I finally finished Sleight, it felt like a really long book. I'm not reading Hallowed the sequel to Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I'm excited about it, I've read the prologue and Chapter 1 so far... I'm scared to read it due to hearing someone dies. :( I'm team Tucker so far but I hear Christian gets in the way a lot in this one.
Anyways. I am having problems with my kidneys so once I'm done with my homework for the week I should have plenty of time for reading! :) This is one I'll be anxious to finish quickly, and here is my review of Sleight, which is a good debut from Jennifer Sommersby, this is an Indie book.
Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I keep going back and forth between 3 & 4 stars. I would rate it a solid 3.5 if I could. I stumbled upon this in a contest to rate book covers. I voted for this one as most beautiful Indie cover amongst the ones in the contest and then read the information and thought the book sounded pretty good too. I did enjoy the book but felt it was too long. I found myself skimming and skipping pages that weren't necessary to the story. I would say I skipped approximately 20 pages or so that I felt unnecessary and skimmed a few more than that. It took me quite a while to get through this book. That's why I gave it the lesser rating.
The book is full of quirky characters who work at the Cinzio Circus and are settling into a town to stay. Gemma is your heroine. Henry is a local boy, the hero. There is magic and some action and blood and gore. :) There's happy and sad.
The parts that were good were amazing, for a first time author you can tell she LOVED her characters. I really enjoyed the theme and the characters as well. There weren't many plot twists, it was pretty straight forward which is fine. The characters were likeable, Gemma was a sweet heroine and Henry was a hero that I found myself liking. Gemma was soft hearted and a little bit weak but that's her character. She was beginning to become stronger in herself the further the book came along. Henry was a hero in every aspect of the word, saving the day in many ways. I found him to be one of my favorite characters in the story.
There was a lot of sadness and many characters did die. This is always sad. The book did end on a cliffhanger. I would read a sequel and am excited to see that this is titled "Book One" so hopefully that sequel is in the works! I would say this is solid work and it can only get better from here. I did even take time to read the acknowledgements in the back which is something I rarely do and found that I liked the author even more after doing so.
I give it a solid 3.5 and for the price recommend that everyone read it. You can't beat a $2.99 e-read. :) Thanks for a great first book, looking forward to the sequel!!!
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