Tuesday, May 13, 2014

REVIEW: The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner


The-Labyrinth-Wall-CoverAraina’s isolated teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man emerge through a rippling wall into the dark labyrinth she calls home. As a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s Creators have unleashed a series of magical attacks using the labyrinth against its inhabitants. Now Araina must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to reach safety on the other side of the labyrinth wall. The Labyrinth Wall is the story of a young woman who discovers that although labyrinth walls confine her and her enemies try to repress her, the power of hope can set her free. Will the walls that confine her be the walls that set her free? Young Adult Fantasy Novel. Hit #2 on the Amazon Best Seller list in its category the day after release and hit #26 on the Top 100 Amazon Free Best Seller List.

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RATING: 3 Stars

REVIEW: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was never really sure what kind of book this was. On one hand, it was a very dystopian storyline, on the other hand, it could have been a science fiction book, and yet, it could have fit into its home genre of young adult fantasy. There wasn't enough in the book itself to push it towards any one genre.Normally in any book, there's always a mix of genres. I could easily handle a sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian book, look at Ender's Game, there's a perfect example. But, this book just left me with a sense of confusion and grappling for what was actually going on.
There were times when the author did a great job of describing characters and scenery. Then the relationships between the characters left much to be desired and seemed very two dimensional to me. I believe the only relationship that truly took on any life was the one between Ariana and Blue, and even then at times it seemed a little too contrived.
The book was an easy, quick read from what I've been immersing myself in lately, but I don't think I would re-read it.

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