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Five: Out of the Dark (Quinae Praesidia Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : August 4, 2020
- File size : 5139 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 250 pages
- Publisher : Immortal Works; 2nd edition (August 4, 2020)
- ASIN : B08DYGZ7J5
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1794117849
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,231,584 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found myself reading in stops and starts because there would be something interesting going on, and then it would get too slow and devolve into a lot of skimming along the top of the story without really giving us any detail or depth and I'd get bored. Then something else would pop up and I'd start again and then it'd slow again. And it's a real shame because there are some good ideas here, but it just doesn't know what it wants to be.
In flavor this is a Harry Dresden light with magical teenagers. The author introduces all kinds of supernatural critters with a kind of reckless abandon and while we hear a lot of names, the readers don't know much about what makes one creature different from another or how these teenagers manage to learn enough to fight them from experimentation and a little white book.
The ending isn't particularly satisfying. The book hits one major climax, then kind of restarts with an extra 20 pages or so that it really there to introduce the next book and tie off a few ends way too quickly. I would really have loved to see this book with those last pages removed and more time given to the development of the characters and the pacing of the first part of the book.
Would I read the next one, which is one of the defining questions in this situation at the start of a new series? Maybe. If it was the right price and hit me on the right day, but I'm not rushing off to buy it. So a solid mid range, but I really wanted more.
Five follows a girl named Paige and her group of friends: Alec, Seth, Halli, and the boy she grows close to named Johnathan. Displaced or run away from their homes due to their magical abilities, the children find each other one by one. They embark on adventures to explore their powers and find opportunities to use them for good by contending with goblins, demons, and other various ghoulish disturbances to humanity. This ultimately leads them to a high school with a string of unusual suicides, and a mysterious plot to take over humanity. The teens also discover a magical mentor who informs them they aren’t just any haphazard gathering of kids with magical inclinations, but the next generation of “Five” who are tasked with protecting mankind from the forces of evil.
This story is a fun adventure with plenty of fantasy action, a mystery to solve, intriguing paranormal elements, and teen romance. I enjoyed the characters. The main characters each had their own distinct personalities that created fun dynamics for the group both in battle with the supernatural and as they drew together in simple matters of everyday survival. There is an intriguing subplot in which Johnathan (Paige’s love interest) must wrestle with an evil transformation that besets him after a changeling bites him. Paige pays a heavy, heart-wrenching price at the end to free Johnathan from his curse. I also liked the dark paranormal mystery twist Holli Anderson created in her depiction of high school life.
Lovers of YA fantasy and YA paranormal are sure to enjoy this opening installment in what promises to be an entertaining series.
This book had some good moments and some bad moments. I felt as if their were some dark scenes that makes this more for mature then YA but depends on the age group reading it. I felt the beginning was off and I didn't understand how these kids got there powers. I also felt this story was slightly boring, I do give for some of the scenes where the characters fight the demons and trolls, ect, but I think the author needed to make it more action pact and less falling in love scenes.
I will give this book another try down the road, because it could be I just wasn't feeling the book as of right now. I give it four books because the book did have its awesome moments.
In.this first installment, five extraordinary youngsters come together, all called by a Purpose greater than each, all suffering much as their powers come into fruition.
I reviewed an ARC provided by the publisher, Curiosity Quills Press, for the sole purpose of my review. No fees were exchanged.