The first book in this series (THE LILAC PLAGUE) is a true heroine’s journey with determination and pluck in spades. The second book, THE ROSE COURT, ups the ante tenfold. This high fantasy has everything you want in a book that you can’t put down. Just like Nicoleta, I was trying to figure out who to trust and how to navigate the Rose Court. Every time I thought I had something or someone figured out, the story went off in unexpected and surprising directions. The magical elements were used in fantastic ways, but the real story was in the strong heroine, the well drawn characters, and their relationships. And, now I can’t wait for the third book! I can’t imagine what’s in store next.
by Jess Ekstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you could change the voice in your head to a different voice like you do on an app on your phone, I would highly suggest changing it to Jess Ekstorm’s voice. Her positivity is contagious and empowering. Chasing the Bright Side is, of course, about optimism, but not a put-on-the-rose-colored-glasses-and-everything-will-be-okay optimism. This is optimism in the face of struggle, disappointments, and naysayers. It’s about trying to figure out life/business/relationships as you go and choosing to move forward when things don’t go the way you anticipated. Jess’ book is the fan to the flame of the dream you didn’t think you should dare to dream. If you need some positivity in your life (and who doesn’t?), I highly recommend this book. In fact, get two copies so you can tear out all the inspiring quotes to wallpaper your house.