Author: Pembroke Sinclair
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Urban
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Date published: June 14, 2016 (original publication: April 10, 2013)
Page Count: 206
A digital copy of the book was kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: It has been 500 years since Aelana has been home, and a lot has changed in that time–including her. As a half-dragon, half-human hybrid, she has been traveling the universe destroying worlds. Both anxious and excited to return, she wonders what she will find. Her memories of home are filled with pain and loss, especially for her first and only love. She knows he won’t be there, but will his memory? Will her anguish remain? What waits for Aelana on her home world? Find out in this exciting urban fantasy novel by Pembroke Sinclair.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when I was approached about it. The cover is definitely not one I would be drawn to in a bookstore. While I know that one should not judge a book by its cover, I think that I would actually be unlikely to even pick this book up in the store, much less flip it over and read the blurb. But since the ratings for this book are fairy decent on Goodreads, I agreed to read and review it.
My first impression when reading the first few pages was that the writing was alright, and that the story had potential. As I continued reading, I became more intrigued about how the story would wrap up, but found that the writing and plotline became more and more frustrating.
There was a lot of repetition, and there were also numerous contradictions. What I found to be the most frustrating was how characters would go back and forth about their decisions; particularly the main character, Aelana. She would constantly go off considering the pros and cons of things, for pages on end. And it became especially irritating, when she was considering the same issues over and over.
Another frustrating thing was how Aelana was portrayed as all powerful, and then weak at the same time. The author would switch between the two, depending on how she wanted the plot to go. I recall one page containing words similar to “she hated that he had overpowered her” and then the words “she was the most powerful and she was eternal.” Note, those are not exact quotes, but I cannot be bothered to go and find the exact words.
Many of the characters would also realize things which did not make sense for them to realize. They would acquire knowledge, while it was not explained how they came to acquire it, and there were also numerous other aspects of this book which were never explained.
The reason why I gave this book two stars, in stead of one, is because I did like the idea behind the story and characters. I simply did not like the style in which the story was told.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Pembroke Sinclair is a literary jack of all trades, playing her hand at multiple genres. She has written an eclectic mix of fiction ranging from horror to sci-fi and even some westerns. Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming–the home of 56 nationalities–it is no wonder Pembroke ended up so creatively diverse. Her fascination with the notions of good and evil, demons and angels, and how the lines blur have inspired her writing. Pembroke lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with her husband, two spirited boys, a black lab named Ryder, and a rescue kitty named Alia, who happens to be the sweetest, most adorable kitty in the world! She cannot say no to dessert, orange soda, or cinnamon. She loves rats and tatts and rock and roll and wants to be an alien queen when she grows up.
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