Friday, December 9, 2011

Exiled (Immortal Essence, #1) by RaShelle Workman

Release Date: November 11, 2011 (first published October 3, 2011 in eBook format)
Publisher: Polished Pen Press
Age Group:
Young Adult (14+)
Paperback (also available in eBook)
Buy the Book: Amazon

Worlds divided them. Chance brought them together. Only love will save them.

An alien princess exiled to Earth.
An arrogant boy.
One week to get back to her planet or she'll die.
And, her only chance for survival? She must help the boy find his soul mate.
Piece of cake!

Just before becoming immortal, Venus was cast to Earth by a traitor who lived amongst her. The one way to get back to her planet, Kelari, is to help a human boy named Michael find his true love. But she only has 7 days to do it until the Earth’s atmosphere ruins her body and kills her. If that is not bad enough, she has a government agency trying to capture her to use for their experiments and another immortal going around killing humans for crazy rituals who has pegged her as his/her next target. What’s a girl to do?

This book was enjoyable enough, but I am not sure how memorable it will be for me. I liked the premise of the story and it was a nice read, but it is not one of my favorites. While the writing was decent, some parts of the story actually threw me for a loop. There were many times where what was happening was not clearly told/portrayed and other times where a character’s emotions changed too quickly for me to keep up with. Venus would be excited about going horseback riding in one sentence and then in the next, she was crying and talking about how much she missed her planet. I understood what the Workman was trying to get at, but the bipolar parts just confused me and I felt like the story was a little lost on me. 

The characters were also okay. I did not connect to or really like most of the characters and I felt like the chemistry between Venus and Michael was a little weak. I did like Zaren, though! He felt the most real out of all of them and I liked his interactions with Venus, especially when his protective side came out. (I am Team Zaren all the way!) 

The second book in the series, Beguiled, is due out May 2012. I will try reading it since I am interested to see how the story progresses!
A Decent Escape

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