Friday, February 5, 2016

Review: Black Wings @IrynaKCombs

TITLE: Black Wings
AUTHOR: Iryna K. Combs
RELEASE DATE: July 15th, 2015
PUBLISHER: Roane Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

A new time. A new planet. A new world. New technologies. Two new humanoid species. A new war. 
The two species separate, but in the removal, some of the best are left behind among the worst. Captured and held as slaves, they are treated cruelly for entertainment. Torture. Pain. 
Annabel, endures a year of such cruelty, kept alive only by way of syringes which, while healing, cause a greater agony. She discovers a secret held by their leader, and decides to help her own kind by escaping–even if it means a final death, preferable to the life she has endured. 
Her escape succeeds, and she joins her own kind at the other end of the planet. Among her new friends she meets many who help her adjust to their happier life. Will Annabel find romance? Or will another war break her down? 

Originally from the Ukraine, I am still considered a new face to America. Speaking three languages including English, that became just as natural to me as my native Russian.
I grew up in a town on the south of Ukraine doing the same things that other kids my age did. Dreaming, hoping and wishing. Growing up, I spoke absolutely no English and never even saw myself somewhere abroad. Nevertheless writing a novel in another language!
I went to the local school that brought mostly negative experience in my life. But it shaped me throughout the years. My college life was much better. I was known to study well and to go out partying as much as it was possible.
In my first year of college, I began to work in the marriage agency and met my future husband. We dated and traveled to most of the Europe along with Egypt.
When I finally got my fiancée visa, we both moved to the states, where soon after, got married. In the first few years, I did some modeling and acting. Photo-shoots, run-way and photo in the magazine fulfilled my childhood's dream.

A few years later I became a mother of a wonderful and most handsome little boy. Along with learning and experiencing motherhood, I began to make hand-made jewelry and organic soaps. This hobby turned into my small business and became bigger than I thought it would.
In the last year, I discovered: an author lives inside me. Never did I think that I would write an English book and that I would love doing it. But I did! And I loved it! 


‘Black Wings’ is a fantastic story about a new world where two humanoids species have to co-exist and the aftermath of the split of both sides. After a quick introduction that summarizes how humans escaped to a new planet and how a series of events lead to the birth of these two new groups, the book jumps right into the action.

The first chapter does a great job introducing the story. It’s amazing how the author managed to explain everything without saturating the reader with a load of information. There are also names for the species and other things but they’re easy to learn. It's a complete world, with a solid background and the author took care of every detail.

This is the story of Annabel. She is captured by the enemy side and tortured for a while before she manages to escape. Her getaway will be the key to life-changing events and more. For moments, it was hard to forget she wasn’t human and all the pain she had to endure (which let me tell you is very graphic) so it was hard to understand some of her action and her personality. However, it’s clear that she is a strong and brave person.

The rest of the characters are great. Dexter is a good addition, he is bit reserved but I ended up liking him. Her cousin has a vibrant personality and it gives light to the book. ‘The bad guys’ are really evil and their actions were despicable.

The writing is excellent and flawless. I have to say that the two species are really well built. Each one is described in a way that helps us imagine them.

The ending leaves a door open for a sequel but I don’t think that is entirely necessary.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds really interesting! I'm going to check it out, thanks to your review! It sounds like a genre-bender and I'm always in the mood for those. And the romance sounds like something I'd love, too. Thanks for the review, Ruty! <3

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read


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