Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy, Teens/YA
Recommendation: I have mixed feelings, read the review and decide for yourself.
Type: Series,not sure when additional books will be released
Summary: It was OK but I think it could be great.+good chemistry +some original themes -wordy -under-developed +decent world building +interesting male lead -weak female lead
A girl with a past she tries to forget, and a future she can’t even imagine.
Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in her day.
And things only get weirder…
Leonie learns from her father that she is last of the Pulsar, a phenomenally powerful member of a magical species called the Chosen. It will be her sole duty to protect the Imperium, a governing hierarchy, from all enemies, and to exceed the reputation of the Pulsar before her. So – no pressure there, then.
Leonie is swept away from her rigorous normality and taken to a world of magic. There, she is forced into a ceremony to join her soul to a guardian, Korren, who is both incredibly handsome and intensely troubled, a relationship for which ‘it’s complicated’ just really doesn’t cut it.
But Leonie is soon to learn that this ancient world is no paradise. With violent dissidents intent to overthrow the Imperium, and dark entities with their own agenda, she and Korren find themselves caught in a war where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to survive.
Dare to dream. Dare to hope. Dare to be a legend.
This book has so much potential but it definitely needs a bit of work. In an effort to clarify my thoughts I am just going to basically explain the main things that I loved/hated.
The main thing that kept me enthralled in the book was the dynamics between Leonie and Korren. For a bit of back story without any spoilers, Korren is basically a protector assigned to keep Leonie safe. The way that you can see his mind working as he gets to know her and she him, really enables the reader to get into their developing relationship. This is one instance where I actually enjoyed the author’s use of inner-monologues. I enjoyed the plot because well, even though it is not wholly original, it is what I look for in most YA books (whether I like to admit it or not). The author gives you a heroine, a male savior, action, emotional distress and chaos.
Unfortunately the aspects I didn’t like about this book out number the good. Let’s start with the actual basic ideas behind the story. We find out that Leonie is not as average a girl as she thinks, but rather a chosen. One thing this book forgets to mention is, what exactly a chosen is. Sure she is super special, but WTF is she exactly? That seems to be something pertinent that should be explained. Another thing about this book is how wordy it is. There are seriously paragraphs that could just be edited out that are full of her inner thoughts and her trying to figure things out. I get it, she is thrust into this new world but I really got turned off at points and found myself skimming. The ideas behind what she is and what it means are really promising, the writing just didn’t deliver fully.
There is nothing I despise more than a super whiny heroine. Leonie has all the makings of a total badass but they are completely wasted on her being like ‘I am so weak, I just can’t do anything’. She is written as someone who is so determined to be a part of this new world, and talks about wanting to help but she does nothing to try. As I was reading, I seriously wanted to yell ‘ find your girl balls, suck it up and get awesome already!’ But it just didn’t happen.
Lastly, I was disappointed in how Korren was portrayed. We are introduced to him as this terrifying beast bred to protect the ultimate gift to man kind (or whatever she is) that is wrapped up in a delicious but normal looking skin. One minute he is a sexy looking dude, next he is this evil looking killing machine with his only goal to be protecting this fragile girl. Except, he falls flat. He isn’t shredding people left and right, he is weak and that is the ultimate insult to any attempt to create an alluring alpha male. I don’t want weak, I want sweaty, strong and unstoppable.
All in all, I got into the book, and I will probably read the next one just because I want to know what happens. This book is on the Kindle Unlimited list so if you are a member there really isn’t any harm in checking it out.
Disclaimer: I obtained a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you, Giselle Simlett & WWS Pubishing Limited.