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Divine Rivals (Letters of Enchantment #1)


[A quick note: Rebecca Ross is an auto-buy author. I will buy everything she writes because I know Iโ€™ll love it. This is her latest book and it was worth all the hype. I even got THREE editions because I love her writing so much. I mean, how gorgeous are these? The pink with typewriter is from Owlcrate. The gray with Iris and Roman is from Fairyloot, and the bottom one is the standard edition, which Becca signed and personalized herself when I got to meet herโ€ฆwhich was AMAZING!]


โ€œ๐‘ฐ๐’• ๐’•๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†๐’” ๐’„๐’๐’–๐’“๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’†๐’• ๐’…๐’๐’˜๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‚๐’“๐’Ž๐’๐’“, ๐’•๐’ ๐’˜๐’†๐’๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’‘๐’๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’†๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‚๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‚๐’“๐’†. ๐‘บ๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐‘ฐ ๐’‡๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‚๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’–: ๐‘ฐ ๐’„๐’‚๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’Œ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’‘๐’๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‰๐’๐’๐’… ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‚๐’” ๐‘ฐ ๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’๐’š ๐’‚๐’Ž. ๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’†โ€™๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’”๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’—๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’…, ๐’‚ ๐’—๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’†๐’๐’๐’” ๐’Ž๐’†, โ€˜๐’€๐’๐’– ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’๐’Ž๐’Š๐’”๐’” ๐’”๐’ ๐’Ž๐’–๐’„๐’‰ ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’”๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’–๐’‚๐’“๐’…๐’†๐’….โ€™โ€โ€”Rebecca Ross

Enchanted typewriters bring two rival journalists together in this heartbreaking story about the deviation of war.

Iโ€™ll be completely honest: this book made me cry. Rebeccaโ€™s prose was utterly haunting and beautiful. This story was a love letter to love letters. I adore books with letter writing, and there was a lot here. Something about letter writing allows one to reveal their soul. Besides the letter writing, this story had tons to love. It had WWI vibes in a fantasy backdrop, enemies to lovers, secret identity, heartbreak, battle of the gods, journalism, friendship, and love.

The hype was 100% warranted.


Iris and Roman are journalists vying for a coveted columnist position. When Iris doesnโ€™t get the position, she packs up and goes to the war front to find her brother. He is all the family sheโ€™s got left. Here, she can report on the events of the war and inform the people of whatโ€™s really happening. While on the warfront, she exchanges letters with the mysterious โ€œCarverโ€ and the two begin pouring their hearts out. Carver knows her identity and wrestles with the guilt of coming clean. Eventually, he chases her out to the warfront to be closer to her. What follows is equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking.


I loved this story so much. It was the kind of relaxing read that builds from low stakes to heart pounding action. I found myself highlighting passage after passage, and even stopping to reread them. The writing was just so beautiful. There are some hard-to-read parts. Rebecca did wonderfully to portray the gruesome aspects of war. Showing injured soldiers in the hospital was especially, the trenches, the fear when bombs are dropped, etc. But it was all necessary to the authentic setting and created so much realism.


How about the overall mechanics?


What is it that made this book SO GOOD?? The plot is on the simpler side, sure. The characters are compelling. There are definitely secrets, but nothing overly shocking. It was easy to sink into and stay immersed. I read almost the whole book in one single sitting. I just didnโ€™t want to put it down. If I had to put my finger on one thing, it would be the originality of the story. Journalism mixed with war and fantasy. That combination was refreshing and I wanted to soak it all in.


WARNING: This book ends on a pretty significant cliff hanger. Thereโ€™s a reason why Divine Rivals readers are desperate for the second book. Iโ€™m really glad I waited to read it so long, because now I only have to wait for a couple months to read the next one.


Overall, this was a spectacular YA fantasy.

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