Review: Seraphina’s Awakening (Seraphina Series Book 1) by Sheena Hutchinson

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Published by Sheena Hutchinson LLC

3 stars

 

Synopsis:

For as long as she can remember, Seraphina Cross has experienced these visions that made her feel like there was more to life. It wasn’t until one moment, one accident that her life changed forever.

She awakens the next day a new person in more ways than one. With no recollection of past night’s events, she’s forced to adapt to certain sensations she is experiencing all while trying to piece together what exactly happened to her that fateful night.

Her strange, hectic life doesn’t seem to make sense until she meets a handsome stranger. Only then does the puzzle finally piece itself together. What she doesn’t expect is the new powers she has developed attracting all kinds of unwanted attention.

Thrown into a world she never truly believed existed she is forced to come to grips with who she is becoming while staying out of trouble long enough to figure out what needs to be done to fulfill her destiny.


 

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**Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

 

Here’s a book that had me conflicted – I loved the story but the writing style didn’t feel quite right. I didn’t hate the book in any way, but I didn’t love it either – I would have split a star if I’d felt the need but 3 feels right.

The story is told in the second person (‘she did this’, ‘he thought that’) which is very impersonal and kept me at arm’s length from the characters for the duration. I like to get up close and personal with my characters and their tomfoolery so this style didn’t really work for me, but it was the quality of the writing that kept me going to the end – there’s nothing like a finely crafted novel to earn my appreciation, even if it’s not 100% to my tastes.

That quibble aside, the story was good – Seraphina is a young woman who doesn’t feel like she really fits in anywhere but things start changing after a guardian angel is sent to watch over her. There’s a sensitive and good looking coffee shop owner (thanks my new addiction to Gilmore Girls my mind immediately conjures up images of Luke for this part). a secretive fortune teller, a cheeky best friend and a sexy stranger who’s been featuring in her dreams for years. With all these characters around her, her destiny starts to unfold and she has some difficult choices ahead of her.

This book is the first in the series and is a bit of a slow burner, setting the stage for what you know is going to be an explosive second installment. A lot of unanswered questions have been raised in this book, so many that it was a little frustrating by the end.

I don’t want to give too much of the storyline away as the synopsis is pretty vague, but I think it’s safe to give away this much: angels play a large role in this series and a big battle between good and evil is sure to follow.
Normally, angels are either too religious or too goody-goody for me but this book balances the biblical mythology and humanity to make the book a good read. I like that the religious side is included to just the right amount, so that we’re reminded of the origins of angels but don’t feel like there’s a hard evangelical line being drawn through the series.

If you like paranormal romances and strong female characters (if you don’t like the latter, screw you!) then this is certainly worth a read.

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