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Another rambling review…. (Eventually, I will succumb to an organized review but until then…)
Phineas (LOVED HIM)
And many, many more
Heart (yes capitalized)
and many, many more
I loved the story. I hated the world building. In fact, there really was not much world building. It was throw-you-in-this-new-world-and you-figure-it-out. I am not a UF wimp. I have read UF books before where you have no clue what is going on but as the main character progresses through the story, you figure it out.
Here, however, the main character progresses through the story, and I’m still (even after the story is over) clueless on some of the terms, and some of the twists of the story. I know there is a book 2 but come on!
She is the main character in the story and she is a very likeable lead. She is not too ditzy to be annoying and she is not too bitchy to come across as, well, a bitch. She has a tough past causing her to make some wrong, or not well thought out decisions, and because of her carelessness, I liked her even more. She was very real.
Oh Bystion, you are a cocky incubus! I guess those go “hand in hand”! He, like Abby, is a very enjoyable character. There is a lot going on with Brystion and a lot going on behind the scenes that Abby is trying to figure out. Brystion is looking for his sister and he believes Abby is the key. The question is, what will he do to use the “key”?
The other characters
The unicorn was by far my favorite character. Oh my goodness, he made the book. Very funny, very sarcastic, and very, very unlike the unicorns we know from our childhood (unless you are reading pornographic unicorn stories as a child that is).
I wish that the author took the time to develop her world better. She stuffed so much into this book. It was clear that she was trying to move the story along without developing the “whys” behind the story.
I wish that the world building did not turn me off to the great storyline. I eventually ignored the terms such as touchstone, keystone, Dreamer, Dreamwalking, so I could just enjoy the story. While I thought the basic story was good, not knowing what was going on made me feel like it wasn’t a UF book.
Characters- 5 out of 5 stars
Storyline- 4 out of 5 stars
Worldbuilding- 2 out of 5 stars
Overall- 3.5 out of 5 stars