Thursday, October 29, 2015

Book Review: Sapphire by Sarah Fay Olson

Sapphire, by Sarah Fay Olson
2014, 358p, YA Adventure/Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

In the kingdom of Asteria, Layla has dreamt of nothing but royal balls and falling in love. On her sixteenth birthday, she receives the invitation to the annual Autumn Ball and it doesn't seem like life could get any better when the Prince falls for her. But the fairy tale is short-lived as Layla soon learns the truth about her murdered parents and is given a sapphire that changes her life.

Layla's parents died when she was young and she was raised by Betsy and Robert, who weren't her real aunt and uncle but treated her well. When she was 16, she was excited to attend the Autumn Ball at the palace. She met Prince Richard and they had a whirlwind romance. When secrets were revealed, Layla's life turned upside down and her life would never be the same.

Layla was young, naive and innocent at the beginning and she made some poor choices. There was also key information that was withheld from her which might have made a difference. She was a bit sullen and angry when she was given certain knowledge but over time, she was able to make better choices and decisions. I liked that there were real consequences for choices that Layla made.

Layla was difficult for me to like at first because she was a bit annoying but she did get to the point where she grew up and became very likable. By the end, I was cheering for her to be able to express her true feelings to a certain someone.

She has a good friend, Charlotte, who leaves at the beginning and then she meets up with again later. They were there for each other in the good times and the bad. Charlotte's brother, Tristan, was a soldier in King Luther's army and helped the rebellion from there. 

This book has some great characters and a fun storyline. I enjoyed the pacing and didn't feel that the story lagged. It wasn't difficult to predict what would happen but I still enjoyed reading it and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author in the future!

Content: A few mild swear words and a short intimate scene without details

Sarah Fay Olson began writing her debut novel Sapphire during her senior year in high school. She enjoys reading young and new adult books that are full of adventure and romance. When she is not reading or writing, Sarah enjoys horseback riding, hiking, playing the violin, and watching movies. She currently resides in the beautiful state of Montana.


Post a Comment