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- Print Length: 349 pages
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- Publication Date: September 7, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NF1XQQG
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Start with Arebella, or Ella. She starts off whiny, annoying, self loathing, disrespectful 18 year old, know-it-all girl. The first confrontation she has with her mom in the beginning, she cusses at her and storms out of the house. This is without any background, so I just want to slap the ungrateful butt. She has a roof over her head, parents that care enough to teach her manners. Sort of, and she obviously isn't beaten, or she would have gotten bruised for that outburst. Later, you learn she is adopted. She had wished for it, and it turns out she was. Turns out her adoptive parents are emotionally abusive, okay, I can buy that... She told Jaxx she was physically abused, which I don't believe. She wishes to be kicked out of the house, she is, at the same time it is revealed she was adopted. Her uncle is completely loving, but only appears conveniently when the situation is warranted. Ella learns she is a True Witch, and she must be trained how to use her powers. A magic book appears, and she no longer has to be trained. The book is magic. She doesn't even have to read it! It TELEPATHICALLY whispers to her! Guess she's battle ready... two seconds after she meets her Goddess mother (she tells her she will show when she's needed) in a dream-like state, she shows up!
It just gets worse and worse.... Have you ever watched people role play? You know, "I am a level 6 Elven Wizard, who dareth cross my path?" "'Tis I, Raymoth, level 7 Vampire. I demand retribution for my father's death." "I shall send you to hell to meet him!" Blah, blah, blah, and so forth. That itself isn't horrible. Where I draw the line is, Wizard: "I blast you with a stasis spell!" Vampire: "I was blessed by our Goddess, stasis will not work on me." Sadly.... what I just did was better than the book. Copy, print, sell.
Moving on... If you, as a reader, are a devout Christian, ignore this book. It hates on Christians. Her supposedly abusive adopted parents are a Christian preacher and his wife. The wife apparently never wanted Ella, hated her even, and yet she took her shopping, Ella owned a Coach bag.... she did not have a job, but she bought stuff herself. It didn't flow, so obviously Ella is just plain ungrateful.
In the beginning, she meets her true mate, Jaxx. She says she meets the eyes she has only seen in her dreams, so...... she flips him the bird, in a church, while everyone is watching? And there is never another reference to her dreams, other than the nightmares that occur twice.
I hate on Jessa.... cussing her best friend is dumb... it's degrading and annoying, but Ella does it back. Some people like that relationship. I am not one of them. Devon was decent, but only plays a part for he end. I don't feel anything about what happens.
Impending war, death and justice...... yeah, great, unless the characters are flat, annoying, or just stupid.
Sooo many stupid things. So many.... this is just the tip. I can't. The conflicts are not satisfying, the relationships are not satisfying, no hows or whys.... no answers, just convenience. The end.
A little bit more character development would have been essential to grabbing my attention and giving me something to look forward to in the upcoming books in the saga. At times I felt like I had missed some important passage and found myself re-reading previous pages to ensure I wasn't lost.
The writing could definitely use some work, not only in grammar and punctuation, but also in the flow of the story and transitions. There is no acceptance period for the characters. Each new thing that Ella learns is accepted immediately without hesitation or any real questioning. There are parts of the book that could definitely be removed because they don't add to the story at all. The church scene at the beginning of the book could have been edited out because it left me with more questions then anything. The scene was entertaining, but then it really didn't make any sense after that. Other parts could be expanded on, such as when Ella is asking about the history of their people. Very little history is provided.
The author seems obsessed with the use of pet names for characters and abbreviations. The word cafeteria is shortened to "caf"', not once does the author actually use the full word anywhere in this book. The characters dialogue also varies throughout the book. For some characters it can be explained away due to the number of centuries they have lived. Occasionally Ella will sound like the normal modern day 18 year old girl that she is and then later she is using terms and phrases that I have a very hard time picturing a teen using, such as calling Jaxx "my love".
Overall, I wouldn't pick this book up to read again and I probably won't even bother to purchase and read the following books in this series.