Travelers: Rekindled // a book review

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I am so hopelessly in love with books, and I cannot lie. 

The frustrating thing is when life gets CRAZY hectic, that's when books summon me. Verbally. As if they're supposed to do that. *pfft* And I don't know what's worse: the fact that they speak to me, or... the fact that I actually listen to them. Either way I'm left seemingly psychologically troubled. And that would surprise neither me or my comrades. *winks* Or thou, dear reader, who has fallen victim to my nonsense. 

Getting back into my game here, I'm not supposed to be talking about such idiotic things right now. There will be plenty of other posts for all that madness. Today, I'm so excited to share with you one of the latest short novels I've read, Travelers: Rekindled by Dominic DiMaria. So, no more of this trifle business. LET US BEGIN!
Join Soren on his journey from Oasis, the beautiful realm of the Cosmos, to a physical Dimension of vile men, dark creatures, and a mysterious Master, ordered to accomplish a task that will turn the lives of those he meets, as well as his own, upside down.

So when I first heard about this book, I freaked out. I mean, my friend's older brother wrote it. How does that not seem legit?? It's one thing to meet an author, it's another thing to be friends with the siblings of an author. You're way cooler that way, trust me. I've done the research. Pay attention. 

When I saw that it was a short novel, I was skeptical. I don't like short books. I like long, never-ending books that take me a week to read. This took me one day.  

Writing Style + Technique: 5/5 STARS
From the first page, I was enthralled by Dominic's writing style, and the colors he weaved into each sentence. His word usage was tasteful, and the overall voice was artistically matured. Many elements he used in this book reminded me of another series by C. S. Lakin, which is really cool because I LOVE her writing techniques and styles! 

Character + Development: 3/5 STARS
I can be picky when it comes to characters. Nit picky. I really wanted to enjoy the characters as much as the plot and writing, but they fell short. Given, this was a short book and there's not much you can do within 100 pages for a character. So I'll be merciful. 

The book is based in another world, so the people are going to act a little different, their speech will be a little different. But I can't excuse the fact that Soren didn't seem realistic. His struggle was real, but his being? He never seemed to take form before me. He was still almost a stranger to me by the end of the book because I hadn't gotten to love him. And that did take away from the pleasure in reading such a fine novel. 

Setting + Plot: 5/5 STARS
What can I say? I LOVE MADE UP WORLDS. With symbolism and creepy creatures... This book wasn't a disappointment. The setting was thoroughly constructed and the world was beautifully described.

I LOVE lovelovelove the plot. The plot. Is. Amazing. Soren is taken from the world of peace and quiet and calm to remind the Forgetters. His mission is simple... but not easy. 

Lots of history was told, but not in an annoying-looooong-paragraphs-of-boring-stuff way. It was interesting, and kept the story rolling, even if we were jumping into the past. 

What I liked:
  1. Honestly, the description was immaculate. Perfect. On fleek. 
  2. The character development wasn't as intense as I would have liked, but I'm making an exception because this was a shorter book. That being said, it was good, just not the best. 
  3. All the symbolism is JUST SO COOL. I've always had a thing for books like that (Chronicles of Narnia, the Hobbit, The Gates of Heaven Series, and the like), and I know for a fact that my own writing is similar. So, yay for awesomeness. 

What I disliked:
There was so much awesome in this short novel, I know I'm being nit-picky here to point this out. But I was never good at hushing my opinion. So, here goes Cheetos.
  1. There was an odd romance between two of the characters. I just didn't understand it, didn't like it, I didn't know what to make of it. I mean, I love a good romance in a book, but this seemed awkwardly thrown in just to appease readers like me. Didn't feel right. I don't really know, maybe that's just me?
  2. Like I said, Soren didn't feel real to me, and the other characters weren't any better. I would have liked getting to know them, and seeing their personality. EVERY character has their own special personality, but I just don't see that in Soren. 
In conclusion... 
This was a very well written, enjoyable short read! It was exciting, and kept me entertained through the last page. But it wasn't just entertaining, it had a well told spiritual underlining. In the end, I feel like I've journeyed and grown with Soren, and have gotten a taste of a whole new world... And there's nothing more satisfying in a book than when they leave me feeling that way. ;)

Have you heard of this book?
Would you be willing to give it a try (if you don't, you're a goose with unforgivable fears of good books)??

THANKS FOR READING, FRENS.
Until next time, TALLY HO *winks like Solomon Hawke* (if you know this refrence, give a shout-out for Sol+Parvin in the comments!!!)

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6 comments

  1. Thank you for your review, Jasmine!

    I really loved reading your thoughts and I especially appreciate your honest critique. The feedback is an important piece that allows me to ensure I'm writing content that keeps people engaged and interested.

    In regards to the development of the characters, I couldn't agree more. It would have been great to be able to spend more time with Soren and Adna, especially, in order to understand their growth areas and their mysterious history better. Of course, this gets difficult when working in novella format, but rest assured, the adventure's not over.

    Thanks for sharing. Glad you enjoyed the read.

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    1. It was my pleasure! I look forward to the next books; this really is an amazing book. God bless you,

      Jaz

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  2. Aaah your blog is really pretty! I'm so glad I found it <3

    And this is a really great, concise post. I totally understood your thoughts on the book. I love symbolism in writing too!

    - Andrea at A Surge of Thunder

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    1. Well thank ya!! I think your blog is really pretty too:) Oh and thank you so much for commenting! It always makes me so happy!

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hai there, fran. be awesome. be nice. eat oreos.

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