Kassandra Lynn

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Kassandra LynnA Second Chance at Life (Time Travel and Second Chance)
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Kassandra LynnA Second Chance at Love (Time Travel and Second Chance)
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Ok but not mind-blowing
Artemis_25vor 2 Monaten

This time, everything is different. Whereas in the two books before the heroines started out their second chance to change certain things in their lives in order to find their happiness and only then they found out that they had to save the empire, this time around, Elsa is told to do that at the very beginning.
This led to certain consequences in the reading experience.
For one, everything was far less personal. In the other books I have managed to get very close to the main characters very early. There was a connection there, so intense that I needed to know that they would have their happy ending. I simply could not stop reading. Somehow I have not been able to connect with Elsa in the same way, not even close. All she seems to think about is her task to get the crown prince to Emerald City, keep him safe from the Nungulians and in turn to keep the empire from falling into their hands. How she did that was interesting to follow to some degree but it dragged on a bit after a while. I missed being constantly on edge because there is to be expected another threat from the adversary like it was the case in the other books. Here we had some threats as well but I did not care enough about them because Elsa was not close enough to my heart.
The love story was quite cute. I liked that there were prejudices to overcome and some secrets to uncover. And I adored Ash. Had he been the main character, I think I would have liked the book better.
There is something I still do not understand: Elsa's inhuman strength. Where did that come from and why was it even included in the story? Yes, Elsa could fight better this way but it still felt out of place somehow.

All in all, the plot is ok to read, the love story quite cute, but I missed the essential connection to the main character. I liked the first two books in the series far better than this one.

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Rezension zu "A Second Chance at Love (Time Travel and Second Chance)" von Kassandra Lynn

Can’t get enough of second chances
Artemis_25vor einem Jahr

I received an ARC and chose voluntarily to review.

A second chance at love? To think about needing one at all is sad but filled with hope at the same time. Well, not so much for Ursila. Right after being betrayed by the, so she’s thought at least, love of her life, Draven, the man she has given up being the empress of Viscent Empire for, and dying by being run over by a horse just after realizing that the emperor has her entire family beheaded for numerous crimes against the Empire, Ursila wakes up a year earlier, freshly married to the same ice-cold emperor Ezra. Disillusioned by love, she has set herself a new goal: safe her family from their deadly fate.

I remember having a very close connection to the leading character, Elaina, in the first book of the series (by the way, you don’t have to have read it because the books just share the same concept and setting, but the pairing you follow is different). It made for a very intense reading experience. This time it took a little longer for that to happen. Perhaps it was because Ursila hasn’t been threatened nearly as much by her enemies? Or because we‘re not confronted with Draven and Serene right from the start like it had been the case with Sonia? Important is that it did happen eventually, although I can’t quite pinpoint when. I can only guess it started when she got closer to Ezra and obstacles began to be thrown into their path to happiness together, especially when it became clearer that she weren’t only getting closer to him for her family’s sake anymore.
I loved how they slowly got to know each other better, how they got over prejudices and misunderstandings. It makes it even more exciting that you know quite a bit more about their feelings towards the other than they do by practically being in Ursila’s head (first person point of view) and by reading between the lines, by observing Ezra’s behaviour. I’ve been yelling at them from the sidelines a lot because of that, very telling of how invested I’ve been.
Besides all the love drama, there are the mysteries to be solved of how and why Ursila has been betrayed and her family killed. It’s all connected somehow, fun to speculate about and full of surprises, just the way I like it.

Now I’m excited about what „A Second Chance at Happiness“ will have in store for us, if I can’t put it down as well, if I fall in love with the characters again. Well, I’m pretty sure I will and I can’t wait for it to happen.

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Rezension zu "A Second Chance at Life (Time Travel and Second Chance)" von Kassandra Lynn

An emotional ride at its best
Artemis_25vor 2 Jahren

I received a free copy of this book and volontarily chose to review.

A second chance at life? Who wouldn’t want that, to correct a mistake or several ones for that matter?
Elaina certainly deserves one for all that her half sister Sonia has done to her. I was shocked by the first pages when Sonia killed Elaina and her unborn baby just because she was madly jealous of her sister‘s social standing, the privileges that come with being the legitimate daughter. I can understand, of course, how hard it must be to always come second, to be, more often than not, ignored at social gatherings of noble people even though you are born to a noble family. Weren’t there the tiny detail that your mother were just the mistress and not the actual wife of the noble you are born to and weren‘t there a legitimate sister who constantly outshines you. Yes, that’s a bitter fate, I can see where the deeply ingrained grudge comes from. To a certain degree I can even sympathise with the young woman. But she is taking it too far. Sonia has made it her life’s ambition to tarnish Elaina’s reputation in a way that it ruins her life for good, that there is no possibility for her to ever get in Sonia‘s way again. In her first life, Elaina was quite naive. She ignored her sister’s obvious calculative personality, her apparent attempts to do her harm. When she’s send back in time shortly before her live goes downhill, Elaina is set out for revenge. A battle between the sisters ensues. From the first page onward, Elaina had my heart beating for her. The bond created between the reader and her is quite strong the moment Sonia shows no mercy at all and kills mother and child. Revenge is not the right path to take, that’s for sure, but you want to see Sonia suffer, no matter that she hasn’t done the horrific deed yet. Still, she is far from being an angel and stops at nothing to make Elaina’s life miserable. Her main goal is to force her sister into a marriage far below her status and to keep her away from Evan, the young man they both love. A simple touch between man and woman can do that in their world, even more so when there are witnesses present. But this time around, Elaina fights back. I was cheering for her, hoping that she would find happiness. Sadly, Sonia is very good at what she is trying to do, so it is quite a difficult fight, albeit an exciting one to observe. It had me hooked so much that I simply wasn’t able to stop reading. I needed to know if a happyend for Elaina was possible.
Although Elaina’s wish for revenge is pretty strong in her, who can blame her really, there are coming up a few things that make her change her priorities bit by bit. Soon it isn’t just about her and Sonia anymore because there seems to be another purpose behind her time travel. There is a threat to the empire she has to unravel and stop. In addition to that, Elaina has another problem to face: Mendes, the husband she hated in her last timeline, has somehow traveled through time and space with her. With the knowledge of past events, he seems to have his own agenda he follows, one that makes him want to reclaim Elaina as his wife, too. I loved the many mysteries that waited to be solved, the surprises behind every corner Elaina turned.
There was a constant tension present, because you never could be sure what desaster would be thrown at poor Elaina next. The only thing you could be sure about is that there certainly would be one. I still can’t trust the happyend. The possibility that Sonia could get a hold on the means of getting a second chance at life as well; I really dont’t want to think about what that would mean for Elaina. So the book has me on edge even after I’ve finished reading it. I like that very much.

All in all, I loved this book. It is full of things I haven’t foreseen happening. The strong bond to Elaina was created at the beginning and only grew stronger. I cheered for her and wished her the very best. Her battle with her sister Sonia kept me awake at night, because I needed to know if Elaina would win. I liked how much effort has been put into the development oft he characters, too. There is nothing black and white tot hem. I could relate to their motives, could sympathise with the villains to a ceratin extent because of that. If you want to read a masterpiece of deceit, revenge, a plot against the throne and a heartbreakingly beautiful lovestory, then you should read this book.

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