Monday, 11 March 2013

Review: All that we see or seem by Tempest C Avery

Title: All that we see or seem
Author: Tempest C Avery
Publisher: Self-published
Rating: 3/5 stars

Lily Bryg is a seventeen year old witch. She doesn't always know what that means, or how to control it, but she does know that to most, it paints a pretty little target over her forehead. If that's not bad enough, Ronan an evil king who believes she's his soul mate has been stalking her in her dreams. Should she fight Ronan and risk everything, or give up her freedom to possibly save her friends?  
And what about Larkin, the attractive shape shifter who sparks a strong sense of deja vu within her? He claims they knew each other in her past life, but how could she trust something she can't remember? Dodging witches, demons, faeries, dragons, and much, much more, the Four are just beginning to realize that having power comes with a lot of responsibility. And sacrifice. But one question stands out among the rest, haunting Lily through out the nights and days. Should she fight Ronan and risk everything, or should she give up her freedom to the gorgeous, yet wicked, king in order to possibly save her friends?

(From Goodreads)

My thoughts:

I received this as an e-copy from Goodreads via the Author.
Before reading, the synopsis did draw me in. However, I was let down, which is really disappointing.
For some reason, the writing style didn't grab me and keep my attention in ways that I wanted. I kept getting lost and confused, and I guess that the writing was the reason. It did take me a while to read, unfortunately.
I started out listing spelling and grammar mistakes so that I could tell the author on a side, "Just to let you know, on location so-and-so, there was a spelling/grammar mistake" and not let it cloud my judgement. However, there were so many mistakes, I gave up listing them. It did let me down, as I was trying to enjoy the story, and got distracted by it.
On a plus side, I did like the characters and their relationships. I thought the main character Lily was strong and independent and admired her courage.
The story had a great deal of action at the beginning, and the ending leads me to wanting to read the next book. You tease, ending, you tease!
I like the cover to the novel. It has a simple mirror effect. Not sure if that means there are two sides to one girl, but it seems interesting enough. The structure to the book is nice as the chapters aren't too long.
Overall, I gave this book three out of five stars because it didn't grab me enough, it lacked in certain places, and there were some spelling and grammar mistakes which did annoy me.
If you like mythical/supernatural creatures and beings like witches, werewolves, faeries, dragons and evil princes, then give it a try.

Happy reading =)


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