542 pages / 4728 KB
DISCLAIMER: I received a free electronic copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Fantasy is my fiction-of-choice. Magic, dragons, wonderful worlds of dark and light. This was not it. While I did rather enjoy the world Bell created, I felt I was reading a second draft—the first edit of the first draft. Names were often spelled two different ways. In many places words that sounded similar were used such as 'are' for 'our', 'that' for 'than,' or outright wrong words, such as, 'fauna' instead of 'flora.' Far too many sentences read like they had been copied and pasted from someplace else without being smoothed out. The tenses did not match; there were too many words—which ones did not belong? Or there were too few words—which words were missing?
I found the protagonist unbelievable. Selena has a great power, has trained to use it, to know it, to control it—and she can't. She can summon the water, but cannot control it?
There are a lot of unanswered question by the end of this novel; however, the novel does end. The unanswered questions, I hope are the set-up for future novels and will be answered in later books.
All in all, I found this a very easy book to put down, and a hard book to pick up and read. Romance is not my genre of choice, and this has a distinct flavor of romance set in a fantasy world.