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Series: Otherborn #1
Published on February 20, 2018
Published by Skyscape
“Gossip Girl meets Percy Jackson in the glitz and grit of L.A...."
In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.
Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party — one that turns out to be a trap.
Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted — especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.
As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out who to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing's for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.
I think this series has good promises, but somewhere in the middle of reading this book, I began to lose my interest. It may have something to do with the pace of the book, the lack of word building, and also the story plot itself. At one point I did stop reading, and wasn’t sure I want to finish it.
When I started this book I was excited to learn about the world of Fire and Bone and the connection with the Celtic gods and goddesses. As I’ve been reading mostly high fantasy books, I was ready for something more modern. But while I was reading, I did not find what I was looking for. For the most part I thought the world building was unorganized, and very often I felt disconnected with the story and wondered what was going on. The story did start out decent, and I was curious about the dreams that Sage was having. But as the dream began to unfold, I found myself becoming less and less invested in the story. In the end, I didn’t care for the story plot nor the characters.
Throughout the book, I have struggled to make connections with each of the characters. I thought Sage was just an okay character, she didn’t leave me with a strong an impression. I wanted to learn more about her potential, but was introduced with her creepy stalker and strange dreams. With Faelan, I wanted to learn more about his background, but the book was focused mostly on his inner struggles with Sage, which left me mostly annoyed with his POVs. I actually did liked Kieran’s character, but have wished the story didn’t portray him the way it did.
I didn’t like the romance connections, from early on I immediately knew who was the potential love interests, and I was not too impressed. To me it was too early and there was a lack of connections, which made it hard to believe.
Overall, I liked the concept and the promises of this book, but it did take me a while to finish this book. By the time I finished this book, I was somewhat disappointed with the story, which didn’t quite delivered the way I have wanted.