13 April 2015

Book Review: The Tears of the Unicorns I - Temptation, Stephanie Rose

Title: The Tears of the Unicorns I - Temptation
Series: The Tears of the Unicorns
Author: Stephanie Rose
Published: 2015
Pages: 167
Source: Review copy from author
Format: Ebook

Rating: 1.5/5
"The angel Caylen is entrusted with guiding Eliya back on the path of light, but when his assignment is terminated she takes her life in despair.  He cannot bear losing his charge, and desperately searches for a way to bring her back to life.  That is when he stumbles upon the Holy Grail, which seems to show its amazing powers in combination with unicorn blood.  Because of her gift for foreseeing the future, Miriel, the sister of Caylen, is sent to bring back the Grail which has been stolen by him.  Sirion, a mage, is helping her with her task.  An adventurous and dangerous journey begins, because there is much more at stake than at first seemed..."

Unfortunately, I didn't like The Tears of the Unicorns.  It was okay but I was quite confused through a lot of the book.  This disappointed me as I was very interested in the story before I read it.  I felt that it was quite an original story (compared to everything I've read anyway).

There were so many different narrators (particularly after Eliya's death) that I felt that I didn't really get to know any of the characters.  The narrator would also change quite regularly with multiple narrators per chapter.  This really confused me.  This confusion led me to become a bit bored reading in places and I struggled to continue reading.  The book may have been easier to read if each narrator was a separate chapter with the narrator stated at the beginning of the chapters  (if that makes sense - I'm kind of thinking along the lines of the chapters in the Song of Ice and Fire series).

I also felt that the language used was hard to follow.  It was quite choppy in places and I questioned a few of the word choices, such as "Get you gone".  This may have just been from translating the text into English.

However, I do think the story does have potential.  It just needs a few tweaks to make it easier to read and keep the reader engaged.  Then, I think The Tears of the Unicorns would be a great read for fans of fantasy and teens or young adults.

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  1. Aww, sorry you didn't like this one. I don't think I could like a book with choppy writing and characters I didn't connect with either! I hope your next read is better! (:

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog

    1. Yeah, I'm a bit gutted as it sounded quite interesting. But I'm reading Stolen by Dawn Kopman Whidden now and so far so good at the moment.


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