Official Review: Unbalanced by Courtney Shepard

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Official Review: Unbalanced by Courtney Shepard

Post by Tanaya » 10 Sep 2015, 11:07

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Unbalanced" by Courtney Shepard.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Unbalanced is a fantasy adventure novel by Courtney Shepard. It is the first book of a series.

The story follows four sisters: Asha, Ivy, Avia, and Mere. They each command a different element, which includes fire, earth, wind, and water respectively. Their existence is prophetic. Throughout the centuries, there has always been a set of female quadruplets born with these extraordinary abilities. They are usually hunted down and sacrificed by the Order when they are young. However, in this generation, things have drastically changed. Asha and her sisters have survived longer than those who came before them, making the stakes so much higher. For their own protection, they were separated at birth. Now several years later they are reunited. They gradually learn more about each other, themselves, and their joint destiny as they fight against the Order for their survival.

Given the premise, there are many dark moments in the story, which are rather riveting. Because the sisters have such great power, there is also plenty of action. The story is told in the third person. While Asha is technically the protagonist, the story also jumps around to the other characters’ perspectives, particularly when they are in different parts of the world. However, this is not done in a choppy manner. The technique works well, and the story is not at all hard to follow. Comic relief comes in the form of the characters’ italicized thoughts, which are sparse and effective. All aspects of the story are thoroughly explained and new details are revealed throughout the book. To accomplish this, the dialogue sometimes relies on redundant exposition.

The story is filled with secrets, mystery, and betrayal. The sisters discover the origin of their powers and come to terms with the dark history that precedes them. On top of that, they face sexism and have to deal with the notion of being monsters due to the use of their powers. Because they were separated across the globe, the sisters have unique backgrounds. Before being reunited, Asha had a reputation as a warrior queen in Colombia. The fact that their names go along with their powers was a cute touch.

As for the romance, Asha’s love interest is Clay, who was sent by the Order to kill her. However, he decided to spare her life because he had frequently seen her in his dreams over the years. Because they are enemies, there is lots of angst and tension between them. Their attraction is incredibly complicated and completely undeniable.

Romance, fantasy, and action are an entertaining combination. The author clearly has fun playing around with all the different opportunities of this genre blend. That was the best aspect of the book. She creates ever-changing bonds and animosity among the various characters and adds many surprises into the plot.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. While the story has it’s fair share of fantasy story clichés, the author did manage to create a convincing world of her own. If you don’t like superhuman adventure narratives, then this isn’t the book for you. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy powerful female characters in leading roles.

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Post by Levi » 10 Sep 2015, 22:41

@Tanaya marvelous job, as usual!! Thanks a lot, got another one to add to my list now. ;) Let me just stop here real quick and say in a very nerdy way that I absolutely lOve italicized thoughts ha ha. It makes it so much easier to distinguish them from dialogue! Anyways, the corresponding name thing is clever, but overall it just sounds like a fun take on the genre, and I think I have to check it out eventually. Congrats to the author on the amazing review!
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Post by Tanaya » 11 Sep 2015, 09:49

I'm glad I got someone interested in the book. 8)
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Post by erasmus » 11 Sep 2015, 19:03

Brilliant review! You make the book sound fascinating and well-deserving of the 4 stars you gave. It's very detailed and I definitely enjoyed reading it.
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Post by Tanaya » 11 Sep 2015, 19:25

Thanks! Glad I was able to be convincing. And I also love that George R. R. Martin quote.
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Even though this book doesn't sound entirely unique, your review makes me want to read it. Well done!
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Great review!

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Post by TarinaJ » 14 Sep 2015, 20:18

Tanaya, great review! I think you were able to cover the plot points fairly well without giving any of the story away. I have to agree with Escapeartist - I like italicized thoughts as well, as long as it's not over done. Hopefully the author will submit all the books of the series to OBC so you can read all of them! :)
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Post by jaime » 18 Sep 2015, 23:31

Great review. I just read this and it was a fun ride. Pure entertainment, it doesn't disappoint!

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Great review. I just read this and it was a fun ride. Pure entertainment, it doesn't disappoint!

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Post by gali » 18 Sep 2015, 23:36

Lovely review indeed. I am glad you enjoyed the book.
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 19 Sep 2015, 04:45

Great review, Tanaya! Your review really makes me want to get this book, ASAP. I can't wait to read it.
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Post by Tanaya » 19 Sep 2015, 09:48

Thanks, everyone. Glad I was able to be convincing! It really was a fun read.
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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 11 Oct 2015, 18:37

Great review! :)
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Post by anonanemone » 20 Oct 2015, 10:39

This sounds fascinating! Going on my list!
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