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Book review: Terraleise, by C. L. A. Simpson

. tata.lifepages | Gifted | YA fantasy |

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I already had some expectations that this would be a good read, considering that it has some of my favorite tropes (friends-to-lovers, secret-heir to the throne), and it definitely delivered! The story follows Terra, who lives a very simple and humble life with her family in a cabin at the edge of the woods. Terra is mistreated and unloved by her parents, and feels this deep connection to the woods, the plants and the earth, where she often escapes to when she isn’t spending time with her best and only friend, Prince Silas.

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"...I had always thought there was something beneficial, something undeniably important to being surrounded by the sort of beauty you find in a garden, or in a forest."

On her 18th birthday, changes start happening to Terra, and her connection to the earth becomes real, as she discovers she is gifted with an affinity to the earth, which is impossible considering only royals have elemental affinities. Silas and Terra embark on a quest to discover Terra’s past and end up uncovering terrible truths which could potentially cause war. The author writes beautifully, I was taken by the flow of her words and how they touched my heart. Her dialogues are real and vivid, showcasing human emotions perfectly. The romance between Terra and Silas was a beautiful slow-burn, that starts off as a genuine friendship. By the end, I was feeling butterflies in my stomach.

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“It was then that I realised, in these stolen seconds that were perhaps not for us to have, that the horrible truth was that we had to be the ones to shoulder the responsibilities of our kingdoms and a thing like love maybe wasn’t written in our destinies;

 I am super excited for book 2 of the series which is coming out this year and can't wait to get my hands on it! I recommend this series if you are looking for a book with royals, magic, elemental powers, friends-to-lovers romance! You can check out more about the book and the author here.

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