Monday, March 12, 2018

Review: The Lost Savior by Siobhan Davis

The Lost Savior (Alinthia #1) by Siobhan Davis
Release Date: February 1, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Reverse-Harem

They came from another world to protect her. Now it’s her destiny to save them … Tori King is a normal senior in high school. Head over heels in love with her childhood sweetheart, she is busy making plans for college when a chance encounter with an alien bounty hunter turns her world upside down. Now, she’s experiencing terrifying changes and developing supernatural abilities that leave her questioning her entire existence.

Then the arrival of four hot new guys at school has everyone talking—especially when they become fixated on Tori, following her wherever she goes. She can’t shake them off, and as they grow closer, she finds herself drawn to all four of them in ways she cannot explain. When they finally reveal their true identity, and why they’re here for her, she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself is a lie. Because there is nothing normal about Tori King. And she’s about to discover exactly how underrated normal is.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.**

...And I'm so glad that I did.  I had not previously heard of this author or any of her books prior to reading this one, and all I can say is, where has she been hiding and where has this book been hiding?!

Let me start off by saying that this story is more appropriate for those 18 and over in age, as it is a reverse-harem book.  C.L. Stone's Ghost Bird series turned me into a fan of that little genre niche, so when the opportunity came around for me to try out Siobhan's Alinthia series, I jumped at the chance.  This series did not disappoint.  Fans of C.L. Stone's books will probably enjoy it, although it is not a straight contemporary, but has a lot of fantasy elements in it that lend it a unique quality.  While it is a reverse-harem story, that's where any and all similarities end.

Siobhan Davis takes you on a thrill ride of unique and interesting proportions, full of adventure, twists, turns, excitement and romance.  It had it all.  As you know, I'm a huge "characters first" proponent with any book I read, and Siobhan definitely showed her ability to flesh out a character, make them three dimensional, and to make me care about them.  Even the secondary characters were so fully drawn that I found myself loving them all, even those that didn't exactly act nice. There was also no stereotypical archetypes in the story. There could have been, but the author handled them so well, that they came across so unique and interesting in their own right.

The adventure and mystery of the book was intriguing, captivating, and kept me glued to the book until I finished it.  The pacing was perfect, with all the right clues and bits of appropriate information dropped for the reader at just the right time.  Nothing felt rushed.  The pacing was spot-on to where I literally flew through the book.

The author did a wonderful job handling sensitive situations, world-building, and crafting an incredibly unique backstory for these characters with a promise for even greater things to come.  I finished the book feeling as if a storyteller had just woven a tale of all my favorite book elements for me into one amazing and exciting tale.  I want more!!

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