Book Review 89: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

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I wrestled with Seeker. I fell in love with the cover and the general description from the minute the email from NetGalley hit my inbox. And then I saw reviews coming in and the fear started to creep in and then the dread. Most of the reviews I read were not positive, but I was determined to start Seeker with an open mind. Many times I love books that others do not. Heck, after a time even Gone Girl grew on me. So there was a chance that Seeker wasn’t all that bad, right?

Seeker wasn’t exactly bad. The book is written well. The Scottish property Quin, Shinobu, and John lived on came alive for me. The weapons they used—the whip sword and disruptor—were amazing weapons that instilled fear and wonder in me. The Dreads had me mystified by their inaction, but I wanted to figure them out. By the end of the book, I figured that the Seekers were a League of Assassins that started with good intentions and then somehow were lead astray as the centuries went on. But I still struggled.

“Great minds are not what’s wanted. Only good hearts. Good hearts choose wisely.”
—the Old Dread

And here’s where I struggled. Time. When does this book take place? Obviously the athames offered the ability to move through time and space. The whip sword and disruptor seem advanced, but it appeared Quin and her family were roughing it in the Scottish highlands. I almost thought it was like the 1700s or thereabouts, and then an airship arrived. Fast forward to London and it seems pretty up and coming technology-wise. Fast forward again to Hong Kong and it seems even more advanced than London and ages ahead of Scotland. The book is out of time and place. This left me feeling disoriented not being able to pin down a time and knowing a bit of what to expect from the people, the place or the technology.

Four different points of view. Now each character did have a unique voice, but I’m not sure the different voices were needed because they all know about the same amount about their predicament which amounts to NOTHING. No one added knowledge to the plot. They all just dumped their confusion out and it just sat there going no where. No one was working together. And at the end, all the jumping caused a lot of actions to be rehashed as characters encountered each other. See the end of Chapter 46 (Quin’s POV) and the start of Chapter 47 (John’s POV). When this would happen all I could think was, “Get on with it! I’ve read this already!”

I think Seeker had the potential to be a good book. The basic premise of a secret society controlling events throughout time and space and the corruption within is compelling. I’m just not sure it was executed properly. The lack of time and place and a group of characters who know nothing about the nature of the society accompanied with a group of angry adults not willing to share even a shred of history about the organization leads to a major, bloated disappointment in the end. Seeker receives a thumbs down.

 

book review Seeker Arwen Elys Dayton

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Seeker

Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Published on: February 10, 2015
Pages: 448
Series: Seeker #1
Genres: fantasy, mystery, romance, time travel, young adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Down

 

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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11 responses to “Book Review 89: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

  1. Tanja

    Now I’m actually happy that I DNFed this book. I totally agree with you but 4 different POV added nothing to the story. It was just dragging nowhere. So yeah it’s a shame. Great review 🙂

    • This one was tough. I want to like it, but there was just too much going wrong!

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  2. stormi34

    Total thumbs down I so agree with you! I have it a one star for my review and would have DNFed it if it wasn’t for the fact I was reading it with a blogging buddy..lol.

    • I was so disheartened by the DNFs and negative reviews. However, I wholeheartedly agree with them about what a mess this book was. I wish I would have taken a picture of the ad slick in Entertainment Weekly. Not even the add knew what the book was like. All the popular recent YA trilogies were mentioned!

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      • stormi34

        I know, it was all over the place. My friend ended up giving a 3 star even though she complained about how confusing it was and we never figured out what time period it was in..lol.

        • I think if it had been more grounded in time…at least one of the timelines…with some familiar elements it would have been helpful. I love time travel books, but there has to be an element of familiarity in order for it to work for me.

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  3. Yes, yes to all of this. What WAS this book!? I still don’t understand it, and no one else seems to either! In fact, I keep looking at reviews of it, hoping that someone, somewhere knows what this book is even about, but nope! I wanted to DNF it so, so badly, but I am apparently a glutton for punishment. Is it bad that I *almost* want to read the second book, because I don’t want the book to have defeated me? Maybe it’s all just a big joke and there IS no point!

    Also, totally agree about the time frame. I was sure it was some kind of historical fantasy at first, until a car drove by, and then airplanes, and then what just happened!?

    • This book is STILL a mystery to me. I am curious about the 2nd book. Maybe my library will get the audio version and I can listen to is slowly on my drives to work. I kind of want to know if the 2nd book does a better job explaining it all.

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  4. I was tempted by this book initially, but I saw the negative reviews and hesitated. I don’t think it’d be my thing, somehow!

    • It was so weird and so disjointed. I’m still not sure WHEN it was set in.
      Terri M., the Director
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  5. HAAAAAA of COURSE there’s a love triangle. OF COURSE. This summary has always sounded really appealing to me but once I started reading the negative reviews, I knew I wasn’t going to bother.