Friday, December 6, 2013

Blog Tour Book Review: Entrusted + Giveaway!

Release Date: November 17, 2013
Author: Connie Ann Michael
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Length: 256 pages

How far would you go to protect the people you love?

Thrust into a world of Native American legends about Skinwalkers and Ancient Ones, Emma Hunter finds herself in the middle of a battle for a heart holding great powers – A heart hidden within her.

Seventeen-year-old Emma wants what every teenage girl wants: a life that revolves around school, her friends, and a boyfriend who only has eyes for her. Little does she know that in order to get one, she must sacrifice the other two. After a series of events put into motion by Luke, the boy she thought loved her, Emma is kicked out of her group home and her school. Her best friend mysteriously vanishes and now she’s forced to move to a secluded coastal town, where she hopes to escape Luke’s obsessive control. Instead, she finds her dreams invaded not only by Luke, but Solomon, a mysterious Native American warrior sent to protect her.

But when Solomon shows up in her reality to explain he’s her protector, she soon learns that he’s so much more. As Emma struggles to understand what’s happening to her, she must also deal with her undeniable attraction to Solomon. Their connection is stronger than anything Emma has ever experienced before and now she must decide: can she trust him with her heart? And just how far will she go to protect it?


Protagonist: Emma was such an annoying narrator. While I understand the utter crap she's gone through in her life, I still find it hard to believe that throughout nearly the entire book, after everything she's seen, she still doesn't trust anybody and tries to do everything by herself. I'm sorry but if I saw some of the things Solomon and his friends could do, it doesn't matter how untrusting I am, if they want to help me fight off evil, I'm going to let them.Now, Emma does get better farther along in the book, well mostly but she really takes a passive role in her life, I I just wished that she would have fought back earlier on in the story, not the beginning necessarily, but at least a quarter of the way through.

Romance: I was really surprised at how boring this romance was. Usually when there's a "Dream Guy" romance it gets pretty serious pretty fast, however this romance moved slower than molasses. Now, I've complained in the past that most YA romances happen to fast and that insta-love really annoys me, but at least those romances were entertaining to read. This romance has all the angst of the first Twilight book, but moves along half as fast. It picks up and becomes fairly interesting closer to the end of the book but by that time I'd pretty much given up on anything interesting happening. Then there's the abusive ex-boyfriend thing, and I understand it's realistic and I probably shouldn't complain that it's in this book, but it's really just not my thing.

World-Building: This book was extremely confusing, I'm still not sure exactly what the mythology surrounding this story was. I was waiting for over half of the book for a good exposition and mythology heavy chapter to really introduce what was going on in this story and while there was one of sorts it didn't really do all that great at explaining what exactly was going on. The story also starts off very odd, like a fourth of the book was chopped off at the beginning and I was starting the book part way through. The questions that this missing chunk produced were never really explained, thus leaving me very, very confused. I felt like if this book got rid of the mythology it would make an, interesting at best, contemporary novel about a girl trying to move on from her abusive boyfriend who won't let her go.

Predictability: Due to the confusing world-building it was hard to get a good read on where this story would go. Because of this I was sort of led in the dark through this tale. There were a few things that were given, such as how the romance would turn out and, you know, the whole good vs. evil thing. Everything else though was completely out of the blue, and even saying that's a stretch as there were no real twists, nothing really shocking happened, or at least nothing that shocked me.

Ending: The ending was super weird. The last chapter should have been extended and made in to two chapters, and there should have also been an additional chapter or and epilogue because it ended way too soon. From what I can tell this sin't a start to a series and the ending didn't have a book one of however many feel to it, yet it was still able to give off a cliffhanger vibe. If there was an epilogue or just another chapter even to see what happened after the dust settles, but instead it ends just after the final climax.


So I'm not going to lie and say that this was the best book ever, because it wasn't, but I'm also not going to lie and say that I absolutely loathed reading this book, because despite it's faults there were some really good moments in there, and the writing is phenomenal and probably what kept me reading half the time. I'd say give this book a shot it's relatively short and fairly cheap on Amazon.

About the Author:

Connie Ann Michael was raised a city girl but was converted to a country girl after college and now resides in a speck of a town in Central Washington State.  She is a Second Grade Bilingual teacher.  Connie is married to her former boss as she worked at the local Pizza place and has two college age boys that provide endless material for books.  She loves the outdoors and can be found mountain biking, kayaking, or camping with her family.  Being a busy family she can be found working on edits and her newest novel while on long road trips.   

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1 comment:

  1. I appreciate your comments and thank you for your honest review. I have gotten a lot of the same feedback and you are correct, the beginning of the book was cut off...and will be posted on my blog soon. As well as the last chapter. When the print book is offered I will be putting the chapters back in. thanks for helping with my blog tour. :)