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Naomi confesses the best word to describe her is: whimsical. Forget “the girl next door” and think more along the lines of “the girl from the next galaxy over” and you’d be closer to the correct personality categorization. She is an unequivocal day-dreamer, anime enthusiast, partisan of fantastical things, and unshakable devotee to story-telling.
In addition to writing, Naomi sings, draws, reads, plays console games, does the occasional concept art commissions, and works with rescued animals. Her love for absorbing fabulous, unforgettable stories is only out-shined by her love for creating her own.
Currently, she lives with her equally peculiar sister, two wild but wonderful nephews, cheeky little niece, her adorable, fun-loving cats, Kyo and Yuki, and blessedly tolerant housemate on the Gold Coast, Australia.
on Oct. 13, 2013 :
Loved this book! What an amazing story of friendship filled with adventure, suspense and had me laughing again and again. Such colourful characters, intriguing events and inspiring themes had me wanting more. I’m looking forward to the next in the series and would recommend this to young and old alike!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 15, 2013 :
I was very much anticipating the release of this book and I am pleased to say I was not disappointed. The plot line was exciting, the hero's journey one I felt I wanted to be involved in, and the characters colourful but realistic through all situations in which they found themselves.
I often didn't know what to expect. In many stories, sections of ‘walking and chatting’ are often followed by more ‘walking and chatting’. Not so in Kin Seeker. There were never any ‘boring’ bits, but excitement and plot shifts weren't added simply for interest's sake. Every challenge gave a bit more understanding of the history and present situation of the world, and a little additional insight into the hearts of the characters that were forced into dealing with them.
This brings me to the characters themselves. Each character had its own distinct personality, which was discernible within moments of meeting them. Character interaction was also genuine, with friendship and enmity quickly becoming apparent when personalities met and sometimes clashed. Characters would do and say certain things because it was within their nature, not because the author forced them into doing so.
Overall, I found this book both enjoyable and compelling. The story itself was uplifting and the situations challenging, keeping me wanting more. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)