Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Seeker by Veronica Rossi Review

Book Nerd Review by Jeanette

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi's new fantasy adventure in the Rider series—Seeker .

When Daryn claimed she was seeing visions during her sophomore year of high school, no one believed the truth. She wasn't losing her mind, she was gaining the Sight the ability to see the future. If she just paid attention to the visions, they'd provide her with clues and show her how she could help people. Really help them. Daryn embraced her role as a Seeker. The work she did was important. She saved lives.

Until Sebastian.

Sebastian was her first and worst mistake.

Since the moment she inadvertently sealed him in a dark dimension with Samrael the last surviving demon in the Kindred guilt has plagued her. Daryn knows Sebastian is alive and waiting for help. It's up to her to rescue him. But now that she needs the Sight more than ever to guide her, the visions have stopped.

Daryn must rely on her instincts, her intelligence, and on blind faith to lead the riders who are counting on her in search of Sebastian. As they delve into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems and where Samrael is steadily amassing power, Daryn faces the ultimate test. Will she have to become evil to destroy evil? The very fate of humankind rests in the answer.

Praise for THE SEEKER

"The feeling of imminent danger and the constant battles with terrifying creatures help bring this vivid story to life. However, the depth of characterization is what will make readers connect to this small group of teens on a mission to save humanity. Gideon and Daryn display a powerful chemistry from their very first meeting, while the personality conflicts between Gideon and his fellow horsemen keep this adventure both intense and humorous." RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!

When I first got Seeker by Veronica Rossi, I had no idea what to expect. I never read Riders, the first book in the duology, but after reading the synopsis it intrigued me. The story is about a high school student that started having visions and had become a Seeker to use her powers to assist the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse (also known as the Riders). But from reading the synopsis of the story we know that something had gone wrong and that one of the Riders, Sebastian, has been accidentally trapped in a dark dimension with Samrael, one of the demons they were fighting.

The storytelling is done well where it sets up the second part of the series where you can easily catch up to the events that had happened in the previous book. The story starts out with Daryn living with another Seeker in Wyoming where she's hiding out from everyone. It’s been eight months since the events ending in the last book, and it seems like Daryn is pretty much running away from her problems instead of facing them. But because of this, I felt more compelled to the keep reading to find out more. I found myself having a hard time to put the book down. I wanted to keep reading to figure out and to better understand the reason behind Daryn’s decision to stay away.

The book’s narration is split between Daryn’s point of view and Gideon’s point of view. Gideon is one of the other Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, so it was nice to see things from his perspective as well. What had surprised me though was that although it was mentioned that Daryn was a high school student, the book does not take place in a high school setting. Also, when hearing that the story deals with the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse I had assumed this would be set in a dystopian fantasy world but that wasn’t necessarily the case. With the exception of the characters that the story focuses on, the world around them has no idea that the Four Horseman and demons actually exist. 

Daryn and Gideon and the other two horsemen have to come together and work through their differences to formulate and plan and work together to rescue Sebastian. The world within the dark dimension is beyond imagination but Rossi does a wonderful job of building a believable place that could possibly exist parallel to ours. The characters go through trials and challenges, both physical and emotional. And as a young adult novel you can expect a bit of romance to show up in the story, but what’s nice is that Rossi does a great job of providing it in balanced doses so it doesn’t over power the story.

This book was a refreshing and engaging read that I would recommend to others who are fans of dystopian survival novels but are looking for something a little different.

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Veronica Rossi is a best selling author of fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, was the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The series appeared in the NY Times and USA Today best seller lists and was published in over 25 foreign markets.

Her second series for young adults will begin with RIDERS (published February 16, 2016), the story of four modern day teens who become incarnations of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the prophetic girl who brings them together.

Veronica completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a lifelong reader and artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, and all over the United States, to finally settle in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

When not writing, Veronica enjoys reading (it’s worth repeating), painting, and running. She does NOT like anything involving numbers, the addition of them, subtraction of them, you name it. They terrify her. Her obsessions generally lead to fictional works. Currently, she’s exploring New York City during the Revolutionary War.

Don’t tread on me. (If you know what that means, then you are my people!)

What else? This is getting more fun, isn’t it?

She–okay, I–am a huge fan of the SF Giants and the Golden State Warriors. I know, I know. Book types and sporty types shouldn’t be one in the same, but what can I say? I’m breaking the mold. Continuing. I have an irrational love of elephants. They make me cry, but it’s the best kind of cry. On other end of the spectrum, I abhor the shrill squeak styrofoam makes when it’s coming out of a box. Just typing that sentence made me want to scream. Needless to say, Christmas is great, but also really tough on me.

It’s probably time to wrap this up. If you’re here, it’s likely because you’ve read one of my books, or because you’re thinking about reading one of my books. Either way, thank you. Writing fulfills me like nothing else and I feel exceedingly fortunate to also call it my profession.



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