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1.0 out of 5 starsNope
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2019
I couldn't get through this thing. The plot line/ "tension" is so unlikely and cobbled together it resembles an episode of Scooby Doo. If you are a middle schooler and have a collection of pop heart-throb magazines then perhaps this is for you. This should be in the cheesy romance section at the supermarket, with the cover being the stagnant and unlikable Thane, glistening pecs and all (how many times can you call a character 's arms "corded?") The endless "oh dear me I really shouldn't but gosh he's just so handsome" moments elucidated in the heroine's mind makes her a not-very-likeable-or-intelligent-seeming protagonist. The tired trope of 'rare gifted Damsel in need of big strong protector man' is exhausting. This book is exhausting. If tedious and demoralizing sounds like your cup of tea in a fantasy novel then by all means, read away!
5.0 out of 5 starsReview can be found at Smada's Book Smack blog
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2018
Aini enjoys her life being a candy apprentice with her scientist father, creating fun new and incredibly popular candy that can give the eater special gifts. But Aini has a secret, one that nobody can ever find out, or it could cost her her life. When she comes home from the market with her father's apprentices and finds her father missing, she knows the Campbells have taken him to use his brain to create subversive candy for their own purposes. Desperate to get him back, Aini has no idea what to do next. But little does she know, Thane is really a spy with the Campbells, not a university student and apprentice to her father- but he questions his purpose. Maybe together they can unravel the secrets.
Oh my geez, this was such a cool idea for a book. The synopsis was so vague but I originally fell in love with the cover (Yes, I am a cover snob but it is just so pretty!) and the fact the book is listed as Outlander meets Mortal Instruments- yes, please. Ok, truth be told, I would have read this book from the fact it is set in Scotland (one of my favorite places!) alone. I found this book to be the best of mystery, magic, suspense, world building, intrigue and romance unlike anything I have read before and I got lost in this world.
I was instantly captivated by the world that Alisha created right from the start. The story is set in an alternate version of Scotland, with The reader is thrust into a candy shop that creates special, scientifically driven candies that can do amazing things such as create feelings and visions, but underneath the happiness of the sugary concoctions is the rebellion and court issues. Not only do we have this brewing war and tension with spies and taxes, but there is magic too! Yep, there are those who have a dreaded sixth sense, an extra sense that can do things such as communicate with ghosts, have prophetic dreams or touch an item and get a vision. But these groups are hunted, locked up if discovered, never to be released. There was just so much going on within this story!
The book was dual narrated by both Aini and Thane, both with secrets they are keeping that would ruin their lives if the knowledge got out. It created the perfect dynamic for their relationship as friend as well as the underlying romance (which I highly enjoyed). Together, they are going to have to battle in the upcoming war, "using experimental candies and ghosts to stay alive"- a sure fire plan, of course. The Edinburgh Seer is just the first book in what I predict will be a fantastical series with magic, secrets and twist, and I can't wait for more.
Aini is a seer and a colonialist living in Scotland at a time when both these facts were unacceptable so she did her best to keep her sixth sense a secret from everyone for fear of endangering the lives of those close to her and did her best to pass as a native to Edinburgh. Her father was a confectioner who created magical sweets which were sought out by many including the King and Aini worked with him in the lab, together with Thane and two other friends in a land which was ruled by the King of England, who kept the Scots under his thumb and rule and had his might enforced by the leader of the Campbell clan the ruthless and power hungry Nathair Campbell. One fine day Aini's father was abducted and she swore she would do anything necessary to get him back alive. Thus she sought out the rebels who believed in the prophecy and the curse attached to it and even when facing death she would not relent, she went in search of artifacts and changed her view about the rebels and their cause to free Scotland from tyranny and to put the rightful leader in his place. In the meantime she was falling in love with Thane who had an even worse secret he was afraid to divulge to her for fear of losing her. A very riveting book from start to finish, with a very charismatic cast of characters and an interesting story line. I just love stories with rebels for a cause and this is one such story. Dying to read further into this magical, historical romance.
I was excited to read this book. It sounded whimsical and different and for the most part it was. But it was also muddled. The romance kept occurring at inappropriate moments, the alternate present day Scotland wasn't full fleshed out, and one of the two side characters, Neve and Myles, stayed one dimensional. I wanted to like it more, but I don't think I'll read the next one.
5.0 out of 5 starsIt’s a wonderful blend of fantasy and Scottish culture
Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2018
This is my first book by Alisha Klapheke and her writing gives me life! It’s a wonderful blend of fantasy and Scottish culture. Aini works in a candy show with her father, but there is something special about the candy… but more importantly, there is something special about Aini. Aini’s secret could cost her life. Thane is a handsome son-of-a-gun with a high level of intelligence. He too, has a secret! Aini’s father is taken and she means to get him back!
I loved the alternate reality aspect to this story. Mix in Scotland (which is on my bucket list BTW) and history, and I. AM. YOURS! I will admit, I do judge a book by its cover. And this cover is fantastic. I know usually the blurb is what attracts people to the book, but for me it was the cover. The synopsis is great and the story kept me wanting more and needing to know what happens next.
This book was well written and the places were well described. As someone who lives in Edinburgh gets to see places through the authors eyes. It was well thought out using a mix of the capital and surrounding areas that are well known. I am hoping to try and get the next book as would loved to know what happens.
This is my second book by this author..and once again I was impressed by Alishas descriptive talents using all the senses...we get to actually feel like we are right there experiencing everything! Onto book two of the series..!
I found this story to be very well written right from the first page. I found myself sucked right into the story and eagerly wanting to find out what happened next. I am looking forward to reading the next book.