Sunday, October 21, 2012

Book review: New Dawn by Ann H. Barlow

Author: Ann H. barlow
Title: A new Dawn
Series: The guardian Chronicles #1
Genre: Paranormal young adult
My copy: PDF recieved by author for review
Purchase: AMAZON
My rating: 2.5/5 stars


Sahara Driver can’t seem to get it right, but very soon Sahara is about to discover just why terrible things continue to happen to her.

After walking away from an abusive relationship Sahara seemed to have turned a corner, but there are unexplained events that the young artist cannot ignore.
When she reaches out her hand and objects seem to come to her at will Sahara tries to fob it off as her vivid imagination. After all how can an ordinary young girl suddenly possess supernatural powers?
When she hears a voice in her head, Sahara puts it down to a few too many glasses of wine.
It’s not until an evil face in the form of a dark cloud appears in her kitchen she acknowledges there is something extremely sinister going on.
Now she must face the monster that is pursuing her and her only ally is the voice in her head she can no longer ignore. Sahara must prepare to free her benefactor Romero – A Guardian who has been sent to earth to protect mankind from the fallen Guardian Barak, who is set to destroy civilisation and plunge mankind back into the darkness of the 12th Century.
With danger lurking in every shadow, Sahara must develop her newly found powers and carry out her charge, or the world that we know will be lost.

My thoughts:

I really hate this, I hate giving bad reviews. I wish I could just give everyone 5 stars but that wouldn´t be very honest, now would it?  Ever once and again you get a book for review that you just don´t like all that much. This was one of those books. I really thought I would like it. The synopsis sounded promising so Of course I wanted to give it a chance. But it ended up being a 2 or 2.5 at the very most. I am going to tell you why.

The idea of this book is a good one, I really believe in that. But, and here comes the but, it was very confusing. There were a lot of characters to deal with in this book. It was like every character was the main character or perhaps that everyone was side characters because it didn´t really feel like there was a main character. Well logically I know it was about Sahara but but it really was about everyone in the book. The strory is written in third person but from every character´s  point of view, when they enter the scene, and when I say everyone I mean everyone. It is impossible to keep track of everyone that is introduced in this book. And the story just keeps jumping from character to character and back again. And from place to place. I just feel like to much is happening to too many people. 

OMG did that even make any sense? 

And because of the fact that there so many people and so many events happening in this book it felt kind of  skin-deep. I wanted more depth in this story, so it fell kind of flat to me.

The main character Sahara is a strong woman and she has to face a lot of heart ache but I didn´t really feel it from her and I think that´s because the author is more focused on the events in this book than on the people of this book if that makes any sense?

I would not really recommend this book unless you like this sort of story. I don´t and I was about to gave up a few times and it took me nearly a month to read this and that is a long time for me. I usually read a book in a few days.

1 comment:

Elisabeth said...

I'm sorry you didn't like this one! It always sucks when a book doesn't grab us like we hoped. :(