Monday, 22 April 2013

Amber Frost (The Lost Magic # 1) by Suzi Davis - Book Review

Title: Amber Frost (The Lost Magic # 1)
Author: Suzi Davis
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: 2011 (2010)
Pages: 316
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

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 Grace Lynn Stevenson is an eighteen year old girl who recently moved with her wealthy, but busy parents to a new city. She's popular, pretty and rich - what more could a girl want? But deep down, she's sad, lonely and plagued by nightmares. When she meets Sebastian Caldwood at her new private school, she's inexplicably drawn to him and his strange tattoos. Sebastian always gets what he wants - he simply has to wish it; but he's fighting his own inner demons, and struggling to remember a past that eludes him. When he remembers that he is much older than he looks, he realizes that he's seen many people live and die, including Grace.Once Sebastian realizes his true nature and finds what he has been searching for the past hundreds of years, he also realizes that it is now up to him to protect Grace from the dangers that have plagued them throughout eternity. (Goodreads Synopsis)

There were times when I really enjoyed Amber Frost and would get into the story and be keen to turn the page and find out what would happen next. But then something jarring would happen, yanking me back to reality and annoying me. The main reasons this would happen were:
1) Dialogue - at times the dialogue just felt really unrealistic and I just couldn't imagine anyone saying it, let alone an eighteen-year-old girl; and
2) Repetition - at times it seemed I was reading the same scene over and over again as the characters went through the same ideas and conversations without any advance in the story.

That said, this book does have an interesting story idea and, though annoying at times, Sebastian and Grace are mostly okay characters. I have the two other books in the series here to read and I am interested to see where Davis will take the story. I am hoping some of the kinks in this first book will be ironed out for the next two instalments.

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