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5.0 out of 5 starsBrings you back to your imagination!
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2018
Fantastic read! I was enamoured with the characters and imaginative storyline. It really put me into the moment. Can’t wait to read the next one!
Woah, so I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started Pinnacle. But, "magical abilities", "narrowly surviving", "killer" these are pretty much words that will make me read any story.
Pinnacle is a fun, quick read that I easily devoured in one day because I just couldn't stop. There is an interesting mix of multiple cultures from midwestern American, native Washingtonian to Gaelic Irish. Mix all these together and you have a mystical, supernatural story somewhat similar to that of Twilight, sans vampires (though this is only book one).
I've always loved books like this that keep the punches coming and explain everything fully as they come. It makes for just a good old fashion good time reading and getting lost in the story, which means for me wishing (once again) that I had a magical bone in my body. Though, unlike Twilight, that severed the factions of fans between Edward and Jacob, vampire and werewolf, Pinnacle filled me with a solidifying love of family. The O'Connell clan is my choice family when I finally find out I can morph into a graceful fox that reads minds.
This was such a fun read, even though it did have some weird holes in the story. I'm looking forward to reading on and seeing what happens next!
Pinnacle is a fast read that can easily be devoured in one sitting. Operating under a framework that’s similar to the Twilight series, the book delves into a young girl’s magical awakening and how she comes to terms with being plunged into a supernatural world wholly unfamiliar to her. The tone of the book is conversational and would be easy to understand regardless of the reader’s age. With the exception of the mention and insinuation of “mating”, I’d argue that this book would easily suit middle grade readers as well as the young adult crowd.
In terms of pacing, Pinnacle is completely void of lulls. The hits keep coming - introductions of new characters, action-filled events that drive the plot, relationship milestones, and unveiling of lore. Veevers is at her best when writing action scenes. They resemble good choreography - simple, effective “movements” that only cover the most significant points. This tactic made it easy for me to envision a picture of what occurred without having to reread sections to ensure that I’d absorbed every detail.
The premise was much more complex than it initially seemed. Though it’s set in the real world, there exists a subculture of magical beings - Natural Mystics and Lycans primarily. They each have specific gifts or talents, along with the rules that govern their races. These gifts and rules are many, and at times, I struggled to keep them all straight. Though I was overwhelmed, I couldn’t help but admire the depths of the author’s imagination. The lore felt unique to Pinnacle’s universe and incredibly well thought out.
While I have much praise to laud on Pinnacle, there were also several things I didn’t enjoy. The characters were all superbly talented. Most are gifted in “magical ways”, but even the ungifted characters possess a superior intellect or lethal assassin abilities. The insertion of one or two normal humans would have provided a nice contrast.
The characters also felt a little irrational, particularly in the way of tempers. Considering they’re all teenagers, this could be perfectly normal behavior for them, and I could be the one that’s out of touch. Still, I cringed each time someone got disproportionately angry at mild provocation. I wondered if there’s something deeper brewing within them that more character development would explain.
While ambitious in terms of the amount of events, lore, characters, and relationships that it tackled, I thought that the story might have been better served by being stretched into two books. This would give room for elaboration of certain topics and a more natural progression of events. The ending tied up a little too easily. Of course, this could be expected when the characters are all incredibly well-equipped to handle any foe they might encounter. But I never felt that they were in any true jeopardy, which hampered the scenes that were meant to be suspenseful.
Overall, I think this book would be appealing to anyone who’s interested in the paranormal/fantasy genre. There’s plenty to be immersed in, and glimmers of the story being continued in a sequel.
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2018
I received this book free with the intention to review, this didn't effect my opinion of the book. I could not put this book down! The characters were great, and it was certainly not boring. This book was the best I've read in months, it pulled me right in. I would not suggest this book for younger readers because of some passionate scenes though it's only implied. Overall I really enjoyed this book especially the end!