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Sunday, February 23, 2014

★ AVALON (Avalon #1) by Mindee Arnett: A Poppy Fairy book review

Hey everyone! Poppy Fairy here! This is my very first post and I'm just as excited as you are! 

For my first book, ladies and gentlemen, I give you...



by Mindee Arnett

I know Firefly is popular but I’ve never really watched it (shame on me, I know!) so I can't say anything about its likeness with Avalon. However, what I can tell you is that I have never read anything with the likes of Avalon. I shouldn't have expected so highly of this book what with the recent influx of DNF books that recently came my way, but I did. In fact, I had been gushing about this with a friend since November (!!!) and I hadn't even read this then! There's just something about this book that says wonderful promise so with that, I am truly happy to relay the good news: Avalon is one of the most pleasantly surprising books that I have read thus far, with an unpredictable plot and equally unique and smart characters.

One of the many things that made Avalon standout for me is its characters. It is full of strong and distinct characters with just the right kind of flaws to keep them interesting. Jeth, our lead male, is an extremely likable guy. The story is told in third person from his POV and I just love the narration. Jeth’s mind is GOLD and getting a peek inside it is a little too addictive. Sierra is also a head-strong character. Even if she's surrounded by killing machines that she's no match with, she continues to make her stand and keep her head up. She doesn't let romance stand in her way either. She has a goal and whatever happens, she will frickin’ achieve it. Seriously, she’s lovely. The characters’s friendship is something you all need to look forward to, as well as the sibling dynamic between Jeth and Liz. Also, the villains. I mean, wow. I really enjoyed them a lot. They are the complex kind of evil that will mess at your minds!

Apart from its wonderful characters, Avalon also contains a mystery that will surely chill its readers to the bone. Imagine being in the most dangerous place in the outer space, thousands of light years away from help. That alone already presents a terrifying image. Spaceships show up out of nowhere, people disappear without any trace of their existence, and things vanish right under people's noses. Being in the Belgrave is like being inside the Ghost Ship in the Bermuda Triangle. Of course I don’t know what that feels like but I bet my 2 cents Belgrave is a hundredfold creepier. Imagine this: One moment, everything is perfectly fine as they should be. You and your friends laughing, having lunch together, but in the blink of an eye, everyone is dead and your ship is reduced to nothing.

This is the mystery that will keep the readers glued to Avalon. What's making these things and people to disappear? Where do they go to? And why do all these happen in the Belgrave alone? These events give the impression that Avalon has a paranormal side to it, but there are explanations to support its sci-fi side. It’s the kind of mystery that eats at you. Fortunately for us readers, Arnett provides us with answers. I don't think I could have stayed sane had Arnett waited for the second book before revealing the answers. Avalon also ends without a cliffhanger but instead of decreasing my anticipation for the next book, it just made me all the more intrigued as to what kind of mystery Arnett has in store for her readers in Polaris.

Avalon is a beautifully crafted story that bends sci-fi in the most delicious way possible. Wonderful storyline, addictive plot and brilliant characters. This book left me exhausted! I need Polaris now!


4.5 Fairy wings!

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