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Author : Damien Wampler

Genre : Dystopian Fantasy, YA

Rating : StarStarStar

Cover Rating : StarStarStarStar

Summary : When fifteen-year-old Sevara refuses to marry, she’s kicked out of her orphanage and left on the streets of Plexus with nothing. She doesn’t last long on the outside. Luckily, someone has been watching her.
A shapeshifting immortal gives Sevara a second chance at life, and a powerful set of gifts. But when Sevara begins a doomed love affair with the man she could have married, she must choose between protecting the city and saving the only man she’s ever loved.
This is the beginning of a fantasy adventure that will span hundreds of lifetimes.

Thoughts : I had reviewed Sevara, the comic book, earlier and I fell in love with the written portion in the back(which was the preview for this book). The author kindly sent me the book to read and review. Thank you very much, I did enjoy it a lot.

This book started off in a very beautiful way, from the orphanage which we will come to realise is a kind of solace for the girls when compared to the dangers of the outside world. The story follows Sevara through her struggles and her little moments of joy and the main part where she accidentally becomes everyone’s hero and triggers the hell that follows. There are brilliantly strong female characters and great unknown enemies and a hero/villain powerful man with varying shades of darkness and one darling “princess.” It has everything that I could have wanted in a fantasy book and had it been executed correctly, it would have been the next hunger games or whatever. Unfortunately this fell short of that mark.

The main mistakes are repetitiveness and spellings. Where one country is called Chinnai in one paragraph it’s called Chennai in another paragraph. It is ignorable but more than once is irritating; almost making you reach for a red pen and circle it. And Lief and Sevara could have been so romantic and cute had it not been for the constant repetitiveness. SPOILER. Lief discovers, at the beginning, that Sevara is not like the other girls in his country. She doesn’t take things lying down, she acts like his equal and has a sense of pride, a set of morals and a passion for life that makes him realise that he has been merely existing, not living. She is different, we get it. But if we keep reading that he realises the same things about her, upto page 200, it gets annoying. Lief dude, she’s awesome, we get it, now make your damn move. Another portion where a good friend dies and the death and mourning is given less space in the book than the introduction of the swimming pool. All these things threw me off making me feel like Sevara and Orly aren’t as humane as they are shown to be.

The romance that made me jump into this book left me feeling disappointed. Would I pick up the next book? YES! But I hope that the things I thought would happen really happen. And that the author reads more of the Hunger Games or GOT series to do what it takes to make this story get the development it deserves. Pick this up if you like strong female characters, a good diverse selection and fantasy. It’s a three star rating from me.
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