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Book Review: Ruins

pro_readerThis is one of the galleys I’m reviewing thanks to NetGalley – a massive thank you to Peridot Press for granting me access to the title.

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Ruins by Joshua Winning (Sentinel #2) – Kindle edition, 328 pages – Published May 18th 2015 by Peridot Press

I started reading this a rather long time ago now (way over a month). It’s not a particularly long book, but neither was the previous novel and that took me a pretty long time to get through, too. Hmm.

Following the first book, this novel is focused on Nicholas Hallow, who has just discovered his Sentinel heritage. He’s still learning but has finally realised how important his existence is.

Nicholas is to use his Sensitive powers and is also required to unlock certain knowledge within his mind. He has to find a girl, a girl who is important for reasons he doesn’t yet know. But how does he find a girl he’s never met before?

Laurent is attempting to revive the Dark Prophets, bringing terrible destruction to Bury St Edmunds in the process. Nicholas must find the girl to stop him, and he needs to get a hold of his powers, too.

There are a few nice fight scenes in this, and some hints of mystery and suspense. But I can’t get past the lack of time passing in this series, and the lack of character development. I don’t feel like I’m living the book along with the characters, and I don’t feel that the characters are real. There’s just something very wrong with the pacing of these books.

It’s not a bad book, but there may actually be a bit too much description. As I said, the pacing really ruins (hah!) these books for me, sadly. I’m going to have to say 2-3 stars for this.

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Book Review: Sentinel

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Sentinel by Joshua Winning – eBook, 264 pages – Published May 6th 2014 by Peridot Press

Sentinel begins with the death of Anita and Max, the parents of fifteen-year-old Nicholas. After this, the book follows Nicholas for a majority of the time, occasionally switching to a different characters situation.

Before he is sent to live with his godmother, Nicholas discovers a hidden room beyond his parents’ bedroom. While Tabatha, a close friend who’s become his part-time carer, sleeps a few rooms over, Nicholas collects a few mysterious items from the hidden chamber. One of these is a copy of The Sentinel Chronicles, of which there happens to be dozens of.

Nicholas soon moves in with Jessica, into Hallow House. He is accompanied on his journey by Sam, an old family friend, who tells him of his Sentinel heritage. But before they make it to Hallow House, a strange and powerful creature attacks…

While all this is going on in Nicholas’s life, Sam’s friend is horrifically attacked by a rival being. As horrible as it is, it isn’t half as bad as what he becomes after the incident.

This novel is full of strange creatures; Garm, Dark Prophets, demons. It has a rather old-fashioned sort of feel to it, thanks to Winning’s writing style. Sadly, I don’t think this style quite fits with this YA book, and I actually found it a bit, well… boring. I’m not saying descriptive writing is bad at all, I just found this book a bit of a slow read. Nonetheless, it had a good plot and some nice little sub-plots, and I am intending to read the sequel, Ruins.

Overall, Sentinel isn’t the best or the worst book I’ve read. It isn’t my usual kind of book anyway, and although it isn’t exactly long at just over 260 pages, I took a fairly long time to read it (for me). I think I’ll have to give it 3 stars out of 5.

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