Monday, April 28, 2014
Review: The Park Family: Lauren: The Awakening
The Park Family: Lauren: The Awakening by Lisanne Valente
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Overall, this was probably a 2.5 star read. The concept and the story in general grabbed my attention enough to request the book. It's a unique world of "Mistdreamers" that drew me in, and one I'd like to see more of in the future.
Lauren is, to be blunt, an obnoxious girl. She's whiny, spoiled, self-centered, and easy to anger. Combine that with a very unpredictably developing talent and you've got a very complicated situation. Turns out that Lauren's family has been hiding from the angels to protect their family from their meddling. The angels (aka the mistdreamer protectors) are now in a scramble to find the hidden mistdreamers, train them, and figure out who is selling their secrets to the demons. There's even a bit of an awkward love story between Lauren and her instructor, Forcas, that gives us a relatively HEA in the end.
I don't like to really focus on the negatives, but I really struggled with this book. I picked it up and put it down a number of times because it was a little difficult to get into the story. There's a lot of POV changes, oodles of characters introduced, and a very complicated world built in a short amount of time. These could all just be related to the fact that this is the first book of a series. There's a lot of work to be done and not a lot of time to do it. That being said, this is still a very good story that could really pick up in future installments. I'm never one to write off a book based on the first book of a series, and this is no exception.
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