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Let the fantasies of the pure-of-mind Keeper and her handsome, protective Searchers begin:
Autumn’s newfound necklace activates a Window which alerts both good and evil forces of her whereabouts, as well as alerting her of atrocities in the making.
Auras, special powers, shapeshifting, and magical techniques such as Spinning and Sleeping Kisses purvey magic without transporting the reader to a state of incredulity.
Herein lie the elements which deem this novel a book worth discovering:
It is well-written and fast-paced.
Each male character is clearly delineated by his own authentic dialect, personality, and special ability.
The battles between the Searchers and Dehmons are realistic in their outcomes.
However, the universal conundrums are what won me over:
“You cannot take a young woman, put her in a house full of eligible bachelors and not expect her to fall for one. And, vice versa.” This creates tension under one roof and magnifies internal conflicts. As a result, the repercussions from the human condition of falling in love: Should Autumn lose her purity to the one she loves, she can lead a normal life, although it predisposes her to lose her power, ultimately sending six of the Searchers to their death.
The novel pivots accordingly, and nearing the end of the story, I frantically turned the pages, ever fretful of the outcome. The author’s ending left my head spinning in anticipation of Book 2, eager to make new discoveries.
I loved the character growth between Autumn and her searchers. There was great build up and once the fight sequences started, I really enjoyed the flow and progression of the story. There was a lot of description about each character and their abilities but I wish we had spent more time with them one on one. Most of the interaction between Autumn and her searchers was very relationship driven and it is important to the main story line but I was definitely hungry for more about each searcher, especially Jason, who is a major character, but we never learn much about him which was a little disappointing. This is incredibly apparent at the end of the book.
I actually loved that this story was a variation on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. What a cool concept and to throw in some curve balls and turn it into a fantasy about dehmons was original, at least for me. I haven't read anything else like this book and I enjoyed it. I loved the window, the aspect of the story where it showed them where to go next, the battle scenes, and how Autumn could progress their powers and strengthen her Searchers.
Alright, young adult fantasy can be a slippery slope. It's a genre that's over saturated and full of cliches. Having said that, this novel did not make me feel like it was too cheesy and the moments that were I enjoyed. It kept you wanting more, even with the emotional turmoil and suffering, happening often with Autumn. I did not feel like this was a love triangle story. Autumn has a clear preference although her relationship is close and loving with all of her searchers. She shares a strong bond with them that makes sense and adds to the story. In fact, its the cornerstone of the novel and very well done.
Now, one of the aspects I did not like was the lack of a focused point of view. This novel could have been enjoyed more with a consistent third person or first person POV but instead skipped around often, even in the same paragraph. I found myself confused a few times as to which character I was reading but it was easy to sort it out. The thought processes of some of the characters were similar and it was hard to tell some of the characters apart. They were a bit generic at times, especially those who were not as prominent. This is an issue when you have a lot of characters in the story, it's easy to lose a character unless they are clearly defined, and most of them were distinguishable but keeping up with a minimum of eight characters all the time was a bit overwhelming more than once.
I like a strong female heroine and Autumn did not disappoint. In fact, I loved that the female took the lead role, a great example for girls. Even the Oracle was female as women run the show in this fantasy world. The problem is that Autumn must remain pure of heart, soul, and physical body and must remain a virgin to stay the Keeper. In a society led by women, why does she have to be denied the ability to be intimate with someone she loves when the men seem to have a clear green light to do whatever they desire? Why would strong women, who have experienced this pain in the past, allow Autumn to have this level of restriction in her choices?
While I loved the story, there were a lot of descriptions in the first few chapters that seemed to spoon feed the reader instead of letting us find out on our own (show, don't tell). It was a little stilted on more than once occasion. For example, there's quite a long list of descriptions in a row regarding the looks of these seven searchers and it was hard to keep up with which guy was who. I would have preferred a description once Autumn settled down to know each guy, not all at once. They were easily confused and bit stereotypical, although for me that was not a big deal. I did find quite a few grammatical errors and words that were off but not enough to distract from the story.
I'm a romantic and I loved the romance in this book. It was enough to keep me going and interested as the story progressed. The end was not a surprise and sort of bothered me. It had been predicted for most of the book and I found it a little disappointing that Autumn could confide in her searchers about everything but she could not confide about her recurring dream. At first it seemed that she remembered it and then later it was clear she would start to forget as she woke up. I was left on the fence about this part of the story line but I can see that it's the catalyst for the next book in the series which is why not all questions are answered. I don't have an issue with that as a first book in a series is always going to leave some questions left to be covered in the sequel.
At the end, I was left with hope that the Keeper and her Searchers would persevere. I give this 4 stars. A great story and a fun young adult novel. I highly recommend it.
I've just finished this book and I have no words.
It's SO good though. Extraordinarily good.
Highs, lows, plot twists, and every emotion conceivable... this is your fate if you pick up this book. And if you do... you won't be sorry.
You will love the characters, you will love the story, you will scream and cry and try to slam on the brakes as you ride the rollercoaster of this plot. And you'll read, and read, and read, until it's done. And then you'll have no words either.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go and curl up in the corner and rock until the sequel is delivered.
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