The Forsaken by R.J. Craddock (Review By Julie)

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***Review From Julie  from The Nerd Girl Page***

***I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.***

The book begins with a very tantalizing prologue set in a mystical realm. There is no clear link to the first chapter where very young Gwen is fleeing a fire and somehow ends up in the human world. She has plenty of latent powers but is unable to communicate. Gwen has one misadventure after another as she mistreated by nuns, doctors, classmates, child protective services and a foster family. Gwen ages from precocious preschooler to tween in the story, and throughout, there is at least one boy who is chastely smitten with her. They are sometimes welcome protectors and at other times these older boys are mothered by Gwen.

Overall, the story had a good premise and was creative. However, I found the pace was too slow–with too many details at times and then what seemed like a choppy jump to make up for time and move the story along. The action in the book was well written but the rest felt rough and dry. I was expecting some sort of tie back to the prologue, but never found it. I was also expecting some kind of culminating event or wrap up at the end of the story, but didn’t get that either.

Prior to reading, I had not read the author’s description of the book, and I did not know the book was the first in a series. I was surprised when I read the author’s description of The Children of Cain Series (of which The Forsaken is the first book) because I didn’t get any hint of that series description from The Forsaken. I was further surprised that there was no cliff hanger and no obvious segue to book two in the series. I finished the book feeling dissatisfied, but not unwilling to give the next book in the series a chance.

If able to, I might give this book 2.5 stars.

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