on Jan. 28, 2014 :
So it seems that my misfortune continues. If reading Rouge was a mistake led on because I misjudged its contents by the fancy cover, then picking up Chrysalis was a mistake caused by the exact opposite reason. I wish I had judged the cover more, that way I probably would have saved myself from this unsatisfactory read. I always try my best to support self published books and authors, but Chrysalis is perhaps one of those which made self published books to have such a bad reputation.
In one line, Chrysalis is a cheesy teenager romance trying to disguise itself as an epic fantasy. There is hardly anything else in this book other than the romantic relationship between Ayda and Adrian. But even the romance is poorly constructed and as cliched as one can possibly imagine. The thing that amused me the most is Michelle Jordan's questionable attempt to justify the insta-love between Ayda and Adrian through the voice of another character in the story.
Adrian looked at Ayda and said, "It started for me when I first laid eyes on her."
"Awww, now that was sweet, even if I don't believe in the over sentimentalization that they feed teenagers in film, music, and books. I believe this to be sincere and very touching." she (River) said as she finished up her pizza.
I don't even know if I should laugh or cry when an author is so desperately trying to convince me that the romance between these two MCs is real. Another big disappointment I have with Chrysalis is the lack of action scenes. Ayda is supposed to be the best solider ever existed, but from her failed assassination attempts to the few fights she had with Wem, I cannot see how she excelled her trainings at all. There are simply not enough details to make it believable.
The world building in Chrysalis is extremely confusing as well. Even though the book spent some time to explain the past conflicts and the struggles remained, it still had me bewildered most of the time. As for the part I did grasp (or I thought I did), a lot more work was required to make it less illogical and unrealistic. I cannot really complement the writing either as it is so very plain and stiff. I had a hard time finishing it and often found myself skipping through sentences. I wish there were more descriptions that could have brought me a better sense of the atmosphere and a clearer picture of the world.
Chrysalis is the first novel in Michelle Cornwell-Jordan's The World of Bid'ABen series, though I don't think I will be reading any subsequent installments. It started quite promising with a world that is now roamed over by humans and supernatural beings together, but the story went downhill quickly when the romance took over the plot. Hopefully, I will have better luck next time on my reading journey.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
on Jan. 28, 2014 :
*thanks so much for giving me this book to review, I'm so glad I did!!
I liked it a lot for many reasons. First, the author of this book is a creative, fabulous writer that grabbed my attention. She also has a great style of writing and great word choice, which makes it so not boring. To add to that, I loved the story! Ayda is made to killed someone named Adrain (idk if I spelled it right.... Horrible speller!) but they end up following in love! Ayda is willing to give up everything if it means not killing him, which I find really sweet. :)
This book is simply amazing! You must read!!!!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Bonny Bon Bon
on Jan. 12, 2014 :
Firstly id like to thank Michelle Cornwell- Jordan for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review
Ayda is an Achina, half human and half Thunderkin. A being which is created and not born and whom are created for a specific purpose. In Aydas case Cheveyo (ruler of Taawa - One of the three Territories) orders Ayda to be created to assassinate Adrian, the heir to Kuuyi one of the three territories in Bid'A Ban so that Cheveyo may rule both territories and unite Bid'A Ban once more.
However after 2 failed attempts Ayda begins to realize that she no longer wants to end Adrian's life, which then leads her to believe that she is somehow defective since Achinas don't question anything they only carry out there purpose. She then decides to protect Adrian instead which also complicates things once they start to spend more time with one another and fall for each other.
With the help of Al her Cheveyo's secretary she will do everything she can to make sure Adrian lives even if it means sacrificing everything.
I enjoyed reading this book however for me there were a quite a few things I disliked which brought my rating down.
The unpronounceable names and places - I understand Michelle was world building but every time someone or thing was mentioned I became tongue tied.
Inconsistencies throughout, such as Ayda being the top Achina Assassin created and yet in the first sign of battle she didn't focus and when trying to get everyone to safety was to focused on god only knows and didn't make sure they weren't followed.
The relationship between Ayda and Adrian wasn't detailed enough for my liking. Yes they liked each other then suddenly they were dating there was no description of how they got to know one another. Only 4 weeks later..
However after listing those things I didn't like I am still looking forward to book two and to see how Ayda and Adrian progress on there journey
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on Oct. 7, 2013 :
Chrysalis is one of the best books that I have read in awhile. Having read other books by this author I knew this was going to be a good one too. I just didn't realize that I would love it so much. I loved the supernatural world that the author created. I think it would be a fun place to visit or even live. The characters were very real and the story flowed right along.
Ayda is a supernatural being, an achina. She is part human and part Thunderkin. She was created for one purpose, to kill Adrian, the Thunderkin heir. After a couple of attempts she comes to realize that she has feelings for him and she can't kill him. So instead she decides to become his protector. Once his uncle Cheveyo finds out things get turned upside down. Then there is this weird supernatural, Wem that has gone rogue and is out to destroy Ayda, Adrian, their friends and family.
There is a lot going on throughout the story. Action, suspense, friendship and romance. There are lots of twists and turns that will leave you wanting more. I could not get enough of this story, it was so good. This will appeal to fans of fantasy and/or dystopian. The way the author combined the two really made the story unique and something special. I continue to be a fan of this amazing author. I can't wait to see what is in store for book two.
This e-arc was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)