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Official Review: Kaianan by Cara Violet

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Official Review: Kaianan by Cara Violet

Post Number:#1 by kandscreeley
» 26 Apr 2017, 15:41

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Kaianan" by Cara Violet.]

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1 out of 4 stars
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Kaianan is a Gorgon princess who will take the throne when her time comes. She is also mentioned in an ancient prophecy and, as such, is marked with a tattoo reading “BI.” Until the time comes for her to rule, she is trained by a Felrin named Dersji. She also has a guardian named Xandou to keep her safe.

There is a ceremony on the eve of her transformation to become a full fledged Gorgon. Everyone is gathered together at the Manor in her honor. Sadly, their enemies the Necromancers take advantage of this gathering and attack the Gorgon kingdom. Xandou takes Kaianan to Earth to hide from those who wish her dead.

Kaianan by Cara Violet has several things in its favor. The concept behind this story is intriguing. Who doesn’t love a princess that is part of an ancient prophecy escaping to earth to try to survive those that would kill her? The plot moves along at a steady pace with plenty of action, but there was nothing too gruesome to distract from the overall story. There were also only a few minor errors that I caught in my reading of this book.

On the negative side, this was one of the most confusing books I’ve read in a long time. There were too many characters introduced in a short period of time. While I knew who the main character was, the secondary characters were very hard to follow. Also, there were many words used that were never explained. It is not necessary that the author come right out and tell us what the words mean, however, there weren’t enough clues from the text to figure it out. Lastly, the author mentions several different worlds - from Rivalex to Valendean - as well as many, many different cultures - from the Gorgons to the Felrin to the Necromancers. Unfortunately, none of the worlds or cultures is fleshed out. They are mentioned, we learn a few small things about them, and then the author moves on. All of this together creates a very confusing novel.

I have no doubt that the author knows how to write well. There are times in the story that Ms. Violet does well at creating a scene. The problem, I think, is getting the worlds that are in her head to make sense on paper.

I am normally one who enjoys trying to figure things out myself. However, in order to figure anything out, there must be clues leading the way. The breadcrumbs in this novel were too scattered to lead me anywhere. Instead, I felt like I was running around in circles. Not only that but there was definitely a cliff-hanger ending. I debated what to rate this novel. Unfortunately, I can’t think of anyone that I would recommend this book to, so I was forced to rate Kaianan a 1 out of 4 stars. There is potential in this book, but more explanation of words, worlds, and cultures needs to be added.

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Re: Official Review: Kaianan by Cara Violet

Post Number:#2 by hsimone
» 27 Apr 2017, 07:42

Thank you for your honest review. I was actually considering this read, but perhaps it was best that I didn't pick it up. The premise sounds promising, but when there are multiple worlds and characters that are thrown in too quickly, then my enjoyment dwindles. I'll probably stay away from this for now.
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Post Number:#3 by MarisaRose
» 27 Apr 2017, 07:45

Oh boy sounds like this one needs some work. Great job being honest about your critique!
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Re: Official Review: Kaianan by Cara Violet

Post Number:#4 by kandscreeley
» 27 Apr 2017, 07:47

Thanks hsimone and Marisa. It was pretty confusing. Honestly if I hadn't been reviewing it, I wouldn't have made it past the first 50 pages... It was so hard to follow.
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Post Number:#5 by joy wonos
» 27 Apr 2017, 09:32

I love the book
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Post Number:#6 by kandscreeley
» 27 Apr 2017, 09:34

Thanks Joy. I'm glad you were able to enjoy this.
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Post Number:#7 by Amagine
» 27 Apr 2017, 11:56

The cover of the story drew my attention. However, I don't like confusing stories. It sounds like this one was a bit difficult to read.

Great Review! 😉
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Re: Official Review: Kaianan by Cara Violet

Post Number:#8 by kandscreeley
» 27 Apr 2017, 12:04

It was a little confusing. It had potential, but I can't recommend it at this point. Thanks Amagine.
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Post Number:#9 by Chrys Brobbey
» 27 Apr 2017, 14:09

It is hoped that the author will use this to review the book to make it better. The book has a good plot, though.
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Post Number:#10 by kandscreeley
» 27 Apr 2017, 14:10

Yes, the plot is interesting. I hope that the author does so as well. Thanks Chrys.
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Post Number:#11 by ramdaniimad
» 29 Apr 2017, 09:09

nice story
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Post Number:#12 by godreaujea
» 29 Apr 2017, 11:58

Sounds like an interesting premise, but it does sound like the pieces need to fit together a bit better. A nice, honest review.
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Post Number:#13 by kandscreeley
» 29 Apr 2017, 12:43

Thanks godreaujea. It just needs to come together a little better...
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Post Number:#14 by michelonline29
» 29 Apr 2017, 23:23

This book looks like an interesting read. I want to know if what Kaianan and Xandou do to survive from their battle to Earth. Congrats on a well-written review!
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Post Number:#15 by A_Jane_A
» 30 Apr 2017, 01:56

It's confusing but at the same time exciting for the story, the cover makes it more appealing to read.
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