Saturday, May 4, 2013

Book Review: The Taker by Alma Katsu

The Taker (The Taker #1)The Taker by Alma Katsu
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Alma Katsu's book The Taker is all about immortality and the price people pay if they want to live forever. The story revolves around a girl named Lanore and the challenges she had to face in her life. She is madly in love with Jonathan, the son of the richest family in their small village, who just can't seem to stop himself from getting involved with women. Although they become close friends, Lanny finds herself loving Jonathan more than he could ever love her.

The story is divided into 2 parts where Lanny has been caught by the police for murdering a man and the Lanore of her distant past. She is narrating her story to Luke whom she befriends. The two of them find themselves drawn together by major events in their lives.

One of the reasons why I liked this book is that the immortal characters have no superpowers. They are people who have found themselves in situations that made them into what they are. Although there is some sorcery or necromancy within the story, it does not involve magic wands or other fantastic feats. The characters find themselves changed after being made immortal but the changes are not that major which can be a relief.

There are also elements of sex and sadism woven into the story but they are not too graphically described as many other books though there are some readers who may feel a bit put-off. There are also descriptions of cruelty which may not go down well with many readers. Having said that, the story is engaging and has twists and turns that can only be described as unexpected.




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Book Review: Everville -- The First Pillar by Roy Huff

The First Pillar (Everville, #1)The First Pillar by Roy Huff
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The First Pillar by Roy Huff is a young adult fantasy novel. The story is about a young man named Owen Sage. He has just started college with his two friends, Anika and Dante. However, he finds himself transported into the world of Everville where he meets the Keeper and the Fron who need his help to fight off Them. The Keeper had previously brought balance back to Everville while he was still a young Fron named Caerwin.

The story is somewhat exciting if it were not so clipped and seemingly disjointed. Most of the twists and turns are rather predictable and even anticlimactic. There are times, while I was reading the book, that I felt there were things missing. The characters also seem to be underdeveloped. It is however, a good first attempt and I am hoping that the sequel will be more exciting with more developed characters.

The book will appeal to a lot of people who enjoy reading teen fantasy novels. I, though, can only give it two stars. That is not to say that the book is bad. It is an okay read but at times I felt it was more of a children's book that one meant for young adults.


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