Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My Soul Immortal (Fated Eternals) / Jen Printy


Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Romance

Approximate word count: 85-90,000 words

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Author:

“Jen [Printy] lives with her husband, two daughters, and diva dog Cookie in southern Maine, where she loves spending time [with] friends and family, finding treasures along the seashore, or enjoying a Guinness at her favorite local pub.”

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Description:

“Jack’s immortality is exposed when he prevents a liquor store heist, forcing him to flee to protect his secret—a secret not even he understands. But when he meets Leah Winters—a mirror image of his decades-lost love, Lydia—his very soul is laid bare. He begins to question his sanity. Is she real, and if so, what does that mean for Jack and his secret?

Jack’s not the only mystery man in town. A stranger named Artagan hints at knowledge Jack is desperate to possess. But can he trust Artagan, or does the dark newcomer harbor deadly secrets of his own?

As Jack’s bond with Leah grows, so does the danger to her life. Jack must discover just how much he is willing to risk in order to save the woman he already lost once.”

Appraisal:

I loved the beginning of this story, it pulled me right in. But somewhere along the way I got frustrated with Jack's bemoaning his torturous immortal existence. The story is told through Jack's eyes, it is his voice that didn't resonate with me. I couldn't like him, he came across as weak and whiny, but full of bluster.

This is a tale of star-crossed lovers with a unique twist. Upon relocating to Portland, Maine, Jack meets Leah, who looks exactly like his lost love Lydia. I liked Leah, she was smart, innocent, and head-strong. Her brother, Grady, added dimension to both her character and to Jack's. I liked all the secondary characters, anything that took Jack out of his own thoughts was a plus for the story. 

The author had a nice command with her descriptive prose, her writing placed you directly into the scenes. But then Jack would start in on his woe-is-me, my poor lonely heart, I don't deserve to be happy, I am such a pathetic loser... When Artagan, a relative of Death, finally shows up, he spoon feeds Jack some answers. At this point I threw my hands in the air. As you can tell, I was frustrated, which does mean I was involved in the story.  I will say that if you can get through the first three quarters of this book without giving up, you will find things start falling into place. The twists that Ms. Printy exposes makes this a better story than just about the star-crossed lovers as it started out. Perhaps this is because the focus shifts and becomes much larger than Jack.

In the larger picture we start to see how the most powerful of the immortals use the weaker as pawns in their own power plays. Artagan is perhaps the most interesting character and it will be interesting to see where the story goes from here. I wouldn't really call the ending a cliffhanger but I will say the whole game is about to change.

Format/Typo Issues:

My review is based on an ARC version.


Rating: *** Three Stars

2 comments:

Jen Printy said...

Thanks for having me on your blog.
Jen

?wazithinkin said...

Thank you for dropping in and commenting, Ms. Printy. I do think this series has promise and look forward to watching the series develop.