Indie Book Review · January 2015 Reviews · Series/Trilogies

Book Review: Seed (Keepers of Genesis I)

Author: DB Nielsen
Pages: 432
Published: May 7, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Rating: 3/5

Seed is book one in the Keepers of Genesis series by DB Nielsen. I read this book as our first pick for the Indie Book Club.

Sage and her twin sister have grown up immersed in a world of history. Their father has worked for museums their whole life and his job has taken them around the world. While visiting her dad in the museum, Sage stumbles into her father’s office only to discover that her father and a group of other museum workers hovered around a strange looking artifact on her dad’s desk. After quickly shooing Sage out of his office and then punishing her when he got home from work, Sage decides she has to go back to the museum and find out more about what she saw.

The mysterious St. John Rivers works for her father in the museum and had a pretty strange introduction to Sage where he began reciting Shakespeare to her. Sage and St. John then embark on a journey together through London uncovering secrets to a world Sage never thought possible.

Now to be honest, I had a lot of problems with this novel. The biggest problem was also the best part of the novel which was the amount of historical detail. After about 30% of the novel I began only reading the dialogue and yet still felt as if I wasn’t missing anything.

Another issue I had with the novel was the main plot. It felt incredibly jumbled and a little too radical for me. At one point I realized that I was rolling my eyes every time something new happened because it became too unbelievable. Now I understand that this is a paranormal world and thus things extend beyond the typical range of beliefs, however, this felt like it was reaching.

The writing was excellent and I did enjoy reading about the characters, but a lot of the main plot points kept taking me out of the story and if it weren’t for the book club, I’m not sure that I would have finished the novel. =/

However, even with all that I will continue on with this series because I do want to see where the author will take Sage’s character.

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January 2015 Reviews

Book Review: City of Stairs

Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Pages: 452
Published: September 9, 2014
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Rating: 5/5

Robert Jackson Bennett very quickly is becoming a favorite of mine. City of Stairs was absolutely brilliant and by far the best fantasy stand-alone novel I have ever read.

Shara Thivani is assigned to investigate the murder of a not so well liked professor that has been investigating the forbidden history of the Divinities. All that anyone knows is that decades ago they were allowed to worship the Divinities with no issue, then suddenly the Divinities were miraculously defeated by the Kaj. Since then, there have been rumors that some of the Divinities survived, but to speak of them is illegal.

Now Shara is tasked with finding the professors killer while uncovering the mysteries that have plagued Bulikov since the murder of the Divinities.

An absolutely fantastic novel. I will be reading everything this author writes for years to come. The plot is hard to describe without giving too much away, so I highly recommend you just dive right into this novel with not much background.

Exciting New Releases! · January 2015 Reviews

First Book Review of 2015! Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

Author: Sarah Negovetich
Pages: 320
Published: December 4, 2014
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Rating: 4/5

That was awesome.

Rebecca and Cheryl are your average 16 year old girls. Except that they live in a country where once you turn 16 you are forced to attend a ceremony where you are either Accepted as a member of society or Rejected to the PIT because you may or may not have a propensity for crime. At least, those are the reasons that the Cardinal has given for why people are sent to the PIT.

Rebecca believed she had nothing to worry about and would easily get Accepted, but all that changed when the lights on the Machine flashed red indicating that she was to be banished to the PIT. Now forced to live the life of a “criminal” in horrible poverty, Rebecca must figure out how to survive with nothing and no one to help her. That is, until she sees a familiar face also living in the PIT.

Eric was the first one to ask her for a dance at the ceremony and she knew right away that he was perfect for her. Now with Eric by her side and a few of his friends, it seems like maybe life in the PIT won’t be so bad. Or will it?

An awesome dystopian novel, I devoured Rite of Rejection in two sittings because I needed to know what would happen next. The only reason I didn’t give this book a 5 was because some of the main plot points were a little predictable which kind of took me out of the moment. However, this book was still fantastic and I could definitely see it being the start to a series.

Highly recommend!