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Official Review: The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to ...

Post by Acwoolet » 24 Jan 2018, 11:58

[Following is an official review of "The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden" by Londyn Skye.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Everyone dreams of something, whether it be great or small the dream is there, even if we don’t allow ourselves to admit it. For Lily in the beautifully written novel, The Prodigy Slave: Book One: Journey to Winter Garden written by Londyn Skye, her dream to is find her mother, who’s arms she was ripped out of as she was to be sold at an auction. While seeking relief from her new surroundings, Lily discovers that she has a propensity for the piano. In this discovery she is able to find a bit of comfort and joy in an otherwise scary and cruel world.

Although Lily is trapped in the life of a slave, she is not without friends, one such friend being her master’s son, James. However, many years into their friendship he discovers her playing the piano, and to her confusion threatens punishment for her hideous crimes. Much to her surprise his “punishment” is the one thing that completely alters her life, throwing her on a dramatic journey with some people of great power. Throughout her journey, Lily is able to discover a love and passion that she had never felt before, and a freedom that she could only ever dream about.

I greatly enjoyed reading The Prodigy Slave; it possessed the ability to touch on all of my emotions. I felt horror while Lily was ripped out of her mother’s arms, hope when she found friendship in James, and wonder in her ability to play the piano. Lily was an easy character to fall in love with, she was so full of life that I felt as if we could be best friends. Written in the first perspective, occasionally the narrative would switch between Lily and a few of the other characters; however, I was never confused as to whose thoughts I was peering into. All of the primary and secondary characters were incredibly well written, even the most minor of character contained a backstory and motive. The “good guys” were so easy to love and the “bad guys” were so much fun to hate! Although the book is not a quick, one sitting read, I never felt as if I struggled to get through it and felt a little betrayed when it ended. It did leave on a bit of a cliffhanger, so here’s to hoping the sequel arrives soon!

The writing was exquisite and the dialogue drew me in immensely. While the punctuation had a professionally edited feel to it, there was one thing that threw me off a bit. Many of the characters, especially Lily and James, would switch accents. Such as, for a while they would speak in an abbreviated manner, “livin’, darlin’,” etc. then all of a sudden they would switch into a “proper” high society dialogue. The first couple of times that it happened, I was confused as to which character was speaking. I got used to it after a while, but towards the middle of the book it seemed as if it were happening every other page. While a bit confusing at first, I was still able to really enjoy the novel.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a romantic historical book full of adventure and hope. The book does contain a few sex scenes, although not too graphic in nature, I would probably recommend that the reader be over seventeen. Because of the switching of accents, I give The Prodigy Slave: Book One: Journey to Winter Garden 3 out of 4 stars. I would have liked to give it a 3.5 if that where possible and would whole-heartedly give it a higher rating if the characters didn’t switch accents back and forth.

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Post by Lisa19643 » 27 Jan 2018, 22:17

Thank you for your insights on The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden. Your review has encouraged me to read it, although I'll be waiting breathlessly for the cliffhanger!

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 28 Jan 2018, 07:00

Wow, this is emotionally testing. I found the plot very intriguing and entertaining. The act of the child taken away from the mother is truly a intense situation, even by reading this review I can feel that. I wonder what would have happened if I read this whole book. Thanks for the review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 28 Jan 2018, 09:03

A love story about a slave? That's a bit unique. I don't think it's for me with the sex scenes, but thanks for your review!
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Post by KFree_Reads » 28 Jan 2018, 16:23

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this review and will definitely try this book despite the minor error you mentioned. I've always loved historical romance novels. I'm very intrigued by the plot and think I will enjoy reading this one.

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Post by Michker » 29 Jan 2018, 14:22

I loved thisvreview I went yo sma,on and bought it beautiful review.

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Post by Steph K » 30 Jan 2018, 20:58

This sounds like a historical novel the reader could really sink their teeth into. The switching of dialects you mention sounds really distracting though.

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Post by Mouricia25 » 30 Jan 2018, 21:02

Thank you for your review. It seems like a book I would read. I may give it a try.

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Post by RebeccasReading » 31 Jan 2018, 10:14

Wow, this sounds so good! I love finding a new series that I can enjoy. Thank you for your review!

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Post by Peg-Sue » 02 Feb 2018, 03:47

I love historical romances. This book sounds like something I can get into and read in one sitting! Thank you for your review!

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Post by aisian » 02 Feb 2018, 15:38

Achwolet _you are right.The story has a lot of emotional clarification even though Lily and James are the main characters where James has a motive of holding on to lily because of something that happen that might have been a plot to contour brighter picture of how James and Lily become acquainted.I see Lily as portrait of princess trapped by long journey between being taken from her mother and getting acquainted to new surrounding.Secondly,she discovers that she have talent for piano and that interest James to wanted get acquainted with new and better society .She had a dream and the question remain to me answered_Is James her ticket to happiness and prosperity even though he though he knows about the situation involving her situations,To me later she finds love and happiness within a different dimension that might bring her back to her mother. :mrgreen: :!:

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Post by aisian » 02 Feb 2018, 15:45

I believe that the story might end up like another Romeo & Juliet.;princess come to rescue her at the spare of disappointing life and persuit her with happiness.I read it and seem as though the story narrative is completely true about both characters_each one is seeking some type of adversity in turn for long relationship that will turn out to be another classic like Romeo &Juliet'.I would really give this book 5 stars

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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 03 Feb 2018, 20:44

This story of The Prodigy Slave is heartwarming as it deals with a virtual fairytale storyline. Indeed it helps if a slave happens to possess latent potentials such as the talent for playing the piano. Such ability will lend to its owner's higher esteem once discovered and developed. As a treasure plucked from the dirt, the prodigy will go far in life, amassing fame and stature. Thanks for this interesting review.
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Post by Whitney Marchelle » 06 Feb 2018, 22:16

Great review. Interesting story about a girl surviving in a world that's she was pushed into.

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Post by kemp1kor » 07 Feb 2018, 10:12

Historical romance isn’t my usual cup of tea, but this review might just convince me to try it out. The one thing that makes me hesitate is the apparent switching of accents between characters.

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