Saturday, May 19, 2018

Top 3 Favorite Things about All That We See or Seem (Jill)

 I recently finished reading Kristina Mahr's book All That We See or Seem. Because it kept me reading breathlessly until the end, I decided to share my Top 3 with you.

Every night, seventeen-year-old Reeve Lennox finds herself under a noose.
By day she is a lady of Acarsaid’s royal house, daydreaming of adventure and love. But every night in sleep she wanders through a nightmarish city, an invisible witness to the screeches of monsters and the screams of their victims. Her only consolation is Bran, a battle-torn young man with a selfless heart and eyes that reflect the stars. 
Yet while Reeve falls deeper into her dreams, in truth she is engaged to Arden, a mercurial nobleman who has long been cured of his belief in love and breathes fire and flattery like other people breathe air.
Torn between two lives, Reeve struggles to remember what’s real. Until night and day collide, with a revelation that threatens all of Acarsaid.

What are my top 3 favorite things about All That We See or Seem?
3. The contrast between the dream world and her real world. The dream world is a nightmare, and I can't imagine having this particular nightmare every night. The horrific quality of her dream world is a perfect foil for the privileged life she lives while awake.

2. Kristina Mahr's gift with lyrical prose. There are some truly beautiful passages in this book, but the story doesn't get buried under it. The lyricism only builds up the story line, the characters, and the relationships. Which leads me to my top #1...

1. The relationship between Bran and Reeve. *swoony sigh* By the end of the book, I was one hundred percent #teamBran and although I sort of like Arden, I'd be just as glad if he jumped in a lake. Although this book is a fantasy, it has the heart of a romance. :-)

If you want a book that keeps you reading past your bedtime, which might have happened to me (cough, cough), pick up All That We See or Seem. It's fantastic.

Here's a little about the author.

Kristina Mahr devotes her days to numbers and her nights to words. She works full-time as an accountant in the suburbs of Chicago, where she lives with her two dogs and two cats, but her true passion is writing. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and waking up at the crack of dawn every weekend to watch the Premier League.

You can connect with Kristina on the following social media links:

Facebook: @AuthorKristinaMahr
Twitter: @Kristina_Mahr
Instagram: Kristina.Mahr


  1. This sounds like an interesting book-will have to put it in my TBR pile:)

  2. Looking forward to reading it! Sounds like an amazing story.

  3. Thanks for the review, Jill. It sounds like a great book. But I may wait to read it until the next book is out so I won't have to be impatient to learn what happens!

  4. Thanks for sharing this, Jill! I can't wait to read this one!


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