Review: Descent (Soul Keeper, #3) by L.

Descent (Soul Keeper, #3)Descent by L.A. Starkey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by L.A. Starkey in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Descent’ is the third and final novel in the ‘Soul Keeper’ trilogy, and yet I could not for the life of me give the novel a higher rating than a three star.
Ever since stumbling upon the first novel in the series, I was charmed by the idea of Greek gods and a destined love story to set things right between the wars Zeus and Prometheus waged against each other. But I’ve found that my interest and fascination with this story had slowly dwindled to a halt the further I ventured, reading, into the trilogy.

The number one thing that lowered my rating of this novel was its plot. A good plot means a good rating. However, the plot of this series began to morph I to yet another average story where yet another average main character ventures out to defeat the complication and bring about the average resolution. There was nothing that had me utterly enraptured or on the edge of my seat begging for more. I couldn’t feel the tension or the drama which the author tried to concoct. I felt that the novel progressed at a snails pace and all the events that happened, occurred for not a particularly strong one. They happened because they had to fill the novel and create what happened in the end.

The other major reason was the execution of the novel. The writing was well done, but I cannot say anything other about it. I just didn’t feel any sort of particular style with this novel nor did I feel that the prose and the dialogue between characters were particularly strong either. So many of the conversations these characters had bored me to death and wonder why the author included them. Dialogue is only included to convey important information regarding the plot. I just didn’t get that from this novel.

Chemistry is also another sore point of mine. I didn’t feel the romance between Nicolas, Marcus and Samantha. I didn’t feel their passion, nor did I feel that they were well suited for each other. The boys were overly romantic to the point of snappiness. Their love wasn’t believable. It was just a given. Fate forced them to fall in love with Sam and not because of any particular reason that Nicolas or Marcus graced upon their readers.

The resolution of the novel was also lacking. I didn’t understand how it could have been wrapped up so neatly and with no further consequences. All the trouble Nicolas, Marcus and Samantha went to ought to have been for naught. All Nicholas had to do was one obvious, simple thing and the whole story resolved itself. The happily ever after just bored me. I wasn’t happy with it. I didn’t understand why the author had taken me on such a – sometimes tedious – journey, only to wrap things up so easily.

It took me a long time to finish this novel. I picked it up half a year ago in the belief that this was the series’s saving grace. I read 39% then left it until now. The fact that there was nothing that made me want to return to this novel for half a year speaks for itself.

Congratulations to L. A. Starkey on publishing the third and final novel in the ‘Soul Keeper’ series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Destroyed (Soul Keeper, #2) by L.A. Starkey

Destroyed (Soul Keeper, #2)Destroyed by L.A. Starkey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Kat Ross in exchange for an honest review.

Review

After loving the finale of book one, ‘Decieved’ I was VERY ready to launch into this second instalment. I loved the whole Greek mythology twist that L. A. Starkey put on the series and after fan-girling over FINALLY getting to read a Pandora retelling, I was PUMPED AS!
A lot of the scenes were cute, corny and cheesy in a romantic way that made me fall totally in love with Sam’s love interests, Nick and Marcus. It was hilarious at times and I’d laugh out loud. If you’re looking for a good mix of romance, comedy and tragedy: then this series is for you!
I felt that the writing was good but that it could have been a lot better if it went through a professional editor. It felt too colloquial at times when the author was trying to make it sound formal or archaic. It drew back from what the author was trying to say and whatever emotions she was carrying across seemed to have been filtered half-way so that some scenes lost their potency.
However, there was great improvement in writing compared to the first novel. The flow of words came off as more professional, confident and mature. It sounded better and just read better in general.
A lot of the old characters returned in this instalment and some new minor ones were also introduced. I felt like the characters blended in a little with their personalities being so similar and sometimes it was hard to remember who was who. I believe that the author could have worked on her character establishment a little bit better.
On the other hand, evolvement of characters was great! They all slowly changed as the story progressed. They were very realistic in that sense!
Plot was good and I once again loved the idea behind it but I still believe that that author could have executed it in a better and a more effective way. I would sometimes get lost and feel like the novel dragged on a little. A few plot twists would have been nice and would have really spiced it up but if there were any in the novel, I wasn’t as touched or effected by them as I hoped to be.
But then! Oh my gosh! That cliff-hanger was just something. At the end I felt like the authoress was building up to that one BIG moment! I was not expecting it! I can’t wait for the final showdown in ‘Descent’!
Grammar is awesome! Everything was written well and there were no typos or spelling mistakes. Prose was good and well done.
Congratulations to L. A. Starkey on publishing the second instalment in the ‘Soul Keeper’ series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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