Books I’ve Enjoyed: Initiate by Tara Maya
All in all I enjoyed reading this book.
The cover grabbed me right away and I immediately pushed it to the front of my to be read list, ahead of other novels.
Once I started reading i was immersed right away, and really got interested in the story. To save spoilers, where it fell apart for me is when the setting change. For a brief time the narration tense changed, and it was distracting and brought me out of the moment of the story. After that I just never got into it as heavily.
I’m not sorry I read it, but I am not sure if I have enough confidence in it to pick up the last 3 books of the series even though I am curious about what else will happen.
I thought the idea of the story itself was very original and well crafted. I will say that I definitely do not feel this is a young adult book, there are to many adult themes and references ( I would say at minimum 16+)
I also at times felt myself distracted by the unique terminology used to create the world. There is a fine line between setting the stage, and bringing the reader out of the world you have created because they have to stop and try and recall what a term means. I think this book possibly fell onto the side of being a bit confusing at times.
The editing was better than many of the indie published novels I have read, although there were a few non distracting easily forgivable mistakes.
In the end, I gave it 3 stars. It was worth a read, but I wouldn’t go back and reread and I definitely wouldn’t gush to my friends that they have to immediately read this book.