Friday, 29 May 2015

REVIEW: THE TETHERING - MEGAN O'RUSSELL

THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO ME FOR FREE IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT EFFECT MY OPINION IN ANY WAY.
TITLE: The Tethering
AUTHOR: Megan O'Russell
SERIES: The tethering, Book 1
PUBLISHER: Silence in the Library publishing
RELEASE DATE: October 17th 2014
PAGE COUNT: 211 pages
GOODREADS: X
MY RATING: 3.5/5 

SYNOPSIS:
All sixteen-year-old Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance.

Jacob Evans loses everything he has ever known and is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to humans. Jacob is determined to find a way to fit into Emilia’s family, but as his powers grow, so does the danger. With the death toll mounting, Jacob is accused of acts of rebel terrorism and must fight to stay in a world he’s only just beginning to discover.

When Emilia’s life is threatened, Jacob must risk everything to save her. Does he have the power to rescue her in time? And what could their survival cost?
 


MY THOUGHTS:
The Tethering isn't a book I probably would have picked up on my own (the only reason I read it was because I'm part of a blog tour for the second book in June), and having heard nothing about it I really didn't know what to expect when I started. Luckily I ended up quite enjoying it.

At just above 200 pages, The Tethering is definitely a quick read. I think it only took me about two hours in total to finish it. The length made it fast paced and prevented any moments dragging on for longer than they needed it, however it also limited how much the characters and world could be developed. This is the first book in a series, and I thought that it definitely seemed like the start of a story instead of one that could stand alone. Hopefully the future books will expand on the characters and story that were introduced in this first installment.

I found the characters to be likable for the most part, especially our protagonist Jacob, and there was a nice mix of different personalities that were really fun to read about. Unfortunately, like most aspects of the book, the characters seemed underdeveloped and lacked depth however I have a feeling that is going to change after the way this book ended. 

The fantasy world established in this book was intriguing and seemed quite original, but I didn't see enough of it to really make up my mind. Once again I want to see it be developed more in further books and fulfill the potential I think it has to be an interesting and unique fantasy world.

One of the problems I had with this book was that it was full of fantasy cliches. If you read a lot of YA fantasy books I think you'll definitely pick up on some overdone tropes, and unfortunately I didn't really think there was anything that made it stand out from other books in the genre. These cliches made the story seem quite predictable and I guessed a lot of the plot twists before they happened.

The writing in this book is simple but effective. It didn't blow me away, but it did flow well and there were some vivid descriptions that I really appreciated. 

The strongest part of The Tethering was definitely the last quarter. I found the climax to be suitably tense and action packed, and it totally set the stakes for the rest of the series. The book ended in a way that made me really want more and I'm really looking forward to reading the second book in preparation for my blog tour stop on June 2nd! 

IN CONCLUSION:
The tethering was a fun and fast paced fantasy read, but the short length meant that it lacked a lot of depth and development. Despite all my problems with this first installment I think the series has a lot of potential and I'm excited to see where the story goes in the sequel. 

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