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The Hurricane Wars

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I'm obsessed and need the next book immediately. This narrative had the perfect balance of world building for me. It was a lot, but not too much to become dry or overwhelm the plot. This is enemies to lovers and the SLOWEST burn (I'm talking really slow). Because of that, I couldn't stop reading. I loved the banter between Talasyn and Alaric. Thank you Thea for this wonderful narrative, it was beautiful!

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- thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an arc to review!

- i tried to like this, but i couldn’t. Guanzon has a strong writing style, but the characters (which are based off of reylo) and the worldbuilding really didn’t help with my process of reading the book. plus, it’s a colonizer X colonized romance, which is a trend i really hate with a passion. why is this a thing???

- i don’t know if I’ll read any other works of the author, it depends on what’s coming after this series because I’m not coming back to this series ever again.

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*4.5 Stars**

THE HURRICANE WARS is a brilliantly conceived tale set in a fantastical world infused with magic, passion, politics, and very real-to-life struggles. Guanzon effortlessly weaves together all of the elements surrounding her characters with engaging and addictive prose.

As with any first book in a series, there was a lot of world-building, character introductions, and laying the stage for what is to come. However, it was done in a way that remained entertaining as well as informative. The careful construction of the various levels of magic and how it is developing in Talasyn and Alaric makes it all feel very real. This plays well off of the motives of certain characters, power plays, and hidden agendas throughout these pages. Everything melds together with the development of the characters through the various interactions and conversations. Simply perfection. There are big personalities in this book, and I am here for it. And then you have Talasyn and Alaric. The enemies-to-lovers angle is wonderfully coming to life, though I anticipate many more scenes with these two as they heat up the page only to shut it all down.

If it seems that I am gushing about this book, it is because I am. The writing was masterful. The storytelling was downright compelling. The pace was perfect as the tension slowly built. Guanzon has gifted her readers with a novel balancing action, fantasy, and romance. I didn’t know if I was a fan of Romantasy, but I do now. When an author does it this well, I love it! I cannot wait for what comes next for Talasyn and Alaric. It is going to be epic!

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4.5/5

Thanks to HarperVoyager and Netgalley for the ARC.

Enemies to lovers is my favorite trope and boy did I love it in this story. In so many other stories the "enemies" find common ground so fast and BAM in bed they go, but I so loved that these two truly struggled with even being in the same room and then with the growing feelings they have. I thought for sure by the end they would have discovered they both want much the same thing for their respective nations but now I really am not sure what's going to transpire in book 2 and I am so here for it. Gaheris has the potential to be a really good bad guy and I hope with the story shifting back to the continent that we get more with his character and really delve into his story and relationship with Alaric. Thoroughly enjoyed my time with this story.

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I am honestly at a loss for rating this book. There are so many tropes. There is so much world building. There is just a lot going on. I think the easiest thing to do is a pro/con list.

Pro:
Arranged Marriage Trope- This is a favorite of mine!
Romance in the back half of the book is gripping and kept me reading
Back half is fast paced and I didn't want to put it down

On the Fence
-Enemies to Lovers Trope when the MMC essentially destroyed the female main character's country. Can we really come back from that? Much like the FMC, I kept getting sucked in and getting mad at myself for it.

Cons:
- The pacing in the first half of the book is wonky. It is like the first two books of a series are consolidated. There are A LOT of settings. There is a confusing magic system. It's a lot to track.
- The FMC's backstory is convoluted. I don't understand so much of why decisions were made. The MMC agrees with me.
- Most of the background characters feel dimensional. They do not round out the world.
- Miscommunication trope for too long.

Will I read the next one? Yes. I was gripped enough by the second half.

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This book absolutely worked for me. The balance of romance and world building was *chefs kiss* and I loved the magic system.

This book was fast-paced and I am so glad it was dual POV. The FMC and MMC are enemies and have to get married for political reasons. They clash literally and figuratively but have to work together to figure out the strange new magic they can create together.

There is a bit of world building at the beginning but if you hang on the story is so worth the wait.

Thank you to Harper Voyager for the eARC. All thoughts are my own.

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DNF - unfortunately, the writing was not for me, and while the world is interesting, I did find certain elements to be a bit cliche, and I just don't think this is the book for me.

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Thank you so much to Harper Voyager and NetGalley for this ARC of The Hurricane Wars! The Hurricane Wars by Thea Guanzon was one of my most anticipated reads of 2023 and I could not have been more excited to devour this, and devour I did! Reylo fanfiction turned published work strikes again through Thea's masterful worldbuilding and interesting characters. It is not too often I get to invest myself in a lush Southeast Asian fantasy, and I am simply amazed by how wonderful this book was. Maybe it's not the fantasy people consider "high" and authentic, but it delivered a fascinating story of light and dark.

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“Do you make it a habit to compliment everyone who’s trying to kill you?”
“Not everyone.” His eyes flashed with a hint of amusement. “Just you.”

This is a high fantasy book that will definitely keep you on your toes.

I am giving this god-tier book a solid 5 star, I finished this two days ago so that I can process everything because of how amazingly written it is.

Right off the bat, we were plunged into a scene wherein we were able to get a glimpsed of the supporting characters that shaped the story. Just a note that I am so bad with names so I don’t remember all of them BUT the way Thea breathes life to each characters is really astonishing.

Character wise, Talasyn & Alaric were both well rounded and I am OBSESSED with their enemies to lovers nature, yes this book has done enemies-to-lovers JUSTICE. from start ‘til the end they have been trying to unalive each other with a knife on the throat kind of relationship and I am here for it!! The angst is the main reason it took me two weeks to finish this book because every time they have a good banter and touch I just had to put it down or else I’m going to explode with so much giddiness!

The world building is top notch. I think it’s safe to say that the world has inspirations from South East Asian countries with the animals and food that resembles what we see mostly in the Philippines. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the cultural references here in terms of culture, dating, traditions and family dynamics. Also I forgot to mention that there are DRAGONS here like I didn’t even see that coming!! Besides the dragons there are many mythical creatures here with again a reference from native Philippine species.

Thea’s writing style is impeccable. Only a few author can rival the way she twist the words from sentence to sentence and make it into a cohesive paragraph. It was slightly hard to get into it at first but once you do, you will be woven into it so much you’ll have a hard time removing yourself from it. I have such high praise for her writing knowing that english isn’t her first language to begin with. Every time I open this book and start to read I literally feel like I’m watching a movie because of how descriptive the writing is about the characters, their wardrobe, their eyes, the atmosphere and just everything you can think of.

This book made me emotional so many times. I rarely get attached to characters but I easily got attached here to the point that I constantly think of them even when I’m resting and not reading.

Since this is a trilogy, the plot is way toned down here and it will pick up from the end of this book to the succeeding books. Just a warning that this ends on a cliffhanger that will make you want to yearn for the second book!

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thank you to netgalley for the advanced reading copy. I really enjoyed this and will be getting copies for my shop.

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I want the second book SO badly. I will say that the beginning was a little slow, but then it picked up after a certain point. There was a lot of political play in this book with a lot of tension between the two main characters. I wanted more of them and am looking forward to reading the next book.

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I knew I was going to love this one the moment I read the prologue. I really love a enemies to lovers well done and I'm happy that this book did not disappointed because I had high expectations. I really enjoyed the banter between the MC and I was so intrigued by the world the story is set in that I cannot wait for book 2 for more to be reveled. I honestly think that with an exception of chapter 39 the best chapters needed in 6. I really love the writing style and the politics and how there are different places with different cultures but in away their stories are connected. I really loved how invested I was. in the story that I feel that there was so much to learn and I still have a lot of questions.
I know it will take a bit fir book 2 to be released but already feels too long. I was not ready for how this book ended, it feels like my babies cannot take a break.

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Thanks to Harper Voyager for the copy of this book.

I honestly had to go back to this book so many times to keep trying to read it. It wasn’t holding my attention. The first third of the book wasn’t totally relevant or necessary for the rest of the book, which focused on the romance. I don’t think I will be continuing this series, but I could see people loving this if they love Star Wars.

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I guess I am starting to show my age. I grew up reading the best of fantasy novels. Now, I am overwhelmed by the onslaught of romantasy books and what I am realizing is this new genre just doesn't work for me. I realize I am in the minority here - and that is OK. I need to find some good romantasy books for my patrons, so I will keep reading. BUT really...going from trying to kill each other to being romantically involved in the space of relatively short time??? I know many will love this, I am just not the perfect patron for this book.

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I think this is a novel with tremendous potential. At times, the worldbuilding and plot felt a little rushed together and discombobulating, but as a published Reylo fanfiction, it was a fun time. I worry that is not the most accessible to those unfamiliar with Reylo, but it is a fun enemies-to-lovers romp.

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I received this book for free for an honest unbiased review from Netgalley.

I wish more books were this well written. Characters were witty and the setting fantastic.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a free advanced copy of this book to read and review.

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🌀 Hurricane Wars 🌀

OH MY GOSH I LOVE THIS BOOK!

It’s an epic fantasy, enemies to lovers romance with magic, adventure, secrets and excitement. I absolutely loved it.

It is true enemies to lovers - as in they try and kill each other multiple times, yet slowly (so slowly) work towards an alliance from different sides of the Hurricane Wars to explore the phenomenon that happens when their magic clashes.

Talasyn is the fierce warrior I love in a fantasy. Alaric is the dark and brooding lethal weapon of a Prince we all need in a love interest.

The author’s note behind the inspiration for the Hurricane Wars modeled after her family’s history in the Philippines adds delightful context to the war and struggle that shaped the main characters. It’s a beautiful development of the story.

If you love fantasy, don’t sleep on this one!
You’ll find:
🌀 Enemies to lovers romantasy
🌀 Fiesty and powerful FMC
🌀 Dark and brooding MMC
🌀 One bed 😏
🌀 Shadow and light magic
🌀 Setting modeled after Asia Pacific and Filipino culture

Thank you to Harper Voyager and Netgalley for this ARC! Hurricane Wars is on shelves now!

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The Hurricane Wars is my best friend's favorite book in the world (she owns something like 9 copies now!), and I tried to get into it, but I just couldn't handle the world-building. I might have to make another attempt at some point, but for now it's a DNF.

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My only complaint is that I can never go back and read this one for the first time again, The universe is unreal with characters that are either lovable or hateable, but still so memorable! I need more immediately!

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