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Official Review: Quest to the unknown by Annelies George

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Official Review: Quest to the unknown by Annelies George

Post Number:#1 by Jaime Lync
» 01 Aug 2017, 01:28

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Quest to the unknown" by Annelies George.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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Quest to the Unknown by Annelies George is book one in the Jessie Golden 21st Century Earth Series. This other fiction novel can easily be described as an intriguing blend of the crime, romance, and supernatural genres. According to George’s LinkedIn page, the series is “an apocalyptic series of five,” and although the first three books are completed, book one is the only one that has been published thus far.

As suggested by the name of the series, the protagonist of the story is Jessie Golden. Miss. Golden, an up-and-coming Dutch journalist for a business magazine, recently ended a fifteen year old relationship after she and her partner simultaneously discovered they cheated on each other. It doesn’t take long for her to start dating Carlos Gomez, business mogul, and playboy. However, Carlos is not the only person who is attracted to Jessie. Is Carlos the right person for Jessie?

Moreover, when Jessie finds a folder full of information on a mysterious miracle healer named Nancy and her son Paul, she feels it imperative to further research these two strangers. Her quest leads her to various persons in different countries. Throughout her journey, our protagonist has a few supernatural encounters that lead her to question her worldview and her motives for seeking out Nancy and Paul.

This novel has a few strong points and flaws worth mentioning. The author does a great job creating suspense throughout the story. The book even ends with the prologue to the second book in the series. I was interested in finding out what happens next. Unfortunately, George’s use of foreshadowing sometimes detracted from the mystery element of the plot. Also, even though there were quite a few number of characters in the novel, most of them were pretty well developed. However, it seemed as if George was trying too hard to get me emotionally attached to key characters. There were several 'heart-wrenching' sob stories throughout the novel, but I promise you, my heart was not wrenched. One of the sob stories was repeated about three to four times, but I was never emotionally invested in the story. It would be remiss of me not to say that this is a subjective opinion. There should be some readers that are touched by the emotional aspect of this novel. Fortunately, I was able to enjoy the book because it was moderately paced, the plot was intriguing, and there was enough suspense to keep me turning the pages.

My copy of Quest to the Unknown has a prologue, twenty-six chapters, epilogue and it also features the prologue of book two in the series. The book is approximately 350 pages long and it is virtually free of grammatical errors. I cannot say the same about the formatting of the novel. George uses many scenes to construct each chapter. Unfortunately, there is not usually a smooth transition from one scene to the other. Numerous times I had to reread portions of the book because it seemed as if I had skipped a paragraph. If there was some sort of marking that outlined the beginning and end of a scene, I am sure that I would not have had any issues with the format.

In conclusion, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I highly recommend this novel to everyone who is interested in the amalgamation of the romance, crime, and supernatural genres.

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Re: Official Review: Quest to the unknown by Annelies George

Post Number:#2 by Amagine
» 06 Aug 2017, 14:34

This book seems quite interesting and I love the blend of different genres.

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Post Number:#3 by kandscreeley
» 06 Aug 2017, 14:38

I don't think this sounds like me, but I do appreciate the review. Thanks for sharing with us.
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Re: Official Review: Quest to the unknown by Annelies George

Post Number:#4 by Jaime Lync
» 06 Aug 2017, 14:46

Thanks Amagine and Kandscreeley for reading and commenting. I had to be objective when rating this because I was leaning towards giving it 2 stars.
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Post Number:#5 by Miriam Molina
» 06 Aug 2017, 17:37

Hi, Jaime. What is it that makes authors write a series, instead of just one book? Just knowing something is part of a series already makes me wary.

I understand the difficulty of choosing between 2 and 3 stars, especially with the pros and cons you mentioned.

Thanks for an objective review.
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Re: Official Review: Quest to the unknown by Annelies George

Post Number:#6 by Czarmaine AM
» 07 Aug 2017, 01:40

I actually thought that you would give this a 2 star rating after I've read the part where you said that the "heart wrenching sob stories" didn't make your heart wrenched. :lol: Thank you for sharing this Jaime. You've given this book a fair judgment.
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Post Number:#7 by Titus Michael
» 07 Aug 2017, 05:39

For me I would have recommended a 2 star rating but three is still OK. Nice review.
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Post Number:#8 by ritah
» 07 Aug 2017, 05:51

Sounds like a good read, thanks for the review.
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Re: Official Review: Quest to the unknown by Annelies George

Post Number:#9 by Jaime Lync
» 07 Aug 2017, 06:34

Miriam Molina wrote:Hi, Jaime. What is it that makes authors write a series, instead of just one book? Just knowing something is part of a series already makes me wary.

I understand the difficulty of choosing between 2 and 3 stars, especially with the pros and cons you mentioned.

Thanks for an objective review.


Thanks for reading and commenting Miriam. I think that some authors write series because of the financial advantage while others really have more than one story with the same characters ( for example The Chronicles of Narnia)

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Czarmaine AM wrote:I actually thought that you would give this a 2 star rating after I've read the part where you said that the "heart wrenching sob stories" didn't make your heart wrenched. :lol: Thank you for sharing this Jaime. You've given this book a fair judgment.


Thanks Czarmaine. I really struggled with the rating but I thought about it and felt that my emotional response was subjective and others may truly appreciate the heart wrenching sob stories.
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Post Number:#10 by juliusotinyo
» 11 Aug 2017, 13:28

A blend of genres, I'll probably check it out just to see how the author weaves it. Great review.
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Post Number:#11 by Jaime Lync
» 11 Aug 2017, 13:36

Thanks for reading and commenting Juliosotinyo.
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Post Number:#12 by Darakhshan Nazir
» 11 Aug 2017, 13:46

I love supernatural .. Thank you for such a nice review 💕💕❤❤
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Re: Official Review: Quest to the unknown by Annelies George

Post Number:#13 by Jaime Lync
» 11 Aug 2017, 13:48

Thanks for reading and commenting Darakhshan. The supernatural does play a vital role in this book. It does not permeate the story fully but it is definitely there.
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