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Across the Darkling Sea (Magicfall Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I feel indifferent about this book. Honestly, it didn’t feel finished for me. It did feel like a sequel made to tease the reader and make them buy the other books in this series, but I, personally, wasn’t interested enough to read further. The plot was confusing at first, strange at last. It made not a lot of sense, because the heroine seemed clueless about almost everything. That was on the one hand due to the curse that fell upon her, but on the other hand due to the – sorry – stupidity. Her reasons to do what she did made no sense to me at all.
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I couldn’t understand why she wanted to kill herself to let this other girl live. Her feelings with that topic weren’t portrayed in a way that made me see reason. I mean, if someone told me today that I was a changeling, my first reaction would NOT be that I am going to kill myself to let the rightful owner of this body live.
The whole plot seemed forced to me. The heroine was naïve and, instead of turning to the people who seemed nice to her, she turned to those people who made her feel threatened. Why? Why would she do that? As I said, it made not a lot of sense and I don’t think I will continue reading this series.
Fantasy YA is very hit or miss. This book hit some marks and missed others for me.
Evelyn is engrossed in magic. She wants to possess it. However, it is outlawed in the land her mother governs. When her family turns against her, she must run for her life, chasing a shadow of a person who might be able to save her.
Evelyn lacks depth for me. I know the author desires for her to come across more conflicted then I think she does.
The writing is good but sometimes I get lost in details that can get a tad boring. I certainly did not hate this book but it fell sort of flat for me. It lacked a few things like a companion to Evelyn. Having only one character with just acquaintances keeps the story a little more surface level for me.
The rape scene felt a little to mature for this book.
Let me start with saying what I loved about the book. The plot is adventurous while the pacing varies. It ebbs and flows like the water. The starting was a bit slow but intriguing enough with Brielle and her situation. After she started her voyage the pace picked up and then slowed down a tiny bit at the end. But I didn't have much trouble being invested in the tale.
The world created by the author is completely different and special. I loved the vivid description of the races and the cultures of the world. The language is rich and easy to understand. The characters are various and important to the story in their roles. Brielle/Ling is strong in her role. She bends with the winds of her fate. I think she has to her than what has been revealed in the book. At the same time it is easy to place myself in her place. She is someone who I can relate to easily!
Coming to the things I didn't care for, first the description was kind of repetitive at times and some words were similar so I was confused at times. Though there are characters enough to enrich the world and the tale, they weren't in the spotlight much. Hence I felt cheated in not getting to know them. I hope this changes in the sequel.
Closing on that note, I want to say that the book is engrossing in its own right and I can't wait to read the sequels. I want to how it all plays out!
I received a copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't impact my review in any way.
My rating : 4/5
My reread factor : 3.5/5
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