Thursday, July 11, 2013

Review: Dissever by Colee Firman

Dissever (Unbinding Fate, #1)
Dissever by Colee Firman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Romantic and mystical...

Addy loves texting, shopping, and hanging out with her best friends, but she's not your average teenager. Growing up on the Tremain estate, she has been groomed from a young age to take over the family job of Overseer for a magical race of beings called the Akori. The only problem is that this job has never fallen to a female in the hundreds of years the Sanders family has served the Akori.

As her grandfather ails, he shifts the estate one last time to a pristine beach in Florida. Considering that the usual locales are frigid and harsh, Addy is thrilled with the move, but there's a problem. The estate has landed here before, and Addy learns that the move had little to do with chance or her grandfather's desire for a little sun.

Besides growing concerns over her grandfather's health and her looming obligations should he pass away, Addy finds herself drawn to a mysterious stranger who is in turn drawn to the estate against his will. But as their friendship grows, so does the interest of her childhood friend, Gage.

Overall, the story is well-written, the dialog flows naturally, and the plot is fresh and easy to follow. The history of the Akori and Addy's family involvement are woven into the story without lingering too long on back story in any one place. I also love how Addy and her friends are, for the most part normal teenagers, even those who are not human. There are no vampires or werewolves in this story, but the immortal and powerful Akori provide a unique stand-in for those who enjoy that genre, while providing enough of a change for those who weary of it.

I highly recommend Dissever to anyone who likes ya fantasy set in the modern day.

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