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Seeker by Arwen Elys Davis: A Bibliophile’s Review

Before I get into this, it must be noted that I am a harsh critic when it comes to literature.  I have spent the vast majority of my life reading and developing my own tastes in the very foundations of every genre.  This does become a bit of a issue when faced with reviewing books – especially those of the Young Adult section.  

My tastes in genres is broad and very colorful: I enjoyed Game of Thrones as much as I enjoyed Ender’s Game and Paper Towns.

That said, please do not judge me too harshly by my harsh judgement on any literature you will read on this blog.

The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be herscreen-shot-2016-12-12-at-3-50-59-pm entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.

As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.

And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend. But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.

Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought. And now it’s too late to walk away.

Book Synopsis

The cover is what caught my eye and, actually, the whole reason I bought the book.  I can get away with that because the cover is completely gorgeous!

This was, overall, a great book!

Very complex, rather well thought through, and very fast-paced.

Stress complex.

There were a lot of characters and a lot of history and culture to remember throughout the story.  This provided a nice change from books like Dove Arising and The Maze Runner – both of which were fast-paced and complex just for the sake of being fast-paced and complex.

It was a page-turner: frankly, one of the best page-turners I have found.

That being said, I had never heard of this book.  Not a word.

Romance is something that is difficult to pull off in YA fiction.  Especially difficult to pull off in such a fast-paced fantasy novel such as this.

Romance score: 3/10

Right up until the end, the portrayal of romance in this novel was a total disappointment.  It was forced.  There was no reason to feel like anyone deserved to love or be loved by screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-5-42-31-pmanyone else in the book.
The love triangle was so unneeded, so forced, and…so… ugly.

I have a hard time liking or sympathizing with heroines who always have guys throwing themselves at their feet.

To me, this book was like no other I’ve read. It’s told in third person omniscient from four different perspectives, and it’s incredibly fast-paced, which leaves some of the novel feeling as if it’s lacking a coherent connection to previous events in the story. But, it all rights itself in the end and the story becomes quite cohesive, meaning everything comes around full circle and you’re left with a mind-blowing, WTF conclusion. Or, at least, I was.

–Jen, Goodreads Review

It takes away from the bad-assery that the main character could have had.  Time that could have been spent kicking butt or developing character was spent pining away.

Oh, does he like me?

I love him, even though I’m 15… I KNOW WHAT LOVE IS, MOM!

Oh, no!  I like him, too!  Who do I like more?

This is not Hunger Games, ok??!?

Silence fell between them, until the Young Dread finally dared ask, “Were you a great mind, master?”
A real smile crossed his face. “You don’t ask if I am a great mind, child? Because I speak gibberish now? Let me tell you – I once thought I was a great mind.”
“And now?”
“Now it does not matter. Great minds are not what’s wanted. Only good hearts. Good hearts choose wisely.
“How does one find a good heart?”
“It is luck child. Always luck. With you, I have been very lucky.”

As far as world-building goes, it was… ok.

World score: 5.9/10

I was very confused until page 201 about what the world was supposed to be and WHEN it was supposed to be.

Is it medieval? Oh…no… there’s zeppelins.

Is it steampunk?  Um… lasers… ok.

Magic? Ok… run by time travel….

The characters were, for the most part, pretty well rounded.  Some characters were 100% better than others and the difference between primary and secondary characters was pretty distinct.

Characters: 7/10

Goodreads gave this a 3/5.

I would give it a 3/5 as well, but that’s just because the plot was pretty legit and the book got better as it went along.

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