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Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Twins on Thursday: Qeya by Jennifer Silverwood


"The Twins on Thursday" is reserved for the Twins' joint reviews. It is a special feature of our blog that discusses books that we either both like, dislike, or have mixed feelings about. This is also the day where we post reviews for books (and ARCs/Galleys) that have been sent to us by authors/galley sites/publishing houses. And because we don't believe much in uniformity, we'll be trying to mix things up a bit by adding random stuff in relation to our review (well, mostly for books we purchased anyway).



Title: Qeya
Author: Jennifer Silverwood
Format Acquired: PDF
Publication Date: March 26 2012
Publishing House: SilverWoodSketches
ASIN: B007HHNWEA
Source of Copy: Sent by author for review

Summary: Qeya has spent her life set to drift on heaven's edge. Being Royal means mor than being groomed to rule her home planet. She can't do much about her red hair, but she knows how to wield a scythe blade and suck the life out of her enemy, literally.

Destined to be the Orona, the Voice of her people, she does her best to train the children and overcome her secret fears. The fact that her whole life has already been planned out for her, including the person she will marry, has never ocurred to bother her.

Until her ship is attacked and nearly everyone on board is murdered. If she hadn't run into the filthy miner who saver her life, Second Deck might never have jettisoned into the atmosphere of the hostile world her people were exploring.

Now, the Royal children have become the backwater scions of the universe, and the miner who saved her is the only thing standing between them and the hungry beasts hunting them.

Forced to lead before she is ready, Qeya must find a way to put aside ancient prejudices so they can all survive. Old enemies must form new alliances if they are to last the night. For no one knows the secrets of the new world and only a few can survive the living nightmares at heavens edge.


(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads)

Review:

We met Jennifer through an online book forum. She then sent us this really nice e-mail asking us to review her book. We looked it up on GoodReads and found that the premise was pretty good, and it received a lot of good reviews. Intrigued, we then asked her for a copy and she was very sweet about it and sent us the file.

The storyline may not be the most original storyline, but it could have had the potential to be one of the good ones. Honestly, we had a hard time reading it. The chapters often served as information dumps. The scenes were very confusing, and there were a lot of fragmented sentences. At the end of the book, readers are still left with questions about the world-building, and about the characters themselves.

Scenes seemed a bit rushed, and sometimes, we even questioned the validity of the characters' emotional responses. The world building was, in short, misleading. We couldn't get a feel for the setting and mood. Details were murky and vague at best.

The cast of characters were dull and unrealistic. Qeya is an uninteresting character. We couldn't think of any other description for her, aside from being a caring person. Ohre, on the other hand, appeared too good to be true. He saved the spoiled royals without any complaint. Until the end, he is never an equal in their eyes. As far as the summary goes about "old enemies forming new alliances", the Royals' view of Ohre seemed to dissipate as soon as they realized that they cannot fend for themselves without him. And even that took probably less than two hours, tops. Arvex, Qeya's brother, is quickly straddled with the role as the new King-a role he is unfit for as he is pretty much useless. Qeya and Ohre's budding relationship could only be described as a fling, what with Qeya quickly dismissing Ohre as soon as a more suitable suitor showed up. 

The last scene was quite random. The both of us were actually quite surprised that all the problems got resolved that quickly. Readers will never find out who attacked the ship, as well as the motives of the said attackers.

All in all, Qeya was a very confusing read; but if Qeya were to receive an overhaul with regards to editing, and depth would be added to the storyline, we, at The Twins Read, would sure want to revisit Qeya.


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