Book Review: Til Death (Fractured Souls #1)

Author: Kate Evangelista

Genre: YA fantasy
Published: March 4th 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 331
Source: Review Request from Publisher
Available at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a daydreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally, this is not a problem, as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky—even for her.

Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more drool-worthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Too bad he acts like he hates her.

When Selena learns she’s being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined, she’s had enough. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easily, especially when she discovers that Dillan isn’t what he seems…and might not actually hate her after all. Dillan might be the only person who can save her.

My Rating of this Book – DNF

My Review:

I received Til Death for an honest review. Unfortunately, it ended up being a DNF, and though I never like writing a DNF review, there has been some requests on what I thought on this novel. So, here you go.

The first chapter was captivating. I was especially interested when I found it was written in the third person, male POV of Dillan. But interest turned quickly into confusion by the next chapter, which suddenly switched to the first person, female POV of Selena. Even more confusing, Selena’s inner thought and dialogue. I could hardly understand her most of the time. Her thought process was choppy with incomplete thought lines and sentences. And as if I didn’t get enough of a headache from the second chapter, my head was spinning when we entered the Dillan’s third person POV again. I love unique twists such as mixing some third person with first, or vice versa, but to continually flip back and forth chapter after chapter wasn’t working for me. It should have been all first person or all third person.

However, the bigger issue I had as I continued to read Til Death was that the characters, their interactions, and friends were very much like the characters, their interactions, and friends in another book that was previously published. Even Selena’s and Dillan’s descriptions and backgrounds in Til Death were practically mirror images of the other book characters, only flipped. The male character became Selena in description and background, while the female became Dillan. And the constant resemblance was driving me insane.

Plus, the uncle and his constant abuse toward Dillan was absurd. I felt there was more focus on that than the actual plotline.

The only thing that was keeping me going was the mysterious case Dillan’s uncle was supposed to give him. Here I was thinking something odd and strange with how the uncle kept his mouth shut. But to find out it was missing dogs??? I love dogs, don’t get me wrong, but with everything else, this was just not something I felt worth continuing.

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