Sunday, July 15, 2018

Phoenix (The Legends of Peradon #1) Review

Phoenix (The Legends of Peradon #1)
By: Daccari Buchelli

No power is greater than the one you’re willing to sacrifice. 

Princess Violetta Flame lives her life according to rule, but those rules require her to pay a heavy price. Haunted by a devastating loss, she longs for freedom. When a handsome ruler takes a special interest in her, she senses greater things lie ahead, but behind the handsome façade lies a dark secret – one that can usurp her efforts and cast her back into the life she detested.

The throne was never promised to Emperor Ryore Frost, but now that he has ultimate power, his world is filled with possibilities. Citizens bow at his feet, but their fleeting adoration is no match for his obsession with the young Flame Princess. As his feelings for the staunchly independent princess grow, a new threat emerges, bent on undermining his efforts and betraying his sensibilities.

When past tragedies, malevolent behaviour, and strong wills collide, which will reign supreme?

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am going to begin this review with an apology to the author. I take the commitment between the author who gives me a free copy of their book, and myself who assures to read the book and give honest feedback very seriously, and am grateful for the opportunity. I acknowledge the angst and trust that the author may feel in giving me such a task as they don't know me or what kinds of books I like. The author runs the risk of me hating their work and telling anyone and everyone I know how terrible it is. Of course, there's also the flip side where I love the book and sing it's praises everywhere I can. Obviously we know which type of reaction the author would love for us all to have. Unfortunately in this particular case, I do not fall into the latter category.

In fact this was one of the very few times where I actually had to give this book up because I cannot stand the way it is written and because of the writing style I was unable to submerse myself in it or even become interested in the characters at all. I made it halfway through the book. Long enough to discover the characters, the setting and the conflict. However, after I recognized everything I knew about the book thus far, I came to the realization that I didn't care to read on to find out what happens next.

The writing style is choppy, jumping forward in time for many chapters, some consecutive and some not, the author establishes conflict quickly enough but doesn't build on his characters personalities enough for the reader to empathize with them. There were times in the first few chapters where I actually had to go back to the previous chapter because I felt I had missed something. The author had, in my opinion, established a villain, but then in the next couple of chapters mentioned that the character had died. It left me completely puzzled but I resolved to keep going thinking there would be an interesting twist to look forward to. At chapter 15 I still had not discovered any sort of twist. 

The main character Violetta was dull and flighty. We see her meet Ryore fleetingly and while she finds him physically attractive there is really nothing to their interaction, in fact they barely speak. But then we see her looking back on the communication between the two of them with some sort of reverence that I failed to understand. How can she find herself infatuated with someone she barely spoke to enough to over shadow the interest she felt in another male whom she actually knew? I understand that this was a fantasy novel therefore clearly not realistic, but the interactions between the characters could be made to feel authentic at least. 

I am not going to give this book a rating, as I did not finish it and to rate it based on the half I did read would be unfair to the author. I normally would have persevered in finishing this but my TBR pile has become so large that spending time forcing myself to read a book I'm not enjoying doesn't make sense and isn't fair to all the other author's awaiting my feedback.

Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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