Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday Pages: ARC Review of Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton!!

Hello guys!

Happy Saturday! Today I'm reviewing yet another ARC as this week's Saturday Pages because I'm trying really hard to finally catch up with my NetGalley ratio, but seems that everytime I approach 80% I get approved for something else! Must resist requesting!

As an ARC this one is also part of my 105 Challenge and the review category!




Seeker (Seeker, #1)Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I wasn't entirely sure when I requested Seeker if I was going to like it, since it was clear there was gonna be a love triangle, but it sounded like a very interesting fantasy so I decided to give it a try!

When I started reading I got rather confused at first because the world seemed to be a mix of fantasy and science fiction and it was a bit disconcerting at first. The change of POVs at first also didn't work too well for me, because I had no idea what kind of world this was, what the heck was going on or why we kept on changing POVs. When I thought I was getting the hang of Quin's voice, then we'd switch to John and his jaded attitude and secrets will confuse me yet again.

That kept on going on during the first half of the book when I kept on reading because I was intrigued but felt that the pacing was rather slow and we were getting too many pieces without a clue of how to put them together, but then the second half picked up speed in a BIG way!

Things change quite a lot, John seems to turn against his previous friends, Quin loses her memory and Shinobu turns to drugs to avoid is memories and his guilt. Then as Quin starts recovering her memories we start getting much more informationa and all the pieces we had for the puzzle start getting together and we seem to understand what is going on with the Seekers, really, learn more about their history, even if there are still many holes.

I was glad when the POV of the Young Dread was included because through her we got more background history for the Seekers and the Dreads, and it was really interesting. And adds quite a lot to the grey areas of the book, because in this one you are never sure who is in the right. John might be the bad guy, but if you think of his past and what's going on, his behaviour is more understandable.

The love triangle was something that bothered me a bit, but strangely enough not as much as I would have expected, but I'm not entirely sure of what will happen in the next book. I'm not particularly pro or against any of the two guys, but maybe I might be a bit more pro Shinobu than John.

Disconcerting at first but then quite fascinating, I am looking forward to more answers in the next book! 3.5 stars to this one!



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20 comments:

  1. I'm very curious about this one--I've seen a mix of reviews so I really don't know if I'll like it or not. I'm glad you did in the end! This makes me think I will too

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    1. Just make sure you can dedicate time to it, because it's up to a rough start! But I think it's a very intriguing book!

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  2. I've seen some disappointing reviews so it's good to know that you enjoyed it! Not sure if I'll pick this one up cause it does sound confusing haha.

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    1. It was a bit confusing at first indeed!

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  3. I definitely agree about the beginning - it was a bit confusing and a bit boring (like, it dragged for me). I wasn't entirely invested until perhaps when that huge and life-changing thing happens to Quinn and she's in a different place, without Shinobu. Like you said, the love triangle didn't bother me as much as I thought it would - mostly because I could see where it was going, in terms of this book. Hopefully the author shuts the door on the love triangle after this book.

    Anyway. Fabulous review, Pili!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Yep, it was dragging at first, and a bit confusing! And I was also surprised about how little the love triangle bothered me in the end!
      Thank you Alyssa!

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  4. I saw this as a Read Now, and didn't know if I should download it or not and really screw my Netgalley percentages after getting Shadow Scales. Lol. I don't think a 3.5 rated boom would be worth it.

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    1. Oh well, my percentages on NG never seem to last on the 80% because I keep requesting stuff, bad Pili!

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  5. I just read and reviewed this one for my blog today. I have to say though that I was not a fan. There were just too many unanswered questions and I couldn't connect with any of the characters. I am glad you enjoyed it though.

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    1. Very true Cynthia, there are many questions unanswered in this one, but in my case it was more to keep me intrigued rather than annoyed!

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  6. Great review Pili. <3 I'm glad you ended up enjoying this book so much :) It doesn't sound like something I would enjoy at all, lol, despite that gorgeous cover :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this book sweetie. <3

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    1. Yeah, I don't think you'd like this book at all sweetie!
      Thank you for always visiting the blog Carina!

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  7. Oh I'm so glad you enjoyed this one!! I've heard quite a bit of mixed things about it, so glad the second half was better! Lovely review <33

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    1. Thank you Rachel! I am a bit mixed myself with this one, but in the end I'm quite satisfied with the book!

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  8. You go girl!! I wanted to read this but simply didnt have time. Im so glad you enjoyed it though so I will keep it in the que for sure.

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    1. Thank you, Britt! Maybe wait till we get the sequel at hand! ;)

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  9. I love it when a book is exactly like that - when there are so many angles and so many perspectives it's hard to pinpoint which is the good side or the bad side. I'll read this just for that!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Make sure to be warned that there is a potentially annoying love triangle Faye!

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  10. I only scanned this one, b/c I'll be reading it myself some time in the next week, but I'm glad you liked it. I have high hopes myself (b/c triangles don't bother me . . . unless they do . . . HOPEFUL *snickers*). I'm trying not to psych myself out though, b/c I've apparently become very hard to please on the YA fantasy front. o.O

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    1. I cannot wait to hear what you'll think of this one Jessica! Be forewarned though, this is an odd mix of fantasy & science fiction elements!

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