Who is more shocked than me that I was able to write something in time to do a FridayReads post? Ah well, I got an Advanced Reader Copy and I have a review, so let’s do it.
In Courtney Dean’s The Seer’s Destiny, Eva St. John has just gotten out of an abusive marriage with a nightmare husband that doesn’t seem to want to give up. Finding out that she’s Christoff Kamanev’s True Mate was not in her plans, especially since she has no idea what that is. Christoff’s whole life is devoted to the Vampire King and his Witch Queen, and has no interest in complicating that with a mate. However, Fate has bigger plans for Eva and Christoff.
As always, Friday Reads was created by L Jones Edition to help bring new authors and genres to more people. It is by far my favorite community blogging event, and my favorite day to show off the more high profile books.
I’ve probably made this book sound better than it is with my summary. To be fair, The Seer’s Destiny had the makings to be better than it was. I joined Book Sirens at the end of February, because I told myself that I would stepup my review game and become a bookstagrammer this year, and my first ARC download was this one. The reason that I chose it was because I liked the cover, and I love black women protagonists in fantasy/supernatural genres. Also, I’ve come to realize that I really like insta-love, so the soul mate thing really is my jam.
That being said, this book was an absolute disappointment, and I can’t be bothered to read the first one to see if it was actually good enough to warrant a sequel.
You know, I hate trashing books because I know my time is coming, but it hurts my heart to know how this one turns out. In all honesty, it just moves too quickly. I don’t want to say that there’s a pacing problem, but there’s a pacing problem here. We go from one point to the other with no stops. The prologue, the setup, the meetup, the get-together, the problem, the solution, and a very hasty epilogue. There is very little development of anything here. No world-building, no character building, no relationship building, no nothing.
You just have to assume that the vampires are not of the undead kind because they can walk around in daylight, don’t have to drink blood to survive, and can apparently conceive children. The joke is, the write up for this ARC states that it can be read as a standalone. Considering the amount that the author is not telling us, that is most definitely a lie.
This novel is very promising in that it involves vampires, witches, and ancient bloodlines, but the lack of world-building fails all of these elements. The two main characters had valid reasons for not jumping into love, but we don’t really see much of a change in their characters. And you just have to accept that the relationship works because there’s a happily ever after at the end.
It’s just so frustrating, because The Seer’s Destiny should have been great. It has too many elements that should have worked, but I don’t think that the author took the time to develop any of them correctly. And what makes it worse is that the covers for this series are actually very good. I wish that some of the ebooks I’ve read had covers like this.
Such is life.
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