All That We See Or Seem

Rated 3.53/5 based on 18 reviews
Lily Bryg is a seventeen year old witch. She doesn't always know what that means, or how to control it, but she does know that to most, it paints a pretty little target over her forehead. If that's not bad enough, Ronan an evil king who believes she's his soul mate has been stalking her in her dreams. Should she fight Ronan and risk everything, or give up her freedom to possibly save her friends? More

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ISBN: 9781466088627
About Tempest C. Avery

Tempest C. Avery recently graduated from college with a creative writing degree. Along with the Mirror Warrior Novels, she has a trilogy that she's been slaving away at. However, unlike with the M.W's, these books are for young adults. She loves to read and write, and TALK about reading and writing, so if you've read any good books lately, drop her a line! Questions and comments about her work is always appreciated, though try and be gentle. Criticism is great, as long as it's constructive.

If you're interested in checking out more of her work (including a teen fiction series on faeries) visit her wattpad! :)

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Review by: F. Rod on April 29, 2013 :
This was a great story. Tempest has a lot of imagination. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Paranormal, Teen Drama books.

Lily Bryg is a 17 year old teenage girl living in New York that feels like she doesn't belong where she is. Later she discovers she, along with her 3 friends (Ruarc, Brid and Caer) are witches that lived 300 years ago in a realm called Bevain and Lily is their leader. They are called the four: Lily "The Dreamer", Brid "The Stargazer", Caer "The Fortuneteller" and Ruarc "The Warrior". They are aware of Ronan´s (The Dark King) existence because he visits them in their dreams in "The Other" (Our realm, NYC, what we know as our world).. He can´t touch them because they are in different realms but he still can mess with their heads. He is after them because three centuries ago, The Fortuneteller told him Lily "The Dreamer" was his soul mate . So he claimed he loved her and that they were meant for each other and chase her along with her friends. Somehow they died and their souls were sent to The Other.

They all know they had past lives in Bevain but the more they have knowledge about it, the better their memory gets and even though they don´t remember everything, new memories arrive without warning. The Four are part of a prophecy in which they are supposed to go back to Bevain, the realm they came from so she can defeat Ronan and claim the throne. They end up going back to Bevain with Galvin´s (a Shadow/Shade) help because Ronan had send Unseelie fey to kill them in The Other.


When they get to Bevain they wake up alone and with no trace of Galvin´s whereabouts. While trying to get to Blairzeth their former home 300 years ago, they meet Larkin Devlin who´s been following them. While trying to figure out if he is trustworthy or not they get ambushed by Ronan´s soldiers. Lily feels a pull toward Larking but can´t recall why. She knows they met in her former life but can´t remember what happened between them. Larking takes them to Ameliona and old woman who happens to be "The Last Spellcaster". She explains to them the war had begun and they need to get ready to head to Moht where people has been gathered as The Rebellion to defeat King Ronan...

The rest you must read and you won´t regret it. I spent two days reading at work and going to bed until 2-3 in the morning. I was so intrigued with the path this story was taking and I just had to know what was going to happen next. This journey is full of twists and turns, drama, romance, mystery, intrigue, conspiracy fucking EVERYTHING.... I LOVE IT.. - Nothing is what is seems - Or that´s my guess. Maybe that´s why I sympathize with the evil guy. hummmm *wink* *wink* *sigh*

Enough with the angel/human, Vampire/human love series. I must say this is one of the most ORIGINAL Teen Paranormal stories I have read in years YES years and it was FAN-TAS-TIC.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Robin Hart on Jan. 25, 2013 :
This has been sitting in my "to read" pile for a while, and I was honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Lily is a witch from another realm who has been sent to earth to be reborn with her 3 best friends. They, who are known collectively as The Four, are the last hope in the rebellion against the evil Dark King of their realm, who has decided that Lily is his soul mate. It has been 17 years since their rebirth on earth, but 300 years since their original deaths in their realm, and it is time to go back. Unfortunately, only a few of their memories from their past lives have resurfaced, and it is a challenge to know who to trust and how to lead a rebellion, when you are only a 17 year-old girl.

Like most self-published books, this one had a few editing errors and instances where I thought some plot points could use more explanation or development. Overall, it was one of the better self-published books I've seen, however. I thought the story line was a refreshing change from the usual teen paranormal we see a lot of today. The characters were interesting and likable, and the love interest was good enough that you were rooting for the character while still being intrigued by the other possibilities.

I think my favorite character was Ronan, the evil king. There is just something so fascinating to me about a bad guy who is in love with the heroine, because if he has that good of taste in women, can he really be all bad? The word building and description of Lily's world was good, and able to convey the "not-earthness" of it. I thought the author did a great job of writing a modern fantasy that did not cross over too much into the sci-fi category. I am definitely looking forward to reading the sequels.

Provided as an ebook by the author via Smashwords.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Natalie Parker on Jan. 11, 2013 :
I have given this book 3 star, which I have explained below, though I did really enjoy the story, in fact I can see this book as a film.

The reason why it didn't make it to 5 stars was because of the editing of the book. Some punctuation, verb tenses and adverbs need to be corrected throughout the book. It took me longer to read this book than usual, as I had to re-read sentences and auto correct it in my head for it to flow easy and make sense. Also the prologue could have been explained a little simpler too.
And I feel the pronunciations of Names that are at the end of the book should be at the beginning. As I think this will help readers get a better feel for the characters and story.

This book is full of fantasy and mystery. Its Willow meets Legends meets Narnia in a sort of way.
Four friends ‘Lily (the dreamer), Ruarc (the warrior), Brid (the stargazer) & Caer (the fortune-teller)’ are the key to a prophecy to rid the evil King Ronan who rules over Bevain.

Ronan believes that Lily – the leader of the four and prophesised Queen of Bevain, is his Soul Mate when Caer, 'the fortune-teller' not knowing what Ronan looked like, accidentally tells him its Lily because she wanted her friend to find love and be happy! Now Ronan will not stop until he has Lily and will kill to get her.

Killed by Ronan three hundred years ago, the Four’s souls are reborn in a realm called the ‘Other’ aka Earth. Brought up in present time New York, the four's souls recognise each other and re-connect them and reveal part of their past memories, which help them discover parts of themselves and their magic.

When the four and their friends are attacked by unseelie in New York and their dreams are terrorised by Ronan, a Shadow named Galvin, who was also sent to the 'Other' to help and protect them, helps the four return to Bevain, where a Rebellion (set up when the four died), prepare for their return and for battle against Ronan and for Lily to take her rightful place as Queen.

In Bevain the four meet people who knew them three hundred years ago (as bevainians can live forever, but are not immortal) but whilst their memories are still too weak, it's a learning curve for them all, Knowing who to trust, learning and getting ready to fight and trying to recall memories and magic long forgotten is just some of the challenges for the four, let alone dealing with love, jealousy, loss, pain and hurt.

The story ends with a “to be continued” which you will find in Tempest’s next books; Wanderers of the Night (The Dreamer Trilogy, #2) and Amid the Roar (The Dreamer Trilogy, #3).
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jonel Boyko on Jan. 08, 2013 :
Avery is one of those storytellers who can bring an entire world alive with her words. She keeps you captivated throughout the story. I could barely put the book down at all.

The stellar cast of characters in this novel are real teenagers. They talk and act their age while learning that they must fight for more than just themselves. You live with them while they struggle to come to grips with who they are now, who they used to be, and what they must do. You feel excited, nervous, and curious alongside the characters, wanting to know more about what’s happening. The characters became so real to me, that at times they brought tears to my eyes. Of course, other characters were just plain creepy. Very vivid, but creepy.

Avery works in depth descriptions into her story without them getting long or drawn out. She manages to bring her world to life with her words. And what a world she brings to live. The author combines multiple different mythologies into one whole new exciting world.

Despite the Avery’s magnificent world is broken up by a scattering of grammatical errors throughout the novel. Without these, I would have given the book a higher star rating. There are just enough that it can distract you from the story itself.

I will definitely still be following the Dreamer Trilogy through until the end as the story kept me captivated throughout. Avery has a definite way with words and has a knack for storytelling that I am eager to see develop throughout the series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: LivedOneThousandLives on Jan. 05, 2013 :
All That We Seem or Seem by Tempest C. Avery

Description: Lily Bryg is a seventeen year old witch. She doesn't always know what that means, or how to control it, but she does know that to most, it paints a pretty little target over her forehead. If that's not bad enough, Ronan an evil king who believes she's his soul mate has been stalking her in her dreams. Should she fight Ronan and risk everything, or give up her freedom to possibly save her friends?

And what about Larkin, the attractive shape shifter who sparks a strong sense of deja vu within her? He claims they knew each other in her past life, but how could she trust something she can't remember? Dodging witches, demons, faeries, dragons, and much, much more, the Four are just beginning to realize that having power comes with a lot of responsibility. And sacrifice. But one question stands out among the rest, haunting Lily through out the nights and days. Should she fight Ronan and risk everything, or should she give up her freedom to the gorgeous, yet wicked, king in order to possibly save her friends?

Overall: This book was alright. I feel like the plot was good and the characters were mostly well developed. The beginning was a little confusing, but at the end it became clear. There were things that didn't really get explained, but I think they will be in the next book. It was alright. I didn't like the errors in the text though. Many times a the was supposed to be a they and things like that. Other than that, though, this book was good. It was a typical book where the main character is responsible for saving the world, or another world in this case, and falls in love along the way. I'm not saying this is bad in any way though, and the writing style was very good. I loved that it required a lot of imagination. This book takes you to a far away place and leaves you there to discover it along with The Four. The setting was very creative, too!

Characters: I liked The Four. The idea behind them was good. That they all had their own special powers and such. I wish they had gotten more of their memory back, though. It might have helped clear things up. I also liked Larkin. He was very sweet and protective of Lily, which I thought was really cute. Their relationship didn't really grow though. It was like one minute they had their first kiss, and then all of the sudden they are in love? Was it just me that thought this?

Quotes: “Larkin found himself next to her now, his arm wrapped around her shoulders as if to comfort, though why he had no idea, for she seemed as calm as ever. Somehow, deep down, he knew that it was all a charade, a mask that she fitted in place as a means of protection. It wasn't easy for her to trust.”

Recommend?: Yes I highly recommend if you like the whole werewolves fairies and magic type of book. This book had a lot of imagination, which I loved! I give it 4/5 stars.

Lived One Thousand Lives
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: LivedOneThousandLives on Jan. 05, 2013 :
All That We Seem or Seem by Tempest C. Avery

Description: Lily Bryg is a seventeen year old witch. She doesn't always know what that means, or how to control it, but she does know that to most, it paints a pretty little target over her forehead. If that's not bad enough, Ronan an evil king who believes she's his soul mate has been stalking her in her dreams. Should she fight Ronan and risk everything, or give up her freedom to possibly save her friends?

And what about Larkin, the attractive shape shifter who sparks a strong sense of deja vu within her? He claims they knew each other in her past life, but how could she trust something she can't remember? Dodging witches, demons, faeries, dragons, and much, much more, the Four are just beginning to realize that having power comes with a lot of responsibility. And sacrifice. But one question stands out among the rest, haunting Lily through out the nights and days. Should she fight Ronan and risk everything, or should she give up her freedom to the gorgeous, yet wicked, king in order to possibly save her friends?

Overall: This book was alright. I feel like the plot was good and the characters were mostly well developed. The beginning was a little confusing, but at the end it became clear. There were things that didn't really get explained, but I think they will be in the next book. It was alright. I didn't like the errors in the text though. Many times a the was supposed to be a they and things like that. Other than that, though, this book was good. It was a typical book where the main character is responsible for saving the world, or another world in this case, and falls in love along the way. I'm not saying this is bad in any way though, and the writing style was very good. I loved that it required a lot of imagination. This book takes you to a far away place and leaves you there to discover it along with The Four. The setting was very creative, too!

Characters: I liked The Four. The idea behind them was good. That they all had their own special powers and such. I wish they had gotten more of their memory back, though. It might have helped clear things up. I also liked Larkin. He was very sweet and protective of Lily, which I thought was really cute. Their relationship didn't really grow though. It was like one minute they had their first kiss, and then all of the sudden they are in love? Was it just me that thought this?

Quotes: “Larkin found himself next to her now, his arm wrapped around her shoulders as if to comfort, though why he had no idea, for she seemed as calm as ever. Somehow, deep down, he knew that it was all a charade, a mask that she fitted in place as a means of protection. It wasn't easy for her to trust.”

Recommend?: Yes I highly recommend if you like the whole werewolves fairies and magic type of book. This book had a lot of imagination, which I loved! I give it 4/5 stars.

Lived One Thousand Lives
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: LivedOneThousandLives on Jan. 05, 2013 : (no rating)
All That We Seem or Seem by Tempest C. Avery

Description: Lily Bryg is a seventeen year old witch. She doesn't always know what that means, or how to control it, but she does know that to most, it paints a pretty little target over her forehead. If that's not bad enough, Ronan an evil king who believes she's his soul mate has been stalking her in her dreams. Should she fight Ronan and risk everything, or give up her freedom to possibly save her friends?

And what about Larkin, the attractive shape shifter who sparks a strong sense of deja vu within her? He claims they knew each other in her past life, but how could she trust something she can't remember? Dodging witches, demons, faeries, dragons, and much, much more, the Four are just beginning to realize that having power comes with a lot of responsibility. And sacrifice. But one question stands out among the rest, haunting Lily through out the nights and days. Should she fight Ronan and risk everything, or should she give up her freedom to the gorgeous, yet wicked, king in order to possibly save her friends?

Overall: This book was alright. I feel like the plot was good and the characters were mostly well developed. The beginning was a little confusing, but at the end it became clear. There were things that didn't really get explained, but I think they will be in the next book. It was alright. I didn't like the errors in the text though. Many times a the was supposed to be a they and things like that. Other than that, though, this book was good. It was a typical book where the main character is responsible for saving the world, or another world in this case, and falls in love along the way. I'm not saying this is bad in any way though, and the writing style was very good. I loved that it required a lot of imagination. This book takes you to a far away place and leaves you there to discover it along with The Four. The setting was very creative, too!

Characters: I liked The Four. The idea behind them was good. That they all had their own special powers and such. I wish they had gotten more of their memory back, though. It might have helped clear things up. I also liked Larkin. He was very sweet and protective of Lily, which I thought was really cute. Their relationship didn't really grow though. It was like one minute they had their first kiss, and then all of the sudden they are in love? Was it just me that thought this?

Quotes: “Larkin found himself next to her now, his arm wrapped around her shoulders as if to comfort, though why he had no idea, for she seemed as calm as ever. Somehow, deep down, he knew that it was all a charade, a mask that she fitted in place as a means of protection. It wasn't easy for her to trust.”

Recommend?: Yes I highly recommend if you like the whole werewolves fairies and magic type of book. This book had a lot of imagination, which I loved! I give it 4/5 stars.

Lived One Thousand Lives
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Echoing Star on Dec. 31, 2012 : (no rating)
Originally posted here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/463322037

I meant to give it a 4.5 but obviously it is not possible on goodreads. Anyways, at first, I was really confused with this book because I hadn't read the book before it. Soon after though this book was really good and it sucked me right into it. I loved how the characters slowly remembered the past and everything because it kept me hooked to the book till the very end. It was really good although there were a few mistakes that made me reread the whole paragraph again. I LOVE Bran and Brid the most because they truly supported each other throughout the whole story and even made me close to tears. They weren't as complicated as most of the couples, which made them more enjoyable, know that they treat each other the way a normal, healthy relationship did. I did like Lily and Larkin's relationship although they took a long time to realize that they love and care for each other. What made me dislike their relationship a bit was what they fought and "broke up" about. But because of the break up, it made me really want to read the second book ASAP.

My favourite characters overall were Bran and Conall (still are!) because they lighten up the mood and are pretty well developed even though they weren't mentioned much in the story. I am glad that I got a chance to read this and I am very well on the second book of this, hoping to find a little more "something" in Larkin's and Lily's relationship. (Same with Bran and Brid!)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Echoing Star on Dec. 31, 2012 :
I meant to give it a 4.5 but obviously it is not possible on smashwords. Anyways, at first, I was really confused with this book because I hadn't read the book before it. Soon after though this book was really good and it sucked me right into it. I loved how the characters slowly remembered the past and everything because it kept me hooked to the book till the very end. It was really good although there were a few mistakes that made me reread the whole paragraph again. I LOVE Bran and Brid the most because they truly supported each other throughout the whole story and even made me close to tears. They weren't as complicated as most of the couples, which made them more enjoyable, know that they treat each other the way a normal, healthy relationship did. I did like Lily and Larkin's relationship although they took a long time to realize that they love and care for each other. What made me dislike their relationship a bit was what they fought and "broke up" about. But because of the break up, it made me really want to read the second book ASAP.

My favourite characters overall were Bran and Conall (still are!) because they lighten up the mood and are pretty well developed even though they weren't mentioned much in the story. I am glad that I got a chance to read this and I am very well on the second book of this, hoping to find a little more "something" in Larkin's and Lily's relationship. (Same with Bran and Brid!)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Bieke Paesen on Dec. 14, 2012 :
Read: 11/29/2012
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

"Lily Bryg was from another world. She didn’t have green skin, or horns, but the fact didn’t change that while she looked like a normal human being on the outside, on the inside she was something else entirely. Witches tended to appear that way."

Well, this book didn't turn out as I expected. I turned out better. I had my doubts about it, but it had me from the start. It was cool, fun and quick to read! =)
This is a short one, but what more can I say? Read the book!

I have to mention that I saw a few spelling errors, but that could've been the copy I had. :P

"Lily Bryg was the big three S's. Seventeen and scared shitless."

I just had to put that line in the review, lol.


A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kindlemom on Dec. 07, 2012 :
I think I got the first edition of this one before the author went back through and corrected some parts and edited it a little more. I think if I were to try the latest edition more of the story would have made sense.

This is the first book in the Dreamer trilogy but I have to say, from the first chapter it is very confusing and I felt more like I had just walked into the middle of an ongoing series instead of one just beginning.

There were too many characters right off to keep in track of and to remember and I felt myself scratching my head on more than one occasion wondering what in the world was going on. We are sort of thrown into the middle of the story without any real background info about where they are and what is going on. I could tell the author had the story in her head and knew where she was going with it but it left the reader feeling more like an outsider looking in trying to decipher and storyline and characters that really looked promising.

I don't believe this is a bad story at all, in fact with a little work and maybe a slightly less confusing beginning (which I am hoping the updated version has) this could really be a fun read with some great characters. I think the author has a lot of talent that is just dying to show through the pages.

For now I am going to leave this one unrated (or maybe a very neutral 3 stars) until I get a hold of a better copy and can read more of the story.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Oleo on Nov. 23, 2012 :
I am normally a person who will stop reading if you do not have me in the first chapter. This book has changed my mind. I now will continue to push forward and give authors the chance they deserve to allow me to experience an original exciting story. I was given this book from Tempest C. Avery to read for an honest review. This book is about a long war of good and evil. It has dragons, demons, witches, shape shifters, and much more! It is a journey full of surprises and suspense. The story is very original and excellent for all fantasy lovers. I would have given 5 stars if the first chapter was different, but I think she did a great job of it after you continue reading. It is full of very descriptive information about the main characters and how they got to the point they are in time and were they are heading...a lot to absorb, but needed information. I just can't imagine how she could have written it anymore clearly. I highly recommend that you read this book. The descriptions of the surroundings, characters , and their emotions have you living in a far away land following these four main characters on their journey. I was happy, sad, excited...and more as I lived within the pages of this book. Thank you Tempest C Avery for the honor of reading this story.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Charli Denae on Nov. 13, 2012 :
This is an amazing book! The alternate world that has been created by the author is so vividly portrayed, that you can picture it as a real place. The beginning is kind of a whirlwind. The author provides a lot of back-story and it may be a little difficult to keep clear at first.

The main characters are four teenagers who are way too mature for their ages. They were drawn to each other due to their similarities, they thought, and bonded very tightly throughout their reincarnated childhoods. Eventually, they realize that they've lived before but don't remember much of their past lives. As fragments of their past lives began to come to them, they find that they're destined to travel to the alternate world to save their countrymen from an evil king. This king is convinced that one of the teens, Lily, is his soul mate, and he will do anything to get her to agree. Even kill her friends and anyone who helps her try to overthrow him. He visits her in her dreams and, though she is confused by these visits, she vows to save everyone from his tyranny.

Each of the teens is a witch and have a special power and, once they venture to the other world, they learn there is a lot more to their abilities than they first thought. They meet a lot of assorted paranormal-type characters; witches, fairies, dragons, demons, and the adventure begins to take a lot of twists and turns. There's also romance, mystery, and some scary stuff. Everything a reader needs to keep them enthralled in a story and, really, isn't that what reading is all about?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stacy on Nov. 02, 2012 :
I must admit that I was drawn in pretty quickly to the story that unfolded in “All That We See or Seem”. But first things first: I was given a copy of this novel free from the author through my Goodreads book club, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All thoughts and conclusions are my own.
In the beginning we are introduced to the main characters Lily (Dreamer), Ruarc (Warrior), Bridgett (Stargazer), and Caer (Fortuneteller). Due to the complexity of their dual names/powers/signs/etc., it is a little difficult to follow them all and keep them straight (I had to write them all down!) – but totally worth it once you get it figured out. These characters all feel very strong connections with one another, as well as a connection to a fragmented shared past. This bond carries through the many lifetimes they’ve shared with one another, and it is their strongest asset.
In a world filled with witches, fairies, kings and queens, goblins and the like, author Tempest C. Avery takes these characters on a journey to discover that life is bigger than they are, and “the Four” are strongest when they stay together.
The worlds were very vividly drawn and the excitement was gritty – those factors made this a book that I was able to quickly get lost in. Although this book does contain violence in the battle scenes, it is not excessive -- I would recommend this book to anyone 15+.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Stacy on Nov. 02, 2012 : (no rating)
I must admit that I was drawn in pretty quickly to the story that unfolded in “All That We See or Seem”. But first things first: I was given a copy of this novel free from the author through my Goodreads book club, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All thoughts and conclusions are my own.
In the beginning we are introduced to the main characters Lily (Dreamer), Ruarc (Warrior), Bridgett (Stargazer), and Caer (Fortuneteller). Due to the complexity of their dual names/powers/signs/etc., it is a little difficult to follow them all and keep them straight (I had to write them all down!) – but totally worth it once you get it figured out. These characters all feel very strong connections with one another, as well as a connection to a fragmented shared past. This bond carries through the many lifetimes they’ve shared with one another, and it is their strongest asset.
In a world filled with witches, fairies, kings and queens, goblins and the like, author Tempest C. Avery takes these characters on a journey to discover that life is bigger than they are, and “the Four” are strongest when they stay together.
The worlds were very vividly drawn and the excitement was gritty – those factors made this a book that I was able to quickly get lost in. Although this book does contain violence in the battle scenes, it is not excessive -- I would recommend this book to anyone 15+.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Olivia Trujillo on Oct. 17, 2012 :
I enjoyed the style in which the book was written. The character names were a bit much, every time I read one I kept thinking how is is suppose to be pronounced? The story line was a really great and fun idea. I feel everything was such a coincidence. Oh you need a weapon and one magically appears. Wondering how we are going to travel and poof you now have knowledge to call a way. The way it was written suggests that they the magic 4 some are much older than a teenager. LOL At least the ones I know. The way the story starts to unfolds I think it needed a little fine tuning. Hard to believe it could happen for me. I just loved the authors writing but couldn't connect with it. I would however read more by this author due to practice makes perfect.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laura Johnson on Sep. 30, 2012 :
I received an eBook copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

All That We See Or Seem is a Young Adult Fantasy novel in which a quartet of teenagers collectively known as The Four enter Bevain, another world that exists parallel to their own and is their true home. Each has a special role: Lily is the Dreamer, Brin is the Stargazer, Caer is the Fortuneteller, and Ruarc is the Warrior. The plot mostly follows Lily and her actions (although it shifts occasionally to others with no dominant second character) as she fights Ronan, the self-proclaimed King of the realm who, despite his wickedness, has a sexy charm that she can't permanently shake off. In order to defeat him, the Four must band together and fight their first battle, although that is only the beginning of a thicker plot.

Although I loved the idea and imagination behind the plot and the roles of the characters, the story was not as developed as my expectations had led me to believe. The novel read like a first draft, complete with loose writing, absent and/or irrelevant elements, and overall sloppiness. Some characters, like Brin and Caer, played almost no role in the story. They almost exclusively appeared when they had a POV scene after Lily stepped into a commanding role. I also felt as if I had been dropped into the middle of a story, as too many characters are introduced at once, and I feel disconnected from them. None of them have any idea at all, either, but the way that they learn is jarring and awkward.

My main pet peeve with this novel was the carelessness of the manuscript. I found grammatical errors and overlooked typos that made the manuscript seem as if it had only seen a word-processor's spellcheck. I laughed aloud when I read about some character having to fear “the king's furry” (Page Unknown). Some others, within a short span of pages, included: “...but I new [sic] that he felt it was stupid to mourn” (100), “...as if they had been used to tear the fleash [sic] from something” (102) and “you miss understand [sic]” (107). Other errors, more on the grammatical side, were abundant enough to tell me that it was an absence of knowledge, not just a few oversights, of the difference between “new/knew” and “your/you're,” for example. No matter how awesome a book may be, I can't reward sloppiness with five stars.

And now for the highlights, so I can end this review on a positive and hopefully inspiring note (since I am loathe to give entirely negative reviews unless I feel a story truly deserves it, in which case it would not be getting three stars).

The scenes with Ronan are, in my opinion, the best written. I can picture him and his actions quite well in my mind, and his voice, to me, is drop dead sexy. I'd have said, “Yes. I'll go with you to save the lives of tens of thousands of people” in a heartbeat. The perceived soul-mate aspect could have been played up a bit more, but his gradually increasingly invasive presence in Lily's life is well done.

The romantic tension between Larkin and Lily (and Ruarc) added more depth to the story. It was a bit on the sidelines at times, but considering what the author chose to do with it, it worked well. I only wonder why Ronan wasn't more jealous and/or better used a threat on Larkin's life as a way to manipulate Lily into joining him. It felt like an idle threat.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, but there wasn't enough there for me to give a four star rating. However, I do see potential for this story and its sequels, as I really want to see more of Ronan (*dreamy stare*). I will be reading Echo Island next (note: not part of the same series), and I hope that it earns at least a four star review from me.

(For those who care, I picture Ronan as Tom Felton. Tee hee!)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lauren Johnson on Sep. 28, 2012 :
Overall I have to say that I greatly enjoyed reading this book. It had an interesting story line once the reader is actually able to figure out what is going on. The beginning is really confusing and there is not a lot of explanation about what is happening or why. Also the author uses a lot of different names for characters that makes it hard to keep them straight when the story is first being read. Another issue I had with the book as a whole was the timeline for things. I understand and think it is an interesting concept that the main character are still trying to get their past life memories back, however, the timeline of events taking place in the past seem to be all jumbled together without some sort of concrete form. The final issue I had is one of a personal opinion and that is with the ages of the characters. Even though they had been reborn and had previously lived a different life in the past the characterization and some of the general attitudes of the characters seem to be well beyond their sixteen years. With all of the issues being said I truly enjoyed reading this and will go on to read the sequels.

Note: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.(
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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