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Posted November 22, 2013
3 1/2 stars. This is bordering on "really liked it" status, but the ending did not inspire me to immediately delve into the next book of the trilogy.
Please, I beg authors out there and publishers too. If there is a pronunciation key to character and place names put it first in the book not at the end. The names of characters and places are important. Struggling through the novel only to find a pronunciation guide at the end is like eating dry toast and then finding the jam.
My biggest complaint of this version is the severe lack of editing. Missing words, wrong words, extra words, misused words, misspelled words, incorrect pronouns, compound words split in two, missing apostrophes where the possessive case should be shown, dangling participles, the list is long. No author is above proofreading nor should they go without a trustworthy group of beta readers who know how to proofread and catch such glitches. [I have heard that this book has been re-edited and that the remaining books have as well. So buy a different version of this.]
You might be wondering how I think All That We See Or Seem borders on 4 stars. Well, the story is really, really good. Three separate worlds, magical creatures, fey, evil kings invading dreams, four "witches" that are to conquer the evil king, shapeshifters, jealousy, deceit, battles (very well choreographed), faeries, love triangles, amnesia, and dragons. What’s not to love?
Lily is the leader, the dreamer. She and her three friends died 300 years ago only to be reborn and return to Bevain to fulfill the prophesy and take down the evil king, Ronan. Ronan believes Lily is his soul mate and wants to rule over her. She is strong and compassionate and has a good dose of self doubt.
At her side are Brid (the stargazer), Ruarc (the warrior and a guy), and Caer (the fortuneteller). All have unique powers and personalities. I love that one of the four is a male character. He is supportive and a little overprotective, but great. I have concerns about Caer. They always talk about how she is the weakest of the four and how she was the one who really started the problem with Ronan. Why didn't she see that this would happen? Is she stronger than they realize? Will she get tired of being told she is weak and go berserk on her friends?
In fact, there are several characters that could become betrayers. Some worry me and others do not. What does worry me is that Lily does not see the possible threat.
This promises to be a fabulous quest trilogy. I do want to find out what happens to Lennan, if Caer gets control of her power and is loyal or not, if the four regain their memories, if Lily realizes that Larkin is not the fuzzy guy of her dreams that made her feel whole (from the prequel), if they find out the truth about Galvin's death (if he really is dead), if the four return to Other to say a proper good-bye to their adoptive parents (who are probably going nuts at the disappearance of their children), etc.
Posted January 8, 2013
Avery is one of those storytellers who can bring an entire world alive with her words. She keeps you captivated throughout the story. I could barely put the book down at all.
The stellar cast of characters in this novel are real teenagers. They talk and act their age while learning that they must fight for more than just themselves. You live with them while they struggle to come to grips with who they are now, who they used to be, and what they must do. You feel excited, nervous, and curious alongside the characters, wanting to know more about what’s happening. The characters became so real to me, that at times they brought tears to my eyes. Of course, other characters were just plain creepy. Very vivid, but creepy.
Avery works in depth descriptions into her story without them getting long or drawn out. She manages to bring her world to life with her words. And what a world she brings to live. The author combines multiple different mythologies into one whole new exciting world.
Despite the Avery’s magnificent world is broken up by a scattering of grammatical errors throughout the novel. Without these, I would have given the book a higher star rating. There are just enough that it can distract you from the story itself.
I will definitely still be following the Dreamer Trilogy through until the end as the story kept me captivated throughout. Avery has a definite way with words and has a knack for storytelling that I am eager to see develop throughout the series.
Posted September 29, 2012
Overall I have to say that I greatly enjoyed reading this book. It had an interesting story line once the reader is actually able to figure out what is going on. The beginning is really confusing and there is not a lot of explanation about what is happening or why. Also the author uses a lot of different names for characters that makes it hard to keep them straight when the story is first being read. Another issue I had with the book as a whole was the timeline for things. I understand and think it is an interesting concept that the main character are still trying to get their past life memories back, however, the timeline of events taking place in the past seem to be all jumbled together without some sort of concrete form. The final issue I had is one of a personal opinion and that is with the ages of the characters. Even though they had been reborn and had previously lived a different life in the past the characterization and some of the general attitudes of the characters seem to be well beyond their sixteen years. With all of the issues being said I truly enjoyed reading this and will go on to read the sequels.
Note: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted September 30, 2012
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Posted March 11, 2013
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