interesting. I am worried you didn’t like the MC. I have a hard time reading a book when I don’t like the MC. Excellent review. Appreciate your honest thoughts. ❤️❤️

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions September 23, 2018 / 3:25 am

      Yeah, This book really has an interesting magic and that’s why I’ll continue the series. The heroine isn’t that bad but I expected someone better. Thank you, Dani! 😊♥️


  5. Mara September 21, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    Oh wow that cover is gorgeous!! It sounds like the book had a lot of potential so it’s a shame the characters fell flat and there was too much insta-love. While I’m not a fan of either those things, the synopsis is still really intriguing! It really looks like a perfect read for the fall season, so I’ll keep an eye out for it. Great review Raven 😀

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions September 23, 2018 / 3:28 am

      Thank you! Yeah, this book has a lot of potential and I really loved the magic but it’s too bad the heroine wasn’t that impressive. I hope the next book is better than this one. Thank you! 😁 I hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a shot!


  6. Beware Of The Reader September 23, 2018 / 12:35 am

    Well yes the cover is gorgeous but if you can’t connect with the characters it won’t work however the beauty of the writing and the careful world building …

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  7. Lashaan (Bookidote) September 26, 2018 / 4:23 am

    Aw man, sorry to hear about the issues you had with this one. Predictability would have been annoying for me too. Great review, Raven! 😀

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  8. fictionnochaser September 28, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    We have an ARC of this book and I’ve been really excited to read it but now I’m super nervous because I really struggle with slow-paced books too. I need some action to fuel me!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions September 30, 2018 / 4:23 am

      This book has a great concept but i wish it was a fast paced read. The action part is low in this book but I think the next one going to have more action. If you decide to read this book, I recommend you to go with low expectations.

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