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review 2017-02-10 08:03
SEEKER: 1 by Arwen Elys Dayton (12-Feb-2015) Paperback - Arwen Elys Dayton

Quin  was fighting a large man she was close to winning. Alistair MacBain was the biggest man Quin knew,and was Quin’s uncle but at the moment that didn’t matter. Seekers did not think when they fought. Quin and Shinoba had started their Seeker training when they were eight and they were both fifteen now. Alistair said they had to prove themselves .John was also training but he was now sixteen but he had got  a late start and didn’t start training until he was twelve. Quin is in love with John Quin and Shinoba take the oath and become Seekers. Quin had trained her entire life to do this , it was her destiny,. Quin will be fighting beside her closest friends Shinoba and John and they will protect the weak and those who have been wronged. But being a Seeker wasn’t what Quin thought it would be like. John is not allowed to take the oath yet. So John goes back to his grandfather's. Brais has something John wants. John attacks Braic and Quin and Shinoba escape but Quin has been shot. Quin’s dad wants power more than anything and has an ancient artifact that John wants.  Shinoba takes Quin to Hong Kong to heal but Quin loses all her memories. Shinab leaves Quin with Fiona who is her mother. Quin slowly starts to regain her memories  At first Quin follow their father's completely. But then Quin hides behind her shell of no memories and Shinoba hides behind drugs. But eventually Quin and Shinoba fight back. Shinoba has always loved Quin but Quin had only cared for John in that way but now they were running from him. Even without her memories Quin knows John is not a good guy and Shinoba is trying to kelp her. So now there is a love triangle.

I have mixed feelings about this story. Some things I liked some things not so much. But it also didn’t WOW me in anyway. This story was slow at times and that was hard to keep me going.as far as reading goes but I did finish this. I also found this story a little boring most of the time. I did like the young dread gave us more history of the seekers and the dreads, this did add to the story as far as I am concerned.  I got confused in this story. I didn’t like the changing POV  so much. I did think that plot was good just somehow didn’t work that great for me in the story. Toward the end of the story things started coming together but by then my rating of this story had already went down a lot.

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review 2016-05-25 05:22
Review: Traveler (Seeker #2) by Arwen Elys Dayton
Traveler (Seeker) - Arwen Elys Dayton

One of the few times I'm doing an abbreviated review because it makes sense for how much time I spent on this audiobook. Much stronger than the first book, but still quite many flaws. I am surprised by how I'm anticipating the next book in this series. Better focus on worldbuilding in this book, though some descriptions were really repetitious/lacking in term of the portrayal of certain cultures (and some instances were problematic). Characterization varies. Shinobu's role doesn't really have as much distinction as the previous book because he's focused more on his relationship with Quin (or injured), though I liked the parallel with his struggles of power to his former drug addiction. Quin is still a rounded character, but oddly enough, she wasn't the standout character to me in this book. I liked her, and she has some decent action scenes and moments in the book. John's role/struggle is a little more clarified, though he's still a bit odd in presentation. Catherine was by far the strongest character with motivations and painful losses - to me at least. (And her role clarified John's struggles and history much more).

I thought the narrator was a decent fit, but I'm surprised by how inconsistent the pronunciation of Japanese words were. Sometimes she was right on point with the mention of names, but other times, it was like it reverted back to the incorrect word. I wasn't sure why this was and I'll admit I kept mentally correcting it as I listened to the audio (though unfortunately, I don't have the physical book to compare some of the spellings of names - and I should note I speak Japanese a little. Writing the language is a different story, unfortunately, but I'm working on it.)

Overall, a decent read and worth the time, but it had quite a few stumbles in places that I hope are improved in the next book.

Overall score: 3/5 stars.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-03-28 02:25
A Great Start!!!!!!!
Seeker - Arwen Elys Dayton

I really enjoyed this book. John I just am not sure about, I understand why his doing what his doing, but to hurt someone that has never done anything to you and someone that you say you love just isn't right. So I am really on the fence with him. 


I really like Quin a lot and I feel really bad for her and what her dad made her do was just awful, and I get why she chose to do what she did. I wish she would have been a little stronger than what she was. I feel that towards the end she did become a little bit stronger.


I also really liked Siobhan (sorry if I spelled his name wrong, I don't have the book by me.) I also wish he would have been stronger as well. Instead of being stronger he turned to drugs instead. He does get stronger but with some help from someone, even though he didn't know this person was trying to help him the way that Siobhan wanted him too. 


Then there is Maud, who I am really not sure of. She's always changing in regards to whom she wants to help. She seems to be a good individual. 


I also like that there is really no love triangle in the book at least for right now. Quin's dad is really a freaking jerk thats for sure his really a sick and twisted individual that's for sure. I am sorry that I can't remember his name but I think its Barack ( I know I spelt the name wrong.)


I gave the book only 4 out of 5 stars because parts of the book where really boring and drawn out. Plus the characters weren't as strong as I wanted them to be.


I received this book throw netgalley, for the purpose of reading and reviewing the book as well as giving my honest opinion of the book. I even bought the next book in the series to see what happens next. I really want to know if John is really bad or just screwed up and misunderstood.

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review 2016-02-15 20:03
Traveler Book Review
Traveler (Seeker) - Arwen Elys Dayton

This is a really enjoyable fantasy series. For a second book in a trilogy I found Traveler fairly fast paced and exciting It was a bit slow in the middle but I never felt like I wanted to put it down. The third one is coming out in spring of 2017 and I'm definitely excited to find out how this ends. 


Picking right up where Seeker left off, Shinobu and Quinn find themselves resting after the wreckage and the fight with John. But rest doesn't come easily when everyone is after seekers and their asthame's. Quinn and Shinobu delve deeper into their destiny and family's secrets. 


The backstory behind with Catherine was actually my favorite part about this book. Her story was so heart wrenching even when we knew how it was going to end. You can't help but feel bad for John. 


Again, there are a lot of characters in this one. I also enjoyed John and his training with Maud. I definitely loved Shinobu and Quinn and the plot with the focal. I think the characters I cared for the least were the watchers, Nott and his fellow evil friends. They didn't really interest me and I could have done without them.


Now just have to wait for the release of the final book. This doesn't leave as much of a cliffhanger book one did but it definitely leaves you wanting more. 

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text 2015-12-29 00:30
DNF @ 22%.
Seeker - Arwen Elys Dayton

I can't. I just can't.


I thought maybe listening to this as an audio book would make it a bit better, since when I tried to read this originally I was bored to tears. Truthfully, it only helped mildly. Poor narrator. She tried her hardest, and she's really quite good. This story just isn't great.


Flat characters. Tons of plot holes. (HOW do whip swords work?)


I'm finding something else to end the year on.

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