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The WordSmithe

I love a good book! Young Adult, New Adult, Adult and nearly any genre. If it’s well-written, I’ll read it. And, I love to talk about what I’ve written.


I have a WIP–a new adult dystopian novel. I’m also exploring short fiction.

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Seeker - Arwen Elys Dayton I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My hats off to a very visually imaginative epic tale by Arwen Elys Dayton. This book had me hooked from page one!

The plot was intriguing and action-filled. There was nothing boring about any portion of this book. Dayton masterfully used description to bring the world of Quin, John and Shinobu to life. I have read books set in foreign lands that left me a little lost because I'd never been to those places. Dayton did a great job of describing rural Scotland, the busy streets of London and a congested Hong Kong. Readers can easily visualize all these places without any problem.

I loved the characters and their development. Quin is the strong female protagonist people want to read about and love. You feel her joys, her pains and her frustration throughout the book. And, although John starts out as a character you want to love, you learn to not appreciate him. Instead it's Shinobu that you feel for and admire. You want him to 'get the girl'. Even the adult characters in Dayton's book are strong. You grow to understand and appreciate Fiona. Other adults you learn to distrust and hate along the way. And, your reasons will be very justified. Dayton reveals their true natures from page one.

I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next installment. "Seeker" is due out February 10. Book Two is scheduled for release in the spring of 2016.