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Princess Sepora of Serubel and King Tarik of Theoria have formed an uneasy truce between their kingdoms since the deadly plague began to rip through Theoria. Since their feelings for each other are entangled in politics and power, they must use their own trusted resources to find common ground. But when traitors with powerful allies arise from unexpected places, Tarik and S Princess Sepora of Serubel and King Tarik of Theoria have formed an uneasy truce between their kingdoms since the deadly plague began to rip through Theoria. Since their feelings for each other are entangled in politics and power, they must use their own trusted resources to find common ground. But when traitors with powerful allies arise from unexpected places, Tarik and Sepora face challenges that will change both of their kingdoms forever. Will they learn whom to trust—including each other—in time to save their kingdoms, their relationship and even their lives?


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Princess Sepora of Serubel and King Tarik of Theoria have formed an uneasy truce between their kingdoms since the deadly plague began to rip through Theoria. Since their feelings for each other are entangled in politics and power, they must use their own trusted resources to find common ground. But when traitors with powerful allies arise from unexpected places, Tarik and S Princess Sepora of Serubel and King Tarik of Theoria have formed an uneasy truce between their kingdoms since the deadly plague began to rip through Theoria. Since their feelings for each other are entangled in politics and power, they must use their own trusted resources to find common ground. But when traitors with powerful allies arise from unexpected places, Tarik and Sepora face challenges that will change both of their kingdoms forever. Will they learn whom to trust—including each other—in time to save their kingdoms, their relationship and even their lives?

30 review for Ally

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tristen

    I'm really not liking this cover -_-

  2. 4 out of 5

    ju_9

    I always do this to myself I read the book when it first come out then I have to wait a year for the next !!!!!! Why !!!!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Minni Mouse

    This book was a mess. Congratulations, book, on being my worst read of 2017. It's like we tried to follow the momentum of Nemesis's cliffhanger until the 40% mark where everyone in the writer's room decided, "Screw it -- let's finish off the shrooms, then write the rest of the book with our toes." Which leaves us with the first draft fan fiction that is Ally. WHAT WENT WRONG (view spoiler)[1) Kidnapping Sepora at the 38% mark. All right, all right, we're getting somewhere with this plot finall This book was a mess. Congratulations, book, on being my worst read of 2017. It's like we tried to follow the momentum of Nemesis's cliffhanger until the 40% mark where everyone in the writer's room decided, "Screw it -- let's finish off the shrooms, then write the rest of the book with our toes." Which leaves us with the first draft fan fiction that is Ally. WHAT WENT WRONG (view spoiler)[1) Kidnapping Sepora at the 38% mark. All right, all right, we're getting somewhere with this plot finally...!...until we find out Sepora actually kinda likes being kidnapped. Because room service. 2) Time flies forward unseen off the page because in a matter of who-knows-how-long Sethos has managed to journey to the North Pole, poke around the entire North Pole among evil Santa and his elves only to report back that "Nope. Sepora isn't here, ya'll. But hey, guess what I picked up instead...?" 3) A honey. That's right, effing Sethos picked up a honey by the name of Princess Tulle. All we know about Princess Tutu is that she and Sethos hated each other over for the last 1.5 books (for reasons we as the reader DGAF about) and then BAM! Insta-love and insta-marriage offscreen! This was so ridiculous that I knew it had to be part of some double-agent-Evil-Santa ploy...but no no, they really did throw in some random ass insta-romance. 4) Yikes, the writing crew is running out of shrooms. Better kill off Sepora's evil father in the most insultingly blink-and-you'll-miss-it manner and then never-talk-about-it-again. 5) Meanwhile, at her latest AirBnB stay Sepora picked up a few tricks from the Ethan Hunt School of Masks & Disguise because she can now change her appearance. Like Tonks from Harry Potter. 6) Tarik sends Sethos to Sepora's AirBnB and he just shows up there out of thin air over the course of three paragraphs. Because he picked up on Lord Varys' from Game of Thrones' trick of traveling impossible distances in no time whatsoever. 7) And then I don't even know what happens at this point because I basically gave up. Something like now Sepora's mother gets killed in an even more insulting blink-or-you'll-miss-it manner...and we don't even talk about it. (hide spoiler)] THE VERDICT Look, this book was ridiculous. I almost wonder if I somehow got a copy of the shrooms-written draft instead of the final book...because it got wacky. Someone got waaaay too absorbed into the giddiness of this book and became blind to how all over the place the broken plot twists ran and how sloppy the treatment of time passage became. And it's ridiculous. And so bad. It jars the reader out of the believably of the fantasy world and once you slap the reader awake, there's no more going back to sleep right where you started. I thought nothing this year could be more disappointing than Flame in the Mist ....but good gosh, this one wins the award. And it doesn't even seem like it was good quality shrooms, either.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ronda

    I really did enjoy the sequel to Nemesis and I do recommend both books, however, Ally seemed a little rushed in places and what could have been great build ups to some powerful events simply didn't happen. Some things that did happen didn't have any strength behind them and I feel these lead to mis-opportunities for the reader. I love the characters, both Tarik and Sepora both have strength and I readily believed in their roles. I loved the story line, the worlds are amazing and the plot I really did enjoy the sequel to Nemesis and I do recommend both books, however, Ally seemed a little rushed in places and what could have been great build ups to some powerful events simply didn't happen. Some things that did happen didn't have any strength behind them and I feel these lead to mis-opportunities for the reader. I love the characters, both Tarik and Sepora both have strength and I readily believed in their roles. I loved the story line, the worlds are amazing and the plot just as good. This would definitely have been 5 stars if some of the areas were a little more thought through.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm sad to say this was really disappointing. I liked a lot about NEMESIS, especially the banter and tension between Sepora and Tarik. I also really loved the way the first book ended. It's such a great cliffhanger and set everything up so well for book two. I had a lot of questions about world building that I wanted to see fleshed out in the future, but for the relationships, I enjoyed it. And I was very excited for the second part of the series. While there were some aspects of ALLY that I lik I'm sad to say this was really disappointing. I liked a lot about NEMESIS, especially the banter and tension between Sepora and Tarik. I also really loved the way the first book ended. It's such a great cliffhanger and set everything up so well for book two. I had a lot of questions about world building that I wanted to see fleshed out in the future, but for the relationships, I enjoyed it. And I was very excited for the second part of the series. While there were some aspects of ALLY that I liked - namely many of the parts I wanted to see more of, such as a broader and richer look at this world of five kingdoms, and greater scheming between the different nations - many more things bothered me. The first issue I had, which was a problem for me in both books, is the switching between first and third person narratives. This is a huge pet peeve of mine and always slows down the book while making the flow of the story feel choppy. Sepora narrates in first person while Tarik is in third, and I always had to readjust in each chapter, and it never got better for me. Though I could have handled it more if the story had won me over more. The romance aspect, which is what drew me to this series, fell apart for me here. It takes until nearly the last chapter for these two to finally communicate and get on the same page, and as the book went on, Sepora and Tarik's charming banter and arguments turned into something that was just frustrating. It was too much drama and not enough communicating, especially from Tarik who never seemed to grasp why Sepora was angry with him at the start of this book (view spoiler)[ then he just gave up on her! I wanted to strangle him! (hide spoiler)] . The way the end plays out did not work for me at all either. I found it to be too late coming and completely unsatisfying. (view spoiler)[ I needed to see Tarik put himself out there and fight for Sepora, not test her to see if she wants him. He's the one who stopped the engagement not her! He played it safe and was way too judgemental and unforgiving of any mistakes she made. Of course she didn't know if she could trust him before! (hide spoiler)] . This isn't the first of this author's series that hasn't held up over time and it's definitely made me wary of attempting one again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Penguin

    2,5*, I am a bit sorry tho! I started this book with being sure I wouldn't like it because I didn't like the first book at all but after 100 pages I had to admit that it wasn't so bad. Sounds good? Wait. After another 100 pages I realised it isn't actually good. It was kinda bad because so much things happened and none of them where explained the way they should be. This book should have been way much longer and the relationship between our main characters was also pretty bad and annoying to read. 2,5*, I am a bit sorry tho! I started this book with being sure I wouldn't like it because I didn't like the first book at all but after 100 pages I had to admit that it wasn't so bad. Sounds good? Wait. After another 100 pages I realised it isn't actually good. It was kinda bad because so much things happened and none of them where explained the way they should be. This book should have been way much longer and the relationship between our main characters was also pretty bad and annoying to read. Besides that it was still better than Nemesis #1

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alessandra

    Is it the final cover?? I can't believe it, it doesn't match the first one! Even the font is different.. very disappointed!! :-(

  8. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    I have very mixed feelings about this book... RTC.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy *Rating* 3.0 *Thoughts* Ally, by author Anna Banks, is the second part of the Nemesis duology. One final time we dive back into the lives of Princess Sepora of Serubel and King Tarik of Theoria. Banks alternatives each chapter between the two characters, which pretty much means they get equal storylines. As the story picks up, Sepora has chosen not to Forge any more spectorium, but there are those who are eager for her to continue. Like her own father. *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy *Rating* 3.0 *Thoughts* Ally, by author Anna Banks, is the second part of the Nemesis duology. One final time we dive back into the lives of Princess Sepora of Serubel and King Tarik of Theoria. Banks alternatives each chapter between the two characters, which pretty much means they get equal storylines. As the story picks up, Sepora has chosen not to Forge any more spectorium, but there are those who are eager for her to continue. Like her own father. Like Tarik. Both believe that with the pending war on the horizon, spectorium is necessary to win. But, that is only the tip of the iceberg. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  10. 4 out of 5

    melissafandomworld

    3.5 stars. Even though I extremely love the characters in this duology, I feel like a lot of things within this story-line should've been developed more since there's a lot of awesome elements presents, which isn't being talked about much so that feels kind of superficial? It felt like a bit too much of everything put within this one final book that might've been better off being written over the expanse of at least two books I think. There's so much more I've wanted to explore; the different ki 3.5 stars. Even though I extremely love the characters in this duology, I feel like a lot of things within this story-line should've been developed more since there's a lot of awesome elements presents, which isn't being talked about much so that feels kind of superficial? It felt like a bit too much of everything put within this one final book that might've been better off being written over the expanse of at least two books I think. There's so much more I've wanted to explore; the different kingdoms and their powers/magic and a lot of in-between-moments that I kind of missed I guess. Overall, this second book, unfortunately, didn't completely live up to its expectations but that doesn't mean it wasn't an enjoyable read, because I still immensely enjoyed it. I'd still recommend this duology because the writing is so addictive, the characters are really lovable and I connected with them instantly back in book 1 and now again in this book and I really enjoyed the presence of these magic and Egyptian elements throughout the story-line.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nancy The book junkie

    Rating: 4.25/5 Review to come!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I want this book. I want it now!! *REVIEW UPDATE* ————————— Whooo first book I have finished this year! I hit a reading slump and I didn’t even realise that this book had been released, so i was extremely excited to begin the sequel to a book which I didn’t expect to enjoy so much. We start off the story where nemesis ended. Sepora is now set to marry Tarik -the Falcon King- Queen Hanlyn and King Erin -Seporas parents- are now residing in Theoria, in the Palace. The quiet plague is still causing d I want this book. I want it now!! *REVIEW UPDATE* ————————— Whooo first book I have finished this year! I hit a reading slump and I didn’t even realise that this book had been released, so i was extremely excited to begin the sequel to a book which I didn’t expect to enjoy so much. We start off the story where nemesis ended. Sepora is now set to marry Tarik -the Falcon King- Queen Hanlyn and King Erin -Seporas parents- are now residing in Theoria, in the Palace. The quiet plague is still causing despair for the citizens of Theoria and Sethos, is still Sethos. Cheeky, charming, endearing and a character who had me hooked to find out more about him. He was such a breath of fresh air for the other characters in this story, but also for me reading it. He was witty and charming and had a hidden softness to him. He was ruthless and even though he may have caused a few problems for yhe Falcon King, his heart was always in the right place and he held sepora in the highest regard. I just wish we could have seen more of his character. Which brings me to the character developments. Okay, this is where I felt a little dissatisfied, and one of the reasons why I could only give this book 4 stars. Tariks character, I felt, was very limited and he did not seem to develop in any way (well at least not in a positive way), throughout the story. I say this because, he was just a very demanding, indecisive, stubborn, love sick puppy, who acted very immature and needed immediate clarification (from sepora). He was extremely stubborn and unfair with Sepora and could never settle on how he truly felt for her -which irked me quite a lot . At the same time however, this stubbornness and guarded characteristic made for a truly suspensive love story. Anna banks played this romance out teasingly and kept me on the edge every time. Although a few things where predictable, it was still enticing to read. Sepora, I believe, is a selfless character. She has a good heart and throughout all she goes through in this story, she still sacrifices herself and lends herself to Tarik, despite how poor he treats her. She longs for peace and that is all she has ever wanted. I never regarded her as much of a heroine, however. She simply just didn’t do anything extreme to become one. She went along with a lot of what other people told her to do which let her character down a bit. The other reason I could only give this book 4 stars was because, as soon as I finished reading it I thought, wow, this book had potential to be something AMAZING. But, it did not suffice. And I can only put that down to Anna banks lack of world building. Around the 50% - 60% mark the story becomes quite stagnant. There is little description about the other 5 kingdoms and for the small insight we do get I wish she had pushed it more. There is Wachuk; a kingdom full of female warriors, hemut; a cold and icy kingdom, pelusia; a hostile kingdom, where the people have this amazing ability to ‘cloak’ them selves (disguise) as anyone they want. Along with Serubul and Theoria. I really wanted to know more about the other Kingdoms and I believe this book had the potential to be a trilogy! In fact that is exactly how the story made me feel when I finished it. I felt as though I should be eagerly anticipating the next book, but unfortunately I am not. All in all the story was captivating and enjoyable however, lacking in suspense and in some cases excitement.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Austine (NovelKnight)

    I had my doubts about reading this book after Nemesis just wasn't a great read for me, and honestly I probably should have listened to them. Ally continues the story set forth in the first book, now with tensions high between Sepora and Tarik as they try to do best by their people and their hearts. And I honestly couldn't care about any of it. For starters, it took half the book for something to happen. That's a lot of pages to fill and it was taken over by alternating chapters of the two lamentin I had my doubts about reading this book after Nemesis just wasn't a great read for me, and honestly I probably should have listened to them. Ally continues the story set forth in the first book, now with tensions high between Sepora and Tarik as they try to do best by their people and their hearts. And I honestly couldn't care about any of it. For starters, it took half the book for something to happen. That's a lot of pages to fill and it was taken over by alternating chapters of the two lamenting over their feelings for the other and why they deemed those feelings wrong. Back and forth and back and forth and I stopped caring after the first chapter. Then something FINALLY happens around that halfway point and it's not even all that serious? The big plot stuff came after all that and honestly came down to a single person's meddling and they hardly got any page time once the reveal was made. The villain wasn't really a villain, she felt like she was just operating in the backseat while the romance became the central storyline which did not work for me. I think that's part of my issue with these books. They felt plot-driven with stuff happening to the characters instead of their decisions driving the story. It made for a book of reactions instead of actions. I still don't like Sepora. She spent all of Ally being stubborn and acting against Tarik at each turn, even just in conversation. And Tarik wasn't much better. What happens when you get two very stubborn people who love each other in a story? Well. I'm not a fan, that's for sure. And then there's the ending and I disliked how it was Sepora who had to step things up when Tarik was the one constantly pushing her away (in a more final sense, not so much the conflict of their conversations). I will say that it was nice to see the world expanded to include the other kingdoms but they didn't get enough time in my opinion. I wanted to know more about the other kingdoms and less about the romance that wasn't happening. Also, what was up with the weird time jumps? Any time something got exciting, the story would jump ahead and skip the action. I just didn't understand that at all. The few moments that could have been exciting are suddenly just wiped away. I think this is a duology, though the ending left room for more if it's not (but it felt like Sepora and Tarik's story were over). I can't say that I enjoyed reading these two books. They're certainly quick reads and I wanted Ally to make up for the issues I had with Nemesis and it just didn't. I don't think I can recommend these books unless you're looking for a YA romance more than a YA fantasy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    "Ally" was a fantastic sequel to Nemesis and wrapped up the series perfectly- I'm really sad to see how cleanly it was all completed, because I've grown to love these characters. Here, we witness the aftermath of the engagement of Sepora and Tarik and the five kingdoms on the verge of war. There are a lot of twists and turns that I did not anticipate here, so I won't say too much about the plot so as to avoid spoilers. Sepora and Tarik both grow as characters in this book, and we again get the c "Ally" was a fantastic sequel to Nemesis and wrapped up the series perfectly- I'm really sad to see how cleanly it was all completed, because I've grown to love these characters. Here, we witness the aftermath of the engagement of Sepora and Tarik and the five kingdoms on the verge of war. There are a lot of twists and turns that I did not anticipate here, so I won't say too much about the plot so as to avoid spoilers. Sepora and Tarik both grow as characters in this book, and we again get the complimentary viewpoints in alternating chapters. This book picks up pretty much right where the first one left off, and I think you do need to have read the first one to really get into this one. There's a lot of background in the first book that you need for this second book. The plot here is really fast-paced, as a lot happens pretty quickly, so we don't get to explore the world created herein as much as we did in the first with the slower start. Together, the two books are a perfect set. The world created is so unique and involved that I wish there were more books in this series (maybe there will be?) so that we could explore it more fully! It's truly fascinating. The side characters also really shone through this sequel- we get a better feel for Sethos as well as Sepora's parents. I actually would have really loved to see another sequel from Sethos's point-of-view and get his story. He's grown into a really interesting character, and I think he would have been a perfect choice for a future sequel (to also explore other kingdoms). Overall, I think this is a really fantastic duology and I highly recommend to all YA fantasy lovers, especially fans of Maas and Tahir. I hope to see more from this talented author in the future (and maybe even more books set in this fascinating world)!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Take Me Away To A Great Read

    Ally by Anna Banks (Nemesis, #2) Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Release Date: October 3, 2017 Rating: 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of Ally for an honest review. Ally is everything I could possibly want in a final book! It has action, magic, snark, and romance. I love all the characters and especially Sethos (can’t wait to get more from him). This book is mostly told from a rotating POV. This is a must read that is such a cool, unique, fun, fantasy book Ally by Anna Banks (Nemesis, #2) Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Release Date: October 3, 2017 Rating: 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of Ally for an honest review. Ally is everything I could possibly want in a final book! It has action, magic, snark, and romance. I love all the characters and especially Sethos (can’t wait to get more from him). This book is mostly told from a rotating POV. This is a must read that is such a cool, unique, fun, fantasy book. I will be honest when I read Nemesis it was one of my favorite books but I could not see how Anna would be able to wrap everything up in one book without it being one huge novel. Then I got Ally in the mail and I worried even more, what I thought would have to be a 5oo+ page book to satisfy everything was only around 300 pages. Let me tell you what an amazing writer Anna is, I have seen other writers take double the page count she had and leave me so unsatisfied but this book is everything I wanted! It has great world building and the pacing is spot on. I never felt it was hurried or that sections were being cut out. This is one of my favorite series and this book gave me the ending I wanted! FULL REVIEW GO TO: https://takemeawaytoagreatread.com/20...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Monique V

    So creative and unique!! 4.75/5 stars I LOVED the first book but this definitely topped it!! It was incredible. This book is filled with more politics, more kingdoms and cultures and kickbutt women! It wasn't perfect but I still had so much fun reading it! Go read this duology guys it's so good. Note to author:CAN THERE PLEASE BE A SPINOFF FOLLOWING OTHER KINGDOMS IN THIS SAME WORLD!!! I would specially like to see the women kingdom with dragons be featured in a spinoff, or following the weather ma So creative and unique!! 4.75/5 stars I LOVED the first book but this definitely topped it!! It was incredible. This book is filled with more politics, more kingdoms and cultures and kickbutt women! It wasn't perfect but I still had so much fun reading it! Go read this duology guys it's so good. Note to author:CAN THERE PLEASE BE A SPINOFF FOLLOWING OTHER KINGDOMS IN THIS SAME WORLD!!! I would specially like to see the women kingdom with dragons be featured in a spinoff, or following the weather mages or warm bloods in the kingdom of ice!! There is so much more I want to explore in this world! Please let there be more books!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I really have to stop reading books, especially firsts in a series, when the next one doesn't come out for months and months. Crap. Also, not a big fan of the cover, I was really hoping for Tarik, similar to Sepora on the first one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeninne

    I want to make it very clear I feel baited by this book. Because for at least half the book I felt like it was going to be absolute shit. It was 150 pages of rehashing the same bland, boring character who distinctly lack personality or anything interesting, melded in with a plot that seemed to be veering off course suddenly while simultaneously going no where at all, all the while the writing was as uninspired, mediocre, and predictable as usual. Oh, Anna Banks, you never fail to remind me what a I want to make it very clear I feel baited by this book. Because for at least half the book I felt like it was going to be absolute shit. It was 150 pages of rehashing the same bland, boring character who distinctly lack personality or anything interesting, melded in with a plot that seemed to be veering off course suddenly while simultaneously going no where at all, all the while the writing was as uninspired, mediocre, and predictable as usual. Oh, Anna Banks, you never fail to remind me what a subpar writer you are. But then, but then (!) there was a glimmer of hope. Halfway through the book, (and this is where I got baited,) something interesting actually happens. SOMETHING INTERESTING, IN A SERIES THAT HAS HAD LITERALLY NOTHING INTERESTING HAPPEN, happens. I was floored, but kind of excited. The book went from an absolute chore to get through, a book I was just skimming through, to something worth getting invested in. And I mean, let's be frank, Tarik and Sepora have basically no chemistry. They're kind of shitty people, who do nothing but doubt each other and have useless moments of conflict. There's nothing romantic about their relationship, they don't even seem to like each other, and when they get separated in this book, it gets better because of it. Sepora kind of becomes a likable character, and the reader gets to learn new things about her and her ability, and a different kingdom. I was digging the side characters that popped up, and where the plot was going. I was like, hey, this book could pull out a three. This could be a three start book, with the interjection of some decent politics, tension, and plot progression. I was baited. This is my problem with Anna Banks as an author, and I get suckered by her every time. She has good ideas. She has interesting plots. She has ...okay.. characters. She just doesn't know what to do with them. This book is barely 300 pages long, and it needed to be so much longer. The second half of this book starts interjecting new characters, new subplots, interesting themes, and actual plot progression ... which goes absolutely no where. Banks is an author who never goes anywhere with her characters. She just seems like she forgets about the shit she's writing, and figures her readers are too stupid to remember, too. But I remember. I 'member. Tell me more about the science (for lack a better word) behind Sepora's abilities. Tell me more about these other characters. Tell me more about the politics, the culture, the caste system, anything. Tell me something! Oh, no, no. Can't do that. We have to get back to will they/won't they. It must be no less than a dozen times Sepora and Tarik decide they hate each other, then they don't and they're going to get married, then they're not, then they are again, then ... please shoot me in the head. There's nothing romantic or interesting about two characters who are incapable of communicating, or having any kind of consistency with their emotions. In the span of 20 pages they go down the will they/won't they road twice. It's irritating, it's stupid. It's nonsense. It's the mark of a bad writer. So I got baited. I expected the book to be shit, got baited that it might be decent, and then realized no, I was right, the book is shit. The thing is, I did get interested. I did find something of worth in this book, but Banks is such a terrible writer she couldn't hold onto that magic in a bottle. She couldn't finish out her plots, evolve her characters, or even write a semi-coherent ending. I wanted better from this book, even if I didn't expect it, and the worst part is, for a half second there, I saw it. But in the end, I just ended up with shit.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (a GREAT read)

    I received this ARC from a fellow blogger in a fair trade. This review is completely voluntary and honest, nor was I compensated for my opinions. While I had a hard time getting into Nemesis, that was not the case for the followup, Ally! Anna Banks starts things off with a bang and there was a nice run of action, tension, and buildup! For me it was a far more engaging read and I couldn’t get enough of it! Sepora and Tarik are set to get married, but as Tarik was a bit deceptive and his motives not I received this ARC from a fellow blogger in a fair trade. This review is completely voluntary and honest, nor was I compensated for my opinions. While I had a hard time getting into Nemesis, that was not the case for the followup, Ally! Anna Banks starts things off with a bang and there was a nice run of action, tension, and buildup! For me it was a far more engaging read and I couldn’t get enough of it! Sepora and Tarik are set to get married, but as Tarik was a bit deceptive and his motives not seeming as heartfelt as she would like, Sepora is none too happy with him. And the fact that her parents have come to visit the palace and have helped arrange the engagement, things aren’t looking so peachy for Sepora. Both her father and Tarik think that she will be more than willing to Forge to aid them in the looming war that is to come from the other countries, but Sepora remains steadfast in her decision not to Forge. There’s a great deal of tension going around in this one. Sepora has mixed feelings about her engagement to Tarik. True, she has feelings for him, but can’t help but feel he wants her for what she can do. As it is, he’s still trying to find a cure for the Quiet Plague that continues to effect his people. Sepctorium is the key ingredient to the cure and with Sepora refusing to produce more, things remain tense between them as well. And then Sepora is kidnapped and everything thereafter changes. This book was really, really good! I liked that when it started we’re immediately thrown into the thick of things. Or close to immediately. Sepora gives Tarik a good roundabout way of the cold shoulder and he remains baffled by her behavior! At times, Tarik really drove me nuts. I get his conflicting feels for her, she lies to him easily and readily and he knows she knows that he knows when she lies (that’s a mouthful!). Sepora herself has conflicting feelings towards him as well. She can’t help but feel that he wants her for her what she can do. That it’s not love driving the desire to marry her. Of course, he was set to marry another and he pretty much breaks off the engagement as soon as it’s set. So as you can see there’s a lot of miscommunication between these two. Yes, there are lies between them, but it seems they are both guilty of lying. And I guess it made me madder when Tarik got madder at Sepora for this and that and for not willingly Forging for him and the upcoming war. It’s like you could see how it may have possibly been for Sepora and her father when she was forced to Forge. Make it start out as something small, the desire to protect people, to heal people, and then greed takes over and soon she’s locked in a room forced to Forge all day and night. I can easily see this fear haunting Sepora and what guided her to make her decisions despite the animosity it created between her and Tarik. I have to say that in this one, Sethos really grew on me! I had a brief worry about a love triangle but my fears were quickly put to ease. Sethos was definitely the necessary humor when it came to moments that were just rife with that dreaded tension. That he challenges his brother at every turn was kind of delightful! Being the younger sibling myself, I couldn’t help but root for him and his antics! This one wasn’t without its feels either! Why I went through a range of emotions when it came to the hot and cold romance between Sepora and Tarik, there was one moment that had me on the verge of hysteric tears! That I was in a public place was probably my only saving grace for saving face! I won’t get into what happened that caused my near tears, but it was a doozie! That’s all I’ll say! I was quite surprised with how things ended! There were so many shocking revelations that I didn’t see coming nor felt prepared for! My mind was blown! I have to admit, despite my initial reservations about this duology it has become one that I will look back on with good feelings! And the ending was definitely one that had me gushing with delighted feels! I truly didn’t know how things would go after all the events came to pass, but I can happily say that Anna ended things in a way that will please all readers! Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars Ally releases October 3, 2017

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maira

    The ending made me happy, so I guess there is nothing else. All the things wrap up nicely in the end.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Fathima

    OMG! This book! Why hadn't I read this sooner?! So good!❤ RTC as soon as I can speak coherently😂😂😂

  22. 4 out of 5

    nat.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. although I’m quite satisfied with the ending. I feel like this could’ve have been a much longer book. there’re many things that happen but are just brushed over. things that maybe needed a better conclusion. now, the tension! between Sepora and Tarik. both fighting their feelings. loving each other but simultaneously giving each other the cold shoulder. they could’ve easily sat down and talk about their doubts and concerns for 3hrs but nooooo they decided to distrust one another instead. SPOILER although I’m quite satisfied with the ending. I feel like this could’ve have been a much longer book. there’re many things that happen but are just brushed over. things that maybe needed a better conclusion. now, the tension! between Sepora and Tarik. both fighting their feelings. loving each other but simultaneously giving each other the cold shoulder. they could’ve easily sat down and talk about their doubts and concerns for 3hrs but nooooo they decided to distrust one another instead. SPOILER↡ also I though it was out of the blue that Queen Hanlyn was the actual mastermind behind the problems happening in Theoria because we don’t really get much background on her, until it’s revealed that she’s actually a cuckoo’s nest. I’m sure that was the plot twist but it was pretty random to me. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aline

    Disappointment of the year. What happened there!? This was no comparison to the first book... Was this really written by the same author!? Everything was so off! The people behaved weird, some scenes were so freaking weird, the plot was weird, the romance was weird 😒 I‘m so disappointed. I really liked the first book and I think the world is interesting, but geez. I read half the book before I couldn’t stand it any longer and I just skimmed through the rest.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lulai

    So let's be clear the romance was awful in this book. I like some angst and all but come on, there were both idiots at the end. Neitherless, I really like the world building and the politic plot.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janus the Erudite Artist

    My goodness! That was a hell of a good book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kate Tilton

    I have so many feels about this book ❤ I couldn't stop thinking about it so I read it in two days! Read it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tams

    I loved it

  28. 5 out of 5

    Grace P

    While I was entertained by this, I was also annoyed just as much.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    I thought it was a bit all over the place compared to the first one and I still have a few questions after the ending but nevertheless it was an enjoyable series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vanessaeliza99

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was a severe disappointment for me. I just felt it fell down on so many levels, but first and foremost the most off-putting aspect of this book was Tarik. Though both him and Sepora share some blame for the irritating lack of communication that made me want to put the book through the wall, I felt that he never made much of an effort to understand her reasoning or forgive her mistakes or even own up to his own mistakes. I couldn't ship this couple; in fact I found them, but particularl This book was a severe disappointment for me. I just felt it fell down on so many levels, but first and foremost the most off-putting aspect of this book was Tarik. Though both him and Sepora share some blame for the irritating lack of communication that made me want to put the book through the wall, I felt that he never made much of an effort to understand her reasoning or forgive her mistakes or even own up to his own mistakes. I couldn't ship this couple; in fact I found them, but particularly Tarik, actively repellent. I honestly wanted Sepora to elope with Sethos because I felt they had more natural and believable chemistry, as well as actual communication, then Tarik and Sepora did! I also found it insulting that Tarik never ends up doing anything to win Sepora back, instead testing her and tricking her to get her to come back. I really wanted an equal acknowledgement on both sides that they were wrong and would try harder, but instead, by the end of the book, their relationship hasn't grown at all. It honestly seems to be only based on lust because when ever they have actual conversations it completely falls apart. This has turned into an entire rant about Tarik, and I apologize because the actual plot of the book was quite interesting; the trouble is it was completely overshadowed by the ridiculous romance and that is a huge letdown.

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