Rook by J.C. Andrijeski

Like most humans Allie’s spent her life distancing herself from Seers, a race of human-like beings discovered on Earth in the early 1900s. That changes after catching her boyfriend in the arms of a hot band groupie, and Allie goes from San Francisco artist slacker to the girl wearing the GPS anklet in about sixteen seconds. That’s the least of her problems, though, compared to the shock of discovering who—and what—she really is.

Yanked out of her life by the mysterious Revik, Allie finds out that her blood may not be as indisputably human as she always thought. Through Revik she learns the truth: that Seers are nothing like she thought, that the world is nothing like it appears to be…and that she has far more in common with Seers than she ever wanted to believe.

Now on the run from a group of anti-human, terrorist Seers called Rooks and her own human government, Allie must learn to navigate a secret shadow world behind her own, a world filled with superhuman Seers with their own battles raging…and their own agendas around the fate of humanity. When Allie’s family and friends get dragged into that war, things suddenly get a lot more personal, and Allie learns she may be the only one who can stop it.

My grandmother warned me once that nothing in life is ever secure. No matter how stable, boring or predictable the different components may seem…everything can be gone with a single bad decision.

This is the type of book that people will absolutely love. The world building was absolutely amazing! I have never read a book like this where there is so much detail put into the world building. Considering the author had to show the differences between humans and seers this was no easy task. The seers have their own myths, history, world, and language that is completely beyond humans and what they can comprehend and the author pulled it off magnificently. Andrijeski has taken aspects of different religions and cultures and created a unique ideology for this world. The interwoven lives of these two species is revealed and showcased in amazing plot twists! The concept is so original there is no other book I have read that can be compared to this one. The character development was also off the charts. Each character was  important to the story. For example Revik has such a complex history that he could easily have a story of his own. The dynamics and relationships of the Seers like Vash, Terian, and Gailath is something all together amazing by itself. As for bad guys Terian has to be the creepiest one I have ever read in a story like this. His ability to split himself into different bodies is exciting and crazy at the same time. Allie is one of the most likeable females characters I’ve come across is some time. She is such a smart ass and so clueless about who is she is that her behavior is laugh out loud funny and yet you empathize with her as well. She has been thrown into a world where even though she is a Seer she is still something different. Even within their world. She is trying to navigate being the Bridge and what that means while dealing with Revik and their relationship and lack thereof.

I give this story 3/5 rating. While the world building is great, it is also very confusing. Added with the fact that the point of view switches and it takes a while to get used to it. I was a little more than halfway through the story before I was really able to understand what was going on. There were times in the book where things went on for too long for me and big questions where addressed but never fully explained. Such as the marriage of Allie and Revik. I don’t understand why it happened, how it happened, or why it was a big secret from Allie. Or why it was they got nauseas around each other.

Overall it really was an good story. I will be reading the rest of the series to find out how everything turns out and I would recommend this book.

Love, Greater Than Infinity by Cora Avondale

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Teddy Mulligan is a keeper who never intended to fall in love with Gracie Harris. In a Universe in which all events are predetermined, keepers must honor the mandates of the Dimension Council and assist in the fulfillment of their assignments’ Destinies. For this reason, Teddy must suppress his forbidden feelings or else risk losing his post as Gracie’s keeper.
But when Teddy discovers that Gracie’s Destiny includes marrying Mr. Wrong, Teddy is forced to make a fateful choice: remain loyal to his keeper oath or intervene to change Gracie’s Destiny forever.

Teddy was first to set things in motion. He turned to Gracie and whispered into her defeated soul. Tell the truth Gracie.

This book was one that I unfortunately couldn’t get into. One problem I had was that everything was told through Teddy’s perspective. I would’ve liked to experience Gracie’s life through her own eyes. Maybe known a little bit more about her through her words.  I understand it’s about how Teddy feels as a Keeper but maybe interchanging viewpoints could’ve added something to the story. Another reason it fell short for me was because it reminded me of Dream Weavers by Su Williams, which I love, and this felt like a lighter version of it minus the magic and vampires. So I think the comparison to that series limited my ability to like this book. I did think the overall concept was interesting though and found myself hoping that Teddy was going to be able to show himself to Gracie. The story flow didn’t progress smoothly for me either. There were a lot of time jumps and I would’ve like to see how Teddy watched her grow up not and started developing a bond. In her adolescence we only see him be there for her when her dad dies.
I did like the twist ending and thought it put an interesting spin on the story. However, I also felt like the book should’ve continued. I just didn’t think this was the type of story to carry into a series and could’ve been a stand alone book. I’ll probably read the rest of the series just to see how it all turns out in the end but this book just wasn’t for me. Overall I would give it a 2.5/5. It was a nice easy breezy romance and time killer.