Thursday, February 5, 2015
"Romance Thursday": The Messenger (Mortal Beloved Romance Book 1) by Pamela DuMond
Genre: Y.A. Romance, Time Travel, SciFi, Paranormal & Fantasy, 257 pages
Price: $2.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback (at time of post)
Publisher & Date: Pamela DuMond. December 2, 2013
Book Link: Click Here
Price I Paid: Zip,**I received a free copy in return for an honest review**
This book has all the potential of a great series as it involves time travel, love, family, loss and secrets seeped in mystery. However the flow of the story itself was lacking a smooth storyline as the main character was lost, I as the reader felt more lost at times.
Madeline Abigail Blackford is the protagonist of the story, She's a girl who lives with anxiety and fear that stems from an accident that took her mother from her at the age of 6. She has no recollection of the event only that her mother was there and then she was no more, now Madeline lives with all these anxieties and just tries to live her life as best she can with her family and friends. It's not until another accident when she is almost killed that she hears a voice, her mother's, and next finds herself in Rhode Island 1675 amidst an America Indian war in someone else's body and life. Abigail needs to play her part and live in her new life while trying to discover what she really is, a Messenger. However where there is good there is evil and forces are against her and Madeline only has one wish which is to spend more time with a certain boy who makes her feel different and whole, despite her being from a different time and place.
Now as for how I felt about the writing style, the book felt stagnate at times and maybe it's because this is the first book of the series or something like that, but it just felt weak in the plot flow. Sometimes it felt like scene and then scene and then scene. Madeline herself wasn't much for a heroine at times till she maybe the middle of the book, but that was when I finally connected with her and the book. I especially couldn't handle some of her speech choices, which just seemed to juvenile to me, but I had to remember she was only meant to be 16yrs old, yet she could fall into true love with someone soo I left it as it is, Y.A. fiction.
Overall, fantastic idea that I can see leading into a great series, I will most likely look into the 2nd novel before passing final judgement on the whole series. I only wished the plot flowed better and wasn't so fragmented at times. In my opinion the story really picked up a bit more towards the remaining third of the book and was perhaps the best part of the story. So if you want a clean Y.A. involving time travel, family, love, loss and a whole mess of secrecy and needs unraveling this book will be your choice of adventure.