Seraphynx – Emily Wilson

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Seraphynx Emily WilsonFifteen year-old Evie is frustrated.  It seems everyone around her is keeping something from her, whether it be her best friend or his brother or even her own father.  With her sixteenth birthday rapidly approaching, she wants to know just what it is that has made everyone nervous around her.  A Seraphim, Evie knows she could be powerful, but she has yet to realize just what fantastic destiny awaits her.

I picked up the sample for this book and could not get enough.  A young adult fantasy, I expected some of the traditional components – secrets, protagonist has special ability, love triangle – but was pleasantly surprised by those things I did not expect.  For one, Evie is a Seraphim, or fallen angel, sent to the world to protect humanity from Drache (the devil?).  In a book-sphere populated by witches, vampires, fae, and now mermaids and zombies, it was nice to get something different.  However, because Seraphim are not a well-known entity, the author’s need to explain the mythos is pretty strong.  While I felt Wilson did a decent job of explaining, I did struggle a bit when it came to the class system that existed at the school, particularly with her best friend Kyla.  Was she a Seraphim, or a human who serves them?  And if she’s Seraphim, why is she merely a servant?  Nitpicky details, however, when for the overall story the message came across loud and clear.

The characters in this book were fantastically complex, particularly the main three of Evie, her best friend and romantic interest Evan, and Evan’s brother Kaidan.  Even Evie’s father, Sir Kendrick, who in most stories would warrant few details felt real by the end.  I thought Evie herself was a protagonist easy for anyone to get behind, and exhibited some pretty realistic reactions for a teenage girl with greatness thrust upon her.  While some of her actions seemed a bit strange (she loves Evan, but goes after Kaidan, too), they did feel like they worked.  My only real complaint is that I wanted more explanation for each character and their abilities, something that would help to piece everything together a little bit better.

The novel has a lot of potential, as does the first-time author Wilson.  One flaw I noticed was that sometimes the narration might make a jump, and not take the reader with it.  It’s a common mistake – forgetting that the reader’s are not inside your head, too – but one that can confuse and turn off readers.  Overall, however, I found Seraphynx to be an enjoyable read, and look forward to getting to finish the rest of Evie’s story.

Purchase SERAPHYNX (Fallen Hosts) from Amazon.com

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