2 out of 4 stars
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The Soulmate Prophecy - Book One- The Birth by Yasmina Haque is a long read bordered on uncertainty. Laila, Khale, Lovelin, and Kaelyn are the main characters of this story. While Laila and Khale are extraordinary twins from the 1300s, Lovelin and Kaelyn are from 2015. Lovelin is a successful writer from Michigan while Kaelyn is a competent scientist in a top-secret government facility called the Underground. Although Lovelin and Kaelyn do not know themselves, they seem to see themselves in a series of irregular trances. The story follows up on the love story between the Egyptian twins and the restlessness of Lovelin and Khale as they attempt going about their life while dealing with the confusing visions they keep on seeing.
I would applaud Haque for not sparing her imagination in this novel. It was a beautiful read because of how unique the characters, structure, storyline and content were. Unlike many other books, it was free from cliché plot twists and endings. Reading it was quite captivating as I rarely knew where the story was going. My favourite part of the book would be when Kaelyn was in the hospital and had to assure his niece, Samantha, who visited him, that he was fine. It was touching to see how much they cared for each other. My favourite character would be Lovelin because of how relatable she was.
Despite the originality and uniqueness of ideas found in this book, the structure was confusing. Because every chapter was in the perspective of a different character, it demanded the reader to shift between the minds of the various characters who are also in different periods and places. I believe that a third-person point of view would have been very useful in this book. It could have represented all the perspectives without much confusion. Another problem I have with this book is the absence of closure. The entire book had blank spaces, and the ending failed to fill up any of them. Although this could have been the writer's way of hooking readers on for the next book, a little bit of closure would have been appreciated.
I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars because of the difficulties I had with understanding the structure of the book. It was also a boring read because the writer didn't expose enough about the characters to grab my attention. Although I was bothered by the previous problems I mentioned, I was impressed with how original the book was, and I give Haque accolades for that.
I would recommend this book to people who love science-fiction, romance and fantasy. This book provides a healthy combination of both genres. I would also like to add that it includes mature content that some readers may find uncomfortable. This book will also be suitable for people who enjoy long reads. If you're looking for something new, this would also be a pleasant read.
The Soulmate Prophecy - Book One - The Birth
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