May 14, 2013

Review: Inception (The Reaping Chronicles #1)

Inception (The Reaping Chronicles #1) by Teal Haviland
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Release Date: April 29, 2013
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Book Description:

The world is in danger. Mankind is sinking deeper into darkness it cannot understand.

Demons are easily capturing souls as they lead men and women down dangerous paths from which there is no return, while Javan, one of the Fallen, seeks an ancient book and the power it promises. If he succeeds, humans — and the world as they know it — will be destroyed.

There is someone who is capable of stopping Javan . . .

If she discovers him in time.

Gabrielle is one of the most powerful angels ever created, her job one of the most important. She has come to Earth to learn more about humans and what influences them, and to fight evil she sees growing at an alarming rate. She soon finds herself carelessly distracted with one human in particular, however. Lucas Watkins holds a promise of peace and love for Gabrielle that she never believed she could have again.

As feelings between her and Lucas become more than she can deny, so do the dangers mounting against him. After discovering who Lucas is, and the choice he faces, she realizes Darkness will come for him through demons and fantastical beings he thought only existed in his imaginings — forcing fairytales to become his reality.

Caught between her new mortal ties and ancient immortal responsibilities, Gabrielle must race against what seems to be an ever-quickening clock to learn what she needs to know, protect Lucas, uncover Javan’s plan, and find a way to stop him and all who live in Shadows.

Things become more complex than she ever anticipated, her decisions more critical, and what begins as a quest for information rapidly places her in an even more crucial position within the longest and most important war ever waged.

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“Time. It can shadow what needs to be concealed-forgotten-or cast light on what needs to be revealed. And only as it passes, will we know what we’ve reaped from those things we’ve sown.” –Teal Haviland

I received a copy of Inception by Teal Haviland from Inkslinger book promotions in exchange for an honest review and honestly I’m having trouble putting my thoughts into words. Inception follows the story of Gabrielle, the Angel of Karma, and her journey to understand and save humanity.

Haviland is a good writer. She has the ability to paint a picture with just enough detail that your imagination can pretty much fill in the blanks creating this magical and heavily world where anything and everything can happen.
I enjoyed this story, I did, but I also felt like it dragged on way too long. While I know it takes time to create a world and develop characters I felt like the book didn’t really pick up until chapter 37, which is about halfway through the book. Once we hit chapter 37 things start happening fast and its chaos, not the writing, but the stuff going on with Gabrielle, Lucas, Javan and the rest of characters.

I enjoyed reading chapters from different perspectives. Seeing thing from Lucas’s point of view and Javan’s was especially interesting. I was definitely surprised with how things ended up and what happened with the book. I’m not sure I like the path Lucas seems to be heading, but that’s my opinion. The story in itself was incredibly compelling.

I could have done with fewer descriptions in the first several chapters, but I understand the need to build things up. All in all this was a unique and heavy read, with great character development and a few twists to spare.

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Author Bio:

Teal Haviland lives in Tennessee with her daughter and her four-legged friends. She enjoys photography, travel, reading, music, cooking, daydreaming, writing (of course), and above all spending time with her family and friends.

Teal grew up with a love for anything fantastical or outrageous. After years of dreaming of worlds where fairies, angels, demons, and shape shifters (to name a few) exist, she finally decided to begin writing her stories down. Inception, book one in her series The Reaping Chronicles, is her first published novel.


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