- File Size: 701 KB
- Print Length: 168 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692498389
- Publisher: Brown Wing Press (May 10, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 10, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00X4YE5QY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,569 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Tessili Academy (Chronicles of the Tessilari Book 1) Kindle Edition
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First off, the storyline itself is one I’ve never gravitated toward and usually find uninteresting. It’s basically about girls locked away in an academy where the staff/organization essentially trains/experiments on them. It has a very young adult feel, which is also a genre I’ve yet to become actively in love with though I admittedly haven’t put much effort into doing so. Those two things alone are going to distance me from the book. Personally, I felt the blurb was a tad misleading. Sure the girls might hunt, but we never go with them on a hunt, so it’s really not as in the forefront as the blurb led me to believe.
Now, if you’ve read my reviews, you’ll know I’m a character reader. I love me some tormented, thrown through the ringer characters. I love all that inner turmoil they endure. Those doubts and angst. The problem for me in this book is that the characters don’t remember. They’re kinda out of it. They have no clue what’s going on around them. Well, without that connection, I have nothing to really latch on to. Yeah, their situation sucks. It’s not nice what’s being done to them. But I know that. I’m not feeling it from them. I will say that about two-thirds of the way into it, I started to get what I needed, but it was too late to draw me into the story.
The world isn’t explored. We’re solely at the academy, which is described well enough. I wouldn’t say it’s fleshed out completely for those who love detailed worlds, but it’s done with enough depth to satisfy me.
For the first two-thirds of the book, I admit I was ready for things to move along. It was a bit too much setup for my taste. I knew enough pretty early on and felt grounded in their day to day. There wasn’t a lot of action in the beginning, so it made it drag that much more for me.
Now, all those things had it very close to falling into my indifferent category. What saved it were a few details and the writing itself.
First, the tessili creatures were adorable. I like animals so the little guys captured my attention immediately. Second was the writing itself. It was smooth, accessible, and wove nice pictures in my head without giving me paragraphs of descriptions. Case in point were the tessili. Stephen never delivered a huge description of the tessili. She gave it to me in a sentence here and there, but built the image in just a few short paragraphs, woven in seamlessly with the other content. Lastly, the ending really did pick up. It left me with a better feeling than when the story started and I think ultimately saved this from what I’d call just a run-of-the-mill story.
So, overall, if this book has sparked a tiny bit of interest in you, I’d recommend picking it up. It’s cheap and short and I don’t regret reading it in the least. It’d be a great way to spend time on a short trip.
This was a good first book in a series, with enough details and other action and plot lines to make it interesting. While the premise isn't unheard of, it is not so redundant as to take away from the book in any way. I like it enough to really want to read the rest of the series!
My copy came from Story Cartel. I was not required to leave a review, I did so of my own free choice. My opinions are my own.
I liked the themes, characters and setting of this book however I felt like I had read the first few chapters of a book that was going to be a good. It was missing backstory and some character development. I found out after that fact that it is a "novella" and has future parts. I must admit that I typically don't like short stories or novellas so that probably biased my review. I was given access to the second "novella" (see separate Review on Tessili Rogue) and then I began to really like the story. My opinion is they should have been combined into one book.