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Amber Silverblood by Adam Bolander

 

Meet Amber, a teenage girl struggling with the death of her father, an overstressed mother- and lycanthropy. Amber wants nothing more than for things to go back to normal, but a magical corporation has its sights set on her. Six months ago they lost a very important test subject, and they think Amber will be a suitable replacement. If she refuses to go with them, a demonic crime lord has his own plans for her as well. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Amber is forced to find allies in the midst of her enemies while still trying to keep her new wolf-ish nature under control. Only one thing is certain: she can trust nobody but herself.


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First Impression, Fun

By LadyAnder, author of Hy'Ruh-Ha

Jul 5, 2018: This review is written in the perspective as a dyslexic reader as well as a first impression review. If you don’t know what that means, I’m basing my review off the first several chapter of a novel. Normally 5-10 chapter. This time I read to ch.12 because I have no self-control.

I like to mention I have a dislike of urban fantasy. Of all the fantasy sub-genres out there, urban fantasy annoys me the most in that is has to adhere to the same handful of conventions that are checked off a list. This goes for both adult and YA urban fantasy. That’s being said, I didn’t mind this story.

The story itself is about Amber, a high school student and recently turned werewolf who gets taken into magical custody by wizards wielding magical scepters to keep her away from a demon. Why the demon want her . . . shrug As of chapter 12, this bit of information wasn’t dropped, but I’m sure it has to do with her being a silverblood or werewolf who resists silver. That’s why the wizard want her though any more details than that isn’t shared either. And that’s about all I can talk about before I get into too much spoiler territory.

The writing is very consistent and the story moves along. However, I do have a slight nitpick in that there is an issue in the first two-three chapters where descriptions are a bit too sparse. It’s missing some atmosphere I suppose in places. Things just happen and I didn’t get a good picture of the surrounding in my mind. When you cross into chapter 4, that’s not a problem anymore. Maybe I got used to the minimalism but it felt as if the writing got better after the ground work chapters have been place. The only time pacing bothered me was chapter 10 and 11. Chapter 10 kind of felt it needed to be part off 11 because chapter 10 is short and the end just hangs there and then chapter 11 starts right up.

Let’s move to our main character and narrator.

Amber reminds me of Harry from Harry Potter in that she’s passable. That meaning that there isn’t anything bad about her character construction it’s her depth, it’s simple. Becoming a werewolf hasn’t been easy for her and clearly affects her but, it’s given as much depth as it needs to for the type of story this is. The story is simple and I don’t mean that in the bad way. Not all stories need to be told the same way and need to approach in the same fashion. Weighing it down with complexity might ruin the fun because this is a fun story to me.

As a dyslexic, I really appreciate something easy to follow. Something I can keep turning pages and enjoy. It something you read between tedious things because your mind needs to rest a bit. I did read this by listening to it using text-to-speech and it reads rather well. There aren’t too many errors present. There are some but they are minor and few. If there were some visually, I missed them.

That being said, my rating for this story is indulging in comfort food/10. And if you want stars, 3.5/5. It’s a fun read like eating junk food. But if you are looking to read something complex to go along with gourmet tastes, this novel isn’t it. If you’re like me, don’t mind the simplicity and straightforwardness of it, of then you will enjoy it.

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